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Xiaomi unveils Redmi Pro smartphone and Mi Notebook Air

27 JUL 2016

Xiaomi unveiled the latest smartphone in its Redmi line, Redmi Pro, while also unveiling its long-anticipated move into the computing market.

Redmi Pro
Unveiling its new smartphone, Xiaomi said it had sold more than 110 million phones in its Redmi range globally. This is not the vendor’s highest priced line (which are branded Mi), although it does often offer competitive prices and specifications.

The headline feature of Redmi Pro is its dual-camera set up.

It has a 13MP Sony sensor partnered with a 5MP Samsung sensor to capture depth information. The device is the latest to adopt such an arrangement, following on from smartphones such as Huawei’s P9 (two 12MP cameras capturing colour and monochrome).

It also has a 5MP front camera.

Redmi Pro has a 5.5-inch OLED display, and front fingerprint scanner, housed in a brushed aluminium body.

It will be available in three versions: with MediaTek Helio X20 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage at CNY1,499 ($225); with Helio X20 processor, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage at CNY1,699; and with Helio X25 (10-core) processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage at CNY1,999.

In terms of pricing, this puts it at the high end of the Redmi line but below Mi.

Mi Notebook Air
It is not especially difficult to see where Xiaomi is aiming with its Mi Notebook Air line, and indeed the company directly compared its 13.3-inch device with Apple’s MacBook Air (13 per cent thinner and with an 11 per cent smaller body, apparently).

Mi laptopThe Mi Notebook Air line consists of two devices.

The 13.3-inch laptop is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, with Nvidia graphics chip, and 8GB of RAM and 265GB SSD drive (and SSD expansion slot). It is priced at CNY4,999 ($750).

A 12.5-inch version is powered by an Intel Core M3 processor, with 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage, for CNY3,499.

Unlike Apple’s prominent logo, the Xiaomi line has an exterior that is free of badges.

While Xiaomi is clearly drawing its inspiration from Apple, it may find its greatest competition comes from local rivals. Emboldened smartphone giant Huawei unveiled its MateBook earlier this year, while Lenovo offers a full suite of computing products.

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