Xiaomi Mi Note 2015 Price 2299 CNY or $370 USD, Specs, Features : Officially Announced

Instead of calling this year's iteration to its popular phablet line "Redmi Note 2", the disruptive Chinese company opted to simply call it Xiaomi Mi Note, which I think sounds more catchy and 'international'.

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines

Officially announced via an exclusive media event in Beijing just a few minutes ago, Xiaomi Mi Note has formally superseded the brand's current flagship smartphone, Mi4, not only in terms of technical specifications and features but also when it comes to how expensive it is.

With official suggested retail price of 2299 Yuan in China - that's roughly Php $370 USD or Php 16,500 with current conversion and before taxes - the Note 2015 phablet is the most pricey handset that Xiaomi has released to date.

Update: There are two Mi Note variants. The first costs 2,299 CNY and has a 5.7-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and 3 GB of RAM. The second is the 3,299 CNY ($532 USD or Php 23,700) model called 'Xiaomi Note Pro' that looks exactly like the first one but has a 4K display, Snapdragon 810 SoC, and a whopping 4GB of RAM. Kindly note.

Nonetheless, such expensive price tag could well be explained by device's top-notch design, ultra-slim build, external and internal hardware, as well as its imaging capabilities.

Xiaomi Note 2015
Measuring just 6.95 millimeters at its thickest point and weighing just 161 grams, the all-new Xiaomi Mi Note is thinner and lighter than the best-selling Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines
Specs and Features Highlights of the Mi Note, which comes in two models: 16GB and 64GB

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines

"Following the gorgeous design of Mi 4, Xiaomi has once again achieved a breakthrough in terms of craftsmanship, creating a phone with a thickness of only 6.95mm, an aluminum frame, and curved Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and rear, which is highly resistant to scratches and shattering. Mi Note comes with a 13 MegaPixel camera with a 6-element lens and f2.0 aperture, with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Even with such a powerful camera, Xiaomi has successfully managed to achieve a flush design on Mi Note with a flat back free of protrusions. Mi Note is also equipped with a new Hi-Fi audio system, which supports lossless playback and lets you enjoy your music with pristine sound and clearer detail," Xiaomi Global shares.

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines
Mi Note's dual glass panels that subtly curve down the sides give the phone an air of sophistication that users will feel when they hold the device.

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines
For those who are wondering: JDI is simply a company that manufactures IPS displays.

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines
The display automatically adjusts contrast to give you the best image quality possible.

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines
As for the innards, Mi Note is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor - like that of Samsung Galaxy S5 - which incorporates four Krait 400 CPUs clocked at 2.5 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU. The device has 3GB of RAM for smooth multitasking and - as mentioned - comes with either 16GB or 64GB of non-expandable internal storage.

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines
Xiaomi's new flagship phablet features a 13 MegaPixel autofocus camera with Dual Tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture and Sony IMX214 sensor for improved performance in low light conditions.

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines
Optical Image Stabilization of OIS is made possible by floating lens that moves to compensate for hand movement while taking shots or recording videos resulting in clearer photos and less shaky clips even when you take them while you're walking or when the phone is not steady.

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines
The front cam for selfies has an ultrapixel sensor similar to that of HTC One M7 and M8.

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines
Use of Two-Tone flash in low light settings results in better skin-tone color replication.

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines
One thing about Mi Note that Xiaomi is particularly proud about is its Hi-Fi audio system that supports multiple lossless file formats and delivers high fidelity, rich detail, true sound quality.

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines
Mi Note's non-removable 3,000 mAh battery pack supports Quick Charge 2.0 technology which dramatically reduces the time it takes to fully charge the smartphone.

Xiaomi Note 2015, Xiaomi Note Philippines
The phablet has two SIM card slots - one for microSIM and another for nanoSIM - both supporting ultra-fast 4G LTE mobile connectivity.

Sidenote c/o Xiaomi Global: At the launch event, Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun also talked about Internet of Things and how Xiaomi is committed to developing an open ecosystem of smart home devices that can be completely controlled through your Mi phone. Lei noted that the smart device industry has three major pain points: it’s complicated to set up a home appliance from your phone, every appliance needs its own app, and it involves heavy investment in cloud infrastructure.

To solve these pain points, Xiaomi has developed an intelligent module, which is sold at cost to manufacturing partners. The Mi Home app helps to connect all appliances under a single app, while Xiaomi has also developed a common cloud service for its smart home devices. Xiaomi has invested in 25 hardware companies in 2014 and continuously released popular products such as the Mi Band, Mi Air Purifier and Xiaoyi Smart Camera.

When will Mi Note become available in the Philippines and how much will it be? Xiaomi Global has said that the phablet will be available in several markets within Q2 2015 - that's April to June - and hopefully that includes the Philippines. Frankly, I'm not really holding my breath for an early launch since Redmi Note and Mi4 from 2014 haven't even been released here. I'm not sure if Xiaomi reps are still keen on bringing those two earlier releases to the Philippines but if they are, I'm hoping that those products' SRPs will be a lot lower than their price tags in China upon launch -- kinda like what they did with Mi3 last year. Anyway, if Mi Note indeed sees release in Pinas by Q2, my guesstimate for local SRP would be around Php 17,000 to Php 18,000, which is still low considering the phone's great design, features, and specs. But here's the thing: Considering that the Mi3 flagship sold for only Php 10,599 during its launch in the country last June 2014, I'm sure many Pinoy consumers will feel uncomfortable (to say the least) about the sudden increase in the price of the superseding high-end device.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Xiaomi Mi Note
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Dual LTE, Dual SIM, Dual Standby Phablet
Price Category High-End
Dimensions155.1 x 77.6 x 7 mm
Weight 161 grams
Available Colors Black, White
Operating System Android 4.4.X KitKat with MIUI
Display 5.7 inches with 74.4% screen-to-body ratio, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~386 ppi pixel density), JDI IPS, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Quad Core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset
Internal Storage 16 and 64 GB options, non-expandable
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, 4208 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, Dual Tone LED flash, Sony IMX214 sensor
Front: 4 MegaPixels, 1/3'' sensor size, 2┬Ám pixel size
Video Capture Front and Back: Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 / 3G HSDPA / 4G LTE - SIM 1 and SIM 2 ~ LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
Battery Non-Removable Li-Ion 3,000 mAh battery
Uptime TBA
Value-Added Features MIUI, Top-notch design and specs for a fairly affordable price
Announcement January 15, 2015
Availability Q2 2015
Price Official: ¥2299 (~ $370) for 16GB model, ¥2799(~ $451) for 64GB model available on January 27, 2015 in China via mi.com
TP Guesstimate for the Philippines: Php 17,000 to Php 18,000 for the 16GB model