The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 arrives with five cameras on the back including a 108 megapixel sensor and a huge battery. With such arguments, it necessarily attracts attention and we therefore offer a complete test to deliver our opinion on the smartphone.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10
2340 x 1080 pixels
|Graphics Chip (GPU)||
Qualcomm Adreno 618
6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB
|Internal memory (flash)||
128 GB, 64 GB, 256 GB
Sensor 1: 108 MP
4K @ 30 IPS
Wi-Fi 5 (ac)
2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
Under the screen
|Ports (Inputs / Outputs)||
74.2 x 157.8 x 9.7mm
Black, White, Red, Blue, Green
This test was made from a model loaned by the brand and we received before the date of formalization.
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Everything is beautiful except the finger on the macro
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is a bit heavy. That said, do not understand this sentence in a negative sense, because the smartphone is not too heavy. In fact, its weight is quite satisfactory in the palm of the hand, even almost comforting thanks to a well-groomed design that makes it very pleasant to use. Some might find it too thick, but here too, the finishes of the product make you forget this detail.
Before our eyes, the screen of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is very immersive with its beautifully curved borders. However, the black outline remains clearly visible without being too wide. The same goes for the notch on the teardrop-shaped forehead. On the back, if we look at the smartphone from far enough, we can confuse it with the Huawei P30 Pro. The glass surface, the positioning of the brand logo and the alignment of the photo module share common features on both models.
However, on the Mi Note 10, we can not miss the fact that there are five photo sensors. Three of them are embedded in the same protruding area. Too much protrusion: the smartphone is wobbly when laid flat, it's annoying. The other two sensors are placed lower, always in a vertical arrangement.
It is also on this specific point that the main defect in terms of design is felt. This does not happen systematically, but it is not unusual for the finger to cover the small macro lens, located below the other four sensors, when using the smartphone. It's still a shame to regularly leave fingerprints on and potentially spoil shots.
On the right side, there are the volume and unlock buttons while the USB-C port and the jack are located at the bottom.
Not ugly the AMOLED
The 6.47-inch AMOLED display offers really good display quality with Full HD + resolution. The colors stand out well without being too bright and the contrast is excellent. As for the maximum brightness, it can rise very high. Alas, the ambient light sensor sometimes tends to be a bit slow to relax.
It happens that the screen, when it is in automatic mode on this parameter, takes more time than necessary to adapt to external conditions. After a fine siege of our colorimetric probe and the CalMAN software edited by our partner Portrait Displays, the slab shows that it largely envelops the sRGB space (156%). The DCI-P3 is 104% covered.
The Delta E rated at 4.37 is relatively correct and proves that the colors displayed on the screen are only moderately removed from reality.
The maximum brightness reaches 572 cd / m², which is more than enough to distinguish what appears on the screen. In addition, the color temperature is around 7500 K. This is not perfect (we would rather aim 6500 K for this), but it is still in the good average of current smartphones that tend to prefer slightly cooler colors. You can also rectify the shot as you like through a palette in the display settings of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10.
Finally, without surprise on the AMOLED, the contrast tends towards infinity thanks to the black pixels extinguished.
Audio: minimum service
The audio quality of Mi Note 10 is very average and it is clearly not here that we can incense the smartphone or criticize bitterly. The camera does the job, no more and no less. He is doing well on the midrange, but has more difficulty in transcribing the bass. For tones more acute, we can hear a little saturation when the volume is full.
What particularly distressed me is the positioning of the speaker down that falls too easily under the index when holding the smartphone horizontally. This drastically stifles the sounds during a game.
Good ideas and complicated settings
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 runs natively under a MIUI 11 interface powered by Android 9 Pie. All runs very fluently, but we will emphasize a little flat on some animations. Most of the time, they are very well mastered and bring a nice dynamic to the user experience. Alas, when unlocking, we must compose with the animation of the fingerprint reader that overlap with that of the home screen. The overlap does not occur systematically, but when it occurs, it causes an unpleasant impression of blinking.
