1. 2K Resolution
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has been expected to come with a 2K resolution screen, but many of us didn’t believe it would happen, because we were informed the screens are provided by LG. I mean the curved screens of LG have been seen back in 2015 at IFA and they had only 720p resolution. So it would require a lot of efforts to bring 2K resolution to it. At the moment, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 features Full HD resolution OLED display at size of 5.7 inches, but the lack of QHD resolution ‘affects its reputation’. There is a Xiaomi phone with such a resolution in face of the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, and it was able to compete successfully with many devices packed with a similar screen such as the Samsung Galaxy S7/S6 Edge/Note 4/Note 5, Google Nexus 6P, Motorola Moto Turbo/X Style, Creo Mark 1, HTC One M9 Plus/10/E9+/Me, LG G4/G5/V10, Gionee Elife E8, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, BLU Pure XL, Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL, BlackBerry Priv, and ZTE Axon Pro/Lux. As you see the list of 2K resolution smartphones is too long, and many of those devices were launched even last year. So the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 could provide QHD resolution experience as well. Alas!
2. Frame Interactive Technology
A few days back we have been talking about a rumor claiming there will be the same Frame Interactive Technology on the curved screen of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2. As you know this technology has been found on the ZTE Nubia Z9. As you know, this technology allows users to interact with a phone in other way using the curved edges of the display. But unfortunately, there was no word why the manufacturer has bypassed this feature and whether we can get our hands on such a handset in the nearest future.
Of course, we have recently seen a dual-camera handset carrying this brand in face of the Xiaomi Mi 5 Plus. But its popularity suffered a lot due to Mi 5 disappointment. So almost all Mi fans have been waiting for a dual-camera module on the Mi Note 2. Probably those leaks help them think there will be double camera lens as well, but we have what we have. On the other hand, the Mi Note 2 sports a 22.56MP Sony IMX318 sensor with an aperture of f/2.0. I mean this is a great camera and the photo samples claim these words.
Undoubtedly, the optical image stabilization is the way better than electronic image stabilization. But the OIS causes faster battery drainage and adds the weight to a device. We have talked about this technology earlier, and we know many top brands such as Apple are still unable to solve the issues related with the electromagnetic interference. But Xiaomi always comes with innovative technologies, and we hoped this problem will be solved sooner at Xiaomi rather than at Apple or Huawei.
5. Larger capacity battery
The 4070mAh battery is not that bad. Moreover, it comes with Quick Charge 3.0 technology allowing users to charge up to 80% in 35 minutes. But we prefer to get a phone with larger battery capacity. I am not talking about the Oukitel K10000 that comes with a 10000mAh battery, but if the Mi Note 2 is packed with a battery at capacity of 6000mAh like the Oukitel K6000 or the Gionee Marathon M5, we could enjoy this amazing phone longer.
6. f/1.7 aperture for the front camera
There is an 8MP front camera with a Sony IMX268 sensor and f/2.0 aperture. Unlike many selfie cameras found on the current models this one comes with autofocus instead of fixed focus. Moreover, though it comes with a few additional Xiaomi optimizations like Beautify 3.0, it can’t be compared with selfie-centric phones like the Oppo R9S and iNew Pandora R9. My words refer especially to the former model, which offers a camera with an f/1.7 aperture. As you know, the lower an aperture is, the brighter the photo looks. So if we think about the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 as the best phone, it should come with a front camera with such an aperture.
7. Ceramic Body
The main reason why many people were disappointed of the Xiaomi Mi 5S was the lack of the ceramic body. Honestly, we hoped the Mi Note 2 will close this gap, and the manufacturer will replace the metal housing with a ceramic body, but it didn’t do that. If there is a production capacity problem, as we’ve been informed, why the company launches a handset with all-ceramic body dubbed as the Mi MIX. So I think this is one of the most vulnerable parts of this event, isn’t it?
8. Physical Home Button
At last, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 hasn’t become the first device of Xiaomi with on-screen controls. Instead of it the Xiaomi Mi MIX grabbed that title. But I guess many people would like to see no home button below the screen. Unfortunately, the manufacturer doesn’t courage and continues Mi Note series with a home button.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is actually great, and it will change the positions layout. This will mainly happen due to price tags and key features it comes with. But there are some features lacking in its specs list. Probably we are not meant to see an ideal phone yet.