Xiaomi is a company that aims to offer extremely high-value products at wildly competitive prices. From its phones to its suitcases, Xiaomi pushes the boundaries of price-to-performance ratios by pledging to a maximum of 5% profit margin on hardware.
With the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, the company is once again pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in a smartphone. With a form factor similar to that of other devices, it offers several surprising specs that you won’t find in other smartphones today.
The design and display
The phone measures 157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7mm, so it’s one of the thickest smartphones we’ve tested – you’ll likely notice this when you’re using the device, although we got used to it pretty easily. This thickness is reflected in the 208g weight, which again is relatively heavy for a handset, although we’ve used heavier devices.
The front and back of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 are made of Gorilla Glass 5, sandwiching an aluminium frame, so the phone feels reassuringly sturdy.
The Mi Note 10 screen is curved – more on the display shortly – and the rear of the smartphone is curved too, more so than on most other devices. This makes the edges of the phone feel noticeably rounded in the hand, and the device is therefore pretty comfortable to hold in the hand.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has a 6.47-inch display, so depending on the size of your hand it’s just small enough to be easily usable with one hand, though for some users it might just fall into the ‘two-handed use’ camp.
The screen is an AMOLED panel with 1080 x 2340 resolution, and although AMOLED screens tend to look good, they don’t normally look this good on a mid-range phone. The colors really pop, max brightness is pretty high, images look textured and contrast is good. Most smartphones with screens this good are premium devices, and it’s rather rare to see mid-range phones with the tech.
Hardware, Software and Performance
Let’s start with horsepower, the Snapdragon 730G processor inside isn’t going to deliver the high-end performance as the Snapdragon 855, as found in the Google Pixel 4 will, or that of the 855 Plus, which is in the ZTE Nubia Z20.
Storage options impress for the most part; the Mi Note 10 features 128GB storage and 6GB RAM, while the Mi Note 10 Pro bumps that up to 256GB storage and 8GB RAM. If you don’t think 128GB is enough, definitely go for the Pro, as there’s no microSD card storage expansion here.
Xiaomi phones run a customised version of Android called MIUI.
The headline feature 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 an important part of the phone’s identity, and Xiaomi’s sales pitch, that ‘108MP’ is stamped on the phone’s rear.
This main rear camera is joined by a whole host of neighbors: 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.
On the front, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has a 32MP camera housed in that aforementioned notch, and we had great fun playing around with its various filters and features. Selfies looked pretty vibrant and high-quality,and the device’s software was apt at identifying and blurring backgrounds but not subjects.
While the giant 5,260mAh battery is enormous, battery performance was only ever good; never sensational. In turn, you’ll comfortably last a day with the Mi Note 10, and it charges quickly, shipping with a 30W power brick in the box.
Excellent main camera
Good battery life
No SD card slot
We recommend Mi Note 10 for its large screen and very good battery life, as well as its gorgeous design. At Banggood.com this Smartphone is sold for about $429.