Beyond that, MIUI is still as far from the Android imagined by Google, to the delight of aficionados and much to the chagrin of purists. The interface offers a slew of customizations and, more generally, benefits from regular updates pushed by the community of developers. In return, the organization of the parameters menu still lacks coherence and it takes a little time for a neophyte before finding it properly.
Navigation by gestures, for example, is not easy to find. Logically, you could think that it is hidden in the heading Display … That nay! You have to go to the additional settings to find the feature called Full Screen View. Only there you can get rid of the navigation bar.
As far as the status bar is concerned, Xiaomi has the bad habit of disabling the default display of notification icons. It's up to you to change that manually. In addition, it's a shame, some small display errors are slipped here and there.
That said, the real big software concern of XIaomi Mi Note 10 touches the application of the camera as we will see in the next part of this test.
MIUI 11 brings a dark theme to the entire system. To do this, press " Night mode In the quick settings and paf, here you are with a blackened interface more pleasant for eyes sensitive to strong lights.
The new version also brings the Mi Share function. It's exactly the same as Apple's AirDrop, but with Xiaomi, Oppo, Realme and Vivo sauce. Only these four brands are compatible, even OnePlus, a member of the same group as the last three mentioned (BBK Electronics), is not part of this restricted club. It's a shame … and for now I have not managed to use this feature.
Several features to customize the Always on Display are available and you can also enjoy a note-taking application with a ToDo List feature. Add the tasks you need to do during the day and create a shortcut on your home screen: a swipe from the edge of the screen to the center brings up the list. You can add oral notes if writing them bores you.
Good news, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 benefits from the best level of security of the Widevine DRM (L1) which allows it to read SVoD platform videos such as Netflix, Prime Video or myCanal with an HD stream. Moreover, this model avoids the concern encountered by the Redmi Note 8 Pro which ships Widevine L1, but which is not recognized as such by some applications. We are reassured.
Finally, on an annoying point: remember to disable the unnecessary antivirus check that triggers by default as soon as you download an application from the Play Store. You will save time. For storage space, count on 128 GB, but forget the possibility of inserting a microSD. The Mi Note 10 can however be used with two nano SIMs.
A good fivefold photo vs a bad application
In the photo, the ambitions of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 are huge with its penta camera "Particularly emphasized by the brand. Here is the configuration of these five photo sensors in a bulleted list format to make it easier to remember:
- 108 megapixel main sensor, f / 1.69, 1 / 1.33 inches;
- ultra-wide 20-megapixel, f / 2.2, 117 degrees;
- 12 megapixel x2 telephoto lens, f / 2.0;
- 5 megapixel x5 telephoto lens, f / 2.0;
- 2 megapixel macro lens with auto focus from 2 to 10 cm.
I would like to focus already on the criticism of this fivefold module, but I can not unfortunately satisfy this desire without addressing, beforehand, the application of the camera.
To put it bluntly, the development of this application does not seem finished. The boot is often slow and the interface is prone to too frequent – but not systematic – delays when switching from one shooting mode to another or when attempting to take a picture in full resolution of 108 megapixels ( the classic mode takes pictures of 27 megapixels as we'll see right after). Twice, wanting to take a picture in ultra-wide angle, the application crashed and I was forced to restart the phone to fix it while the software processing of the shot just completed took forever to be finalized.
During the presentation of the smartphone, we were several journalists to make the remark to the officials of Xiaomi. My brothers and sisters, even foreigners, had also noticed slowness. However, the manufacturer did not seem to have planned a specific update to fix them. It remains to hope that he finally changes his mind and deploys a patch to fix all that. The choice not to integrate a Snapdragon 855 can also be pointed out. Such a chip could probably have managed more easily this five-fold photo module consisting of a 108 megapixel sensor.
This defect is even more frustrating that the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 camera is really very good in the vast majority of situations. Recall that, by default, the photos taken with the 108 megapixel sensor have a definition of 27 megapixels, because the camera uses the method of binning pixelthat merges four pixels into one to capture more light and be more effective in dark environments.
