Xiaomi announces the Redmi Note, a low-cost, upper-mid range phablet
China's Xiaomi officially announced itsfirst phablet, the Redmi Note. The device has a 5.5-inch 720p displayand is up for pre-order in two versions - one with a 1.4GHz MT6592octa-core CPU, 1GB RAM, and 8GB storage which costs $130, and onewith a spec bump to 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, and 16GB storage which will cost$160. The graphics unit is a Mali-450 which isn't fit for wildlyambitious 3D gaming, but it'll do the job.
The prices that we mentioned areChinese, of course, but online stores like Xiaomi World already havethe Redmi Note for international pre-order at about $100 more, whichis still a really good. The phablet will launch on March 26 in China.
In addition, the Redmi Note features a13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera. The batterycapacity comes in at 3200mAh, while the connectivity options areWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. The phablet has twoSIM-slots and supports TD-SCDMA/HSPA/GSM/EDGE networks.