Xiaomi Mi Note 2 official: 5.7-inch dual-curved design, Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM and more
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is now official
After plenty of leaks and speculation, Xiaomi has finally announced the Mi Note 2 phablet at a special event in Beijing, China. As expected, the successor to the impressive Xiaomi Mi Note includes a dual curved-edge display akin to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and beneath the panel, there's plenty of firepower.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 packs a 5.7-inch, 1080 x 1920, dual-curved AMOLED display, which apparently provides an agreeable 77.2 % screen-to-body ratio. For the sake of uniformity, the rear of the device is also comprised of a dual-curved-edge, glass finish. Xiaomi touts this composition as 'one side technology, one side art', and the whole thing is held together by an aluminum frame.
Like a number of recent flagships including the company's very own Mi 5s Plus, the Mi Note 2 arrives with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 chipset (2.35 GHz). There's 4 or 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM available, and either 64 or 128 gigs of internal storage dependent on the version.
Global variant includes 6 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM and support for 37 bands
On the battery front, there's a 4070 mAh juice pack with support for Quick Charge 3.0. The rear-facing camera is a 22.56-megapixel effort, which Xiaomi spent a good two or three minutes stipulating is not a 23-megapixel shooter. It's an f/2.0 Sony IMX318 sensor and features EIS (not OIS, unfortunately), just like the Google Pixel. There's also an 8-megapixel Sony IMX268 snapper for selfies with auto-focus and f/2.0 aperture.
The Nougat-based MIUI 9 has been spotted in the wild in recent times, though, so hopefully an end user update won't be too far off.The Mi Note 2 includes a number of other bells and whistles like NFC for Mi Pay support, an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C connectivity and GPS high-precision positioning. Audiophiles will be pleased to learn that there's support for Qualcomm's descrete 'Aqstic' audio DAC, which brings native support for 192 kHz / 24-bit playback. Software-wise, Xiaomi's custom MIUI 8 skin runs atop Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is the same firmware of the Mi 5s series.
The device arrives in Piano Black and Glacier Silver color options. The version with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage arrives at the cost of 2799 Yuan, or around $413. The 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage version is 3299 Yuan, which equates to about $487. The 'global' version gets the same 6 / 128 GB RAM and ROM combo and also includes support for 4G+ and 37 LTE bands worldwide for 3499 Yuan ($516). The device will apparently be available from November 1st.
If you're wondering about the dimensions, the Mi Note 2 measures in at 156.2 mm x 77.3 mm 7.6 mm, and weighs 166 grams.
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