Xiaomi Mi Note 2 review: Filling in

Filling in

GSMArena team, 9 December 2016.

The gallery

The redesigned MIUI 8 gallery app we're already familiar from previous Redmis and the Mi Mix is here as well. It defaults to your camera roll, but it also supports different albums - Camera, Video, Screenshots. A bit surprisingly, the People and Panoramas albums are gone now.

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Gallery

The new integrated editor powered by Camera 360 offers various filters, crop options, enhancements (sharpen, contrast, brightness, saturation, vignette), and doodles. Oddly, this image editing app is less capable than the one supplied with the MIUI v7.

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Editing an image

For video playback you can simply open the files from within the gallery. The video player interface is very basic; subtitles and pop-up play are not supported. You do get a separate brightness slider just for video playback.

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Browsing and playing videos

There is also a new video editor with MIUI 8. It supports trimming, filters, and adding text, and audio tracks.

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Video editing within the gallery

Music player

The MIUI music player is a custom app with a well laid out, easy to navigate interface. The player has cool effects, transitions, and transparent elements, especially on the expandable Now Playing section. Lyrics are supported, too. The Mi Note 2 didn't recognize the tracks we loaded up on it and consequently didn't pull album art and lyrics off the Internet. We're not exactly sure what's to blame - neither the Mi Mix nor the Redmi 4 Prime we reviewed recently had any issues with that.

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Music Player

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Now playing

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 offers customizable equalizers within the phone's Settings menu - there are a few default presets already available for use. You can also try Xiaomi's MiSound enhancer, which comes into play when you use headphones, and especially, a Xiaomi-branded headset.

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Audio enhancements and equalizers

Audio output is pleasing

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 posted excellent scores top to bottom when plugged into an active external amplifier. Its loudness was very high too, marking one of the finest performances as of late.

Adding in a pair of headphones causes moderate damage to stereo quality and introduces some extra distortion. The overall output is still very good in terms of clarity and just about every user will be happy with it. The volume dropped a bit too but remained very high, rounding up another very soild showing.

And now here go the results so you can do your comparison.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Xiaomi Mi Note 2+0.00, -0.03-94.494.50.00140.0062-91.7
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 (headphones attached)+0.29, -0.34-94.594.00.0280.417-51.9
OnePlus 3T+0.03, -0.01-94.394.30.00340.0063-93.4
OnePlus 3T (headphones attached)+0.53, -0.30-92.993.00.0170.434-49.7
Google Pixel XL+0.01, -0.03-94.094.00.00330.0066-92.9
Google Pixel XL (headphones attached)+0.17, -0.04-92.092.70.00670.125-62.0
Apple iPhone 7 Plus+0.10, -0.04-93.193.10.00150.0098-80.5
Apple iPhone 7 Plus (headphones attached)+0.10, -0.03-93.193.00.00130.015-76.8
LG V20+0.01, -0.03-93.093.10.0036 0.0075-93.7
LG V20 (headphones attached)+0.04, -0.09-92.492.40.051 0.105-57.5

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 frequency response
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Alfas

Does not remember wifi password. I tried everything that I can find on internet, nothing helped.

  • 0583263174

MI note 2 display a a body

Note 2. The redmi note 7 has a weaker chipset.