Earlier on, we discussed the potential of Xiaomi releasing a device that we thought couldn’t be the higher-end version of the Redmi Note 2. Highlighted in our older articles, it didn’t seem to make sense to deploy something totally new to the brand, on a smartphone that could easily be mistaken to be a mid-range device – guess we were wrong, since Lin Bin, the President of the Chinese manufacturer teased two of their upcoming releases, that include the Redmi Note 2 Pro and the Mi Pad 2 on his Weibo social media account.
Making rounds earlier on, being shown passing TENAA’s certification process, the Redmi Note 2 Pro is a really an odd device. We say so because it seems to include a finger-print sensor and metal-backed built – never seen before on any Xiaomi device. Plastering the aforementioned circular sensor on the back, underneath the LED module for the rear camera, they seem to have adopted the stylings of other Chinese smartphone makers.
Since it’s the Pro version of the Redmi Note 2, it won’t have any other distinctive qualities, aside from mentioned above. Having said, it’ll carry a 5.5-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution screen and underneath its glass panel you’ll likely find an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 clocked to 2GHz. Chances are you’ll find 2GB of RAM inside but rumours have discussed the possibilities of a 3GB RAM option as well; while it’ll have 16GB of native memory on board too.
As far as camera optics goes, the same 13-megapixel rear shooter and 5-megapixel front sensor combo will apparently return. Powering the Redmi Note 2 Pro will be a 3060 mAh battery and it’ll run a backdated version of Android, likely 5.0.2 under its MIUI 7 skin.
The bigger device revealed by Lin Bin was the Mi Pad 2 and by the looks of it, it’ll be really thin and have an uncanny resemblance to Apple’s iPads. Without giving away too much, the tablet looks to be fashioned entirely out of metal and feature a very sleek silhouette. It’s thought to carry a quad-core Intel chipset clocked to 2.24GHz.
Interestingly, you won’t have to wait much longer since these two devices are slated to make an appearance during a Xiaomi event in China on the 24th of November. Still rolling on the excitement of getting our hands on the Redmi Note 2 domestically, we’re hoping that the smartphone maker will release the much-anticipated Mi 5 as well.