Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro announced. Launching in China this month for roughly $370, the new Mi Note is a 5.7-inch Android phablet with premium specifications. The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, on the other hand, is an upgraded version of Mi Note that sets a completely new performance bar with Snapdragon 810 64 bit 8-core, 5.7" 2K display (2560 x 1440 at 515 PPI), and operates on latest Android 5.0 Lollipop skinned with the latest MIUI launcher.
|Xiaomi Mi Note|
The Mi Note is slick and super-thin, with metal edges just under 7-millimeters slim and barely-visible edges surrounding the handset's 5.7-inch display. The plus-sized handset uses a 2.5D curved glass front to make the display seem slightly elevated, and a 3D curved construction on the back to give the rear panel an attractive bump. The device uses Gorilla Glass 3 throughout.
The Mi Note aims to rival the camera capabilities of its Apple and Samsung rivals, with a 13-MP Sony camera sensor that features optical image stabilization. The smartphone packs Philips 2-tone flash for capturing natural skin tones, and features a 4-MP front camera for snagging selfies.
The standard edition of the Mi Note is powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, and features a 1080p display, dual 4G SIM slots, a 3,000-mAh battery and either 16GB or 64GB of storage.
|Xiaomi Mi Note Pro|
If you go for the Pro model, you'll gain an eight-core processor, a sharper 2560 x 1440-pixel display, 4GB of RAM and faster LTE-Cat 9 capabilities.
Pricing & Availability
Xiaomi will release the vanilla Mi Note in China for the equivalent of $370/¥2,299 (16GB) and ¥2,799 (64GB), while the Pro model is due in Match for about $520. The phone will launch in China at ¥3,299 (64GB) - pre-orders open on January 20, while shipping begins on January 27.