Xiaomi Mi Note 2 release date, specs, price: Next-gen device comes with Snapdragon 821, 6 GB RAM; unveiled alongside Mi MIX, Mi VR


After tons of speculations the past few months, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the next-generation Mi Note 2 alongside the announcement of Mi MIX and Mi VR.

According to the official MIUI blog, the three products were revealed last week in Beijing, China. The Mi Note 2 features a seamless 3D curved glass both on the front and back. It has flexible OLED display measuring at 5.7 inches and housed in a 7-series aluminum frame.

Under the hood, it is powered by Snapdragon 821 chipset clocked in at maximum 2.35 GHz for 10 percent faster boot times for larger applications. It also has 6 GB of random access memory (RAM) and 128 GB of internal storage. The battery has a capacity of 4,070 mAh and support for Quick Charge 3.0.

Meanwhile, the rear camera has a 22.5-megapixel lens that delivers stunning images. It can also capture 4K video using EIS hardware-level video stabilization. It is partnered with an 8-megapixel front-facing snapper with autofocus and Beautify 3.0.

Additional features include six types and 37 bands of global LTE, full NFC functionality, a high-precision GPS, and high-definition audio quality.

The model is offered in three variants 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of base memory for approximately $413, 6 GB of RAM with 128 GB of memory for around $487, and 6 GB of RAM with 128 GB of memory and Global LTE for around $516.

On a related note, the Mi MIX is being promoted as a concept phone with an edgeless design which means that it does not have any bezels. This translates to an ultra-high 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. Touted as the first of its kind, it offers 6.4-inch display and a full ceramic body.

In replacement of the traditional earpiece speaker, cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology allows users to listen to calls without the use of an earpiece. It also has an ultrasonic proximity sensor, a 50 percent more compact front camera and a 16-megapixel main lens.

It is powered by Snapdragon 821 processor and has a 4,400 mAh battery. Available in two options, users can get either 4 GB of RAM with 128 GB storage for $516 or 6 GB of RAM with 256 GB memory for $590. The latter is the Pro version which comes with an 18-karat gold trim around the camera and fingerprint sensor.

Lastly, the virtual reality device, the Mi VR, has a hardware-level motion sensor that is said to be 16 times more sensitive. When coupled with system-level optimization and a high-performance phone, it results in 16 ms ultra-low latency.