The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is a force to be reckoned with in so many ways, from its camera and screen quality to its charging speeds and smooth look; it’s just a disgrace that there are a few weak spots that cast a shadow over the experience of using the phone.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 follows the ‘standard’ Android look and enhances it in a couple of ways; it’s not as distinct as the Oppo Reno or Huawei Mate 30 Pro, but it’s not indistinguishable to the bands of similar-looking Android smartphones either.
The phone measures 157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7mm, so it’s one of the thickest cellphones we’ve tested – you’ll likely notice this when you’re using the device, although we got used to it quickly. This thickness is reflected in the 208g weight, which again is relatively heavy for a handset, although we’ve used more massive devices.
The front and back of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 are made of Gorilla Glass 5, sandwiching an aluminum frame, so the phone feels reassuringly solid.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has a 6.47-inch display, so relying on the size of your hand is small enough to be easily usable with one hand, though it may very well for some users fall into the ‘two-handed use’ camp.
The screen is an AMOLED panel with 1080 x 2340 resolution, and despite AMOLED screens will, in general, look good, they don’t usually look this good on a mid-range phone. The colors pop, max brightness is pretty high, images look textured, and contrast is excellent. Most smartphones with screens this good are premium devices, and it’s somewhat rare to see mid-range phones with the tech.
One thing significant is that it’s not normal for other phones, there’s no double-tap to wake the display option, which may be a little jarring for people used to that method of waking their phone. Instead, you need to either press the power button, or if you’ve got fingerprint to unlock enabled, you can hold your thumb on the in-screen sensor to wake the device.
The feature highlight of the Xiaomi Note 10 is its camera: the 108MP main sensor is the first of its kind on a smartphone in the world, and it’s such a vital part of the phone’s identity, and Xiaomi’s sales pitch, that ‘108MP’ is stamped on the phone’s rear.
A whole host of neighbors joins this main rear camera: there’s a 12MP sensor with a 2x telephoto lens for portrait mode; a second telephoto snapper, this one with 5x zoom and 5MP sensor, for zoomed shots; a 20MP ultra-wide camera; and finally a 2MP macro snapper.
Everything here is on point: colors are vibrant, contrast is suitably stark or subtle to fit the photo, and images are bright. Pictures are automatically 4-in-1 pixel-binned to create 27MP snaps, but if you want (and you aren’t worried about running out of storage space), you can shoot in full-blown 108MP.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 runs Android 9, the newest operating system available to Xiaomi devices when launched, with its MIUI interface laid over the top. MIUI’s aesthetic features rounded-square icons, and a muted color scheme. When we tested the Mi 9, we weren’t fans of how the software looked, but a lot has been improved since then.
As with all third-party user interfaces, whether you prefer it to other brands’ UIs is mostly down to taste. It’s mostly a matter of aesthetics, with a few differences in terms of features and navigation.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 battery capacity is 5,260mAh, which is a lot bigger than you get in most recent smartphones – the iPhone 11’s battery is 3,110mAh, for example, fairly typical. Hence, you’d expect that the Mi Note 10 would have superb battery life – at least a day and a half, or maybe even two days – but that’s not the case.
Fantastic photo quality
Versatile camera set
Great battery life
Confusing about optical zoom
Xiaomi has evaluated the Mi Note 10 super-competitively, and it’s got most of the trappings of a top-end phone without the price tag. Along these lines, if you want a cutting-edge camera, curved-edge screen, and snappy charging, this is an excellent phone for you without paying top dollar. It is available on banggood.com for US$499.99 only.