Just two weeks of the new year have passed and we already got the taste of what awaits us this year, as some of the first flagships of 2015 were presented to the world. The new phones went official in China and were made by no other than Xiaomi. Having teased its latest smartphones for the last few days, the company finally launched the flagship Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and Mi Note phablets at an event in Beijing.
Xiaomi Mi Note Phablet
We have to admit that Xiaomi set the bar pretty high with the Mi Note phablets. The regular Xiaomi Mi Note has a 5.7-inch display made by Japan Display/Sharp that offers 1080p resolution at 386ppi. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 801 chip clocked at 2.5GHz, with Adreno 330 to take care of graphics and 3GB of RAM for seamless multitasking.
As for camera experience, the Mi Note packs a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 CMOS sensor on the back with f/2.0 aperture, two tone flash and optical image stabilization as well as a 4-megapixel camera on the front with 2 micron pixel size which is basically the same as the HTC One UltraPixel camera.
Other features include a 3,000 mAh battery and support for dual 4G SIM cards. Users will also have at their disposal either 16GB or 64GB of storage. Quite unusually for a phone, the back panel of the Mi Note is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, pretty much like the front. The difference is that the front has a 2.5D glass with a gentle curve around the edges while the glass on the back, called 3D by Xiaomi, has more pronounced curve. The sides are made of metal. The Xiaomi Mi Note will ship with the new MIUI 6 software on board.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, as the name suggests, steps up from the regular Mi Note in a few aspects. It uses the same dual-glass design with a 2.5D front and 3D rear glass as the Mi Note and is the same size; however, the screen boasts a massive 1440×2560 resolution which brings pixel density to impressive 515 ppi. The screen is not the only difference, though.
The Mi Note Pro model is also more powerful, since it comes with an octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor with Adreno 430 GPU, which by the was is the best Qualcomm chip currently available. The processor is boosted by 4GB of RAM. Camera setup is identical as in the Mi Mote and includes a 13-megapixel rear sensor and a 4-megapixel front-facing camera. The battery also has the same 3,000 mAh capacity. The Note Pro will run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.
The phablets will hit stores in China on January 27th; however, Xiaomi has been quiet about global release. The company did reveal pricing, though. The Mi Note 16GB will cost 2,300 yuan in China which would be about $370 if the device was sold in the US. The 64GB variant will be priced at 2,800 yuan, that is an equivalent of $450. The more advanced Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is more expensive, obviously, and has been given a price of 3,300 yuan, which translates to $530.