Watch out, iPhone 6: Xiaomi launches MiNote

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Xiaomi has announced its new flagship smartphone, the MiNote.

At a launch event in Beijing, the Chinese electronics manufacturer, sometimes known as the ‘Chinese Apple’, shared details of its new high-end phablet.

The device hosts a 3D-curved Gorilla Glass 3 screen with a metal frame, boasting a 5.7 inch display. The MiNote is optimised for video, running JDI Full HD graphics with a Hi-Fi audio system. It runs Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz and holds 3GB of RAM.

A ‘Pro’ model holds 4GB of RAM and an improved processor and display.

Priced at ¥2,299, with the Pro model at ¥3,299, the device sits considerably above the company’s normal price range. Some consider it a potential challenger to the iPhone 6.

Xiaomi, although widely unknown in the West, recently overtook Lenovo and LG to become the third biggest player in the global smartphone market, behind only Samsung and Apple.

The company has talked of plans to expand into the Western market. However, it may be hampered by low brand awareness and legal challenges from Apple, whose designs it has been accused of copying.

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