In pictures: Xiaomi Redmi Pro (rear) and Mi Notebook


Xiaomi seem to be trying something different this time around with their Redmi Pro. The Redmi series is generally reserved for phones that are meant for the budget market, but Xiaomi seem to be in the mood to go all-out with the Redmi Pro. UPDATE: The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air and the Redmi Pro are now official!

Latest news from the Xiaomi camps is that company CEO Lei Jun has been showing off his Redmi Pro (see picture below) in what looks like a proper photoshoot. In contrast to what many believed (including me), the Redmi Pro does seem to have dual rear cameras — which means the fingerprint sensor be moved to the front.

Xiaomi-Redmi-Pro-Lei-Jun

The phone is confirmed to feature a Helio X25 deca-core processor, and a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p OLED display. Besides that, you can expect the Redmi Pro to have 4-6GB RAM (perhaps two variants?), ~4000mAh battery, and more.

The phone will launch tomorrow, i.e., on the 27th of July. Speaking of, there’s another Xiaomi device pegged for launch the same day — the Mi Notebook (or whatever they choose to call it then), which also leaked in pictures; see below (click to enlarge).

According to sources, the Mi Notebook will come in two variants, those powered by the Intel Core i5-6200U and Core i7-6700HQ SoCs. The former is expected to have an Intel HD Graphics 520, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 256GB SSD while the higher-end Core i7 version (Mi Notebook Pro?) will feature nVIDIA GTX970M 4GB DDR5 graphics, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD.

As for pricing, the Mi Notebooks are rumoured to be priced between 3999 Yuan and 6999 Yuan ($600-$1050).

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75 Comments

  1. cyril symbio
    July 26, 2016

    6999… ahahah ..; Good luck with that Xiaomi

    • SnowyCat
      July 26, 2016

      really decent pricing for those specs compared to the competition

      • Hakim Farouk
        July 26, 2016

        Yeah, I was just thinking that.6999 yuan is a lot but looking into the specs for the pro, it’s actually decently priced. 512GB SSD is not cheap! haha.

        • realjjj
          July 26, 2016

          OEM prices for mSATA/M.2 MLC drives at that capacity should be about 100$.

          • Muhammad Yasir
            July 26, 2016

            wat ?

            • realjjj
              July 26, 2016

              wat wat?
              Here so you can form some idea about NAND and RAM prices http://www.dramexchange.com/
              Note that contract prices are listed with a bit of a delay and that there can be substantial differences between contract prices and spot prices.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              July 26, 2016

              no i meant … are u asking xiaomi to be more cheap or are you saying its a good price ?

            • realjjj
              July 26, 2016

              The comment i was replying to was saying that 512 GB is not cheap. I assumed he thinks it’s a lot more than it actually is so pointed out the price.
              You know my opinion about what Xiaomi should have done and that in PC margins are already low so Xiaomi won’t have the prices people expect. Other than that, seen this info last week, there were some claimed leaked slides but i would rather wait to see them confirmed before expressing an opinion.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              July 26, 2016

              lol … i know about your immense love for Linux

              maybe they’ll release Linux variants with badass specs too 🙂

              hopefully , we’ll see some sort of normalcy in prices , which’ll make it a bit more affordable.

            • realjjj
              July 26, 2016

              There is no love for Linux and more importantly i don’t talk about what i want or feelings but about what is good business or product design and what’s not.
              Linux on ARM or ChromeOS on ARM would be business opportunities, Wintel isn’t, especially for someone like Xiaomi that wants the ecosystem.

              I don’t expect to ever buy a laptop for myself at any point in the future.I’ll still need a desktop for a while although i might go with a central server and soft clients now that consumer GPUs have unlocked virtualization passthrough – only AMD for now, Nvidia is only enabling it for Quadro. Been waiting for a long time for GPU virtualization. 32×2 Zen cores in a dual socket mobo with 128GB of RAM and a couple of GPUs would be hilarious.Not that i will get that since i don’t need it now and it would waste too much power but it would be fun.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              July 27, 2016

              “i don’t talk about what i want or feelings”

              lemme guess , bad day at the office ?

