Xiaomi Mi Note 2 to launch today: Here's everything we know

Apart from the display details, a few other specs of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 are out. Let's take a quick look at what we know, so far.

In a few hours (11:30AM IST), Xiaomi will take the wraps off its long-time rumoured Mi Note 2. The highlight of the device will be the dual-sided edge display, probably like we've seen in the Galaxy S7 edge and S7, and interestingly it comes at a time when Samsung is struggling with the Note 7.

Xiaomi hasn't been tight lipped about it either (just look at the teaser below). Apart from the display details, a few other specs of the device are out. Let's take a quick look at what we know, so far.

Display

A tweet from its official handle confirms the two-sided curved display that will be launched in Beijing today. It is expected to come in at least three variants, a standard version featuring a 1080p display and a high-end version with a 2K curved display. The high-end models will feature at least a 5.7-inch display, and a 5.15-inch Full HD screen for other models. The display is likely to be bezel-less.

https://twitter.com/xiaomi/status/789330505619628034

Processor, RAM, storage

Xiaomi is expected to arm its latest device with the powerful Snapdragon 821 SoC (or 820), also seen in the Google Pixel, and offer an option of either 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage and 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage.

Camera

Going by the latest trend of dual-camera setups, that is exactly what is expected in the upcoming M Note 2. In fact, Xiaomi is said to be outsourcing dual-camera modules from Samsung. So, if reports are to be believed, then at the back there will be a 12MP dual-camera setup, and a standard 16MP camera on the low-end variant with no dual-camera.

Other specs

The Mi Note 2 might come with Force Touch, a display feature similar to Apple’s 3D Touch which will be a rebranded version of the technology that is expected to arrive in the upcoming Nexus smartphone from Google supporting in Android 7.0 Nougat. Then, one can expect an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, NFC, a whopping 4,000mAh battery along with support for Quick Charge 3.0.

Price and availability

The rumoured price is CNY 5699 which is approximately Rs 57,000, thereby making it the most expensive Xiaomi phone ever. People look at Xiaomi for superior specs at affordable prices and this price tag will puts it in the bang in the middle of premium flagship territory. This is new ground for Xiaomi, the likes of Samsung and Apple are seasoned veterans.

Some other price leaks indicate that the 4GB model will cost 2499 Yuan (around Rs 25,000), the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage at 2999 Yuan (around Rs 30,000), and the higher end 6GB RAM with 128GB storage costing 3499 Yuan (around Rs 35,000).

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun reportedly announced on Weibo that the Mi Note 2 was already in mass production and that the phone would go on sale in mid-November in China.

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