Interface and Functionality

The simple and elegant layout is something to like about MIUI 6.0, but it lacks the diversity that power users crave.

Since the last time we’ve encountered a Xiaomi smartphone, there hasn’t been any notable changes with the experience – albeit, the Mi Note Pro is lucky enough to be in Lollipop territory now. At the core of it all, we’re still exposed to the MIUI 6.0 skin, which is undoubtedly an experience that few folks in the US are accustomed to using. MIUI is one of the most profound and deep attempts at customizing the stock Android interface to the point where it’s hard to recognize you have Android running on the phone. Honestly, though, our first impression tells us that it tries to emulate iOS with its icon-filled homescreen.

Some of the signature features include the fact that it is well optimized to run, with smooth, good-looking animations, extensive customization options, and support for themes. With Xiaomi’s clear focus on the Chinese market, though, the nagging question about the MIUI skin is whether it’s well-adapted for use to those outside of China. The answer is ‘not really’. That’s because the experience is riddled with some bloatware tailored for the Chinese market.

Yes, the simple and elegant design language of the experience is favorable on so many levels, but it doesn’t have a deeper roster of features to sell it to power users.

Processor and Memory

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chip shines brightly with the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro.

Just like its decision to go with Quad-HD resolution with its screen, in order to remain relevant, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro makes for a good argument with its 64-bit based octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 SoC accompanied with a generous 4GB of RAM and the Adreno 430 GPU. It’s almost insane at how smoothly it performs when navigating around the platform, which is a testament to the optimizations done to the software. Over on the gaming side, it’s a champ at graphics processing, where it accrues slightly more frames than the Note5 in the GFXBench tests. It just means that this thing will handle even today’s most demanding titles out there.

The lack of a microSD card isn’t anything new nowadays, but it’s comforting to know that Xiaomi is generous enough to provide an ample 64GB of internal storage with the Mi Note Pro.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 53798
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 67207
LG G4 50330
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 2494
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 2532
LG G4 2369
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 4737
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 5476
LG G4 3948
Sunspider Lower is better
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 663.9
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 677.7
LG G4 730.2
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 365.2
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 35
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 37
LG G4 25
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 40.9
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 17
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 15
LG G4 9.4
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 18.4
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 1614
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 1765
LG G4 1549
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1382
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 1176
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 1431
LG G4 1112
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1625
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 4256
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4717
LG G4 3559
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 2918

Internet and Connectivity


You can choose to go with Xiaomi’s stock web browser, but you’re better off just downloading Chrome for that richer experience. As with most high-end phones, the Mi Note Pro is a champ when it comes to surfing the web with its buttery smooth navigation, tight page rendering, and lickety-split page loads. Add to that, the ample amount of real estate and detail dished up by its Quad-HD display ensures it delivers the goods with the experience.


A global traveler it is, thanks in part to its GSM radios and support for LTE-A Cat 9, the only limitation here is the lack of CDMA support, which means that you’ll be out of luck trying to get it to work with Verizon or Sprint here in the US. Connectivity-wise, it’s packed with all the essentials, such as aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.1, and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, but it’s rather disappointing that NFC isn’t part of its arsenal.


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32 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

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

2. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

4. hafini_27

Posts: 949; 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: 540; 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: 949; 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: 949; 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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