Since the first Xiaomi Mobile released in 2010, and then the Xiaomi Mi2, Xiaomi Mi3, to the latest Xiaomi Mi4, 1999 yuan has been the one of the most representative labels for Xiaomi mobiles. And recently the Xiaomi Office has also launched its first flagship mobile of 2015-Xiaomi Mi Note. Meanwhile, it is the first 2299 yuan smartphone of a higher price, and its high-end version even charged with 3299 yuan. So, does it really worth the higher price of this new Xiaomi mobile phone?

Xiaomi Mi Note

Here we will take the Xiaomi Note common version for review, and let's first look at the difference of the Xiaomi Mi Note and the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro.

Product Name
Xiaomi Mi Note
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
Size 5.7 Inch 5.7 Inch
Resolution 1920x1080 pixels 2560x1440 pixels
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 2.0GHz
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 430
RAM 16GB/64GB 64GB
Battery 3000mAh 3080mAh

From the table we can see there is a big difference between the Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro, including the display resolution, CPU, GPU, RAM, ROM and the battery capacity. However, the one thousand yuan difference is resonable with the updated hardware, and judging from the other products which have the similar configurations with a much higher price, the new Xiaomi Note has also continued its product strategy of lower price while with higher performance.

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However, the supply of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and the 4GB LPDDR4 is not so optimistic at present, ans it is said that it will be until the March of 2015 that the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro version can be on sale, ans when it is sure to be purchased is still not known.

At the early of the conference, the Xiaomi CEO has said that the appearance of Xiaomi mobiles has been controversial for a long time. And as the Xiaomi Officers, they are not only fond of the performance but also a better appearance. This time, the Xiaomi Mi Note has brought us the design of double curve glass and metal frame.

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On the front of the body, it is coved with a 2.5D curve glass, with 155.1*77.6mm size, and 5.7 inch 1920*1080 pixels resolution, 386PPI, and adopts the Sharp screen. However, the Mi Note Pro is featured with a 2K screen. And there is no big difference on the looking, while the curve degree on both sides of the model and the higher screen proportion brings us a stronger visual impact.

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In the details, is has a narrow frame on both sides, once matched with the curve design, it will show a more narrow visual effect than the real parameter. And it has been shortened both at the top and the bottom of the machine, which is even 0.2 inch larger than the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus, while a smaller dimension than iPhone 6 Plus.

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This XIAOMI NOTE has also been equipped with 4.0MP front camera, though not so attracting as the other models, the single pixel size has even reached up to 2μm, which is the same sensor of the UltraPixel. In view of it, the Mi NOTE is sure to offer a good performance on the camera experience.

Xiaomi Nore has also continued the design of the metal frame which is same as the Xiaomi Mi4. As to its back, it adopts a larger curve degree design, however, the glass is a littler shorter than the frame, maybe it for the sake of the stability of the structure, which is yet to be improved through the process and the design.

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On the parameter, it has a 6.96mm thickness body, and 161g weight.

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Another keypoint of the Xiaomi Note is the camera, though with a 6.9mm thickness body, the camera doesn't bulge, while added with the optical image stabilization function. Moreover, it has also been equipped with double color temperature flashlights.

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The back of the mobiles, it uses the 3D curve glass, and we can see the obvious bending on the edge, which has a larger curve degree than Smartisan T1.

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The top of the Xiaomi Mi Note

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The bottom of the Xiaomi Mi Note

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Buttons on the Right

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2-in-1 Card Slot on the Left

In the details, it uses a 3.5mm earphone slot at the top, as well as a noise reduction MIC, and at the left bottom of the model, it is a Micro USB slot, and the speaker on the middle. On the right is the Volume +/- button and the power button, while the left is the SIM card slot.

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One Micro SIM card + One Nano SIM card

More important, this is a dual 4G dual SIM card mobile, and support 2G/3G/4G network. It is designed with one Micro SIM card and one Nano SIM card, and both share one slot. As to the battery, it is also equipped with a 3000m Ah battery, though not large enough, taking the thickness into consideration, it seems to be acceptable.

This Xiaomi Note has also adopted the MIUI V6 OS, which is all the same as the Xiami Mi4, and it is based on the Android 4.4.4. The flat and simplification design of the MIUI 6 has gained a lot of favour from the users.

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The visual effect and the delicate degree has been promoted with the immersion notification bar design. It also added with the eye-protection model, which is sure to be popular among most of people. However, the unique effect has not been tested.

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It also added an app of "Smart home" in the MIUI V6 OS of the Mi Note mobile, with which users can connected with other smart home devices, and making it possible for you to know the running station f the other device.

