As expected, Xiaomi has launched two new products, Redmi Note 3 smartphone and Mi Pad 2 tablet, at an event in China. The prices of Redmi Note 3 starts from CNY 899 (approx. Rs. 9,300), while the Mi Pad 2 price range starts from CNY 999 (approx. Rs. 10,300).
Let’s get into the details of both the devices one by one:
Redmi Note 3:
The Redmi Note 3 flaunts a 5.5 inch Full HD (1280 x 1920 pixels) display. It is powered by a 2 GHz MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core 64-bit processor. The smartphone comes in two storage variants: 16 GB storage variant offers 2 GB RAM, while 32 GB storage variant comes with 3 GB of RAM. On the software front, it runs on Android Lollipop-based MIUI 7.
The Redmi Note 3 sports a 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF). For selfie lovers, it also includes a 5 megapixel of front-facing camera. It is backed by a beefy 4000 mAh battery.
The dual SIM smartphone features 4G LTE connectivity, along with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, microUSB and GPS. It also includes a fingerprint sensor at the rear panel below camera that can unlock the smartphone in just 0.3 seconds.
The Redmi Note 3 has full metal unibody design that measures 49.98×75.96×8.75 mm and weighs 165 g. It will be offered in silver, dark grey and gold colour variants. The 16 GB Note 3 is priced CNY 899 (approx Rs. 9,300) and 32 GB variant comes with a price tag of CNY 1,099 (approx. Rs. 11,400).
Mi Pad 2:
The Mi pad 2 comes with 7.9 inch 2048×1536 pixels IPS display with pixel density at 326 pixels per inch (ppi). It is powered by 2.24 GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8500 quad-core SoC, clubbed with Intel HD GPU and 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM. It is offered in 16 GB and 64 GB storage variants.
The Mi Pad 2 features an 8 megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, and a 5 megapixel wide-angle selfie camera. It is packed with a 6,190 mAh battery and connectivity options includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac and USB Type-C port for fast charging.
The Mi Pad 2 has been launched in two OS variants, some will run on Android Lollipop-based MIUI 7, while other will run on Windows 10. It will be offered in Dark Grey and Champagne Gold colour variants.
The Mi Pad 2 16 GB variant is priced at CNY 999 (approx. Rs. 10,300), while the 64GB variant is priced at CNY 1,299 (approx Rs. 13,500).
Just a few months ago, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note 2 Prime in China but the phone didn’t made their way to India because they run on Mediatek processor and due to a legal dispute, Xiaomi can’t launch Mediatek powered phones in India. We are pretty sure the Indian consumers want to get the Redmi Note 3 in their pockets but as it again runs on a Mediatek powered SoC, it may not turn to Indian markets.
However, nothing is official as of now, any strategic partnerships or relaunching the phone with a Snapdragon powered processor may allow it an entry in the Indian market.