Xiaomi unveils the Mi Note 2 monster, a beautiful phablet reminiscent of the Galaxy Note7

Pre-order the phone that will help you move beyond the Galaxy Note7

It’s a beautiful day for Xiaomi fans around the world. Their favorite company has just launched an impressive new premium smartphone called the Mi Note 2.

Are you looking to make a transition from the Samsung Galaxy Note7 and are unsure of what to pick up next? Well the Mi Note 2 might just be what you’re looking for. Xiaomi has been called the Apple of China and for good reason, its phones are extremely gorgeous, while offering amazing specs and a reasonable price tag, all in the same package.

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The freshly unveiled Mi Note 2 even looks a lot like the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 due to its curved edged display. Aesthetically, the phone takes advantage of 3D curved glass back and a premium metal frame.

There is a circular fingerprint sensor which appears to be embedded beneath the glass, in the vein of the recently launched Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus.

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Now let’s discuss specs. The Mi Note 2 arrives with a spacious 5.7-inch phablet-like display with QHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels). It seems this is the flexible display that leaked a few weeks ago, but obviusly the metal frame will prevent users from actually bending it.

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The powerhouse of the flagship is a Snapdragon 821 working hand in hand with either 4GB of 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of flash storage.

Smartphone photography lovers will be extremely exited to know this super phone features an impressive 22.56MP IMX 318 sensor from Sony which includes electronic image stabilization and hybrid autofocus. The selfie camera is a f/2.0 8MP IMX 268 sensor.

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What’s more, the handset boasts an Aqstic audio processor which can deliver 192KHz/24-bit Hi-Fi sounds which means audiophiles will also be drawn to the Mi Note 2.

The phablet is powered by a chunky 4,070 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. Global LTE support for over 37 LTE bands is also part of the spec sheet.

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As expected, Xiaomi will be launching the new product in China with wallet-friendly price-tag attached and here are the options:

  • Mi Note 2 with 4GB + 64GB internal storage – approx. $415
  • Mi Note 2 with 6GB + 128GB internal storage – approx. $490
  • Mi Note 2 with 6GB + 128GB internal storage (Global) -approx. $515

The phones are offered in Piano Black and Glacier Silver.

The company hasn’t shared the exact specifics of the Global variant just yet We don’t know why it costs more than the Chinese version, but chances are the price difference has to do with the LTE modem.

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Xiaomi seems to be planning to launch the new phablet outside of China too. In the States, customers will hopefully be able to grab the new phone via third party retailers.

Ready to Pre-Order?

You’re in luck! You can already get in line for the phone at places such as Geekbuying. In fact, you can pre-order two different configurations of the device: 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.

The 4GB option runs a mere $511 while the 6GB model comes in with an equally attractive $589 sticker. Both are well under the cost of most top-tier devices from brands with a larger US presence; however, the specs on this monster runs circles around nearly all competitors. Each configuration comes in Jet Black and Silver color options.