After months of rumours and about a week of teasing on social media. Xiaomi has unveiled its latest device. Contrary to the many rumours and reports about the appearance of a Mi5, today’s event focused on the Mi Note.
The Mi Note is a competitor to the Galaxy Note as well as the iPhone 6 Plus. It comes in both vanilla and Pro versions. The latter boasts a 5.7-inch QHD display, just like the Note 4. The Mi Note Pro is the third phone to be based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 (just after the LG G Flex 2 and the new variant of the Galaxy Note 4 that’s launching in Korea). It also boasts 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
The regular version of the Mi Note is based on a Snapdragon 801 and ditches the QHD panel for a more common 1080p resolution screen. It features 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Other than these differences, the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro pack the same 13MP Sony IMX 214 CMOS sensor, f/2.0 lens, and two-tone flash from Phillips. The front-facing camera has a 4MP sensor. The battery is 3000mAh.
Obviously the inside of this phone is pretty exciting (especially the Pro version) but Xiaomi also paid special attention to the outside of the device during today’s event. The Mi Note is using slightly curved glass on the front and back of the device (the back is more curved than the front) but this is barely perceptible in the photographs. The company is calling this glass 2.5D and 3D (front and back, respectively) but it’s nothing as drastic as the curve on the G Flex or even the Note Edge.
The Mi Note and Mi Note Pro will be priced at about $440 CAD and $635 CAD respectively when they launch. The Mi Note will hit at the end of this month, while the Mi Note Pro will be available in March. Despite all of the rumours that Xiaomi was about to enter the U.S. market, the company hasn’t talked about availability outside of Asia just yet.