Xiaomi announces the dual-edged Mi Note 2 with 5.7-inch QHD display, 6GB RAM, and global LTE support

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With the last quarter of 2016 drawing to a close, Xiaomi took the wraps off the Mi Note 2 earlier today that features a 5.7-inch Quad HD dual sided curved display, Snapdragon 821 processor, and a big battery with a 4,070mAh capacity. Join us after the break for more details.

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The curved Quad HD OLED display offers a screen-to-body ratio of 77.2%, 110% NTSC color gamut, and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio. With the front of the Mi Note 2 having more than a passing resemblance to a Galaxy Note 7, you would be correct in thinking that the display is sourced from Samsung. In fact, the Mi Note 2 is one of the first non-Samsung phones to feature a curved display with dual edges.

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Design-wise, the Mi Note 2 has a curved glass rear panel that features a circular camera bump just next to the flash. Along the edges of the handset, you can see the metal frame that meets the dual edged display that sits beneath the 3D curved glass. The fingerprint reader is situated below the display, sharing space with the home button.

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The Mi Note 2 is a big step-up from its predecessor, the Mi Note, that launched in early 2015 with a Snapdragon 801 providing the grunt. Instead, the Mi Note 2 has switched up to the latest silicon in the form of the Snapdragon 821 that can reach 2.35GHz. As you might expect, one variant has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, while the other model offers 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Naturally, in this day and age, the internal storage is UFS 2.0. For those of us that live outside of Xiaomi’s target audience, there is a global version with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage available with the only difference likely being the LTE modem. The AQSTIC audio processor (DAC) is said to offer 192khz/24bit High-Fidelity sound.

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On to the cameras, and Xiaomi has sourced the rear sensor from Sony (IMX 318) with 22.56MP, electronic image stabilization (EIS), phase detection and contrast autofocus, as well as 4K video recording. Sadly OIS has not been included, which is a little odd in my opinion when you consider the high-end specs that the Mi Note 2 offers. There’s a 2-tone flash, along with low-light enhancement technology, as well as the ability to take 32s long exposure shots. The 8MP front camera has also been sourced from Sony (Exmor RS IMX268) and features an f/2.0 aperture.

Powering the Mi Note 2 is a beefy 4,070mAh battery that should get you through the day with ease. If that’s not the case, you can make use of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 charging technology to quickly top up the battery.

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The Mi Note 2 offers compatibility with global LTE bands, with 37 bands supported in total. The LTE modem offers 3X carrier aggregation and 600mbps downloads on 4G.

By now, you have to be asking how much the Mi-Note 2 will cost. Well, Xiaomi being Xiaomi, the slightly lower-specced variant with the 4GB/64GB priced at RMB 2,799 ($413) while the 6GB/128GB model is tagged at RMB 3,299 ($486). The third variant, the Global model will set you back a cool RMB 3,499 ($516). The Mi note 2 is available in Piano Black and Glacier Silver colors and will soon be on sale in China.

What do you think of Xiaomi’s Mi Note 2?


About the Author: Peter Holden

I've been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being my first phablet. I currently carry around a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, I'm an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, I love a good Braai (BBQ).