Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Mi Pad 2 unveiled in China

Xiaomi has this week launched two new devices to its ever growing lineup, namely the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 phablet and the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 tablet.

While these two devices probably won’t be heading across the Pacific (or Indian Ocean, for that matter) any time yet, it’s worth noting just how impressive these two devices are.

The Redmi Note 3 for one features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, up to 3GB of RAM, a MediaTek Helio X10 processor with eight cores, and up to 32GB of internal storage. There’s also a huge 4000mAh battery in its wholly metal boody, a fingerprint sensor at the rear, and will ship with Android Lollipop.

xiaomi redmi note 3 1

The cameras are also impressive, sporting a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera combo, with the rear sporting a two tone flash setup.

The most impressive thing though? It’s price. At launch, the device will retail for RMB 899 in China, or around US$140 in the States. That’s ludicrous value.

But not stopping there, the company also outed an iPad mini 4 competition in the Mi Pad 2.

And yes, it looks just like the iPad. That’s somehow not such a terrible thing though, especially since the Mi Pad 2 now features a 7.9-screen with a 2046×1536 display, an Intel Atom heart, and a depth of only 7mm.

xiaomi mi pad 2

Arguably, the Mi Pad 2 won’t keep up with the iPad mini 2 or Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in a straight line, but it’s going to retail for around US$200 in China — or about three times less than the cheapest last generation Microsoft Surface.

Other specs include a huge 6190mAh battery, an 8MP rear 5MP front camera combo, 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. The company has also bolted a USB Type-C port on it for charging and data transmission. And lastly, there’s a Windows 10 option, which should appease some doubters if this device ever does make it west.

Unfortunately, the company didn’t launch the Xiaomi Mi 5 at the event, but these two devices at least hint at Xiaomi’s targets for 2016.

Images via MiUI.com

Andy Walker, former editor


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