Jan 15 AT 9:49 AM Nick Sarafolean 5 Comments

The Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro are top-tier flagships

Xiaomi Mi Note

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.

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

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?

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Source: Xiaomi Mi (Facebook)

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • Dirty Budha

    Not gonna lie, between the specs and the glass description I’d be curious. Hell, the price for the Pro makes me curious. But 4.4? Com’on!! You’re the 2nd largest cell phone maker so I think you should be able to keep up with the Android versions better.

    Wonder if they’ll work on T-Mobile.

    • KC

      Totally agree with you! Why not the latest Android ? Esp at such exorbitant price, we expect the latest.

      Just how good and regular is Xiaomi with subsequent OTA Updates of the Android OS?

  • Bart

    In that they used the word “Note” in their product name, I expected it to be a Samsung knockoff with a stylus. Since it doesn’t have a built-in or even included stylus, I wonder why they chose that name for their product.

  • Pamala

    Great article!
    You should try a Sleepshield. Its supposed to block the blue light that keeps us up at night but I use it as a screen protector as well. I purchased a SleepShield for my iphone, ipad and macbook air and it seriously works. Lately I am waking up feeling more refreshed after using my iPad late into the night. http://sleepshield.com

  • Miria Osa

    Sure, yes! They may tried to copy a bit apple or samsung, but even if they did, the result is really interesting and seems to be very successful. So, specs are good – http://versus.com/en/xiaomi-mi-note-pro-vs-apple-iphone-6 – and price will be lower logically. Sounds a good deal!