[Update: Now with hands-on video shot from Beijing!]
Xiaomi’s meteoric rise as everybody’s favourite smartphone brand is relentless, and with the release of its first-ever flagship Mi Note phablet, the signs are that there is no slowing this train anytime soon. Shortly after the launch event, we managed to sneak some precious few minutes with the device, and here’s our first impressions.
Fans of CCGs should take note that the prerelease of the newest expansion for Magic: the Gathering, Fate Reforged, will be taking place place over this weekend. Players will join one of five clans battling in the world of Tarkir, while participating in a race to heal the Spirit Dragon Ugin. Of course, you could just be there to get your hands on the cards before the official 23 January street date.
Xiaomi has worked on not only improving its smartphones, but also its set top box. The new Mi Box mini is barely a quarter of the size of the Mi Box announced last year, and yet still packs some impressive internals. It may also end up being mistaken for a power adapter more often than not.
On top of announcing the Xiaomi Mi Note, the Chinese company also officially announced the Mi Note Pro, the flagship phablet we’ve been all waiting for. It is powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor and paired with all the latest and greatest hardware available in the market right now.
As it turns out, Xiaomi’s latest smartphone isn’t a revolutionary new product, but the new Mi Note opens a new product category on its own. The Mi Note is the company’s first flagship phablet to complement the Mi 4 smartphone, and Xiaomi has set its aims very high – to take on the iPhone 6 Plus.
You know how when there’s a big mobile phone launch, especially for flagship devices, we would kind of know what to expect because prior to that there’ll be tonnes of leaks that actually shows off the real thing? Well, I think Xiaomi has done a pretty good job this time round to keep us all confused, even a day before its #MiLaunch115 announcement.