Rumors are gathering Xiaomi will produce a sequel to the massive Mi Note, a 5.7-inch smartphone that comes in either standard form, or a more powerful Pro version. Both have been on sale since mid-2015, so a refresh is definitely possible in the near future. Find out what we think Xiaomi has in store for the Mi Note range here, where we look at all the news and rumors regarding the Mi Note 2.
Will Xiaomi make a Mi Note 2 and Mi Note 2 Pro? If so, one of the defining differences between the two original Mi Note phones was the resolution, and early indications are the trend will spill over into the sequels.
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Rumors from GizChina stated a standard version with a 1920 x 1080 pixel display and a premium version with a 2560 x 1440 pixel curved display would be released, the latter coming with 64GB or 128GB storage space options.
Evidence continues to gather Xiaomi will use a dual curved screen on one (or both, but a flat version is also rumored) Mi Note 2 models, setting it up as a challenger to Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7.
A picture showing what’s claimed to be the front panel from the Mi Note 2 has a curved edge running down either side, with a Mi logo in the top left — a common trait on high-spec Xiaomi phones. There’s a cutout for a home button underneath, which may end up doubling as a fingerprint sensor.
Xiaomi is known for its attractive smartphones, so we expect great things from the Mi Note 2, especially after seeing the gorgeous Mi 5. Rumors have already gathered saying the Mi Note 2’s body will be made of metal, and the leaks regarding the screen reveal the possibility of curved edges, much like Samsung’s S7 Edge and Note 7.
Specs and cameras
Should Xiaomi decide to produce two versions of the Mi Note, it may be more than the screen resolution that splits them; there may be performance and camera differences too. It’s hinted a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor will be at the heart of the Mi Note 2, but the latest news from MyDrivers.com suggests that the top-end model of the smartphone will boast an incredible 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
Of course, the alleged evidence for these impressive stats comes by way of a device screenshot which could be relatively easily doctored, so we will have to wait and see if that 8GB number holds any water.
The fashion in smartphone camera tech at the moment is for dual-lens setups, and the more powerful Mi Note 2 model may follow this trend. A 12-megapixel dual-lens camera may feature on the curved edge Mi Note 2, while the flat screen version may have a single-lens 16-megapixel camera.
Two battery sizes have featured in rumors, one with a 3,600mAh cell and another mentioning a 4,000mAh capacity, complete with fast charging capabilities.
Xiaomi isn’t known for overloading its phones with gimmicks, but will this change with the Mi Note 2? Rumors are saying Xiaomi will add a pressure sensitive interface system to the phone, much like Apple’s 3D Touch on the iPhone, and a forthcoming feature in Android 7.0.
We’ve seen pressure sensitive screens on other Android phones, like those from Huawei and Gionee, they’ve not be all that successful thanks to a lack of software support. Xiaomi may use Android, but it adds its MIUI user interface over the top, which may see it suffer in the same way.
Price and release date
There may not be long to wait until the Mi Note 2 is revealed. There are two dates being rumored, either August 25 or September 5, but neither have events confirmed by Xiaomi yet.
How much will it cost? The phone isn’t official, so all we have to go on is speculation, which puts the lower end, 4GB model at around $375, the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage option at $450, and finally, the 8GB RAM model with 256GB storage space at $525.
The Mi Note 2 is still only a rumor, but we’ll keep you updated here with all the latest talk about it right here.
Article originally published on 07-11-2016. Updated on 08-11-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added in new rumors, a leaked image showing the Mi Note 2’s possible front panel, and new rumored announcement dates.
Updated on 09-20-2016 by Lulu Chang: Added in rumors of 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage.