Update | Revealed Mi Note 10 details point towards an almost perfect sub-premium phone
Update: It's been confirmed that the Mi CC9 Pro will be the same device as the Mi Note 10, albeit for a different market. Two of the phone's cameras—likely the telephoto and main sensors will have OIS. Launch is scheduled for November 5.
Xiaomi has been seriously pushing its next device, the Mi CC9 Pro, over the past few days. The phone is billed to be officially launched on November 5, alongside the company's first smartwatch, the Mi Watch. By all indications, the Mi CC9 Pro will be a Chinese model, and will be sold outside China as the Mi Note 10. Details of the device have now surfaced, painting an extremely attractive picture.
The Mi Note 10 will sport a 6.47-inch FHD+ display. Going by the leaked renders, there's no physical fingerprint reader at the back of the device, which means it'll feature an in-display one. That confirms that the display panel is of the OLED type and, if previous Mi devices are anything to go by, it'll be supplied by Samsung. There's a small teardrop notch housing a single selfie camera.
The phone's cameras are its biggest selling points, and we finally know more about the hardware it will feature:
- 108 MP main shooter (1.33-inch sensor size, f/1.7 aperture)
- 20 MP ultra-wide-angle (117-degree)
- 12 MP depth sensor (Dual PDAF)
- Macro lens (1.5cm shooting distance)
- 5x optical zoom lens (10x hybrid zoom, 50x digital zoom)
- 32 MP selfie camera
It's unknown if any of these modules have OIS.
The sub-premium phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 730G, and will be available with up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. It's also touted to be powered by a 5170 mAh battery, with 30W fast-charge keeping charge times down. A 5170 mAh unit would be one of the biggest batteries Xiaomi has ever used on a smartphone—just a smidgen under the 5500 mAh unit on last year's 6.9-inch Mi Max 3.
The Mi Note 10 appears to be Xiaomi's less premium reply to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. That would also explain the jump in the naming progression, as the last Mi Note phone was the Mi Note 3, released in 2017.
There's a big battery, an efficient but high-performing SoC, a big display, some very impressive camera hardware, and fast charge. Oh, and the Mi Note 10 appears to have a headphone jack. It's not been outrightly confirmed yet but multiple images of the device show it sporting a 3.5mm jack at its bottom.
Samsung's Galaxy Note series are typically regarded as the ultimate, business-productivity devices, and the leaked details of the Mi Note 10 puts it firmly within that bracket too. If only it'd have a stylus...
This may just be the Note 10 we never knew we needed.
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