Xiaomi Mi Note 2 teardown showcases those powerful internals

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 teardown showcases those powerful internals
Xiaomi finally launched the Mi Note 2 phablet earlier this week at a special event in Beijing. It boasts a dual-curved, 5.7-inch display and at first glance, could easily be mistaken for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Beneath the surface sits Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 clocked at 2.35 GHz, up to 6 GB RAM and an impressive 4070 mAh battery. Thanks to a teardown, we can now take a closer look at what's going on under the hood. 

While there was plenty of anticipation for the Mi Note 2's showcase, it was swiftly upstaged by the Mi MIX. Xiaomi's 6.4-inch, edge-to-edge phablet is certainly exciting, but the Mi Note 2 arguably has the better marketplace potential. Not only does the global version mean Note 2 is ready to launch in any market, but it may pique the interest of Galaxy Note 7 owners and former owners alike. 

Aside from Qualcomm's top-end mobile chipset, up to 6 GB of RAM and large battery, the Mi Note 2 houses plenty of other treats. There's a 22.56-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel front shooter, NFC for mobile payments, USB Type-C and a physical home button with an in-built fingerprint sensor. There's up to 128 GB storage and while it's unfortunately non-expandable, it's hard to complain at a $400-$500 price point. 

If you'd like to have a proper peek at what's going on beneath the Mi Note 2's smooth and shiny exterior, do have a look through the gallery below. Encouragingly, there doesn't appear to be a lot of glue going on, and the battery looks relatively straightforward to remove. This bodes well for those who may want to carry out DIY repairs on the cheap. 

The device goes on sale in China on November 1st, and will surely reach other markets in due course. 

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Mi Note 2
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 4070 mAh



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Note7 wannabe, but it looks stylish. Xiaomi is spoiling Chinese consumers with cutting-edge flagships for mid-range prices. I wish I lived in Asia.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I can't decide which color looks better. I'll have to wait for non-Chinese hi-def hands on yo decide. One thing I will give Xiaomi is that they definitely put big batteries in their phones and also seem to have efficient software. No 5-5.2" phone has the battery life of their Mi5 and Mi5s phones, even those from the super efficient 801 era with similar or slightly bigger batteries.

6. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

This phone is better than the note. This phone most likely doesn't have an exploding problem.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMG GET over it. The note 7 is gone. This phone is in no way better then the note 7 could have been if it wasn't for the batter issue.

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Except the price, which makes it much, much better on a value-to-money ratio.

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Sure it does, when you turn a blind eye to what you get in the box...this is similar to the OnePlus 3 vs Note 7, merely pay less to get less.

2. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

Where are those peeps saying cheap Chinese devices using cheap material? Well seriously, nothing worth to complain about xiaomi hardware

3. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

From my experience with mi4 & mi4c they are easy to fix as well

11. BoardDWorld

Posts: 117; Member since: Aug 17, 2016

Yes, Mi3 & Mi Note/Pro are the same. Cracked screen, no problem, just jump on Aliexpress. $30-$40 for the complete front panel. New frame, sure, $25..

5. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

a note without pen.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Then to not a true note

9. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Edit: It's

13. Sanele93

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I wish we had the pleasure of receiving one here in South Africa.

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