Thursday, January 15, 2015

Xiaomi launches Mi Note and Mi Note Pro

15 January 2015 - Xiaomi today unveiled an epic flagship device, the 5.7-inch Mi Note. With incredible craftsmanship, high-end specs, and a price of only ¥2299, Mi Note will redefine the large-screen smartphone market.

       At the same time, Xiaomi announced an even more powerful Mi Note Pro, which comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB RAM and a 2K display, retailing for only ¥3299.

      Following the gorgeous design of Mi 4, Xiaomi has once again achieved a breakthrough in terms of craftsmanship, creating a phone with a thickness of only 6.95mm, an aluminum frame, and curved Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and rear, which is highly resistant to scratches and shattering.

     Mi Note comes with a 13-megapixel camera with a 6-element lens and f2.0 aperture, with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Even with such a powerful camera, Xiaomi has successfully managed to achieve a flush design on Mi Note with a flat back free of protrusions.

Mi Note is also equipped with a new Hi-Fi audio system, which supports lossless playback and lets you enjoy your music with pristine sound and clearer detail.

Mi Note:

- 3D curved Gorilla Glass 3 with metal frame
- 5.7” Sharp/JDI Full HD display (95% NTSC, 1400:1 contrast ratio)
- Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz, Adreno 330, 3GB LPDDR3 RAM
- Dual 4G SIM (micro/nano), Dual Standby
- Sony 13MP camera f/2.0, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
- 4MP front camera with large 2-micron pixels 
- Hi-Fi audio system, 24-bit/192KHz lossless playback support
- 3000mAh 4.4V lithium-ion battery, Quick Charge 2.0

Mi Note Pro:

- 2560x1440p 2K Sharp/JDI screen, PPI 515
- 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 8-core processor, Adreno 430 GPU
- 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, faster than LPDDR3 by 1.7 times
- 64GB eMMC 5.0 ROM
- Supports LTE CAT 9 with download speed up to 450Mbps 

      Mi Note will be available in Xiaomi’s international markets in Q2 2015. Local prices and availability will be announced closer to each market’s launch date. 

      At the launch event, Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun also talked about Internet of Things and how Xiaomi is committed to developing an open ecosystem of smart home devices that can be completely controlled through your Mi phone. Lei noted that the smart device industry has three major pain points: it’s complicated to set up a home appliance from your phone, every appliance needs its own app, and it involves heavy investment in cloud infrastructure.

       To solve these pain points, Xiaomi has developed an intelligent module, which is sold at cost to manufacturing partners. The Mi Home app helps to connect all appliances under a single app, while Xiaomi has also developed a common cloud service for its smart home devices. Xiaomi has invested in 25 hardware companies in 2014 and continuously released popular products such as the Mi Band, Mi Air Purifier and Xiaoyi Smart Camera.

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