Xiaomi finally took the wraps off its highly-anticipated Mi Note 2 smartphone at an event in Beijing, China. Successor to the Mi Note, the Mi Note 2 brings in a range of improvements and enhancements. The Mi Note 2 is the company’s first smartphone to feature a dual-edge curved OLED display. Although there is no element of awe with dual-edged display after the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, what differentiates the Mi Note 2 is that it features a flexible OLED display.
Measuring 156.2 X 77.3 X 7.6mm and weighing 166 grams, the smartphone features a front and back 3D glass body. The SIM card tray sits on the left panel whereas the right panel has volume rocker and power buttons. The USB Type-C port is placed at the bottom. With prices starting at RMB 2,799 (approximately Rs 28,000), the Mi Note 2 is currently available for sale in China. While its India debut is still away as there is no official word on the same, here are the top five features of the smartphone. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi VR with 9-axis motion controller launched in China: Price, specification and features
Display: The Mi Note 2 features a 5.7-inch dual-edge curved OLED display. According to Xiaomi, the bendable screen is bonded to the glass surface so as to achieve a larger display area. At 5.7-inches, the Mi Note 2 runs at a resolution of 1920x1080pixels and a screen to bezel ratio of 77.2 percent with contrast ratio of 100,000:1. The display is further protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. Xiaomi has also added sunlight display pro mode for legibility under direct sunlight and reading mode to ensure it does not strain the user’s eyes.
Hardware: Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.35GHz paired with 4GB or RAM + 64GB storage or 6GB of RAM + 128GB UFS 2.0 storage. For the 4GB/64GB variant, the Mi Note 2 carries a price tag of RMB 2799 (roughly Rs 27,000). The 6GB/128GB variant is available at RMB 3299 (roughly Rs 32,000) and the 6GB/128GB Global variant with support for 37LTE bands is priced at RMB 3499 (roughly Rs 34,000).
Camera: In the photography department, the Mi Note 2 features a 22.56-megapixel rear camera (Sony IMX 318 Exmor R sensor) with aperture f/2.0, 80-degree field of view, and LED Flash. It also includes support for 4K video recording and electronic image stabilization (EIS) – a feature introduced in the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones which is claimed to offer less shaky video recording ability. Other camera features include HDR support, Panorama, Burst mode, facial recognition, and real-time camera filters. For selfies, the Mi Note 2 comes with an 8-megapixel front camera with ƒ / 2.0 aperture and 76-degree field of view. The front camera comes with auto focus and Beautify 3.0 feature for enhanced selfies.
Fingerprint scanner: Another highlight of the Mi Note 2 is the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the front. The scanner uses Qualcomm’s Sense ID feature to precisely read a user’s fingerprints. The Qualcomm's ultrasonic technology is claimed to make it easy to scan fingers even when they're dirty or wet. The technology uses ultrasonic waves to scan a 3D image of the finger in order to unlock the device. This essentially makes the unlocking process faster than ever before.
Battery, connectivity and operating system: The smartphone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8. For charging and data transfer, you get a USB Type-C port. Armed with a 4,400mAh battery, it also supports Quick Charge 3.0. In terms of connectivity, the Mi Note 2 offers 4G LTE and VoLTE HD voice calling support, dual-SIM card slots, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and SAP GPS for precision and accuracy. The 6GB/128GB Global variant of the Mi Note 2 comes with support for 37 bands for global roaming. It also offers support for 4G+ that can reach maximum speeds of 600Mbps.