Xiaomi's fingerprint sensor phone and iPad mini lookalike
CHINESE handset maker Xiaomi announced two mobile devices on Tuesday: the metal Redmi Note 3, the first Xiaomi smartphone with a fingerprint scanner; and the Apple iPad mini lookalike, the Mi Pad 2, Xiaomi's first tablet to use an Intel processor.
As is the norm for Xiaomi, both devices will be very affordable.
The 5.5-inch Redmi Note 3, which has a 1,080p screen, will be available in two configurations: a 2GB RAM version with 16GB storage for 899 yuan (S$200), and a 3GB RAM version with 32GB storage for 1,099 yuan.
The dual-SIM phone with a 13MP rear camera will boast a full metal body, and will be available in gold, silver and dark grey.
It's powered by the same MTK Helio X10 processor found in the recently launched Redmi Note 2. It is also the first Xiaomi device with a fingerprint sensor, using Trustonic's TEE chip-level fingerprint security.
Xiaomi claimed the scanner can unlock the device in just 0.3sec, and it can be used to make payments through Mi Wallet. Amazingly, the phone will also have a huge 4,000mAh capacity battery with fast charging capability.
As for the Mi Pad 2, it will start at 999 yuan and will be the first Xiaomi device to be powered by an Intel processor, the 64-bit Intel Atom X5-Z8500 processor (part of the Intel Cherry Trail platform). Just like its predecessor, the Mi Pad 2 is a 7.9-inch tablet with the same screen resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels and uses an IPS panel.
Other similarities are the same 2GB RAM and 16GB or 64GB internal storage options.
Apart from the new processing platform, the Mi Pad 2 is said to be 38 per cent lighter and 18 per cent thinner than its predecessor.
As a new tablet offering, it will also have a USB Type-C port, which means there won't be any problems with plugging in a cable upside down.
One version of the tablet runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Xiaomi's custom MIUI 7 interface, while a variant runs the Windows 10 operating system.
Several tech news outlets, such as The Verge and PC Magazine, noted the Mi Pad 2 looks like an iPad mini.
The Redmi Note 3 and the Android version of the Mi Pad 2 will launch in China today, while the Windows 10 Mi Pad 2 is slated for late next month.
There is no word yet on Singapore availability or pricing.