Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro - all the new features

Xiaomi exploded with announcements today, and among the products the company showcased, the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro phablets are unquestionably the hottest. Not only they look great and pack amazing, cutting edge-technology, they also come with a good selection of new features that are either exclusive to them, hard to find in the ocean of competing products, or represent a first for Xiaomi smartphones. Here they are:

4GB LPDDR4 RAM (Mi Note Pro)

Although the ASUS Zenfone 2 was the first to out a 4GB RAM smartphone, and the LG G Flex 2 was the first to sport LPDDR4 RAM modules, the Mi Note Pro is the first to have both! The combination of sheer volume and LPDDR4, which has 50% higher performance than the fastest LPDDR3 chips while sipping around 40% less energy, is thrilling.

LTE-Cat 9 (Mi Note Pro)

The Snapdragon 810 processor which will power the Mi Note Pro flagship is the first mobile SoC that puts together a 64-bit octa-core processor and a Cat 9 integrated modem with the ability to handle download speeds of up to 450 Mbps over three 20MHz LTE carriers. The SD 810 was ready for fast Internet before it existed - and so is the Mi Note Pro.

Dedicated reader mode

While Korean and Japanese vendors are gunning for hardware breakthroughs, their Chinese counterparts are pushing for user experience improvements such as glove mode and enhanced selfies. Carrying the spirit, the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro are the first smartphones with a built-in feature for filtering the nasty blue light that artificially stimulates the brain and prevents you from falling asleep. Xiaomi calls it a dedicated reader mode, designed for bed reading situations. Apps like Twilight probably do it better, but only when you try the reading mode, you'll understand how harsh the light beamed by the display is.

Audiophile hardware and lossless playback

Both the Mi Note and its Pro compatriot push mobile audio fidelity to new highs by dedicating a sizeable portion of inner space to a complete sound module. The show is ran by an ESS ES9018K2M 32-bit Stereo audio DAC specifically made for mobile devices. It's paired with not one, but two TI OPA1612 operational amplifiers which gives the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro the uncanny ability to drive up to 600ohm headphones - you know, the really expensive ones that need a standalone headphone amplifier. There's full 192kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio support, along with built-in FLAC/APE/WAV/DSD decoding support. Does Xiaomi take music seriously or what?

Curved Gorilla Glass 3 displays

At last year's CES, Corning announced a new speciality of its Gorilla Glass toughened display covering - one that's organically curved in addition to being scratch-resistant. It was going to be in mass production by late 2014, and it looks like Xiaomi is the first one to use it as intended. The Mi Note has a "2.5D" 5.7-inch curved glass display that looks quite sexy! The production technique allows the glass to bend as much as 75 to 80 degrees without breaking, but Xiaomi bent it just a little at the corners to make for a pretty, uniform screen. Since Corning has sorted its production out, we expect more flagships to make use of its curved glass this year.

Micro & nano-SIM support

The Mi Note and Mi Note Pro's dual-SIM slots support one micro-SIM and one nano-SIM card. Finally, a smartphone you can get, pop a SIM card in, and go about using it without having to inquire what type of a SIM card you need to buy - or cut up - first.

One-handed mode

The Mi Note and Mi Note Pro are the next representatives of hand-friendly phablets. The MIUI interface used by Xiaomi's phones and tablets will have one-handed operation features specially built in because of those two. Like we said before, Chinese manufacturers are thinking about how to improve the user experience, so it's not surprising one-handed usage made the cut.

UltraPixel front cam

The Mi Note pair is the first Xiaomi duo to sport 4MP UltraPixel front cameras, first introduced by HTC and ending up in a bunch of other smartphones, for example the IUNI U3. Its camera sensor has larger pixels than the rest - 2┬Ám a pixel - which allows them to absorb more light. While the UltraPixel camera flopped as a rear camera solution, it did perform well in low-light conditions, and it's good enough for the purpose of taking selfies.

DualTone flash

In the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, Xiaomi opted for a Phillips dual-tone flash which takes two shots of what you're photographing - one lit by a white LED light and one lit with a yellow LED light - and combines them into a composite image that ends up closer to having natural colors than what a single-diode flash can deliver. The principal technology has been around for a few years, but perhaps Phillips added some of its own secret ingredients to its solution.

