Introduction


The Samsung Galaxy Note5 has been making the headlines of late, garnering high acclaim from critics and consumers as being the phablet to beat. While the Note5 continues to relish on its success, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro has been a phone on the outside looking in with such a glare over the Note5’s popularity here in the US. Interestingly, this beastly spec’d phablet has been available overseas for some time, beating the Note5 to the punch in many markets. We’ve been using it for the last couple of weeks, so we’re eager to tell you if it’s a phablet that you should take into consideration as well.

The package contains:

  • Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Stereo headphones
  • Get start guide
  • Important information

Design

Glass meets metal, it turns out pretty well.

All things considered, the glass body and gold accented metal trim bezel go nicely hand-in-hand to give it an identity of its own – one that’s impressively designed factoring its relatively low cost. The subtle curves around the back of the phone also help to comfortably allow us to wrap our hand over the phone with ease. Everything about its design does nicely to compete against the Note5, and it’s nice to know that it’s lighter than its rival.

Seeing that its pricing is constrained to meet such a low cost, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro’s is lucky enough to be accompanied with such a refreshing design. The low cost isn’t evident here at all, so we have to give Xiaomi credit for being able to craft such a graceful phone that doesn’t show any hint of compromise.

Its power button and volume controls are placed along the right edge of the phone, which is an ideal spot for them because they’re readily accessible. What’s a little different, though, is how they’ve placed the microUSB port on the bottom left corner of the phone, near the grill covering its microphone and internal speaker. Beyond that, it has the typical characteristics of an Android phone – like having a trio of capacitive buttons, noise-cancelling mic, and a pulsating notification light near its earpiece.


Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Dimensions

6.11 x 3.06 x 0.27 inches

155.1 x 77.6 x 6.95 mm

Weight

5.68 oz (161 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Dimensions

6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches

153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Dimensions

6.11 x 3.06 x 0.27 inches

155.1 x 77.6 x 6.95 mm

Weight

5.68 oz (161 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Dimensions

6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches

153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page





Display

It’s a relevant player with Quad-HD resolution and has some pleasant qualities. It’s a solid effort, but not as impressive as Samsung’s Super AMOLED screens.

The Mi Note Pro doesn't seem to be messing around when it comes to its screen. This is evident by just looking at the specs of the display they’ve come up with. Keeping itself in good company, it’s sweet to find that the Note Pro is sporting a 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 (Quad-HD) LCD display, which delivers superb details with its 515 ppi pixel density.

Indeed, it’s making itself a relevant player in the space by offering Quad-HD resolution, and it also has some other favorable aspects, as well as some areas that can be improved. Those areas of opportunity include its ~7600k color temperature (in standard color mode) and maximum luminance of 424 nits. Starting with the former, the screen exudes a slightly colder tone than natural. And with the latter, it’s decent enough to view in most conditions, but when the sun is around, it can be quite a challenge.

Nevertheless, it does decently in color reproduction, which is evident in how it reaches many of the target values in the sRGB spectrum. It’s not as accurate as the Note5’s display, but it’s still within reasonable liking.

Admittedly, all of these figures can change because we can change some of the display’s parameters in the settings menu. In our testing, we set its colors to the ‘standard mode’ for a more accurate reproduction. There’s also an option to choose what color tone the display favors, which includes warm, standard, and cool.


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32 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I thought the Mi Note series has glass back. Pro version has plastic back?

2. Takeharu

Posts: 288; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It's glass as well. Phonearena should fix that.

4. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Maybe it is too glossy he thought it is plastic. Quite positive that this has glass back just like the standard Mi Note

9. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Yes, it's glass. This guy clearly has no business reviewing phones.

17. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

It's a Corning Glass on both sides...

3. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

The battery its 3090 mah

5. Super.Vegito

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

7.2? wtf???!

7. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Bcos it is overheating better is note not pro

19. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Battery Life.

6. hmd74

Posts: 542; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Waiting for Redmi Note 2 review please review it

10. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

THIS! A.authority made a brief review but I'd really like to have a more complete one, heck even the usual Phonearena versus reviews would be great this time - maybe pit the 160USD Redmi Note 2 against the likes of ~USD500 G4, the ~USD500 Mi Note or ~USD400 Galaxy A7.

18. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

No need for PA review. Probably the best valued phone on the planet right now.

