Xiaomi Mi Note 10 screen An OLED panel and all the benefits this brings
Xiaomi Mi 10 specs
| Xiaomi Mi 10| Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro —|—|— Display| 6.67-inch FHD (2340×1080) AMOLED, 90Hz| 6.67-inch FHD (2340×1080)AMOLED, 90Hz CPU| Qualcomm Snapdragon 865| Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 RAM| 8GB| 8GB Storage| 128GB, 256GB| 256GB Rear camera| 108MP main, 13MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, 2MP depth sensor| Quadarray: 108MP main, 20MP ultrawide, 12MP 2x optical telephoto, 8MP 10x hybridtelephoto Front camera| 20MP| 20MP Battery| 4,780 mAh| 4,500 mAh Charging| 30W wired and wireless, with reverse wireless charging| 50W wired,30W wireless, with reverse wireless charging Operating system| MIUI 11, based on Android 10| MIUI 11, based on Android 10 Colors| Twilight Grey, Coral Green| Solstice Grey, Alpine White Size| 162 x 74 x 8.96mm (6.4 x 2.9 x 0.35 inches)| 162 x 74 x 8.96mm (6.4 x2.9 x 0.35 inches) Weight| 208g (7.3 ounces)| 208g (7.3 ounces)
Xiaomi Mi 10 price and availability
The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro are launching in various mainland European countriesin early to mid April. There are no specific dates given for the UK yet,although that country will miss out on the Mi 10 Pro according to TechRadar.That’s a strange decision since it’s the more luxurious model, so we hope thisdecision will be reversed by Xiaomi in future. The budget Mi 10 Lite is beingheld back however, and will instead arrive in June.There is no US carrier support for Xiaomi phones, but if you import them orfind them for sale on an online auction site, you’ll likely be able to usethem as normal. Just make sure if you do this that the handset you’re buyingis compatible with the mobile signal bands that your chosen mobile carrieruses.The price has only been given in euros so far: €799 ($880/£716 converted) or€899 ($990/£806) for the Mi 10, €999 ($1100/ £895) for the Mi 10 Pro, and €349($384/£312) for the Mi 10 Lite. Even when you do direct currency conversions,these are very reasonable asking prices compared to rivals like Samsung andApple, particularly since all three Xiaomi phones are 5G compatible.
Xiaomi Mi 10 design
(Image credit: Xiaomi)On the front of the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, Xiaomi has changed the flat displaypanel with its pop-up selfie camera for a 6.67-inch punch-hole number withcurved edges. The punch hole itself bears the adorable name of TinyDotDisplay, and is set in the top-left edge of the display, which Xiaomi saysis a better place for it to go than the center (where you’ll find the cameraon Samsung’s Galaxy S20). That prevents your thumb from inadvertently coveringup the punch-hole when you hold the phone sideways.On the back of each phone, you have a vertical row of four cameras going downfrom the top left corner in a 3-plus-1 formation, with the flash sittingbeneath them, along with a small Mi logo at the bottom center. It’s fairlyplain, but that just means you can enjoy the color options more.The standard Mi 10 comes in two gloss options, either Twilight Grey or CoralGreen. The Mi 10 Pro has two matte options, Solstice Grey and Alpine White.These two have a slightly different texture to their backs which also meansfewer fingerprints and a firmer grip for the user, which is always welcome.The Mi 10 Lite differs a little from both of these. The phone is slightlysmaller, doesn’t feature curved edges, and uses a waterdrop notch instead of apunch-hole. Its rear cameras are arranged in a square on the top left corner,with the flash built into the camera bump. You can get this version in threecolors unique from the other two phones — either white, grey or green.(Image credit: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi Mi 10 display
Both the standard and pro Xiaomi Mi 10 variants use the same 6.67-inch(2340×1080) FHD AMOLED display. It has a 90Hz refresh rate, which matches theGoogle Pixel 4, Huawei P40 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro, but falls behind the 120Hzdisplay on the Galaxy S20 series.The Mi 10 Pro’s screen also boasts a maximum brightness of 1200 nits (1120 onthe Mi 10), and a high color accuracy, with a Delta-E measurement of less than1.1. (The lower this number is the better.)
