Xiaomi looks to have a knack for outing more than one version of their devices. The latest Redmi Note 3 Pro that runs a Qualcomm processor, instead of a MediaTek chipset – that’s not all either, they’ve upgraded the internals as well.
The Redmi Note 3 Pro maintains the form factor and metal make but swaps out the MediaTek Helio X10 SoC for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 (previously named the Snapdragon 618).
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Its new Hexa-core 64-bit processor is clocked at 1.8GHz coupled with an Adreno 510 GPU and allows the Redmi Note 3 Pro to support faster LTE speeds (Cat.7) and depending on telcos, it has future-proof support for VoLTE (Voice over LTE) too. The following video demonstrates the differences of VoLTE and regular call quality:
Our full post on VoLTE is available here.
Xiaomi ups the camera credentials of the Redmi Note 3 Pro by adding a 16-megapixel rear sensor that has an aperture of f/2.0 and PDAF (Phase detection autofocus). Bettering the non-Pro version by 3-megapixels. On the front, you’ll still find the 5-megapixel camera.
Otherwise, it maintains the same spec sheet as the Redmi Note 3, keeping the sleek metal and fingerprint sensor on the Pro. Here’s a recap if you missed out; the smartphone will carry a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution display, in two different RAM/internal storage options: 2GB/16GB or 3GB/32GB. When deciding to purchase the device, keep in mind that Xiaomi still left out a microSD slot so choose the 3GB/32GB version if you have the cash.
MIUI forum states that on AnTuTu’s most recent Benchmark 6.0 it registered a score of 77,592. A respectable score for a mid-range device. Those in India could see the Redmi Note 3 Pro arrive in their market soon enough, with Xiaomi starting a Redmi Note 3 Explore challenge in the country. Allowing 100 lucky fans a chance of winning the device if they manage to complete 100 missions.
As for the Chinese market, the 2GB/16GB model will go for 999 Yuan (RM 665). Pricing for the 3GB/32GB model is expected at a later date. The battery cell is rated at 4,050 mAh and you’ll be getting MIUI 7 out of the box.
Now we’d like to know, given the choice if the only difference was the processor inside the Redmi Note 3, which would you prefer? The Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor or the MediaTek Helio X10 SoC. Do let us know in the comments below.