After a tease earlier this week, Xiaomi has unveiled its 2015 flagships, the Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro. The Mi Note is aimed at the mass consumer. It features a 5.7-inch 1920×1080 display, 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16/64GB storage, a Sony-made 13-megapixel rear camera with OIS and f/2.0 aperture, 4-megapixel front-facing camera with 2-micron pixels for better low-light performance, 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0, dual 4G SIM capability (micro/nano), 24-bit lossless audio playback and MIUI 6, which is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The Chinese version will not feature Google Play, per Chinese restrictions, but models outside the country will feature the usual Google services.
The body of the Xiaomi Mi Note is also notable. It features 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass on the front with 3D curved Gorilla Glass on the back, giving it a unique look among others. The external frame of the phone is constructed of metal, ensuring sturdy construction. The phone has dimensions of 155.1 x 77.8 x 6.95mm, making it just as thin as the iPhone 6. Going back to the front, the Mi Note features a thin 3mm bezel for more display room without a larger size. The screen also utilizes adaptive dynamic contrast and blue light reduction to make it easier on the eyes, particularly when using it in dim areas.
The Mi Note will launch in China on January 27 and retail for RMB 2,299 ($370 USD) for the 16GB model, wile the larger 64GB model will set you back by RMB 2,799 ($450 USD). A global launch hasn’t been detailed.
Moving onto the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, you’ll find a smartphone made for the power user. The Mi Note Pro is likely the most powerful smartphone to date, specced with a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 display, octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, Adreno 430 GPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC 5.0 Flash storage and LTE Cat. 9 support with download speeds of up to 450Mbps. The other hardware is the same as the Mi Note and the two share the same body, making them compatible with the same accessories.
The Mi Note Pro will launch in China later this month with a price set at RMB $3,299 ($530USD).
Both the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro show that Xiaomi isn’t messing around when it comes to creating flagships. They feature specs that are equivalent or better to current flagships and prices that set them significantly below what most consumers are paying for current flagships. The downside is that Xiaomi doesn’t have much of an international presence, making it harder to get a hold of its devices. The company also continues to use MIUI 6, which isn’t bad, but it utilizes the outdated Android 4.4 KitKat, leaving out features exclusive to Lollipop.
If available, would you look into picking up the Mi Note or Mi Note Pro?