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Is Mobile World Congress (MWC) week in Barcelona. LG and Samsung have made their announcement. HP also announced Elite x3 which is interesting.

HP Elite X3

HP Elite X3 phone (Qualcomm SnapDragon 820 64-bit quad-core 2.15GHz, 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB Storage, MicroSD Expansion up to 2TB, CAT 6 LTE, 2×2 802.11AC WIFI, 6″ 2560×1440 AMOLED screen, 2 front facing B&O tunes speakers, Dual SIM, USB-C, 16MP/8MP cameras, Iris Scanner, Fingerprint reader and 4150mAh battery with Qi charging.) powered by Windows Phone. Why? It got a desk dock (3rd row 2nd and 3rd column. Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, 2 USB 3.0 and 1 USB-C.) and Mobile Extender (4th row. 12.5″ 1080p screen, full size keyboard and 48wH battery. Pair it with phone and you can work.)

Other than LG, Samsung and HP, another company that I am watching in MWC is Mi. They will be launching Mi5 in China and MWC. This marks Mi’s debut in MWC and potentially a declaration of their intent to break into international market big time. Mi5 is also confirmed to be running on Qualcomm SnapDragon 820 with various configurations available. Let’s wait and see.

In the meantime, let’s talk about my daily driver: Mi Note. I have been using this for close to 6 months and it has been serving me well on trips. Here’s the specification of Mi Note.

Processor: Qualcomm SnapDragon 801 64-bit quad-core 2.5GHz
RAM: 3GB LPDDR3
Storage: 64GB
Connectivity: LTE, Dual SIM, 802.11AC WIFI
Screen: 5.7″ 1080p LCD
Camera: 13MP/4MP cameras
Battery: 3000mAh
OS: MIUI China Development ROM with Android Marshmallow

Most photos on this site are taken using this phone and it runs all applications featured on this site to keep me productive. Dual SIM is a must for me so that I can use local prepaid SIM card with my Singapore SIM card while overseas to maintain connectivity. Screen is of good quality and size.

It currently retails for SG$569 on http://www.mi.com/sg/minote/ or SG$28 with Singtel Combo 2 signup with 24 months contract on https://www.singtelshop.com/shop/phones/xiaomi-mi-note.