Xiaomi has a new phone for those who are looking for a replacement for the.
Sporting a design that, like the Note 7, is curved on both front and back, the new 5.7-inch Mi Note 2 also offers a 23-megapixel camera, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. Xiaomi has been pushing its Mi Pay mobile payment system lately, so the Mi Note 2 will come with NFC.
It’s set to launch on November 1 China for 3,299 yuan (approximately $485, £400 or AU$640). A cheaper model, with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage, will retail for 2,799 yuan (roughly $410, £340 or AU$540). There’s also a special model with support for 37 LTE bands that retails at 3,499 yuan ($515, £420 or AU$675).
The phablet is similar to the Mi 5S Plus, which launched last month. Both phones have a similar 5.7-inch full-HD display and are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, though the Mi Note 2’s display uses OLED technology to curve the screen on the front while still retaining the curved back of the first .
Powered by Android, the Mi Note 2 runs Xiaomi’s custom MIUI 8 skin. Like most skins out of China, it lacks an app drawer, but has some nifty features. You can turn on the flash light by holding the home button without unlocking the phone, for instance, and can use a second finger to swipe through home-screens while holding down on an app to move it.
I’m pretty impressed with just how light the phone feels in my hands. The Galaxy Note 7 seemed a little heftier, which made for a better grip one handed, but the lightness of the Note 2 somehow feels just right. Be warned though, the curved glass back is a fingerprint magnet. I had to wipe down the phone a few times while taking pictures.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.35GHz
- 6GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage
- 4,070 mAh battery with Quick Charge
- 23-megapixel rear camera
- Comes in black an silver
The fingerprint smudges aren’t as bad on the silver version, and I’ll be honest, the silver version is the better looking sibling. And while Apple has chosen to do away with the headphone jack, the Mi Note 2 still comes packing it as well as an infrared sensor which is great if you like to use your phone as a remote control for your TV or aircon.
While there’s a version of the Mi Note 2 that will have LTE support for even the US, the bad news is that the phone will be China only, and Xiaomi has no plans to sell this outside of the country, even in places like Singapore or Hong Kong. It’s a surprising move, but perhaps Xiaomi is looking inwards to its homeground as it aims to regain market share, having slipped to fourth position as rivals Oppo and Vivo surged ahead.