Phone-Off: Xiaomi Mi Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

Phone-Off: Xiaomi Mi Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

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This phone-off comes into the phablet category, let’s check out and see how the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro stacks up to the Xiaomi Mi Note 2.

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Design

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro will be coming in here with a larger footprint.

The body is made of metal that curves to the sides, enclosing the phone. Immediately, the 6.0-inch display size will be the first thing to greet you.

The chin will be housing the two backlit navigational keys and the home button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor.

The top portion is pretty standard with the earpiece, the selfie camera, the LED notification and the ambient/proximity sensor.

Touring around this sleek device you can locate the power button on the right side along with the dedicated microSD card slot and the dual-nano sim tray, while the volume rocker will be found at the opposite end.

All ports will be located below. Namely: the 3.55mm headphone jack and the USB Type-C port. A single speaker will also be joining them as well as the mic.

A single speaker will also be joining them as well as the mic.

 

The Mi Note 2 is being held by a metal frame sandwiched between dual curved glasses.

The front panel is mostly utilized by the 5.7-inch display, with the chin housing the interchangeable backlit navigation keys, and the flushed home button that works as a fingerprint scanner as well.

The top portion is a standard affair much like the C9 Pro.

The power button and volume rocker will be located on the right side while the opposite end is where you will find the hybrid dual-nano sim tray.

Up top sits the headphone jack with a noise canceling mic and an IR blaster. The bottom portion is where the USB Type-C port and two speaker grilles reside.

The bottom portion is where the USB Type-C port and two speaker grilles reside.

The C9 Pro weighs a bit heavier due to its sheer size but appears thinner.

Both devices will almost always require two hands to use. Good thing that either unit utilize a one-handed mode feature to lessen finger gymnastics.

We find the design of the Mi Note 2 to be a lot sleeker making it the winner for this round.

Display

Both of our contenders will be using FHD display with the C9 Pro rocking a 6.0-inch Super AMOLED that equates to 367ppi, while the Mi Note comes with 5.7-inch OLED display at 386ppi.

Images produced by both are crisp and vivid with the C9 Pro having more saturated colors and the Mi Note 2 leaning to a cooler tone, viewing angles are also pretty impressive for both.

The display would come down to user preference should you end up choosing between the two.

We are giving this one a tie.

Camera

The C9 Pro will be using a 16MP f/1.9 rear camera while the MI Note 2 is utilizing a 22.5MP f/2.0 camera.

Shots under natural sunlight will favor the C9 Pro with sharper and livelier images compared to the washed out version of the Mi Note 2.

Indoor shots will favor the Mi Note 2 this time with sharper images compared to the cooler but overexposed version for the C9 Pro.

This shot in low-light produced the same output for either contenders as they resulted in pale colors where noise is apparent.

Using the proprietary flash will aid the C9 Pro in producing accurate colors, while the Mi Note 2 has better sharpness.

Nighttime shots was fairly average for both with the C9 Pro having smoother details while the Mi Note 2 gives out saturated colors.

While the Mi Note 2 can record up to 4K, the video test was set to FHD or 1080p.

Overall, the Mi Note 2 came out on top thanks to its Electronic Image Stabilization and 4K resolution support.

If you are into selfies then both of them performed well in our test.

The colors on the C9 Pro are popping out with slight bokeh effect, while the Mi Note 2 has the claustrophobic shot but with sharper details.

The camera came pretty close on this one but the Mi Note 2 will take this one with a very slight lead.

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Performance

The biggest difference for our contenders will come down to sheer performance.

Under the hood is a Snapdragon 653 SoC, octa-core CPU at 1.9Ghz for the C9 Pro, while the Mi Note 2 is boasting its Snapdragon 821, quad-core CPU a 2.35Ghz.

Both devices are paired with a mighty capable 6GB of RAM.

There is also a wide difference in Antutu benchmark as the Mi Note 2 pulls ahead with 141k points compared to 82k for the C9 Pro.

If we are talking about numbers, there is a huge gap between the two but real-world usage is a different story.

As C9 Pro is clad in Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.5 UI, while the Mi Note 2 has the MIUI 8.0. Both skin heavy UIs on top of Android Marshmallow 6.0.

Either devices are installed with proprietary bloatware but does not affect overall performance.

Performing daily tasks and apps will prove to be a breeze for either contenders.

Multiple applications in the background and playing graphic intensive games was handled very well for the both, with the Mi Note 2 handling better frame rates overall.

Both of them do get warm over time when playing games but not to the point of overheating.

The Mi Note 2 wins this one.

Battery

Battery-wise, both can fill their tanks in less than 2 hours thanks to fast adaptive charging for the C9 Pro, and Quick Charge 3.0 for the Mi Note 2.

Both are powered by at least 4000mAh and can last up to four hours of screen on time. While in endurance testing, the Mi Note 2 will will come out ahead with a few more hours extra juice.

The Mi Note 2 wins this one.

Audio

Support for hi-res audio playback is only available on the Mi Note 2 but using the speakers was pretty close as the C9 Pro was able to produce a slightly louder and crisper sound.

The Mi Note 2 wins this one.

Pricing and Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro is expected to land around Php25,500(before taxes) or $465 while the Mi Note 2 is estimated to start at P28,990 or $580 for the base model.

What do you think of our latest comparison? Share your thoughts on the comment section below.

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Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Comparison + Video Review

 

4G LTE, WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS, dual-nano sim, Samsung PayGSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz | WCDMA: 850/900/2100MHz | 4G LTE, WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS, dual-nano sim, NFC

Full Specs

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

Xiaomi Mi Note 2

Display 6.0-inch 1080p FHD Super AMOLED, 367ppi 5.7-inch OLED 1080p FHD IPS, 386 ppi Size 6.9mm thick, 189g weight 7.6mm thick, 166g weight Design DesignMetal + Plastic, Gorilla Glass 4Metal casing 3D curved glass, aluminum Colors Gold and Pink Gold Black, Gold, Silver Chipset Snapdragon 653 octa-core chipset Snapdragon 821 quad-core Processor 4 x 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 | 4 x 1.95 GHz Cortex-A72 2 x 2.35 GHz Kryo | 2 x 1.6 GHz Kryo Graphics Adreno 510 Adreno 530 Memory 6GB RAM, 64GB internal, dedicated microSD card up to 256GB 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64/128GB UFS 2.0 Main Camera 16 MP, f/1.9, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash 22.56MP f/2.0 IMX 318 sensor, EIS 4K video, PDAF + contrast autofocus Multimedia 1080p @ 30fps 4K, 1080p @ 30fps Front Camera 16MP f/1.9, 1080p 8MP f/2.0 IMX 268 sensor, autofocus Connectivity GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz | WCDMA: 850/900/2100MHz | OS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow Software TouchWiz UI MUI 8.0 Battery 4000mah 4070mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 Ports USB Type-C, 3.55mm headphone jack USB Type-C, 3.55mm headphone jack Official Price estimated to land for a price $470 or around Php23,500 expected at P28,990 $580 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage while P34,990 or $700 for 6GB/128GB variant. Availability Date First quarter of 2017 October 2016 availability in China, December 2016 in Philippine online stores Where to buy  China PH Online Stores