Xiaomi becomes first to go OLED

by Goh De No
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Just last week, I went through the Alienware 13 OLED, a first for laptops with an OLED screen, and just last week, Xiaomi surprised everyone with its entry-level Redmi Pro, featuring an OLED screen.

The Redmi Pro comes in two colour choices, gold and silver, and has a brushed metallic unibody. These solid body smartphones usually gives a premium feel, which is a welcoming addition, especially considering this is an entry-level device.

The 5.5-inch 1080p OLED display, which provides deeper contrasts (60000:1 in this case), by lighting pixels individually, has the usual iPhone-look approach that Xiaomi takes.

The Chinese manufacturer takes pride in its copycat techniques, and turns them into affordable entry-level device that look good for the price.

Xiaomi’s Redmi Pro facing downwards to reveal its aluminum-brushed back. Image courtesy of Xiaomi.

The rear is slightly curved, which fits in your palm comfortably, and features a dual-camera setup with a Sony main sensor which is 13 megapixels. The secondary camera is a 5-megapixel Samsung which is used to provide a nice bokeh affect by assisting the main camera.

With a dual-camera setup, you can change the focus point of your camera even after taking a picture. Sticking with the dual setup, you also get a dual-tone LED flash, which helps give a more natural skin colours with the flash.

Equipped on the device is also an Infra-Red (IR) blaster which lets you control your televi- sion, sound system, air conditioning, and everything else that uses a remote control.

The battery on the Redmi Pro is huge by the way, at 4,050mAh capacity and features fast-charging via its USB-C port.

Its innards ispowered by a MediaTek- branded Helio 10-core processor, and you get 32GB of storage with 3GB of RAM.

If you go a step-up, there is a faster processor, 64GB of internal storage and still 3GB of RAM.

Weirdly, the 128GB storage version gets 4GB of RAM, with all of them featuring dual-SIM 4G slots.

The oblong physical button on the front of the device is equipped with a fingerprint scanner.

Xiaomi unleashed its OLED-screened Redmi Pro handsets recently. Image courtesy of Xiaomi.

In terms of software, the Redmi Pro will have Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, but it will run a skin from Xiaomi known as MIUI 8.

I remember visiting China a couple of years back and they had the Xiaomi on dis- play where it was relatively unknown at that time. The MIUI skin was a 3D effect, where you would go from different options by cycling through a 3D interface. It was extremely laggy, although at that time it was something rarely seen. Good thing interfaces like those are no longer around these days.

The current MIUI 8, well, unfortunately is very iPhone-ish. It is now in-line with Google’s Marshmallow design, but Xiaomi has iPhone-ified the look of the icons and folders.

So you’ve heard me talk about the phone’s features and I have brought up a few times that this is entry-level, so potential buyers can expect an entry level pricing.

The phone stars at RMB1,499 ($302), and goes up to RMB1,699 ($343) and the highest speccedRedmi Pro is at RMB1,999 ($409).

Pretty affordable considering the lowest spec will get you a decent 32GB with 3GB of RAM and can be bought for approximately $309, and you get a premium finish smartphone with a dual-camera setup.

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