Xiaomi’s Mi Note 2 is a smartphone with a 5.7 inch curved OLED display, a 2.35 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, support for up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage, a big battery, a high-resolution camera, and… a design that makes the phone look an awful lot like the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
That said, this phone doesn’t support pen input, as a lower-res display, and… probably won’t catch fire quite as easily.
Oh, and there’s one other thing that makes the mi Note 2 different from just about every other Xiaomi smartphone to date: at least one version of this phone will have global LTE support.
It’s not clear if that means the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Global Edition will be the first phone the company plans to sell directly to customers in North America. But it does probably mean that if you buy one from an overseas retailer, you should be able to use it with AT&T or T-Mobile without sacrificing 4G data speeds.
The phone has a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a 23MP Sony IMX318 rear caemra with support for 4K video recording and electronic image stabilization and phase detection autofocus, and an 8MP front camera.
It supports 192 kHz/24-bit audio, features NFC, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS and has an IR port. It also has both a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Mi Note 2 has a 40,70 mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging.
The phone measures 156.2mm x 77.3mm x 7.6mm (6.1″ x 3″ x 0.3″) and weighs 166 grams (5.9 ounces).
Prices start at 2799 yuan (about $413) for a model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. But there’s also a 3299 yuan ($486) version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
If you want the international model, you’ll need to pay a little extra for global LTE bands. The Global version is priced at 3499 yuan ($516) and has 6GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and full support for LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/38/39/40/41.