Positives

-Premium glass/metal design
-Large vibrant screen
-Great performance with top tier specs
-Long lasting battery life
-Fast fingerprint reader
-Camera produces sharp images
-Dual Sim
-MIUI 8 is smooth and streamlined

Negatives

-No true U.S. availability
-Lacks expandable storage
-Price will be of a concern

Rating
Battery
9.5
Display
8.0
Camera
8.0
Performance
9.0
Software
8.5
Design
8.5
Bottom Line
8.6
8.6
Mi Note 2
by Xiaomi

Once you get to know the device inside and out, youโ€™ll soon realize that the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 offers an experience that is quite compelling in both hardware and software, and instead of just being a clone, is instead a worthy alternative to the Galaxy Note 7.

We’ve seen a lot of interesting devices from Chinese OEMs like the Honor Magic and the Xiaomi Mi Mix, but something that Chinese manufacturers have notoriously been known for is creating smartphone clones. That is what Xiaomi’s latest flagship, the Mi Note 2, would have been, if not for the unfortunate discontinuation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Now, the Xiaomi flagship is instead the closest thing you can get to a worthy alternative. But is this phone merely a carbon copy, or does it have more to offer beneath the surface? We find out, in this comprehensive Xiaomi Mi Note 2 review!

Design

If you miss the design of the Galaxy Note 7, the good news is that the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 features the same design, albeit while not being as refined as what was seen with the former. For example, the bezels along the sides of the display are thicker, making for a phone that is wider overall, and there is a much clearer and sharper distinction with the way the glass and metal meet on the sides.

Other than that, the design language is practically identical. You get curved glass on the front and back, that Xiaomi is calling 3D glass, and it’s all wrapped in a smooth and solid metal frame. The build quality is fantastic and the Mi Note 2 is a beauty, assuming you can keep it clean from fingerprints, smudges, and dust, all of which are especially prominent on this Piano Black version of the device that is seen in this review.

Of course, there is also no S-Pen like stylus that is housed at the bottom of the device, and there is only the USB Type-C port flanked by the single speaker unit and a microphone, found under symmetrical grills. Up top is the headphone jack as well as an IR blaster, that will let you control your TV or other peripherals. On the right is the volume rocker and the power button, that are also made of metal and offer a lot of tactile feedback, and on the left is the dual SIM card slot.

Below the display up front is the physical home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner, but at first glance, the home button may look like a solid state button because of how flush it sits with the glass. It does have some capacitive functionality, so when the phone is unlocked, all you need to do is touch the home button to go home, and the only time you really have to press it is when accessing Google Now or when unlocking the phone.

The home button is flanked by two capacitive buttons denoted by dots, and it is up to you as to which side works as a back key and the Recent Apps button, and you can change the order depending on which orientation you are more comfortable with.

Display

The Mi Note 2 comes with a 5.7-inch AMOLED display, but unlike other flagship smartphones, Xiaomi decided to stick with a 1080p resolution instead of Quad HD. The screen is definitely sharp enough though, and unless you’re planning to use the phone for VR, you won’t even notice the difference, and you get the inherent benefits of an AMOLED screen, including deep blacks, high contrast, and punchy colors.

There are also some options within the Settings to adjust the color and contrast to what best suits you, and there is a reading mode available that makes it easier on your eyes at night. If you like big screen phones for a more comfortable media consumption experience, you’ll definitely have a great time with this display. Xiaomi also did a great job of leveraging the large size by giving the Mi Note 2 a very high dpi, that allows you to see a lot more content on the screen at one time.

Performance

Under the hood, the Mi Note 2 has got all the specs you’d expect from a flagship smartphone. All versions of the device come with the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, clocked at 2.35 GHz, backed by either 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM.

This review unit is the premium edition with 6 GB of RAM, and unsurprisingly, the performance has been nothing short of wonderful. It is as fast and fluid as you’d expect, and the touch response is excellent. You can enjoy high-end games without any lag or dropped frames, and with that much RAM, jumping between various apps isn’t a problem at all. Of course, multi-tasking shouldn’t be much of an issue with the 4 GB of RAM iteration either.

