Xiaomi Mi Note 2
Johannesburg - For those who really want a Samsung Note 7 but know they may never get one, Xiaomi has the solution in the form of the Mi Note 2.
On Tuesday, the Chinese manufacturer announced the release of its latest phablet device in Beijing, China, which bears a striking resemblance to the Note 7.
However, the Mi Note 2 not only features a similar aesthetic appeal to the controversial device from its South Korean counterpart, but the specifications sheets almost match, with the Mi Note 2 beating the Note 7 in many areas.
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From the outside, the Mi Note 2 features a 3D glass curved front and back panel – much like the Note 7.
The Note 7 and Mi Note 2 both feature a 5.7 inch screen, with the Mi Note 2 featuring a slightly larger body.
The Mi Note 2 features a 64 gigabyte version with 4 gigabytes of RAM and a 128 gigabyte model with 6 gigabytes of RAM, while the Note 7 comes in a 64 gigabyte, 4 gigabyte RAM version only.
The Chinese-manufactured device also features larger cameras than the Note 7 – with a 22.5 megapixel primary camera and 8 megapixel facing camera – when compared to Samsung’s 12 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel selfie camera.
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Both devices feature a lithium-ion battery, but the Mi Note 2’s 4070 mAh battery may just be better than the Note 7’s exploding 3500 mAh battery.
Mobile in Africa, which manages distribution of Xiaomi devices in South Africa, said local availability of the device is unknown at this stage; however, with the success of the previous Xiaomi device, the Mi Note is likely to reach the country soon.
The launch of the Mi Note 2 comes less than a month after the company announced the launch of its flagship device the Mi 5S, along with the new dual camera device the Mi 5S Plus.
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