Xiaomi’s Mysterious “Hongmi Note” Available for Pre-order on March 19

18 Mar

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which is increasingly being compared to Apple these days due to the success of its brand, will seek to amaze its fans once more by releasing its first ever phablet device– the Hongmi Note.

The 5.5 inch handset, sources say, will officially come in two versions; the “lower end” variant, featuring 1GB of RAM, 8GB storage, and Mediatek’s 1.4 Ghz MT6592M chip, will be priced at 999 RMB, or approximately $160 USD. The higher-end version with 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, and Mediatek’s 1.7Ghz MT6592, on the other hand, can be purchased for around 1199 RMB (~$190 USD).

Both models will reportedly feature a 720p IPS screen, 13 MP back camera, dual sim card slot, and a customized software  based on Android Jelly Bean (4.2.2). The Mediatek chips mentioned earlier for both the low end and high end Hongmi Note models, it is worth noting, are “true octa-core processors,” meaning they can utilize all eight cores simultaneously rather than only four at a time.

The Hongmi Note will be available for pre-order starting March 19.