Xiaomi Mi 10 cameras
Both the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro have four rear cameras, but that’s just about theonly similarity in what you’ll get from the two phones.The Mi 10 features a 108MP main sensor with a 7-part lens and optical imagestabilization (OIS), a 13MP ultra wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MPdepth sensor.The Mi 10 Pro uses the same 108MP OIS-equipped main sensor (except with an8-part lens), but then has a 20MP ultra wide-angle lens, a 12MP 2x opticalzoom telephoto lens and a 8MP 10x hybrid zoom telephoto lens with OIS, whichhas a 50x maximum magnification of 50 times.Both phones then round off their camera packages with the punch-hole mountedselfie camera, which contains a 20MP sensor.The Mi 10 Lite hasn’t had all its camera tech announced yet. We know it alsohas a quad camera setup on the back, with the headliner being a 48MP sensor,while on the front it has a 16MP selfie camera.(Image credit: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi Mi 10 performance
Xiaomi has installed a Snapdragon 865 CPU and 8GB RAM in both versions of theMi 10. Both phones also have a maximum storage option of 256GB, but the Mi 10also comes in a 128GB version that costs less.Whichever specs you get, you’ll be running the phone on Xiaomi’s MIUI 11,which is based on Android 10. Both phones also feature stereo speakers, whichwork properly either way up and are identical, unlike most smartphones whichhave a larger and smaller speaker, meaning the sound should be better balancedthan other stereo smartphones like the iPhone 11 Pro or Galaxy S20 Ultra.The Mi 10 Lite turns to a Snapdragon 765G CPU, a less powerful but stillcapable chip. We don’t know the RAM or storage options for this phone yet, butwe’ll update this page once Xiaomi announces them.All three phones contain an in-display fingerprint sensor for unlocking, whichwill hopefully be the same fast and accurate sensor we’ve seen on previousXiaomi phones.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 screen – An OLED panel and all the benefits this brings
A motorised front camera is the most obvious feature lacking in the Xiaomi MiNote 10. Xiaomi includes these in other phones, but here we get a moreconventional teardrop notch.The inclusion of the former would have made the Mi Note 10 the full package –a curved front, undisturbed by notches. But even the hyper-aggressive Xiaomihas to establish a limit.The Mi Note 10 has a 6.47in screen, an OLED panel with a 2340 x 1080 pixelresolution. It’s an excellent screen for the money. You may find larger, butyou won’t find much better, particularly if the curvy front appeals.Not had a phone with an OLED panel before? They offer unparalleled contrastand super-deep colour. You can choose between a super-saturated or morenatural colour profile, or one that changes the screen character based onambient lighting.With the Mi Note 10, I’ve had no trouble at all with the auto brightnesssetting – which can be an issue on less well-optimised phones. Plus, there’senough brightness – a claimed 600 nits – to get by comfortably on brighterdays.However, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 does seem to have an odd bug that makes thescreen flash bright for a fraction of a second when unlocking. It isn’tcatastrophic; more disconcerting.The screen is sharp, bold and rich, and it supports 1080p Netflix. HDR supportis here, too – and, not surprisingly, looks excellent in a room withcontrolled lighting that lets you appreciate the brightness of the display.How do rivals at the price compare? The Samsung Galaxy A70 screen is of aneven more generous size, and the Reno 2’s is effectively larger for moviessince it doesn’t have a notch.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 camera – Punchy and engaging images that will have you
taking moreThe camera is where you’ll discover the Xiaomi Mi Note 10’s most significantperformance issues. It’s slow.There’s shutter lag of around half a second, and the processing of imagestakes a very long time. The reason becomes clear on taking a closer look atthe tech inside.The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has a 108-megapixel main camera, which uses pixelbinning to output 27-megapixel images. You could argue this is better thoughtof as a 27-megapixel camera then, since the Samsung S5KHMX sensor is primarilydesigned to shoot at that resolution, and actually uses an algorithm to shoot108MP images that sound like its natural output.Either way, there’s a lot of data to process in each image. 108-megapixelshots end up at around 35MB each.Normal shots are packed full of detail; 108-megapixel shots even more so.There’s a slight painterly quality to those ultra-high-res images, common to“AI” algorithm-assisted shots. However, I’m impressed by how natural theycontinue to look, and how different they are to the 27-megapixel images.The character of the images relies on fairly high contrast, with rich colour.It’s a high-energy look, not a neutral one. But shots taken with the Mi Note10 are consistently punchy and engaging.The camera is also unusually good at dealing with the light levels of trickyscenes such as sunsets, and tends to overexpose sky-free nature scenes lessthan most mid-range phone cameras I’ve used in 2019.The Mi Note 10’s 108-megapixel images tend to display significantly morepurple colour noise than 27-megapixel pictures. However, this sort of makessense when you consider that combining pixels should theoretically increaseits ability to weed such distortion. In addition, I only noticed the purplehaze when zooming