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Phablets are still very appreciated in 2015 and most likely, this trend will continue next year, with successors for the current flagships. Samsung has released the fifth generation Note phablet with a revamped design, while Xiaomi needed four months to finally launch its Mi Note Pro device, after announcing it in January. To find out which phone has better specs, check out this comparison.

Designs, Dimensions and Displays

The Note 5 has an aesthetical advantage with its fresh design, getting rid of the faux leather cover in favor of a glass back with a metal frame. It’s much slimmer and sleek, measuring 153.2×76.1×7.6mm, resulting in a weight of 171grams and it has the usual S Pen stylus with small improvements, while on the front side is found the fingerprint scanner. The screen has the same size as the previous model, which is 5.7-inch and the resolution is unchanged, supporting 1440×2560 pixels at 518ppi.

The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro has a glossy plastic back and a metal frame. The rear camera is located in the upper left corner and has the dual-LED flash in its right side. The dimensions of this phablet are 155.1×77.6x7mm and it’s 10grams lighter, while the screen is IPS LCD (the Note 5 has a Super AMOLED panel) with the same size and resolution, but the resulted pixel density is 515ppi.


Both devices are housing 4GB of RAM and their internal memories don’t support expansion and have a capacity of 64GB, but the Note 5 offers a second variant with 32GB of storage. As for the hardware configurations of the two phablets, we can say that the Note 5 stands out with its Exynos 7420 octa core processor built using a 14nm process, and which has four cores running at 1.5GHz, while the other four cores are clocked at 2.1GHz. The Mi Note Pro has only a Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor with four cores running at 1.5GHz, but the other four cores have a lower clock speed of 2GHz. Plus, this model of chipset is known for having serious overheating issues, so we suggest you to not use the device too much.

Cameras and Batteries

The Note 5 has also more advanced cameras with resolutions of 16MP and 5MP, while the list of features includes OIS, autofocus and LED flash. The Mi Note Pro sports a 13MP rear camera with OIS and dual-LED, while the secondary camera has a resolution of 4MP (Ultrapixel) and it has a 1/3′ sensor size, 2µm pixel size.

The batteries have identical capacities of 3000mAh and support quick charge, but only the Note 5 benefits from wireless charging.