Xiaomi Mi Note 10 review: the world's first smartphone with a 108-megapixel pentacamera


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For some time we have not heard about the Xiaomi Mi Note line, the previous Mi Note 3 came out more than two years ago. Xiaomi decided

revive the lineup and recently released Mi Note 10which in the home Chinese market was called Mi CC9 Pro. What is the reason for the index 10 in the title is not entirely clear, although not so important. From the point of view of the line itself, Xiaomi Mi Note 10 also does not look quite usual: before one of the Note chips, there were large display diagonals. The novelty is also large, but there are a lot more smartphones on the market. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 emphasized the main camera, although this is not its only interesting feature.

  1. What is it?
  2. What is interesting about Xiaomi Mi Note 10?
  3. What is included?
  4. What does Xiaomi Mi Note 10 look like?
  5. How good is the screen?
  6. What are the unlock methods?
  7. What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?
  8. What about the interface?
  9. How good are the cameras?
  10. In the dry residue

What is it?

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 - smartphone with a curvedAn AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6.47 inches, a mid-range Snapdragon processor, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory, a large battery and a main camera of 108 megapixels with five modules.

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What is interesting about Xiaomi Mi Note 10?


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The main feature of Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is itsrear camera. It includes as many as five modules. The main one is the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX at 108 MP with a size of 1 / 1.33 inches. This is the first smartphone on the market with this sensor. Optics with an aperture of 1 / 1.69 and optical stabilization are used. It is complemented by a 5-megapixel telephoto with 5x zoom, f / 2.0 aperture and OIS, a 12-megapixel portrait camera with 2x zoom, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide 117 ° camera, f / 2.2 and a 2 megapixel macro camera. Other characteristics are also interesting: AMOLED-display FullHD + with a diagonal of 6.47 inches and support for HDR10, 6 GB LPDDR4x RAM, 128 GB of internal memory and a good, though not top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor. The device runs on Android Pie with the pre-installed MIUI 11 shell. An extremely impressive 5260 mAh battery with 30 W fast charge support is responsible for autonomy.

What is included?


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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is packed in a black box withmodel name. The kit includes a smartphone itself, a Type-C cable, a 30 W charger, a simple protective bumper, a tool for removing the tray and documentation.


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What does Xiaomi Mi Note 10 look like?


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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 looks modern, stylish,but not unique. At first glance, it seems that we have already seen all this somewhere. And the impression does not fail: in front of us is a large, weighty smartphone made of glass and metal. The front and rear glass panels are equally curved on the sides, making the smartphone symmetrical in profile. On the front is a large curved AMOLED display with relatively small frames and a drop-shaped cutout for the front camera.


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Above the front camera is only a thin mesh of speaker. There is no LED indicator, but there is the Always on Display function, which more than compensates for its absence.


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The frame is metallic, with a glossy color. It tapers to the lateral sides. The buttons and connectors are all familiar: the volume rocker and the power button are located on the right side. On it below is a tray.


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Unfortunately, the company decided that 128 GB is enough for everyone and only two SIM cards can be installed in the tray, there is no space for MicroSD.


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On the left side there is nothing interesting.


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The upper and lower faces have a flat cut shape. At the top there is an additional microphone and an infrared transmitter to control the electronics.


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Below is a USB Type-C connector, an external speaker, a microphone and a standard 3.5 mm headphone port.


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The back panel is glass, of course. It interestingly shimmers from different angles, but does not have a gradient color and looks very presentable. A green version came to us, there is still white and black on sale.


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The back camera module is very massive. All five cameras are located vertically in the upper left corner. Next to them are four flash LEDs, a couple of which are soft light sources (in any case, this is stated on the official website). The camera protrudes very noticeably outside the case. This issue can be solved with the help of a protective bumper.


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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 was not the thinnest (9.7 mm) and rather weighty (208 g), which is due to the large battery. But the form turned out to be successful and in the hand it lies quite comfortably.

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How good is the screen?


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The smartphone has a curved side 6.47-inch AMOLED screen with curved sides. Resolution is 2340x1080 (FullHD +), pixel density - 398 ppi, HDR10 is supported. In the settings, you can select the font size, the scale of the interface elements, enable the reading mode, the dark theme of the interface design, hide the camera cutout, select the display mode and color temperature. Of the useful things, perhaps, there is only DC Dimming (preventing flicker at low brightness). I am sure it will appear with the next firmware versions. For example, in Mi 9T Pro it is already there:


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The Always on Display function is present.


