Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Unveiled; Flexible Dual-Edge Curved Display, 6GB RAM, 22.56MP Camera

By Daniel Gubalane on Oct 26, 2016

During its “Curved to Impress” event in Beijing, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Note 2 that looks like the perfect alternative to the ill-fated Galaxy Note7.

It’s got the dual-edge curved display thanks to a flexible OLED panel; powerful hardware including a Snapdragon 821 chip and a whooping 6GB of RAM; and a 22.56MP camera with image stabilization.

Display and Photography

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has an aluminum frame and dual-edge curved glass for both the front and back panels. The display itself just follows the curvature of the front panel glass since it’s flexible!

Its main camera is sourced from Sony and uses the phone’s 3-axis gyroscope to provide image stabilization. On the front is an 8 MP selfie shooter that, unlike most flagship smartphones, has autofocus ensuring clear and crisp self-portraits.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 dual-edge curved display flexible OLED
This is the technology behind Xiaomi Note 2’s dual-edge curved display.

Performance and Storage

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box but it has the company’s signature MIUI Android skin on top. It drastically changes Android’s interface to look more like Apple’s iOS but with lots and lots of additional features that are actually useful.

Running the show is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chip with a maximum speed of 2.35GHz aided by an Adreno 530 graphics processor and 6GB of RAM.

There’s 128GB of built-in storage but there’s no mention of microSD expansion. A cheaper variant with 64GB of storage and only 4GB of RAM is also available.

Connectivity and Battery

For connectivity, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 boasts global 4G LTE support as well as carrier aggregation for even faster mobile internet speeds than most of today’s smartphones. It also has high-precision GPS, NFC, an infrared port, USB Type-C and dual band Wi-Fi.

It’s powered by a 4070mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0. That means it can get more than 80% battery capacity in just 30 minutes of charging.

Price and Availability

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 comes in two colors – Piano Black and Glacier Silver. Chinese Mi fans can get wither the 6GB RAM or 4GB RAM version depending on their budget while other countries will get the global version with 6GB of RAM.

The official price for the Global Version of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is 3499 CNY which converts to around ₱25,000. Since Xiaomi doesn’t have an official presence in the Philippines anymore, third-party retailers will be the ones to bring it here in the country.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 (Global Version) – Smartphone Specifications

  • 5.7 Inch Full HD Flexible OLED Display (1080 x 1920 Pixels, 386 ppi)
  • Dual-Edge Curved Glass
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with MIUI 8.0
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Chipset
  • Quad Core Kyro CPUs (2 x 2.35GHz + 2 x 1.6GHz)
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 22.56 Megapixel Main Camera with PDAF and Dual-LED Flash
  • 4K Video Recording with EIS via Gyroscope
  • 8.0 Megapixel Front Camera with Autofocus
  • 128GB Internal Storage
  • Dual nano-SIM
  • 4G LTE (37 bands), 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE and GPRS Networks
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (Dual Band)
  • NFC Support
  • Infrared Port
  • Bluetooth 4.2 LE with A2DP
  • A-GPS with GLONASS
  • USB Type-C (Reversible)
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Hi-Fi Audio
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope (3-Axis)
  • Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • 156.2 x 77.3 x 7.6 mm @ 166 g
  • 4070mAh Li-ion Battery (Non-removable)
  • Quick Charge 3.0
Xiaomi Mi Note 2