Hardware

The Mi Note 2 comes with 64 GB or 128 GB variants, which also dictates how much RAM you will get. There is no expandable storage available, but the high capacity internal storage should be more than enough to cover the needs of most users.

The device does come with dual SIM capabilities, and the premium edition with 128 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM will also be available in a global version, that supports a total of 37 bands, including 22 LTE bands. If you are looking to use the Mi Note 2 outside of China, this iteration of the phone will be your safest best as far as network compatibility is concerned anywhere in the world, or with GSM carriers in the US like T-Mobile and AT&T.

As mentioned, the home button up front comes with an integrated fingerprint scanner. The sensor is very accurate and unlocks the phone very quickly. Rarely did it fail to unlock the device with the first attempt, and with the scanner placed on the front, it is much more convenient when the phone is sitting on a table or a desk.

The biggest benefit of having a 1080p display is how much easier it is on your phone’s battery, and the Full HD panel of the Mi Note 2, along with a massive 4,070 mAh battery, is a potent recipe for impressive battery life. The Mi Note 2 will comfortably last for a full day, and even longer with more casual usage. With usage involving a lot of gaming, watching videos on Youtube, browsing social media, and more, I got around 6.5 hours of screen-on time, which is great.

If you are worried about running out of battery, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 does come with fast charging capabilities with its support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. A charge of just half an hour will get you back up to 83% of battery, so even if you are crunched for time, a short charge will get you a lot of battery life back.

Camera

The Mi Note 2 comes with a 22.56 MP rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture, and a 8 MP front-facing unit. Unfortunately, there is no OIS to support the primary shooter, but it does at the very least have some form of electronic image stabilization.

The camera application is straightforward and simple to use, and comes with a handful of shooting modes like panorama, a group selfie mode, beautify, and a manual mode that gives you more granular control over certain aspects. The camera app is nothing out of the ordinary, but it could use some improvements. It is geared more towards the portrait orientation, so when shooting in landscape, only some of the UI elements rotate, while a good majority stay locked in portrait, which can be a touch annoying.

Of course, none of this matters if the picture quality isn’t up to par, and the good news is that the Mi Note 2 is capable of taking some great looking shots. It is fast to focus and capture photos, and with 22 MP, you get plenty of detail and sharpness, which can be seen when zooming into a shot.ย It does crush shadows a little too much and underexposes in certain situations, but it is nothing that cannot be fixed by using HDR.

Even without optical image stabilization, the camera performs decently well in low light situations as far as capturing detail is concerned, but it does sometimes struggle with white balance, and there also tends to be a flaring effect with highlights. The camera is much slower to capture photos in low light when using HDR, which makes it difficult to grab shots that are in focus without using some other form of stabilization like a tripod.

Software

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is running the latest iteration of MIUI with version 8, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. MIUI 8 was introduced earlier last year, and it brings with a host of new changes to the user interface and overall experience.

There is now a new clean color palette that can be seen throughout the interface and in Xiaomi’s standard set of applications, and the font has also been updated to one that Xiaomi claims is much easier on the eyes even after several hours of reading.ย The notification panel received a face lift as well, with notifications and the Quick Settings toggles now being bundled into one panel. You also get a convenient weather widget integrated into the notifications window that will change color depending on the time of day.

Aside from the aesthetic changes, MIUI 8 also brings a lot of new and interesting features, one of which is called is Dual Apps. With Dual Apps, you can run two instances of the same app, that are completely independent of each other, which is quite unique, and can be very useful with apps that don’t support multiple user logins. Facebook and Snapchat would be prime examples of such apps, but there are many others that can take advantage of this.

Another feature that stands out is called Second Space, that basically lets you create a secondary profile with its own homescreen and apps and is completely seperate from your main profile. If you use your phone for both work and play, this is great way to keep your personal and professional profiles separate, with you able to switch between the two easily.

MIUI is a far cry from stock Android, but Xiaomi’s much needed overhaul to the interface has made it more aesthetically pleasing, and includes many features that actually add a fair amount of value to the software experience and without coming off as gimmicks.