          • Airyl
            July 26, 2016

            Wow, that’s definitely the definition of cheap.

    • July 26, 2016

      Okay, go find a same spec’d laptop at that price. You’ll only get a gtx960m to 965m tops

      • cyril symbio
        September 14, 2016

        Well, at first, here it’s totally possible, Zhongguancun is the place to be if you want. Then, it’s not about the Quality/spec/price. My comment concerns my coworkers, the average chinese citizen buying Xiaomi, and earning 4000 rmb a month. Man, the life isn’t just about specs. Xiaomi became famous here because they allowed normal people to access to the technology that was exclusively for the richest before. that’s my point. I don’t deny the Xiaomi effort. Anyway, pelletier architecture will kill that soon enough. Here people buy very cheap stuffs, or very powerful stuffs, or social status stuffs. Rather buy an macbook air with shitty specs, as long as you can deploy it in the Styarbuck to let people see how successful you are

        • September 17, 2016

          Look, Xiaomi is giving people great craftsmanship at an affordable price point, how can you not just appreciate that fact? Seriously I still don’t get why people buy Macbooks, their pretty shitty for the price. It’s just that freakin’ fruit logo that makes it pricey. I’d rather get a decent spec’d laptop at a good price, it doesn’t have to be cheap but the price should match what it offers and caters to what you both want and need.

          • cyril symbio
            September 23, 2016

            Why are you talking about me. I have been clear enough saying “people here in China”… dude. I don’t buy Apple shit, and not for quality reason. Among all flaws you could point at, regarding Apple, quality might be the only one out of the list. Apple’s quality is great. Price is ridiculously high, at the measure of their arrogance. Their “ecosystem” is locked down. They hire slaves in shitty factories. Etc. Etc. That’s why I don’t buy this brand. Still, I have to recognize that the Apple product quality is fine. No need to play the ridiculous childish fanboy game spitting on a brand or another. YET, I am not saying Xiaomi doesn’t propose nice products for a nice price. I am saying that IN CHINA, CHINESE PEOPLE, don’t earn enough to sacrifice 2 MONTHS OF THEIR SALARY to buy a product which won’t offer them a social status. AND IN CHINA, IN BEIJING, it’s perfectly possible to find laptops with nice specs for the same price. Xiaomi doesn’t bring anything particularly appealing for THE CHINESE MARKET.
            I know I am not a native English speaker, but still… I thought it was clear enough.

            • September 23, 2016

              Look bud I didn’t say Apple’s quality is bad but at their price point you can get something a whole lot better for their price. I said that because you said “Rather buy an macbook air with shitty specs”. I don’t know how much you earn, but what I’m just pointing out that if you can shell out some money don’t waste it with an Apple product. I’m just saying better get this Mi Notebook than a Macbook, or get a Lenovo, an Omen, a Dell, a Razer or whatever, I just want to say is get something that is really worth the price. For someone like me who’s work is inline with tech, I prefer a powerful windows laptop so I’ll opt for a gaming notebook that has more power than a same priced Macbook Pro. I don’t care what brand it is as long at it serves my needs and is durable enough.

    • kzm
      July 26, 2016

      that quite cheap for the spec..

      • cyril symbio
        September 14, 2016

        it’s not matter or specs, they are not aiming at a European or US market, well… they do, but the primary market is China and India. The specs are important… for a minority of the population here. Otherwise you wouldn’t see people selling kidneys to buy iphones. Specs are less important than a social status. And the price is above the Chinese capacity. The Xiaomi clients aren’t the CEOs or the COO or any kind oof big name driving an audi. They are students or people with limited means riding bicycle. I have nothing against the CEOs or the Xiaomi clients, I am one of them myself, but it’s clearly not the same park.

