Xiaomi Mi Note 2 – Dual Curved Screen Flagship

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is a curve screen flagship that offers top tier Specs and a gorgeous  Premium Design. It come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, a whopping 22 mp high quality camera and OLED Screen.

Curved Screen Flagship

SpecsXiaomi Mi Note 2
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.35GHz
GPU: Adreno 530
MemoryRAM: 4/6 GB
ROM: 64/128 UFS 2.0
OSMIUI 8.0 (based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
Display5.7 inch IPS OLED 77.2 Screen to body ratio
Dual Curved Glass 1920 x 1080 pixels, Pentile OLED,
Reading Mode, Sunlight Display Pro
Rear Camera22.56 MP SonyIMX318, f/2.0 Aperture, 6P lens, Dual Tone LED Flash
4K Video EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
3 Axis Gyroscope
Front Camera8.0 MP Autofocus Beautify 3.0
NetworkDual Nano SIM, Dual Standby
37 bands (only or Global version)
Data Speed: 600Mbps
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2
Dual Band 2.4/5GHz, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC (Near Field Communication)
USB Type C
Special FeaturesFront Fingerprint Scanner, IR Blaster
SensorsAccelerometer, Ambient Light, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Hall, Proximity, Barometer
AudioAQSTIC Audio Processor
192KHz/24 bit
IO2x Nano SIM Slot
1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
1x USB Type C
Dimensions156 x 77.3 x 7.6mm
Weight: 166g
Batterybuilt-in 4070mAh

Xiaomi has been busy and released a lot of Top Tier Flagship Grade Smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi5s, Mi5s Plus, Mi Mix, and now the Xiaomi Mi Note 2. It is the successor to the Mi Note series and looking at the Xiaomi Mi Note 2,  looks is just part of its beauty. It is powerful by way of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Chip along with a UFS (Universal Flash Storage) which offers fast read and write speeds. The phone also offers Pentile OLED 1080p Screen, which has deep blacks and good overall color saturation. You can check out the full listed specs on the table above.

Global version versus …

There are actually 2 versions you can get of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2. A Global version which supports multiple 4G LTE bands and thus is supported worldwide, I think it supports about 37 bands Internationally. You can check out the bands on the table below.

BandsXiaomi Mi Note 2Xiaomi Mi Note 2 (Global)
2GGSM band 2/3/5/8
GSM band 2/3/5/8
CDMA: BCO, B1,B10,B15
3GWCDMA band 1/2/5/8
TD-SCDMA band 34/39
WCDMA band 1/2/4/5/8
TD-SCDMA band 34/39
4GFDD-LTE band B1/3/5/7
TDD-LTE band 38/39/40/41
FDD-LTE band B1, B2, B3,
B4, B5, B7, B8, B12, B13,
B17, B18, B19, B20, B25,
B26, B28, B29, B30
TDD-LTE band 38/39/40/41

Overall, a powerful Flagship but does have some rough edges to polish

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 wouldn’t be called the best handset, nor a bad one. In terms of the plus, it offers the performance you expect from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip. The build quality is mostly Glass due to the Dual curved Glass surface. But the Quality of the construction is still notably worthy of the Flagship name. Not to mention it looks great, but does have some obvious reference from Samsung’s Galaxy line up. The overall features holds up against the competition. It strikes a balance between looks and performance in one package.

Highlights of Xiaomi Mi Note 2:

  • Dual Curved Display (Front and Rear)
  • Vibrant 5.7″ OLED Pentile 1080p Display, Deep contrast and colors
  • Fast UFS (Universal Flash Storage)
  • Fast and Accurate Front Fingerprint Scanner (Front)
  • Good Quality 22.5 MP Sony IMX318, 4K Video supports EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
  • 8.0 MP Front facing camera with Autofocus function
  • IR Transmitter
  • Premium Build Quality (Glass front and rear)
  • Bluetooth 4.2, Dual Band WiFi and NFC Support
  • Fast and Stable WiFi, 4G LTE Performance
  • Fast and accurate GPS (supports GLONASS)
  • Performance or Benchmarks similar to other Snapdragon 821
  • Good Battery Life (4070mAh) – 6 hours (screen time), 10 hours casual use
  • Good Thermals and Heat Dissipation
  • Quick Charging 3.0 (USB Type C)

Limitations or CONS:

  • No MicroSD Card Support
  • Glass front and build (Slippery)
  • No App Draw (but you can use third party apps)
  • Bloatwares especially on the Chinese and English only version (Global ROM has lesser Bloatwares)
  • No OIS (Optical Image Stabilization on 4K), only EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
  • 4K video performance isn’t really spectacular compared to the Xiaomi Mi5s
  • Pentile OLED Screen not the sharpest compared to other 1080p panels
  • Low bitrate Audio on Camera
  • 37 bands is only supported on Global ROM


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