Last time we heard something substantial coming from Xiaomi, one of China's domineering phone makers it was during MWC 2016. There, Xiaomi introduced the Xiaomi Mi 5, a device that boasts an impressive specs sheet but will hardly make it to the Western markets. But let us leave this phone aside, as there is a new Xiaomi handset coming our way. Figuratively speaking.
Meet the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro, a slightly improved variation of the affordable Redmi 3 that you probably couldn't buy because of availability issues. So, what's deal with this Redmi 3 Pro? Design-wise, it's the same as the regular Redmi 3 though it doesn't seem to sport the interesting star-like pattern.
Hardware-wise, there are pretty few differences. There is 1 more gigabyte of RAM added for good measure, as well as a fingerprint reader at the back, and that's pretty much it! The Redmi 3 Pro arrives with the same 64-bit, octa-core Snapdragon 616 chipset, which has one cluster running of Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 1.5GHz and the other one at 1.2GHz max. Here are its full specs at a glance:
5-inch 720p display
64-bit Snapdragon 616 chipset
Adreno 405 GPU
3GB of LPDDR3 RAM
32GB of internal storage + microSD card slot
13MP rear camera with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture
5MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture
Android Lollipop, MIUI 7
Hybrid dual-SIM slot
The device will become available come April 6 for 899 yuan, which translates to roughly $138. Have in mind that this is the price tag for the Chinese market. Xiaomi has not revealed any future plans for an international release, but we have a hunch the Redmi 3 Pro might arrive to India in the coming months.