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Rumour zone: what to expect from the Xiaomi Mi Note 2

|October 24, 2016 |Android Phones, Android, Xiaomi, 4G LTE

Xiaomi is all set to unveil its flagship phablet in the form of the Mi Note 2 on October 25th. The smartphone is a successor to the Mi Note (review), which was released back in January 2015. 

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The Chinese firm is on a roll as it recently announced two new flagships in the form of the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. With the introduction of the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, most us were made to believe that the company has probably ditched the idea of a premium phablet. However, that's not the case as apart from an official teaser, there’s a deluge of leaked information regarding the alleged specs of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2. If you're wondering what all the new offering from the Apple of China will bring, we list down all we know about the Xiaomi Mi Note 2.

Name

The initial confusion regarding the name seems to be over now. As mentioned earlier, tipsters reported that the Chinese firm has probably axed the Mi Note 2 and replaced it with the new Mi5s Plus. All that remains to be seen is if Xiaomi will just introduce the Mi Note 2, and possibly a more powerful variant as well, carrying the 'Pro' or 'Plus' title.

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Design

The renders that are circulating on the web clearly reveals that the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will come with an all-glass exterior wherein both the front and the rear glass panels will be curved to the edges. In short, it will closely resemble the design philosophy of the Xiaomi Mi 5, which in turn, drew inspiration from the original Mi Note. At the back, the Mi Note 2 is expected to feature a dual-camera setup accompanied by the dual-LED flash. It's worth noting that the dual rear cameras sit flush on the back, just like the Mi 5. As expected the Mi logo lies on the lower part of the back whereas the speaker grills are located at the bottom. However, this information is drawn on the basis of leaked renders, and Xiaomi may employ a new design language - like the one on the recently-launched Mi 5s, which featured a metallic unibody.

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Display

Xiaomi has officially announced that the Mi Note 2 will come with a curved display up front. That said, it seems that the company has been referring to a 2.5D curved glass, and not a curved display like the ones seen on the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (review). Just like the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, the Mi Note 2 is reported to come with 5.7 inch QHD AMOLED panel sourced from LG. Apart from that, the display is said to response to various degrees of pressure you apply on a screen. This is similar to the Force Touch implementation on iPhones. Apparently, the top-end variant of the Xiaomi Mi 5s also offers a similar 3D Touch functionality. 

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Processor And Memory

Under the hood, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 reportedly sports a Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 821 chip, which essentially is slightly tweaked variant of the Snapdragon 820 processor powering most flagships of 2016 including the OnePlus 3 (review), HTC 10 (review), and LG G5 (review). The main difference is that the all-new SoC from Qualcomm comes with native support for VR, which in this case is an added plus point for the phablet, thanks to its QHD display. 

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The fastest processor from Qualcomm is reportedly mated with either 4GB or 6GB RAM. Basically, Xiaomi is expected to sell two different variants of the Mi Note 2. While one comes with a 4GB RAM / 64GB internal storage, the other variant will pack 6GB RAM / 128GB internal storage. The Chinese OEM is expected to make use of UFS 2.0 technology to enable faster data transfers on the integrated memory chips.


Battery

Xiaomi has done exceedingly well in the battery life department, especially when it comes to its budget and mid-range devices. In fact, it was one of the pioneers to include a 4,000mAH cell in a phone as affordable as the Xiaomi Redmi 3s (review). The same can’t be said about the battery capacity of the Mi 5 though. Powered by a modest 3,000mAH battery, the Xiaomi Mi 5 (review) failed to last through a day of heavy usage. Thankfully, it made amends with the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus, and it seems that the Mi Note 2 is expected to receive a similar treatment. So, just in case rumoured specs turn out to be true, then it may be launched with 4,100mAh battery inside. It’s also worth noting that large battery inside the phablet, will come with support for Qualcomm's Quick Charging standard. 

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Software

Like all Xiaomi devices, the Mi Note 2 will feature company's custom platform called MIUI. It's expected to run MIUI 8 with Android Marshmallow as base. Although a leaked screenshot sourced from Weibo indicates that MIUI 9 is already in development, it’s highly unlikely for the Mi Note 2 to come with the same on board. Apart from that, the brand can be expected to include a number of tweaks in the MIUI interface to make use of the pressure-sensitive display of the Mi Note 2. It is also rumoured to make use of the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor available on the home button. Tipsters also report that the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will support NFC for making mobile payments. Some reports also reveal that the Mi Note 2 will come with a iris scanner, similar to the one found in the now-defunct Samsung Galaxy Note7 (first impressions).

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Cameras

One of the most interesting feature of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is the dual rear camera that makes use of high-end Sony sensors. One of the units is reportedly a 23MP Sony IMX318 sensor, which is clubbed with a 12M Sony IMX378 sensor. Apparently, the Google Pixel duo (first impressions) also make use of the IMX378 sensor for the back cameras. The dual 23MP + 13MP arrangement of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is expected to produce an impeccable depth of field with ample amount of details in every shot. Having said that, Xiaomi may opt for the same implementation as of the Mi 5s Plus, wherein one of the sensors shoots coloured images while the other shoots in monochrome. Being a flagship, it'll be capable of shooting 4K and 720p 120fps slo-mo videos. 


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On the front, the Mi Note 2 is reported to sport an 8MP shooter that is capable of shooting 1080p videos at 30fps. However, there’s still a possibility of Xiaomi carrying forward the 4MP UltraPixel setup of the Mi 5 and the Mi 5s.


Launch And Availability

The second generation of Xiaomi's Mi Note phablet has been a log time coming. Nevertheless, it's finally getting launched on October 25th. As for the pricing, the leaks suggest that the 4GB RAM / 64GB storage variant will be available for 2,799 RMB (around Rs 28,000), while the 6GB RAM / 128GB model will retail for 2,999 RMB (approximately Rs 30,000) The devices are expected to go on sale in China soon after the launch via JD.com. Xiaomi is also expected bring this device internationally into the markets it operates in by the end of 2016. 

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