While Indian buyers are still waiting to get a taste of the budget Xiaomi Redmi 3, the upstart Chinese company has launched a Pro version of the device in China. Apparently the Pro version of the Redmi 3 is analogous to the Prime version of Redmi device available in the country.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro is apparently an improved version of the existing device that was launched earlier this year. Hugo Barra led Xiaomi team has made so subtle changes under the hood, just like what they did in the case of the Redmi 2.
But how different is this Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro from the original Redmi 3.Without further ado let's find out! Well, for the sake of comparison similarities are listed first followed by the differences.
Display remains the same
Just like the original Redmi 3, Pro version of the device sports a 5 inch HD (1280x720p) IPS display upfront. The display resolution is in fact similar what is seen in the year old Redmi 2.
Snapdragon 616 dons the hood
As expected the chip on the inside of the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro remains the same. The Redmi 3 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 SoC with eight Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2GHz each.
13MP Rear Camera module
The Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro uses a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED Flash. The camera is apparently carried forward from the existing Redmi 3.
The huge battery on the Redmi 3 is carried forward to the Pro version of the budget smartphone. In fact the battery has been heavily boosted from the year old Xiaomi Redmi 2. Apparently this battery can easily last you through a day of heavy to moderate usage.
Just like any other Xiaomi device the Redmi 3 Pro runs on MIUI 7.1 with Android Lollipop underneath. However it's worth noting that none of the feature of stock Android can be seen in the heavily toned down MIUI interface.
Now with 3GB RAM
This is an area where the Redmi 3 Pro has received a much needed upgrade. Just like the Redmi 2 Prime, the Redmi 3 Pro's main update lies in the RAM department. It now has 3GB of LPDD3 RAM.
Internal storage bumped up to 32GB
As compared to the base variant, Pro version of the Redmi 3 comes with 32GB of internal storage. There is also a slot for memory card via the Hybrid SIM option.
Boasts a Fingerprint Sensor on the rear
The Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro now has an Fingerprint Sensor on the rear which apparently adds an extra layer of security. The placement is similar to one seen on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.
Sports a Smooth Matte Rear
Unlike the base variant which came with a textured back plate, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro comes with a smooth metal back. The Redmi 3 Pro now comes in three colour variants - Black, Silver and Gold.
Comes at a slightly higher price
Bumped up specs comes at a slightly higher price. Well, the analogy is true for the Redmi 3 Pro as the smartphone is priced at 899 Yuan (Rs 9,190 approx.) in China. This is about 100 Yuan (Rs 1,000) higher than the price of the base variant.