At last, the next big thing was officially released a couple of hours back, straight from the eastern land. It was the predecessor of Redmi series Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 aka ‘Xiaomi Redmi Pro’ which finally inserted a full stop to our escalating anticipation. But guess what? We have this incredible flagship killer right here with us just for you guys to have a compelling glimpse at Redmi Pro.
Xiaomi Redmi Pro Preview – Everything You Need To Know
We have characterized everything about Xiaomi Redmi Pro under different categories to create a simplicity expression. So, starting with the number one, we have:
To be honest with you, the package of Xiaomi Redmi Pro is similar to previous generations. The same box with no change in the proportion and composition. Only a visible change is observed with the image of Redmi Pro and its name. Apart from the graphical image, we have the taste of old packaging. But still, the plainness and exquisiteness delight us like the previous ones.
After opening the box, the first impression of Redmi Pro was uncomfortable. Yes, you heard it right! A phone flawlessly fitted inside with a BUBBLED plastic protector. Wow, what a first impression. Xiaomi certainly knows how to spoil first sight. Let’s just quickly cover up by stating that it was a mistake (maybe they could have done this in a rush). We hope that you don’t get a Redmi with a bubbled plastic cover.
At the end, we are left with the accessories. We know that Xiaomi backs when it comes to providing extra items like Elephone and other Chinese companies does. Still, Xiaomi provides the essential accessories which are as followed:
- Xiaomi Redmi Pro
- USB cable
- User Manual
Design & Appearance
Xiaomi says farewell to the era where shoddy plastic would nullify the impact of a well-deserved terminal. With the Xiaomi Redmi Pro, the company continues to provide premium metal build phones to the world. Seriously, it’s the most expensive and time-consuming process along with the CNC machines to fabricate a metallic smartphone like Redmi Pro.
It’s rather a three-stage design, a separate cast for the antenna design, a highly brushed metal back compared with sandblasting (that is, common sense matte aluminum back), embeds life to the terminal. In addition, new entrants in the process of drawing glazed texture have also been elevated to a better level (from which many people think of Huawei P9 and now Xiaomi Redmi Note).
If we look in depth then we will release that’s the same as chassis but not as much good as in Huawei P9. Even compared to Mi 5, Redmi Pro offers a little rough trimming and the projection screen also seems to deliberately distinguish from it.
As far as the weight is concerned, Xiaomi is making it practical to shed some weight with Xiaomi Redmi Pro even if it has a massive 4050 mA battery and a 5.5-inch screen. However, the phone weighs equal to iPhone 6s (174 grams) which is slightly more but still acceptable.
On the front, a drastic shift can be seen with the addition of a centered home button. Looks like the Chinese company ended up in dismissing the common LED touch-based buttons from the ancestors. The fingerprint reader has been shifted on the front button like the mTouch in Meizu. On the rear, with a great surprise, we have the Dual Camera accompanied with the Dual tone Flash between them. Hmm…Now where have we seen this type of arrangement? Maybe LeTV. Yeah! Just the fingerprint has been replaced with a secondary camera.
In short, Xiaomi Redmi Pro has taken certain patterns of the famous smartphones and combined them making it worth to be expensive but still affordable.
Hardware & Performance
When it comes to configuring, this time, Xiaomi has broken a tradition. They have evaluated Xiaomi Redmi Pro to be in high-end, despite the previous mid-tier ancestors. Well, the young generation is always advanced than the old. Here, the phone divides into three variants. An exclusive variant equipped with the latest MediaTeK Helio X25 (10x @ 2.5 GHz / 2.3 GH for High-edition) accompanied by 4 GB RAM and 64 / 128 GB of internal storage. Meanwhile, the standard edition has a heart of Helio X20 (10x @ 2.1 GHz), 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB ROM.
|Model||Standard||High Version||Exclusive Version|
|SoC||Helio X20||Helio X25||Helio X25|
|Cores||10x @ 2.1 GHz||10x @ 2.3 GH||10x @ 2.5 GHz|
|RAM||3 GB||4 GB||4GB|
|ROM||32 GB||64 GB||128 GB|
Perhaps this could be a reason for making the descendant the most expensive among the Redmi series. However, with that breathtaking hardware, the phone was able to yield more than 91,000 points on AnTuTu.
