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Rumor: Xiaomi is working on its own Note Edge
When it comes to notable Notes, few would argue the notoriety and noteworthiness of Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. It arguably gave birth to the phablet genre, definitely saw the premiere of an Edge Display, and continues to captivate the masses with leaks even today. Still, it is not the only Note to note, as Xiaomi has its own product line as well, the Xiaomi Mi Note. Rumors about a new installment have been circulating for some time now, but today’s may be the most interesting yet.
A report out of China is indicating that there will be a titanic trio of smartphones to sell. One will be a standard model, one a more premium variant, and lastly one the supreme selection, packing an Edge Display, no less. More specifically, the break down is as follows, according to the rumor:
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 “Standard” variant will have a single rear camera, a Hi-Fi audio chip, and “standard” quick charging. Previous reports suggest it will have a 5.7-inch FHD display and 4GB of RAM.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 “High” variant will have a pair of dual cameras on the back side, a Hi-Fi audio chip, and “super quick charging”. Previous reports suggest it will also have a 5.7-inch FHD display. but pack 6GB of RAM.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 “Premium” variant will have a curved edge display, a top-end Hi-Fi audio chip, and “super quick charging”. GizmoChina estimates this variant would have a 5.7-inch QHD display and 6GB of RAM.
While no concrete details are available, the phones are expected to launch later this year and – at least with the Edge model, presumably cost a pretty penny, something that could ultimately “backfire” as HUAWEI may be noticing these days.
While today’s Weibo-sourced rumor does not go into detail as to if a dual edge display will be used or just a single one – like the original Galaxy Note Edge – that a Samsung rival would be seeking to release such a product should not come as a surprise. AMOLED costs are going down, and Samsung is eager to sell more of them to increase its own revenue. There have already been some rival products released with curved OLEDs, including last year’s BlackBerry Priv, and the more recently announced vivo XPlay 5.
Earlier this year a report from China indicated that, in addition to vivo, both HUAWEI and Xiaomi would also be getting into the curved AMOLED game, thus today’s news – assuming it pans out – would only serve to further legitimize the earlier rumor.
What do you think? Does the world need two Notes with Edge Displays in 2016? Some would argue that Samsung, ironically enough, is the company that doesn’t need one, especially now that new news suggests there may be no standard Note to release at all.