No, it is not a ‘successor’ to the budget friendly “Redmi Note”, nor has it got any connection with the Samsung ‘note’ series. This is Xiaomi Mi Note, the Chinese brand’s competitive bet to take on Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.
Announced by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, the latest offering is an attempt to take Apple head-on, by offering an iPhone 6 Plus like, premium fit and finish, at highly competitive prices. The phablet is aimed at Xiaomi’s strongholds, India and China, to provide a more affordable alternative to Apple’s phablet.
As for the specifications, the Xiaomi Mi Note ihas 5.7 inch, Full HD display and weighs a minimal 161 grams. It is also thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus and sports a curved front and rear glass. However, the 13 Megapixel, no-bump-at-the-back camera is what Xiaomi is banking on.
Jun announced that this is Xiaomi’s patented camera, and offers features which are not available on other flagships. The new phone has a uses a 4-megapixel front camera sensor, which measures 2µm in pixel size. Yes, selfies have become pivotal for smartphone brands these days.
As for the pricing, the new flagship is priced at 2,299 Yuan (Rs. 23 K). Complete specifications for the flagship have also been announced. It is powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor paired with Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The phone supports dual SIM cards, thus confirming the market it is targeting.
Mi Note offers 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as connectivity options.