Xiaomi Mi Test Note 10

On November 6, 2019, Xiaomi unveiled the model that renews the Note range during an expected conference. The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 arrives with an impressive photo device, the first smartphone to exceed 100 megapixels on a photograph. In addition to this impressive resolution, the smartphone has a total of 6 photo sensors, 5 of which are on the back of the mobile.

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Presentation of the Xiaomi Mi smartphone Note 10

  • Display: 6.47 inches AMOLED
  • Screen resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels (19.5:9 aspect ratio)
  • Processor : SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G (8 cores at 2.2GHz)
  • GPU Adreno 618
  • RAM: 6GB or 8GB LPDDR4x
  • Internal storage: 128GB or 256GB UFS 2.1
  • 5 rear photo sensors :
      • 108 megapixels equivalent 25 mm f/1.69
      • telephoto lens 12 mp equivalent 50 mm f/2.0 (2x zoom)
      • 8 mp equivalent 8 mp telephoto lens 94 mm f2.0 (5x zoom)
      • wide angle 20mp equivalent 16 mm f/2.2
      • macro 2 mp f/2.4 (distance from 2 to 10 cm)
  • Front photo sensor: 32 megapixels
  • Double SIM (Nano card format SIM )
  • USB Type-C Bluetooth 5.0; WiFi ac; NFC
  • Fingerprint reader under the screen
  • Battery: 5260 mAh compatible with 30W fast charge
  • Audio port jack 3.5 mm
  • Operating system: Android 9.0 with layer MIUI 11
  • Colours: black, white, green
  • Dimensions: 157.8 × 74.2 × 74.2 × 9.67 mm
  • Weight: 208g

What is first surprising is the number of photo sensors that Xiaomi has placed at the back of the Mi Note 10. A multitude of sensors, each with a specific role, from macro to telephoto. We also notice the amount of RAM that is quite common on a computer and a high screen resolution, like any smartphone that is respected at the end of 2019.

The battery capacity is impressive, the 5260mAh promises a record endurance for the MiNote which will last two, three or even four days without being recharged. And this recharge can be very fast since Xiaomi has made it compatible with the Quick Charge 30W.

We also see the return of the audio jack port that had disappeared from the last smartphones, but the port USB -C is kept on this large mobile. Large in size, the weight exceeds 200 grams, which really doesn’t make it a small portable device.

A camera, more than a smartphone?

108 megapixels. An astronomical quantity that is not even found on the highest quality SLRs from Canon or Nikon. It is not the addition of the five photo sensors but the result of one, the main rear. Beautiful pictures during the day, a little less in low light as seen in this advanced test of The Numerics . It has never been the number of pixels that makes the quality of the photo.

But maybe Xiaomi should also have put the floor in the processor to avoid an extremely long software processing time: more than 2 seconds in 27 megapixels and 5 seconds in 108 megapixels is too much. Who will be satisfied with waiting 5 long seconds between two shots, when we try to capture a moment of joy, a child’s smile, an animal’s frenzy or an action of sport ?

Opinion on the Xiaomi Mi Note 10

With a tile size of almost 6.5 inches, Xiaomi’s Mi Note10 is a large smartphone. A very large screen that will still make it difficult to store in a trouser pocket or shorts. Two hands will therefore be required to properly grip it and cover the screen which represents 88% of the front panel, with slightly curved sides as on the OnePlus 7T Pro or Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

128 or 256GB, you will have to make the right choice when ordering because the Mi Note 10 does not have a microSD slot. Music lovers will think about this when estimating the number of albums they can store on the device, while the 3.5 mm audio jack port will make wired headphones useful again. These same people will notice that the Mi Note 10’s unique speaker is not a model of quality, as sound quality is subject to distortion when the volume reaches its maximum level.

Finally, the SoC selected by Xiaomi is not the one we would have hoped for. But for about 500€, didn’t you need a real reason for its competitors to justify an almost doubled price? Anyway, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G defends itself well in application use, but it has a small shape to handle the huge photos of the rear sensors.

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Positive points

  • Finishes and quality of the device
  • Photo quality
  • Record battery life
  • Very aggressive price

Negative points

  • No waterproofing certification
  • Photo processing time
  • Single loudspeaker