Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Unboxing and Review – 108MP Camera is NOT a Gimmick


Hey guys, it’s Eric here and this is the
unboxing and review of Xiaomi Mi Note 10, a successor to the Mi Note 3 from 2017. I
mean yeah Xiaomi just skipped 6 generations like that. When you open the box, you’re greeted with
the smartphone, let’s take out the stickers. This is the midnight black color, it also
comes in Aurora green and glacier white. You have an envelope that houses your sim ejector
tool, Warranty card, User guide, You get full support for all the 4G/LTE networks available
here. A Smokey TPU case. This one is a little bit different, it does have some raisivity
as flossy carter calls it, to protect those curved edges. Thoughtful yeah. The stress
of removing that charger was worth it in the end. We have a 30watt charger and a USB type
C cable. Let’s take a look at the design. It’s a flagship style glass and aluminium
sandwich complete with a curved display and back. Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front
and back. Very tall phone with Thin bezels on all sides. Feels every bit as premium as
it looks and it is a heavy weight but it’s not as wide as most phones so one handed typing
is a breeze. The Midnight black doesn’t look all that different from the kind of grey
color on the Mi A3 series that i recently reviewed. The Penta camera set up sort of differentiates
it from a flagship bearing similar form factor, P30 Pro comes to mind. You get 5 cameras with Quad flash, a 108 megapixel
main shooter, a 12 megapixel telephoto lens, another 5 mega pixel telephone lens, 20megapixel
ultra wide lens and a 2 megapixel macro lens. Huge camera bump that is well guarded from
scratched when you put the case on it. On the front, you have a 6.47 inch FHD+ AMOLED
display with 19.5 by 9 aspect ratio. On top of the display you have that water drop notch
that houses a 32 megapixel camera and ear piece You have an under display fingerprint sensor,
not the fastest one we’ve seen from Xiaomi. The actual sensor is also situated slightly
higher than it is on the Mi A3 and Mi 9T alike, so now we have to take our finger a lil bit
higher. Small learning curve. With face unlock, look at how fast the animation is. It is crazy
fast y’all like security wise, face unlock doesn’t match fingerprint unlock but with
this speed, it’s hard to not use it. On the left you have nothing On the right you have a power button, volume
rocker and a true Dual SIM tray with no option of an SD Card.On the top you have your IR
blaster and a Microphone On the bottom you have a single speaker, a
second microphone, a USB type C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack
The display on this guy is super crispy and has great sunlight legibility.
On the software side, Mi Note 10 shipped with Android 9 Pie with MIUI 11 slapped on top
of it. No word on when the Android 10 update is coming but I’d keep you posted. You get
an option to hide the notch and then another really weird option to waste your screen real
estate. Are people really still Notchophobic in 2020?. I love the integration of dark mode
for notifications but it does ship with a lot of extra bloatware that we haven’t seen
before. Thankfully you can delete them. I got the 128gig storage variant with 6gigs
of RAM and you get about 112gigs of available storage. As for the performance, this uses the Snapdragon
730G CPU clocked at 2.2ghz. Same one on the Mi 9T. This pretty much runs like a flagship
chipset for your everyday social media, messaging and utility apps as there are no lags or slow
downs while multi-tasking. Tested the speaker. Here’s how the single speaker compares with
Mi A3’s speakerWhen it comes to gaming, as usual I played PUBG on default settings
which is HD graphics and high frame rates. Now if you saw my Redmi Note 8 Pro review,
you’d know it plays PUBG in HDR graphics hence, it is actually better suited for gaming.
The gaming experience is still top notch on this guy and I have no complaints coz I don’t
see skipped frames or lags anywhere. What I did notice is the battery drain after gaming
for 2-3 hours in one sitting and the back feeling fairly warm to the touch. Nothing
alarming, just something worth noting if you want to conserve battery while on the move.
Speaking of battery, this guy ships with a rather hefty 5260mAh battery and yeah it should
last you through 2 days of medium use provided you don’t play graphics intensive games
for too long. So on the average, it will take about 6+ hours of gaming to deplete the entire
