• Display: 5.7” IPS @ 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Processor: Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz CPU
  • Connectivity: 2G/3G/4G LTE/WiFi/Bluetooth
  • Memory: 3GB Storage: 64GB
  • Operating System: MIUI 6, based on Android Lollipop 5.0
  • Camera: 13 megapixel
  • Pros:
  • Solid design
  • Large internal storage
  • Cons:
  • Dated processor
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark:
  • Ice Storm: Maxed Out
  • Ice Storm Extreme: Maxed Out
  • Ice Storm Unlimited: 20,657 points
  • PCMark for Android: 4,779 points
  • Antutu: 46,176 points

Take a Note

The online smart device company from China is making more waves with every product introduced by them. Starting with smartphones, they have ventured into more lifestyle devices which is currently big in the home country, but may see a release here in Malaysia. Going back to their smartphone line, they launched this model earlier this year, and it is finally available in Malaysia. Say hello to the Xiaomi Mi Note.

While there are two models for the Note, Xiaomi has elected to bring in one model for our market, but in return, they have bought the largest capacity model for users in Malaysia. So, while the Mi Note has the older Snapdragon 801 (which is still a competitive processor), it also comes with a whopping 64GB of internal storage. It is more than enough to negate the lack of a microSD slot. We wish more companies will have high capacity devices here.

Rounding up the package is 3GBs of RAM, a 5.7inch screen from JDI, a 13-megapixel back camera plus a 4-megapixel front camera, 2.5D glass front, and support for 4G LTE using both the FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE bands. Yes, this phone can roam in its home country of China.

Using the Mi Note as our daily driver is a mixed bag, at least for this writer. On one hand, the hardware is excellent, with the curved back providing a comfortable hold in your hands. The large screen is great for multimedia, especially with the Sunlight Display technology, introduced in the Mi4i. The metal construction also helps in rigidity and classy factor.

However, the older processor does mean that it is not as efficient as the newer devices with newer chips, MIUI is quite the polarising factor for users, and it doesn’t have any gesture commands that fast becoming in-vogue among manufacturers.

Even so, the processor is still a powerhouse, especially for content playback and games. With very respectable scores in both 3DMark and PCMark for Android, the Mi Note is no slouch in the performance department. Thanks to the 3000mAh battery, it can go for a full day without resorting you to search for your power bank in your bag. Plus, at its asking price, the phone is good value for money.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The best Mi phone from Xiaomi thus far. Would be nicer if the processor is a current generation.

(previously published in issue September 2015)

Xiaomi Mi Note