Specifications

Display5.7-inch AMOLED display
1080p resolution, 386 ppi
Processor2.35 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
Adreno 530 GPU
RAM4/6 GB
Storage64/128 GB
no expandable storage
Camera22.56 MP rear camera, f/2.0 aperture, dual LED flash
8 MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC
GPS + GLONASS
IR
USB Type-C 1.0
Battery4,070 mAh
SoftwareMIUI 8
based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Dimensions156.2 x 77.3 x 7.6 mm
166 grams

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Pricing and final thoughts

The most unfortunate part about the Mi Note 2 is that it will officially only be available in China. You can still pick it up in the US via resellers, but it will be quite expensive in that case, with a price point upwards of $700. Of course, to be able to use it in other markets, your best bet will be to get the global edition, which will add to the premium.

So, there you have it for this in-depth review of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2! Aside from the design and the screen size, the device’s similarities with with the Galaxy Note 7 pretty much end there, and you don’t have to dig very deep to see what the differences are. If you are on the hunt for an alternative to the Note 7, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will cover you on the aesthetics, but when you get to know this phone inside and out is when you will realize it has a lot more to offer and is more than just your average smartphone clone.

  • Tim R.

    a Galaxy Note 7 alternative? Nop.

  • noh1bvisas

    no stylus, so how does it compete with the note 7? are they planning on making the battery flameout?

    • Abyss

      Who the fuck liked this fag above? He doesnt make sense! You can buy stylus with 5$ what is your fucking problem? At least they respect consumers they are not trying to kill them!

      • Grant Ding

        Yeah, sure you can buy a stylus for $5. Xiaomi phones have exploded too, dipshit, and the Note 2 has note UX to justify the “Note” name. You can’t get a stylus for the Mi Note 2 that magnifies, translates, records, or saves things on screen with the click of a button, can you? You can’t get one that can create GIF’s or long screenshots of webpages for you to read offline, can you? And how is making two awesome phones exclusive to china respectful to the billions of other consumers who want those phones? Do you know ANYTHING?

        • Abhyuday Krishna

          wtf who are you talking to? and do you think Xiaomi doesn’t release its phones in other countries because it didn’t respect it’s consumers opinions? God your dumb.

          • Rahul Deepak

            Just to tell you bro. Hugo barra officially announced that he wouldn’t release the mi note 2 and the mi mix in India since the market in India for mi5 was poor.
            And the best joke is mi5 was rarely available on their site to buy and they released only the 3gb ram with 32gb internal and not the 4gb ram with 128gb.
            But he expected us to buy it invariably and blames the country’s market condition for his stupidity

          • Grant Ding

            I’m replying to a moron who’s so stupid that his comment now awaits moderation and might get deleted.

        • Xaiomi is already hotcake in India though.

          • Grant Ding

            I know, but as of now the Mi note 2 and mix aren’t going to sell outside of China.

          • It’s good actually. They will ship products without issues. India was saved from the Note7 fiasco similarly.

        • Lim Chee Hean

          By the way, MIUI does support scrolling screenshots.

      • Howard Tseng

        The Built-in Stylus is what makes the Note series unique from any other phone. No other phone out there has a built-in feature-filled stylus like the Samsung Note series. Samsung even went as far as discontinuing the Note 7, causing them to lost BILLIONS in profits, just to ensure the safety of their customers. Sure, they rushed the Note 7’s production and overlooked the battery problem, but Samsung tried their best in an attempt to resolve that as quickly as possible.

        I hope your iPhone gets run over by a truck

      • Ivan Budiutama

        the $5 stylus cannot compete with additional function from S-Pen, as much as I despise Samsung, I have to admit, Samsung Note series has the best and unique functional on their stylus and also the software that accompany them, which make them different to any normal stylus.

      • “”” You can buy stylus with 5$”””
        Are you kidding? Do you believe Spen is like a $5 Stylus??

