Xiaomi has just unveiled its big phablet and it is already thinking big about its distribution. While the Redmi Note is already announced to be available in mainland China soon, it will also be venturing out to other Asian countries in two months’ time.
The Redmi Note will be following the footsteps of the original Redmi, called Hongmi in China, which landed in Singapore just last month as part of Xiaomi’s international expansion. Over at Chinese social networking site Weibo, Xiaomi revealed that its latest smartphone will be landing in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore in May. It didn’t specify which markets will get the phablet first, though if the Redmi is to be the basis, those in Singapore might have to wait a bit.
To recap yesterday’s reveal, the Xiaomi Redmi Note comes in two flavors, both sporting 5.5-inch IPS screens with 1280×720 resolutions. The standard version runs on an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 CPU clocked at 1.4 GHz and has 1 GB of RAM. The “Plus” version has a faster variant of the same chip, running at 1.7 GHz and has also more RAM at 2 GB. Both do have a 13 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 GB of internal storage, and a 3200 mAh battery. Unfortunately, no 4G LTE for either version.
The standard variant of the Xiaomi Redmi Note is priced at 799 CNY, which is roughly $130. The higher version is naturally priced higher at 999 CNY, or around $160. At this point, there is no word yet on adjusted local pricing in those announced regions. And of course, US availability is still up in the air.