Aside from a dynamics management that could be improved in some cases, the main sensor offers a high level of detail and colors that stand out.
When the sky is blue, it will tend to be saturated on the image, but it is not really a defect. The rendering is more pleasing to the eye, even if it moves a little away from reality.
Speaking of fidelity to reality, you can enjoy an AI mode that highlights certain elements of the photographed scene. In the two examples below, you'll see the grass stand out on the photo taken with the algorithm enabled for a slightly surreal result. Below, the green is more flashy on the left picture.
In low light, the sensor is doing very well and the benefits of thebinning pixelare pretty well felt with a pleasantly low level of noise and details well preserved, except on the elements in the distance, which is not very serious. The management of light halos such as lampposts remain a bit random, but in most cases it is satisfactory.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 also offers a night mode that requires staying still for longer to better illuminate the immortalized scene. The function is rather practical and effective. It does not work miracles, but it is quite beneficial overall by better exposing dark areas without creating overexposure on other areas of the image. Below, in a difficult situation for the sensor, the functionality allowed to obtain a better result.
If you really want to take pictures of 108 megapixels, an option allows you. In itself, the human eye will not perceive a multitude of differences from the default shooting mode. By zooming in the picture, however, you will see that the details are more precise, the lines are better defined. However, be aware that a photo of 108 megapixels generates much more noise in low light and, above all, is relevant mainly if you want to print on a very large area.
Below you can see two photos in 27 megapixels and I invite you to click here (17 MB) and here (21 MB) to see their counterparts in 108 megapixels.
Also note that you can take RAW format photos to facilitate future downstream editing. Speaking of editing, the Mi Note 10 offers some filters embedded in the gallery, including one that allows you to modify the sky while adapting the exposure of the scene. It is both totally gadget and a little bluffing.
Finally, consider turning off the watermark at the bottom right of particularly annoying images.
Ultra wide angle
The ultra wide-angle Mi Note 10 shows a symptom quite similar to the ultra-wide angle of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, namely: an inclination for color saturation. This is especially felt when the weather is sunny with a beautiful blue sky. The result is therefore a little hunting the natural that does not return to gallop. The pictures are good and avoid falling too deeply into the trap of distortion on the sides.
In poorly lit environments, the ultra-wide angle loses much interest. The image is at best a little too noisy, at worst all black.
Zoom x2 and zoom x5
The two optical zooms x2 and x5 manage to offer fairly good quality images in mild shooting conditions. In practice, these are mainly backup solutions that will be used from time to time to read a sign off.
One can however wonder if two telephoto lenses are not a little redundant. That said, I must admit that the x5 zoom allowed me to play paparazzi so (not very) discreet when I saw the Minister of Action and Public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, on my plane.
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In low light, these zooms are of little interest.
Note also that the Mi Note 10 offers a hybrid zoom up to x10 with a result still exploitable.
On the other hand, the x50 digital zoom is not at all convincing, although impressive.
The macro lens of the Mi Note 10 allows you to take pictures of objects very closely with an autofocus of 2 to 10 cm distance. The treatment of colors is sometimes distorted unfortunately, but with a little success we get from time to time nice results that share well on social networks.
The portrait mode of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is really very impressive. The face of the person photographed is perfectly defined to stand out elegantly from the background. This is a real success, despite some risks in terms of exposure that are not enough to spoil the table.
For selfies, you have to rely on a 32-megapixel sensor that preserves the details of the face very well with good exposure to the detriment, often, of overexposure of the background.
The portrait mode is less impressive than the one provided by the rear module, but it remains quite correct.
For video, you can shoot in 4K at 30 frames per second, the 60 fps is reserved for 1080p. The recorded contents enjoy a good management of dynamics and a fairly effective stabilization.
We would have liked a little more power
The Snapdragon 730G – supported by 6 GB of RAM – fits perfectly on this smartphone for all tasks … except on the camera as we saw above. A Qualcomm SoC Series 8 would have been better able to smoothly run five sensors, including a 108 megapixel.