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Now with a bunch of display options, various background images and more. From the interesting - effects appeared on the curved edges of the screen when receiving notifications:


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Visually, there are practically no complaints to the screen: it is bright, with maximum viewing angles and the characteristic AMOLED “real” black color. The only thing that can be a little confusing (again, a feature of the matrix type) is that the white color becomes slightly greenish at certain angles. The manufacturer promises brightness peak brightness of 600 cd / m² when viewing HDR content and a maximum brightness of 430 cd / m². In the “bright” mode, measurements showed 416.72 cd / m², which is close to the declared value. At the same time, the color gamut, which is much wider than sRGB, and the picture slightly goes into cool shades:


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In the “normal” mode, the color gamut is close to sRGB, and the calibration is more accurate. The maximum brightness is 409.771 cd / m²:


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
Black field brightness,
cd / m2
Contrast

Xiaomi Mi Note 10
416.72
0

Vivo NEX 3
419.643
0

Samsung Galaxy Note10 +
387.745
0

Sony Xperia 1
394.97
0

Huawei P30 Pro
447.247
0

Samsung Galaxy S10
378.72
0

Samsung Galaxy Note9
340.32
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What are the unlock methods?


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An optical scanner is provided for unlockingfingerprints on the screen and face recognition using the front camera. The scanner can not yet be called the smartest. The smartphone came to us with firmware number 11.0.5, which was very sad on it: the scanner not only was in no hurry, but it was far from always recognizing fingerprints at all. With the 11.0.9 update, the situation has improved significantly: it works for sure, but so far it almost falls short of some competitors. Again, in the aforementioned Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, the scanner works significantly faster. So I suppose with updates and in the Mi Note 10 will bring to mind.


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What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?

The main surprise of the smartphone was the chipset: uses a mid-range processor 8-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G. Let and very successful and productive. Probably the lion's share of the cost of the smartphone was “eaten up” by the main camera and a curved display. But it is not exactly. Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G is positioned as a more productive in games version of the usual 730th. It includes 2 Kryo 470 Gold cores at 2.2 GHz and 6 Kryo 470 Silver at 1.8 GHz, overclocked by Adreno 618 is responsible for the graphics. It is claimed that in terms of graphics, the 730G is 15% faster than 730. The RAM is 6 GB of RAM LPDDR4x memory and 128 GB drive. Unfortunately, a microSD slot was not provided, but there is a Pro version with 8/256 GB. Regarding the results in synthetic tests, the smartphone shows not top-end, but quite convincing results, which are quite consistent with the modern middle class:


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The system copes with the interface in the best possible way: no brakes, all at its best. Applications can also load a smartphone abundantly, coping. As with modern games. The difference in performance compared to top solutions is not cardinal and is felt only in the most demanding games.


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There is already traditional for everyonemodern smartphones game accelerator. In this case, it is called Game Turbo, cleans the memory before running games and has the usual set of utilities such as disabling notifications during the game, taking screenshots and similar trifles:


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The smartphone works stably, there are no problems with overheating even with prolonged loads. The case remains cold, and performance drops to 92%, which is quite normal:


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Wireless interfaces have allgentleman's set: dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 LE with support for aptX HD codec, global GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, NFC-module for contactless payment, FM tuner and IR emitter for electronic control. There is no stereo sound, there is only one external speaker, but there is a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. No surprises in sound: typical modern “smartphone” quality.

One of the strengths of a smartphone is its5260 mAh battery. Supported by fast charging 30 watts, the corresponding power supply is included. It takes a little over an hour to fully charge, which is impressive with such a battery capacity. Autonomy is also pleasantly pleasing: if you wish, if you very actively “rape” your smartphone with games, a camera, video on YouTube, you can discharge it in a day, but in a more adequate mode you have to charge the smartphone once every two days. I think when using the energy saving mode, it will work out up to 3 days.


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What about the interface?


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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 already runs on a fresh shellMIUI 11, but the OS is Android 9 for now. Upgrading to 10 hasn’t arrived yet. In general, the shell is familiar in its logic and functions from previous versions. There are no fundamental changes. Mostly cosmetic improvements, new animations and optimizations. The shell is very responsive and works lightning fast. So far we have only the usual desktops, as before. But, judging by the information available, with the updates should be able to include a separate application menu.


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To control the smartphone, you can use eitherclassic navigation bar with buttons, or gestures, which allows more efficient use of screen space. Yes, and getting used to gestures is very fast. There is also the opportunity to enable the “floating” touch control button and there is a reduced window mode for controlling with one hand.


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Application manager looks like verticala list of cards in two columns. Functionality in this case is approximately standard: cleaning everything, closing individual applications, fixing, switching to dual-window mode:


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The smartphone has a decent amount of brandedapplications, as your own options for the necessary things such as a music player, calculator, and additional ones. For the most part - useful, like notes, utilities for moving from smartphone to smartphone and so on. And everything would be fine, but there is advertising in the applications. At the same time, it is, including in the regularly used music and video player. Fullscreen on first start. And, apparently, information from the user's Google account is used to select it. In the screenshot of the music player below, there are two advertising banners Neural DSP (really “googled”) and Nissan (possibly a random transition):


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In general, the general impression of the shell was spoiled only by ads in embedded applications. Otherwise, everything is convenient, fast, looks nice.

