Xiaomi Mi Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs iPhone 7 Plus: specs comparison

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Yesterday, Xiaomi unveiled a new high-end Android smartphone - the Mi Note 2, which comes to succeed the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro announced in early 2015.

While the Mi Note 2 may not be released in the US, it's a device that has pretty much everything it needs to compete with any large high-end phone in other markets. Right now, we're going to pit the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 against two of the hottest large handsets out there: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. In case you're wondering, we're not comparing the Mi Note 2 to the Galaxy Note 7, since Samsung has stopped manufacturing and selling this device. But we will mention that the new Xiaomi phone looks a lot like a Galaxy Note 7.

Although it sports a 5.7-inch screen, the Mi Note 2 is slightly smaller than the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, obviously thanks to its dual-curve design and the smaller bezels at the top and bottom. As you surely know, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge also sports a dual-curve screen (5.5 inches), and is, by far, the smallest among the three devices. The S7 edge is also the only one that has a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, since the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus have 1080p displays.  

Water resistance is the only relatively important feature that the Mi Note 2 doesn't offer (while both the S7 edge and the iPhone 7 Plus have it). At the same time, we must mention that the Xiaomi handset is the cheapest among the three.

Xiaomi said that the Mi Note 2 will have a "global" version, but it's unlikely that this is going to be officially released in the US. If you really want to get the smartphone in the US, you'll probably have to import it via a third-party retailer.

Display
Size
5.5 inches
5.5 inches
5.7 inches
Technology
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
OLED
Screen-to-body
67.58 %
76.09 %
74.26 %
Peak brightness
625 cd/m2 (nit)
 
 
Features
Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Apple A10 Fusion APL1W24 (16 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 (14 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro
Processor
Quad-core, 2340 MHz, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2350 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit
GPU
PowerVR 7XT GT7600 Plus
Adreno 530
Adreno 530
RAM
3GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4
6GB LPDDR4
Internal storage
256GB, not expandable
32GB
128GB
OS
iOS (15.x, 14.x, 13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x)
Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow), Xiaomi MI UI
Battery
Capacity
2900 mAh
3600 mAh
4070 mAh
Charging
 
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Talk time (3G)
21.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
36.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
 
Stand-by time (3G)
16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
 
Internet use
3G: 13 hours; LTE: 13 hours; Wi-Fi: 15 hours
3G: 13 hours; LTE: 15 hours; Wi-Fi: 15 hours
 
Music playback
60.00 hours
66.00 hours
 
Video playback
12.00 hours
19.00 hours
 
Camera
Rear
Dual camera
Single camera
Single camera
Main camera
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, BSI sensor)
12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
23 MP (PDAF)
Specifications
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.5"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Second camera
12 MP (Telephoto, Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus)
 
 
Specifications
Optical zoom: 2.0x; Aperture size: F2.8; Focal Length: 56 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.6"; Pixel size: 1 μm
 
 
Video recording
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD)
Features
OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Front
7 MP
5 MP
8 MP
Video capture
1920x1080 (Full HD)
 
 
Design
Dimensions
6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm)
5.94 x 2.86 x 0.30 inches (150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm)
6.15 x 3.04 x 0.30 inches (156.2 x 77.3 x 7.6 mm)
Weight
6.63 oz (188.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (161 g)
5.54 oz (157.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (161 g)
5.86 oz (166.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (161 g)
Materials
Back: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 4); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Resistance
Water, Dust; IP67
Water, Dust; IP68
 
Biometrics
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Features
 
Touch sensitive control keys
 
Buyers information
Price
$ 969
$ 799
$ 516

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