Xiaomi’s Mi Note 2 may fill the gap left by Samsung’s Note 7
5.7 inch 2k OLED display, Snapdragon 821and 6GB RAM sound like an expensive top tier flagship smartphone’s specs. Add Xiaomi’s name to the spec list and you know the price is ridiculously competitive. Xiaomi just announced their Mi Note 2 smartphone and it packs some serious specifications in a body that looks too similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for my heart to handle.
5.7 inch quadHD curved OLED Display
4GB RAM and 64GB ROM OR 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM (UFS 2.0)
Snapdragon 821 processor
4,070mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0
22.56MP Sony IMX318 Main camera, f/2.0 aperture, hybrid autofocus. Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
8MP Sony IMX 268 Front Camera, f/2.0 aperture
The Mi Note 2 is the first non-Samsung smartphone to feature a curved edge display. The overall look of the device is very similar to the late Note 7. Xiaomi has used curved glass on both the front and rear sides to create a symmetrical and smooth smartphone. A fingerprint scanner is embedded under the front glass panel. The company managed to squeeze in a massive 4,070mAh battery in the Note 2 so expect good batery life.
The main camera has a massive 22.56MP sensor that is capable of recording 4k with EIS and has hybrid autofocus (phase detection + contrast). A notable feature that Xiaomi is talking about is the wide range of Global LTE bands that the devices will support. This means that those who choose to import Xiaomi devices from China or elsewhere will not struggle with cell signals.
The Mi Note 2 comes in three variants:
4GB RAM + 64 GB ROM: ~$415
6GB RAM + 128GB ROM: ~$490
6GB RAM + 128GB ROM (Global): ~$515