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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Mi Pad 2 unveiled, Mi5 remains a mystery

by Jacob Kleinman | November 24, 2015November 24, 2015 8:00 am PST

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Xiaomi made the jump from plastic and glass to modern metal frames on Tuesday with a pair of new devices. The Chinese startup unveiled the Redmi Note 3 phablet and the Mi Pad 2 tablet (along with a second-generation air purifier) at an event in Beijing, though the long-rumored Mi5 is still a mystery.

The most exciting of the bunch is the Redmi Note 3, a follow-up to the company’s extremely popular Redmi Note 2. The upgraded phablet packs a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a MediaTek’s HelioX10 chip, a 4000mAh battery, a 13-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of storage. It also sports a fingerprint reader in back, which Xiaomi says will unlock the device in just 0.3 seconds, and a sleek metal design with curved edges.

The Redmi Note 3 starts at just 899 yuan (roughly $140) or 1099 yuan ($170) for the extra storage space. It will be available in silver, gold or dark gray, and launches in China on Nov. 27 through the company’s website.

As for the Mi Pad 2, Xiaomi’s come a long way from its original chunky plastic tablet. The new model is only 6.95mm thick (compared to its 8.5mm predecessor), and weighs just 322 grams despite its all-metal frame. It also packs a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, a quad-core Intel Atom processor, a 6190mAh battery, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter, a USB-C charging port and 2GB of RAM.

Xiaomi’s new tablet costs 999 yuan ($156) for a 16GB model, or 1,299 yuan ($203) for 64GB of space. It comes in gold or dark gray and launches on Nov. 27.

Finally, the company unveiled its Mi Air Purifier 2, which boasts a smaller and lighter design. It’s also 11 percent quieter and 55 percent more power efficient than the original. You can order one for 699 yuan ($109), with replacement filters running 149 yuan ($23) each.

As for the long-rumored Mi5, it looks like we’ll have to wait until at least early next year for a look at Xiaomi’s next flagship phone. For now, though, the Redmi Note 3 should do just fine.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...