After months of leaks and rumors, Xiaomi has finally taken the wraps off its new flagship smartphone at its ‘Curved to impress’ event in Beijing, China. Called the Mi Note 2, the smartphone is successor to the Mi Note that was launched back in January 2015. The smartphones feature front and back 3D glass design along with top of the line hardware. One of the key highlights of the smartphone is the dual-edge curved display, just like we’ve seen on the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S6 edge. The smartphone will be offered in two color options – glacial silver and piano black color options. Also Read - Another Xiaomi folding phone set to launch after October with Mi MIX Fold specs
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 specifications
The Mi Note 2 features a 5.7-inch dual-edge flexible OLED display covered with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Xiaomi has also added sunlight display pro mode for legibility under direct sunlight and reading mode to ensure it does not cause strain on your eyes. The display has a screen to bezel ratio of 77.2 percent and contrast ratio of 100,000:1. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.35GHz paired with 4GB or RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB of RAM and 128GB UFS 2.0 storage. Also Read - Best smartphones for photography under Rs 20,000 to gift for Father's Day
The smartphone features a 22.56-megapixel rear camera (Sony IMX 318 Exmor R sensor) with electronic image stabilization (EIS), phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) and LED flash. The EIS works similar to what we’ve seen in the Pixel and Pixel XL cameras. There is also a front-facing 8-megapixel selfie camera with auto-focus functionality. Xiaomi has also added group selfie optimization feature that takes multiple shots and lets you choose the best one. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve Active India launch date revealed: When's the launch?
Armed with a 4,070mAh battery and support for Quick Charge 3.0, connectivity options include USB Type-C, dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE with VoLTE support, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and SAP GPS for precision and accuracy. In terms of 4G LTE band, the smartphone supports six types and 37 bands for global roaming. There is also support for 4G+ that can reach maximum speeds of 600Mbps.
Xiaomi has also added the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the front, which uses Qualcomm’s Sense ID feature to precisely read your fingerprints. It is the same as we’ve previously seen in the Mi 5s. The smartphone also includes support for 24-bit Hi-Fi sound (192kHz) with HD lossless audio.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 price and availability
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is priced at RMB 2,799 (approximately Rs 28,000) for 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. The 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant will set you back by RMB 3,299, which is approximately Rs 33,000. There is also a global variant with 6GB RAM + 128GB priced at RMB 3,499, which is approximately Rs 35,000. There is no word on when Xiaomi plans to launch it in India.
The price point is quite impressive considering that the Galaxy S7 edge which is priced at Rs 50,500.