    • Abhyuday Krishna

      it’s closer to the note 7 than any other phone on the market right now, so…

      • markiz

        Notebook is for writing. Hence, Note has a PEN.
        This one is just a regular phablet.

        • mrjayviper

          I have a notebook (macbook and dell) and I don’t use a pen to use it. I’ve also had a Galaxy note 2 and have never used the pen.

          • Peter World Citizen

            “notebook (macbook and dell)” <=== laptops.

          • Gold Experience

            The terms laptop and notebook are used interchangeably to describe a portable computer in English, although in some parts of the world one or the other may be preferred.

          • You missed the point by a mile.

      • TeckGeek

        No its not even close with its shity camera. Every single xiaomi flagship phone has shitty camera with crap video too.

        • WOW you should get a job reviewing phones given your psychic ability to know how good something is going to be before you’ve even tried it.

        • Yoghi Adhi Sri Bawono

          you clearly dont own a xiaomi phone. Or based on your experience on their Redmi line-ups. smh. Dont use the name “techgeek” if it cant live up the expectation, so much claim, so wow

      • If by “close” you mean screen size and looks, then sure, but it’s missing the one crucial feature that makes the Galaxy Note a Note: the pen and additional software that comes with it.

        • bonkerstheclown mcpickle

          One of the truly puzzling things in this or any other universe: Every other OEM’s complete and utter failure to create anything like that Samsung Note line. Clearly, people like the phone that’s built around the fancy stylus. So why isn’t anyone else making them??

          Looking at you Xiaomi!!

        • John Bettano

          I have to agree with you!

    • calden74

      Just buy one, I use a Wacom FineLine 2 which has palm rejection and pressure controls. It writes add draws identically to that of a Samsung Note, seriously, zero difference. That being said, drawing or even writing notes on such a small display simply sucks, as such I use a Lenovo YogaBook which was designed from the ground up for such purposes.

  • Jaime

    Can you just install Google Now Launcher and have a near stock interface?

    • Hanson Eze

      I guess… You can ask its users ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

    • David D

      I’d recommend Nova Launcher because it is very close to stock Android but it is more customizable.

      • Jaime

        Thank you!!!!

    • Igor Eisberg

      Sure. Just install it, click the Home button and choose your new launcher. The icons will also be stock (MIUI Icons apply to MIUI apps only). You can switch back anytime in Settings->Installed apps->Defaults->Launcher.

      • Jaime

        Thanks!

    • Grant Ding

      If you root, you can find the pixel launcher as a flashable zip.

      • Jaime

        Thank you!

    • Zabih Cino

      of course you can

  • JMG

    Ugliest UI.

    • Igor Eisberg

      MIUI is highly customization, you have a bunch of themes to choose from and you can even use different parts from different themes. You can also unpack a theme and make one for yourself. (The theme they chose in this showcase is indeed boring)

    • Abhyuday Krishna

      nope. it’s the best. your mom is the ugliest.

    • JON @segujer

      Dumbest ui

  • Dean Cosmic

    no fingerprint sensor? wtf

    • Igor Eisberg

      The Home button is also a fingerprint scanner, and a soft touch Home key (prevents you from using the mechanical key too much).

      • Dean Cosmic

        I prefer it on the back like the mi mix

        • Abhyuday Krishna

          a larger number of users prefer the scanner on the front, including me.

          • Dean Cosmic

            ok ill give it a try, to be fair, the front scanner was on a galaxy tab 2 and it drove me nuts.

        • Zabih Cino

          surely you never hang your phone on a cradle so you know that fingerprint on the back is useless

          • Dean Cosmic

            Hang my phone on a cradle? Why would I want to do that, it’s not a baby?
            I put my phone in my pocket, I pull my phone out with my hand, my finger naturally rests in the back where the fingerprint scanner is.

          • Zabih Cino

            Ooops you might be a kid then… My phone is in a cradle when I am in the car driving.

  • GodZilla7.0

    Are you sure 1080p screen?

    • Tim R.

      yes

  • charlie Jason

    Shameless copy. Looks more like the Note 7 than the Pixel looks like an iPhone. That’s saying a lot.

