There is currently a huge competition in the smartphone manufacturing industry and for a manufacturer to remain relevant, it needs to take good care of its devices. Xiaomi is known to release frequent updates to its devices no matter how old but the company does not frequently release major updates for its smartphones. Flagship smartphones cost a lot of cash when they are released but the irony of it all is that it quickly becomes an underdog device when a newer/better device is released. One of such underdog Xiaomi flagship is the Mi Note 2. This flagship smartphone which was released in 2016 has quickly dropped down the pecking order with the likes of Xiaomi Mi 6 and Xiaomi Mi MIX/MIX 2 offering more. Xiami has now taken a huge leap to make this smartphone relevant again by releasing the Android Oreo based MIUI 9 global beta ROM for the Mi Note 2. Presently, only Xiaomi Mi 6, Mi MIX 2 and Mi 5 boasts of this update. As of now, the complete changelog for this update has not been released but it shouldn’t be very different from the changelog released for Xiaomi Mi 6 and Mi 5.
Being that this smartphone is two years old, many of us must have forgotten its major specs. As a reminder, this 2016 flagship is equipped with a 5.7-inch Full HD (1920×1080) AMOLED display with curved sides. It is powered by a Snapdragon 821 chipset coupled with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. Its got a huge 22.5MP rear camera supported by an 8MP front camera. Though the camera comes with EIS, it lacks OIS thus capturing good images of moving objects may be a little difficult with this camera. When this smartphone was launched, it was running MIUI 8 on top of Android Marshmallow but an update has upgraded it to Android Nougat-based MIUI 9. One of the most attractive aspects of this old flagship is its huge 4070mAh battery which delivers up to 18 hours of average usage.