in to the images.I’m also impressed by most of the other cameras that feature on the Mi Note10’s rear. There’s a 2x zoom, a 3x zoom lens the phone crops into for 5ximages, an ultra-wide and a dedicated macro.The macro sensor is the only real “dud”. I took a trip to the park with theXiaomi Mi Note 10 during testing to see whether it takes close-ups better thanthe 5x zoom or 108-megapixel modes. In almost all situations I was able to getbetter results from the other cameras, cropping to get close.Close-up focusing is the main benefit of the macro camera. And, unlike many ofthese mini-macros, it does have autofocus. However, since the sensor is apiddly 2-megapixel resolution, it can’t actually render much detail, even withperfect focus. You get the finest of macro-like detail using the main cameraIt works for remedial macro shots, where you want to get close and have afairly shallow depth of field. But for actual macro-level detail capture, it’sa bust.The zoom results are much better. Most mid-range phones take poor pictures at5x. The Mi Note 10 takes good ones, even if it does “cheat” and crop into a 3xzoom, 8-megapixel sensor to achieve them. It feels like a real native zoom,without the digital obfuscation of zoom-by-processing. I find this makes thecamera more fun to use, and helps offset the frustration of its lethargicfeel.Its ultra-wide 20-megapixel camera is similar. You don’t see the quality drop-off of some mid-range phones, and so you’ll end up using it more.Night image quality is a slightly mixed affair. Shoot using the auto mode andthe Xiaomi Mi Note 10 takes slightly vague-looking low-light images. Texturedetail increases hugely when you use the Night mode, and the shadows arelifted significantly for a less dark-looking image. They’re not as good as thePixel 3a XL‘s night shots, but they’re good enough.And after all the complaints about speed, Night mode doesn’t take that long toshoot – just a couple of seconds. There’s still a wait for processing afterthe shoot, but it’s the exposure capture that actually stops you going aboutyour business.The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 doesn’t remotely mine the capability of the108-megapixel sensor for video. Samsung says it’s capable of 6K video capture,but the phone taps out at 4K, 30 frames per second. Why? It’s the hard limitof the Snapdragon 730G processor, according to Qualcomm.Xiaomi has made surprisingly good use of this 108-megapixel sensor, but we’lllikely see it exploited even further in other phones.However, video versatility is otherwise great, as you can shoot using any ofthe cameras. And since the 2x and 5x views both have optical stabilisation,they’re genuinely usable.There’s one more slightly pedantic point to make here. What is the point ofhaving 2x and 3x zoom lenses in a phone that also has a 108-megapixel 1xcamera? Smarter use of software could remove the need for one of thesecameras.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite
squirrel_widget_281310The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite offers class-leading spec for its price, a smoothexperience, great OLED display and a decent battery life, as well as verycapable main camera.The quad cameras is an oversell, there’s some software bloat and the notchlooks a little dated but as the market hots up to deliver a more affordable 5Gphone, this Xiaomi offering is high up the scale.Pocket-lint
Redmi Note 9 specifications
Specification| Redmi Note 9 —|— Display| 6.53” DotDisplay 19.5:9 2340×1080 FHD+, 1500:1 contrast ratioNTSC 84%, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification SoC| MediaTek Helio G8512nm process technologyCPU: 2x A75 2.0GHz, 6x A55 1.8GHz, Octa-core CPUGPU: ARM G52 MC2, up to 1000MHz RAM and Storage| * 3GB LPDDR4X + 64GB eMMC 5.1 * 4GB LPDDR4X + 128GB eMMC 5.1 * Dedicated microSD card slot for up to 128GB cards Battery & Charging| * 5,020 mAh battery * 18W fast charging * Fast charger included in box Rear Camera| * Primary: * Secondary: 8MP 118° Wide-Angle Camera, f/2.2 * Tertiary: 2MP Macro with autofocus * Quaternary: 2MP Depth Sensor, f/2.4 Front Camera| 13MP Other Features| * 3.5mm headphone jack * IR Blaster * NFC (select regions) * USB Type-C * Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner Android Version| MIUI 11 based on Android 10 Much like the ‘Pro’ variants, the Redmi Note 9 packs in a quad-camera setup onthe back, with a 48MP Samsung GM1 primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a2MP macro camera, and a 2MP sensor for depth perception. Over on the front,the device has a single 13MP selfie shooter in a hole-punch cutout on the topleft corner of the display.Powering the device is a substantial 5,020mAh battery which supports fastwired charging at 18W via the USB Type-C port. The device also includes a3.5mm headphone jack, an IR blaster, NFC, dual SIM support, a rear-mountedfingerprint scanner and a microSD card slot for expansion (up to 128GB).As part of the Redmi Note 9 series, Xiaomi has also launched the Redmi Note 9Pro at the event, which is a rebranded version of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Maxthat was launched in India earlier this year, albeit with a 16MP selfiecamera.The global variant of the Redmi Note 9 Pro features a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCDdisplay with a hole-punch cutout in the center. The device is powered byQualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G chipset, coupled with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB ofstorage, with a dedicated microSD card slot for expansion (up to 128GB).