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Other than Samsung and Apple that probably pay PA well. Other manufacturers should not bother to get PA to review their device. They don't have a consistent way of measuring devices. Take their PRO and CONS for example.

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

For example LG G4 has a score of 9 with no CONS yet XiaoMi Note seem to have a better overall screen. http://www.phonearena.com/phones/LG-G4_id9104 Its all about the back door deal.

8. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I've got this phone and 7.2 is total BS !!! I'm not claiming it's a world beater or anything, but the battery is great and the camera is fabulous and it's fully in English except for a few apps you probably won't use. Forget this review and ask me anything you need to know for this 8-8.5 rated phone.

11. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I am quite fond of this phone's design and MIUI. Can you clarify some of my questions: - Does the phone overheat uncomfortably or slow down when playing games or multitasking for extended period of time - What is your average SOT and using habit ? - Does it have an international ROM version or any conflics when using Google services like Google Play, Email, Google Now ? - Does its Hi-fi audio make noticeable differences when listening to music with earphones and how is the speaker quality ? - How much user storage is available out of the box ? - Any strange apps crashes ? - Does it have notification Led ? - Does Xiaomi update the software regularly ? MIUI 7 ? Sorry if I ask too much. Many thanks ^^.

12. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

1) I don't deny it gets rather toasty, but I cannot say I have done any 'excessive' gaming. Only in stints of 20 to 30 minutes and haven't noticed any slowdown. 2) Guess I'm just Joe Average when it comes to use. Screen is probably on for several hours a day with messaging and games and calls etc... Unplugging at 8am I still find myself with about 10-20% left when I'm ready for sleep at about 11 or 12pm. 3) My phone is entirely in English except for a few of the China Xiaomi Apps. Once Google Services are installed, all Maps, Translator, Camera etc etc work flawlessly. 4) I'm no audiophile, but I have no issues with the sound. Using my Xiaomi Piston2 headphones gives a fantastic and deep experience but I cannot really discern any difference with hi-fi audio on or off. The speaker is acceptable to me... other opinions may vary :) 5) 58.78gb available according to my Storage section. 6) Ummmm..... MIUI certainly has the occasional quirk. But nothing deal breaking or serious or anything that should annoy anyone for more than a few seconds when one happens. 7) Yes, an LED of many colours. 8) I'm seeing a software update notice every couple of weeks. MIUI is VERY well supported if you check out the en.mui.com forums and such. MIUI7 not with me just yet tho. Still rocking the still rather swish MIUI6 on Android 5.0.2 - Cheers

15. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I read and watched quite a lot of Xiaomi devices reviews and they all seem to be really good for the prices. I myself own a Piston 3 and love it. Thank you for your answers, might check this out cause I love using different phones brands.

13. cpaun

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 11, 2015

For me the Hi-Fi makes a big difference, both in volume and in sound quality. I have a Mi Note, not Pro, but they share the same audio hw.

14. cpaun

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 11, 2015

Over 7 inch, you probably see the so called "Chroma flash". Maybe PA can confirm if it was enabled in Camera settings.

16. tanush

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Waiting for Honor 7 review.

20. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

So I Guess The 810 Is Responsible For Terrible Battery Life Or This Phone Is Just Poorly Optimized. Now I'm Very Interested To See How The Z5's Perform In The Battery Life Test.

22. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

The battery life isn't terrible, considering the screen and the power, it's extremely decent.

23. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The Note 5 Has The Same Resolution, Screen Size, And Battery Size As The Mi Note Pro So No Its Not Extremely Decent Its Extremely Terrible Considering The Alternatives.

25. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

My point is that this article is full of BS from top to bottom. John V seems to have a beef against anything not Apple and my own experience with the battery shows a massively different picture to what's posted here.

26. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Oh You Own A Mi Note Pro Then I Guess Your Opinion Should Matter Then, My Bad Didn't Know You Were Speaking From Experience. If You Say Its Decent Then It Is. And Yeah John V is Biased.

31. tpv27

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

You don't have to capitalise each word there chief.

21. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

The iphone 6s plus will get a record 9.8 imo.

24. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

9.3 At Most.

27. alouden unregistered

How does a reviewer screw up the build? The phone is not plastic. I don't own the phone, but based on what I have read elsewhere, I really do not think this was an accurate or fair review.
Mi Note Pro
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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