At the end of July, Xiaomi had announced the latest flagship device in the Redmi series named the Xiaomi Redmi Pro. As usual like all other Xiaomi products, it went on sale only in China officially. However, now you can place order for the Redmi Pro (3GB RAM + 32GB ROM) globally, since Gearbest has listed the item and it is now on pre-sale. Lets check out the pricing and availability of the flagship phablet below.
The Xiaomi Redmi Pro is currently available in Silver and Gray color variants and you can pre-order it from Gearbest for US $299.99 (INR Rs 20,038 approximately). The phablet will start getting shipped from October 12, which is around two months from now and that is quite a bummer.
If we compare the official China price (CNY 1499 (US $226 / INR Rs 15,079 approximately) of the standard Redmi Pro variant (2.1GHz Helio X20 chipset, 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM) to the Gearbest pre-sale pricing, you have to pay a premium of around $75. It does look a bit on the higher side but we do need to consider in certain factors:
- Xiaomi will not officially launch these devices in most countries, like forever!
- The competition is very tough in China and hence products are aggressively priced, so these pricing will not be same for all the markets
- Standard shipping charges are included in the pricing.
- Xiaomi fanboys exist globally and hence third-party resellers are selling and shipping Xiaomi products worldwide
The e-commerce portal from China delivers in most countries with free shipping. However, you could also expedite the shipping by paying nominal charges and get it within 3-7 business days. Lets have a look at the specifications and features of the device.
Xiaomi Redmi Pro Specifications
The Xiaomi Redmi Pro rocks a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD OLED 2.5D curved display, that has up to 100% NTSC color gamut and 60000:1 contrast ratio. The device comes with sunlight display technology which improves screen readability using hardware-level technology to adjust contrast for each pixel in real-time. It is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 / Helio X25 64-bit processor along with Mali-T880MP4 GPU. It packs in 3 GB of RAM along with 32 / 64 GB of internal storage or 4 GB of RAM with 128 GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded via microSD card. The device runs on MIUI 8 out of the box, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.
The Redmi Pro features a dual rear camera setup – a 13 megapixel camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, Sony IMX258 sensor and Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) along with a 5 megapixel secondary camera with Samsung sensor for getting depth of field and real-time background blur. On the front, it has a 5 megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and 85-degree wide-angle lens for selfies and video calling. It supports Hybrid dual SIM (micro + nano / microSD card) with dual standby mode. It has a fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button and comes with Trustonic TEE chip-level security. It has a brushed metal body, that is just 8.15 mm thick and weighs just 174 grams. It also has an Infrared sensor.
On the connectivity front, the Redmi Pro comes with 4G LTE (FDD-LTE : 850/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz) with VoLTE support, 3G (WCDMA : 850/900/1900/2100 MHz), 2G (GSM : 900/1800/1900 MHz), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS and USB Type-C. The phablet packs in a 4,050 mAh battery under the hood.
The Redmi Pro package contains Cell Phone (1), Power Adapter (1), USB Cable (1) and SIM Needle (1).