It’s been a few months since Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro. Now, the company is finally taking preorders for the more powerful phone, and it turns out the device could pack some extra unexpected power under the hood.
According to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, the Mi Note Pro sports a Snapdragon 810 V2.1 chip, which the company worked directly with Qualcomm to engineer. The upgraded processor is apparently faster than the version included in the HTC One M9 and LG G Flex 2, at least based on its AnTuTu benchmark. It may also solve the overheating issues that allegedly plagued the original Snapdragon 810.
The Mi Note Pro also packs all the high-end specs you could hope for. That includes a 5.7-inch 2K display, a 3090mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 technology, a 13-megapixel rear camera from Sony, a 4-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
We’re pretty curious about this new Snapdragon 810 chip. Does it really perform better than the standard version, or is it simply optimized for the Mi Note Pro? Either way, it’s exciting to see Qualcomm work directly with another phone-maker after doing the same with LG to design its Snapdragon 808 processor.
Unfortunately the Mi Note Pro won’t be getting a global release. The device will be available in China and a few other countries where Xiaomi is focused for 2999 Chinese Yuan (roughly $480) starting on May 12.