Xiaomi Releases Three New Phones

Xiaomi Releases Three New Phones

Xiaomi’s launch event in Beijing earlier this week was crowded and full of cool announcements. The company announced three new phones: the phablet Xiao Mi Note 2Mi 5S and the surprise Mixmodel.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2

Xiaomi Mi Note 2
Image source: Xiaomi. Xiaomi Mi Note 2.

The second generation of Mi Note resembles Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The 5.7-inch screen curves around the edges thereby maximising the viewable area (77.2% of the front area). The screen resolution is impressive and measures 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, which yields a really high screen density of 515 ppiThe dynamic contrast ratio is 100,000:1.

The hardware that Xiaomi Mi Note 2 packs rivals that of higher priced competitors. This phablet is powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor.

The processor utilises 4 GB or 6 GB RAM memory depending on configuration. The 4 GB RAM option comes with 64 GB storage, and the 6 GB RAM one with 128 GB of storage. Only the 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage configuration is available in Asia.

The high-capacity battery sports 4,070 mAh, which the large screen requires. Fast charging technology from Qualcomm ensures speedy charging of the battery.

The single rear camera has a resolution of 22.6 MP and comes with image stabilisation.

What about the price for so many premium features? Well, Mi Note 2 isn’t a cheap phone, but it’s still competitively priced at US$516.

Xiaomi Mi Mix

Xiaomi Mi Mix
Images source: Xiaomi. Xiaomi Mi Mix.

Xiaomi surprised the tech community by releasing a completely new 6.4-inch phone designed by well-renowned French designer Philippe Starck. His goal was to bring the content that users look at forward and has therefore designed an edge-to-edge phone. The result is a stunningly good-looking phone with an aspect ratio of 17:9. The additional 1:9 compared to traditional 16:9 aspect ratios makes space for messages and notifications.

Xiaomi Mi Mix utilises a Snapdragon 821 processor.

The price in China is 3,499 Yuan, which converts to NZ$828 inclusive of GST.

Xiaomi Mi 5S

Xiaomi Mi 5S
Image source: Xiaomi. Xiaomi Mi 5S.

Xiaomi Mi 5S was actually announced before Note 2 and Mix, but we’ll include it here to cover all new phones. The screen is 5.15-inch wide and has a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. It runs on Snapdragon 821 and has 3 GB of RAM memory.

The rear camera shoots in 12 MP resolution, and the front selfie one has a resolution of 4 MB. The battery capacity is relatively large at 3,200 mAh.

Xiaomi Mi 5S currently retails at $902 in New Zealand for 128 GB storage.

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