Spotted in China’s regulatory body three weeks ago, Xiaomi has officially unveiled the Redmi 3 Pro, a higher-end version of the Redmi 3. The upgrades may not be plentiful in numbers, but they certainly add up to result in a much better smartphone.
The Redmi 3 Pro features only three differences to the Redmi 3 that was unveiled in January this year. The most important is the introduction of a rear fingerprint sensor, which is a revelation at this price point.
The two other upgrades are in the internal storage and memory: the Redmi 3 Pro sports 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, compared to just 2GB and 16GB respectively on the regular Redmi 3.
Other hardware aspects of the Pro variant remains the same as the regular: Snapdragon 616 octa core processor, 5-inch 720p display, 13MP f/2.0 rear camera with PDAF and a 5MP f/2.2 front camera, as well as a gigantic 4,100mAh battery.
It also supports a wide range of LTE bands, and has a hybrid SIM card tray that supports one nano and one micro SIM card, or one nano SIM and one microSD card.
The Redmi 3 Pro will make its flash sale debut at Xiaomi’s Mi Fan Festival on 6 April at a price of 899 Yuan (about RM550), making it possibly the cheapest Android smartphone fitted with a fingerprint sensor. As a comparison, the regular Redmi 3 is priced at 699 Yuan (about RM430).
As usual, there’s no word on international availability yet – but that doesn’t mean the company is focusing on the China market only. Xiaomi is announcing the flagship Mi 5 in India this week, while earlier today it announced the pricing and availability of the Redmi Note 3 in Malaysia.