11 features that could have made the Xiaomi Mi Note & Mi Note Pro better

Being stuffed to the brim with premium technology and features, the Mi Note/Pro devices are hard to find fault within. The Mi Note has a 1080 x 1920 5.7-inch 2.5D display, a powerful Snapdragon processor, and its body's metal frame measures in at just 0.27 inches. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro carries a spec sheet that makes it the most formidable phablet coming out of China. It features a 5.7-inch 1440x2560 resolution panel from JDI display, which boils down to an impressive 515ppi pixel density. It is powered by the edge-cutting 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chipset paired with a large, and appropriate 4 GB of fast LPDDR 4 RAM.

In addition, both phablets bring some excellent new features to the table. But there's always more a smartphone enthusiast can ask for from manufacturers. So we had an appreciative look at your own ideas for any additional features that could have made Xiaomi's latest phablets even nicer, and came up with some of our own. 

Here are the 10 gripes we have with the Mi Note/Pro. Do you think we can add anything else to the list?

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Mi Note
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(34h 3G talk time)
Mi Note Pro
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

It would have been so much better without Android.

6. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

What do you mean? What OS should it run?

26. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The only better OS would be full blown windows. And that's not an option.

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Will be soon, we will have to see how the new win10 will interpolate, the write once deploy everywhere concept. All universal apps are already ready too, meaning those universal apps should run on both platforms.

2. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Whats wrong with the ultrapixel camera being on the front? It was excellent in lowlight shots, and that is where a lot of people take selfies...indoors with lowlight, like at a bar or party with their friends. The problem people had with it is that you couldn't crop the pictures, since it lost all the detail, you aren't going to be cropping a selfie like you would a shot of scenery. 4mp is already better than most current front facing cameras anyhow

14. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

That just shows that PA knows nothing about cameras, i'm still hoping the Hima will come with a Ultrapixel camera up front and not a 13mp one. And it seems PA is oblivious to the fact that front facing cameras usually have smaller sensors and 8mp ones are usually 1/4", the ultrapixel is a 1/3" sensor and therefore is a much better alternative than a crappy 8 megapixel like that they wanted.

21. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Couldn't agree more.

33. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

So do I, i can't understand why they hate the ultrapixel so much. I love the camera on my m8 and i don't see why it should be a con. I don't need huge megapixels as i don't crop or zoom anytime

44. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

i can't say pa knows nothing about cameras... especially, in this department pa is quite reliable. but (and you are right) the reason most smartphone reviewers said the ultrapixel camera was rubbish is because everyone really (gsmarena, phonearena and many others) mainly judge by the level of detail (as if you say yaaay i'm buying a camera-phone so that i will print my pics - nobody does) and the level of detail is only one aspect of the camera and frankly there is little difference between a 4mp pic and a 13mp one when viewed on a 15.6" laptop.

32. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

These writer should be ashamed to call them tech-journalists. Looks like they picked some kid from college to write these articles.

3. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

No stylus is no drawback for me as I would never use one anyway. Many of these 11 drawbacks are, at best, minor issues, consistent with the fact that journalists have to find something to say to earn their living even if it is mainly small quibbles. Also, at only $532 or something like that, who cares? Would you prefer to pay $800 to $1000 for all your bells and whistles? No thanks!

4. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Stupid of PA to assume that battery life won't be great judging from the battery capacity alone.

9. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

True that. But at the same time, you make a 5.7" phone and you can't put at least a 3200 mAh battery!?

5. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

IR port and FM radio are not that important. I have IR port. Usually, you are better off reaching for the remote than unlocking your phone and turning on the app.. and with TuneIn radio for example you have almost every radio in the world on your phone (FM radio was cool a few years ago when wireless data plans were not that popular.) 64GB is 4 times more storage than what majority of phones have. Those other features mentioned tho.. They would've made the Mi Note better.

10. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Oh.. they have a 16GB version too

46. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

But you need a Wireless connection if you want to listen to radio. But you don't need any connection to use FM Radio. Now which one is better??

7. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

At a mere 550$ for a phone with flagship specs I think the prospective buyers can live with these omissions.

11. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Mere $550? I paid $500 for my Galaxy S5.

23. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Not in the same league bro.. Note pro is a direct competition to note 4 than s5 and here in India, the note 4 costs close to 1000$. So this is just above half the price of what note 4 sales for here. On an another note, xiaomi products are generally priced a bit lower here than on the international market.

37. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Yes, you are right .. In the US the Note for is not more than $700 tho. Another thing is I bought my S5 five months after release date, so price had gone down. However, I still think the Xiaomi Mi Note is a little overpriced compared to all their other products. I think they are trying to get into a higher price range now that they gained popularity.

39. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I think you meant expensive, not overpriced. Take a quick browsing and you'll realize that probably this phone is the cheapest Quad HD phone with flagship specs.

8. RubyH

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Excellent article and all valid points. However I'm convinced this phone is aimed more at the Chinese domestic market and less so at the international market - at least not N.America or Europe. The introduction of these two phones was essentially to put a dead stop to imports of Apple, Samsung and LG flagships which typically go for well over $1000 in China - if you can get your hands on one. Xiaomi is already the #1 seller of smartphones in China. Until now, their success has been in the low-end and mid-range markets (RedMi 1S, 2S, RedMi Note) while their flagships (Mi3 and Mi4) were not selling well domestically. These two phones change everything. Even if Xiaomi doesn't sell a single one of these abroad, they've restored Chinese pride and consumer confidence. If you think Apple and Samsung sales in China were bad in 2014, this year will be much worse.

12. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

saygus v2

13. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Needs only 1:- ~ OPEN, QUALITY and TIMELIER sources for outside devs. That is all.

15. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Only agree with 4, 5, 7, & 8

16. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It has a lot of disadvantages. It lacks even Fm radio, but the previous Xiaomi's had this feature.

17. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

I found only 1 to be actually useful, and that is the notification led.

18. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Why even call it a 'Note' when it doesn't use or come with a stylus? Ridiculous.

19. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Right? Like how Microsoft OneNote doesn't come with a stylus too. Also, what's with people who play musical notes and don't use a stylus? Or when I make a note on my phone with my voice or typing? Ridiculous.

25. rahul.niks

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

You are ridiculous!

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