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Xiaomi Unveils Mi Note and Note Pro Phablets Starting at $370

by Jacob Kleinman | January 15, 2015January 15, 2015 7:00 am PDT

Xiaomi finally revealed its newest smartphones on Thursday, and though the rumored flagship Mi5 didn’t make an appearance, the company still managed to impress us with a pair of phablets. The Mi Note and Mi Note Pro look destined to take on Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 with a sleek design, powerful hardware and competitive prices.

To start, the Mi Note offers pretty standard if somewhat outdated specs, including a 5.7-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a Sony-sourced 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, a 4-megapixel front-facing shooter, a 3000mAh battery with quick charging, 16GB of storage, and dual slots for your micro and nano SIM cards. It starts at ¥2299 (roughly $370), while a 64GB model brings the price up to ¥2799 ($450).

Meanwhile, the Mi Note Pro adds a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 2K display and 4GB of RAM for ¥3299 (roughly $530). Both models also feature Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back, with a screen that curves just slightly around the edges, similar to the iPhone 6. Xiaomi also included a metal frame around the rim of the new phablet to give it a high-end feel.

It doesn’t really look like Xiaomi is copying anyone else with its latest smartphones, though there’s still some lingering Apple aesthetic to be seen. If anything, the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro look like hybrids of the newer iPhone 6 design and the squared off iPhone 5, while at the same time offering a bigger display than the iPhone 6 Plus that’s somehow also thinner and lighter.

Unfortunately, the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro probably won’t be available beyond China, India and a few other nearby Asian markets. Xiaomi is content to focus its efforts in those quickly developing markets, at least for now.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...