Xiaomi had a few big surprise announcements to make this morning, and we mean that both figuratively and literally. First, the literally — it’s a phablet. Two phablets, in fact. What you see above is the Xiaomi Mi Note, a device donning a Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, a 5.7-inch 1080p display and 16GB or 64GB of internal storage.
And that’s just the weaker of the two. Oh yes, there’s more. The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro ups the ante with a 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 display, a Snapdragon 810 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage as standard.
Much of the other specs between the two are shared, including a 13 megapixel Sony sensor on the rear that includes f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization. The front houses a 4 megapixel shooter which uses 2 large micron pixels for taking clearer photos without the need to have a physically larger sensor. There’s also a 3,000mAh lithium-ion battery that supports QuickCharge 2.0, and a Hi-Fi audio system with native support for 24-bit 192khz lossless audio playback.
They also look quite nice, mostly thanks to a design that utilizes curved glass on the front and back. It makes for a really sexy looking smartphone at the end of the day. More impressive than good looks and sheer specs, though, are the price tags for these things:
- Xiaomi Mi Note: 16GB for about $370, 64GB for about $451
- Xiaomi Mi Note Pro: 64GB for $532
Cutting edge performance with very reasonable price tags? Feel free to sign us up. Unfortunately we’re not yet certain which version of Android they’ll be launching with, though you can expect it to have a layer of MiUi goodness sitting on top.
The devices should be going on sale in China at some point within Q1, though no solid release plans have been announced. They didn’t mention sales for other regions, so it’s possible you’ll have to look to import these if you’re in the market for one.
We aren’t done, folks. Xiaomi also announced two neat accessories. The first is the Xiaomi Mi Box Mini, a $32 set-top box that’s probably as big as the wall charger for your current smartphone. Just look at the size of the thing up against the original Mi Box:
You’ll hook it up to your TV through HDMI, and inside is a quad-core 1.3GHz chipset, dual-band WiFi N, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It supports up to 1080p, which should cover most of the video content available right now. And no, this won’t have Android TV, but for $32 it could be a neat little buy either way.
Last but not least are $80 headphones with massive 50mm audio drivers. To compare, that’s bigger than the likes of Beats’ pro studio headphones (not that Beats are anything special, mind you).
We’re not sure how that contributes to overall sound quality, but Xiaomi seems to suggest their headphones produce a very natural sound thanks to its acoustics design. Let us know what you think about everything the Chinese company announced today in the comments below.