Xiaomi's new Mi Note phablet is thinner and lighter than the iPhone 6 Plus
As expected, Xiomi has just announced their new flagship device. But despite the rumors and leaks about a possible Mi4S or Mi5, the device announced in the end is the new Mi Note (not to be mistaken with the Redmi Note). The company seems to bee pitting the device with the iPhone 6 Plus which has been criticized to have a bigger footprint compared to other 5.5" devices.
The new Mi Note, is not the company's new flagship device but it definitely is Xiomi's new flagship phablet. In a similar move like Samsung in having two flagship devices, the Mi Note is packed with goodness all around, starting off with the 5.7" 1080P display on the front with a 2.5 curved glass on top. Powered by an older Snapdragon 801 and 3GB of RAM, the Mi Note is not the most powerful android device we've seen but for the price it's going for, the specs is quite reasonable.
As i said earlier, Xiaomi is pitting the new Mi Note against iPhone 6 Plus and the first stance against Apple's phablet is that it has thick bezels which make the screen to body ratio lower. The Xiaomi Mi Note not only has razor sharp bezels but the device also features a size similar to that of the iPhone 6 Plus. To keep note, the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5" display and the Mi Note has a slightly larger 5.7" display.
the question is will it bend?In terms of design, Xiaomi has managed to make the Mi Note just 6.95mm thin which is just a hair thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus and they are also touting that unlike on the iPhone, the camera module on the Mi Note does not bulge out whatsoever. Speaking of the camera, the Mi Note comes with a 13MP with OIS and also present is a dual color LED flash made by Philips which is said to give photos a more natural color.
On the front, Xiaomi did not go all out with the selfie camera but they did include a 4MP camera with a sensor the size of 2 microns, it sounds like HTC's Ultrapixel camera but it's not. Continuing on with the design, the device features an aluminium band which wraps the two glass backs. Unlike both the iPhone 4/4S and Nexus 4, Xiaomi said that the glass back and front have a slight curve (2.5D on the front and 3D on the back).
The Mi Note will go on sale on January 27 in China for ¥2,299 ($370 / MYR 1,399) for the 16GB model and the 64GB model will be priced at ¥2,799 ($450 / MYR 1,610). Xiaomi Malaysia has confirmed that the Mi Note will come to the Malaysian market during Q2 2015. In addition to that, the company will also be offering a yearly insurance package for the Mi Note which covers the glass damage on both the front and back of the device as well as accidental water damage too for only ¥199 a year. Check out the video below to see how the front and back of the Mi Note survives a crash.