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Xiaomi Takes on iPhone 6 Plus with Mi Note Phablet

Xiaomi's latest smartphone has finally been unwrapped, and it's going after the big guys. Launching in China this month for roughly $370, the new Xiaomi Mi Note is a 5.7-inch Android phablet with premium specs that's designed to compete with handsets such as the Apple iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

The Mi Note is slick and super-thin, with metal edges just under 7-millimeters slim and barely-visible edges surrounding the handset's 5.7-inch display. The plus-sized handset uses a 2.5D curved glass front to make the display seem slightly elevated, and a 3D curved construction on the back to give the rear panel an attractive bump. The device uses Gorilla Glass 3 throughout.

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The Mi Note aims to rival the camera capabilities of its Apple and Samsung rivals, with a 13-MP Sony camera sensor that features optical image stabilization. The smartphone packs Philips 2-tone flash for capturing natural skin tones, and features a 4-MP front camera for snagging selfies.

The standard edition of the Mi Note is powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, and features a 1080p display, dual 4G SIM slots, a 3,000-mAh battery and either 16GB or 64GB of storage. If you go for the Pro model, you'll gain an eight-core processor, a sharper 2560 x 1440-pixel display, 4GB of RAM and faster LTE-Cat 9 capabilities.

Xiaomi will release the vanilla Mi Note in China for the equivalent of $370, while the pro model is due in Match for about $520. While that means you can get iPhone 6 Plus-like features for far lower than the Apple phone's $749 unlocked price, Xiaomi currently has no plans to offer the Mi Note in the States.

Source: The Verge