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

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.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus


Display size

5.7 inches
5.5 inches
5.5 inches


1080 x 1920 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Aspect Ratio


Pixel density

386 ppi
534 ppi
401 ppi




74.26 %
76.09 %
67.58 %

Peak brightness

625 cd/m2 (nit)

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
Apple A10 Fusion APL1W24


Quad-core, 2350 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit, 14 nm
Quad-core, 2340 MHz, 64-bit, 16 nm


Adreno 530
Adreno 530
PowerVR 7XT GT7600 Plus



Internal storage

128 GB
32 GB
256 GB, not expandable


Android (6.0 Marshmallow), Xiaomi MI UI
Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow), Samsung TouchWiz UI
iOS (13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x)



4070 mAh
3600 mAh
2900 mAh


Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time (3G)

36.00 hours
the average is 24 h (1414 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 24 h (1414 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 27 days (645 h)

Internet use

3G: 13 hours; LTE: 15 hours; Wi-Fi: 15 hours
3G: 13 hours; LTE: 13 hours; Wi-Fi: 15 hours

Music playback

66.00 hours
60.00 hours

Video playback

19.00 hours
12.00 hours



Single camera
Single camera
Dual camera

Main camera

23 megapixels
12 megapixels
12 megapixels


Phase detection autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


Aperture size: F2.0; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.5"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm

Second camera

12 megapixels


Telephoto, Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus


Optical zoom: 2x; Aperture size: F2.8; Focal Length: 56 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.6"; Pixel size: 1 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)


Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharing


8 megapixels
5 megapixels
7 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)



6.15 x 3.04 x 0.30 inches (156.2 x 77.3 x 7.6 mm)
5.94 x 2.86 x 0.30 inches (150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm)
6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm)


5.86 oz (166 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (176 g)
5.54 oz (157 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (176 g)
6.63 oz (188 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (176 g)


Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 4); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum


Water, Dust; IP 68
Water, Dust; IP 67


Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)


Touch sensitive control keys

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 516
$ 799
$ 969



5. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That's sapphire coated glass. It is a nice phone but should have been no more then 6 in. That is just my opinion I know a lot of people want bigger.

7. torr310

Posts: 1708; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Xiao Mi has the best value for most people.

12. BoardDWorld

Posts: 117; Member since: Aug 17, 2016

It also has the new Hardware EIS which they missed in the comparison. It's a seperarate super sensitive gyro just for the camera that comes with IMX318. At least for videos that I have seen the stabilization is better than OIS. https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201602/16-013E/

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Note 7 should be on that list, too bad it dieded.

10. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

Florin of Phone arena... at least complete the sheets first before making comparison. Plenty of xiaomi mi note 2 missing features there. Alan is doing better on his writing now Florin with clickbaity articles and unfinished content.... lmao

13. straightfromhell

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

How bout price comparison? End of article

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