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Xiaomi announces all-new Mi Note and Mi Note Pro: phones to challenge the best

At an event in Beijing today, Xiaomi has announced two new devices: the Xiaomi Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro. While the Mi Note is a relatively standard affair, the Mi Note Pro has just become the second device to ship with a 64-bit chip and 4 GB of RAM (following the launch of the Asus Zenfone 2 last week at CES 2015).

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Xiaomi has just announced the Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro. © Xiaomi

The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro specs are basically a beast checklist, with internals to rival the LG G Flex 2 – the only other device to currently be powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 810, however, the Mi Note Pro rocks 4 GB of RAM. Up front the Mi Note Pro features a 5.7-inch QHD display with 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution and 515 pixels per inch.

There's 64 GB of on-board flash storage and Cat. 9 LTE, allowing download speeds of up to 450 Mbps. The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is being priced at 3299 CNY, the equivalent of around 530 USD. Of course, simple conversions don't mean much, but the price doesn't look like it'll be too steep at all.

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The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is a serious contender in the high-end smartphone race this year. © Xiaomi

The Xiaomi Mi Note is a slightly less impressive affair, with a Full HD 5.7-inch display, Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, 13 MP Sony shooter with Optical Image Stabilization, a 4 MP front-facing camera, 3D curved Gorilla Glass 3 (see diagram below) and 3,000 mAh battery with quick charging capabilities.

There are two versions of the Mi Note: a 16 GB version and a 64 GB version, priced at 2299 CNY and 2799 CNY respectively, the equivalent of roughly 370 USD and 450 USD. Although again, I'll remind you translating currencies is no simple matter of conversion.

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The Xiaomi Mi Note is being heralded as a premium device, but it's not as premium as the Mi Note Pro. © Xiaomi

Besides a Q2 release in Singapore, there's no news yet on the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro release date further afield, but announcements will be forthcoming shortly and we'll update this article with more details - whether the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro will be the first Xiaomi devices to head to the US, we're not sure.

Considering the speed at which the Xiaomi Mi4 has been selling out though, we'll assume if you want to pick up a Mi Note Pro or Mi Note via importers or online, you're going to want to do it very quickly once these bad boys are made available.

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In case you were wondering what 3D Gorilla Glass looks like on the Xiaomi Mi Note. © Xiaomi

What do you think of these new offerings by Xiaomi? Would you snap up a Mi Note Pro?


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  • CJ Brown Jan 19, 2015 Link to comment

    Xiaomi impressed me @ CES 2015 (so did a lot of Asian Smart Phone Co's) & obviously impressed NPR enough to publish an article regarding why Americans need to stop embracing 'brand names' when a cheaper equivalent is available for 'no comtract' ...

    • While I'm not much of a fan of the mudslinging approach to marketing, it's a great thing to see Xiaomi setting their sights on the iPhone and setting out to make a better device at half the price. More power to them.

  • Mi Box Mini, Micro set-top box Xiaomi less than 30 euros

  • wow it's so looking nice :D and perfect

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