Xiaomi, one of the fastest-growing tech companies in China, has announced its latest flagship device. The Mi Note is a 6.95mm-thick smartphone with a 5.7-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera, options for a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3000 mAh battery, and curved glass on both the front and back panels; the company refers to the front glass as “2.5D” and the rear glass as “3D.”
While Xiaomi has occasionally stoked accusations of Apple mimicry with devices like its Mi Pad, the Mi Note isn’t really in that vein. It might not win any awards for industrial innovation, but it appears to be an understated product without much in the way of direct design lifts.
My dislike for Xiamoi’s shamelessness is no secret, but this here seems to have a little more unique identity to it than its previous offerings – save for the name, of course. If this trend persists, they may be ramping up to more unique devices for western markets governed by excessively oppressive patent regimes.
Ok, that’s actually quite nice, and design-wise perfectly competitive. I have no idea if it’ll suffer the same “twice the chance of breaking some glass”-effect the iPhone 4 had, though.