There were large number of reasons why Redmi Note 3 won the ‘Best Cheap Phone Award’, and now, it’s time for Xiaomi’s Redmi Pro to shine. A series of leaks have shown that Redmi Pro is expected to be the successor of the smartphone, and we have compiled are own reasons as to why be believe that it could very well be the best Redmi the company has to offer.
Companies usually sacrifice a metal body with a plastic one in order to keep costs to a minimum, but Redmi Pro, we expect a premium metal body despite its affordable price, which we’ll get to shortly. The metal unibody design makes the device feel premium, though its addition of several grams will appear heavy at first. Previously, only expensive flagship devices came with such bodies, but the Redmi series has taken a new turn, and Xiaomi wants to bring premium quality to those smartphones that go easy on your budget too.
First affordable phone with a dual-camera
Dual-camera phones are slowly going to be adopted in future devices, and some notable rumors suggest that Galaxy Note 7, iPhone 7 Pro and LG V20 are going to feature such a setup. Huawei P9 already sports a dual-camera, but it’s not cheap by any means, and lots of consumers do not have sufficient disposable income that they are able to head out and purchase an expensive flagship like a P9. However, if a Redmi Pro has the same feature, then its attractive price point and potential dual-camera will allow users to experience what it’s really like to have a unique hardware addition.
Xiaomi was said to be in talks with Samsung, who has been reported to supply the Chinese manufacturer with dual-camera modules, so if Redmi Pro does come with a dual-camera, you can rest assure that it is not going to be the last phone to possess such an upgrade. High-end phones from Xiaomi, which are currently being labelled as Mi Note 2 and Mi5s have also been rumored to pack such a configuration, so let us find out what the future holds in store.
Helio X20 or Helio X25?
Lots of rumors suggest that Redmi Pro was going to feature a Helio X20, the world’s first mobile chipset with a 10-core processor. However, the latest Geekbench report claims that an even more powerful SoC by the name of Helio X25 is going to power the smartphone. There are some notable differences between Helio X20 and Helio X25, but they stem from the GPU and processor clock speed.
Helio X20 (MT6797)
- Two Cortex-A72 processing cores @ 2.1-2.3GHz
- Four Cortex-A53 processing cores @ 1.85GHz
- Four Cortex-A53 processing cores @ 1.4GHz
- ARM Mali-T880 @ 780MHz
Helio X25 (MT6797T)
- Two Cortex-A72 processing cores @ 2.5GHz
- Four Cortex-A53 processing cores @ 2.0GHz
- Four Cortex-A53 processing cores @ 1.55GHz
- ARM Mali-T880 @ 850MHz
You’ll definitely get more performance, but those higher clock speeds also means you’ll be a victim of a problem that is common in all smartphones; battery life. Fortunately, Redmi Pro is said to pack an abnormally large battery capacity, so that will even out the odds quite well.
Abnormally large battery
A 4,100mAh battery resides inside the Redmi Pro, and here’s the trend that we have noticed from manufacturers. Either they will resort to fitting large batteries inside their devices in order to grant more talk-time to users, but at the same time, such devices will not feature powerful hardware that will allow you to take advantage of swift multitasking commands and options, and will also delay the time it takes to open up an app when you have several applications running in the background.
This choice of sacrificing one feature for the other is not something that consumers are looking forward to and Xiaomi has noted this down very carefully. The 4,100mAh battery is not even found in a OnePlus 3, or a Galaxy S7 edge, and that’s what makes Redmi Note 3 stand out. One could argue that Redmi Pro does not sport the powerful internals comprised inside both OnePlus 3 and Galaxy S7 edge, but then again, will you be required to spend a lot of money to get your hands on a Redmi Pro? We didn’t think so.
It’s the pricing that does wonders
Xiaomi’s business model has relied heavily upon smaller profits, but the fact that its devices are able to capture such a large number of customers is unbelievable. If you compare several devices from just a hardware point, their prices are monumental compared to what Redmi Pro could be sold for. Let us give you an example. Sony Xperia X, which features a Snapdragon 650, 3GB of RAM and a smaller battery capacity retails for $549.99 in the US. According to Gearbest, the price of Redmi Note 3 is less than $200.
There are a ton of aspects of Xperia X that are superior to a Redmi Note 3 such as the camera performance, but is a regular consumer willing to jump that huge price gap just to gain a minimal image capturing improvement? That’s highly unlikely, and while premium priced phones will have their own place in the industry, it is the Redmi Note 3’s direct successor, Redmi Pro that will combine terrific hardware with an affordable price tag to bring you one of the greatest Android handset solutions on the planet.
So what price tag do we believe Redmi Pro will feature? Our guess is that it will be retailing on online stores for $250, which effectively means that Redmi Note 3’s price will come down, thus making it even more affordable for consumers. What sort of features are you expecting from the upcoming Redmi?