    • you think it will explode too?

    • Igor Eisberg

      A copy? I think it’s much much more beautiful than any Samsung phone ever made.

    • Abhyuday Krishna

      you stupid piece of shit, Xiaomi was the first one to introduce curved glass edges, which Samsung stole from THEM. if you want to make stupid comments,…… don’t.

      • Teo Chen Wei

        Oh god. Curved back for grip and curved screens may both involve curved glass, and I do agree that Samsung took that feature of the Mi Note and added it in the Note 5. But curved displays are a whole different category and obviously the Mi Note 2 took a lot of inspiration from the Galaxy S7 and Note 7 in terms of overall design.

  • Lazaro Vega

    Would this phone work with the Sprint network?

    • is that cdma?

      • Lazaro Vega

        yes it is

    • MrcheGuev

      Yes if you take the international version wich is coming up around the 11/02 cause they will release ut after the official launch of the “chinese” version in china tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Jerry Dubi

    no stylus and no qhd means no go fo meh

  • Grant Ding

    Since most people who buy the note 7 just want a powerhouse, not necessarily the s-pen, calling the Mi Note 2 a “galaxy note 7 alternative” is understandable. But considering that the Mi Note 2 lacks an UX features that justify the “Note” name like the galaxy note lineup does, I’m not sure that this title/article is more than clickbait.

    • Abhyuday Krishna

      it’s closer in terms of hardware to the note 7 than any other phone. stop thinking everything is clickbait, because it is a genuine alternative.

      • Sameerp21

        By the logic of ‘powerhouse’, the Mate 9 would be a much better alternative that the Mi Note 2. Plus the Mate would probably have a better camera.

        • RuR

          The Mate 9 is not going to beat SGS7E. Huawei are not goos at cameras.

          • Sameerp21

            Are you joking? Don’t base your opinions on what others say. The stills on the P9 are mostly better than S7’s stills. It only fails in video due to lack of OIS, but that is fixed in the Mate 9. I would say Mate 9 has a good chance of beating the S7 in terms of camera.

          • RuR

            I compared the S7 stills to P9 myself, S7 was much sharper and accurate.

          • Sameerp21

            How did you compare them? Do you have both phones? Anyways the Mate 9’s camera is a huge upgrade from the P9. I would wait for reviews and comparisons before making critical statements.

          • RuR

            I was in a big smartphone store and compared P9, S7 and G5.

          • Airyl

            The Mate 9’s camera is very good. What are you talking about?

          • RuR

            Huawei’s cameras were never comparable to Samsung.

      • Grant Ding

        Really? Closest in hardware. Have you forgotten about the S7 edge?

  • AndroidUser

    There’s only one thing to do: Xiaomi Note 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 7

    • Grant Ding

      No, note really (see what I did there?).

    • Airyl

      Note 7 wins through suicide bombing.

  • Galaxy Note 7 alternative? NOooooooo

  • Gamma M

    Are you high AA? If stylus is not a criteria then GS7E is the closest and most logical alternative.

    • Sameerp21

      No the Mate 9 would be, as Note users want powerhouses.

      • Grant Ding

        Ironically, the S7e does better in performance tests and has a bigger battery than the note 7. So i’d call it a powerhouse.

        • Sameerp21

          But the Mate 9 would be a beast in terms of performance and battery if the Mate 8 is taken into account.

          • RuR

            The S7 Edge (Exynos) is also a beast in terms of performance and battery.

          • Sameerp21

            One thing I can safely say is that Mate 9 will trump the S7 in performance. Can’t say about speed….yet.

          • spartans155

            Is Huawei even going to sell the Mate 9 in the US? Because if not, all the drawbacks of importing will probably make most people looking for a Note 7 alternative just go with an S7 edge or LG V20.

          • RuR

            That’s right.

  • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

    I’m fine with 1080p. But it probably lacks wireless charging and definitely lacks fast wireless charging, MST for Samsung Pay and the S Pen, so it’s not a Note substitute for me. It also probably lacks many of the software features, such as edge features, always-on display, etc.

