Review Xiaomi Mi Note 10: the first true Xiaomi camera phone

Xiaomi returns with the Note series after some time and does it with the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, a smartphone that presented itself like a flagship in some respects, such as the photographic compartment on which the main sensor is shown Samsung ISOCELL da 108 mega-pixel. Will this device have succeeded in convincing us of quantity and quality? Find out in our full review.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Review

Unboxing

No substantial new features for the packaging of this Xiaomi Mi Note 10. The device arrives accompanied by:

  • Wall power supply from 30W;
  • Transparent silicone cover;
  • Pin to extract the SIM;
  • Manuals;
  • USB cable - USB Type-C.

Design and construction quality

Like all devices in the series, too Xiaomi Mi Note 10 offers a different perspective - mainly given by curved edges - and a noteworthy build quality. More precisely we find a feeling of general compactness given mainly by weight - 208 grams - and from small dimensions (157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7 mm) for a display from 6.47 inches. In this sense you will have to get used to the "heaviness" of the device for the first time.

Weight partly justified by the excellent quality of the materials used. In fact, we find a double Gorilla Glass 5 both frontally and on the back interspersed with aluminum frame. All inserts that - as mentioned - while increasing their appearance and feedback from premium smartphones, also increase their weight.

Despite the 208 gramshowever, it will not be a problem to hold the device that offers an elongated design and an aspect ratio in 19.5: 9. Setting aside for a moment the purely constructive aspect, then, you will be able to appreciate the design and aesthetics of the device that thanks to the full screen display (87.8% screen to body ratio) and to the curved edges, will offer a particularly immersive experience. Moreover, in all the variants in which it is offered, it offers an interesting mix of elegance and novelties that will allow you not to tire easily of the chosen colors.

Display

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 bet on a unit AMOLED Full HD da 6.47 " with curved edges. While on the panel - qualitatively perfect - there are no particular doubts or complaints, we must spend a few words for the curvature of the display.

The latter, in fact, if from a purely aesthetic point of view it will meet the favor of the majority (ours in the first place), given the angle with which it is proposed, it will bring you some trouble in daily use. The problem you will encounter most often (especially when using the device with cover) will be relative to the use of Full Screen Gestures. On more than one occasion I have had to repeat the unread movement due to the curvature. At the same time, the color tones will sometimes be "distorted" near the curve. However - and this is a detail that should not be underestimated - over time you will find these types of problems less and less.

Overcome these impasse you will find yourself in front of a particularly immersive and engaging display (as repeated in the opening), with vivid colors but never too strong. In this sense, we are helped MIUI 11 which - like other OS - tends to increasingly embrace the use of AMOLED panels with different settings .

Furthermore also Xiaomi Mi Note 10 implements some of the feature most popular of the moment, such as the ID sensor below the display clearly improved compared to the previous models and the possibility - given by the panel AMOLED - to set theAlways On Display.

Software

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 will arrive with the MIUI 11 based on Android 9.0 and updated to the October security patches. The operating system of Xiaomi is - as we often repeat - more than a graphic design of Android. Thanks to the many customizations available, in fact you will have the possibility of having a unique user experience with your device.

Among the distinctive features of the MIUI we undoubtedly find the push towards a now totalizing use of devices with displays AMOLED and with aspect ratio in 19: 9. This intention materializes on the one hand to be able to access the settings in "Dark" mode by enhancing the AMOLED display and on the other in the now consolidated use of the full screen gestures.

After some time, then, the company has "solved" the problem linked to the notifications in the upper left: now you can view 5 different icons. As always then the MIUI it is particularly aware of energy savings, in fact you can customize the settings in this sense, managing the consumption of certain applications.

Hardware and performance

The device, as mentioned at the beginning, alternates some records with features from medium-high range devices. The hardware sector in charge of dealing with the performance of Mi Note 10 falls precisely into the second definition. On the smartphone we find it then Snapdragon 730G, solution Octa-Core (2 × 2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6 × 1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver) to 8 nm, accompanied by the Adreno 618 GPU, 128 GB di storage (UFS 2.1 memories) e 6 GB di RAM.

