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


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We haven't heard about the Xiaomi Mi Note line for a while, the previous Mi Note 3 came out more than two years ago. Xiaomi decided

revive the line and recently released Mi Note 10which is called the Mi CC9 Pro in its home Chinese market. What the index 10 in the name is associated with is not entirely clear, although it is not so important. From the point of view of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 line itself, it also looks unusual: previously, one of the Note features was large display diagonals. The new product is also large, but there are a lot of smartphones on the market that are much larger. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has placed an emphasis on 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 is a smartphone with a curvedAMOLED 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 108 megapixel main camera 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 Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX 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 camera with 5x zoom, f/2.0 aperture and OIS, a 12-megapixel portrait camera with 2x zoom, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera 117°, f/2.2 and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The rest of the characteristics are also interesting: a 6.47-inch FullHD+ AMOLED display with HDR10 support, 6 GB LPDDR4x RAM, 128 GB of internal memory and a good, although not top-end, Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor. The device runs on Android Pie with the MIUI 11 shell already pre-installed. The autonomy is ensured by an extremely impressive 5260 mAh battery with support for 30 W fast charging.

What is included?


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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is packed in a black box withmodel name. The kit includes the 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 shimmers interestingly from different angles, but does not have a gradient color and looks very presentable. A green version has arrived, and there are also white and black versions on sale.


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The rear camera module turned out to be very massive.All five cameras are placed vertically in the top left corner. Next to them are four flash LEDs, a couple of which are sources of soft light (at least, that’s what the official website says). The camera protrudes very noticeably beyond the body. 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 is equipped with a curved 6.47-inch AMOLED screen with curved sides. The resolution is 2340x1080 (FullHD+), pixel density is 398 ppi, HDR10 is supported. In the settings, you can select the font size, scale of interface elements, enable reading mode, dark interface theme, hide the camera cutout, select display mode and color temperature. Of the useful things, perhaps only DC Dimming (preventing flicker at low brightness). I'm sure it will appear with the next firmware versions. For example, Mi 9T Pro already has it:


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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 about the screen:it is bright, with maximum viewing angles and the characteristic AMOLED &#8220;real&#8221; in black. The only thing that might be a little confusing (again, a feature of the type of matrix) is that the white color becomes slightly greenish at certain angles. The manufacturer promises a peak brightness of 600 cd/m² when viewing HDR content and a maximum brightness of 430 cd/m². In &#8220;bright&#8221; mode, measurements showed 416.72 cd/m², which is close to the declared value. At the same time, the color gamut is much wider than sRGB, and the picture goes slightly into cool shades:


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In &#8220;normal&#8221; 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
The brightness of the black field,
cd / m2
Contrast

Xiaomi Mi Note 10
416.72
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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 recognition of the owner’s face using the front camera. The scanner cannot yet be called the fastest. The smartphone arrived to us with firmware number 11.0.5, on which things were very sad: the scanner was not only slow, but also did not always recognize fingerprints at all. With update 11.0.9, the situation has improved significantly: it works accurately, but in terms of speed it still falls short of some of its competitors. Again, in the aforementioned Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro the scanner is noticeably faster. So I believe that with updates, Mi Note 10 will be brought to fruition.


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What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?

The main surprise of the smartphone was the chipset:The mid-price segment processor is an 8-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G. Albeit very successful and productive. Probably the lion's share of the cost of the smartphone was &#8220;eaten&#8221; main camera and curved display. But it is not exactly. Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G is positioned as a more powerful gaming version of the regular 730. It includes 2 Kryo 470 Gold cores at 2.2 GHz and 6 Kryo 470 Silver cores at 1.8 GHz, the overclocked Adreno 618 is responsible for graphics. It is claimed that in terms of graphics, the 730G is 15% faster than the 730. The amount of RAM is 6 GB of RAM. LPDDR4x memory and 128 GB storage. Unfortunately, there is no slot for MicroSD, but there is a Pro version with 8/256 GB. In terms of results in synthetic tests, the smartphone does not show top-end, but quite convincing results that 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 aptX HD codec support, global positioning systems GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, NFC module for contactless payment, FM tuner and IR emitter for controlling electronics. There is no stereo sound, there is only one external speaker, but there is a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. There are no surprises in the sound: a typical modern &#8220;smartphone&#8221; quality.

One of the strengths of a smartphone is its5260 mAh battery. 30 W fast charging is supported, and the corresponding power supply is included. It takes just over an hour to fully charge, which is impressive for such a battery capacity. Autonomy is also pleasantly pleasing: if desired, if you very actively &#8220;rape&#8221; a smartphone with games, a camera, YouTube videos, you can discharge it in a day, but in a more adequate mode, the smartphone will have to be charged once every two days. I think that when using the energy saving mode, it will also be possible to last up to 3 days.