    The bottom line is that it’s not enough for a phone to LOOK like a Note7.

    • Abhyuday Krishna

      nobody told you to buy it.

    • Zabih Cino

      when a year old mi5 has fast charging surely this has it too

  • veena Schulz

    i really want it to be 5.2 inch and camera placement should have been to the left top corner.

  • Chang

    all the note 7 fans are bashing it for the lack of stylus and then calling it a copy of Note7. If Xiaomi included a styles for Mi Note 2, I believe those people will then bash Xiaomi even harder like ” aww what a shame xiaomi, stylus in a note? what a shameless copy, let’s boycott it”
    Haters gonna hate, there’s no end to this.
    btw, this phone is awesome since some people dont use stylus that much anyway.

    • primalxconvoy

      Incorrect. People want a stylus so that they can LEAVE Samsung and get a decent Note device.

      • Airyl

        That’s incorrect. Many people don’t give a damn about the stylus, they just want it because it’s a new Samsung device.

    • Teo Chen Wei

      To be honest, as a Note 7 user, I would consider any phone if it had a stylus, has expandable memory, has water resistance, has an awesome camera. To bad only Note 7 fits the criteria

    • Fast Driver

      Your forgot to add 2K screen. We Note 7 users are used to that resolution. It is requirement.

    • coldspring22 .

      Yea, I wouldn’t buy this phone, but it’s pretty awesome for many consumers who like Galaxy S7/Note 7 look at more modest price tag. It’s got most features to satisfy majority of consumers and that’s what counts. Too bad it’s not lauching in US, which needs many more alternatives to Note 7 than China

  • Abhyuday Krishna

    OH MY FUCKING GOD WHEN THE FUCK ARE YOU MORONS GOING TO UNDERSTAND THAT XIAOMI WAS THE FIRST COMPANY TO INTRODUCE CURVED GLASS EDGES WITH THE MI NOTE? like fucking hell if you guys call it ‘inspired by the note 7’one more time i will leave forever.

    • Andy Roid

      It’s inspired by the note 7.

      Bye

      • Fast Driver

        May I add “Felicia” to the end of “Bye”?

    • Teo Chen Wei

      Xiaomi introduced curved back for grip. Samsung introduced curved DISPLAYS. Get ur facts right. Both involves curved glass, but are in a whole different category

    • Teo Chen Wei

      And the Mi Note 2 is inspired by the Note 7

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

      It’s inspired by the Note7. Bye.

  • Unlike the original, those bezels are noticeably ‘fat’.

  • Andy Roid

    Is there micro SD support?

  • Teo Chen Wei

    What a blatant ripoff of the Note 7 design. The Elephone S7 did it too. Quite happy that Samsung’s curved screens is becoming the standard for Android. But the copying is wayyyy too obvious down to the sensor placements etc. If Samsung sued like Apple they will one day be able to make up for the Note 7 losses

  • rico

    It’s pronounced Saomi not zhaomi

  • WorkonSunday

    after using LG G4’s 2K screen (subsequently fried itself) and switched back to my galaxy note 2 (FHD), i just couldnt get used to it. To me, especially for 5.5″ display, it makes enough of a difference to feel like im not using a 2016 flagship product. after seeing the released spec for mi note 2, i decided to get s7 edge instead, so far no regret. (i might in a few months when i complain not enougvh ram or slower processor lol)

  • MrcheGuev

    Definitely my next phone ๐Ÿ˜

  • I prefer HD displays to Quad HD as battery life is more important to me than something that makes virtually no noticeable difference but is a battery drain.

    • Falcon

      Getting 8hrs sot on S7Edge exynos. More than any phone that has 1080p display including the mighty Oneplus one

  • JON @segujer

    damn, copying a note 7 design doesn’t make it alternative

  • JON @segujer

    its blasphemous to use xiaomi and Samsung notes in the same line, yuckk it cant replace any note beyond the note 4๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • lt

    i dont like those curved edges looks very silly

    • Fast Driver

      Just like your mom’s waist line.

