Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Xiaomi Mi Note Pro: vote for the better phablet!

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Xiaomi Mi Note Pro: vote for the better phablet!
Although the Galaxy Note 5's launch is just a few weeks ahead, the Galaxy Note 4 is still Samsung's most current phablet, and arguably one of its best inventions ever. However, Xiaomi made quite a splash on the Internet when it announced the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro early this year. The latter, in particular, is probably the best phablet you can buy (or import) from China. Unfortunately, there is place for only one high-end phablet in most consumers' hands, hence we decided to let you, our readers, choose which one is worth staying, and which one has to go. Vote away! We'll share the results in a week.


Back when the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung wasn't exactly the type of company known for crafting premium-looking devices. It was the Galaxy S6 and the company's A series that changed that, not really the Galaxy Note 4. But still, the phablet had clearly taken a step up in its build quality compared to Samsung's prior output, as the Note 4 was one of Sam's first smartphones to boast a  frame made of actual metal. It did have an unusual shape with its slightly protruding corners, but it did add to the device's high-end look and feel. Speaking of a which, Xiaomi's choice to emulate the iPhone 6 Plus' look and build isn't winning the Chinese upstart any innovation points, but it does get the message across — the Mi Note Pro is unmistakeably premium. Its thinned-out bezel and aluminum frame definitely turn it into a looker.

Dimensions-wise, the Note 4 isn't outrageously big for a phablet at 6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches (153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm), and we can say the same for the slightly taller, yet thinner Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 6.11 x 3.06 x 0.27 inches (155.1 x 77.6 x 6.95 mm). Both devices are reasonable in size for their category.

Of course, where the Mi Note Pro is thinner without offering an advantage in functionality, the Galaxy Note 4 is thicker, but has the advantages of its excellent S-Pen stylus. Housed inside a dedicated silo within the phablet, the S-Pen makes short work of taking notes and sharing data in Android, quite unlike any other device out there.

So, which phablet's look and feel do you prefer?

Which one has the better design?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro


The Samsung Galaxy Note 4's 5.7-inch AMOLED display is still one of the best smartphone screens one can enjoy in this day and age. First off, it's got an exceedingly high resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, making for a pixel density of 515 pixels per inch. With the ability to choose among different display modes, you can coax almost industry-standard color reproduction out of the thing, and its outdoor and indoor visibility are great due to its low reflectance and balanced maximum and minimum brightness values.

While we don't have exact measurements of the Mi Note Pro's display at our disposal, we do know it has a 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen made by Japan Display, that too comes with the grand 1440x2560 resolution and 515ppi pixel density. Althoug we don't have the scientific measurements, we've had very good impressions out of JDI panels over the years, so we certainly can't imagine the Mi Note Pro's panel as a letdown.

Which one has a better display?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Interface and functionality

The Galaxy Note 4's TouchWiz user interface is very similar to that of the Galaxy S5, but Samsung tweaked some graphical elements for a lighter overall look. Notably, stock applications like the contacts, dialer, and settings now have a bright UI theme, making them look more cheerful and inviting.

Xiaomi's MIUI is one of the deeper attempts at customizing the stock Android experience, taken to the point at which it’s hard to realize that you have Google's OS running on your phone. In fact, if you are using the Mi Note Pro in China, you won't find any trace of Google services in it. This doesn't change the fact that MIUI is well optimized, with smooth animations, extensive customization options, and support for themes.

Still, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has at least two considerable advantages over Xiaomi's user experience. First, there's the S-Pen and all its exclusive functionality, such as Action Memo, Screen write, Air Command, Smart Select, and Photo Note. Moreover, the phablet comes with a high quality fingerprint sensor that enables additional security features.

Which one has a better interface?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro


Samsung's phablet sticks with a camera sensor that has the same resolution as that of the Galaxy S5's 16 megapixels. Obviously, there's enough fidelity here to deliver photos with impressive detail, which the Note 4 does with aplomb. Moreover, its camera app is comprehensive, with a plethora of different camera modes and settings. The device's heart rate measurement sensor even lets one pull off rear cam selfies, provided they really have to. But if this sounds too complicated, you can always make use of the 3.7MP front cam for decent face shots.