Screen & Display
For the company, Xiaomi Redmi Pro was the only phone to perform an experiment with. That’s why putting an OLED material in the 5.5-inch screen was their first attempt. With the AMOLED display, it is officially said that screen reaches 100% NTSC color gamut coverage. And we support this statement as the Full-HD display and a maximum pixel density of 480 ppi is the best when compared to any Redmi terminal. Furthermore, selecting an OLED display has many advantages: energy efficient, low thickness of screen and a warm color effect. Even though, Redmi Pro makes no use of Gorilla Glass Protection but still the screen is dustproof and scratchless.
Sadly, like iPhone 6s, from the Eye Pattern the OLED screen emits the excessive yellowing effect on Redmi Pro. Actually, the screen itself is yellow, with a blue light to warm but this yellowish effect is a nightmare for the night view. We hope that next time Xiaomi reaches a balance point with the eye pattern.
Now moving to the selling point and the most prominent aspect of the new Redmi phone. On the back, Xiaomi uses a 13-megapixel camera featuring a Sony IMX258 lens accompanied by a 5-megapixel Samsung lens to form a dual-lens combination.
Rear dual camera concept originated from HTC, where one Lens affect the movement and the other is responsible for recording the camera depth information. Along with this, Xiaomi Redmi Pro’s Dual Camera focuses on the in-depth adjustment of “blur” and “amount of light”. Other aspects of the experience are that the camera can focus on objects in no time. Still, indoor low-light image noise and complex low-light sample sensed a little troublesome. Here are the two low-light samples:
Similarly in outdoor light, Redmi Pro proofs sharpness and excellent contrast, but at a high latitude HDR light automatically turns on when the screen is dark and not outstanding. Here is an outdoor sample:
We selected two different aperture size F5.6 and F0.95 (Xiaomi Redmi Pro) sample comparison below. We can see that in terms of brightness there’s no difference in the amount of light but the iris blur is completely different; a relatively large aperture blur in F5.6.
To summarize it, Xiaomi makes a perfect use of Dual-Camera and the image is a way better than the previous ones, so what if the price is imperceptibly high.
Another praising feature of the phone is that it supports Dual-SIM (Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM) with dual-standby. Even 4G LTE is also enabled on Redmi Pro. Dejectedly, the slot is a hybrid which means that you can either add two SIMs or one Micro-SD (up to 256 GB) and one SIM at a time.
Another highlight of our protagonist is that it features USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. While, other connectivity aspects includes IR port, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth v4.2.
Like Previously said that Xiaomi Redmi Pro integrates a Fingerprint reader not on the back but on the front home button. The reader is identical to Mi 5 with the “round the waist” design.
OS & Battery
At last, a point where the younger brother is similar to the old ones. Like the previous terminals, Xiaomi Redmi Pro runs on the latest customized Android Marshmallow (v6.0) termed as MIUI 7. It’s the OS as the same in the previous phones (the updated ones). So, we can count on the stability and performance of MIUI.
As far as battery is concerned, it’s massive and non-removable with a capacity of 4050 mAh. These number of amperes are enough to last the phone for a day but still can’t deny that presence of Helio x20/x25 which is a 10 core power eater making the battery timing of Redmi somewhat an average.
Pros & Cons
|Dimensions||151.5 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm (5.96 x 3.00 x 0.32 in)|
|Screen||5.5 inches (~72.2% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Display||OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)|
|SoC||MedDaTek MT6797T Helio X25 - High & Exclusive editions
MediaTeK MT6797 Helio X20 - Standard edition
|Processor||Deca-core 2.5 GHz - Exclusive edition
Deca-core 2.3 GHz - High edition
Deca-core 2.1 GHz - Standard edition
|RAM||3 GB for Standard
4 GB for Others
|ROM||128 GB for Exclusive edition
32/64 GB for standard and high edition
|Network||2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
CDMA 800 / 1900
3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Speed: HSPA, LTE
|Camera||Rear: Dual Camera
13 MP (Sony IMX258) and 5 MP (Samsung)
f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Recording: [email protected], [email protected]
Front: 5 MP, f/2.0, 1080p
|Connectivity||WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
|Sensors||Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4050 mAh battery|
|Color||Silver, Gold, Gray|
Price & Availability
Xiaomi says that Redmi Pro will be available to purchase on August 13. The price of the variants will be as followed:
- Standard version (Helio X20 + 3G + 32G) for 1499 yuan
- High version (X25 + 3G + 64G) for 1699 yuan
- Exclusive version (X25 + 4G + 128G) for 1999 yuan
We will inform you when the phone will be available for sale.
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