xiaomi Mi Note 10

Review: Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10; first smartphone with Penta camera setup



Xiaomi Ni Mote 10 is the first camera from the company that comes with 5 camera sensors at the back. The Penta camera setup is the USP of the device but it is very far from perfect. The camera is very slow, the software is buggy. Night Mode is also not as per expectation. But it also comes with a massive battery and gorgeous display.

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Design & Display

Like most premium smartphones, Xiaomi Mi Note 10 with corning Gorilla glass 5 at the front and rear and a solid aluminum frame. The phone is curved around the edges. There’s a small notch up the top of this screen, which houses the front camera. The front camera can also be used to unlock your phone with facial recognition. The top of the phone has another microphone and an IR blaster. Xiaomi also gives an option to unlock your phone using an optical fingerprint sensor that lies under the screen.

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The volume rocker houses on the right side of the phone followed by the power button. You will also find a SIM card tray on the right side. The bottom of the device features the loudspeaker, the USB-C port, the mouthpiece, and the audio jack.

The backside of the phone equipped with a massive camera bump that houses three-camera. The camera bump contains— a 108-megapixel primary camera, 1 5x telephoto, and a 2x telephoto. Two cameras of 20-megapixel and 2-megapixel macros sensor, placed at the outside of the bump. There are two dual-LED flashes on the Mi Note 10, next to the camera hump. Among four flashes two are diffused.

The Mi Note 10 measures at 157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7 mm and weighs 208 grams. Connectivity options on the phone include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5,0, GPS / A-GPS, Galileo, and GLONASS. The phone is offered in white, green and black color options.

The Mi Note 10 features a 6.47-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) OLED display. The AMOLED display gives crispy and vibrant colors. Watching videos in HDR 10 is pure joy. It also got TUV-certification for its low blue light emissions. The optical fingerprint reader is very snappy and works flawlessly.

Processor & Performance

The smartphones are powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor paired with Adreno 618 GPU, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB internal storage. The Snapdragon 730G is an upgrade over the standard Snapdragon 730 processor. It is very powerful and will do multitask without any problem. But please do remember that it is not Snapdragon 855 SoC that comes with Xiaomi’s flagship handset (Mi 9T Pro).

In terms of benchmarking, during Geekbench, it managed to score 2,207 and 6,321 in single-core and multi-core tests respectively. In AnTuTu, the Mi Note 10 had scored 250,451.


In terms of optics and images, the Mi Note 10 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 2-megapixel macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture. that is capable of clicking images with a minimum subject distance of 2cm. On the front is a 32-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

The camera uses Tetracell technology, meaning it will produce a 27MP sensor with 1.6μm pixel pitch. The ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor can record video recording at resolutions up to 6K (6016 x 3384) 30-frames-per-second (fps).

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The camera quality is decent. It managed to capture fantastic photos in daylight. The photos are very detailed, bright and display natural colors. But for low-light photos, you will get disappointed. The photos were very dull and the camera lost most of the details. For Portrait mode, it does the job quite brilliantly. Photos were sharp, crisp, separated from the background and full of contrast.

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The camera app UI is very simple and easy to use. You can navigate to different modes using swiping and tapping. Swipe from side to side to change modes. There is a toggle for switching between the front and rear cameras.

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The phone runs Android 10 with MIUI 11 on top. MIUI 11 is refined but has some issues. It also has a dark mode. Dark mode saves the battery by turning the phone from colors to black and white. There is no app drawer in the MIUI which is a bit frustrating. But you can install third-party apps till the time Xiaomi doesn’t add the additional drawer in MIUI 11.


The phone 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 30W fast charges take around an hour to charge the phone from 0 to 100 percent. During our test, the phone lasts over a day. During the test we watched videos on YouTube, use social networking sites and sent some emails and web surfing.


The Mi CC9 Pro has been launched in two variants:

8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant: EUR 549 (~ Rs. 43,000)
8GB RAM and 256GB storage variant: EUR 649 (~ Rs. 51,000)

The phone is offered in white, green and black color options. The phone is available for shipping in some European countries. The phones will be available in Spain and Italy from November 15, and in France from November 18.

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