A couple of months back, Samsung announced a new ultra high resolution 108 MegaPixel sensor for smartphone cameras. At the time we didn't know where this sensor would first show up, but now we have our answer: Xiaomi. This week the company is introducing the industry’s first smartphones with a five-module (penta) camera setup, including the 108 MP sensor from Samsung. Dubbed the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro (and in China, the Mi CC9 Pro/Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition), these new phones are aimed specifically at photographers, with Xiaomi taking an upper-mid-range platform and giving it one of the most extensive camera arrays on the market.

Without any doubts, the key feature of Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro devices (and their Chinese equivalents) is their five-module rear camera featuring Samsung’s ICOCELL bright HMX 108 MP wide-angle 1/1.33-inch sensor with a 4-axis OIS, 4-in-1 pixel binning, and a 7-piece lens assembly (an 8-piece in case of the Pro model). In addition to the gargantuan 108 MP sensor, the camera array also has a 20 MP 117º ultra-wide-angle module, a 12 MP telephone module, a 5 MP telephoto module for 10x hybrid and 50x digital zoom, and a 2 MP macro camera. The whole camera setup is equipped with a quad-LED dual-tone flash. And along with the main camera, the smartphones come with a 32 MP 'waterdrop' selfie camera.

To view high-quality photos, the flagship smartphone camera is paired with a 6.47-inch SAMOLED display featuring a 2340×1080 resolution, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 600 nits peak brightness, the DCI-P3 color gamut, and HDR10 support.

Meanwhile, at the heart of the Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro smartphones is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G SoC, which is one of Qualcomm's upper-mid-range SoCs and features two Kryo 470 Gold cores, six Kryo 470 Silver cores, and Adreno 618 graphics. That SoC is accompanied by 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage in case of the regular model, as well as 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage in case of the Pro model. The handsets are powered by a non-removable Li-Po 5260 mAh battery.

Rounding out the package, the new phones feature 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, a USB 2.0 Type-C connector, an under-display fingerprint reader, as well as all the other essential features that we come to expect in late 2019. However as these aren't full flagship-level phones, you won't find much in the way of advanced features: the phones aren't listed as dust and water resistant, there's no wireless charging, and they do not have a microSD card slot (which is a bit odd given the target audience).

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Family
  Mi Note 10 Mi Note 10 Pro
600 nits
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Storage 128 GB of NAND flash
256 GB of NAND flash
Local Connectivity Wi-Fi  802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Data/Charging USB 2.0 Type-C
Audio 3.5-mm jack
stereo speakers
active noice cancellation
Rear Camera Main 108 MP, f/1.69, 25mm
Ultrawide 20 MP, f/2.2, 13mm
Laser AF
Telephoto 12 MP, f/2.0, 50mm
Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF, 2x optical zoom
Telephoto 2 5 MP, f/2.0
PDAF, Laser AF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
Macro 2 MP, f/2.4
Main Lense Assembly 7 pieces 8 pieces
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm
Battery Capacity 5260 mAh
Expected Life ? ?
SIM Size Nano SIM + Nano Sim
Sensors accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Biometric Security Fingerprint Yes
Facial Recognition - -
Dimensions Height 157.8 mm | 6.21 inches
Width 74.2 mm | 2.92 inches
Thickness 9.7 mm | 0.38 inches
Weight 208 grams
Colors Midnight Black
Aurora Green
Glacier White
Protection Drop ? ?
Splashes - -
OS Google Android 9.0 with MIUI 11
Launch Countries China, Europe initially
Price €549 €649

Xiaomi's Mi Note 10 smartphone will be available in Midnight Black, Aurora Green, and Glacier White in Europe starting mid-November for €549. The Mi Note 10 Pro model will be priced at €649.

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Sources: Xiaomi, GSMArena

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  • damianrobertjones - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - link

    "12 MP telephone module"

    Nice. Phone calls should be pretty sweet with that.

    P.s. Although it seems to be all about the photo... wouldn't it be nice to have amazing video?
  • Robertwalt - Thursday, November 14, 2019 - link

    Now the phones that started to target mid range users are competing for a higher end share of market. undoubtedly they can excel in performance and speed but when it comes to ppi, the Samsung phones are market leader.
  • nfineon - Thursday, November 14, 2019 - link

    OK, we are getting out of hand with the MegaPixel inflation + Camera overload. At this rate next year we will be seeing hexa/hepta/octa lens mobile phone cameras that still pale in comparison to a cheap single lens/sensor dedicated camera. Would you prefer having 5/6/7/8 shitty sensors or just 1/2 really good ones?

    There has been significant lack of innovation in this department, nothing creative with lenses or sensors, just just add more more more!!!

    108 + 20 + 12 + 5 + 2 = 147 mp + 32 mp front camera = 179 mp

    179 megapixels worth of camera sensors and lenses taking up 50% of the mainboard real-estate! We now have more sensors on this thing than most satellites we send into space.

    32 mp front camera? So we can see every pimple, pore and blemish? Oh sorry that's digitally removed by software to make the image blurry again which negates all the benefits to begin with but hey marketing!!
  • memo1234 - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    From the point of view of WikiMob Xiaomi Mi Note 10 already has the best back camera in the price category for it, but we blame it for using this processor, which causes slow process of image processing, and also the battery is large but does not give performance as much as its size
    You can see a phone review in Arabic from this link

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