Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi finally took the wraps off the Mi Note 2.
We can’t help but notice the strong similarities with the late Galaxy Note 7. But that’s okay, it’s no longer available in the market anyway.
The Mi Note 2 features a dual-curved glass design on both sides. And if that still didn’t ring a bell, how about a 5.7-inch OLED curved display? Yes, both sides, too. But contrary to what rumors said, it’s only a Full HD resolution instead of Quad HD. The panel is flexible, so we have to wonder if this device actually contains Samsung parts in it.
An impressive 77.2 percent screen to body ratio is also one of the highlights of the Mi Note 2. The renders look amazing and it can’t be denied that it borrowed design cues from the Galaxy Note line. But that’s not a bad thing, they’re well designed so I don’t think anyone would complain.
It’s running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset with a clock speed of up to 2.35GHz.. There’s a fast UFS 2.0 storage as well, coming in on either 64GB or 128GB. Mi also included a large 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM on the high-end model, while the more affordable variant ships with 4GB.
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The Mi Note 2 doesn’t have a dual-camera setup. It’s quite surprising that they didn’t jump on the bandwagon this time, noting that they often get inspiration from Apple in the past. Instead, it carries a 22.56-megapixel Sony IMX318 Exmor sensor at the back. It also has EIS digital stabilization, f/2.0 lens, and video recording of up to 4k quality. Other features include phase detection and contrast autofocus, two-tone flash, low-light enhancement technology, and 32 seconds long exposure shots.
It supports 6 network types of LTE and 37 band types throughout the world. There’s also NFC and a high-precision GPS module.
Fortunately, Xiaomi didn’t sacrifice the battery, offering 4030mAh of capacity. It’s also equipped with Quick Charge 3.0 for faster charging times – 83% in just 30 minutes.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Specs
- Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI
- Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
- 5.7-inch AMOLED Full HD Display, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~386 ppi
- 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8996 821 processor
- 4GB / 6GB RAM
- 64GB / 128GB internal storage, no microSD card slot
- 22.56-megapixel rear camera, 6-element lens
- 8-megapixel front Sony IMX268 camera, Beautify 3.0
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- 192Hz / 24-bit DAC chip
- 4G, LTE
- Bluetooth v4.2
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- USB Type-C
- Fingerprint scanner
- Dimensions: 156.2 x 77.3 x 7.6 mm
- Weight: 166 g
- 4070mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery
The Mi Note 2 price is CNY 2799 (~Php20,000) for the base 4GB RAM and 64GB variant. Meanwhile, the top of the line 6GB RAM and 128GB storage costs CNY 3499 (~Php24,900) in China while the global version is priced at $520 (~Php24,900).
In the same event, Xiaomi also announced the bezel-less Mi Mix smartphone.