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Xiaomi Mi Note Review, Quite a Looker!

March 9, 2015

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Nowadays, the market area that belongs to smartphones is seeing a fast and continuous growth, as there are more and more manufacturers that deliver impressive and tempting features through their products, thus offering a big amount of choices especially for the average user, which doesn’t aim for flagships. The Chinese from Xiaomi are doing a pretty good job so far, offering some high quality products for a price which is far below the flagship standard. In January, they’ve launched the Xiaomi Mi Note, a phablet that packs a 5.7 inches screen, a Snapdragon 801 chipset, dual-SIM support, a 13 MP camera that shoots 4K videos , a 3,000 mAh battery and much more. If you’re interested, check it out in the following review and see if it’s what you’ve been looking for.

In its retail box, the Xiaomi Mi Note comes with its charger and a microUSB cable. If you buy it from their online shop, you’ll also receive a leather case, a screen protection, a touch pen and a USB OTG adapter.

Let’s check out its appearance. The Mi Note stands at 155 x 77.6 x 7 mm and has a weight of 161 grams, which is more than reasonable for a handset that packs a 5.7 inches display. The handset is a pleasure to look at, having some supermodel measurements that offer it elegance and style and a beautiful design given by its glass sides which are surrounded by a classy metallic frame. The device seems very well put together, but its beauty comes at a cost. Its attractive rear side is covered by Gorilla Glass 3 and has curved edges, which add to its gorgeous appearance, but attack its grip, making it slippery and easy to drop if you’re not being very careful when handling it. A case will solve this problem, otherwise just be cautious when holding it.

The Xiaomi Mi Note packs a 5.7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, has a pixel density of 386 ppi and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The frontal screen also has curved edges and some very slim bezels. The image quality is very decent, with beautiful colors, good contrast and wide viewing angles, but the sunlight legibility is pretty average, as the screen is quite reflective.

At the software department, the Xiaomi Mi Note is packed with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which has been customized with Xiaomi’s proprietary launcher, the MIUI v6. The interface is pretty minimalist and intuitive, so you’ll have no problems adapting with it even if you’re an Android newbie. Following the lockscreen, which displays your clock, is your homescreen, which can be customized with effects and themes and supports an unlimited number of panes. The homescreen holds four shortcuts and you can add folders or widgets. Due to the lack of an app drawer, also here are your applications.
The notification area holds two tabs, the first displaying your notifications, while the second features quick toggles, a settings key and a brightness slider.

In terms of hardware, the Xiaomi Mi Note relies on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, having a quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and 16 or 64 GB of internal storage, which can’t be expanded, as there’s no card slot. This rich list of powerful features enables the handset to deliver a flawless performance, so you don’t need to worry about lag or freezes – these things won’t happen, no matter what task you throw at it.

In its connectivity package, the Xiaomi Mi Note holds support for quad-band 2G, tri-band 3G, LTE Cat. 4, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP and LE, microUSB 2.0 with USB On-the-go and USB Hub support.

For capturing photos, the Xiaomi Mi Note offers a 13 MP camera with autofocus that takes stills with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and is helped by a dual-LED flash in low light conditions. The camera also features optical image stabilization, HDR, Panorama, manual settings and more. The photos produced reveal a great image quality, with beautiful colors, a high amount of details, good contrast and low noise levels.
The video camera is also a very decent performer and will deliver some great 4K videos.

Some other handy tools offered by the Mi Note that might interest you are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, the WPS Office suite for handling document files, a Security application (for malware-scanning, cleaning RAM, handle data usage and more), two great media players and more. Also worth mentioning is that the handset delivers an excellent audio output.

The Xiaomi Mi Note is packed with a 3,000 mAh battery and will endure almost two days under a moderate usage.

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