Xiaomi has announced one more flagship phone called Mi Note 10 Pro. It is an international version of Xiaomi Mi CC 9 Pro. The USP of the phone is its camera. The phone has five cameras at the rear with a primary camera of 108-megapixel. It comes with a massive battery that can last for a whole complete day. So it seems a good value for money phone.
Design & Display
The Mi Note 10 Pro has a typical standard look with glass at the front and back, encased within an aluminum frame. It has got a curved screen with minimal bezels. The phone has a small cut-out at the top-left corner of the phone which houses the front camera.
On the rear side, there is a vertical camera bump, that hosts four camera sensors. Below the camera bump, is one more camera sensor followed by a LED flash. At the bottom, we have got Mi Logo. On the right edge of the phone, there is a volume control and power button while at the bottom we have USB-C port along with a speaker grill. The phone measures 162.5 x 74.8 x 9mm and a weight of 208g. The Mi phone features an in-display fingerprint sensor for authentication purposes.
The phone features a 6.47-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) OLED display. It has a 90Hz display refresh rate and supports HDR. The display looks superb with good color and contrast ratio. It can attain maximum brightness up to 500 nits but still, I feel that on a bright day, the display is a bit dimmer. The phone falls in the category of likes of Samsung Galaxy S20 and OnePlus 8 Pro. But if you compare the display of Note 10 Pro with the above-mentioned phones, then you will get disappointed.
Performance & Processor
The smartphone is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB storage. It is a 5G device that supports 5G modem. Since the phone doesn’t come with Snapdragon 855+ SoC, so you won’t get performance experience as you get with OnePlus 8 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S20. But that doesn’t mean performance is poor, overall it gives decent performance but if you try to play high config games then you will be disappointed. Otherwise the phone is good for tasks such as browsing social media, checking webpages, or sending emails.
In terms of optics and images, the phone comes with a Penta rear camera setup. The primary camera consists of a 108-megapixel sensor with an f/1.69 aperture, a 20-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 117-degree field of view, a 12-megapixel short telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, an 8-megapixel long telephoto lens with 50x digital zoom support, and a macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture, that is capable of clicking images with a minimum subject distance of 2cm. On the front, there is a 32-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture.
The 108-megapixel sensor will give you exceptional photos even in low-light conditions. It employs the Tetracell technology, that combines four pixels to produce a 27MP sensor with 1.6μm pixel pitch.
In the optimal lighting condition, the camera does a great job and captures detailed photos with good color textures. The edges look great, the center of the pics looks sharp. But if the lighting is not that great then it results in shot pictures with noise. The camera distorts the images at the edges and sometimes exaggerates.
The phone has an 8-megapixel sensor with a 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom. It also offers a 50x optical zoom. But the sensor doesn’t do the job according to its name. The camera can help to shoot far objects but using the mode is not worth it as photos lost details and natural colors.
The ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor can record video recording at resolutions up to 8K at 30fps, and 4K and 1080p at 60fps or 30fps. Other features includes ‘vlog’ mode, Slow Motion, and more.
Battery & OS
It packs a massive 5,260mAh battery. It also supports 30W fast charging. The 30W fast charger will juice the battery from 0 to 60% in just 35-minutes. The phone can last for a day without putting a charging to a phone. The phone supports a 90Hz refresh rate but using the phone in that mode will consume your battery very fast. During our test, the phone lasts for about 13.5-hours. Throughout the day, we used social media sites, watches some series on Netflix, browsing on the web, playing music, sending emails, and more.
The phone runs Android 10 with MIUI 11 on top. Frankly speaking, I am not a big fan of Xiaomi’s own custom skin MIUI. I find it a bit irritating. It comes with tons of pre-installed apps that I don’t require. I need to uninstall them one by one which is very irritating and time-consuming. Xiaomi uses an in-display fingerprint sensor for authentication, that sometimes feels slow.
Xiaomi is yet to announce the price in India. But it is likely to launch for over Rs. 50,000.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro is a flagship phone but it is not a cheap phone. To get it from the store, you will have to spend over Rs. 50,000. Although the phone offers good battery life, and screen resolution but it lacks some good camera features. In this price range, you can go for other flagship phones like OnePlus 8 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S20.