The much-awaited launch event for the new flagship smartphone of Xiaomi is finally here.
Contrary to previous reports, the follow up to the Redmi Note will simply be called as the Mi Note. The presentation was started by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun’s talk about innovative products and said that everyone should be able to enjoy it. Afterwards, he began showing design comparisons with the iPhone 6 Plus. He even made fun of the iPhone’s camera bump. Lei Jun emphasized that the Mi Note is slightly slimmer and lighter than Apple’s phablet (0.15mm and 11g).
The Mi Note is encased in a Gorilla Glass 3 curved “2.5D” in front and “3D” at the back with a metallic frame in the middle. It has a 5.7-inch Full HD screen that boasts 95% NTSC color gamut and improved sunlight legibility when used outdoors.
Powering the handset is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU. There will be 16GB and 64GB storage options without microSD card expansion. It also supports high definition 24-bit/192KHz lossless audio playback. The device also features Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology.
Xiaomi Mi Note Specs
- Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, MIUI 6
- Dual-SIM. Dual Standby (Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM card)
- 5.7-inch Sharp/JDI Full HD Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display, 1920×1080 pixel resolution, 386ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5Ghz quad-core processor
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 3GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 16GB / 64GB internal storage
- Dual 4G LTE (Both SIMs)
- 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 f/2.0 autofocus rear camera with Phillips Two-Tone Flash and OIS
- 4-megapixel front facing camera with 2-micron pixels
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
- Dimensions: 155.1 x 77.6 x 6.95mm
- Weight: 161g
- 3,000mAh Li-Ion battery
Update: Xiaomi announced a more powerful version, the Mi Note Pro. Check it out here.
The Mi Note will be available in China starting January 27 for a price of ~$370 (Php16,650) for the 16GB version and ~$450 (Php20,250) for the 64GB.
We’ll report if we hear anything about its availability in the Philippines. As of the moment, only the Mi3 and Redmi 1S are being sold in our country so don’t get too excited about it.