Rumors are gathering Xiaomi will produce a sequel to the massive Mi Note, a 5.7-inch smartphone that comes in either standard form, or a more powerful Pro version. Both have been on sale since mid-2015, so a refresh is definitely possible in the near future. Find out what we think Xiaomi has in store for the Mi Note range here, where we look at all the news and rumors regarding the Mi Note 2.
Price and release date
There isn’t long to wait until the Mi Note 2 is revealed. Xiaomi has posted an event page on Facebook, revealing the Mi Note 2 will launch on October 25. A live stream will be provided, but a link to the relevant page won’t be confirmed until closer to the time, but U.S. viewers will have to be up late: the event is scheduled for 11 p.m. PT.
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How much will the phone cost? All we have to go on for now is speculation, which puts a lower end model with 4GB or RAM at around $375, then a 6GB RAM and 64GB storage option at $450, and finally, an 8GB RAM model with 256GB storage space at $525.
Will Xiaomi make a Mi Note 2 and Mi Note 2 Pro? Evidence continues to gather Xiaomi will use a dual curved screen on one (or both, but a flat version is also rumored) Mi Note 2 models, setting it up as a potentially ideal alternative to Samsung’s now canceled Galaxy Note 7.
The Facebook event page gives the game away, saying the Mi Note 2 will have “two-sided dual curves,” which sounds like four curves, but probably means a dual-edge curve like Samsung’s Edge phones and the Note 7. It also says the phone is “curved to impress,” so it seems certain the Mi Note 2 will have a curved display.
This follows previous leaks also suggesting the feature. A picture showing what’s claimed to be the front panel from the Mi Note 2 has a curved edge running down either side, with a Mi logo in the top left — a common trait on high-spec Xiaomi phones. There’s a cutout for a home button underneath, which may end up doubling as a fingerprint sensor.
A leaked slide that appears to be from a presentation on the Mi Note 2 shows the screen measuring 5.7-inches. One of the defining differences between the two original Mi Note phones was the screen resolution, and early indications said the trend will spill over into the sequels.
Rumors from GizChina stated a standard version with a 1,920-by-1,080 pixel display and a premium version with a 2,560-by-1,440 pixel curved display would be released, the latter coming with 64GB or 128GB storage space options. It’s not certain Xiaomi will make two versions of the Mi Note 2, and more recent rumors don’t mention varying screen resolutions, only varying RAM and storage options.
Specs and cameras
Should Xiaomi decide to produce two versions of the Mi Note, it may be more than the screen resolution that splits them; there may be performance and camera differences too. It’s hinted a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor will be at the heart of the Mi Note 2, though for awhile, an extremely optimistic report from MyDrivers.com suggested that the top-end model of the smartphone will boast an incredible 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
A report from Chinese publication Toutiao says the Mi Note 2 will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, but this may be a misprint given Qualcomm hasn’t announced such a chip, along with 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. The alleged evidence for these impressive stats comes by way of a device screenshot which could be relatively easily doctored, so we will have to wait and see if that 8GB number holds any water.
The fashion in smartphone camera tech at the moment is for dual-lens setups, and the more powerful Mi Note 2 model may follow this trend. Early rumors said a 12-megapixel dual-lens camera may feature on the curved edge Mi Note 2, while the flat screen version may have a single-lens 16-megapixel camera. Subsequently, a leaked slide says one lens will have 23-megapixels and the other 12 megapixels.
Two battery sizes have featured in rumors, one with a 3,600mAh cell and another mentioning a 4,000mAh capacity, complete with fast charging capabilities.
Xiaomi isn’t known for overloading its phones with gimmicks, but will this change with the Mi Note 2? Rumors are suggesting Xiaomi will add a pressure sensitive interface system to the phone, much like Apple’s 3D Touch on the iPhone, and a forthcoming feature in Android 7.0.
We’ve seen pressure-sensitive screens on other Android phones, like those from Huawei and Gionee, but they have not be all that successful due to a lack of software support. Xiaomi may use Android, but it adds its MIUI user interface over the top, which may see it suffer in the same way.
Toutiao also suggests the Mi Note 2 will “have a surprise,” though it’s unclear just what that surprise will be.
Perhaps most exciting thus far, however, is the latest revelation that the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will feature a “Global Edition,” boasting up to 37 network frequency bands. This would include the frequency bands of some overseas carriers, which means that the device could be used anywhere in the world. This is a significant improvement over some competitors, who don’t support quite as many frequency bands. For example, the Huawei P9 supports 32 frequency bands.
The specifics regarding the Mi Note 2 are still unknown, but we do know the phone is coming on October 25. We’ll keep you updated here with all the latest news.
Article originally published on 07-11-2016. Andy Boxall, and Lulu Chang also contributed to this report. Updated on 10-21-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added news the Mi Note 2 will launch on October 25, along with several new specification rumors.