Mi Note

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Xiaomi Inc. which headquartered in China is ready to compete with larger main rivals in smartphone industry as it launched its 5.7 inches Full HD 1920p with 386ppi display named Mi Note earlier this year. The Mi Note which shared its name with Samsung’s Galaxy Note series is quite identical to the iPhone 6 Plus but has been made lighter, thinner, shorter and feature a larger screen. In addition, the high-end Mi Note which is actually a phablet (a mixture of phone and tablet) comes with trim design, powerful camera and hardware that sold at an affordable price in two variants; the 16GB and 64GB model. However, the phone did not have the LTE network required in United States.

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Design

A close look at the phone, users could found the machined speakers grills and the aluminium frame with chamfered bezels runs around the edge of the device that give them a premium feel and a gorgeous device with a glossy plastic rear. Furthermore, the Mi Note is only 6.95mm-thick and it is packed in 3D curved glass that result in the phone’s stunning and beautiful appearances as been claimed by Xiaomi.

Into the bargain, the phone has a thinner bezels and about 11g lighter with Gorilla Glass 3 as it cover. Apart from that, users of the phone could also opt for the black and white colours. Interestingly, the phone also has a good resistance in surviving a fall of at least 1.5m and glass breaking ensuring the users a safer and durable phone with a best balance between aesthetics and handling.

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Hardware

There are dozens of great hardware featured by the Mi Note such as Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz processor, the decent 3GB of Random Access Memory (RAM), the internal memory of 16GB or 64GB, a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display, and dual 4G SIM support. However, do note that the Mi Note doesn’t offer micro-SD card slot for further expansion. Nonetheless, it does provide users with a dual- nano and micro SIM card tray slot.

Although the phone does not support 4G LTE network in the US, it 3G may capable of doing that alongside other networks including the Three and EE networks in UK, and the Optus in Australia. It would amuse others users as the Mi Note is backed and powered by a beefy 3,000mAh battery, has a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash, and F2.0 aperture while the front use a 4MP front-facing camera sensor capable to take a better quality pictures with 2 times the pixel size.

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Software

The Mi Note is running on Android version 4.4.2 Jelly Bean but could be upgrade to Android 5 Lollipop in the near future as stated by Xiaomi alongside the MIUI 6 on top of it as its skin. The MIUI 6 is an Android and iOS hybrid that enables any users to quickly collect the apps and move the apps to a new screen easily. There is several choice of screen size that can be picked by the users from 3.5, 4 to 4.5 inches. Regarding the user interface, the MIUI 6 could also help users to change how their phone screen looks.

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Camera

The 13MP Sony camera lens of the Mi Note is flush with the chassis and does not stick out while various services accompany with the camera such as Auto HDR and HDR would help to take a good quality pictures under numerous situations including bright and dark areas. The Mi Note’s camera also offer twilight mode for night shots.

Performance

In general, the Snapdragon 801 processor is a good processor and seems pretty close when compare with a different processor on other devices. On the other hand, the battery life of the Mi Note can stand at least for a full day which is good when compare with other flagships. Another advantage of the Mi Note that users should grab is on the call and audio quality. Its speakers are loud and it comes with an ESS ES9018K2M stereo DAC (digital-to-analog converter) audio chip while the calls are crisp and clear.

Conclusion

To put it briefly, the Mi Note is a great phablet in term of design, performance and features that able to compete with bigger phablets makers such as Samsung and Apple. It also offers many phablet users to enjoy the premium hardware with a very robust software experience at an affordable price. As well, the phone is good for entertainment as it has a good processor with a good quality of screen display.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It is built in a good refined aluminium and glass design
  • It has 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization
  • It comes with a great battery life
  • It has the feel of premium build quality

Cons

  • It has limited 4G LTE
  • It doesn’t offer micro-SD card slot for expandable storage