There was no lack of speculation about Xiaomi’s launch event this morning, but now – at last – we know the full story. China’s Apple has essentially served up two new premium Mi Note phablets.
The first is the Xiaomi Mi Note, and while it’s ultimately the lesser of the two models (the other being the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro), there’s still plenty worth getting excited about.
Xiaomi Mi Note specs kick off with a 5.7in Sharp/JDI 1080p display, and while that’s a little bigger than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, the metal-framed Mi Note is in fact shorter, narrower and thinner (155.1 x 77.6 x 6.95mm vs. 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm) thanks to its super-slender bezels.
Further Xiaomi Mi Note specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear Sony camera with Philips 2-tone flash, 4MP front camera, “Hi-Fi audio system” with 24-bit/192KHz lossless playback support, dual 4G SIM compatibility, and a 3,000mAh battery with QuickCharge 2.0.
On the software side of things, it’s thought to be Xiaomi’s MIUI atop Lollipop Android 5.0, and Xiaomi kindly includes a dedicated reader mode that reduces short-wavelength blue light.
Xiaomi Mi Note price, finally, comes in at 2,299 Chinese Yuan for the 16GB (£244) or 2,799 Chinese Yuan for the 64GB (£297). That’s certainly more premium than the £100 Redmi Note, though Xiaomi was always tipped to raise its prices as it gained traction, and traction it now has in abundance.
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