Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Review

Do you miss the Samsung Galaxy Note 7? If you do, we understand. It was the best phone of 2016 that never got to reach the mass people’s hand, only a few in the most privileged parts of the world. The Note 7 had to take an early retirement, but that doesn’t really mean no other smartphone can mock the same look and feel. Xiaomi has released the Mi Note 2 lately which looks almost like the Note 7 in its frontal side, except the S-Pen.

Let the Note 7 discussions aside, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is an awesome phone. It comes with very powerful internals and the design looks very slick, anyone would love to own the Xiaomi MI Note 2. The Redmi Note series is powerful as well, but the Mi Note series is meant to be an expensive flagship device.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Review
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Review

Hardware Configuration

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is equipped with Snapdragon’s very latest CPU, the Snapdragon 821. It is a Qualcomm MSM8996 unit, thus the stability and performance won’t be an issue. Alongside the CPU, the Adreno 530 offers the required computing power for the graphics. The hardware specs are almost like the demised Note 7 if you compare from that point of view.

Storage

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 comes in two different variants – a 4 GB RAM variant with 64 GB internal memory, and another version with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. There’s no memory card slot for expansion but with internal storage this big, no one should need expansion either.

Display

The display on the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is 1080p. To keep the costs lower, the company has opted for 386 ppi on the 5.7 inches display. However, Xiaomi doesn’t always use AMOLED panels like they did with the Mi Note 2. The display is immersive and comes with wider color gamut, starring at it is a fun experience for the most part.

Camera

Xiaomi hasn’t made any sacrifice on the camera department. The rear shooter takes photos in 22.5 MP resolution, the lens aperture is f/2.0 to offer sharp and brightened shots. There’s EIS, no OIS. The autofocusing technology is based on phase detection AF, which is a superfast focusing technology.

However, the front camera is only 8 megapixels with f/2.0 aperture. Xiaomi front cameras always take decent selfies with the front camera and this one’s no different.

Software

Out of the box, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, the Xiaomi version of Android OS is heavily optimized. Xiaomi calls it MIUI, which is pronounced as ‘My UI’. It’s a streamlined user interface Xiaomi created for their users on top of AOSP UI. It’s good but for users who like the stock Android more, they may not like the Xiaomi MIUI. However, this isn’t a problem because changing the appearance is only one launcher away on Android devices.

Conclusion

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has hit the Indian market already, and the pricing is Rs. 24,999. If you are planning for a new premium flagship smartphone, the Mi Note 2 could be a very wise decision.

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