Whenever a high-end Android phablet comes along, the obvious question is: How does it compare to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, widely accepted as the King of Phablets? We asked the same question last week when the LG G Flex 2 was launched.
This morning we met the tantalising Xiaomi Mi Note Pro (one of two new Chinese dual SIM phablets, the other being the Xiaomi Mi Note), and here – rather than go for a spec vs. spec comparison – we’re detailing five ways the Chinese phablet beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Design
Attractiveness is obviously subjective, and that goes for phones as much as it does humans. To be perfectly honest, we’ve never quite lusted after the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with its faux leather rear.
The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, on the other hand, is glass all over: 2.5D on the front and 3D on the back. Yeah, there are obvious concerns about dropping it, but the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro – for our money – is one sexy beast.
For those concerned about thickness, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is a good bit thinner at 6.9mm, compared to the 8.5mm Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Audio stuff
Yeah, listening to music on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is absolutely fine, but audiophiles will inevitably be well and truly aroused by the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro.
For starters, we have an ESS ES9018K2M 32-bit stereo audio digital to analogue converter (DAC) tailored for mobile, working in combination with two Texas Instruments OPA1612 amplifiers, topped off with support for 192kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio and built-in FLAC/APE/WAV/DSD decoding.
Or, in Tarzan terms: sound? Good.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Processor and RAM
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was as top-of-the-range as it could’ve been when it launched in September 2014, boasting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor (or Exynos 5433) and 3GB of RAM.
The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro has the advantage of being newer, boasting the enhanced Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and a whopping 4GB of RAM. Cynics might wonder if the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro – or indeed any phone – really needs 4GB of RAM, but to them we say: shush.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4: LTE Cat 9 compatibility
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is no slouch when it comes to speed, supporting 150Mbps down and 50Mbps up with the Exynos 5433, rising to 300Mbps down with the Cat 6-friendly Qualcomm Snapdragon 805.
Incredibly, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is faster still. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 supports Cat 9, meaning 450Mbps down and 100Mbps up.
Unless my calculations are wrong, that means the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro could – in theory – download a 450MB file in eight seconds. Astounding.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Price
Yes, there are areas where the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 beats the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro (perhaps I’ll detail them in a follow-up feature, in the interest of fairness), but here’s the real killer: price.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro price, meanwhile, comes in at 3,300 Chinese Yuan, which translates to £350. Even allowing for the usual gawd-the-UK-is-such-a-rip-off price hike, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro would still cost less than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Y’know, if it was actually released here. *sniff*