Let’s check out Xiaomi’s latest and possibly greatest device.
We’ve always loved Xiaomi devices here at T3 Towers and their latest flagship, the Mi Note 10, definitely is something worth recommending. Combining a feature-packed camera along with great build quality and you have yourself another flagship that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
The Mi Note 10 feels really good on the hand. The sturdy built feels premium, and it’s one of those smartphones that aren’t too big or too small to hold. The design may be similar to previous Xiaomi devices, but it’s still something worth looking at. The glossy back finish is still a fingerprint magnet, which is why a case is still necessary. Thankfully, a TPU case is also included inside the package.
Power and volume rockers are located on the right side, and there’s a speaker grill, headphone jack and a USB-C port placed below. The Mi Note 10 also houses an IR blaster so you can still use the smartphone as a universal remote control. The front of the Mi Note 10 houses the 6.47-inch display with a 2340-by-1080 pixel resolution and a small notch contains the front-facing camera.
The AMOLED panel is bright and incredibly vibrant, which makes watching videos on the device such as delight. It also houses an in-screen fingerprint sensor, which is definitely a great addition. The screen also supports HDR10 and brightness can go up to 600 nits – something that you need to see to fully appreciate it.
Under the hood, the Mi Note 10 is powered by a Snapdragon 730G processor along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The catch here is that this device doesn’t have a microSD slot for storage expansion, but for the normal user 128GB should be enough. While we’re disappointed that Xiaomi didn’t pack in Qualcomm’s flagship processor, the performance is still impressive. We played games, browsed websites, watched videos and pretty much launched any app that we know and we didn’t notice any sort of slowdowns. Overall, the performance is fast and consistent and at par with smartphones with higher specifications.
The Mi Note 10 runs on MIUI 11, which is based on Android 9. We would’ve wished that it ran on Android 10 but Xiaomi did say that the update is soon so we’ll keep our fingers crossed. MIUI, on the other hand, is a nice UI experience when you use it – it just feels like it is due for an upgrade in terms of design and functionality. But one glaring annoyance we have is that Xiaomi has placed random ads to appear inside MIUI. Not sure what is Xiaomi’s strategy here, but ads aren’t something I want to see when I browse my smartphone’s user interface.
The main highlight of the Mi Note 10 is, of course, the 5-lens camera at the back. Let’s round it off: there’s a 108-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel 2x Telephoto lens, another 5-megapixel Telephoto lens, a 20-megapixel ultrawide lens and lastly a 2-megapixel dedicated macro camera. Before we forget there’s also a 32-megapixel front-facing camera.
The photo quality is definitely above average. Colors are on point and sharpness isn’t too aggressive especially with images taken in sunlight. Low-light images tend to produce more noise and seem washed-out, but overall the quality is acceptable. The camera app lets you shoot in various modes, though I mostly shot images using the 108MP mode.
The Mi Note 10 has a massive 5,260 mAh battery which translates to excellent all-day battery life. I started my day at 8 am with a 100 percent battery and came home at 8 pm with around 52 percent left to spare. This is when I was using the smartphone to make calls, send emails, browse social media and stream some music. Charging isn’t a problem on the Mi Note 10 too since it supports 30W fast charging. Unfortunately, wireless charging isn’t supported.
The Mi Note 10 retails for 1,999 AED, which is already less than what its competitors offer. It’s a great price point and puts it on the list of smartphones that offer the best value.
+ Great design
+ Decent photo quality from a generous camera set
+ Good battery life
– Ads in software
– OS still needs some ironing out
– No wireless charging
Final Rating: 4/5