battery but for the purpose of testing this guy I put it through mixed medium to heavy
use of social media stuff, taking photos and 3 hours of gaming all on wifi. This gave me
over 8 hours of screen on time at the end of my day with 10% left to spare. It took me 38 minutes to charge from zero
to 70% and1 hour and 6 minutes for a full charge. It supports fast charging and thankfully,
a fast charger came in the box. If you didn’t already know, the Mi Note
10’s camera is by far it’s biggest selling point. Now when I first heard about the 108MP,
I must admit I was a bit skeptical about the whole megapixel count thing at first but now
I’m certainly convinced that not only was Xiaomi trying to grab everyone’s attention
with numbers but with results as well. The selfie camera is pretty good but isn’t the
star of the show. Using portrait mode, it didn’t quite map my face accurately. By
default the Primary camera shoots in 27megapixel and you can see the difference when you crop
into the image. Now in this 27 megapixel shot, the saturation and details were so good that
I compared it with iPhone 11 Pro camera, you be the judge of this one. I also compared
it with the Mi+A3 paired with GCAM and of course, it was an easy win for the Mi Note
10. The primary lens has a really good sense of depth for your portrait shots. Indoors, the primary camera still exceeded
any kind of expectation I had. Selfie camera is brighter but isn’t nearly as detailed.
Comparing the portrait mode with the iPhone 11 Pro, after several takes, Mi Note 10 always
has its focus on both subjects while the iPhone 11 Pro isn’t capable of that when the lighting
is less than ideal. I have to give night mode to Apple. At night the iPhone sees better,
ever so slightly. Now, asides the 2 and 5 times optical zoom,
this thing can go up to 50X hybrid zoom. The resulting image is way brighter and more detailed
than actually cropping a 108megapixel picture. I know you’ve been waiting for the GCAM
output but I couldn’t find a stable one that works without crashing or one that is
compatible with the primary lens. It shows a clear improvement from the Selfie camera
but the results from GCAM’s primary camera is under-saturated.It shoots videos in 4K
with image stabilisation turned on in this footage. Prior now, we’ve been led to believe that
flagship killers can only be about flagship processor on a budget, as seen in the Mi 9T
Pro which i reviewed. The Mi Note 10 kind of changes that narrative to being all about
flagship camera on a budget, not just any flagship camera, the best flagship camera
for point and shoot photography, a Xiaomi camera that does it all so well without the
help of GCAM. There’s a reason Xiaomi took this route,
if I could take a wild guess, I’d say its probably to give Mi fans a taste of what to
expect from their actual flagship this year. All of that probably will come at a price
much higher than the Mi Note 10. Xiaomi will release the usual flagship killer type smartphones
this year for those who don’t care about photography. Mi Note 10 is strictly for people
who do a fair amount of capturing moments on a trip or event. I am switching from the
iPhone 11 Pro to the Mi Note 10 as my daily driver so you can guess what group I fall
under. The Mi Note 10 is priced at 179,000 naira
which converts to 500 US dollars for the 128gig variant and you get an even better deal with
the 256gig storage variant with 8gigs of RAM, it retails for 199,000 naira which converts
to $550 US dollars. I’d be leaving a link in the description for anyone who wishes to
shop online. If you have any questions or suggestions,
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48 Replies to “Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Unboxing and Review – 108MP Camera is NOT a Gimmick”

  1. #NotificationSquad🏆Which will you rather see, the Mi Note 10 gaming review or an in-depth Camera Comparison with iPhone 11 Pro?

  2. Eric Okafor. Hey, Nice review content. Do you watch giveaway along with review? Type Ximer Tracks in search bar.

  3. kai, Awesome video as always Eric, Been expecting the review, thank you for always doing justice to your reviews making it simple, short and concise. Great work Eric.

  4. I will use the same money 《199k》 to buy oneplus 7pro which have 90Htz refresh rate, 8GB of ram, 256gb of Rom, and a Snapdragon 855

    Btw Nice video mate

  5. No refresh rate and the specs it entails aren't supposed to be that expensive, I'd rather go for one plus 7 Pro or realme but you give good reviews as always. Nice pubg skills

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