Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Launched in China, Powered by Snapdragon 660 Processor
Xiaomi has launched the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 smartphone today in China along with the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 comes with an almost same design like the Mi 6 and though there are some changes to internal specs.
The major change is that the smartphone comes with a slightly bigger 5.5 Inch display compared to the 5.15 Inch display on the Xiaomi Mi 6.
The battery capacity is also increased compared to the Mi 6, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 comes with a larger 3500 mAH capacity battery while the Mi6 has a 3350 mAH capacity battery.
The smartphone comes with the glass back and metallic edge design with Dual rear cameras and a home button.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 has 4 sides curved glass body with an aluminium frame. The smartphone comes with the Dual rear cameras with a gold plated rings around the camera to enhance the looks.
The smartphone is super slim and also has very narrow bezels, but it comes with a normal 16:9 aspect ratio and do not have a full vision display like the MI Mix 2. The smartphone comes with a 16 Megapixel front-facing camera with facial recognition technology.
The front camera also comes with adaptable AI (artificial intelligence) Beautify mode which can smooth skin and even enhance the image as per requirement.
The smartphone is powered by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz and comes with the Adreno 512 GPU. On the hand, the Mi6 came with Snapdragon 835 processor similar to the Mi Mix 2.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 comes with 6 GB of ram and is available in either 64 GB storage version or 128 GB storage.
Prices and Configurations for Xiaomi Mi Note 3
- Xiaomi Mi Note 3 – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB (Black Color) – 2499 RMB or Rs. 24500.
- Xiaomi Mi Note 3 – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB (Black Color) – 2899 RMB or Rs. 28500.
- Xiaomi Mi Note 3 – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB (Blue Color) – 2999 RMB or Rs. 29500.
The smartphone will be available in Black as well as Blue colors. The Blue color comes only with the 128 GB version and is approximately Rs. 1000 more compared to the black version.
The smartphone runs on the MIUI 9 along with the Android Nougat 7.1 operating system.
The smartphone comes with 12 Megapixel Dual rear camera with (Sony IMX386) sensor and also supports 4 Axis optical image stabilization and has 2X optical zoom. The rear camera uses one telephoto lens and other wide angle lenses to capture the images.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 also boasts of an under the glass fingerprint scanner. The smartphone has got USB Type C Port, IR Blaster, NFC support and Quick Charge 3.0.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 also misses on the headphone jack similar to the Mi 6.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Offers a Curved Display Looks Like Samsung S7 Edge
Xiaomi has launched a Samsung S7 edge replica with some of the best hardware specs and a really affordable price tag. The company at an event named as “Curved to Impress” unveiled the new Mi Note 2. Besides, the event was held in China and was attended by 1000s of Xiaomi Fans and tech enthusiasts.
The key highlight is the curved glass front and back design, remarkably similar to the Samsung S7 edge. The form factor of the device is more like the S7 edge. Notably, the Samsung Note 7 is slightly broader in appearance.
Key Specifications and Features
For starters, it comes with glass and metal construction and Xiaomi calls the design as “Dual Edge Curved Display“. The interesting thing is that Xiaomi is using the 1080P Full HD OLED Display and have not gone for the Quad HD resolution like S7 edge.
Moreover, the OLED display on the Mi Note 2 comes with 110% NTSC color gamut. This means it can display a wide spectrum of colors and images will look more vivid on this display compared to normal IPS LCD panels. Also, the screen to body ratio touted by Xiaomi is impressive, 77.2% that lowers the bezels.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 comes in 3 variants with the following Price :
- Xiaomi Mi Note 2 64 GB storage and 4 GB RAM – CNY 2799 (Rs. 27,500).
- The Mi Note 2 128 GB storage and 6 GB RAM – CNY 3299 (Rs. 32,500).
- The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 128 GB storage and 6 GB RAM Global Variant – CNY 3499 (Rs. 34,500).
The pricing has been a forte for Xiaomi and it continues with the Mi Note 2. If you are wondering what is different in the Global variant, it has support for 37 different LTE bands and will work with most telecom careers in the world.
Furthermore, powering the mobile we have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with a clock speed of 2.35 GHz and comes with the Adreno 530 GPU.
It is the same processor as used in the Google Pixel or the Xiaomi Mi5s. Also, Xiaomi at the press conference pointed that the SD 821 used in the Mi Note 2 has a slightly faster clock speed in comparison to the one used in other phones. Notably, Xiaomi says it is a performance edition Qualcomm SD 821 SOC.
For photography, it comes with a 23 Megapixel rear camera and has a f/2.0 aperture lens. The Sony IMX318 Exmor RS sensor has 3-axes Electronic image stabilization and even has the ability to record 4K videos. It may be a good camera, but difficult to match the 12 MP, f /1.7 shooter on the S7 Edge.
Also, the front camera is decent, comes with an 8 MP lens with Sony IMX268 Exmor RS sensor and f/2.0 aperture for better low light selfies. If you observe carefully the circular camera at the back of the Mi Note 2 is placed a bit lower from the top.
The back of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is plain with a small circular camera and no antenna lines.