The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is no slouch in the camera department either, employing a 13MP rear Sony cam and a 4MP "ultrapixel" camera by OmniVision. Xiaomi's camera app is similar to the one in Apple's iOS devices, but it also includes plenty of tweak-able parameters, as well as various filters and modes. Be aware, though, that the front cam is set to automatically "beautify" your selfies, adding an odd element of "plastic surgery" beauty to your natural complexion.

Which one has a better camera?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Related phones

Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 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. strawhat67

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Note 4 ftw

27. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Most of the people voting for Note 4 has not even seen the Mi Note Pro. Although overall Note 4 is a better phablet than any other phablets in the market. But Mi Note Pro is amazingly BeAuTiFuL......

2. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I guess ans is obvious Note 4

3. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Sammy vs Xiaomi. Now that's a fair comparison. Copycat vs Copycat. Who's the better one?

12. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014


13. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Both make better devices than Apple, which has been by far the biggest copycat of the past 4 years. They should just rename Google I/O 2016 to WWDC 2018 so you can see what you're getting two years down the line.

4. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I guess all the people who vote for mi note pro would be the ones who hate Samsung phones and not because they find the mi note pro to be a beer phone in the respective categories

8. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I really find the design of Mi Note Pro more apealing to me based on the pictures and renders that I have seen, so I voted for it. Since I have not used Mi Note Pro I did not vote in other 3 other categories, I'm not qualified to judge.

15. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Keep your smartass guessing BS somewhere else, the Mi Note Pro has some advantages over the Note 4, both have their own pros and cons. Please do not use the "forcing someone to like Sammy" attitude like those blind Sammy boys.

17. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014 kinda just proved his point.

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Note 4 all the way.. Why even compare Samsung to a company that is not interested to ship globally?

16. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

We're not even comparing companies. We're comparing phones. This is not "Vote for the better company: Samsung vs Xiaomi"

6. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lol, the only smartphone that desrves comparison with Note 4 is the iPhone 6 plus. And Note 4 is ahead of that too. Leave aside others, there is no comparison at all!

21. chenski

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Sorry, but note 4 is not the best

26. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Nobody agreed with you..

30. chenski

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Then their all wrong

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I didn't vote because I've never used the other device. But capabilities of the Note 4 makes it a true phablet, not a large phone pretending to be one.

19. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Agreed, it'll took 2 years for Apple to refine 6 plus. Basicly 6 plus was a bigger iPhone 6, it lacks feature to optimize larger screen.

29. gaming64 unregistered

Full HD display, bigger battery, OIS and landscape mode is not present in the 6 though I still have to agree on this comment

9. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

The Xiaomi devices doesn't have a microSD slot and is using SD810 so 99% of devices out there are better, this thing might as well not exist.

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

From a hardware perspective, the Note 4 is tops. The design is nice (though a variety f different back covers would have been great), the screen is phenomenal, the camera is amazing. All of my issues with the device have been software related, and I'm not convinced that the Mi Note Pro does any better.

14. Simona unregistered

Why comparing with pro ? On gizmochina and gizchina they warnimg DO NOT BUY Pro version as it overheats get the just note version ..

18. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Thing is despite the fact I didn't have it, I can take a little walk and try the Note 4 in a store and I'm sure almost everybody can do the same. Let alone to be able to trying it, except AA, I didn't cross any review of Mi Note Pro yet and the reviewer failed to tested it in performance mode. So the review didn't answer the big question whether or not it suffers from the SD810 too. Also I have to say Xiaomi failing to distribute it few countries already they had presence outside China. This year they be able to enter only one new market which is Brazil. Probably it will be the last this year. They need to work harder for expansion.

20. chenski

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Most people will vote for note 4 simply because it is more popular. Mi note pro has better specs but less functionality, anyway note 4 is not the best

22. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I have a Mi Note Pro. If anyone would like to ask any questions or debunk any myths about 'dodgy Chinese companies' or anything like that, hit me up :)

23. jmsantos015

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 05, 2015

note 4 best phone ever excellent battery life fast performance (it do lag sometimes touchwiz) but overall experience sound viewing sd card slot removable back cover this is a win. 2nd is lg g4 or s6

24. chenski

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Sorry its not the best

32. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

I use Note 4...superb

25. foreverjin08

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

There is nothing to compare, so ridiculous.Do you just want to waste everyone's precious time?

28. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Lol majority of people voting never did as much as held a Mi Note Pro.....

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