Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Bargain Bin

By 06:48 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments

Cheaper, but just as good?

A third installment is due in our Bargain bin series that aims to establish whether you're better off shelling top-dollar for a current big-name flagship or you'd be just as fine saving a few notes and opting for a more affordable alternative. This time, it's a rather specific match-up that doesn't quite live up to the 'half-price' label, but there still is a considerable price difference, and it makes sense on another level.

Meet the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. We came up with this one while scrolling through Chinese online retailers (like we usually do in our spare time, what do you mean not everyone does it?!), and realized that not only can the Galaxy S7 edge be quite expensive there, but also its prices vary wildly between sellers, color options, moon phase, and whatnot.

We found out that you can acquire an S7 edge for CNY 4,800 ($660) if you're not after one of the fancier color options. The Mi Note 2 on the other hand - a modest CNY 2,800 ($390) for the already more than well equipped base version. Now, obviously that's China and if you're anywhere else the reigning Samsung king would cost about as much, while the Xiaomi dual-curved phablet would acquire a nice (or, in fact, rather nasty) price hike.

But it's that 'dual-curved' bit in the last sentence that mandated this comparison, half-price or two thirds. It's the pioneer in non-flat displays, which perfected the tech over several generations of devices, vs. a challenger using competing panels for the first time. There are phones behind those screens too, and the similarity in displays only helped these two acquire through the door - we'll be comparing the rest of them as well.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 2

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge


CNY2800 in China
€510/$540 elsewhere

CNY4800 in China
€650/$730 elsewhere

7.6mm thick, 166g

7.7mm thick, 157g

5.7" OLED
1080p (386ppi)

5.5" Super AMOLED
1440p (534ppi)



2.35Giga Hertz (GHz) (quad)
elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 821

2.15Giga Hertz (GHz) (quad) Snapdragon 820/
2.3Giga Hertz (GHz) (octa) Exynos 8890

64GB/128GB memory

32GB/64GB memory




This here tiny detail is what spoils the Mi Note 2's status as a bargain - it's not available outside of China, certainly not at the same attractive price. A global version exists and it's the top-specced 6GB/128GB one with an already substantially heftier price tag of CNY 3,500 in China ($500), and you still have to resort to third-party importers to acquire your hands on one. Not so with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, which may very well be available through official channels wherever there are mobile networks.



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