The rumor mill spun out of control a little leading up to today’s Xiaomi Mi Note 2 presentation in Beijing, as the “Apple of China” was wildly expected to load everything but the kitchen sink onto its latest flagship Android phone while somehow keeping the price low.
Of course, any levelheaded mobile enthusiast probably knew a sub-$500 handheld couldn’t possibly pull out all the stops, from a dual rear camera to iris recognition to a borderless screen. And indeed, the Mi Note 2 snubs those costly innovations and killer features to be able to start at around $415, nonetheless adopting a glamorous two-sided dual-curved design.
Both the front and back present “seamless 3D curved glass”, with a 5.7-inch Quad HD OLED flexible display underneath it all, a robust 7-series aluminum frame, and impressive 77.2 percent screen-to-body ratio.
“Curved to impress”, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 also stands out with an EIS-equipped 22.56MP rear-facing camera, 8MP autofocus selfie shooter, super-powerful Snapdragon 821 processor, up to 6GB RAM, 128GB UFS 2.0 internal storage, “full” NFC functionality, and massive rapid-charging 4,070mAh battery.
Although still not ready to properly tackle Western markets, the Chinese OEM does at least bring “global LTE support” to the table, including 37 bands ranging from GSM to CDMA to LTE-TDD and FDD, allowing you to use this beast at full potential “anywhere in the world.”
“HD audio quality” and GPS “high-precision positioning” are the final advertised selling points here, the top-shelf 6GB/128GB configuration setting you back 3,300 Yuan ($490), or 200 extra Yuan (a grand total of $515) with “global” network compatibility.