Xiaomi has announced the successor to last year's Mi Note, the Mi Note 2. As expected, the Mi Note 2 has everything you'd imagine from a high-end phone, including a 5.7-inch dual curved QHD display with a flexible OLED panel, 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821, 6GB of RAM, 128GB UFS 2.0 storage, 22.56MP rear camera (Sony IMX 318) with EIS and 4K video stabilization, 8MP front shooter with autofocus, NFC, a DAC that enables 24bit/192kHz audio, and a 4070mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.
The Mi Note 2 has a 3D curved back that match the curved edges at the front, resulting in a symmetric design similar to that of the Note 7. A notable addition is support for global LTE bands, with the phone offering 37 bands in total:
- GSM: 2/3/5/8
- CDMA 1X: 0/1/10/15
- WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/8
- TD-SCDMA: 34/39
- LTE-TDD: 38/39/40/41
- LTE-FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30
The phone comes in Piano Black and Glacier Silver options, and will be going up for sale in China shortly. Xiaomi is selling two variants of the Mi Note 2: a base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage for ¥2,799 ($415), and a version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage for ¥3,299 ($485). Then there's a global version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage that retails for ¥3,499 ($515).
No mention of international availability as of now, but thanks to the wide LTE support, you'll be able to use the Mi Note 2 in the U.S. That's a big deal for Xiaomi as it tries to make its way to Western markets.
What do you guys think of the Mi Note 2?
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.