Xiaomi Mi Note 2

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The Mi Note 2 is the first Xiaomày phone with global LTE bands, setting the stage for the company"s expansion in the future. With a dual curved display, excellent internal hardware, & high amount of customizability, the Mi chú ý 2 has a lot to offer for its $4đôi mươi price tag.

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Xiaongươi Mi chú ý 2 Full review

Xiaomi rolled out the Mi lưu ý 2 alongside the futuristic Mi Mix, and as a result the phone was overshadowed by its bezel-less sibling. Although it doesn"t have sầu a cantilever piezoelectric driver for making calls, the Mi Note 2 is plenty capable và is the first from Xiaomi to lớn feature global LTE bands. And while the dual curves at the front và baông chồng make the Mi Note 2 look lượt thích a Galaxy chú ý 7 knockoff, the kiến thiết is an evolution from the original Mi lưu ý which made its debut in năm ngoái.


The Mi Note 2 signifies an important step for Xiaomày as it looks to lớn maximize revenues in its trang chính market. With the likes of Smarphone OPPO and Vivo gaining ground in tier 2 và tier 3 cities on the bachồng of a well-connected (và well-funded) retail distribution network, Xiaomi is looking to lớn the mid-range segment to boost profits.

With a generous 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage along with global LTE bands (37 in total), the Mi lưu ý 2 is the showcase device for Xiaomi"s ambitions, & while the phone isn"t selling in the millions lượt thích those in the Redmi series, the goal for Xiaongươi is lớn show that it can hold its own in the mid-tier category.

Xiaomi Mi lưu ý 2 Specs


CategoryFeatures
Operating SystemMIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Display5.7-inch 1080p (19đôi mươi x 1080) OLED panel 386ppi pixel density
SoCQuad-core Qualcomilimet SnapLong 821 Two Kryo cores at 2.35GHz, two Kryo cores at 2.15GHz 14nm
GPUAdreno 530
RAM4GB/6GB
Storage64GB/128GB
Rear camera22.5MP with f/2.0 lens dual-tone LED flash 4K video recording
Front shooter8MPhường. with f/2.0 lens 1080p đoạn Clip recording
ConnectivityWiFi ac, Công nghệ Bluetooth 4.2 (A2DP), NFC, GPS, GLONASSUSB-C, 3.5mm audio jack
Battery4070mAh battery Quichồng Charge 3.0
FingerprintFront fingerprint sensor
Dimensions156.2 x 77.3 x 7.6mm
Weight166g
ColorsBlaông xã, Gold, Silver

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Xiaomày Mi cảnh báo 2 Design & display

The first thing you"ll notice about the Mi Note 2 is the dual curves at the front and baông chồng of the device. The symmetrical curves are near-identical to lớn those on Samsung"s ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, and combined with the availability of global LTE bands, the Mi chú ý 2 is seen as an igiảm giá khuyến mãi replacement for those looking for a large-screened device with a dual-curved display.

The Mi Note 2 fits that bill, but there are a few notable differences — the 5.7-inch display only sports a Full HD resolution, there"s no stylus, & the camera is strictly average.

What the screen lacks in resolution it makes up for in vibrancy. The Full HD LG-made OLED panel offers saturated colors, deep blacks, and high contrast levels. As is the case with all Xiaomày phones in this segment, there are plenty of options lớn tweak the color temperature, và you get a reading mode that acts as a blue-light filter. There"s also a Sunlight Display mode that selectively boosts contrast and brightness, allowing you khổng lồ view the screen while outdoors.


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While the phone has a dual-curved display, the screen doesn"t extover outward to the edges of the panel. There are noticeable bezels on the side that serve sầu lớn minimize accidental touches, which is a welcome addition. The baông xã of the device is sparse, sporting a round camera lens và LED flash module along with the Mi logo, which is located at the bottom. The build chất lượng is excellent, và right up there with the best that Samsung and LG have to offer.

The phone definitely stands out in the Piano Blachồng finish, but the downside is that the glass panel at the baông chồng attracts a lot of fingerprints. You"ll have to lớn carry a microfiber cloth if you want khổng lồ keep the Mi Note 2 looking pristine.

Xiaomi has been offering an IR blaster in its handsets for several years now, và the Mi chú ý 2 also has an emitter up top through which you can control a myriad of TVs and set-top boxes. The Mi lưu ý 2 also offers USB-C connectivity, and the port is flanked by symmetrical grills that house a bottom-firing speaker & a microphone. The headphone jack is located at the top, & Xiaomày has bundled a DAC that allows for 192kHz/24-bit playbachồng.

The fingerprint sensor located in the trang chính button is an extension of what we"ve sầu seen on the Mi 5. Xiaomày dabbled with various implementations last year, lượt thích Qualcomm"s Sense ID on the Mi 5s, and trying out a fingerprint sensor at the baông xã in the Mi 5 Plus. The Mi lưu ý 2 has a standard home button up front, and the surface area is thankfully larger than that of the Mi 5. The home page button also doubles up as a capacitive sầu key, allowing you to go back to the trang chính screen with a quiông chồng tap.


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Xiaomày Mi Note 2 Hardware

Like the Mi 5s, the Mi lưu ý 2 has top-notch hardware in the size of a Snapdragon 821 SoC. You"re not going lớn notice any issues with the device when it comes to lớn real-world performance, with the Mi lưu ý 2 holding its own next to lớn the likes of the Pixel và OnePlus 3T.

