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Apple knockoff maker Xiaomi, which according to IDC is now the world’s third largest smartphone maker, has launched a new phablet-class handset.

The Mi Note takes on the iPhone 6 Plus with powerful hardware features while undercutting it on price. The inexpensive phone sports a 5.7-inch screen and a flatter camera than the iPhone.

The four-year-old company has made a name for itself producing affordable handsets that critics frequently diss as rip offs of the iPhone. Xiaomi has become the world’s most valuable technology startup after raising $1.1 billion last month, giving it a valuation of more than $46 billion.

Founder, Chairman and CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, unveiled the Mi Note at Thursday’s launch event in Beijing, drawing multiple comparisons to Apple’s handset. “The Mi Note is shorter, thinner and lighter than the iPhone,” he proclaimed proudly.

Jun also said his company is developing an ecosystem of home appliances that will work seamlessly with its phones. Featuring a similar unibody construction and design as Apple’s latest handset, the Mi Note has “2.5D” curved Gorilla Glass 3 on the front curved at the edges and “3D” curved glass on the back.

It’s a bit slimmer and slightly lighter than the iPhone 6 Plus and, as mentioned before, has a rear camera that’s flush with the back plate, unlike Apple’s phone. Speaking of cameras, the back shooter on the Mi Note is of thirteen-megapixel variety.

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Xiaomi, or the “Apple of China” as it’s sometimes called due to its copycat nature, will sell two editions of the Mi Note.

The basic version boasts a Sharp-made 5.7-inch 1080p screen, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, 3,000 mAh battery, 16 or 64 gigabytes of storage, a 13-megapixel camera out the back and a four-megapixel selfie camera out the front.

The Pro edition of the Mi Note has a denser Quad HD screen with a whopping 2,560-by-1,440 pixel resolution. It will include a faster 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a slightly bigger 3,090 mAh battery.

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Both editions pack in dual-SIM support and run Android.

The basic Mi Note model launches on January 27 in China at 2,299 yuan unlocked, or approximately $370, which is about two-thirds less than the iPhone 6 Plus. The Pro edition will launch in March across Asia, priced at 3,299 yuan unlocked, which works out to approximately $520.

There’s no word whether these devices will hit U.S. shores anytime soon.

Source: Xiaomi  via Re/code

  • Derp

    Remove the slides on your cell phone site. They’re actually completely pointless. It’s way faster and more practical to scroll down and see the headlines than watching the screens change. Even swiping through the screens is still slower than actually scrolling down. Only benefit I see them having is to prettify the site. It’s clunky anyway.

    • Nick

      I like them. It looks more professional

    • Sheppyshepherd

      Yes, true, on my iPhone 4S Safari keeps reloading due to errors on page. And if it doesn’t, it is very very sluggish…
      Please iDownloadblog, remove the slides!!!!

  • Innes

    “There’s no word whether the devices will hot U.S. shores anytime soon.”

    Think you mean ‘Hit’ and not ‘Hot’ Christian 🙂

    • Tommy

      He had to control his anger, that Apple Diehard Fanboy Christian. You gotta forgive him man.

  • Loyo Media

    It looks great!

  • Virus

    Pro model is looking good with that 2K screen hopefully they will release in US very soon to give Apple some hard competition and get Apple to step up it’s game instead of selling 2009 specs for rip off prices

    • nonchalont

      That’s how Apple makes a great profit. Build cheap, sell high. Apple has superb marketing which gives users the feeling of a premium device. They construct great unibody frames that feel luxury. Their “Just works” strategy is just that. Plus they figured out how to optimize software to their lesser specs to keep up or surpass higher spec’d phones on the benchmarks.
      I’m with you though, I would love to see a beefed up iphone. In the wise words of Tim the Toolman Taylor, “ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH!!!!”

      • Xee

        Or just a cheaper iPhones first.

      • Tommy

        No thanks. I can pay for an enpensive iPhone but I don’t want it having puny specs. It’s like buying a Ferrari with a Lotus engine. Good, but not good enough.

      • Dan

        iPhone 6 ++, cost 2000$ 😉

        I agree though, with high end specs and the already optimized iOS, the phone would be a beast.

        + 1 for Tim the Toolman lol, used to love that show

  • Weiss

    I think people fail to realise that if these phones came to the US & Beyond they probably wouldnt be as cheap as they are. Xiaomi would have to adhere to international laws and taxation plus economic activity outside of their homeland which would definitely drive the price up to probably about the same. so really the price difference doesn’t exist

    • Tommy

      Nope. It’s still cheap in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and whatnot. Let’s face it. The phone isn’t cheap. It’s the others that are overpriced, Apple being the top of the table.

  • Dan

    The phone actually looks pretty good. Although I would hesitate to buy from such a company.

  • JoshuaHulgan

    Gotta say this looks better than my iPhone 6.
    And though this doesn’t run it, lollipop looks much better than iOS at this point.
    I feel a perfect storm brewing for Apple’s competitors the next few years if Apple doesn’t shake things up more than getting rid of some skeuomorphism and continuing to intentionally cripple it’s OS for the sake of simplicity that looks more like an aversion to change and taking chances. However, current iPhone sales may beg to differ.

    • james smith

      I want what you’re smoking

      • jp2002

        weedroid

    • George

      More and more developers are leaving iOS for android because apples stance on what an app / widget should do is bullshit.

      • Alberto Espinal

        And where is your proof that developers are leaving, or just your thoughts? Developers make more money in iOS than Android

      • George

        Just what I’ve heard in the community

      • jp2002

        Not really. Its just android guys doing the rumours as usual.

  • james smith

    It has no headphone jack useless

    • Arman P. Reyes

      Yes it has, it’s located at the top of the unit.

      I have to say its looks pretty darn good, looks even better with my iPhone 6, it doesn’t have does ugly lines at the back, it also have a 3D curved glass back.

      Apple gotta step up!

  • EthanM054

    I can’t wait to get this specs on the iPhone in 10 years!

    • Tommy

      Hahaha. Good one (y)

  • leart

    The chinese steve jobs

    • hkgsulphate

      never

      • leart

        it was a joke

  • Alberto Espinal

    I think this will put the pressure more to Samsung rather than Apple

  • Sleetui

    All these faster specs and you still can’t catch up with iPhone’s.

    • Tommy

      Are you sure?

      • Sleetui

        Pretty sure.

      • Tommy

        TBH Xiaomi is actually catching up to iPhone real quick. I live in China and I constantly tryout their new products at their stands. They’re really getting more and more impressive. Many a times I have contemplated switching to Xiaomi/Meizu but to date, it’s still the 6 in my hand.

  • drewjbx

    46 billion net worth… 4 year old company, sounds like more than just a knockoff operation, could potentially be the samsung of china

    • Tommy

      They may start off as knockoffs, but look where Hyundai and Kia is right now. Plus it already is the Samsung of China. Lol.

  • Wonder if the knockoff is just-as bendgate prone…

  • Wonder if the “knockoff” is just-as bendgate prone…or actually sturdy like the Oppo Finder (thinner than it iPhone 6, significantly stronger, http://bit ly/1ypGduE)

    • Tommy

      It’s actually pretty sturdy. Most of my colleagues use the Xiaomi and there hasn’t been any bendgate news thus far.

  • Tommy

    You sound angry Christian. Don’t be. Deep down inside you know you want one. Don’t be jealous of what Xiaomi is doing. If Apple don’t step up their game, they’ll be the next Nokia/Blackberry.