After teasing a super-thin new smartphone earlier this week, smartphone maker (or, maybe more accurately, “smartclone maker”) Xiaomi revealed its 2015 flagship model, the Note. Just to be clear, this is an entirely new device, and doesn’t seem to be related to the company’s existing “Redmi Note” smartphone.
It’s also not related to Samsung’s similarly named devices, though it hardly seems unreasonable to think that Samsung’s execs aren’t exactly pleased with the name. iPhone users may detect quite a bit of irony (karma, perhaps?) watching the Korean company squirm as it gets ripped off by a competitor, though.
The 5.7-inch phone is positioned as an iPhone 6 Plus competitor. It features a 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization—a far cry from Apple’s 8 MP shooter—and a 4 MP front-facing camera.
There is one thing the iPhone 6 Plus has that the Note doesn’t, however: a “camera bump.” According to the International Business Times, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun was “almost mocking the protruding camera lens” found on Apple’s iPhone.
Aside from the larger screen and improved camera, the executive also noted also that Note is only 6.95mm thick. The iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1mm. There’s also a weight difference, with the Note weighing in at 11 grams lighter.
The Note runs MIUI 6 (based on Android) on a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and contains a hefty 3 GB of RAM. Software tweaks make the phone easier to use with one hand by bringing the interface closer to the bottom of the screen, just like the Reachability feature found on Apple’s latest devices.
A “pro” version of the Note is said to run on a more powerful octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor. It will also gain an extra gigabyte of RAM. The display resolution on the pro model has also been increased to 2048×1536.
The regular model is powered by a 3,000mAh battery, but whether the pro version will get a bump in that department is yet to be revealed.
The Note will be available in 16 GB and 64 GB (yes, the same sizes as the two smallest iPhone 6 Plus models), and will retail atRMB 2,299 andRMB 2,799, respectively. The pro model will reportedly cost RMB 3,299.
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