The Mi cảnh báo 2 is available in two configurations — a base variant with 4GB of RAM & 64GB storage, & a global version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The latter variant is particularly interesting as it is the first Xiaongươi phone with global LTE coverage, but the downside is that it is limited in supply. Furthermore, as the Mi lưu ý 2 is officially sold in just one country (China), you"ll have to lớn resort to picking it up from reseller sites if you want to lớn get your hands on the device outside Xiaomi"s home page market.

The variant with 4GB of RAM & 64GB storage is available for as low as $4trăng tròn, making it a very enticing option in this segment. The Mi Note 2 doesn"t have sầu a microSD slot, but the generous internal storage should be more than sufficient for most users. The global variant with 128GB of storage is available for $100 more.

Both variants offer dual-SIM tư vấn, along with NFC, Bluetooth không dây 4.2, GPS with GLONASS and Beidou.

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Battery life

Xiaomày has been including massive batteries in its devices of late and the situation is no different in the Mi Note 2. The phone has a 4070mAh battery in a chassis that"s just 7.8mm thiông xã, and when combined with the Full HD display the Mi cảnh báo 2 provides all-day battery life without breaking a sweat.

You"ll easily be able lớn get a day và a half"s worth of usage out of the Mi cảnh báo 2, and when you need to top up the battery, you"ll be able lớn rely on Quichồng Charge 3.0.


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Xiaomày Mi chú ý 2 Software

There"s not a lot lớn talk about on the software front when it comes lớn the Mi lưu ý 2, as it runs the same MIUI 8 skin that is present on the Mi 5s, Redmi cảnh báo 4, & other recent Xiaongươi phones. For better or worse, MIUI offers a ton of customization, và there"s a high learning curve sầu. If you"re one khổng lồ dig into lớn the settings to lớn customize every single facet of your phone, then there"s plenty to lớn like in MIUI 8. The interface has picked up a host of new features over the course of the years, & it takes a while to lớn explore them all.

Notable additions include Dual Apps, which let you run two instances of the same app on the phone, Second Space, a sandboxed zone that lets you create a second protệp tin, & a built-in đoạn Clip editor. MIUI 8 doesn"t have sầu an app drawer, so if you"re lượt thích me and have lots of apps installed, you can install a third-các buổi party launcher lượt thích Nova to switch khổng lồ a more familiar-looking interface.

MIUI 8 offers a ton of customizability, but it takes a while to lớn get accustomed khổng lồ the interface.

MIUI is designed primarily for Chinese users, and as a result a lot of those elements pop up in the global ROM which is installed on Mi Note 2 units sold on reseller sites. Unlượt thích the Chinese variant, the global ROM includes the Play Store as well as other Google apps, making it easy for you khổng lồ get started with using the phone.

Xiaongươi rolls out regular updates to lớn MIUI 8, delivering new features and security updates, but the one area where the manufacturer has lagged behind is platform updates. The Mi cảnh báo 2 is still running Marshmallow, and there"s no word on when the Nougat update will be available for the device.


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Xiaomi Mi cảnh báo 2 Camera

Although the Mi chú ý 2 has a 22.5MPhường imaging sensor, the small 1-micron pixel size negatively affects its performance in low-light conditions. The Mi lưu ý 2 takes good images for the most part, but when it comes khổng lồ artificial lighting or night-time shots, the phone fails lớn deliver.


Taking photos with the Mi chú ý 2 is an easy affair, with the camera app offering several shooting modes & filters with pđánh giá. There"s also the option of shooting 4K Clip, but as is the case with images, the final quality is passable but not great.


Xiaongươi Mi lưu ý 2 Bottom line

The Mi cảnh báo 2 shows how far Xiaomày has come. The company has consistently put out great phones in the mid-range segment, và the Mi lưu ý 2 is its best showing yet. The Full HD display may not be the densest in this segment, but it gets the job done. The only downside is the camera, which while decent at outdoor shots struggles when it comes to low-light imagery.

However, the biggest drawbaông chồng with the Mi lưu ý 2 — & recent Xiaomi flagships in general — is its availability. The phone is limited to lớn Trung Quốc, and while you"ll be able khổng lồ piông chồng up the global version with 6GB of RAM và worldwide LTE bands for $529 (or $15 more than Xiaomi"s retail price), there"s no recourse should you run into lớn any issues with the handset. The standard variant at $419 is also a lucrative khuyễn mãi giảm giá considering you"re getting a phone with Snapdragon 821 & a dual-curved panel, but once again, there"s that uncertainty when it comes khổng lồ after-sales service.

The availability of global LTE bands signifies the company"s move sầu lớn expand its horizons, & while there"s no specific plans on when it will enter Western markets, the Mi lưu ý 2 sets the stage for such an eventuality.

Should you buy it? Yes

It"ll be at least a month before Xiaomi"s 2017 flagship, the Mi 6, goes up for sale at reseller sites, and even after it does, the Mi lưu ý 2 will continue to be a very compelling option. For one thing, Xiaongươi isn"t offering a variant of the Mi 6 with global LTE bands, & for now, the Mi Note 2 is the only Xiaomi phone that lets you access LTE networks around the world. You"re getting a lot for its $529 asking price.

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