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In addition, it is also newly built in a coprocessor, which means it can manage GPS and other sensors such as the gyroscope sensor with a lower power consumption, and no influence on the battery life.

HD Video Playback and Hi-Fi Quality

Next, we will have a video review for the Xiaomi Mi Note. Including the 720P, 1080P video with the formats of MP4, MOV, MKV, RMVB, AVI,etc, and audio formats of AAC, MP3, AC3.

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From the above pictures we can see that the Mi Note has a very good optimization for the HD video playback. On the other hand, it also support 4K video playback.

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Besides, Xiami Mi Note video player also has the function of wrong preventing operation under lock screen, adjust brightness by sliding from up to down at the left, slide up and down the volume button on the right side, left and right sides sliding fast forward fast rewind, etc.

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As to the Audio, it also started focus on the HIFI experience, support multi audio formats, such as APE, FLAC, DSD, WAV, etc.

13MP Optical Image Stabilization and 4MP Front Camera

Xiaomi Note is equipped with a 13MP OIS(Optical Image Stabilization) camera, and Sony BSI sensor, 6P lens, F/2.0 large aperture, Philips double-color temperature flash. The front camera is 4MP, and the single pixels size has reached to 2μm.

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On the camera specs, it also continued all the camera functions of the former models, while added with a new shooting model, that is the light filled pattern, which can make the flashlight lighten all the time, and then taking more beautiful pictures.

Outdoor Image Samples Of the Xiaomi Note

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Focus: 4mm Aperture: F/2.0 ISO: 100

Exposure time: 1/33 Exposure compensation: EV White balance: Automatic

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Exposure time: 1/33 Exposure compensation: EV White balance: Automatic

Indoor Image Samples Of the Xiaomi Note

Under the indoor scenario, the new Mi Note has a good grasp of the color, and no high color saturation and slants cold, warm appeared, in which case the whole imaging looks very comfortable. However, in the aspect of glare control, the performance is just so-so, and some light scattering situation existed.

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Focus: 4mm Aperture: F/2.0 ISO: 300

Exposure time: 1/20 Exposure compensation: EV White balance: Automatic

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Focus: 4mm Aperture: F/2.0 ISO: 200

Exposure time: 1/25 Exposure compensation: EV White balance: Automatic

Outdoor Image Samples with Weaked Light Of the Xiaomi Note

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Focus: 4mm Aperture: F/2.0 ISO: 800

Exposure time: 1/17 Exposure compensation: EV White balance: Automatic

Front Autodyne Samples Of the Xiaomi Note

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And then let's look at the front camera. There is no big problem with the 4MP large pixels front camera on the whole, while not so a perfect performance on the exposure controlling, Over-exposured situation has appeared both on the ceiling and computer screen of the samples.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU with the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

The Mi Note is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor(While the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is changed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor), which has been used at a large scope. Snapdragon 801 adopts the advanced 28nm process, which is the most mature and stable solution of the CPU.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 801

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The difference of the Snapdragon 801 and Snapdragon 810

Different from the ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, the Snapdragon 801 adopts the latest Krait 400 CPU kernel, which is based on ARMv7-A, and use the top 28nm technology, and can reach to 2.5GH high running speed for each core.

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Adreno 330 GPU

At the same time, it is integrated with a Adreno 330 GPU, the computing performance of which is two time higher than the Adreno 320, and it support OpenCL, OpenGL ES 3.0, Renderscript Compute as well as other ports such as the API port.

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Adreno 330 not only support 1080P HD video, but also support 4K video playback

Besides, it can also realize the latest GPU computing, including the image and video post-processing effect. Meanwhile, it has also greatly increased the speed of the computer vision applications, which means it will be much faster with the images and video identification and tracking.

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Xiaomi Mi Note Hardware Information

Xiaomi Mi Note Performance Test

Except for the top Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core processor, Xiaomi Note also has 3GB RAM, and a higher AnTuTu benchmark of 46599. As to the 3D MARK test of the GPU performance, it also gains 20221 and 14203 higher performance.

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Xiaomi Mi Note AnTuTu Benchmark

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3D MARK Test Scores

Verdict

Xiaomi Mi Note is the most expensive Android smartphone of all the Xiaomi mobiles, however, the price of the different version is still much lower than its competitors. There is no surprise for the rising price of the new Mi Note, and we believe the 2999 yuan price is within the acceptable range of most of people. However, what we just worry about is the product capacity of the Xiaomi Note 4G mobile phone.