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Asians are good at making high end gadgets, because they have tons of brilliant and unique ideas and the results are pleasing any pretentious customer. Samsung is a leader on the regional market, but it has a strong competitor such as Xiaomi, which has released a rival phablet called Mi Note Pro 4G, to compete against the Note 5.

Designs and Displays

The Mi Note Pro 4G has a simpler design, featuring a shiny back with a metal frame. The body has a rectangular form, the rear camera is located in the upper left corner and has the LED flash on its right side. The front side has thin bezels and three capacitive buttons below the 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen, which supports a QHD resolution with 515ppi. The device measures 155.1 x 77.6 x 7 mm and it weights 161 grams. However, Xiaomi used 2.5D for the display (the glass edge angles downward), while the back is protected with Gorilla Glass 3D.

The Note 5 looks a lot like the Galaxy S6, but it has nothing in common with its predecessor, which had a faux leather back. This new model has glass on both sides and there is a metal frame splitting them. The device is a bit thicker than the Mi Note Pro (the dimensions are 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm) and its also heavier (171 grams) because it comes with the S Pen stylus. On the front side, below the 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen (QHD resolution at 518ppi) was placed a home button, which hides the fingerprint scanner.


The Mi Note Pro 4G is packed with the most powerful 64bit Qualcomm processor – Snapdragon 810 with four cores running at 1.5GHz and four cores running at 2GHz, which is backed by 4GB of RAM. The Note 5 is a bit faster, because Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 7420 processor has four cores running at 1.5GHz and four cores running at 2.1GHz. This is the same processor which powers up the Galaxy S6, but instead of 3GB of RAM, it supports 4GB (the faster DDR4).

As for the internal memories, none of the devices added a microSD card slot for expanding their capacities. The Xiaomi phablet has a variant of 64GB, while the Note 5 has another variant with a smaller capacity of 32GB.


Both of Note 5’s cameras are more advanced, supporting resolutions of 16MP and 5MP respectively and the list of features includes a large f/1.9 aperture, Live HDR, OIS, autofocus and 2160p video capture at 30fps.

The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro has a 13MP back camera with OIS, dual-LED flash, autofocus and similar video recording capabilities, while the front camera is 4MP Ultrapixel and has a 1/3′ sensor size and a 2µm pixel size.


Both phablets are powered by batteries with capacities of 3000mAh and support quick charge technologies, but only the Note 5 comes with built-in quick wireless charging.