Right after Xiaomi’s new phone codenamed Riva was leaked on GeekBench, the company has launched a new phone in its Note lineup. Launched a few days ago, The Note 2 is a significant upgrade over the original Mi Note launched before. But it is also more expensive compared to its predecessor.
Visually, while the phone is not that much different than others in the market, a slightly curved 5.7-inch FHD OLED display reminds me of (now resurrected) Galaxy Note 7, and it runs on a Snapdragon 821 SoC. The phone also has a 4070 mAh battery which is higher in capacity compared to its main rival: the OnePlus 5. Unlike some recently launched phones by the company, the phone has a fingerprint sensor on its front.
In the optics department, Xiaomi Mi Note 2 includes a 22.56-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and EIS with its own 3-axis gyroscope for 4K video stabilization. It has an 8-megapixel Sony IMX268 Exmor RS sensor on the front with f/2.0 aperture, apart from a group selfie feature and Auto Beautify 3.0.
The phone will come in three variants which are a 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage model, a 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model, and a Global Edition with 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model. All three variants of the phone will be processed CNY 2799 (Roughly $411), CNY 3299 (Roughly $484) and CNY 3499 (almost $514).
Oppo, Vivo, and Oneplus have been giving a hard time to Xiaomi in recent months, so much so that company has lost its place as a top-tier phone manufacturer in China, it will be interesting to see what Note 2 does for company’s sales.