6.95 mm-thick Xiaomi Mi Note flagship breaks cover: 5.7-inch (1080p), 3GB RAM, 13MP OIS camera, Hi-Fi Audio

6.95 mm-thick Xiaomi Mi Note flagship breaks cover: 5.7-inch (1080p), 3GB RAM, 13MP OIS camera, Hi-Fi Audio
We tend to think that knowing when a new flagship device is coming is preferable to the alternative, but in the case of Xiaomi, which bombarded us with various teasers this last week or so, it certainly wasn't easy. Well, the wait is now officially over, for the Chinese superstar smartphone maker just announced its Mi Note flagship.

The 5.7-inch phablet sports a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution 2.5D display, good for 387 ppi, and a body design that is quite similar to the existing Xiaomi Mi 4 (which is to be expected). Unlike the relatively thick Mi 4, however, the Mi Note's metal frame measures in at 0.27 inches (or 6.95 mm), and Xiaomi made it perfectly clear that it's thinner than Apple's iPhone 6 Plus phablet (0.28 in / 7.1 mm), and also shorter and narrower in body. The Mi Note's extremely-slender, side bezels, which measure just 0.008 in (0.2 mm), are another advantage over Cupertino's big phone that the Chinese maker was sure to showcase. The Mi Note is also relatively light, at 5.68 oz (161 g) and its sides clock in at 6.1 x 3.06 in (155.1 x 77.6 mm).

As for what's inside, don't hold your breath – this is the lower-end flagship of the two (Mi Note Pro being the other). Still, with its quad-core, 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with Adreno 330 GPU and support for dual 4G SIM cards, along with 3GB of RAM, the Mi Note is definitely no slouch. Add to the mix a rear 13-megapixel Sony camera with f/2.0 lens (likely the IMX214) with optical stabilization and a dual tone LED flash by Philips, along with the HTC One M8's 4MP UltraPixel camera with big, 2µm pixels at the front, and you've got yourself one rounded package. 

That's not the end of the Xiaomi Mi Note's specs list, however. For that, you'll have to add in a 3,000 mAh lithium-ion juicer (which should suffice for a 1080p display) with QuickCharge 2.0, and Hi-Fi audio. Yep, that's right – the Mi Note will offer 24-bit/192 KHz lossless playback thanks to the built-in ESS ES9018K2M DAC and two OPA1612 amp chips from Texas Instruments.

On the software side, while we don't yet have confirmation of this, we expect the Mi Note to ship with the latest version of Xiaomi's proprietary MIUI skin – version 6 – with Android 5.0 Lollipop underneath. The company also demo'd a special one-handed mode for the Mi Note – a new feature to MIUI – but it is unclear if it'll trickle down to its older, 5-inch flagships. As you can see from the last slide below, Xiaomi has also added a dedicated reader mode, during which the screen's short wavelength blue light is reduced (alike to the f.lux app for Windows)

Finally, pricing. The 16GB model of the Mi Note will go for ¥2299 (~$371), while the 64GB version will command ¥2799 (~$451) in China. Those put the Mi Note in a new, separate price class from what Xiaomi currently has on offer (along with the even more expensive Mi Note Pro) indicating that the company's confidence is at an all-time high. It remains to be seen if consumers will pony up the cash needed for the Mi Note as readily as they did they for previous Xiaomi models. 


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21 Comments

1. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

why these copycat chinese companies using the other brands' name, design etc. ? like note, plus, s etc. why they shouldn't be original ?

4. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

William Shakespeare said "What's there in the name?"....

9. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

yes at the bottom of that quote, he put his name. smart!

17. Cyberchum

Posts: 1016; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Can you guys get serious for once. No one holds a patent for pro or plus suffix.

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

hail Xiaomi...

3. Youraveragejoe

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Xiaomi is killing it literally!

5. Donbenie

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Not bad..

6. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Unimpressive battery capacity... Battery life must be horrible as Mi4, while Xperia Z3 has achieved the record-breaking battery life in the battery test.

7. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Overall, it's on par with Asus Zenfone 2. But the price should be lower to give a better competition with Asus.

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I agree, to me that price is a dissapointment, ASUS Zenfone 2 is on par and costs nearly half than that.

8. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

What, 0.2mm bezels? Since when doesnt the plastic on the side of the screen count as a bezel? In my world, anything from where the pixels end all the way to the air on the side is a bezel.

12. phljcnth

Posts: 552; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It says in the image the bezel is 3mm-thin and not 0.2mm as stated in the article. I wonder where the author got that.

21. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I think they mean the bezel of the actual screen module, which may be smaller than the entire front. Or, it was a typo and they actually mean .2 cm.

10. ferret101

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Overpriced IMO

16. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

The competition costs almost twice with lower specs....

11. ishan.heru

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Instead of this will go for zenphone 2 which has almost similar specs as this but less costly !!

14. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

well Asus Zenfone 2 (4 GB RAM) is a better deal than that one, otherwise you can step up to the Mi Note pro if you want some flagship killing IMO anyways, i am still waiting for the xperia Z4 to come up and unleash its power!!! good thing here is that they stayed with the 1080p screen to serve some more battery life, but i doubt that it will break the battery life record by the xperia Z3c

15. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I'll stick to my OnePlus One

18. sonnyt

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

Slideshow indicates Snapdragon 801.. not 810 as expected?

19. sonnyt

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

oops, my bad. that's the Mi Note Pro..

20. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I think I am going to find this phone hard to resist, great specs, great price. Being a Chinese phone is no problem for me. I also have no issue with companies that copy the designs of products developed by other companies. I think excessive patent protection is a form of anti-competition and harmful to innovation. If something is a copy but just as good and less expensive, I'm all for it. Why pay extra just for a brand name? Unless you are into status symbols. I like a functional, high quality watch but I would never pay a premium just to flash a Rolex watch.

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