At this stage, we should expect the unexpected when it comes to low-end Chinese smartphones. We’ve seen them go from cheerful plastic affairs to all metal machines, we’ve witnessed their cameras go from merely acceptable to downright impressive and their price, well, that’s stayed routinely low. However, they keep finding a way to catch us off guard, and the new Xiaomi Redmi Pro is no exception.

As part of the Redmi line of phones, the Pro is firmly entrenched within their budget range, but you wouldn’t guess that from looking at it.

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The exterior of the phone is milled from a solid block of brushed aluminium (in gold or silver colours), with a gently curved glass front panel, dedicated home button/fingerprint reader, capacitive Android navigation buttons and a 5.5″ 1080p OLED screen. Taking a look around the phone, you’ll also struggle to miss that dual-camera set up on the rear. It’s a 10MP Sony IMX258 sensor with a bonus 5MP Samsung assistive sensor, for added visual effects. 

It’s not something that’s made its way into many budget handsets, or many phones at all, really. Aside from the LG G5, Huawei P9 and the HTC One M8, dual camera set ups have been absent from most smartphones, making its appearance here all the more surprising.

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Powering the phone is a 4,050mAh battery with fast charging via its USB-C port, a 10-core Helio X20 (on the base model) or Helio X25 chipset, Android 6.0 (with Xiaomi’s MIUI skin) and your choice of 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Opting for the 128GB model lands you an extra GB of RAM, pushing the total up to 4GB. Oh, and there’s the usual dual-sim/micro-SD slot support, IR blaster and huge range of connectivity options for using it around the world.

How much does that set you back? Well The basic 32GB/3GB model with a Helio X10 processor costs just £170. The 64GB/3GB model with a faster Helio X25 chip costs around £195 and the same chip with 128GB/4GB of memory will set you back a still reasonable £230.

The phones will be available soon from Xiaomi and our trusted importers.

 

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