Chinese company Xiaomi are one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world based on numbers, but they are often overlooked here in Australia, mostly because it is difficult to buy one here. Many of their phones match and often better the specs of the flagships of any other major manufacturer. The newly leaked Mi Note 2 is no exception, according to a Powerpoint presentation leaked via Weibo today.
The slides from the presentation show that the Mi Note 2 will sport a 5.7-inch SAMOLED display with Force Touch with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Powering this impressive display will be the same processor that the Pixels have, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad core CPU and Adreno 530 GPU. As most companies do these days, it will be available in 2 different internal storage varieties, each with different amounts of RAM. The 64GB version will have only 4GB of RAM while the 128GB version features a massive 6GB of RAM. The rear camera is a dual camera (like a certain other phone out there) setup with a 23MP camera and a 12MP camera. The 23MP camera has a Sony IMX318 sensor and the 12MP camera has a Sony IMX378 sensor. For those who love selfies (let’s face it, we all love selfies) there is an 8MP front facing camera.
Leaked photos do not show a fingerprint sensor and it seems that that is because the Qualcomm-made ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is embedded under the display. With Quick Charge 3.0 to charge the 4100mAh battery, NFC and an iris scanner this promises to be an absolute monster of a device. For those who manage to find an importer for this, and there will be some out there, it won’t set you back too much with the 64GB version retailing for 2799 CNY, and the 128GB version for 2999CNY. This equates to around $585AUD and $630AUD respectively, amazing prices considering the price of current flagships in Australia — if only it ran stock Android.
With it being officially announced on October 25 keep an eye out for local importers if you are interested in this. I certainly will be.