After being blamed by apple on the design of Xiaomi Mi 4 as a copy of the iPhone , Xiaomi decided to remove that blame by introducing new design for its 2015 flagship device the Xiaomi Mi Note and here is its full review
Xiaomi Mi Note Design
as the note name suggests the xiaomi mi note device falls in the phablet category competing directly with other flagship device like note 4 and the iPhone 6 plus . as per the design Xiaomi had done a really great job in terms of its new design language and hence the device looks really gorgeous . In the looks department there is 2.5D glass at the front and a 3D glass at the back side the phone provides curvy edges from both front and back making grip easier . the phone has a full metal frame on the sides providing a solid feel in the hands of the user. the phone is just 7mm thin which made it easy to handle also there was not difficulty faced in reaching the corners of the display thanks to thin side bezels . As for the physical review you would find the volume rocker and the power key at the right side both gave a good tactile feedback , at the left side there is a nano and micro sim card slot tray , taking over to the top there is a 3.5 mm audio jack with a microphone and the USB port,the single speaker is mounted at the bottom . Capacitive home,menu,back keys were at the bottom of the display and above the display there is a multi colored led light with the ear piece, sensors and the front facing camera.
Xiaomi Mi Note Display
the note in the name says much about the display which is the large 5.7 inch IPS LCD display with full hd resolution providing 386 PPI density . with the pixel density of nearly 400 the phone provides a great display quality there were great viewing angles , the picture quality was sharp a the color production was also good . for screen of this size the media consumption , playing, browsing provided a great experience also you can configure color temperature and configure the contrast and warmth level from within the settings so you can change the display color temperature and other that suits you . features like glove mode and a reading mode are also available .
Xiaomi Mi Note Processing package and Hardware
in terms of processing package it’s still not the highest you get but still the Mi Note packs a flagship level processing package with the snapdragon 801 cloaked up at 2.3 GHZ and backed up by Adreno 330 GPU with 3GB of ram which is still uncommon in flagship level devices the phone can compete easily with other flagships devices in terms of performance . For the gaming department the phone played all the games with high graphics settings without any lag and in terms of multitasking thanks to 3GB of ram it was also a great . one thing to note about the device that the phone tends to heat up a little while gaming but it didn’t affect the performance . In the hardware department the phone supports LTE connectivity and in terms of internal storage 16 and 64 GB options are available but option of expansion via micro sd-card is not supported so 64 GB storage would be best to choose . The bottom placed speaker produces good quality sound it was crisp and loud but sometimes while playing games the sides the speaker grill gets covered so it effects the sound. In terms of battery department the phone supports a 3000 Mah capacity of battery . the battery life was good and would last easily for more than 1 day with 3-4 hors on screen time
Xiaomi Mi Note Camera
The MI Note supports 13 megapixel rear camera with dual tone flash and it also features optical image stabilization the camera UI is fairly simple to navigate and use . Different modes like manual , panorama, refocus and many live filters are also available . the image quality was very good , the shutter speed is fast and the camera produces a great amount of color and good details too in both indoor and outdoor situations .in terms of the front camera the phone 4 megapixel front camera with increase in pixel size to 2 micron pixels like one found in the rear camera of the HTC one so the front camera would catch more colors in low light situations providing good quality selfies.
Xiaomi Mi Note Software
In software the Mi Note is currently running the KitKat version of MiUi on top like many other chinese mobile manufacturers the UI does not support the app tray so the apps are found on the home screen and option of widgets are still available. in terms of features the MiUi is one of the best customisable skin on top of android . The MiUi supports a powerful theme engine making it easy to personalize your phone also many other software enhancements are also given like gesture support, one hand mode ,hi-fi audio quality option for getting better audio quality while using earphones.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pricing
the phone is only available in china for roughly about 370$ which is a great deal for such a device . There are no such plans for launch of the device in the U.S markets but maybe it would be launched later in countries like India where they have started selling their devices so if you want to buy this device you have to but it from online retailers like eBay in countries other than china.