After all the hype, Xiaomi finally unveiled the Mi Note 2, the company’s most awaited flagship to date with an impressive features. Most notably its own curved display, the timing seems to be right on the target as Samsung discontinued their own Galaxy Note7 due to some issues. Quite frankly, the new Mi Note 2 looks a lot identical with the Galaxy Note7 all over, from the back, to the sides and unto the back, it’s designed seems to have come directly from the Galaxy Note7.
So, the comparison between a dead and a rising device ends here, here onward, we’ll talked about the great features on Xiaomi’s Mi Note 2 and would it continue to live with the users impressions about Xiaomi’s Note series of devices.
“Curved to Impress” indeed, Xiaomi moved to a more radical hardware design as it continues to innovate. The curved display on the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is a step towards future design concepts of Xiaomi’s smartphone line. Its comes right with a 3D glass curved panel on top with a flexible AMOLED display underneath. The curves isn’t limited on the front, the back also feature the same curved angles that the front of the device has which gave the handset a seamless flushed out front and back meeting in between frames of the handset.
The screen is a 5.7-inch display with a 77.2% screen-to-body ratio with a virtually bezel less sides. Contrary to rumors and leaks, The Mi Note 2 only supports Full-HD resolution instead of QHD. Xiaomi admits that working with a flexible display on a curved glass is a challenge and is 6 times more expensive that a regular flat panels. Despite of that, Xiaomi still managed to incorporate the feature to the Mi Note 2 without bulging the price tag .
The exterior of the handset is all impressive, how about the inner workings? you may ask. On paper and on the spec’s sheet, the Xiaomi Mi Note looks stunning, for one it features Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 821 chipset, a 64-bit quad-core beast running at 2.35 GHz max. Storage and memory technologies inside the new handset will also impress power users as well as speed conscious users at it features an LPDDR4 RAM and a faster UFS 2.0 specification for its internal storage. And so, a 4GB RAM is included as the new standard in mobile devices for the regular Mi Note 2 variant along with 64GB of internal storage space. Whenever there’s a regular version, it’s typical that a higher-end variant is also available and so, the top of the line Mi Note 2 is also available with 6GB of system RAM paired to an ample 128GB of internal storage.
In today’s interconnected world, photos and videos plays a huge role in expressing both ideas and opinions and so, the Mi Note 2 brought along an impressive camera in its arsenal, though Xiaomi didn’t jump into the current trend of dual camera gimmicks, their own implementation of imaging and video technologies still is on par with what’s the latest in the industry. In its main camera module, the Mi Note 2 includes a 22.56 Megapixel Sony IMX318 sensor with a dedicated 3-axis gyroscope for electronic image stabilization (EIS) for video recording of up to 4K videos, a hybrid phase detection autofocus and dual-tone LED flash. On the front, there’s an 8 Megapixel Sony IMX268 Selfie camera but unlike most of smartphone front cams, the Mi Note 2 features auto focus that should benefit users that loves to take selfies with built-in filters through Xiaomi’s Beautify 3.0 feature.
For connectivity, Xiaomi ensures that the Mi Note 2 is operable anywhere in the world with support of wide array of LTE network types on 37 bands and support for legacy wireless networks including 3G/HSPA+ and 2G/GSM/GPRS. In addition to that, the Mi Note 2 also includes everything a flagship should be for various connection type and that includes: Fast Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Highly sensitive and point accurate GPS with A-GPS support, Infra Red port and there’s NFC with support for P2P bank card payments.
So what else is there for us from the Mi Note 2?
For security, the handset comes with a fingerprint sensor situated and embedded inside the home button on the front. And for the Audiophiles, Xiaomi’s flagship device includes AQSTIC audio processor for superb Hi-Fi audio quality at 24bit in 192 kHz DAC. It also comes with Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 8 user interface based on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and a 4070 mAh embedded battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 comes in two color variants Glacier Silver and Piano Black and will be available in two variants. One with 4GB RAM plus 64GB of storage in priced at CNY 2799 ($413) and 6GB with 128GB of storage is retailed at CNY3499 ($516) and then there’s a localized version of this variant for the Chinese market at CNY3,299 ($487).