Today, Chinese company Xiaomi introduced its first budget smartphone Redmi Note 3 with a fingerprint reader, a second version of the tablet Mi Pad 2 and the updated payment system Mi Wallet.
The sensor, which is located on the back of Redmi Note 3, is the main feature of the new 5.5-inch phablet which cost just 899 yuan ($140). Initially, the smartphone will be sold in China. It should also be noted that this is the first smartphone Xiaomi, which has a metal body. In addition, the company increased the battery to 4000 mAh.
Inside the mobile device is processor Helio X10 from MediaTek. Thickness Redmi Note 3 is 8.65 mm, while the weight of 164 grams. Just like its predecessor, Redmi Note 3 is equipped with 13-megapixel main camera and 5-megapixel front.
We have already mentioned that Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the first smartphone of company with a fingerprint reader. As is known, the safety sensor can be used to unlock a smartphone, but it can perform another important function – confirmation of payment through the payment system.
Back in July of this year Xiaomi presented the payment service Mi Wallet, which is designed to compete with Apple Pay and Apple Wallet. Mi Wallet payment service allows owners of Xiaomi devices to manage bank accounts and other financial services. Today, Xiaomi announced the expansion of the base of mobile payment services, which is a very important part of the development of the payment system Mi Wallet.
Mi Wallet is available worldwide, but some features, such as mobile payments, work only in China. Xiaomi has sold 60 million devices last year, and plans to exceed the 80 million sales this year, so payment system is an extremely important step for the company.
Along with the new smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the updated payment system Mi Wallet, a Chinese company introduced the second generation tablet Mi Pad 2. The new tablet has a full metal body, as a smartphone Redmi Note. Xiaomi also said that Mi Pad 2 to 18 percent thinner and 38 grams lighter than the previous model.
In addition, the tablet Buda available in a new color – “champagne” in gold.
Mi Pad 2 has become much more powerful, thanks to the Intel Atom Z8500 X5. The tablet is still equipped with a 7.9-inch display, 8- and 5-megapixel camera, and a battery of 6190 mAh. Mi Pad 2 supports port USB Type-C.
Price of Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is 999 yuan (about $155) and 1,299 yuan (about $200) for 16GB model and 64GB respectively. Interestingly, the older version of 64 GB will be available with Windows 10.
And another new device of today’s presentation was the second generation of “smart” air purifier, which was first released in December. A second version of the device has become smaller and lighter.
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