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Skip the Mi Note 10 Pro if you need great audio from your phone

Great cameras, mediocre audio. (Source: MI)
Great cameras, mediocre audio. (Source: MI)
The Mi Note 10 Pro launched to much fanfare with its penta-camera setup that offered 5x optical zoom and a 108 MP main camera. It's, by all means, a capable camera smartphone and will appeal to hobbyist photographers; but audio looks to be an entirely different issue.
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Make no mistake about it, the Mi Note 10 Pro is a great phone, albeit with a few weaknesses. The adoption of a Snapdragon 730G means it's not the most powerful phone around, and now, its audio capabilities have also been found wanting. The device made the trip over to DxOMark where its audio performance was put through its paces. The results? Mediocre.

The Mi Note 10 Pro earned an overall audio score of 54. That puts it towards the bottom of DxOMark's audio chart, just above the Xperia 1, Black Shark 2 Pro, and Honor 20 Pro. Just above it is the Mate 30 Pro, yet another phone with great cameras and disappointing audio.

In the playback category, the Mi Note 10 Pro recorded a score of 50. That's about on par with the Black Shark 2 Pro (55) and Honor 20 Pro (51). The only phone it can be said to have audio playback on DxOMark's list is the Sony Xperia 1 (39).

In the recording category, the Mi Note 10 Pro made away with a score of score of 66. That makes it better than the Honor 20 Pro and Black Shark 2 Pro, and on par with the Xperia 1 and Mate 30 Pro. 

Some notable issues with the phone's audio playback included a minimum volume that's too low, considerable distortion at maximum volume, and a lack of bass.

Of course, it's important to note that DxOMark's reviews aren't to be considered gospel. Our own review of the Mi Note 10 Pro, however, also points out that the phone's speaker is painfully average at most things—supporting DxOMark's case.

Our Mi Note 10 Pro audio review supports DxOMark's claims.
Our Mi Note 10 Pro audio review supports DxOMark's claims.

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Ricci Rox
Ricci Rox - Senior Tech Writer - 1867 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
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Ricci Rox, 2020-02- 5 (Update: 2020-02- 5)