A new phablet is on the way to Asian markets. Xiaomi has just announced Redmi Note, a successor to the Xiaomi Redmi. Like many Chinese offerings the Xiaomi Redmi Note brings decent specs at cheap price. The 5.5-inch phone will be available in two versions with the basic model priced at CNY799, which is an equivalent of $130. The more high-end variant will cost CNY999 or about $160 at today’s exchange rate. The Redmi Note will go on sale in China on March 26th. The phablet will also be headed to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore, however, it won’t arrive there until May.
5.5-inch Xiaomi Redmi Note Octa-core Phablet
Both models of the Redmi Note feature 5.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The screen is based on the OGS technology and offers 178-degree wide viewing angles. Xiaomi promises premium photographic experience with the Redmi Note’s 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The main shooter offers a wide angle (28mm), LED flash and f/2.2 aperture which should deliver decent performance in low-light conditions.
The basic model of the Redmi Note is powered by a 1.4 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor with Mali 450 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. The more advanced variant sports a faster 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6592 chip paired with 2 GB of RAM. Both models, however, support dual-SIM and are compatible with both HSPA and GSM/EDGE SIM cards. The phone comes with a standard set of connectivity features including Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n. Unfortunately, 4G LTE speed is not an option.
The Redmi Note sports 8 GB of internal memory, which is not too much by today’s standard, but thankfully has a microSD slot for storage expansion compatible with up to 32 GB cards. The phablet runs on MIUI v5 based Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a hefty 3,200 mAh battery. The device will be available in a wide selection of colors including black, white, pink, blue, turquoise and green.