Xiaomi has unveiled its new Mi Note 2, a phone that strongly resembles Samsung’s ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. The resemblance mostly concerns the curved edges of the screen. Remarkably, it is one of the first non-Samsung devices to feature an “edge” screen.
The Verge lists the most impressive characteristics:
- 5.7-inch curved OLED display
- 22.56-megapixel camera on the back, 8MP on the front
- Up to a Snapdragon 821 processor
- Up to 6GB of RAM
- 4070 mAh battery
- “Global LTE bands,” so the top-tier model might just be import-friendly
The price for Mi Note 2 makes up 2799 yuan ($413) for a 4GB variant with 64 GB of storage and 4GB of RAM and 3499 yuan ($516) for a global model with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM.
Lei Jun, CEO and co-founder of Xiaomi, said: “Xiaomi is in a position to explore the frontiers of innovation and deliver even more amazing features to our users. We are truly excited at the limitless possibilities that technology presents to us. Mi Note 2 takes our flagship lineup to the next level, and Mi MIX is a glimpse at what the phone of the future looks like.”
Some may say that the prices are too high for Xiaomi. They should read the Bloomberg article that depicts how premium phone makers like Huawei and Oppo are thriving in China at the expense of companies like Xiaomi, whose average selling price has plummeted. Xiaomi should offer more at the higher end as there are more customers who can pay more than $300 or $400 for phones.
“Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo all make phones that stack up well against most iPhones and Galaxies, and together they ship 40 percent of the world’s phones in the $500-and-up category that Apple and Samsung dominate. The average sales price for those leading three Chinese brands has risen above $300”, says Jessie Ding, an analyst in Shanghai with market research company Canalys. “People want more premium phones. People are now thinking about good quality and service instead of just low prices. That’s one reason Beijing-based Xiaomi, which made a splash in 2014 and 2015 selling inexpensive devices, has faded; its average phone sales price is about $180.”
The announcement of Mi Note 2 follows the presentation of Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. Besides, it is not the only exciting news from Xiaomi. The company has also unveiled Mi MIX, a concept phone with a never-seen-before edgeless design. Experts describe it as “a breathtaking work of art that surpasses existing innovations in the smartphone industry, jointly developed with world-renowned designer Philippe Starck.” Mi MIX features a stunning custom 17:9 display and a 91.3% screen-to-body ratio, the highest on any smartphone in the world.