China’s smartphone maker Xiaomi, which recently raised $1 billion at a staggering $45 billion valuation, has launched a new flagship phone the Mi Note. Nevertheless, it’s a looker, with a metallic frame squeezed between two panes of curved Gorilla Glass 3. That model will cost 3,299 ($533), while the base model is priced at 2,299 ($371).
It’s a 5.7-inch device, making it an obvious competitor to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, but unlike Xiaomi’s iPad-like Mi Pad, it doesn’t closely resemble an Apple device. Nevertheless, it’s a looker, with a metallic frame squeezed between two panes of curved Gorilla Glass 3.
As Engadget points out, the company doesn’t shy from comparing the Mi Note directly to the iPhone 6 Plus, pointing out at its presentation Thursday that it’s both slimmer (6.95mm) and lighter (161g) than Apple’s premium offering.
The premium “Pro” model, due out in March, will be a true powerhouse, with a quad HD, 2,560 x 1,440 pixel screen, a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, an Adreno 430 GPU, and 64GB of storage. That model will cost ¥3,299 ($533), while the base model is priced at ¥2,299 ($371). Read more…