Xiaomi exploded with announcements today, and among the products the company showcased, the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro phablets are unquestionably the hottest. Not only they look great and pack amazing, cutting edge-technology, they also come with a good selection of new features that are either exclusive to them, hard to find in the ocean of competing products, or represent a first for Xiaomi smartphones.
The Mi Note Pro, that comes with a more powerful 64-bit, 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor, and a whopping 4GB RAM. The device includes 64GB of storage and costs 3,299 CNY ($535) — Xiaomi says support LTE-CAT will give users lightening fast 450Mbps download speeds. The Mi Note Pro is the most expensive phone that Xiaomi has ever sold, and its best on paper too.
|Release date||January 2015|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3000|
|Screen size (inches)||5.70|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||515|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 810|
|Operating System||Android 4.4.4|
|Browser supports Flash||Yes|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 n/ ac|
|Charging via Micro-USB||Yes|
|Proprietary charging connector||No|
|Proprietary data connector||No|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
ULTRA PIXEL CAMERA
The Mi Note pair is the first Xiaomi duo to sport 4MP UltraPixel front cameras, first introduced by HTC and ending up in a bunch of other smartphones, for example the IUNI U3. Its camera sensor has larger pixels than the rest – 2µm a pixel – which allows them to absorb more light. While the UltraPixel camera flopped as a rear camera solution, it did perform well in low-light conditions, and it’s good enough for the purpose of taking selfies.
At last year’s CES, Corning announced a new speciality of its Gorilla Glass toughened display covering – one that’s organically curved in addition to being scratch-resistant. It was going to be in mass production by late 2014, and it looks like Xiaomi is the first one to use it as intended.The production technique allows the glass to bend as much as 75 to 80 degrees without breaking, but Xiaomi bent it just a little at the corners to make for a pretty, uniform screen. Since Corning has sorted its production out, we expect more flagships to make use of its curved glass this year.
Micro & nano-SIM support
THINNER, LIGHTER, AND SMALLER THAN THE IPHONE 6 PLUS
At only 0.27in (6.95mm) thick and 5.68 oz (161g), the Mi Note Pro are both more hardware-packed, thinner, and lighter than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, which measures 0.28 inches (7.1 mm) thick and weights 6.07 oz (172 g). That’s not all there is to it, though. Dimensions-wise, both Mi Note measure 6.1 x 3.05 inches (155.1 x 77.6mm), while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 6.22 x 3.06 inches (158.1 x 77.8mm). Somehow, Xiaomi smartphone pack more hardware and have bigger displays than Apple’s “thinner than thinner”. We can safely say the student has surpassed the master in terms of engineering, although the iPhone 6 Plus is unquestionably prettier than the understated Mi Note pro.