Despite the absence of a top-of-the-line SoC, you will not have the slightest problem in using this Xiaomi Mi Note 10, partly also thanks to the use of 730G Snap, chipset produced in terms of performance. In this sense, therefore, the device will have nothing to envy to the most accredited top of the range, both from the point of view of multitasking and from gaming, fundamental increasingly taken care of by smartphone manufacturers.

The smartphone is therefore particularly suitable for "undergoing" heavy loads and even under stress it will not be in trouble either in relation to performance or in terms of autonomy, excessive consumption and temperature.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 - Benchmark

camera

Among the warhorses of this device, which has been debated a lot even before the launch, is the photographic sector. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 hosts well 5 cameras on the back and one selfie cam. For convenience, before going on to tell you about the photographic sector, we will list its features.

  • Main from 108 mega-pixel f/ 1.7 with PDAF, Laser AF and OIS;
  • 12 mega-pixel telephoto lens f/ 2.0 with Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF, and 2x optical zoom;
  • 5 mega-pixels f/ 2.0 with PDAF, Laser AF, OIS and 5x optical zoom;
  • Wide angle from 20 mega-pixel f/ 2.0 Laser AF;
  • Macro from 2 mega-pixel f/ 2.4;
  • Selfie Cam from 32 mega-pixel f/ 2.0.

As you will have understood, the company has focused (and not a little) on the photographic sector, managing to surprise at times. In this respect we find a particularly balanced device: Xiaomi Mi Note 10 overcomes the "Test photo" with full marks, resulting reliable in practically any type of shot.

Whether in optimal light conditions, or with low ambient lighting and using the night shots, the device will still return noteworthy shots. As you can see from the images that follow, in fact, the quality remains high and even in closed environments the images retain faithful colors and most of the details.

In this sense you will be able to see how the shots taken using the optical zoom they do not present any particular noise and - at the same time - use of the lens wide-angle lens does not distort the ends of the images. The same speech should be made for the selfie cam that confirms the goodness shown by the main sector.

Under the photographic profile there is to be applauded the efforts of the company that has brought to the maximum efficiency of the sector both from a point of view from the hardware point of view and from the software optimization, bringing Xiaomi Mi Note 10 to be one of the best camera phones despite being far less expensive than its competitors. Furthermore the device offers the possibility to record video to 2160p @ 30fps up to a maximum of 720p @ 960fps.

Audio and connectivity

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 you do not miss anything and this - certainly - is an advantage. We find the presence of the IR sensor placed at the top, accompanied by jack from 3.5 mm, USB Type-C input, FM radio, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 (aptX HD), Wi-Fi Dual Band and the sensor compartment composed of accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass and GPS (Glonass, Galileo, BDS, A-GPS).

Also from an audio point of view we find a satisfying user experience. Besides not having any kind of problem with the reproduction and the quality of the signal with Bluetooth headsets, listening in the case is pleasant, clear and with a balanced equalization.

Autonomy

One of the big ones trade-offs of this device is the weight by virtue of a battery from 5260 mAh. Contrary to what we expected, however, autonomy is not among the strengths of this device. Despite Xiaomi Mi Note 10 arrive in the evening without any problem, in fact, to a "gigantic" battery does not correspond an equally important autonomy.

Having said that, some numbers will clarify the performance - in terms of autonomy - of the device. Making a normalized use, characterized by the use of different apps with push notifications, sporadic gaming sessions both in Wi-Fi that in mobile network and web browsing, Xiaomi Mi Note 10 manages to reach and exceed the 5 display hours on.

A result that will undoubtedly take you until the end of the day, while disregarding our expectations in terms of overall independence. At the same time, thanks to fast-charge support 30W you will be able to recharge the 5260 mAh in just under an hour.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 - Conclusions

Certainly the renewed Note series by Xiaomi did not leave us indifferent. The brand, once again, managed to offer a device of high quality (albeit with some flaws) at an "intelligent" price. Xiaomi Mi Note 10, in fact, it will be yours (already) less than 400€ thanks to the coupons of the most famous Chinese stores, in the colors Aurora Green, Glacier White and Midnight Black.

With a not particularly expensive price you can - therefore - make a smartphone your own that has some interesting details on it, like the camera from 108 mega-pixels and a sophisticated design, the prerogative (usually) of the top of the range. A device that we recommend to anyone looking for a valid and balanced smartphone.


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