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Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro officially unveiled

Xiaomi recently announced two new Android phablets, the Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro. The specs include a 5.7-inch display running at 1080p or 1440p, a Snapdragon 801 or 810 chip, and up to 4GB of RAM. Prices start at roughly $370 for the Mi Note and about $530 for the Mi Note Pro.

Xiaomi, one of the world's top five smartphone manufacturers recently announced two flagship handsets aimed at the highly competitive high-end segment of the smartphone market. The two new models are called the Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro, and are both are 5.7-inch Android phablets.

The cheaper of the two new smartphones is the Xiaomi Mi Note, a handset that comes with roughly the standard specs of last year's flagship handsets (ex: OnePlus One, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5). We're talking about a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM, a 5.7-inch display running a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, a 13MP primary camera with an f/2.0 aperture and OIS, a 4MP secondary camera, and a 3000 mAh battery. A layer of Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display glass, one that is slightly curved towards the edges of the device. The specs listed above all fit in a body that's just 6.95 mm thin. A curved metal frame goes around the body of the smartphone, lending a premium look to the handset.

Although the specs may seem to be a bit outdated for a 2015 smartphone, we should bear in mind that prices for the Xiaomi Mi Note start at roughly $370 for the 16GB model, while 64GB model costs about $450.

The Xiaomi Note Pro is basically the most advanced smartphone that the Chinese manufacturer can put together in the present. Under the hood we note a couple of notable upgrades: the Snapdragon 801 gets replaced by the latest 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chipset, and the amount of RAM increases to 4GB. The 5.7-inch display gets a resolution bump to 2560 by 1440 pixels (at a PPI of 515). Thanks to the Snapdragon 810, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is compatible with LTE Cat 9, an LTE standard that allows for download speeds of up to 450 Mbit / s.

At the moment we don't know if the Xiaomi will launch the two smartphones outside of the Chinese market.


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Mihai Andrici, 2015-01-16 (Update: 2015-01-17)