Xiaomi will host a new event on July 27, and up until now, the company didn’t reveal what type of smartphones we’ll be seeing on stage on the said day. However, the company had previously teased a mysterious metal-clad smartphone bearing two camera modules on the back panel, and while this device was initially believed to wear the “Redmi Note 4” moniker, more recent evidence suggests otherwise. In fact, the company has now confirmed that the smartphone scheduled for an official unveiling on July 27 will be called the “Xiaomi Redmi Pro”, lending even more credibility to the idea that the aforementioned metal-clad device is not part of the Redmi Note series.
The Xiaomi Redmi Pro – not to be confused with the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro unveiled in March 2016 – is a new entry in the Chinese manufacturer’s lineup, and at this point in time there’s little information to go by in regards to what it will have in store for prospective buyers. However, according to an official blog post on the Chinese network Weibo, Xiaomi will unveil the Redmi Pro on July 27, and describes the device using words like “Professional” and “Ultimate”. However, on one hand, Xiaomi’s “Redmi” smartphones usually fit in the mid-range market, which means that the Xiaomi Redmi Pro may not be “Professional” or “Ultimate” enough to compete with the premium smartphone niche. On the other hand, over the years Chinese smartphone manufacturers have upped their game and created compelling mid-range smartphones using high quality materials and technologies, all the while keeping manufacturing costs and retail prices lower than expected. As such, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if the Xiaomi Redmi Pro – even though a mid-range device – could be a new push towards offering great value for money by adopting certain features usually found on more expensive smartphones. It’s becoming a fairly used formula, and it may continue to pay off for Xiaomi.
As for the Xiaomi Redmi Pro’s alleged specifications, not much is known officially, but the handset was previously spotted in the Geekbench database where some of its characteristics have been uncovered. According to the data, the so-called Xiaomi Redmi Pro will be powered by a Helio X25 (MT6797T) SoC with a total of 10 ARM Cortex-based cores, and 4 GB of RAM. The benchmark tool also revealed the operating system – Android 6.0 Marshmallow – but as expected from a Xiaomi device, the OS is likely to be covered by Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI user interface. Either way, all the details should be unveiled as early as next week on July 27.