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2000px-Xiaomi_logo.svgIt’s time to think about a new phone.  In fact, I have already thought about it.  More here.

I was not very fond of the Samsung Galaxy S5.  It is a fine phone, but it’s not customizable, the Samsung touch wiz is horrible and ugly.  I increasingly hate the idea that I have to live with the Samsung idea of what a phone should be like.

So, after a bit of research, I stumbled upon an Ars Technica article and it spoke to my needs.  It’s on it’s way via an importer from China.  The Xiaomi MI note, look below.

Specs at a glance: Xiaomi Mi Note
Screen 1920×1080 5.7″(386 ppi) IPS LCD
OS Android KitKat 4.4.4 with MIUI 6
CPU 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801
GPU Adreno 330
Storage 16GB or 64GB, not expandable
Networking Dual Band 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
Ports Micro USB 2.0, headphones
Camera 13MP rear camera with OIS, 4MP front camera,
Size 155.1mm x 77.6mm x 6.95mm
Weight 161g
Battery 3000 mAh, not removable
Starting price ~$370 for 16GB, ~$449 for 64GB
Other perks RBG notification LED, Dual SIM, NFC, Quick Charging

Xiaomi’s Mi Note phablet outclasses the competition for half the price

IMG_14648702-980x653Xiaomi’s Mi Note phablet outclasses the competition for half the price

Xiaomi (roughly pronounced “Shiao-Me”) is probably the most important company in the smartphone industry right now. The upstart OEM is the number one vendor in the world’s biggest smartphone market—China—where it makes five of the top eight models. Xiaomi saw 227 percent growth last year, and, despite only doing business in about six countries, it’s currently battling for third place in worldwide share behind Samsung and Apple.

Further Reading: Arstechnica