Putting an end to all the leaks and rumours, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the much-awaited Mi Note 2 at a glitzy event in China yesterday. The smartphone touts a dual-edged curved design which is quite similar to what we have seen on the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
For those who are not in the know, this is the first ever smartphone Xiaomi has produced with a dual-edged curved design.
The Mi Note 2, apart from a design that is curved on both front and back, features top-of-the-line hardware which places it directly in competition with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Google Pixel XL, and Apple iPhone 7 Plus.
In today's post, we will compare the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, two dual-edge curved design smartphones. Let's find out which one has an edge over the other.
Dual-edged curved display is the new trend
In terms of design, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 looks strikingly similar to the Samsung Edge series of smartphones. It has the same dual-edge curved design (at the front and back) as seen on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or the Galaxy Note 7. It's hard to deny the fact that both the smartphones look great aesthetically, though.
Xiaomi's Mi Note 2 features a 5.7-inch Full HD display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass protection on it to prevent the device from scratches. On the other hand, its Galaxy counterpart features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD display (1440x2560 pixels).
Both the smartphones come with a slew of features. For instance, the Xiaomi's flagship offering has a sunlight display pro mode which improves the sunlight legibility under direct sunlight whereas the S7 Edge has an Always-on display which displays date, time, and other notifications.
All said and done, the fact that the Mi Note 2 features a Full HD display is a bummer especially considering its larger footprint.
Feature top-notch hardware
The S7 Edge, on the other hand, is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 8890 SoC (Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset in other markets). It packs 4GB of RAM coupled with 32GB of internal storage space, which is further expandable via a microSD card.
The Mi Note 2 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a layer of its custom MIUI 8 atop.
The Mi Note 2 leaves behind S7 Edge in terms of Pixel count
A 22.56MP sensor (Sony IMX318) rests at the back of the Mi Note 2 with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash, EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation), and support for 4K video recording. At the front is an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and Auto Beautify 3.0.
Whereas, the S7 Edge has a 12MP camera with f/1.7 aperture, PDAF, OIS, LED flash, and 4K video support. A 5MP shooter at the from takes care of selfies.
While in terms of the megapixel count the Mi Note 2 may appear ahead in the league, it remains to be seen if it can achieve better results than the S7 Edge in the real world.
Battery and connectivity
Xiaomi's recent offering is backed by a 4,070mAh battery along with support for Quick Charge 3.0. As far as connectivity is concerned, the Mi Note 2 offer support for 4G LTE with VoLTE (meaning it supports Reliance Jio), GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, and USB Type-C port.
The S7 Edge, on the other hand, depends on a 3,600mAh battery for the fuel. It also supports fast charging technology along with wireless charging. In comes with standard connectivity features.
There's no official word on the Indian pricing of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2. It is currently priced at RMB 2,799 (Rs. 27,627 approximately) and RMB 3,299 (Rs. 32,562 approximately) for the standard and a more premium version respectively.
The Samsung S7 Edge currently ships for around Rs. 50,900. Now comes the big question. Which one you should buy?
It all boils downs to your preference and the amount of money you are willing to spend. You'll have to spend nearly Rs. 20,000 less if you purchase the Mi Note 2 or if you don't mind shelling out the extra cash, the S7 Edge is currently the best Android smartphone available in the market. Now you decide.