Xiaomi's Mi Note is the latest flagship from the Chinese manufacturer to offer high-end features at an affordable price. For $370, you get a device with a 5.7-inch full-HD display, 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 801 SoC, 13MP camera, dual-LTE connectivity and HiFi audio. The folks over at the MIUI forums got their hands on the device, and proceeded to dismantle it to find out how the hardware stacks up.
Xiaomi announced during the launch of the Mi Note that it used 3D curved glass reinforced with Gorilla Glass 3 at the back of the device, and during the teardown, it was found that the glossy black color variant was prone to fingerprints and scratches. The back cover itself, which is non-removable, was easy to pry off with suction pads, which revealed a coating of thermal sticker running around the back of the device to assist in heat dissipation.
The back of the device is sectioned into three parts – the motherboard (secured by a metal cover), battery and a speaker housing. The 4.4V 2,900mAh battery used in the Mi Note is provided by LG. Access to the battery requires removing the back cover, the screws that secure the motherboard and the speaker module.
The hardware on offer is a 3GB RAM module from Samsung clocked at 933 MHz, and Qualcomm's 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801. Flash memory is from Toshiba, which is available in configurations of 16 and 64GB. The Mi Note features Hi-Fi audio which is facilitated through the inclusion of ESS' ES9018K2M sound module, which is billed as a 32-bit mobile audio DAC. As for imaging, HTC's 4MP UltraPixel camera with large 2-micron pixels is used at the front of the device, with the rear camera being a Sony IMX214 sensor that offers 13MP with OIS.
Check out the source link for all the images from the teardown.
Source: MIUI Forums