Chinese smartphone firm Xiaomi this week introduced to the mobile world its latest flagship smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and the much-talked Mi Note 10 Pro. The new smartphones have been officially revealed at an event in Madrid, Spain. 

Gizmo China reported Xiaomi’s latest additions are the world’s first 108-megapixel Penta camera smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has been described as a rebranded Mi CC9 Pro device, while the Mi Note 10 Pro is a premium refreshed version of the Mi Note 10.

What to expect from the two new smartphones

As mentioned earlier herein IBT, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is covered with the super-strong Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides. The phone features a 6.47-inches Arc AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution. The phone brings waterdrop notch, bezels, and a brand new in-display fingerprint scanner, which reportedly 88 percent thinner than the previous generations and has a much larger scanning area. It comes in three colors, the Glacier White, Midnight Black and Aurora Green.

Both smartphones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G mobile processor. However, the Mi Note 10 (standard version) comes only with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, while the premium version, the Mi Note 10 Pro offers a much bigger RAM (8GB) and storage (256GB) capacities.

As expected, the smartphones’ main strengths are the rear Penta camera systems. The five-camera systems are arranged vertically and it’s completed with dual soft flash and dual flash features. The first camera is a 5-megapixel telephoto camera with optical image stabilization and zoom features --optical zoom, hybrid zoom, and digital zoom. The second one is a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with Dual PD and 2x optical zoom. This was followed by the large 108-megapixel f/1.69 sensor that comes with optical image stabilization and 4-in-1 Super Pixel feature. Furthermore, there’s a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera. 

The premium version, Mi Note 10 Pro, also brings a 32-megapixel selfie snapper with added features such as AI beauty, AI scene detection, face unlock, panorama selfie, and palm shutter.

The smartphones also come with lots of digital photo features like the Night Mode 2.0 feature with RAW multi-frame noise reduction. This allows the phone to shoot 27-megapixel low-light photos, macro photos, and portrait photos with a focal length of up to 50mm. Xiaomi also added a new Vlog Mode that can support up to 7 different presets, which include stop motion, travel, and memories. The phones can also record slow-motion videos at 960fps and even 4K ultrawide angle videos, the Gizmo China reported.

As for power supply, the Mi Note 10 draws power from a large 5260mAh battery that comes with support for 30W fast charging technology. There’s also an audio jack and Hi-res audio and an IR blaster.

The smartphones get the latest Xiaomi MIUI 11 mobile platform

Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro run on the Android-based MIUI 11 out of the box. The timing of the phone launch is just in time for the release of the MIUI 11, which is Xiaomi’s latest Android-based mobile operating system.

Gizmo China reported the newly-rolled out MIUI 11 mobile platform brings several useful features onboard, which include the Dark Mode feature, Dual Clock for frequent travelers, dynamic clock, an improved notes app to manage your to-do lists, new Mi Share feature, and support for wireless printing.

The highlight of the latest MIUI 11 mobile platform, according to XDA Developers, is the Breathing Light feature, which reportedly offers the same experience as OnePlus’ Horizon Lighting and Samsung's Edge Lighting. This new feature only works on Xiaomi and Redmi devices with AMOLED displays.

Pricing and release date

According to GSM Arena, the standard Mi Note 10 device is priced at €549 or $607 while the premium Mi Note 10 Pro will come a little bit higher, €649 or $718. 

The new smartphones will be made available in Spain and Italy on Nov. 15. This will be followed by the release on France on Nov. 18, while pre-orders start on Nov. 11 in Germany. The smartphones will also be launched in The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the U.K.