        • kzm
          September 14, 2016

          It is still quite cheap for the spec though..

          • cyril symbio
            September 23, 2016

            It’s doesn’t matter. If I was in EU saying this laptop in the shopping mall, for sure I would buy it, and buy several for my relatives. In China, I wouldn’t do that. Because there is plenty of computers able to satisfy my needs for more or less the same price tag, and Chinese people don’t really care about Ratio spec/price. It’s not powerful enough to play nicely, and out of the hardcore nolife gamers here, no one gives a shit about the fair price tag. They go super cheap, or they go “Social Status”.

            • kzm
              September 23, 2016

              I just saying the price is quite cheap for the spec as compared to other OEM. What part that you don’t understand?

    • balcobomber25
      July 26, 2016

      These are actually pretty good deals for the specs offered….

      • cyril symbio
        September 14, 2016

        5 million rmb would be a good deal for an airplane, they wouldn’t sell too much of it anyway. Xiaomi isn’t a brand you can bleed for. Chinese people, averagely, don’t have 6999 to waste. It’s even not their salary. When they will burn one month, or more, of cash, it will be to buy a social status. And in China, it’s an iphone at first, and a samsung right behind. I have spent a third of my life in China, and I think I am not wrong saying Xiaomi can’t afford to play the Apple game.

        • balcobomber25
          September 14, 2016

          “Chinese people, averagely, don’t have 6999 to waste. It’s even not their salary.” Overall that is true, but if you really spent a third of your life in China you would know that the average salary of those in the East and those in the West of China is a huge disparity. You would also know that salaries in China continue to rise every year as the economy becomes stronger and stronger. There are tens of millions of potential customers in China that can afford this product.

          In China it is Huawei, Vivo and Oppo first. Xiaomi is in 4th. Apple holds an 11% market share in China and it has been shrinking over the past year.

          • cyril symbio
            September 23, 2016

            I am sorry dude, but the HUGE disparity isn’t a standard in China. You only consider industrial poles in that speech. No need to play it teacher with me. If you know China as much as you pretend, you should know that here, quality pass after the show off. First you buy to expose you status, and then you consider the quality. Huawei is first, not only for the smartphone. But also because out of Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqin, Guangzhou etc. etc., people don’t have enough or don’t see the point in having a smartphone, and feature phones are still selling in mass. Another point man, master Xi was the last man on earth saying the Chinese economy was getting stronger and stronger. Even him right now has to admit that it isn’t true. The big inflation taking source on the stupid real estate bubble and the huge debt contracted by the industrial sector, and at the first rank, the state own companies, are a little bit moderating your argumentation. China isn’t going stronger and stronger. They are now preparing a plan to deploy the “soft landing” as they will have to trigger huge lay off. Anyway, that’s not the point. Huawei isn’t the first in matter of Laptop in China. And since here it’s matter of Laptop, you can be sure Xiaomi won’t mark a huge score on its domestic market. We can talk about that in 6 months if you want. Ahah. And it’s not because China has million customers that it guarantee a company to meet the success. Otherwise we wouldn’t talk about some many brands closing doors since 1 year or so.
            Have a good afternoon.

            • balcobomber25
              September 24, 2016

              This product is only intended for industrial poles where it can be afforded. I

  2. Karly Johnston
    July 26, 2016

    $600… nevermind.

    • balcobomber25
      July 26, 2016

      $600 is a good price for a Core i5 with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.

      • Misto
        July 26, 2016

        Is X25 cpu rubbish? A comment above says that…

        • balcobomber25
          July 26, 2016

          X25 has a very good CPU. On paper and in benchmarks the GPU isnt that good but in actual usage it will play just about any game in Playstore. The most demanding games you might have to turn down some of the settings but everything else will be fine.

