Samsung isn't the only smartphone manufacturer announcing a new Note today. Xiaomi has also unveiled the new Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime running the new MIUI 7 operating system. Here we discuss the Xiaomi Note 2 UK release date, price and specifications. Also see: Best new phones coming in 2015.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, Note 2 Prime UK release date: When are the Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime coming out?

Xiaomi's Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime will go on sale in China on 16 August. Xiaomi phones are not officially available in the UK, but it's likely you will be able to pick one up through a grey-market site. Also see: How to buy Xiaomi in the UK.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, Note 2 Prime UK price: How much will the Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime cost?

The new Xiaomi Notes are much cheaper than their closest rivals. Xiaomi has given pricing in Chinese Yuan- the Note 2 costs 799 (£80) or 899 RMB (£90) depending on whether you have 4G on one or both SIM slots, while the Note 2 Prime costs 999 RMB (£100). Also see: Best Android phones 2015.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, Note 2 Prime specifications: What to expect from the new Note 2 and Note 2 Prime

A notable feature for both new Xiaomi Notes is that they will run MIUI 7, which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and will become available on 19 August. MIUI 7 has several updates from MIUI 6, with new themes and features. You can set assign videos rather than ringtones to contacts, for example, and the gallery now supports face recognition. The Chinese version also has a Mi Roaming app that lets you use a virtual SIM card abroad, paying for your data through Xiaomi.

Key differences between the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime are the amount of flash storage they feature as standard - the Note 2 has 16GB, while the Note 2 Prime has 32GB - and the processor speed. The Note 2 Prime has a slightly faster-clocked processor at 2.2- rather than 2GHz.

Both phones feature the MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core, 64-bit processor based on the Cortex A-53, with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, PowerVR G6200 graphics, a 5.5in full-HD (1920x1080) screen, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a 3020mAh removable battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. They are dual-SIM 4G phones, with 13Mp rear- and 5Mp front cameras. From the primary camera's five-element, f/2.2 lens you'll see an ultra-fast 0.1-second focus speed. It also supports phase detection autofous, usually seen in DSLRs.

The Note 2 measures 152x76x8.25mm and weighs 160g. Measurements for the Note 2 Prime have not been given, although the extra storage may mean it's a little chunkier and heavier.

The Note 2 comes in white, black, pink, brown and light blue.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime in pictures

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime in pictures

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime in pictures

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime in pictures

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime in pictures

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime in pictures

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime in pictures

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime in pictures

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime in picturesXiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime in pictures

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime in pictures

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime in pictures

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime in pictures

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