Xiaomi launches the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro, but they won't come cheap
Yesterday, Xiaomi launched the Mi CC9 Pro in China. The company has now unveiled the Mi Note 10 phones for the European market and, as speculated, they're, bar LTE band support, the exact same phones as the Mi CC9 Pro—somewhat mirroring the relationship between the Redmi K20 duo and their Mi 9T counterparts.
There's nothing novel about the Mi Note 10 phones at this point, seeing as we already know what they offer through the Mi CC9 Pro. A 6.47-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, a penta-camera setup comprised of a 108 MP main camera, a 20 MP ultra-wide-angle lens, an 8 MP 5x telephoto lens, a 12 MP 2x telephoto lens, and a macro lens. There's a 32 MP selfie camera housed in a waterdrop notch at the front of the phones.
The phone is heavily marketed for its photographic chops and it does have the hardware to support its claims. It's joint-top on DxOMark's rankings but we're inclined to wait for more real-world tests by other platforms.
Other notable specifications include a Snapdragon 730G, a 5260 mAh battery, 30 W fast-charge, a 3,5mm headphone jack, NFC, and an IR blaster.
While the Mi CC9 Pro phones had enticing price tags, the Mi Note 10 fails to offer that, as most will consider it to be quite pricey.
The Mi Note 10 with 6/128 GB will set buyers back €549, while the Mi Note 10 Pro with 8/256 GB has an MSRP of €649.
To be clear, the Mi Note 10 Pro is the same phone as the Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition. That means the only thing differentiating it from the regular Mi Note 10 is an "8P" lens, and more RAM and storage. No Snapdragon 855.
This is an ambitious release by Xiaomi, as it hasn't priced a device this high until now. Make no mistake about it, the Mi Note 10 phones are excellent devices, and would definitely be priced similarly—or even higher—if they were to be made by another OEM. But the Mi CC9 Pro costs just about US$400 when converting from Chinese Yuan, while the Mi Note 10 costs US$600 when converting from Euros. Bit hard to justify that discrepancy.