Xiaomi Mi Note 10
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is fun with for starters and ludicrous spec sheets, but also a price tag that hits a little lower than you might’ve expected. The phone comes with a USB C cable and a 30-watt fast charger, which is pretty impressive. The Mi Note 10 is a powerhouse in so many ways, from its camera and screen quality to its charging speeds and sleek look. The phone has incredible camera capability, swift charging speeds and top-end screen quality. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 price in Kenya is in the region of 47,000 to 49,000 shillings.
Why you should buy the Mi Note 10
- World’s first 108MP penta camera
- 6.47″ 3D curved AMOLED display
- Responsive in-screen fingerprint sensor
- 5260 mAh (typ) high-capacity battery
- In-box 30W fast charge
- Multi-functional NFC
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Specs sheet
When you read the spec sheet of this phone, three things stick out. It’s got a mammoth battery, a good 20% larger than most mainstream phones, but even more impressive, a Penta camera set up on the back and probably the craziest part is that one of those cameras has a 108-megapixel resolution.
This is ludicrously good. It’s a heavy phone in the case in gorilla glass five and curved in a way that’s very reminiscent of the Huawei P30 pro released earlier this year. Both phones have almost identical button placement and if this was an odd enough, the displays are identically sized, 6.47-inch AMOLED panels with even the same water-drop notch.
None of this is a complaint about the Xiaomi. It’s also a really good display as far as 1080P panels go, it’s probably the best display on a Xiaomi phone. One thing that does stick out as odd to me is that if you look at its camera setup, it protrudes to pretty much halfway down the phone. Also the ship protrusion of the camera module means significant table wobble, so it’s already clear that this phone is a massive jump.
Other handsets from the company, you’ve got two main options for unlocking an in the display, fingerprint scanner and face unlock with the front camera and neither of the fastest, but they work well enough. There’s MIUI why as usual, these software skin, although in this case we’ve got their brand new MIUI 11 and I think it’s a big improvement.
Visually it’s far cleaner. Xiaomi has removed a lot of the noise, extra UI elements that weren’t needed and the result is a really clean, polished experience. on Xiaomi Mi Note 10. There’s a proper dark mode to save even more battery and some really neat features like being able to play a standard video as your wallpaper and improvements to the built-in productivity tools plus a nice-looking ambient display to let you know the time and battery percentage without doing anything.
It also feels new because this is a curved display. Something that Xiaomi has generally shied away from. And of course the biggest break from past devices is this newfound emphasis on camera. The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 it feels like you’re getting a camera with some extra phone on top of that. There are five cameras, there’s a main 108-megapixel wide-angle, eight two-times optical zoom camera. But what’s interesting here is that above this there’s another zoom camera. This time at five times. There’s also an ultra-wide and finally a dedicated macro camera at the bottom for closeups and the large main sensor combined with a wide aperture.
If you compare to the galaxy note 10 plus I generally slightly prefer Samsung’s, warmer colors and dynamic range on the galaxy is also a little better but Xiaomi creates so much natural depth of field. Xiaomi can capture the texture of objects. If you ever wanted to print images out in large sizes or you wanted the comfort of being able to crop into a photo later whilst keeping it sharp. This new phone completely kills it. Although you could say that things like dynamic range are more important for most people who will just be using these photos for social media posts where they’re going to be heavily compressed.
Anyways, this one’s up to you. What I can say though is that the power of the sensor even extends to video quality. It is DSLR like in a way that I’ve never seen on a smartphone before. I wouldn’t say it’s as consistent if you start switching lenses or move over to the front camera as the iPhone 11 pro is, but it has moments of sheer excellence for which this might just be the number one that camera system on a phone right now to this v-log mode it speeds up the process of making genuinely high-quality short-sharable content with none of the hassles of editing.
So why do they add two zoom cameras? Well, having five times the optical zoom is amazing. It’s enough zoom to be able to see details that most people’s eyes can’t. If there was only a five-times zoom, it creates a little bit of an issue. Portrait mode, in my opinion, always looks better when taken on a phone’s photo camera. But if you’ve only got a five X lens, then you be zooming in far too much to be to do this.
Also, just generally when you’re zooming in for a photo, if you’ve just got a five times lens, you’ll find the quality of your shot will slowly deteriorate as you zoom in until you hit five times and then it will jump again as your phone switches lenses. The minute 10 evens this out, it improves on these two things. You get high-grade portrait mode shots, even if they are a bit beautified and much more uniform quality throughout the zoom range.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is powered by 6 gigs of Ram and the Snapdragon 730 G chip. And to put it simply, if you put that side by side with the current flagship 855 plus chip, it’s just over half as powerful. That’s not amazing and it’s the biggest weakness of the phone. It’s not slow, but it does hang now and again and there’s a significant processing time after taking photos.
Not to mention the phone has to reload when you zoom into them. Although this in part will be because of just how high the resolution is. You can play games and that’s exactly what the chip is geared towards. But still it’s an upper mid-range chip and it performs like an upper mid-range chip. You’ll get smooth frame rates on most top games right now, but you’ll just have to dial down a few settings.
It also gets pretty hot on my testing. The final emissions are pretty standard for a phone at this price and you’ve got no official IP rating. You’ve got no wireless charging and new micro SD card slot. But with 128 gigs, it’s just about enough that I think most people won’t need one. So to bring this all together, it’s pretty rare to see a phone at this price is the best at anything. But I can genuinely say that this camera in some scenarios is the kingpin not even close to the top.
Literally at the top of the entire Smartphone pyramid. The phone is also chunky, but I’d take that any day for endurance like this. It’s just not the most well-rounded phone with noticeable sacrifices in performance and audio. But for a user who’s a little bit less about the media consumption and a little bit more about the camera. I can wholeheartedly recommend the Mi Note 10.
This sizeable battery combines with 30-watt fast charging. This last year we’ve seen a whole breed of cut-price smartphones that try to do everything. The absolute best specifications, pretty much all the primary features, but the Mi Note 10 isn’t one of those phones.
Xiaomi has built something a little more specialized, but the downside of that is that there are some gaps. For example, audio-wise it’s a single bottom-firing speaker, good quality considering, but still not close to the experience of a dual speaker. The vibration motor and the haptics are noticeably average and even the performance is not the best you can get for the money.
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