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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 review: Great value in camera and battery

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Xiaomi is an organization that goals to supply extraordinarily high-value merchandise at wildly aggressive costs. From its telephones to its suitcases, Xiaomi pushes the boundaries of price-to-performance ratios by making a most of 5% revenue margin on {hardware}.

With the Xiaomi Mi Notice 10, the corporate is as soon as once more pushing the boundaries of what’s potential in a smartphone. With a type issue much like that of different units, it gives a number of shocking specs that you simply gained’t discover in different smartphones right now.

Are these adjustments sufficient to earn Xiaomi market share within the west? Discover out in Android Authority’s Xiaomi Mi Notice 10 overview.

About this overview: I used a Xiaomi Mi Notice 10 overview unit provided by the producer over a interval of six days. I used the Midnight Black mannequin with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, operating MIUI model 11.0.3.0, primarily based on Android 9. Our official testing scores are coming quickly. Till then, take pleasure in our ideas.

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Xiaomi Mi Notice 10 overview: The large image

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 back of the phone

Xiaomi is angling the Mi Notice 10 as a photography-focused gadget. That is the primary smartphone to ship with a 108MP sensor, which might bin right down to 27MP photos for extra gentle gathering. It additionally sports activities 4 different cameras on the rear, masking a wide range of focal lengths.

The opposite key characteristic of the Mi Notice 10 is its enormous battery. Xiaomi was in a position to keep a footprint much like different units whereas together with a large 5,260mAh battery on this gadget. This interprets to extremely good battery life, particularly when paired with the lower-powered Snapdragon 730G.

Whereas Xiaomi’s software program is divisive for a lot of, its highly effective {hardware} makes the Mi Notice 10 compelling, particularly at its aggressive worth level.

What’s within the field

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Whats in the Box

  • 30W charging brick
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Darkish gray TPU case
  • Fast begin information

The Xiaomi Mi Notice 10 comes with a 30W charger, so it would cost shortly, even with the massive battery.

My black overview unit got here with a black TPU case. The inexperienced model additionally comes with a black case, however for those who purchase the white mannequin you get a clear case.

There are not any headphones included.

Design

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 back of the device outside

  • 157.eight x 74.2 x 9.67mm
  • 208g
  • Teardrop selfie digital camera
  • Curved edges
  • 108MP Penta-camera system
  • Stereo audio system

The Xiaomi Mi Notice 10 is a well-built telephone, with curved glass edges and a strong aluminum body. Whereas properly constructed, the design isn’t extremely attention-grabbing. To me, it seems to be like a generic Honor gadget. That mentioned, apart the Mi Combine collection Xiaomi telephones have at all times been about technical marvels and software program, not design.

The Mi Notice 10 has a pretty big 6.47-inch Full HD+ show, which curves across the edges of the display. There’s a small chin on the underside of the show and a waterdrop notch on the prime. Above the notch, you’ll discover a speaker and earpiece hidden within the bezel.

The appropriate aspect of the telephone homes all the buttons. There’s a quantity rocker on the highest of the proper aspect with an influence button straight beneath it. Additional down, you’ll discover a SIM card tray. This gadget doesn’t help microSD growth.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 bottom ports in hand

The underside of the telephone has a USB-C port, audio system, a microphone, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The highest of the telephone has one other microphone and an IR blaster. The IR blaster is a welcome addition since they’ve been all however eradicated in smartphones of late.

The again of the telephone has a clear design, which is each very reflective and a fingerprint magnet. On the leftmost aspect, you’ll discover 5 cameras in a line straight down the sting. To the proper of the cameras, there are 4 totally different flashes. Two of the flashes are subtle whereas the opposite two aren’t. This helps to present contour to things, notably faces.

Whereas properly constructed, the design isn’t extremely attention-grabbing.

The show glass and again of the telephone are made from Gorilla Glass 5.

