Xiaomi Mi Note 2
Xiaomi officially launches the Galaxy Note 7 look-alike Mi Note 2, which will target former users of the discontinued Samsung handset Xiaomi/Official Twitter page

Xiaomi has officially unveiled the Mi Note 2, and from the first glance, the phablet undeniably looks like its namesake, the now-defunct Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Xiaomi could not have chosen a better time to launch the Mi Note 2. With the Galaxy Note 7’s demise, Xiaomi could get a large chunk of the former owners of the discontinued Samsung handset. The 5.7-inch Mi Note 2’s elegant duplex curved design, both front and back, looks cunningly similar to that of the Galaxy Note 7.

The Mi Note 2 appears superb on renders, thanks to its screen-to-body ratio at over 77 percent. The smartphone’s motor is run by a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with two memory options available: 64 GB of storage with 4 GB RAM and the more flexible 128 GB with 6 GB RAM.

The primary camera of Xiaomi’s new phone has a 22.5-megapixel Sony IMX318 Exmor sensor with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and can record 4K videos. The front shooter is not to be taken lightly either, going for 8 megapixels with autofocus and Sony’s IMX268 sensor.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has global LTE support on six network categories and 37 bands in total. The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor, compass and a barometer. It carries a robust 4070 mAh battery pack with Quick Charge 3.0 that is able to reach 83 percent in just 30 minutes of charging.

The Mi Note 2 comes in three colours: black, gold and silver. The low end model with 64 GB of storage and 4 GB RAM will retail for CNY 2,799 (AU$540), while the more flexible model with 128 GB of storage and 6 GB RAM will go for CNY 3,299 (AU$640). Xiaomi will launch the Mi Note 2 in its home country of China on Nov. 1.