Mi Note 2 keeps to Xiaomi tradition

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is officially sold only in China.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is officially sold only in China.PHOTO: XIAOMI

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is the Chinese company's latest flagship phone and, in true Xiaomi tradition, it delivers top-notch specs at bargain prices.

During our hands-on experience at the phone's launch last month, we liked the phone's dual curved edges, and it sharp rear camera.

Like Google's Pixel phone, the Mi Note 2 runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, which offers a 10 per cent performance boost over the last-gen 820 while consuming less power.

The rest of the Mi Note 2's specs are equally impressive. Users can opt for up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and the rear 22.5-megapixel camera has electronic image stabilisation as well as phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash.


The only downside is that the phone is officially sold only in China, so users will have to buy it from a local distributor.

As the phone ships with a China ROM - which means no Google Play - users will also have to install the necessary software themselves.


PRICE: From 2,799 yuan (S$578)

PROCESSOR: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (up to 2.36GHz)

DISPLAY: 5.7-inch full HD Oled display

OPERATING SYSTEM: MIUI 8.0 (based on Android 6.0)

CAMERA: 22.56-megapixel rear camera with 4K video recording and electronic image stabilisation; 8-megapixel (front)

MEMORY: Up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage

BATTERY: Non-removable 4,070 mAh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2016, with the headline 'Mi Note 2 keeps to Xiaomi tradition'. Print Edition | Subscribe