Xiaomi Mi Note vs Xiaomi Mi Note 2: Design: Front
The first thing we notice when look at the Mi Note 2 is the 3D curved glass, which is also the selling point of this phone. On the contrary, the original Mi Note comes with a standard flat screen protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and 2.5D glass.
The upper front side of the Mi Note 2 uses symmetrical design and an ultra-narrow frame, while its predecessor uses eye-catching black bezel.
The Mi Note 2 comes with a single physical home button, while the model of this series sports three touch buttons under the screen.
Xiaomi Mi Note vs Xiaomi Mi Note 2: Design: Sides
As the Mi Note 2 sports a curved screen the metal frame is thinner and looks more stylish. Actually, the newer model comes at 7.6mm thickness, but thanks to a 3D curved glass it looks thinner than the Xiaomi Mi Note with 7mm thickness.
The symmetrical design exists even at the bottom side of the Mi Note 2.
Xiaomi Mi Note vs Xiaomi Mi Note 2: Design: Back
The back panel of the Mi Note 2 is also curved, which makes it be more comfortable when holding by one hand. The original Mi Note comes with a flat back panel. The locations of cameras are different as well.
There is a two-year gap between these models, and it is reflected in both design and hardware. I am not talking about the software, because it’s another topic of conversation and we have talked about it earlier when comparing MIUI 7 and MIUI 8. Anyway, one thing is clear for sure – Xiaomi has made a huge step forward, and it will be difficult for any company to stop it.