Show

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 screen behind glass

  • 6.47-inch AMOLED show
  • 2,340 x 1,080 Full HD+ decision
  • 19.5:9 facet ratio
  • HDR10 / HDR+ licensed
  • Optical in-display fingerprint sensor, 7 x 9mm

The Mi Notice 10 is utilizing a Full HD+ panel, and just like the OnePlus 7T, it seems to be nice. That is an AMOLED panel, too, so it has deep blacks with a distinction ratio of 400,000:1. In our testing, this gadget didn’t shine fairly as brightly as opponents, with a peak brightness of about 422nits. Whereas not fairly as vivid as different telephones, the Mi Notice 10 was nonetheless completely readable exterior. The AMOLED show helps with distinction in direct daylight.

The in-screen fingerprint reader labored shortly and precisely throughout my time with the telephone. Xiaomi has additionally prolonged the dimensions of the reader whereas lowering its thickness by 88%. The optical sensor is now 7 x 9mm. The earlier sensor was 7 x 7mm.

Efficiency

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 back side in coffee shop

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  • Adreno 618 GPU
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage

Regardless that the Mi Notice 10 isn’t utilizing a flagship Qualcomm processor, it nonetheless carried out adequately throughout my time with it. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G is a bump up from Qualcomm’s customary Snapdragon 730 processor, including 15% higher graphics efficiency, amongst different issues.

In day by day use, I didn’t discover any hiccups or stuttering. The processor is assisted by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, so issues ran easily all the time I examined it.

The Xiaomi Mi Notice 10 carried out as anticipated in benchmarks, edging out units that use the usual variant Snapdragon 730 such because the Xiaomi Mi 9T.

In 3DMark, the Mi Notice 10 achieved a rating of two,384 and a pair of,240 in OpenGL and Vulkan, respectively. This may be in comparison with the Snapdragon 730-powered Xiaomi Mi 9T, which achieved scores of two,197 and a pair of,064 in the identical checks. In AnTuTu, the Mi Notice 10 had a rating of 259,773 vs the rating of 211,963 on the Mi 9T. In Geekbench, it achieved a single-core rating of two,535 and a multi-core rating of 6,821 versus 2,550 and 6,948 on the Mi 9T, which, surprisingly, gained on this take a look at.

Battery

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 charging 2

  • 5,260mAh
  • 30W charging
  • No wi-fi charging

The Xiaomi Mi Notice 10 depends on a large 5,240mAh battery, so it might make sense that battery life is fairly nice. The Snapdragon 730G can be far more power-efficient than the beefier Snapdragon 855, which all provides to battery life.

On a mean day, I acquired about seven and a half hours of screen-on time, which is excellent.

On a mean day, I acquired about seven and a half hours of screen-on time, which is excellent. As compared, the OnePlus 7T averaged round 5 and a half hours. Most likely the one telephones which have beat this battery life this yr are the Huawei P30 Professional and Huawei Mate 30 Professional. The P30 Professional landed me 10 hours of screen-on time.

The Mi Notice 10 additionally comes with a 30W charger and was in a position to cost to 100% in a single hour and 6 minutes. That is extraordinarily quick. It charged to full capability sooner than the OnePlus 7T, which additionally makes use of a 30W charger.

Digicam

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 cameras hero shot

  • Commonplace: 108MP, f/1.69, OIS
  • 2x Telephoto: 12MP, f/2
  • 3.7x Telephoto: 8MP, f/2, OIS
  • 5MP Crop on 3.7x 8MP tele digital camera, Xiaomi says it ends in 5x optical zoom (however that’s not how optics work)
  • Extremely-wide: 12MP, f/2.2, 117-degree FoV
  • Macro: 2MP, 1.75μm pixel dimension
  • Teardrop selfie digital camera: 16MP, f/2.0

The Mi Notice 10 has 5 cameras on the again and one on the entrance. The usual 108MP sensor has a sensor dimension of 1/1.33-inches and a person pixel dimension of 0.4μm. These are extraordinarily small pixels — half that of the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor. The Mi Notice 10’s sensor, nevertheless, is sort of a bit bigger — 1/1.33-inches versus the 1/2-inch sensor on the IMX586.

