At an event in China today, Xiaomi refreshed the Redmi Note and Mi Pad with full metal bodies and updated specs, while maintaining the cheap price points they are known for. Their move away from plastic casing was rumored when pictures of the metal bodied Redmi Note 2 Pro leaked last week.
The Redmi Note 3 features a large 4000 mAh battery, yet maintains a thin profile and its lightness through the use of a high density battery. The battery is nearly 1000 mAh larger than its predecessor and uses a metal body, but is only 4 grams heavier. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a rear fingerprint sensor that unlocks in just 0.3 seconds. Above the sensor is a 13MP rear camera with two tone flash, while the front camera boasts a 5MP sensor.
Spec-wise, it uses a Helio X10 processor made by MediaTek and runs the MIUI 7 skin based on Android 5.1. For RMB 899 ($140), it comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. At RMB 1099 ($172), you get a more respectable 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. It’s available in silver, dark grey, and gold.
The MiPad 2 also features a full metal body, but manages to be 38 grams lighter and 18% thinner than its plastic bodied predecessor. It rocks a 2048 x 1536 7.9 inch display at 326 PPI and a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM. It’s 6190 mAh battery can be fast charged through a USB Type-C port. Rounding out the specs is an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing one.
It starts at RMB 999 ($156) for 16GB and a 64GB option costs RMB 1299 ($203), with a dark grey and champagne gold color.