After barely a whisper earlier in the month, a flood of renders, pictures, and leaked hardware details have appeared for the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Note 2 over the weekend. As we’ve come to expect from Xiaomi, the handset looks to be packing top of the line specifications and a number of firsts for the company.
Delving into the hardware, details of which come courtesy of a settings screenshot, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor on board, 64GB of internal storage, and 6GB of RAM, which would be a first for the Chinese OEM. The handset had been rumored to feature a Snapdragon 821, but the 2.15GHz clock speed on this chip suggests otherwise.
The screenshot also lists that the Mi Note 2 will be running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and Xiaomi’s MIUI 22.214.171.124 software. Previous hardware rumors also point to a 5.7 or 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, a fingerprint scanner likely enclosed inside the home button, and a 3,600mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. There’s also talk of 32GB and 128GB memory capacity options too, with the 32GB model potentially featuring just 4GB of RAM to help keep the price down.
Speaking of the display, a number of recently leaked images show that the phone may ship with a dual curve edge display, just like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and new Note 7. Samsung has been selling it’s curved display panels to Chinese OEMs lately, although the popularity of the Galaxy Note 7 may slow the supply. The various pictures also show off a dual camera configuration on the back, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm jack on the top of the handset.
Perhaps best of all, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will apparently start from just 2499 Yuan (approximately $375), and is said to be launching on September 5th. Of course, we should wait for the official details before forming too many opinions, but do you like what we’ve seen of Xiaomi’s next flagship?