Finally, it is here – the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has been in the rumors for months now and as at the time of this writing, the phone has been launched in China, its home country.
Just like the rumors had pointed out, this Xiaomi Mi Note 2 borrows basically every aspect of the design language of Samsung Galaxy Note 7, making it look like its twin. If anything, those unhappy Note 7 owners may just have found a perfect replacement for this frying smartphone in the new Mi Note 2 phablet.
With a similar curved dual-edge design on the front and back, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 also comes with the same 5.7-inch OLED Full HD display screen with 1080p resolution. The phone further packs a massive 6GB RAM alongside onboard storage of 128GB, which is more than the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage of the Galaxy Note 7. There is a huge 23MP snapper on the back of the phablet and given the company’s push into the mobile payments industry with its Mi Pay system, the Mi Note 2 comes with an NFC chip.
The phone was launched alongside the Mi Mix, another phone Xiaomi calls a “concept phone” but, the Note 2 will start selling on November 1. As usual, there are several options on offer, with the base model priced at 2,799 Yuan or $410. This model has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The 6GB/128GB variant is the mid-tier model and costs 3,299 Yuan or $485. There is another special edition variant that comes with support for thirty-seven 4G LTE bands and is valued at 3,499 Yuan or $515. This is the international variant.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 carries the latest Snapdragon 821 SoC, which is the same processor you find on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Like other Xiaomi devices, the phone has a customized version of Android OS with its MIUI 8 skin running on top. The phone packs a super-huge 4070mAh battery unit that is backed by Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology as well as the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Xiaomi recently made its debut in the U.S. and it is expected that more of its smartphones will be shipping to North America. Whether or not this new Mi Note 2 phablet will be part of those shipping is still unknown, despite the fact that there is an international variant.
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