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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Review

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Global Version 4G Phablet

It’s almost two years since Xiaomi unveiled its Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, and a lot has changed at that point. More similar to the recent Xiaomi Mi5s Plus than the unique Mi Note, the Mi Note 2 was considerably overshadowed at its launch by the awe-inspiring bezel-less Mi Mix. However, it’s although a fantastic Android phone.


Display:5.7 inches
OS:OS Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Internal Storage:64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Rear Camera:22.5 MP
Front camera:8 MP
Battery Life:Non-removable Li-Ion 4070 mAh battery
Price: $415 USD


The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is one large piece of loveliness, with its beautiful curved edges on the front and back, high-gloss black end, and rich OLED display. Unlike the Mi5s and Mi5s Plus, which now function a metal unibody, the Mi Note 2 retains its glass front and rear, which may be very very similar to the design utilized by Samsung in its S- and Note-series flagships.


The Mi Note 2 is a flagship smartphone, which is why some could also be disappointed at the performance that the 5.7-inch AMOLED display comes with a 1080p resolution. Full HD more than will get the job done in most situations until you’re planning to use this smartphone for VR, however, Quad HD is an expectation that isn’t asking for too much with a high-end device.


The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 runs on MIUI 8.0, that is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. As we mentioned in our part of setting up the Mi Note 2 for the UK, use it does not come preinstalled with Google apps, and there are some Chinese-language apps and notifications and a Chinese-character keyboard to contend with.

Hardware and Performance

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is available in two configurations: one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and another with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. The top-end model is also available with Global LTE support. All three run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor at 2.35GHz with Adreno 530 GPU, which is quite a jump up from the Snapdragon 801 and Adreno 330 seen in the Mi Note.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is a dual sim smartphone that allows Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, Infrared, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, and Barometer. In software, we get the newest version of the MIUI OS, which is one of the popular takes on Android when compared to different Chinese OEMs. Things like there being no app drawer remain the same. However, the user interface is a lot more toned down that what’s seen with other competing smartphones.


The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has a 23Mp (honestly 22.56Mp), f/2.0 Sony IMX318 on the rear with a dual-tone flash and support for 4K video with EIS. Curiously the front camera, rated at 8Mp, also supports an autofocus, which is spectacular when even today many selfie cameras are very basic models with low resolution.

Battery Life

The battery is also very high in capability at 4,070mAh. In our expertise, it lasts for around a day and a half, although the ability to charge it to 83 % in 30 minutes makes runtime appear less essential. Wireless charging is not supported, and the battery is not removable. This battery supports Quick Charge 3.0, which Xiaomi says can charge the phone to 83 % in half an hour. It’s not bad, strictly talking, however with that beefy battery we expected more than these 9:21 hours. As usual with OLEDs, the video playback durability is much better. It had taken 15 and a half hours before it called it stops. About a 3G voice call, the Mi Note 2 continued us close to 28 hours, which is fairly nice as efficiently.

Connectivity Options

WLAN:                Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, Hotspot, dual-band
Bluetooth:            v4.2, A2DP,
GPS:                     Yes, with A-GPS, BDS, GLONASS
NFC:                     Yes
USB:                     Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Infrared port:      Yes
Sensors:                Fingerprint (front-mounted), gyro, proximity, compass, accelerometer, barometer


The Mi Note 2 was wrongly overshadowed at its launch. That is a beautiful big-screen Android phone with very decent efficiency, a nice camera and plenty of storage. We’d wish to see a Quad-HD screen on Xiaomi’s flagship phone, but this one ought to prove plenty sharp and clear. Google apps are not preinstalled. However, the re’s a workaround if you are happy to do some tweaking. I believe that updates to MIUI 8 might increase efficiency, and will also bring a more vibrant and response display too. However, I don’t need to buy a phone now and hope it grow with updates! That was ok a few years ago while the Chinese phone market was still young. However, I don’t expect this from a mature phone maker like Xiaomi.

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