Smartphones with large displays have become increasingly popular over the past few years, thanks to some stellar options available on the market, such as Samsung's Galaxy Note series. While devices like Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 pack a ton of useful features, they also come with a pretty hefty price tag. Fortunately, some manufacturers that don't quite have the same brand recognition as Samsung make comparable devices at a much lower price point. Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, for example, has the Mi Note, which is similar in design and specifications but much more affordable. Soon, Xiaomi will release the Mi Note 2, successor to the Mi Note, and thanks to a recent leak, there is some information available regarding the release date of the device.
Unfortunately, there have been two possible release dates leaked, and there is no way to tell which, if either, is accurate, but it does provide a general range of when to expect the device, and suggests it will be released soon. The first link, from Weibo, says that the Mi Note 2 will be released on September 14. The second source, which appears to be a leaked promo image with "9.24" at the bottom, contradicts this claim by suggesting a release date of September 24th. These conflicting dates do create a bit of confusion, but one possibility is that the device will be announced on September 14th, and officially released on September 24th.
The Mi Note 2 is expected to come in two variants. The first packs a Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4 GB of RAM, similar to the U.S. version of the Galaxy Note 7. The second configuration, however, includes a Snapdragon 821 chipset with an impressive 6 GB of RAM. The physical design is sleek and attractive, and resembles the Galaxy Note 7, even down to the display, which curves around the edges. According to rumors, the Mi Note 2 will likely sport either 5.7-inch 2K display and 13 MP dual camera. Since the device has not yet been officially launched, the price has not yet been confirmed, but it is expected to sell for around $450, and will probably be available in the same markets as its predecessor, the Mi Note. More information should be available later this month.