The pixel binning know-how works the identical because it did on the 48MP IMX586. The sensor teams pixels into units of 4 after which takes knowledge from adjoining pixels to supply a typical consequence. This enables the telephone to pixel-bin right down to 27MP for higher low-light efficiency or shoot on the full 108MP if desired.

Under the primary lens, you’ll discover a 12MP 2x telephoto lens. This lens doesn’t have optical picture stabilization. The lens beneath it, nevertheless, does.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 camera and logo macro

Xiaomi advertises this third lens as a 5x optical telephoto lens, however that’s not the case. This can be a 3.7x optical telephoto lens on an 8MP sensor. Xiaomi then performs a digital crop to supply an analogous attain as a 5x telephoto, however make no mistake, these usually are not the identical factor. Irrespective of the attain, the ensuing picture may have the identical perspective distortion as a 3.7x optical zoom.

That is fairly deceptive advertising from Xiaomi. Whereas most customers gained’t have the ability to inform the distinction, this isn’t true 5x optical zoom, as is printed on the physique of the gadget. There’s a purpose Huawei had to make use of a particular prism mechanism within the P30 Professional to make 5x optical zoom in a smartphone a actuality.

This is not true 5x optical zoom

The three.7x digital camera can even do 10x optical plus AI hybrid imaging, and a 50x cropped zoom. Just like the Huawei P30 Professional, it’s best to solely use this in excessive circumstances. It is rather muddy.

Under this 5x zoom lens, you’ll discover an ultra-wide lens, and beneath that, you get a devoted macro digital camera. The latter shoots 2MP photos and has a much bigger pixel dimension of 1.75μm.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 sample photo 108mp landscape

108MP panorama

So far as precise picture high quality, I’ve at all times been a fan of Xiaomi cameras. They’ve a pleasant colour profile that isn’t overly saturated and doesn’t oversharpen or have an excessive amount of distinction.

In good gentle, the Mi Notice 10 has unbelievable colour and sharpness. In medium- to low-light conditions, it doesn’t accomplish that properly. There’s a vital loss in colour element in these circumstances, and pictures find yourself trying extremely washed out and mushy — particularly within the 108MP mode.

Whereas 108MP photos look nice in daylight, this telephone is a case examine in why you have to scale sensor dimension with megapixels. It’s true that this telephone has the largest sensor in a smartphone right now, however if you subdivide every pixel to simply 0.4μm, there’s a vital lack of element. I might personally stick with 27MP mode except you might be in a particularly well-lit scenario.

The digital camera app itself is pretty easy, with a scrolling carousel on the underside to modify between modes. There’s a devoted 108MP mode, so the usual picture mode will bin to 27MP photos.

Portrait mode is sort of good, with good background separation. There’s a bit an excessive amount of sharpening on this mode, nevertheless. Nonetheless, the picture is pleasant total.

The selfie digital camera is mostly excellent. It’s good and sharp and appears extra pure than lots of different cameras. This sensor is 32MP.

The devoted macro digital camera is sort of cool. It’s only 2MP, however I feel Xiaomi understood you don’t want loopy decision for macro.

If you wish to see full decision pictures, try our Google Drive folder right here!

Software program

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 screen

The Xiaomi Mi Notice 10 runs MIUI 11.0.3.0, which is predicated on Android 9 Pie. Being frank, producers have to launch telephones on the present model of Android — no exceptions.

So far as the expertise goes, MIUI 11 is simply okay. There is no such thing as a app drawer by default, which at all times annoys me. The interface has a bubbly aesthetic that jogs my memory of LG telephones, and it simply feels a bit outdated. After all, for those who don’t prefer it you possibly can at all times set up a launcher.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 in hand outside 1

Xiaomi has added a brand new file switch characteristic known as Mi Drop, which is a fairly huge ripoff of Apple’s AirDrop. That being mentioned, it really works natively with Oppo and Vivo telephones, that means potential compatibility is far wider than that of the iPhone.

As a package deal, MIUI isn’t nice, however I’m additionally not the area the corporate is focusing on with this gadget. Most Xiaomi units undergo from extreme advertisements to subsidize the gadget itself, and that’s true right here as properly.

