Back in January Xiaomi announced the Mi Note, a rather fetching midrange smartphone, and let loose some details regarding its more powerful sibling: the Mi Note Pro. Today, we got more information and an official release date for the Pro.
The Mi Note Pro is pushing the envelop of high-end smartphones with all-singing all-dancing all-heating specs. It has a sunlight-optimized 5.7" QHD 2560x1440 display from Sharp that crams 515 pixels per inch, 4G of RAM, a 64GB eMMC 5.0 storage module, a 13MP camera with OIS, dual SIM slots with LTE Cat 9 support, and Qualcomm's feverishly maligned Snapdragon 810 processor. Everything is powered by a 3090mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0.
Like the Mi Note, the Pro has the 3D inward curved Gorilla Glass on the front and back of the device, an aluminum frame, and 24-bit/192KHz lossless audio support thanks to the ESS ES9018K2M audio decoder. It runs Android under the MIUI 6 skin and should have Google's suite of services in most countries it ships in except China.
Back in January, the Mi Note Pro was said to cost ¥3299 ($532), but the price has now dropped to ¥2999 ($483). That's a very acceptable price for such a hot item. 810 digs aside, the phone will go on sale May 12th in China online and through Xiaomi's Mi Home outlets. For now there's no word on availability in other markets.
Xiaomi debuts Mi Note Pro, the gold standard for smartphones
At an incredible price of RMB2999, Mi Note Pro redefines the high-end flagship market
BEIJING, May 6, 2015 -- Xiaomi today showcased Mi Note Pro, the ultimate Android smartphone that redefines the market for high-end flagship devices. At an incredible price of RMB2999 (about US$483), Mi Note Pro is proof of Xiaomi’s commitment to making beautiful high-quality products accessible to more people.
Mi Note, which was unveiled in January, received glowing reviews and has been termed an exquisite work of art. Mi Note Pro takes that up a notch by being more powerful than ever. It is packed with the highest-quality components currently available in the industry, including the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor.
Xiaomi’s founder and CEO Lei Jun says: “Mi Note Pro is by far Xiaomi’s most beautifully designed phone, using the most sophisticated technology and delivering an amazingly powerful performance.”
Mi Note Pro’s key features include:
- 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
- 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
- 64GB eMMC 5.0 flash storage
- 5.7" 2K (2560 x 1440) display from Sharp/JDI (515 PPI)
- Sunlight Display technology for unparalleled outdoor visibility
- 13MP camera with optical image stabilization (OIS)
- 4G Dual SIM
- Supports LTE CAT 9 for up to 450Mbps download speeds
- Hardware-optimized Hi-Fi audio for incredible sound quality
- High-capacity 3090mAh battery, supports Quick Charge 2.0 (charges up to 70% in 1 hour)
- Incredible craftsmanship with an aluminum frame and curved 2.5D and 3D glass on the front and back