We’ve been waiting for smartphone news from China to happen this week, and phone-maker Xiaomi has just introduced its latest flagship. The Xiaomi Mi Note announced today is, according to the company, “the most epic flagship device of the year”, which might very well be true, as the year is in its infancy (and if you disregard the LG G Flex 2 introduced at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show).
At 6.95mm thin, the Mi Note weighs 161 grams and is 155.1 mm tall, and 77.6 mm wide. The screen is one of 5.7 inches, so we can definitely call this one a phablet, if that wasn’t clear from its Samsung-esque “Note” moniker.
That 5.7-inch screen is a Sharp JDI panel with 1080p resolution and 386PPi. The processor powering everything is the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip, clocked at 2.5GHz, aided by the Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The Mi Note features what Xiaomi calls “dual 4G standby”, where you can use either a nano or a micro SIM card (pretty much like on the OPPO N3, where the same tray is used for dual-SIM or SIM plus microSD card operation).
The audio features are specifically called out, as the phone features 24-bit/192KHz lossless audio support, so the audiophiles among you will probably appreciate it. Since we’re talking multimedia, the shooter is a 13MP Sony IMX214 sensor with six-element lens and f/2.0. The camera is also optically stabilised, and the scene is lit up by a Philips two-tone flash. Selfies will be snapped with a four-megapixel unit, with large pixels (think HTC UltraPixels).
The front of the phone is protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3, while the back by 3D version of the same material, and, according to Xiaomi, it will be more resistant to scratches and shattering.
Everything is powered by a 3,000mAh Sony/LG LI-PO battery. Pricing will be ¥2299 (≈ $370) for the 16GB model, and ¥2799(≈ $451) for the 64GB variant, once it becomes available starting January 27.
You can read more, of course, in the official press release at the source link below.
Update: Xiaomi underlines, several times, the differences between the Mi Note and the iPhone 6 plus. Not only the Mi Note has a larger screen, but it’s also thinner, and the camera, while larger in capacity (and with a thinner form factor), doesn’t protrude from the back like in the Apple phone’s case.
Update 2: There is also a Mi Note Pro version, called by Xiaomi “literally the best smartphone in the world to date”. Opposed to the Mi Note above, the Mi No Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor (octa-core, 64-bit, Adreno 430GPU) and has a “2k display”, with Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, for a density of 515 PPI. The Mi Note Pro packs 4GB LPDDR4 of RAM and 64GB of MMC 5.0 Flash storage, as well as LTE-CAT 9 (up to 450Mbps download speeds) capabilities. Price for this model is ¥3299 (≈ $532).