After finding success with the Mi 3 and the Redmi 1S, Xiaomi has launched its third device in the Indian market, the Redmi Note. The handset will be available starting December 2 on Flipkart, and will be offered in two variants: A 3G dual-SIM version which retails for Rs. 8,999 ($145), and a single-SIM 4G version with Indian-specific LTE bands that costs Rs. 9,999 ($160).
The standard dual-SIM version of the Redmi Note features a 5.5-inch 720p display, 1.7 GHz eight-core MediaTek MT6592 SoC, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, microSD slot up to 32 GB, 13 MP camera at the back and a 5 MP front shooter. There's also 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 3,100 mAh battery. The device features support for fast charging and comes with a 2A adapter. On the software side of things, the Redmi Note runs Xiaomi's MIUI v5 atop Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The 4G variant eschews the MT6592 for the 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, and features 1800 and 2300 MHz LTE bands that will allow the device to work on Indian carrier Airtel's network. The device also runs MIUI v5, but this time on a foundation of Android 4.4 KitKat. In addition to Flipkart, the Redmi Note 4G will be available via Airtel's flagship stores in six cities across the country.
Registrations for the standard version of the Redmi Note commence on November 25 at 6 PM IST, with the sale itself set to take place on December 2. The 4G variant will be available later in the month. Xiaomi has indicated that all customers purchasing the Redmi Note will receive a free screen protector and SIM card sleeve.