Xiaomi takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with two new phablets

Xiaomi takes on Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus with two new phablets

15 JAN 2015

Fast-rising Chinese vendor Xiaomi unveiled two new ‘phablets’, including a high-spec device that boasts a 2K display. The devices are touted to be “thinner and lighter” than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

Mi Note (pictured) has a 5.7-inch full HD screen supplied by Sharp. Xiaomi describes it as having a curved Gorilla Glass 3 display, housed in a metal frame.

It is powered by a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and has 3GB of RAM. It has 13MP Sony rear and 4MP front cameras.

Connectivity comes in the form of dual-4G SIMs (micro/nano). It will come in 16GB (CNY2,299/$372) and 64GB versions.

Mi Note Pro
Also unveiled was Mi Note Pro, a higher spec sibling.

Mi Note Pro has a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 pixel (2K) display. It is powered by an octacore, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and has 4GB of RAM. It has 64GB of storage. Connectivity includes category 9 LTE support. Pricing is mooted to be CNY3,299.

Launch of the new devices comes shortly after the company raised $1.1 billion in a round of funding from new investors as well as existing shareholders, which it claims values the firm at $45 billion. A number of analyst companies also hailed the company to be the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor in Q3 2014.

Also unveiled today was Mi Box Mini, a set-top box that is described as a quarter of the size of the existing Mi Box, and priced at CNY199.

It has a quadcore 1.3GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of Flash. It delivers video at 1080p resolution, and supports Dolby and DTS audio. It comes with a Bluetooth remote control.

And Xiaomi updated its accessory line with the Mi Headphones.

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