  • Junephel

    You’ve gotta be kidding me.

  • D Mac

    This looks more like an S6 Edge+ & Note 7 hybrid, than just a Note 7, which isnt a bad thing as I’ve owned both of those phones and love(d) them, But the Note 7 is beautifully crafted and symetrical, which sounds like a bunch of nonsense, But in hand, it feels like a million dollars.

  • Mevdida

    Really cool phone, at Geekbuyng they are promoting Mi products for Cinese’s singles day. I might get the Mi Note 2.

  • The-Sailor-Man

    Brutal copy of the Note 7 design(AA didn’t even mention it, like would do if just slightly resembles to iPhone) without any of the Note7 great functionalities- and AA want to call it ‘alternative’???
    Typical AA.
    ROTFL
    If it was iPhone copy, AA would plead for boycott Note 2(even the name…wow).

    • Airyl

      It’s not really that much of a copy. The original Mi Note was the first to have a curved glass back, while the S6 Edge was the first with a dual curved display. Samsung took both of those ideas and made the Note 7, and a month later Xiaomi releases the Mi Note 2 with a similar idea.

      The thing is, Xiaomi couldn’t have copied the Note because their launches are too close together. For Xiaomi to copy the Note 7, they’d need to design, manufacture, assemble, stress test and sell the thing in a month. On top of that, just from looking it’s obvious that the Mi Note 2 is an evolution of the first Mi Note.

  • The-Sailor-Man

    Such blatant China copies, never sell outside China.
    So, chill out.
    Only paying Samsung royalty, could help.

  • Sam

    Does it support Volte in india? (Global version)

  • RuR

    How is the display quality? I heard that’s LG’s OLED.

  • ASDFGHJKL;’

    i think people are ignoring the fact that the title is “alternative” not replacement

  • I think Xiaomi makes great phones that are also good value for money. This review has given an accurate rating, in my opinion, of 8.6. You don’t have to pay $700 though. I have seen it listed on Chinese online retail sites starting at $549. I am pleased that the reviewer referred to the lack of US LTE network availability rather than saying North American because most Chinese phones have LTE Band 7 which is available on a number of Canadian carriers. If you want to order it you should pay about $15 to $20 for DHL shipping and then there will be about a $30 to $40 charge for import duties, hence around $600 or a bit more in total. I would consider ordering one myself but I am no longer into large phones. I loved the Xiaomi Mi 5 and the Redmi 3S Prime – best value for money 5 inch phone available today.

  • Xchris

    Am I missing something here? No comments about the pricing? Last year’s chip, 1080p screen, average camera. Does everyone on here just reserve their comments about price for HTC? The ultra is quite clearly a much nicer phone than this one yet nearly every comment about it was how ridiculous the price was!

    • none

      Considering that the device was actually released in October 2016, having last year’s chip is excusable.

      I will agree that 1080p is pretty bad for a 5.7″, should have been 2K, and it should have had manual camera controls.

      Also should have had a quad HiFi DAC like the LG V10 and V20.

  • Sovat Oung

    One of the reasons to stay away from these Chinese ass is that they keep releasing their high-end phones with Android M in 2017.

  • argonaut

    How stupid not making it more available further afield than china(at a decent price anyways)Finally a well built well specced phone that i’d consider but cannot buy directly

  • Zabih Cino

    I would get this if it was available in the UK. Beautiful design complemented with beautiful usable full of usable features interface

  • This is garbage. No s-pen. No Note.
    Also: no expandability? Samsung already failed with the non-expandable Note 5 two years ago. Note users are the most sophisticated Android crowd. They demand no less than the maximum. This is very very far from that level.

  • Kusuma Loka

    Anyone remembers how Samsung pretty much copied the Xiaomi Mi Note 1 for the Galaxy Note 5?

  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2 with 22 mega pixel. Seriously, I think Chinese people don’t have limits in camera and its huge battery.

  • MrcheGuev

    This phone s getting even more exciting now , the price lowerest to about 450$ on some import websites , might gonna get it and put a stock rom if it’s possible ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