Mi Note

Xiaomi's latest device is called the Mi Note. Dubbed the "most epic flagship device of the year," the Mi Note comes with a slew of new features as the brand continues to maintain momentum in the smartphone segment. On offer is a 5.7-inch full-HD display, Snapdragon 801, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP camera with OIS and dual-SIM with dual LTE connectivity, all for just RMB 2,299 ($370).

The phone is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides, 2.5D curved glass on the front and 3D curved glass at the back, and has an overall thickness of 6.95mm. In terms of specs, the Mi Note has a 5.7-inch full-HD display with a thin 3.0mm bezel. Xiaomi notes that the panel offers adaptive dynamic contrast and blue light-reducing mode, which is aimed at reducing eye fatigue.

Powering the device is a quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU. The 13 MP camera features Sony's IMX214 CMOS sensor and an OIS module and two-tone LED flash. The front shooter is a 4 MP variant with large 2-micron pixels. Other specs include 3 GB RAM, 16/64 GB internal storage, dual-SIM functionality (microSIM and nano-SIM), dual 4G connectivity (FDD-LTE and TD-LTE) and a 3,000 mAh battery. There's also 24-bit/192KHz lossless playback support.

On the software front, the Mi Note comes with Xiaomi's custom ROM, MIUI 6 (based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat). While Play Store access isn't available on the Chinese variant, all international models of the Mi Note will feature Google's services.

During the event, Xiaomi showcased how the camera sensor of the Mi Note fits into the body of the device, making a reference to the slightly protruding sensor seen on the iPhone 6 Plus. Other differences were also pointed out by the Chinese vendor, such as the screen, which is 0.2 inches larger, and the dimensions, with the Mi Mote 0.15 mm thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus.

The Mi Note will retail for RMB 2,299 ($370) for the 16 GB variant, with the 64 GB model set to launch for RMB 2,799 ($450), and will go on sale from January 27.