Xiaomi Mi Note, Mi Note Pro available for international pre-orders on Chinese e-tailer
Xiaomi's Lei Jun shows off the Mi Note smartphone during a press event in Beijing.Screengrab/Youku

Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi, officially launched its high-end Mi Note and Mi Note Pro on 15 January, and now both the smartphones are up for international ordering, albeit unofficially.

Chinese e-tailer Oppomart has listed both the Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro for a comparatively low price of $399 (£245, 2,299 yuan) and $599 (£396, 3719 yuan) respectively, along with extra shipping costs.

As of now, both Xiaomi's Mi Note and Mi Note Pro are listed as being 'out of stock', with newer stocks said to be replenished shortly.

Is the Xiaomi Redmi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro worth purchasing, via third-party e-tailers?

At this point of time, people living in countries outside southern Asia could consider ordering Redmi 2 from the Chinese e-tailer, as news of the release of the smartphone in these countries is yet to even surface officially.

At the moment, Xiaomi is still gearing up to launch its high-ender Mi 4 in India.

Besides, as Xiaomi's offerings are considered value-for-money devices, you could try ordering the handset via the Chinese third-party seller.

Key tech-specs of Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro:

Mi Note

  • 5.7in display having resolutions of 1080 x 1920
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset
  • Dual SIM-card support
  • 3GB RAM
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 4 MP front camera
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and microUSB connectivity
  • 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery

Mi Note Pro

  • 5.7in display having resolutions of 1440 x 2560
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system; with MIUI 6 on top
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset
  • 13 MP rear camera
  • 4MP front snapper
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64 GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and microUSB connectivity
  • 3090 mAh Li-Ion battery