The Mi Note 2 is a dual curved screen mobile from Xiaomi, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor (Same used in the Mi5S or Google Pixel) 4GB to 6GB of RAM and 64GB to 128GB of UFS 2.0 storage. It also has a 22.5MP Sony IMX318 rear camera with 4k EIS (electronic image stabilization) and an autofocus 8MP front facing camera.
The battery is a large 4070mAh, which is good for around 6 hours of screen on time or over 8 hours continuous as seen in my PCMark work 1.0 benchmark of 10 hours (As seen in the video).
Overall I really like this mobile, it feels every bit a premium mobile with its excellent build quality, speed and battery. Only let down I feel by an OLED panel that’s not as sharp as other 1080p panels. By no means a deal breaker however, people demanding the absolute best screen might be a little disappointed with this LG pentile OLED curved panel. If Xiaomi does make this model with a flat screen (As rumored) and use the Mi 5S Plus’s IPS or a QHD panel, address the minor issues (front camera focus, video quality) I think then the Mi Note 2 is will be one of the best Chinese Snapdragon 821 offerings around late 2016.
- Very nice premium build & finish
- Fast Snapdragon 821
- Quick UFS 2.0 storage
- Wifi range & speeds are great
- Fast 4G with good signal strength
- Good battery life
- Decent loudspeaker
- Clean & clear 3.5mm output
- Accurate fingerprint reader
- 4k EIS works well
- Can take very detailed stills
- IR transmitter
- Strong GPS signal
- Not the sharpest 1080p panel
- Screen color shifting
- No MicroSD support
- Low light photos have lots of noise
- Artifacts in video / Low audio bitrate
- 4k video not as sharp as competitors
- Front camera autofocus hit or miss
Where to buy one? Gearbest here, they will also be selling the global version at some point.
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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 photos: