Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro gets announced, dons 3GB of RAM and a fingerprint scanner aboard

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro gets announced, dons 3GB of RAM and a fingerprint scanner aboard
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
  • 4,100mAh battery
  • 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. 


source: PhoneRadar

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26 Comments

1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Nice. Sadly,these phones are overpriced in my country.

7. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

Which country?

10. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Sri Lanka

11. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

Well in South Africa Xiaomi has an official Distributor and the phones are actually cheaper than their rivals. They've only been here for 6 months. As stated on their website we have the Redmi 2 Pro, Mi4, Redmi note 2 and Standard Edition Mi5 coming soon. Here's an example of cheaper than their rivals. Firstly all the phones cost below R4000 ($259,38/ 38346,56 Rs) except the Mi5 which will cost R8000($518,90/ 76693,12 Rs) Which is R6000($389,17 / 57411,02 Rs)less than the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5(R13000 The example: the Samsung J1 Ace costs R1499 ($97,23/ 14370,37 Rs) and the Redmi 2 Pro costs R1899 ($123,17/ 18205,03 Rs) The Redmi 2 is better specced and miles better than the J1 Ace.

15. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Agreed. Xiaomi's harware price to perfromance is the best in the market. Xiaomi doesn't have an official distributor in my country, So retailers import them and sell for higher prices.

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

cant you buy it online from alibaba or something? it'll cost around $150 after 20%tax, but still cheap for that spec

25. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I'll try it

16. T-Dizzle

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Way off topic but the black tea from Sri Lanka is amazing!

22. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Thanks man. Tea is the main export here. I'm addicted to Tea lol

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

can I say it looks like an iPhone...Again? and just like those Meizu products?

3. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

which part looks like an iPhone?

12. Hashed unregistered

The rectangular shape :-p

5. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

You're Exaggerating my friend... Mi Products of the recent times have had the least resemblance to the iPhone

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Looking forward of Mi5 release in India

6. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

Looks much more classier without the pattern back.

14. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

IDK, I kind of agree, but at the same time, it looks more generic.

8. FBIsurveilance

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

wow. that's scary. I was googling "Redmi 3 Pro" for the past few days, thinking, 'it's seriously due.' Guess what, open PA and there it was. Though I'm disappointed that it stuck with 616. Kinda hoped they'd jump to Snap650. But hey, 3GB/32GB is perfect enough. It'll make do once it's' available.

13. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

The 616 runs quite good on 720p and they have the Redmi Note 3 Pro which has an S650

23. FBIsurveilance

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

I know it's fine. Kinda hope they'd upgrade the soc as well, for the heck of it. Maybe later in redmi 4. The note is far too big for me. I'm currently is using Meizu m2 note. Been looking to replace that with something smaller. The main draw so far has been the IR blaster and that 3GB of Ram, which is perfect for a 5inch device.

9. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Hybrid Sim Slot just ruined my day.

17. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Think there are many other phones that resemble an iPhone much more and nowadays there are many similarities in design between various phones. But is the 616 CPU capable?

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Galaxy A5 and A7 (2016) also have SD615 variant.. and this SD616 have faster clock compared to SD615 (on small core, its the same for big core)

18. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Awesome! They just need to come to the US. Also they should've added a 1080p screen. It will add extra cost, but probably not by much (estimating ~$150-160), but it would round off the phone quite well.

21. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

What are its bands?

24. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Thank God they removed the pattern. Not really a fan of it. And now it's great that it now comes with fingerprint scanner and upped specs!

26. PeteScoff

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 05, 2015

At Geekbuying it's already $137.. I might get one at that price.

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