The long-rumored Mi 5 may be the most anticipated phone from popular Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi, but there are similar rumors regarding another, equally intriguing device that may be set to launch soon. It’s the Redmi Note 2 Pro, and is likely a spin off of the Redmi Note 2, announced in the summer.
However, while we’re used to the word Pro being added to larger phones, that’s probably not going to be the case with the Redmi Note 2 Pro, which has been certified by the TENAA regulatory board in China recently, giving us a glimpse of its possible specification. While the phone isn’t official yet, this is a strong indication of what we can expect.
What’s going to make it Pro? The TENAA certification comes with a picture, showing what appears to be a fingerprint sensor on the rear, something the standard Redmi Note 2 doesn’t have, and an increasingly important feature on Android phones. The body is rumored to be made of metal, a big upgrade from the plastic used on the Redmi Note 2.
However, this looks like where the differences between the two models will stop. The TENAA details show a 5.5-inch, 1080p touchscreen on the front, a MediaTek octa-core Helio X10 processor with 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel camera on the rear. Additional specs include a 5-megapixel selfie cam, and a 3060mAh battery. That’s all the same as the version we have now. Android will almost certainly be the operating system installed, most likely with Xiaomi’s most recent MIUI 7 UI over the top.
The fact the Redmi Note 2 Pro has been through its TENAA tests indicates an announcement may not be that far away. It’s possible the phone may be shown off at the same time as the Mi 5, which is currently expected at the beginning of December. That’s subject to change though, as the phone has been expected pretty much all year. Rumors are putting the Redmi Note 2 Pro’s price around $170, which is approximately $50 more than the Redmi Note 2 costs.
We’ll keep you updated.