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.

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
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro

Processor

Quad-core, 2340 MHz, 64-bit, 16 nm
Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit, 14 nm
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 (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 19 h (1110 min)
36.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 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: 2x; 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 6.4 oz (182 g)
5.54 oz (157.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (182 g)
5.86 oz (166.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (182 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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Mi Note 2
  • Display 5.7 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 4070 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Xiaomi MI UI
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo Samsung TouchWiz UI
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A10 Fusion 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2900 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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