Xiaomi launched its newest flagship smartphone, the Mi Note 2, in China today. A starting price of CNY 2,799 (approx ₹27,622) makes it the most expensive device the company has ever launched.
The phone features a 5.7-inch QHD display with a dual edge, giving it a stylish look. Although this display resembles the Samsung edge displays somewhat, it also has 3D curved glass snapped onto a flexible screen. Powering the phone is Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 821 chip, along with 4 or 6 GB of RAM.
The phone has three variants, with different RAM and internal storage capacities. The lowest-end model, with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, is priced at CNY 2,799. The second variant has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage and is priced at CNY 3,299 (approx ₹32,556).
The third variant, which is the global edition, will have the same RAM and internal storage capacity as the second but it will support 37 LTE bands, and will be priced at CNY 3,499 (approx ₹34,530).
Mi Note 2 has an astonishing 23 MP rear camera which uses a Sony IMX sensor with a f/2.0 aperture. While the optical image stabilization is missing, the camera has Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) instead.The 8 MP front camera has a similar aperture with software features for group selfies and beautification.
The phone has an impressive battery capacity of 4070 mAh. Additionally, it has Qualcomm 3.0 support that can come handy. Mi Note 2 has support for Mi Pay as well which is only available in China currently. Xiaomi has also introduced a special AQSTIC processor in Note 2 for better audio quality.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi has had a successful Diwali season in India so far, selling more than 1 million phones in the first 18 days of October. CEO Lei Jun wrote an open letter, thanking the Xiaomi Indian team and the Indian consumers for their support.