Connectivity, Battery, Audio
Furthermore, it comes with a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button for quick unlocking. Also, we have NFC support and there is a USB Type C port for connectivity. Needless to point out the global variant will have support for 4G LTE as well as VOLTE for Indian telecom operators too.
It can effortlessly work all day as it has an enormous (non-exploding) 4000 mAH battery. There is support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 which ensures the fast charging.
Also, it has something for the Audiophiles. There is an Aqstic Audio processor, with 192kHz/24-bit Hi-Fi to ensure a more rich music experience.
In conclusion, it seems solid having everything we can want in a modern phone, that too at a low price.
Lastly, it will come in Glacier White and Piano Black colors. The pre-orders are starting in China right away although we wait for its launch in India along with the Xiaomi Mi5s and Mi 5s Plus.
Flagship Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 4G LTE 4 GB Ram launched
7 May 2015 – Xiaomi had added the new flagship to its smartphone portfolio – the Xiaomi Mi Note PRO. The Mi Note Pro has a 6.95 mm thickness same as that of Apple iPhone 6 plus. The smartphone was unveiled in January 2015 in China and now it has gone on sale in China. We are yet to receive any news about it’s India launch by Xiaomi.
Xiaomi has unveiled the flagship Mi Note Pro (Snapdragon 810) price $485 and another Mi Note(Snapdragon 801) $365. The Mi Note Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 810(64 Bit 8 Core Qualcomm Processor). The smartphone has a 5.7 inch 2K(2560*1440) display with incredible 515PPi. The Note Pro by Xiaomi has got some really solid benchmark scores it almost reaches the more expansive Samsung S6.
Antutu Score Comparison Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
The Mi Note Pro challenges the Samsung Galaxy S6 which has an Antutu score of close to 69,000. We are really impressed with Xiaomi Mi Note Pro which beats the HTC M9 and LG G4 in benchmarks. It is yet to be seen if the Xiaomi smartphone faces heating issues which dampened the mood for HTC M9 launch and also made LG to stay with the Snapdragon 808 Processor. However, Qualcomm denies the heating issues.
As per a recent statement released by Qualcomm ” Snapdragon 810 now has no heating and throttling issues and whatever issues were there in pre-release products, has been fixed”.
While speaking to FORBES, Qualcomm’s VP of marketing Tim McDonough, said ” “The rumors are rubbish, there was not an overheating problem with the Snapdragon 810 in commercial devices”. “Everything you’re saying is fair. But we all build pre-released products to find bugs and do performance optimization. So when pre-released hardware doesn’t act like commercial hardware, it’s just part of the development process.”
The smartphone features most advanced 4GB LPDDR4 RAM which is almost twice as fast as the current generation LPDD3 RAM found in other smartphones. It has Adreno 430 GPU which can max out all the 3D android games.
The Mi Note Pro boasts of 64 GB internal storage and LTE-CAT 9 support for 4G LTE connectivity. The theoretical download speed with the LTE-CAT 9 is upto 450 Mbps.
The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro sets the flagship battle on fire with the aggressive pricing of $520 equivalent to Rs. 30,000. It may actually sell under 30k when launched in India which may take some months as Xiaomi is yet to launch the Mi4 and Mi5 models in India. This will be more China Centric launch and it may take upto 4-6 months for the Mi Note Pro to reach the Indian shores going by the earlier trend.
Xiaomi launched the Mi4 in China in June 2014 it is yet to be launched in Indian market. Recently Xiaomi launched the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and 3G tablets in the Indian market.
Lei Jun took a dig at Cupertino based Apple for having a bump on the iPhone 6 camera bump at the launch event of Mi Note Pro.
Lei Jun also spoke about the vendors like the screen used in the MI Note is from sharp the 1080p screen from either Sharp with very thin 3mm bezel and 95% NTSC color gamut , or the Sony camera IMX214 sensor , f/2.0 aperture , 6 element lenses, OIS(optical image stabilization) for low light photos, the Philips two-tone flash, and the Sony/LG battery 3.
Xiaomi Mi Note Specs and Details :
The Xiaomi Mi Note also has a 5.7-inch screen with 6.95 mm thickness, and curved glass on both the front and back panels; that Xiaomi calls 2.5D on front and the rear glass is known as the 3D.
The Smartphone has Corning Gorilla glass 3 with curved edges and metallic frame. The smartphone has a weight of 161 gram which is impressive considering the 5.7 inch screen size. It has 3000 mAH battery manufactured by either Sony/LG. The battery is quick charge type though Xiaomi has not revealed how much time it takes to full/half charge the battery.
The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5 GHz, Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB ram which is ideal for multi-tasking and gaming.
The connectivity is 4G LTE and 3G HSPA with Dual sim(micro and Nano Sim slots).
It has the front Camera with 4MP resolution and Xiaomi says they are ultra pixels with wide angle lens something which HTC packs in the top of the line smartphones like HTC M8.
The smartphone has an inbuilt storage of 16/64 GB for all your media, photos and movies.
The Xiaomi Mi Note is priced at Rs. 22,000 which is a very aggressive price. It will have direct competition with its Chinese counterpart OnePlus One (priced @ 22,000)