Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker that has seen tremendous success selling affordable Android handsets in China and other markets, and whose various products have more than once heavily borrowed design inspirations from competing Apple products, is now out with a couple of new affordable phablets meant to take on the iPhone 6 Plus.
The Mi Note is a high-end smartphone that’s going to be available in two versions in China later this year.
The basic 5.7-inch Mi Note model packs a 1080p display and launches on January 27th in China, costing 2,299 yuan unlocked (or around $370). Other specs include a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16/64GB of storage, 13-megapixel camera, 4-megapixel front-facing camera (similar to HTC’s UltraPixel camera) and 3,000 mAh battery.
The Mi Note Pro, available this March for 3,299 yuan ($520), has a 5.7-inch display with Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440). The Pro model is also slightly more powerful, as it’s supposed to ship with a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor inside, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 13-megapixel camera, 4-megapixel front-facing camera (similar to HTC’s UltraPixel camera) and 3,000 mAh battery. and 3,090 mAh battery.
The Mi Note versions are made of glass, including “2.5D” curved Gorilla Glass 3 on the front, and “3D” curved glass on the back, with a metallic frame in the middle. Furthermore, the handsets will also offer dual SIM support.
The handsets might not be the faithful iPhone 6 Plus copies some people expected from Xiaomi, but the company certainly made a point during the announcement to compare their most important features to the iPhone 6 Plus — as it can be easily seen in Engadget’s image gallery for the announcement, available at the source link.