Regardless of which part of the world you live in, Xiaomi should be a name you must have heard of. Xiaomi phones aren’t common held devices by majority of consumers out of China but we can pretty much tell these devices are growing on people especially in developing countries. Xiaomi has just announced it’s latest device, the Mi Note 10 ready to be released to the public. What stands out the most about this device is the massive 108 mega-pixel camera sensor at the back that outstandingly does it’s job of producing very high quality resolution images the best flagship phones from other manufacturers can’t, while providing a massive battery that lasts all day on a single charge.
Design-wise, the Mi Note 10 is covered in curved Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and the back with an aluminum frame along the side. On the front is a 6.5 inch Super AMOLED 1080 by 2340 pixels and 398 pixels-per-inch arguably the best display on a Xiaomi phone. On the top is the water-drop notch and underneath the display is a fingerprint sensor coupled with face-unlock provided by the front facing 32 mega-pixel camera that serve as security options to unlock the phone.
On the back is a penta camera set-up comprised of an 108 mega-pixel f/1.7 wide sensor with laser auto-focus and optical image stabilization, 12 mega-pixel f/2.0 telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, 5 mega-pixel f/2.0 telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom, a 20 mega-pixel f/2.2 ultrawide sensor and finally a 2 mega-pixel f/2.4 dedicated micro camera. All of this supplemented by a Quad-LED dual-tone flash. The entire camera set-up in this device is suitable enough to provide great shots in any given scenario be it taking crisp clear micro shots of very close objects to taking high quality shots of distant images that have quality maintained even when images have been cropped during editing.
An example below shows comparison of a distant object taken by the Mi Note 10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. The detail is very much noticeable in the shot taken by the Mi Note 10 unlike the lost detail in the shot taken by the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
In photography the Mi Note 10 clearly shines however it take a hit on performance as it’s powered by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor. Sluggish performance may be noticeable especially by a user coming from a device powered by a high-end chipset like the Snapdragon 855. Slower performance may be seen in post image processing and during game-play where if the user needs smoother experience, settings may be dialed down.
The processor is backed by 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. Unfortunately it doesn’t come with storage expansion but what’s available may already be perfect for many users. It’s also powered by Xiaomi’s own MIUI 11 on top of Android 9.0 Pie with a cleaner more refined user experience in comparison to earlier versions with build-in tweaks like a full dark mode helpful in lower battery consumption.
Speaking of battery, the Mi Note 10 comes with a massive non-removable Li-Po 5260 mAh battery capable of lasting a little over a day on normal usage. The phone also supports 30W fast battery charging with 58% charge from 0 in only 30 minutes and 100% from 0 in only 65 minutes. It does not support wireless charging. Also to mention the device comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack omitted by many smartphone manufacturers today.
The Mi Note 10 shall retail for 608 dollars and definitely recommended for someone who needs a decent phone with great camera quality.