Audio

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 bottom ports in hand

  • Headphone jack
  • Single bottom-firing speaker

The Mi Notice 10 has a single bottom-firing speaker, which provides a much less full sound than stereo audio system. That mentioned, it outputs some good treble and highs. The excessive finish sounds prefer it’s nearly to peak however manages to carry on, even at max quantity.

Sadly, the bass is nearly non-existent out of this speaker. Bass is definitely drowned out by the mids and highs and finally ends up sounding like a mid-end sound itself.

A headphone jack and an IR blaster? Signal me up.

The headphone jack is a big plus. The excuse most producers make for eradicating the jack is to make room for a bigger battery, however Xiaomi has proved that excuse is insufficient. If Xiaomi can embody a 5,260mAh battery in a type issue this skinny and add a headphone jack, different producers can do the identical.

Xiaomi Mi Notice 10 specs

  Xiaomi Mi Notice 10
Show 6.47 inches-inch AMOLED, 19.5:9 facet ratio,
Waterdrop notch,
Full HD+ (1,080 x 2,340) decision,
81.7% screen-to-body ratio
Gorilla Glass 5
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
(Kryo 470)
Adreno 618
RAM/Storage 6GB + 128GB
No microSD growth
Digicam Rear cameras:
108MP 1/1.33″, OIS
12MP 2x telephoto
5MP 5x telephoto
20MP Extremely-wide
2MP macro
Battery 5,260mAh
30W charging
USB-C
Dimensions 157.9 x 74.2 x 9.67 mm
Weight 208g
Colours Midnight Black
Glacier White
Aurora Inexperienced
Biometrics In-Show fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Sensors Proximity sensor, In-screen ambient gentle sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital compass, Vibration motor, IR blaster
Headphone jack Sure
Connectivity LTE FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B/B18/B19/B20/B26/B28
LTE TDD: B38/B40
WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B6/B8/B19
GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8
Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz): 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Direct/Wi-Fi Show
Bluetooth 5.0

Worth for cash

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 back side

  • Xiaomi Mi Notice 10: 6GB RAM, 128GB of storage — €550

For €550 (~$610), the Mi Notice 10 gives an honest quantity of worth for the cash, however solely in two classes — digital camera and battery. The telephone competes straight towards the OnePlus 7T, which gives a extra highly effective Snapdragon 855+ processor, a greater 90Hz show, and a UI that’s arguably higher.

Then again, the Mi Notice 10 has a extra versatile set of cameras and an exceptional battery. It additionally has a headphone jack and IR blaster, so it’s extra of a Swiss Military knife than the 7T. Should you’re in search of one thing a bit greater, the OnePlus 7T is a superb pickup. It gives a higher-resolution Quad HD+ show and related 30W quick charging.

If you need an much more value-oriented choice, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL are on sale proper now for $100 off, making them simply $299 and $379 respectively. These telephones have nice battery life and the traditional Google expertise, which is tough to get anyplace however a first-party Google telephone.

The Mi Notice 10 gives an honest quantity of worth for the cash, however solely in two classes — digital camera and battery.

Xiaomi Mi Notice 10 overview: The decision

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 in hand outside

The Xiaomi Mi Notice 10 is the primary telephone with a 108MP sensor, and there’s something to say for an organization pushing the bounds of innovation. I really like Xiaomi’s cameras and suppose the Mi Notice 10 is a jack of all trades by way of imaging, however the trade as an entire must be conscious that extra megapixels don’t robotically make a tool higher.

In all however excellent lighting situations, the 108MP mode carried out worse than the usual binned 27MP mode. This was notably noticeable in evening mode. Whereas the power to shoot on this decision is good to have, customers ought to keep away from getting caught up within the advertising hype it produces. Its small pixels simply don’t seize sufficient gentle.

As a package deal, although, the Xiaomi Mi Notice 10 gives lots of worth. If battery life, digital camera versatility, and extras like a headphone jack and an IR blaster are necessary to you, it’s onerous to discover a aggressive gadget at this worth level.

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