          • Misto
            July 26, 2016

            Thanks for the reply, well I am not really a gamer but I will play for sure FIFA 2016. Benchmarks and real life day to day usage are two different things and so many people do forget that most of the time. I can’t wait Xiaomi event, hope the Redmi Pro will be on sale very quickly.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              July 26, 2016

              i think FIFA 16 won’t have any problem … except getting the rare player cards without money :p !

      • Misto
        July 26, 2016

        Definitely!!! That’s an amazing price for the specs. If they put a Core I7 inside a Notebook (13.3″) I will be really interested but I guess that the price will be higher than 600$. That being said, if they release a Notebook with Core I5 at 600$ I would probably buy in October or November to replace my 5 years old Asus laptop. I hope that resellers will not exaggerate the final price.

      • Karly Johnston
        July 26, 2016

        There are already core i7 ultrabooks in the $600-700 range with dedicated nvidia graphics and 8GB RAM. I wanted this priced to move.

        • balcobomber25
          July 26, 2016

          And they have 256GB SSD? Show me these ultrabooks you are talking about. I have never seen one with this spec for under $1000. Like this one

          http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-notebook-9-pro-15-6-4k-ultra-hd-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-memory-256gb-ssd-pure-black/4526101.p?id=1219757968441&skuId=4526101&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=4526101&extensionType=pla_multichannel:g&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!66713926186!g!!93427446079&kpid=4526101&k_clickid=009cd3f3-005e-4f63-82fd-0e654ec8448c&lsft=ref:212,loc:1&ksid=009cd3f3-005e-4f63-82fd-0e654ec8448c&ksprof_id=8&ksaffcode=pg47&ksdevice=c&ref=212&loc=1

          • Karly Johnston
            July 26, 2016

            The difference between a 1TB hybrid drive and a 256GB SSD in price is almost identical. The point is this isn’t going to shake up the market. I was looking for that at $450-500.

            • balcobomber25
              July 26, 2016

              So you don’t know of any notebooks with the specs you mentioned plus a 256GB SSD for this price?

            • Karly Johnston
              July 26, 2016

              So you don’t know of any notebooks with the specs you mentioned plus a dedicated nvidia graphics card for that price?

            • balcobomber25
              July 26, 2016

              With a 512GB SSD, Core i7 and dedicated graphics you will usually pay around $1300.

            • Dante
              July 27, 2016

              Agreed , But the regular version is still just “Ok” for the price
              You can get a laptop with those specs at around 500 Bucks (with dedicated 940m) and you can buy a 256gb ssd for around 100 bucks So the pricing for that is not really that good

            • Karly Johnston
              July 27, 2016

              Newegg has a lenovo core i7 with nvidia and 1TB hybrid in the mid $600s.

            • balcobomber25
              July 27, 2016

              You do know there is a difference performance wise between a hybrid and SSD?

            • Karly Johnston
              July 27, 2016

              You do know you can get your own 256GB SSD for practically nothing and use the 1TB as external storage? Like 256 is enough…

            • balcobomber25
              July 28, 2016

              “Practically nothing”. If you are buying one for “practically nothing” there’s something wrong with it. A good 256GB SSD will run you anywhere from $70-180 depending on the type and brand. For me 256 is more than enough.

            • Karly Johnston
              July 28, 2016

              It isn’t about what you need, it is about what you are getting for the price and 1TB is 4X more than 256GB.

            • balcobomber25
              July 28, 2016

              So what you are getting is only measured in size? It’s not measured in performance? Who made these rules?

            • Karly Johnston
              July 28, 2016

              Hybrid drives deliver similar speeds on all cached programs. It is only when you load something you don’t regularly use that is slows down and at 4X storage end of story.

            • balcobomber25
              July 28, 2016

              Most hybrid drives don’t come anywhere close to matching the advertised performance of a true SSD. Especially when it comes to gaming and editing. For you those might not be a priority and the 4x extra storage is the better option, but your needs aren;t the same as every consumer.

            • Karly Johnston
              July 28, 2016

              It is an ultrabook, neither of those are it’s priority. If you do those you will need a quad core.

