Mi Note

Xiaomi is set to continue its meteoric rise with the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro. The first batch of Mi Note devices went on sale in China earlier today, and was sold out in under three minutes. The exact number of devices sold wasn't disclosed, but a Xiaomi VP revealed that the sale received over 220 million reservations. The next batch of Mi Note devices will be available on February 3, with the Mi Note Pro set to go on sale in the month of March.

The amount of interest being lavished on Xiaomi's latest devices is largely due to the hardware on offer. The Mi Note — which sells for the equivalent of $370 — offers a 5.7-inch full-HD display, Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (with a 64GB model also available), 13 MP camera with OIS, dual-SIM with dual LTE connectivity and a 3,000 mAh battery.

The Mi Note Pro, which features even better hardware, is set to retail for around $530, and comes with a 5.7-inch 2K display (2560 x 1440) with a pixel density of 515 PPI, octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 SoC, Adreno 430 GPU, LTE Category 9 connectivity, 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64 GB eMMC 5.0 internal memory, 13 MP camera with OIS, 4 MP shooter at the front and a 3,090 mAh battery.

While Xiaomi has been criticized for copying Apple's designs, the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro — with their curved glass front and back abutted by a metal frame on the sides — do not share any design resemblances to the iPhones they're positioned against. Xiaomi sold 61.1 million handsets in 2014, and is aiming to sell a 100 million devices in 2015. One way Xiaomi is looking to do that is by aggressively targeting the iPhones, with rumors of a trade-in program for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 in the works.

Source: Xiaomi (Weibo)