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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Mi Pad 2 now official

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

The #Xiaomi #RedmiNote3 has just been officially announced by the Chinese manufacturer along with the much awaited #MiPad2 tablet. The device comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and features a full metal body, along with a fingerprint scanner on the back rounding off the specs sheet of this budget handset.

For a very long time, the device was known as the Redmi Note 2 Pro in leaks and other reports, but Xiaomi seems to have had completely different plans with regards to the naming of the device. The smartphone will be sold in China at 899 CNY ($140) for the 2GB RAM model or 1099 CNY ($172) if you pick the slightly more powerful 3GB model.

The Redmi Note 3 comes with a 5.5 inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera on the back, an 5-megapixel front camera, 16/32GB of internal storage, 2/3GB of RAM, MediaTek Helio X10 octa core processor, Android 5.1 Lollipop and a 4,000 mAh battery with a fingerprint scanner on the back.

The company also unveiled the Mi Pad 2 tablet during the same event, which is the company’s latest budget tablet sporting Windows 10 or Android out of the box. No, this is not a dual-boot device and the customers will merely have the choice to pick between the Windows 10 running model or the Android version.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

The Windows 10 model is available in the solitary 64GB storage option, while the Android running Mi Pad 2 can be bought in 16 and 64GB models. The tablets run Intel’s Z8500 chipset underneath, so customers can expect decent performance out of the box. The 16GB Android Mi Pad 2 has been priced at 999 CNY or ($156), while the Windows 10 based Mi Pad 2 with 64GB of storage will cost 1299 CNY or ($203).

The Mi Pad 2 comes with a 7.9 inch 2048 x 1536 resolution display, quad core 2.24 GHz Intel X5-Z8500 chipset,  16/64GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, a 6,190 mAh battery and Android 5.1 Lollipop. The tablet also comes with the USB Type-C port in lieu of the micro USB port, which is a welcome addition.