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What about the interface?


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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is already running on a fresh shellMIUI 11, but the OS is still Android 9. The update to 10 has not arrived yet. In general, the shell is very familiar in its logic and functions from previous versions. There are no fundamental changes. Mainly cosmetic improvements, new animations and optimizations. The shell is very responsive and works lightning fast. For now we only have the usual desktops, as before. But, judging by the available information, with updates it should be possible to enable a separate application menu.


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To control your smartphone, you can use eithera classic navigation bar with buttons or gestures, which allows you to use screen space more efficiently. And getting used to gestures happens very quickly. There is also the option to enable &#8220;floating&#8221; touch control button and there is a reduced window mode for one-handed control.


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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 number of brandedapplications, both their own versions of necessary things such as a music player, calculator, and additional ones. Mostly useful, like notes, utilities for moving from smartphone to smartphone, and so on. And everything would be fine, but there are advertisements in the applications. At the same time, it is available, including in regularly used music and video players. Full screen on first launch. 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 for Neural DSP (really &#8220;googled&#8221;) 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 with108 megapixel main camera. ISOCELL Bright HMX module size 1/1.33&#8243; from Samsung with f/1.7 aperture and optical stabilization. The Quad Bayer scheme is used (combining 4 pixels of the same color) and the camera automatically takes pictures of 27 megapixels, which is also very impressive. Although there is also a 108 megapixel mode, which may be useful in good lighting on a tripod: you can &#8220;crop&#8221; the necessary parts of the photograph. In addition to the main camera, Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has four more modules: a 5 MP telephoto with 5x optical zoom and an optical stabilizer, a 20 MP super-angle camera with a viewing angle of 117°, a 12 MP telephoto with 2x zoom and a 2 megapixel macro camera . An impressive set for any occasion. The camera application is generally familiar to the MIUI shell. Different modes, flash settings, HDR and Ai are displayed on the main screen, there is a separate night mode and an option with manual settings. The only new thing we can mention is the video blog mode. In it you can choose the effect you like and quickly stitch together 5 small videos. The problem is that you cannot combine different effects (at least not yet).


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The main camera copes with its tasksvery good: detail, dynamic range at a very high level, color rendition in most cases is natural. This applies to both day and night photography: in poor lighting conditions, the camera also does not give up its position. Both on &#8220;automatic&#8221;, and in night mode. In the last mating, the result is somewhat better, the dark areas are lighter and more detailed. But the process is quite lengthy: most competitors take night photos faster.


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The wide-angle camera does a good job during the day, but when the lighting gets worse, noticeable &#8220;grain&#8221; and lubricants:


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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 shoots video in a maximum resolution of 4K 30 frames per second, 60 fps is not enough. 4K video:

 

&#8220;Super stabilization&#8221; Works only in FullHD. The video turns out really smooth, but the picture quality suffers a little:

 

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In the dry residue

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is positioned primarily as a camera phone. And it copes with this task perfectly, especially considering the cost14 500 UAH(13,000 UAH pre-order).The main camera can take excellent photos in almost any conditions 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 is somewhat inferior in some other parameters. In addition to the camera, Mi Note 10 pleased us with its bright and high-quality AMOLED display, modern design, a full set of all modern wireless interfaces and, of course, a huge battery with very fast charging. The lack of a MicroSD slot in the smartphone is a little disappointing; those who like to shoot a lot should wait for the 256 GB version. Another not the most pleasant moment is advertising in applications built into the shell, which at times begins to be annoying. As for the hardware, this is more a matter of taste: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G copes with its tasks quite well, but for this money there are actually models with 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
curved sides AMOLED, 6.47 inches, 2340x1080, 368 ppi, HDR10

Housing
dimensions: 157.8&#215;74.2&#215;9.7 mm, weight: 208 g

CPU
64-bit 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G: 2&#215;2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold + 6&#215;1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver, Adreno 618 700 MHz GPU

RAM
6 GB

Flash memory
128 GB

Camera
108 MP (7P), f/1.7, 1/1.33&#8243;, 0.8µm, PDAF, laser AF, OIS; 12 MP, f/2.0, 2x, 1/2.55&#8243;, 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 angle 117°; 2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5&#8243; 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 blaster, FM

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

Battery
5260 mAh, non-removable, 30W fast charging

operating system
Android 9 Pie + MIUI 11

Sim card
2xNanoSIM

Additionally
optical in-screen fingerprint scanner

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