Xiaomi, the world’s fourth-largest smartphone maker by shipments, unveils its New Flagship Smartphone Mi Note. The Mi Note goes head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Note.
There’s just no stopping for the world’s most valuable start-up. After adding an air purifier, an IP camera, a smart light bulb and the affordable Redmi 2 to its portfolio, Xiaomi is now going after the iPhone 6 Plus with its very own high-end phablet, the 5.7-inch Mi Note. While kicking off today’s keynote, CEO Lei Jun emphasized that his 6.95mm-thick, 161g-heavy phone is ever so slightly slimmer and lighter than Apple’s offering.
But even without the cheeky comparison, the dual-SIM Mi Note is already impressive enough, options for a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and curved glass on both the front and back panels. The company refers to the front glass as “2.5D” and the rear glass as “3D.”
The company’s latest dual-SIM 4G device is encased in curved Gorilla Glass 3 at the front and rear with a metal frame, and sports a 5.7-inch 1080p display with a 4-megapixel front camera in the front. On the back is a Sony 13-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera with optical image stabilization.
Xiaomi’s Mi Note is powered by a Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz quad-core processor along with an Adreno 330 GPU and 3 GB RAM. It also allows for high definition 24-bit/192 KHz lossless audio playback, and supports APE, FLAC, DSD and WAV lossless formats.
The device features a 3,000 mAh Quick Charge 2.0 capable battery, weighs in at 161 g and costs about $370 (2,299 Yuan) for the 16 GB version, and about $450 (2,799 Yuan) for the 64 GB version.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
A more powerful version, dubbed the Mi Note Pro, is also coming soon. Its Snapdragon 810 64 bit 8-core processor and Adreno 430 GPU make for snappier performance and better graphics capabilities than the original. The Mi Note Pro also has more internal storage and support for the fastest CAT 9 LTE download speeds, up to 450 Mbps. This device also has a 5.7-inch screen, but has a sharper 2K display (2560 x 1440 pixels at 515 ppi).
It’s unlikely that the Mi Note will make it outside of Xiaomi’s established Asian markets like China and India; the company is yet to dip its toe into the waters of countries with robust patent laws!!
Xiaomi, one of the fastest-growing tech companies in China, mocks Apple with its very own premium phablet. Now, was that a wise decision? Only the time will tell…