When it comes to budget smartphones, there’s hardly any company that is as popular as Xiaomi. Of course, there are manufacturers like Huawei and Vivo andOppo that are selling some great phones in the market. But Xiaomi is definitely the king, trying hard to bring improvements to its new devices. This time, with the Xiaomi Redmi Pro, the Chinese company has climbed up a few notches.
The Redmi Pro is supposed to be the latest device in the Redmi Note series, though we don’t yet know whether Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 will happen or not. Anyway, the Xiaomi Redmi Pro is considered as the successor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. And we all know how successful the Redmi Note 3 is.
Even though the Redmi Note 3 was launched last year, it is still one of the top budget smartphones below $200. In fact, many other manufacturers took inspiration from this phone to come up with their own all-metal budget phones.
Now most Xiaomi fans are eager to know the difference between the Xiaomi Redmi Pro vs. Redmi Note 3. Of course, the Redmi Pro is more advanced with better specs and features. But the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is still worth buying, so buyers do need to know what improvements the Redmi Pro has got over its predecessors.
So let’s compare the specs and features and see what’s changed in the new phone.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs. Xiaomi Redmi Pro: Specs and Features Comparison
Though looks are subjective, the fresh look of the Redmi Pro is reason enough for comparing its design with the Redmi Note 3 (RN3).
When the RN3 was released, it was the first all-metal smartphone, thus setting a milestone in the company’s history. It looks smooth with the sandpaper-like feel to its back. At the back is the camera lens, with the flash and fingerprint sensor lined up below. At the bottom is the Mi logo and the speaker grill. The front of the phone is nothing surprising with touch-nav buttons and fairly thin bezels. The phone is not super-thin, but it’s not chunky at all.
Coming to the new Xiaomi Redmi Pro, this phone also sets a milestone in Xiaomi’s history by being the company’s first dual-camera smartphone. It’s design is a mix between the Redmi Note 3 and the flagship Xiaomi Mi5. The metal body looks and feels more premium than the RN3, and there are two antenna stripes at the back. The dual camera lens have been placed vertically with the flash in between them, and there’s nothing else on the back except the Mi logo. The fingerprint sensor is embedded on the new Home button at the front. The dual speakers are at the bottom along with the new USB-C port. The Redmi Pro also looks slimmer than the RN3.
Display and Battery
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD (1080p) IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 401 ppi. In the Redmi Pro, the resolution and ppi remain the same, but it has got an OLED screen that looks crisper and uses much less power. Redmi Pro is also the first Xiaomi phone to use an OLED display.
Coming to the battery part, we all know that the RN3 has got an impressive 4000mAh battery that lasts 2 days on minimal to normal usage and one full day on medium-heavy use. Well, the Redmi Pro features a 4050mAh battery while also being thinner than the RN3, though a bit heavier.
Processor and Memory
When the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was first launched, it came with an octa-core Helio X10 processor. Later on, a six-core Snapdragon 650 version was released. The phone comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, and there’s also a 3GB/32GB variant. You can use the SIM 2 slot as a microSD slot to expand the storage up to 256GB.
The Xiaomi Redmi Pro has got three variants- Standard, High, and Exclusive. The Standard Edition is powered by a deca-core (10 core) Helio X20 processor clocked at 2.1GHz and comes with 3GB RAM and 32/64GB internal storage. The High Edition has the same RAM and storage but features a 2.3GHz Helio X25 processor. The Exclusive Edition offers a 2.5GHz Helio X25 CPU with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Of course, you can expand up to 256GB using a microSD card.
Camera and UI
The Redmi Note 3 comes with a decent camera setup. It features a 16MP rear camera with PDAF and dual LED flash, and there’s a 5MP front camera for selfies. The Redmi Note Pro has got dual cameras on the back; one is a 13MP sensor for capturing images, and the other is a 5MP sensor for capturing depth information. There’s a 5MP selfie camera at the front. Of course, the Redmi Pro will capture much better photos than the RN3.
The Redmi Pro runs on MIUI based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, while the Redmi Note 3 runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
The fingerprint scanner of the Redmi Note 3 is at the back, while the Redmi Pro has got it on the front on the Home button. The RN3 does not have a physical Home button. Also, the Redmi Pro has a Type-C USB connector, while the RN3 comes with the typical micro USB port.
If you want to buy the Redmi Note 3, you will have to shell out less than $200, around $180 approximately. The Redmi Pro starts at $225 and goes up to $300 for the top variant.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a great budget smartphone indeed, but there’s no reason to not buy the Redmi Pro. If you have a budget of around $200, we strongly suggest you to add some more bucks and pick up the Redmi Pro instead of the RN3. You get a better and slimmer design, faster and better processor, better cameras, and an overall better looks and package. If you can get the Helio X25 version, you’ll get even better performance. For those who want a beastly package, they can opt for the 4GB/128GB version. In case you are forgetting, there’s also the Redmi 3S that’s cheaper than both, Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi Pro