Xiaomi Mi Note: Order one via Uber


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  • Thursday, 23 Jul 2015

SHARP SHOOTER: The Mi Note has a 13-megapixel camera with OIS and Philips two-tone flash.

Update: Can’t wait to get the Mi Note? Xiaomi has just announced a partnership with Uber that will allow you to get the smartphone a day earlier and without leaving your home.

Ordering a Mi Note will follow the same process as calling for an Uber car – users just have to open the Uber app and use the slider at the bottom of the screen to select “Xiaomi” (which will show up as orange coloured Uber cars on the map), and hit request. 

Payment will be charged directly to the credit card tied to the Uber account and a Mi Note will be delivered to the user within a few minutes, the company claimed.

We just checked and Xiaomi has said that the delivery will be limited to eight areas, as quantities are very limited. The areas are Kuala Lumpur city centre (within the Golden Triangle), Bangsar, Bandar Utama, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Damansara Heights, Mid Valley City, Petaling Jaya and Mont Kiara.

There will be no additional charges for the delivery.

The long wait for Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone is over as the company has unveiled the Mi Note, its thinnest Android yet, measuring just 6.95mm.

Priced at just RM1,549, the smartphone has a 13-megapixel camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation) to compensate for shaky shots and Philips two-tone flash. The flash will assess the room colour temperature to calculate the amount of cool whites and warm yellows to emit before it fires.

There is also a 4-megapixel front-facing camera with Beautify mode, which intelligently guesses a person’s age and gender in order to apply 36 smart filters.

The device’s 5.7in full HD display, which has a pixel density of 386ppi (pixels per inch), is curved slightly with tapered edges for a fancier look and comfortable grip.

Similar to the Mi4i which was launched earlier, the Mi Note’s screen uses Sunlight Display tech which adjusts each pixel in real-time for contrast, so images are less affected by glare under the sun. As the Sunlight Display doesn’t max out the brightness of the entire panel, it’s 30% more efficient than regular displays, the company claims.

The Mi Note is powered by a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and has 3GB RAM and 3,000mAh battery which charges up to 75% faster compared to regular phones thanks to the Quick Charge 2.0 technology.

Users don’t have to worry about running out of storage, as the Mi Note offers 64GB of internal storage. However, it doesn’t  feature a memory expansion slot.

The Mi Note has a dedicated sound chip which produces 192kHz/24-bit sound, the same sampling rate used in studios, which is 4x better than CD quality.

It runs on the older Android 4.4.4 and the company has not said when it will be upgraded to Lollipop.

The Mi Note, which has two 4G SIM card slots, will go on sale on Xiaomi’s online store on July 28.

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