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Xiaomi Mi Note Pro to go on sale in China on May 12

A more powerful version of the Chinese company's flagship phablet will be sold online, as well as in Mi Home stores in China, starting May 12.

The Xiaomi Mi Note is a premium phone that's half the price of current flagships. Aloysius Low/CNET

Earlier this year at a launch event in Beijing, Xiaomi announced the Mi Note phablet and the Mi Note Pro, a more powerful version of the Mi Note. The Chinese smartphone maker did not disclose the launch date then, but has today announced a May 12 availability for RMB2,999 (about $485) -- but only in China for now.

If you thought the Mi Note was already an impressive device, the Mi Note Pro takes it up a notch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.

The 5.7-inch display will feature QHD resolution (that's 2,560 x 1,440 pixels) much like recent devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4, putting the Pro in line with the current generation of flagship devices.

The screen will also support Xiaomi's new Sunlight Display, found on the latest Xiaomi Mi 4i.

In comparison, the original Mi Note comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM and a 5.7-inch full-HD display.

Both phones have support for dual 4G SIM cards and share the same design.

Xiaomi hasn't yet released the Mi Note outside of China, though the company plans to do so sometime in the second quarter markets where it currently has a presence. Based on this, it's likely the Mi Note Pro will see an even later launch date.

We've reached out to Xiaomi for more information. In the meantime, be sure to check out CNET's review of the Xiaomi Mi Note .