Review: Xiaomi Mi Note

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the 13MP 2nd gen Sony IMX214 CMOS sensor comes with Optical Image Stabilisation

Xiaomi has partnered with Task and Etisalat to offer its flagship model, Mi Note, in the UAE. We’ve had the device since the launch and here’s what we think.

The Mi Note has a massive 5.7-inch, 1080p screen (about 386 ppi pixel density), which is predictably gorgeous, and the gentle slope of the front 2.5D glass makes swiping on screens pleasing. For a large phone the Mi Note feels nice to hold and doesn’t feel as large as it should. The sloping, curved back plus the aluminium band around the sides look and feels premium and solid.

A lot of these Chinese phones find themselves looking like knock-off iPhones, but not the Xiaomi Mi Note. From the OS point of view, the Mi Note is running Xiaomi’s custom MIUI software on top of Android Kit Kat 4.4.4. The OS is clean, simple and uniform. The phone runs the Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 with 3GB of RAM. The phone comes in 16 and 64GB variants for storage.

At the back of the phone is an excellent 13 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, optical image stabilisation, autofocus and a dual-LED flash. The front of the device has a 4 megapixel snapper. A funny feature of the snappers is the beautify mode, which not only enhances your selfies but can also guess your age (explain how). The phone is dual SIM, where the main SIM is nano and the secondary is micro. The Mi Note comes with a respectable 3000mAh battery and has fast-charging as well.

The Xiaomi Mi Note is currently priced at Dh1,699 and is available exclusively through Etisalat.


(images: Daanesh Kalyaniwalla)