Xiaomi’s Mi Note 2 is launching in Beijing, China today and this could be the most expensive smartphone from the Chinese technology firm. Xiaomi’s Mi Note 2 has been ‘leaked’ for quite sometime now, and this phone comes nearly two years after the original Mi Note series was launched in January 2015. Mi Note was never introduced in India. This time, Xiaomi is hosting a live-stream of the Mi Note 2 launch on YouTube, and the event will start at 2 pm in Beijing, which is around 11.30 AM IST. According to the Live-stream, it should start in around 2 hours.
Xiaomi has confirmed the Mi Note 2 will come with a dual-curved edge display, which could be similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 or the S7 edge. Other rumours have also claimed it will support Force Touch, which will be similar to Apple’s 3D Touch. Xiaomi’s own tweets have confirmed Mi Note 2 will be the name of the device, and it will have a ‘two-sided dual curve’ display.
A latest leak by a Chinese publication Toutiao claims Mi Note 2 will have a price of 3999 Yuan (approx Rs 39,500), which is much higher than $415 (approx Rs 27,700) claimed by PhoneArena. However, Xiaomi could be launching various versions of the phone, as it normally does and each could come with a separate price tag.
Xiaomi’s Mi Note 2 is expected to have a 5.7-inch curved OLED display, along with the latest Snapdragon 821 processor, and two RAM variants – 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB. Reports also claim Xiaomi will have a version without the curved display. The Mi Note 2 could also follow the dual-camera set up trend that we saw Xiaomi introduce in the Redmi Pro smartphone. It is expected to have a 23MP Sony IMX318 sensor, and a 12MP selfie camera.
Xiaomi’s Mi Note 2 could be the device that sees the company mark an entry into the premium market and launch a device with a slightly more hefty price-tag. But we’ll have to see if the Indian market gets this smartphone. For Xiaomi the Redmi series with its budget pricing has done well in India. According to IDC, the company has the third spot among smartphone vendors in the top 30 cities of the country.
Xiaomi’s success in India has mostly been on the basis of its online presence, though it is expanding to the offline retail stores as well. It recently launched another version of the Redmi 3S called Redmi 3S Plus in the offline market. But more premium phones like Xiaomi Mi 5 have remained online only so far.
It will be interesting to see how soon Xiaomi launches the Mi Note 2 outside of China. The Mi 5 was supposed to be a flagship at a budget, but it failed to live up to the hype, and we’ve seen a lot of other phones launch in a similar price range with the same specifications. Just like the Mi 5, Mi Note 2 will have to face tough competition ahead, especially in upcoming markets like India.