Today was the big day of a Xiaomi event that was supposed to bring us the Mi4s or Mi5 flagship, but instead it brought a surprise. We’re talking about the Xiaomi Mi Note 5.7 inch phablet, that can be seen below and it doesn’t look bad at all.

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This device can easily be called a flagship, since it has pretty strong specs. It will actually come in two versions: a Full HD 5.7 inch one with a Snapdragon 801 CPU and with 3 GB of RAM and a Pro Edition. The latter will get the same diagonal, but a Quad HD resolution too, a Snapdragon 810 CPU and 4 GB of RAM. The upgraded unit also comes with LTE Category 9 connectivity, by the way.

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Other features of the newcomer include a front facing panel with 3D glass and Gorilla Glass 3 protection, as well as a metallic frame. Inside we find between 16 and 64 GB of storage, two SIM slots and a 3000 mAh battery. There’s the promise of HiFi acoustics and Quick Charge 2.0. On the camera front, we’re also doing quite fine, with a 4 megapixel front shooter with Ultrapixel technology and a 13 megapixel Sony sensor at the back with F/2.0 aperture, as well as dual LED flash and OIS.

Xiaomi Mi Note is priced at $370 in the 16 GB version or $451 in the 64 GB one. The Pro model sells for $532.

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  • Looks like a fantastic phone and still a reasonable price for the top of the line version at $532. Must wait and see how the Qualcomm 810 performs, however. My only slight quibble is the virtual buttons on the bottom bezel – better than the Apple/Samsung physical home button, but I prefer LG’s approach – minimal bottom bezel plus on-screen buttons, but that wouldn’t stop me from buying this phone. Looks like we will be spoiled for choice over the next few months!