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Xiaomi's stunning Mi Note is clad in glass (pictures)

The new 5.7-inch phablet boasts an impressive design and powerful flagship specs. We went hands-on.

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Xiaomi's latest phablet goes head-to-head with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus on specs -- but it has good looks all its own.

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The phone is clad in curved glass on both the front and rear. The result is a premium-looking device at half the price of the competition.

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The phone is slim at just 6.95mm at its thickest, and it sports curved edges to fool you into thinking it's even thinner.

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The steel frame holds it all together.

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The black version is quite the stunner and looks better, in my opinion, than the white version.

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Xiaomi has managed to do away with the bump you see on the back of the iPhone 6 Plus for its 13-megapixel camera. Despite this it still crams in optical image stabilization.

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The phone sports physical buttons -- Xiaomi is not likely to use onscreen keys anytime soon for its products.

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The black version looks great here, but bear in mind that fingerprint smudges will be a lot more visible than on the white model.

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The company also launched the Mi Headphones, which take advantage of the Mi Note's built-in audio amplifier.

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One-handed use is pretty easy with the Mi Note -- simply swipe (either to the right or left) on the home button.

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