With the Xiaomi Mi Note launched finished, journalists in China are now getting to go hands on with the 5.7-inch phablet, and from hands photos it looks very well made.
The renders of the Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro don’t give the real phone justice (at least that’s what these photos are showing us). The black version of the 5.7-inch, 6.95mm Xiaomi phablet looks especially good-looking with a rich and glossy finish.
Xiaomi have certainly raised the bare with the Mi Note, offering high-end specifications in a larger, thinner body that is built to a high quality. The rounded body looks particularly comfortable to hold and is nicely complemented by the 2.5d curved display.
The overall design of the Mi Note doesn’t grab your attention until you look at the details. It certainly seems to be a premium product, and so it should be at the higher than usual asking price.
Xiaomi announced two versions of the Xiaomi Note, a base version with 1080p display, 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 801, and Mi Note Pro with Snapdragon 810, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. Pricing starts from 2299 Yuan in China and rises to 3299 Yuan for the top of the range Pro.
It’s interesting to see Xiaomi’s change and how they once again hope to force the hand for their rivals. Over the years Xiaomi have forced brands to compete on price, now they are turning the tides to compete in the premium handset market.
Xiaomi Mi Note hands on photos
Will this strategy work, or are have Xiaomi just hurt the target audience with a phone that will be too expensive for many to afford?