Samsung may have got its ducks in a row these days, moving from a convoluted, confusing product lineup to a more organized roster featuring Galaxy S, A, E, and J families, but companies like Xiaomi often seem to be finding inspiration in the market leader’s erstwhile tactics.
Case in point, the Redmi clan, composed of eerily similar devices including the Redmi 3, Note Prime, Note 3 and now Note 3 Pro or Note 3 Snapdragon. First of all, let us stress none of the Note-series handhelds supports pen input. Weird, huh?
Also, they’re all designed for China or India (or both), obviously overlapping and looking destined to mess with people’s heads. That said, there are two paramount differences between the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro and the regular Note 3.
The new guy replaces the “OG’s” MediaTek Helio X10 SoC with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 silicon, and it bumps up the rear-facing camera from a 13 to a 16 megapixel sensor as well. Everything else apparently stays the same, rear-fitted fingerprint sensor, full-metal construction, 2 and 3GB RAM, 16 and 32GB storage options, 5.5-inch Full HD screen, 4,000 mAh battery, 5MP selfie shooter and all, so the Redmi Note 3 Pro isn’t a lot more costly than the Redmi Note 3.
It’s due out on January 17 in Chinese stores at the rough equivalent of $150 (CNY 999) in an entry-level 2/16 gig configuration, with an unspecified premium warranted by the 3/32GB variant.