Xiaomi's new product launch event is just a few hours away and the company has confirmed that the Mi Note 2 will be the star of the programme.
In the lead up to the event, several rumours with regard to Mi Note 2 features and price details surfaced on internet, leaving nothing much to imagine what the new Xiaomi flagship phablet would boast of. But everything said online can't be taken as facts.
To provide better a perspective, we have sifted through multiple reliable reports to come up with key features that are more likely to make the cut in the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Note 2.
Design and Display:
Up until recently, no one really knew about the Mi Note 2's display feature. There were a lot of conflicting rumours, one saying it will have a flat display, while the other indicating that it will boast curved display.
On October 21, Xiaomi India's official teaser poster spilled the beans on Mi Note 2's screen structure. It confirmed that the upcoming device will indeed boast dual-edge screen, where the display will extend on the both right and left sides of the edge, similar to what seen in Samsung's Galaxy S7 edge.
As far as resolution is concerned, 5.7-inch Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will feature QHD (2K: 2560x1440p) resolution having a pixel density of 518 ppi (pixels per inch).
Processor, RAM and storage:
Xiaomi's upcoming phablet is expected to house Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor (with Adreno 530 GPU), which is said to be 10% more powerful and faster than the Snapdragon 820 seen in the current crop of flagship devices such as HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S7 series, Sony Xperia XZ and LG 10, among others.
It will come with 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB internal storages.
Like its processor, the Mi Note 2's camera hardware is also said to be of top-notch. Recently leaked presentation slide of the device revealed that it will have two parallel cameras -- 23MP (with Sony IMX318 sensor)+12MP (with Sony IMX378 sensor) on the back and an 8MP front snapper with wide angle view of the field.
Read more: Xiaomi Mi Note 2 presentation slides leaked
To support the power hogging QHD screen, Xiaomi Mi Note is expected to come equipped with a massive 4,100mAh battery, which is enough to keep the phone running for the whole day under mixed usage.
Over the years, we are starting to see saturation in terms of smartphone features. Most new phones are basically coming to moderate upgrade in terms of faster processor, increase in MP count in cameras, RAM, storage and battery capacity.
Well, things are about to change in the smartphone this quarter, as Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is rumoured to come with state-of-the-art bio-metric technology-based Iris scanner, which is said to be more advanced that fingerprint scanner.
[Note: Samsung Galaxy Note7 was the first tier-1 brand to introduce Iris scanner. Since the device has been permanently decommissioned, Mi Note 2 will now have the bragging rights over the new security feature]
How the Iris Scanner works?
The "Iris Recognition" biometric technology is said to be more advanced and near-foolproof system, as it involves camera technology with subtle infrared illuminations to capture the detailed nerve pattern on the iris in the eye.
Using this information, digital impressions are created by a mathematical and statistical algorithm so that accurate profile is created. This new-age biometric technology is nearly impossible to be cracked by an impostor, unlike fingerprint scanner that can be bypassed with a fake thumb print.
In addition to Iris scanner, Mi Note 2 is also expected to feature Qualcomm Sense ID, a new generation ultra-sonic 3D finger print sensor as well.
Read more: Key features of Qualcomm Sense ID
Word on the street is that Xiaomi Mi Note 2 would come in two configurations — one with 4GB RAM+64GB internal storage and another with 6GB RAM+128GB, for ¥2799 (approx $415/€379/Rs. 27,720) and ¥2999 (approx $445/€405/Rs. 29,700), respectively.
If history is any indication, Xiaomi is more likely to release the Mi Note 2 series initially in China most probably by the end of October and based on the public response, it may also release in other markets like India and the US.
Watch this space for more updates.
Expected features of Xiaomi Mi Note 2:
|Model||Xiaomi Mi Note 2|
|Display||5.7-inch QHD screen with dual-edge curve
|OS||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Processor||14nm (nanometer)-based 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon quad–core (Kryo core x 4) CPU, which can clock up to 2.4GHz speed|
|Battery||4,100mAh battery with fast charging technology|
|Add-ons||Iris scanner, Qualcomm ID sense with ultra-sonic 3D fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC (Near Field Communication), Type C USB port, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac; dual band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz) with MIMO, 4G-LTE network support.|