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How good are the cameras?


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Mi Note 10 became the first commercial smartphone withThe main camera is 108 megapixels. Samsung's ISOCELL Bright HMX 1 / 1.33 ″ module with f / 1.7 aperture and optical stabilization is used. The Quad Bayer scheme is used (combining 4 pixels of the same color) and on the machine the camera takes pictures at 27 megapixels, which is also very impressive. Although there is a mode of 108 megapixels, which may come in handy in good lighting on a tripod: you can “sprinkle” the necessary parts of the photo. In addition to the main camera, Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has four more modules: a telephoto camera with five-fold optical zoom and 5 MP optical stabilizer, a 20 MP super wide angle with a 117 ° viewing angle, a 12 MP telephoto camera with 2x zoom, and a 2 megapixel macro camera . An impressive set for any occasion. The camera application as a whole is familiar to the MIUI shell. Different modes, flash settings, HDR and Ai are brought to the main screen, there is a separate night mode and an option with manual settings. Of the new, you can only note the video blog mode. In it you can choose your favorite effect and make a quick gluing of 5 small videos. The problem is that it is impossible to combine different effects (at least for now).


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The main camera copes with its tasksvery good: detail, dynamic range at a very high level, color reproduction in most cases is natural. This applies to both day and night shooting: in poor lighting conditions, the camera also does not lose ground. Both on the “machine” and in night mode. In the last case, the result is slightly better, the dark areas are lighter, more detailed. But the process is quite lengthy: most competitors make night photos faster.


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A wide-angle camera does a good job during the day, but when lighting deteriorates, a noticeable “grain” and blur appear:


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With the approach of the camera they cope very well. This applies to both 2x and 5x modules:


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The resolution of the camera for Marco is not high, but it can sometimes come in handy:


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The smartphone takes video in a maximum resolution of 4K 30 frames per second, 60 fps does not “pull”. 4K video:

“Super Stabilization” works in FullHD only. The video is really smooth, but the picture quality suffers a bit:

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In the dry residue

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is positioned primarily as a camera phone. And he copes with this task perfectly, especially when you consider the cost 14 500 UAH (13 000 UAH pre-order). The main camera can take great photos in almost any environment and has useful bonuses in the form of 2x and 5x telemodules, wide-angle and macro cameras. In terms of shooting quality, the only close competitor in the category is Honor 20 Pro, but it loses somewhat in some other respects. In addition to the camera, Mi Note 10 was pleased with the bright and high-quality AMOLED display, modern design, a complete set of all modern wireless interfaces and, of course, a huge battery with very fast charging. A little frustrating is the lack of a microSD slot in the smartphone, fans who want to shoot a lot should wait for the version with 256 GB. Another not the most pleasant moment is advertising in applications built into the shell, which at times starts to strain. As for the hardware stuffing, it is rather a matter of taste: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G is quite up to its task, but for the money there really are models with the Snapdragon 855 (for example, Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro).

6 reasons to buy Xiaomi Mi Note 10:

  • Chic multi-function main camera;
  • excellent AMOLED display;
  • modern design and quality materials;
  • a complete set of modern wireless interfaces (including NFC and IR transmitter);
  • huge battery and very fast charge;
  • Convenient and fast shell MIUI 11.

3 reasons not to buy Xiaomi Mi Note 10:

  • no microSD slot;
  • Advertising in embedded applications
  • there are more productive smartphones for the same cost.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10

The world's first 108-megapixel smartphonepentacamera. Equipped with a large curved AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G performance processor, 6/8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of internal memory. It is powered by a huge 5260 mAh battery with support for fast charging of 30 watts.

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Technical specifications Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Display
side curved AMOLED, 6.47 inches, 2340 × 1080, 368 ppi, HDR10

Housing
dimensions: 157.8 × 74.2 × 9.7 mm, weight: 208 g

CPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G 64-bit 8nm: 2 × 2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold + 6 × 1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver, Adreno 618 700 MHz graphics accelerator

RAM
6 GB

Flash memory
128 GB

Camera
108 MP (7P), f / 1.7, 1 / 1.33 ″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; 12 MP, f / 2.0, 2x, 1 / 2.55 ″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, laser AF; 5 MP, f / 2.0, 1.0µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS, 5x; 20 MP, f / 2.2 ultra-wide 117 °; 2 MP, f / 2.4, 1/5 ″ macro, video 2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps; front camera: 32 MP, f / 2.0

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n / ac (dual band, 2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC, IR transmitter, FM

GPS
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

Battery
5260 mAh non-removable, fast charge 30 W

operating system
Android 9 Pie + MIUI 11

Sim card
2xNanoSIM

Additionally
optical screen fingerprint scanner

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