Thinner, lighter, and smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus

At only 0.27in (6.95mm) thick and 5.68 oz (161g), the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro are both more hardware-packed, thinner, and lighter than Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, which measures 0.28 inches (7.1 mm) thick and weights 6.07 oz (172 g). That's not all there is to it, though. Dimensions-wise, both Mi Notes measure 6.1 x 3.05 inches (155.1 x 77.6mm), while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 6.22 x 3.06 inches (158.1 x 77.8mm). Somehow, both Xiaomi smartphones pack more hardware and have bigger displays than Apple's "thinner than thinner". We can safely say the student has surpassed the master in terms of engineering, although the iPhone 6 Plus is unquestionably prettier than the understated Mi Notes.



1. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Sounds fantastic, especially the Note Pro. I may buy one but I will wait to see if it has any issues with the snapdragon 810 possible over heating problem.

2. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Also cheaper than ip6+

3. Dranzer10

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

great work xiomi..

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

this might be the best phone on the market right now. snapdragon 810,4gb ram,5.7qhd,3090mah,fastcharging2.0tech,gorilla glass3,ultrapixel camera,android l all for a very cheap price

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Kudos for pa to take xiaomi a serious player I won't judge the winner of the year until I see surprises from oneplus and Huawei moto and HTC should be considered as well for people who willing to pay extra...

9. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

this is the very first chinese smartphone I added to my wishlist.Price is just right considering the specs are high end

6. m4m1k

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

Just one word. Wow.

7. Chuck.Norrisson

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Not too much more than e.g. OnePlus One or Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a. Plus: We can't buy those new phones outside of China - yet. So after all: Much hype, not so much innovative news. Except the Snapdragon 810, of course.

8. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

"We can't buy those new phones outside of China..." Uh...yes, we can. And most Chinese phones are available in most Asian countries. Oh wait, normally people who say stuffs like this are from the US. You can actually buy those Chinese phones from online retailers likewww.oppomart.com. But then again, the world doesn't revolve around the US or wherever you're from.

12. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

That's correct. World doesn't revolve around the US.

10. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014


11. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012


13. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Yawn. Wake me up when 64 bit apps are available.

17. Shubham412302

Posts: 588; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

do you even know difference between 32 and 64bit 64bit is needed when you need to have more than 2^32=4gb ram its only a way of bits arrangement in data 32 and 64 bit apps will give almost same performance on 64bit processor

19. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

nope. Go study aarch64 at infocenter.arm.com.

14. to-ma-to

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

As an audiophile and android lover, this phone delivers impressive specs...the only thing to be worried is how well the battery can last..

15. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Why those phablets don't have a stylus when having the Note label?

18. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Agreed, without a stylus it's kinda pointless. It's just another large screen phone but xiaomi did pretty good. Craving for LG G4 since rumour says it might equiped with stylus.

16. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

"although the iPhone 6 Plus is unquestionably prettier than the understated Mi Notes", prettier? How...? It's a joke right and it's not even funny.

21. vurobega

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

AGREEEE... only iSheep who wrote that line.... hahahaha I love Note4/samsung design so much, but I give applaus to Mi Note Pro Xiami can create product that pretty inside and outside... the only weakness is 3000mah battery, i hope they put 3500mah...

25. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Yup, iPhone 4/5 design was actually better than 6 but it's way to small for me, Mi 5 design already surpassed what an Iphone 6 couldn't (thin bezel, larger screen packed inside slimmer device). I'm not anti chinese brands, if it's good i'll buy it although it would be better if phone was slightly thicker with more juice inside.

26. 90ninjas unregistered

I saw this and was hoping someone commented on it... Those awkward double half-rounded square plastic bars are so sexy right PA?

20. x88yunkw

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

top notch spec, great design, but when u officially arrive in Malaysia, xiaomi note pro 2 will born.

22. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Sweet kit! Kudos indeed. Can not lie, want it.

23. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Copymi only sell their smartphones in China, so they can hide what they are doing. Just be proud of what you made, Copymi. Well, I bet you can't :(

24. Furbal unregistered

welp, found my next phone if it can get on AT&T's non lte networks.

27. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

They'd be sued to oblivion if they ever tried selling somewhere with proper patent laws.

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