The king is dead, long live the king! Err, the Note, I mean. If you’re a techie, you probably know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. Long story short, the Note 7 is no more due to batteries catching fire, tech issues of sorts.
However, there’s the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, the new kid on the block who is aimed at phablet lovers looking for some solace in the absence of the Note 7.
The intro is meant to emphasize the fact that one’s bad luck is another one’s opportunity, or in each crisis there’s an opportunity. Actually, this is an old Chinese proverb, which is the definition of Xiaomi Mi Note 2, a high end Chinese made phablet.
This state of the art smartphone from a relatively unknown company will be inevitably compared to Samsung’s former Note 7, and that’s quite understandable. The thing is, what Samsung was 15 years ago for established names in the electronics industry, the likes of Sony, Panasonic, Nokia et al, is represented nowadays by Chinese companies like Xiaomi, Huawei or Lenovo.
Basically, Samsung will have a very hard time competing with the new Asian tigers, i.e. this is history repeating, but I am digressing.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 boasts that cool dual curved screen, just like the Note 7, and it’s a true-blue flagship by all metrics, sans the screen res which is just full HD 1080p instead of 2K/4K or whatever gimmick which stresses the hell out the smartphone’s GPU.
To begin with the drawbacks, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 doesn’t offer waterproofing and it doesn’t run on the latest Android version. Also, some may complain about the 1080p screen resolution.
However, considering the 386 pixels per inch density offered by Xiaomi Mi Note 2’s OLED screen, which is much more than RETINA grade which was praised back in the day as the next best thing since the ten commandments, I would argue that an uber high resolution on a relatively small display is not much more than a marketing gimmick. I may be wrong, but then again, I may be right.
The build quality is great, as the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 boasts a full metal body and a dual curved display. The design is not very original, but I must emphasize the quality of the device, which is more important in my books than looks alone.
The dual curved 5.7 inches wide display is a P-OLED variety and made by LG and even if it’s not the brightest of the bunch, the color reproduction is very accurate.
In terms of connectivity, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 comes with all the bells and whistles expected from a flagship, including USB Type C, 22 LTE bands support, quad band GSM and penta band 3G, CDMA, dual SIM, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac and very important for some users, even an IR blaster.
The battery is a beefy 4400 mAh variety which is more than generous, boasting an impressive 92 hours of endurance rating, or 15,5 hours of video playback and almost 10 hours of web browsing.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, which means that in terms of performance, everything is on the up and up. There are 2 versions of the smartphone, one featuring 4 GB of RAM/64 GB of internal storage while the other one comes with 6 GB of RAM/128 GB of native storage, both relying on an Adreno 530 GPU for video intensive apps and games.
The Chinese made phablet is a top class performer thanks to its QSD 821 SoC architectre, which is a true power house. The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 comes loaded with Android Marshmallow and the company’s proprietary MIUI 8 user interface on top. Everything runs buttery smooth, there are no complaints here.
The primary snapper on the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is a 22.5 MP variety featuring Sony’s IMX318 sensor, boasting phase detection yet no OIS. The selfie unit has only 8 MP, but that’s ok, the pictures are pretty good. Obviously, there’s 4K video recording in good flagship tradition.
Bottom line, if you’re looking for a flagship phablet built like a tank offering a premium feel and a glass back panel, a dual curved OLED display, dependable autonomy, a top class hardware architecture and a great camera, you should consider the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 especially if you find a good deal.