Xiaomi Mi Note 2

£472 • xiaomi-mi.co.uk

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It’s nearly two years since Xiaomi un­veiled its Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, and a lot has changed in that time. More akin to the re­cent Xiaomi Mi5s Plus than the orig­i­nal Mi Note, the Mi Note 2 was some­what over­shad­owed at its launch by the awe-in­spir­ing bezel-less Mi Mix (page 52), but it is nonethe­less a fan­tas­tic An­droid phone.

Not as rev­o­lu­tion­ary as the bezel-less Mi Mix with which it shared its launch event, and with much in com­mon with the now dis­con­tin­ued Galaxy Note 7 in terms of its de­sign, the Mi Note 2 has in the most part been wrongly over­looked by the tech­nol­ogy

me­dia. That’s a real shame, be­cause this is a re­ally nice phone and, leav­ing aside its ‘only’ full-HD but still bril­liant flex­i­ble OLED panel, a true com­peti­tor to bet­ter known flag­ships.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will prove a great buy for those look­ing for a big-screen phone with lots of power and a nice de­sign, but un­for­tu­nately Xiaomi is re­leas­ing it only in China. Those in the UK and else­where can still buy through Chi­nese im­porters such as GearBest, from which we re­ceived our Pi­ano Black re­view sam­ple, but in­ter­na­tional buy­ers should be wary over cel­lu­lar con­nec­tiv­ity.

Ac­tu­ally that’s one of the things that most ex­cited us about the Mi Note 2 upon its re­lease: it’s the first Xiaomi phone to come with global LTE con­nec­tiv­ity, but not as stan­dard and sadly not in our re­view sam­ple. The Global Mi Note 2 sup­ports 37 bands and has full UK 4G LTE con­nec­tiv­ity for bands 3, 7 and 20. It also matches the top-end Mi Note 2 ver­sion with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of stor­age. If you are buy­ing out­side China this is the Mi Note 2 to go for, and it cur­rently costs £505.05 at GearBest.

Our re­view sam­ple is the en­try-level 4GB RAM, 64GB stor­age Mi Note 2 with sup­port for UK 4G LTE bands 3 and 7. That means it won’t be a great buy for O2 and Gif­fgaff cus­tomers, which rely solely on band 20 for 4G con­nec­tiv­ity, but for other users it’s a great phone. This ver­sion costs £472.99 from GearBest but, given the rel­a­tively small dif­fer­ence in price and in­crease in both stor­age and RAM, we’d en­cour­age all UK users to go for the Global model, re­gard­less of to which net­work they are sub­scribed.

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