Redmi Note 9 Pro specifications
Specification| Redmi Note 9 Pro (global) —|— Display| * 6.67″ FHD+ (2400 x 1080) LCD; * Center-weighted Punch-hole “DotDisplay” * Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back SoC| Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G8nm process technologyKryo™ 465 CPU, Octa-core CPU, up to 2.3 GHzAdreno™ 618 GPU, 750 MHzThe 5th gen Qualcomm®️ AI Engine RAM and Storage| * 6GB LPDDR4X + 64GB UFS 2.1 * 6GB LPDDR4X + 128GB UFS 2.1 * Dedicated microSD card slot for up to 128GB cards Battery & Charging| * 5,020 mAh battery * 30W fast charging * Fast charger included in box Rear Camera| * Primary: * Secondary: 8MP 119° Wide-Angle Camera, f/2.2 * Tertiary: 5MP, Macro with autofocus, f/2.4 * Quaternary: 2MP, f/2.4, Depth Sensor Front Camera| 16MP Other Features| * 3.5mm headphone jack * IR Blaster * NFC * Side fingerprint scanner * Z-axis linear motor Android Version| MIUI 11 based on Android 10 The Redmi Note 9 Pro also features a quad-camera setup with a 64MP primarysensor, an 8MP wide-angle camera with a 119° FoV, a 5MP macro camera, and a2MP sensor for depth perception. Over on the front, the device features asingle 16MP selfie camera housed within the hole punch cutout. Keeping thedevice powered on is a 5,020mAh battery with support for 33W fast wiredcharging.One interesting to note about the green color variant of the Redmi Note 9 Prois that it offers a dual-tone finish and the camera island doesn’t extend toinclude the flash. While we aren’t sure why Xiaomi took that route with justone color variant, it does make the device look a bit more appealing than withthe other two options.
Mi Note 10 Lite specifications
Specification| Mi Note 10 Lite —|— Display| * 6.47″ FHD+ curved AMOLED * HDR 10 certified * Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back SoC| Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G RAM and Storage| * 6GB LPDDR4X + 64GB UFS 2.1 * 6GB LPDDR4X + 128GB UFS 2.1 * Dedicated microSD card slot for up to 128GB cards Battery & Charging| * 5,260 mAh battery * 30W fast charging * Fast charger included in box Rear Camera| * Primary: 64MP Sony IMX 686 sensor, * Secondary: 8MP 120° Wide-Angle Camera * Tertiary: 5MP Depth sensor * Quaternary: 2MP Macro camera Front Camera| 16MP Other Features| * 3.5mm headphone jack * IR Blaster * NFC * In-display fingerprint scanner Android Version| MIUI 11 based on Android 10 In the camera department, the Mi Note 10 Lite is a major step up from theRedmi Note 9 and it packs in a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary shooter, an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 5MPsensor for depth perception.Over on the front, the device features a single 16MP selfie shooter. The MiNote 10 Lite packs in a massive 5,260mAh battery with support for 30W wiredfast charging. The device also features an in-display fingerprint scanner, asopposed to the capacitive scanners on the Redmi Note 9 series.