If you’re in search of a phone with a beautiful design and premium feel, however you also have some budgetary limitations and are living in 2014, we’ve some really excellent news for you: the Xiaomi Mi Note might simply be the phone you are searching for.
With its trim design, highly effective hardware and camera, the Xiaomi Mi Note is a premium high-end phone that sets the benchmark for the corporate’s upcoming flagships, all while selling at a much more affordable worth than competing phablets. The 16GB version will sell in China for 2,299RMB this converts to roughly $260, and 2,799RMB or $450 for the 64GB model.
Not like the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, which uses all the newest tech such as a QHD display and the controversial Snapdragon 810 chip, the Xiaomi Mi Note remains to be one foot in 2014 with a 5.7″ 1080p display and Snapdragon 801. However do not be mistaken – Xiaomi has spared no effort in making the Xiaomi Mi Note a looker, enhancing its camera department and polishing its MIUI 6 launcher. The moment you grab a Xiaomi Mi Note – you will know you’re handling one thing new and special.
A few of the highlights of the smartphone are the 13 MP rear camera with optical stabilization and 4K video recording, as well as the promising front 4 MP UltraPixel selfie sharpshooter. Different things of interest include dual-SIM support, 4G LTE and a 3,000mAh battery. Once you’re past the good metallic body and you have had sufficient exploring the rear curved glass, you will be greeted with the new flattened MIUI 6 software.
Xiaomi appears to love the Xiaomi Mi 4 design and its reception, so the corporate decided to enhance it further and apply it on the Xiaomi Mi Note. Scaling to phablet dimension has even worked within the Xiaomi Mi Note’s favor. The front appears pleasantly familiar with the thin display screen bezels and the Mi logo within the top right corner. The frame is once again cast out of metal, while the rear panel is all glass.
Whereas the Xiaomi Mi Note appears nice, its handling is far from good. The phablet is solidly constructed and all pieces tie together nicely, all curved details nearly completely compromise the grip. Handling the Xiaomi Mi Note, even though pleasant to touch, is far from safe – a device so slippery must be handled with extreme caution always.
The Xiaomi Mi Note features a big 5.7-inch IPS LCD display screen, with a 1080p resolution resulting in a pixel density of 386 ppi. Colour saturation, brightness, viewing angles and outdoor visibility are all superb, and the sizable display screen actual estate makes for a really pleasurable experience in terms of browsing the web, watching videos, or enjoying games.
The colour calibration of the display may also be adjusted within the settings, permitting you to configure the level of contrast and warmth of the display. That stated, the default settings itself do look good, and you might not feel the necessity to make any significant adjustments. Features like “glove mode” are additionally out there to increase touchscreen sensitivity, and there’s additionally a “reading mode,” that reduces glare and makes the display screen lots simpler on the eyes. It is just like how the flux application works for windows and mac, and you may even choose which applications will trigger this feature.
The Xiaomi Mi Note comes armed with 2 cameras. On the back, you will find a 13 MP shooter and the front sports a 4 MP selfie cam. Both cameras carried out well and have a nice suite of software associated with them. Up front, the selfie cam is good enough to not solely include face detection, however age and gender detection as well
MIUI is Xiaomi’s skin for Android, operating over version 4.4 KitKat. The user interface is flat, and lacks an app drawer, like you would see on a typical Android-based OS. That is common on Chinese-made units, so no surprises there.
Users who’re familiar with iOS will find it simple to switch, and while some may remark on the similarities to Apple’s operating system, think of MIUI as a blend of Android and iOS, however with features that aren’t out there on either platform.
Speaking of, Xiaomi has put a 3,000mAh battery inside the Xiaomi Mi Note, a solid enough unit for a 5.7″ device. We ran our battery test with one SIM and 2 SIM cards active. The single-SIM Xiaomi Mi Note scored a 56h score, which means you may count 2 full days and then some if you do an hour each of calling, browsing the web and video playback a day.
- OS: Android 4.4
- Body: 155.1 x 77.6 x 7 mm
- Weight: 161 g
- Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.7 inches
- Memory: 16/64 GB internal, no expandable, 3 GB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
- Camera: 13 MP, 4 MP secondary
- Battery: 3,000 mAh
The Xiaomi Mi Note has a clear purpose: provide flagship-worthy performance at an affordable worth. We think they nailed the execution however the 64GB model carries a hefty price tag – by no means extreme for what the phablet actually offers however steeper than usual for Xiaomi.
That is still 100 euro lower than what a 16GB Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will run you in Europe however the premium is easily justified by the additional software features, the more dependable OS updates, the proper after-market support and the microSD slot. And that is earlier than you even start considering the S Pen.