Besides this (not so) small inconvenience, the chip offers good performance. It is also supposed to be optimized for video games, hence the letter G added as a suffix to signify this aspect "gaming". Alas, on a game like Fortnite, this will not go beyond the average quality level proposed by default. The upper levels – High and Epic – are not accessible.
By pushing 3D resolution to 100%, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 manages to hold the bar of 30 images displayed per second without worry … Although. On almost every game start, the first 30 or 40 seconds, the game suffered several jerks with short falls, but not invisible at less than 20 fps. It looks like the SoC needs this little time to concentrate the necessary resources. Then, no clash is to report.
On Call of Duty Mobile, even pushing the graphics parameters thoroughly balloons, the game is really very fluid. It will also be appreciated that the smartphone never heats, even when the parts are stretched.
|Xiaomi Mi Note 10||Oppo Reno 2||Samsung Galaxy A80||OnePlus 7T|
|AnTuTu 8.x||257,684||263,099||n / c||444,287|
|3DMark Slingshot Extreme||2,401||2,395||2,354||6,294|
|3DMark Slingshot Extreme Graphics||2,236||2,240||2,225||7,154|
|3DMark Slingshot Extreme Physics||3,238||3,163||2,950||4,431|
|GFXBench Aztec Vulkan high (onscreen / offscreen)||10 / 6.6 FPS||9.6 / 6.7 FPS||9.7 / 6.7 FPS||25/18 FPS|
|GFXBench Car Chase (onscreen / offscreen)||15/17 FPS||15/17 FPS||14/14 FPS||37/46 FPS|
|GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (onscreen / offscreen)||38/42 FPS||36/42 FPS||30/34 FPS||59/97 FPS|
|Sequential read / write||498/244 MB / s||470/201 MB / s||497/193 MB / s||1400/221 MB / s|
|Random read / write||26.6k / 30.2k IOPS||36.3K / 57.6K IOPS||29k / 55k IOPS||42k / 6.9k IOPS|
On thebenchmarks, we can see that the Mi Note 10 is equal to the Oppo Reno 2 equipped with the same SoC, but sold at 100 euros less. Conversely, the OnePlus 7T and Snapdragon 855+ surpass completely for a suggested rate of a few tens of euros extra.
Good for a marathon
No surprise autonomy side: the big battery of 5260 mAh is doing very good job. On a fairly intensive use combining taking pictures over long sessions, video games, listening to music Bluetooth, web browsing and playback of videos on YouTube and Netflix for several hours, the smartphone manages to hold a good day and a half. We reach without difficulty the two days of endurance, even a little more, when we are satisfied with a slightly more moderate use.
With such a large capacity, I was expecting a little more from the Mi Note 10, but I think my requirements were maybe a tad too high and I must admit that this smartphone holds very well. The camera, however, and these five sensors have proven quite greedy in battery percentages.
On the other hand, losing only 6 to 8% of battery on sessions of 30 minutes of Fortnite is appreciable. In addition, the Mi Note 10 held 13 hours and 29 minutes when it was submitted to our ViSer custom test protocol. This does not rank it at the top of the 2019 smartphones this year, but it slips unquestionably into the top 10 of the year. Again with such an impressive accumulator, we probably could have hoped a little better, but it's still very good.
Note that a 30W fast charger comes with the smartphone.
Network and communication
On appeal, the Mi Note 10 offers outstanding quality. Your interlocutors will hear you very clearly without being disturbed by the noise around. In addition, for 4G, I have never encountered any concern on the Orange network in the Paris region, nor even roaming in Spain. Note also that the smartphone is compatible with the frequency band B28 (700 MHz) very important for Free subscribers.
As for GPS, it has been accurate in most situations with some errors from time to time.
Price and availability
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is announced in France for November 18 at a suggested price of 549 euros. There is a Mi Note 10 Pro with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage launched in Europe for 649 euros.
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