Xiaomi is known to have a lot of smartphone series, such as the Mi-Flagship series or the popular Mi Mix series, which was recently expanded with the Mi Mix Alpha. But not all series will be continued consistently. So it’s all the more surprising that, after the last Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (release in September 2017), the new Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is just around the corner!
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10
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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 with 5 Cameras
As already announced by Xiaomi itself, the Mi Note 10 is the first smartphone with five cameras on the back of which a 108 megapixel photo can be taken – also a premiere. This sensor is the ISOCELL Bright HMX from Samsung, which will also land in the Mi Mix Alpha. Again, four pixels are combined into one so that you end up with photos with 27 megapixels and not a huge 108 MP, which saves storage space and ensures that more light can be captured thanks to the “larger” pixels. This is also achieved by the fact that the f/1.7 aperture is relatively large. In combination with the optical image stabilization, good night shots should also be possible.
This impressive main camera is joined by two cameras for zoom photos. One has a resolution of 12 megapixels (f/2.0) and offers 2x optical zoom and is also used for portrait shots. The other one is used for a 10x hybrid zoom and offers 5 megapixels as well as optical image stabilization and a 50x digital zoom. An ultra-wide angle camera is also a must in 2019, of course, and Xiaomi has installed a 20 MP camera with a shooting angle of 117° in the Mi Note 10. This is also used for macro shots with a close-up limit of only 1.5 cm, so you can get very close to the object. The last camera is also used for macro photos, but with a distance of 2 to 10 cm.
And as if five cameras weren’t enough, the Mi Note 10 also has two separate dual tone LED flashes, a total of 4 “flashes” to illuminate even the darkest scenes. In addition to the strong hardware, there is also the good Xioami camera software. So “Super Night View” shots are also possible with the ultra wide angle camera (after update) and you can record slow motion videos with 960 frames per second. The front camera has 32 megapixels (f/2.0), which are combined to 8 MP and thus also offers 1.6μm large pixels.
6,47″ AMOLED display & Snapdragon 730G
The AMOLED display of the Mi Note 10 has a normal FullHD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, which results in a pixel density/sharpness of 398 PPI at the size of 6.47 inches. Xiaomi also speaks of a maximum brightness of 600 nit and a typical 430 nit – values already known from Mi 9. The Gorilla Glass 5 is rounded to the left and right, as you know it from the Huawei P30 Pro, for example, and has a small notch at the top of the screen for the front camera. But there’s also a fingerprint sensor in the display, which is supposed to be even more reliable than on previous Xiaomi smartphones.
The processor used is the new Snapdragon 730G. The Octa-Core consists of two powerful Kryo 470 Gold cores (2.2 GHz) and six energy-saving Kryo 470 Silver cores (1.8 GHz). The chip is manufactured using the 8 nanometer process and should therefore be very energy-efficient. The G in 730G of course stands for gaming, as the 730G is supposed to offer 15% more gaming performance than the normal 730. In general, the performance should be slightly above that of the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite and Mi 9 SE, which are equipped with the SD710 and 712 respectively. You have the choice between 6/128GB, 8/128GB and 8/256GB for the memory – but here you have to wait and see which variant we get in Europe.
Big 5.260 mAh battery
At a size of 5,260 mAh, the battery probably wouldn’t even need such an efficient processor to give the Mi Note 10 a good battery life. Xiaomi talks about two full days of battery life, which we’ll test. Charging takes 30 minutes for 58% and only 65 minutes for the full 100% with the included 30 watt charger and Xiaomi’s Charge Turbo – that’s also impressive, but we’d like to check it out.
Charging is of course via the USB-C port on the underside, which is right next to the 3.5mm jack. The SIM slot is located on the right and offers space for two nano SIMs, but memory expansion is not possible. On the upper side there is even an infrared transmitter for controlling TVs, for example. Everything is also available in wireless connection options: NFC, ac-WLAN, Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS/Galileo/BDS. The European version will of course be equipped with LTE Band 20 and MIUI 11 (based on Android) and with Google Play Store.
Tomorrow the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 will be officially presented for Europe at an event in Spain. Then we should also know which memory configurations and which colors (black, white, green) we will get. But more important is the price, because in China you pay $400/360€ for the version with 6GB/128GB. What price would you like?