            • balcobomber25
              July 28, 2016

              It’s priority is whatever it’s user intends. And with a dedicated graphics card people will want to play games.

            • Karly Johnston
              July 28, 2016

              The HD 520 graphics that come on the SoC are not much worse than the 940 they put on it. The only thing an SSD does in gaming is quicker load times and the games you play won’t be heavy enough to matter.

            • balcobomber25
              July 29, 2016

              The HD 520 includes no dedicated memory for the GPU, the 940m does. Current AAA games will barely run in low settings (and some not at all) with the HD 520, with the 940mx you can run nearly all of them in low setting and some on medium. The closest Nvidia chip to the HD 520 would be the 820m which is a much older chip from 2014.

              That is not the only thing an SSD does, and a game being “heavy” doesn’t really matter when it comes to load times. Even lighter games have load times sometimes even longer than AAA games due to the engine they use. Anyone who plays games can benefit from an SSD. Especially if those games are in the genres of open world, racing or online. SSD’s significantly cut down on hitching in all three of those genres.

              For Karly Johnston a larger hard drive is more important, but you don’t speak for everyone and your needs aren’t the same as everyone. For me an SSD is much more important than more space, I have unlimited space available in the cloud for free.

            • Karly Johnston
              July 29, 2016

              And what unlimited data plan lets you tether enough to rely on cloud storage? An ultrabook is not for gaming, it is for work.

            • balcobomber25
              July 29, 2016

              I must have missed the conference where Karly Johnston decided for the world what Ultrabook’s were to be used for.

              My unlimited broadband internet data plan in my home where I will use my laptop 99% of the time has no data caps.

            • Karly Johnston
              July 29, 2016

              If you are using this at home then just get a budget gaming laptop. You can get quad core i7s with much higher gpu for that price.

            • balcobomber25
              July 29, 2016

              Or I can get this and be happy. I wasn’t aware you decided what is best for me.

            • Karly Johnston
              July 29, 2016

              You won’t be happy wasting money. I know your budget is strapped using an MX5.

            • balcobomber25
              July 29, 2016

              Haven’t used an MX5 for almost three months…

  3. NextHype
    July 26, 2016

    *waiting for muhammad to scream with horror and then cry in front of this pricetags*

    • Muhammad Yasir
      July 26, 2016

      but but … i like the price , considering they have dual cams ?? !

  4. yalok
    July 26, 2016

    Redmi Pro will cost like mi5?

    • Hakim Farouk
      July 26, 2016

      Probably slightly lower for the pro variant.

      • Muhammad Yasir
        July 26, 2016

        😀

    • balcobomber25
      July 26, 2016

      Earlier pricing leaks suggest it would cost around $210.

      • yalok
        July 27, 2016

        Ha, so the top Pro costs more than the cheapest mi5..

  5. Giulio Dainese
    July 26, 2016

    where is the confirmation for the 5.5″?

  6. Monsta
    July 26, 2016

    X25 = poor graphics performance, lower performance than the SD 650 / 652 / 810 / 808. Not sure why Xiaomi chose to use this rubbish SoC.

    • Muhammad Yasir
      July 26, 2016

      riiiiight

  7. Dominó85
    July 26, 2016

    I am really interested in Mi Notebook Pro. For starter 1050USD (aprox. 300.000 HUF) it will be a really good deal. But sadly the hungarian taxes make it wrong and aroud 1500USD… F***…

  8. a
    July 26, 2016

    1050$ + addition re-seller cost + shipping cost + local taxes can easily up the price to 2000$

  9. Muhammad Yasir
    July 26, 2016

    This Redmi boy is shaping up to be a BEAST !

  10. Joe mont
    July 26, 2016

    A 7.5w processor in one, a 35w processor in the other? This makes no sense given they will likely use the same chassis.

  11. Dante
    July 27, 2016

    Fantastic price for the Pro xiaomi laptop
    Ok for the regular one