After an insipid 2015, Xiaomi made a great comeback in 2016. The Redmi Note 3 was definitely a huge success and a veritable game changer. In fact, Xiaomi managed to sell a staggering 2.6 million units in just 6 months. Besides, the added success of Redmi 3S series helped the Chinese manufacturer become the third-largest smartphone vendor within India’s top 30 cities with 8.4% market share.

So naturally, the next Redmi series handset that’s slated to launch on January 19 has some pretty huge shoes to fill and merely tossing a Snapdragon Chipset inside the 5-month old Redmi Note 4, and palming it off to not-so-loyal budget Android buyers in India makes absolutely no sense.

Xiaomi Redmi Pro

The ‘Buzz word’ these days is the Dual Camera. And since the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 successor will have a life cycle of 6 months or more, Xiaomi can’t afford to be missing out on this trending feature.

It is more likely that Xiaomi will be bringing in a Snapdragon variant of the Redmi Pro and not Redmi Note 4 on January 19. Of course, to cash in on the Redmi Note 3 popularity, they might as well use the Note moniker and name it as the next iteration of the Note 3 (most probably the Note 4X).

To bring you up to speed, the Xiaomi Redmi Pro is a dual rear camera phone that also has a 5.5-Inch LTPS AMOLED display to be excited about. In China, Redmi Pro is powered by deca-core MediaTek Helio X20, which should be replaced by a Snapdragon SoC (most likely Snapdragon 653) in India.

Other notable features include USB Type-C port, Fingerprint reader on the front, IR Blaster, Hybrid dual SIM tray and a 4050mAh battery.

Clicked using the next Redmi phone by an Mi Explorer
Clicked using the next Redmi phone by a Mi Explorer

Now that sounds like a phone that we would like to see as the triumphant Redmi Note 3’s successor. A rehashed Note 4 Variant with Qualcomm Chip would feel bland in comparison. Of course, we are speculating regarding the arrival of the Redmi Pro in India, but that’s the only possibility that seems logical.

Xiaomi has also promoted some images on its Facebook page that its ‘Explorers’ have shot from the upcoming Redmi phone, and a couple of these are Monochrome shots. Dual camera implementation as such on phones like Cool 1, and Honor 8 couple an sRGB and Monochrome sensor together.

Clicked using the next Redmi phone by a Mi Explorer. Notice the background bokeh effect?

The dual camera implementation on the Redmi Pro, however, is different. The extra 5MP shooter is used for ‘DSLR quality’ bokeh effects. An entirely new dual camera setup in the upcoming Xiaomi Phone seems a bit far-fetched, though. The Black & White tones are most likely the result of the Mono filter in the MIUI 8 camera app.

Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Spotted On US FCC, Likely To Be Out In ChinaThis Summer

Phones like Coolpad Cool 1 have already set the pace, and more challengers including the Honor 6X are just round the corner. Xiaomi’s next phone won’t be that big a crowd pleaser if it’s missing this trending technology.

Also Read: Coolpad Cool 1 Dual Review: A Cool Budget Camera Phone To Capture

We would also hear what you thing and expect from the upcoming Xiaomi launch event on January 19. Share your opinions in the comment section below.

Xiaomi Redmi Pro Specifications And Features:

Model Xiaomi Redmi Pro
Display 5.5-Inch, Full HD, OLED Display
Processor MediaTek Helio X20 / MediaTek Helio X25, Mali-T880GPU (China)
RAM 3GB /4GB
Internal Storage 32GB/ 64GB/128GB
Software Android Marshmallow based MIUI 8
Primary Camera Dual Camera 13MP +5MP sensor, LED Flash, PDAF, 4K video recording
Secondary Camera 5MP Front-Facing Camera, 1080p video recording
Battery 4050 mAh, fast charging, USB Type-C
Others Dual SIM, 4G LTE, VoLTE Fingerprint Sensor, OTG
Price 14,999 INR (expected)

Images Captured by Mi Explorer: https://goo.gl/9OXCM9

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