We’ve been following along with Samsung and Xiaomi’s plans to bring a massive 108MP camera sensor to smartphones. The hardware is real and will be appearing in the China-only Xiaomi CC9 Pro smartphone. But that’s not where it will stay.
The Chinese company is also bringing the camera sensor (as well as the handset that contains it) to Western markets — though it’s not certain exactly which markets will get it. Those that do will see Samsung’s 108MP ISOCELL tech land in the form of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10.
Worth taking Note?
In terms of spec, the Mi Note 10 isn’t a flagship frightener. Not even in the camera department, where the huge megapixel count is more of an oddity than anything else. The main specs are a Snapdragon 730G, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage — those are competent numbers but every headliner phone from the past couple of years has it beat.
There’s a 6.47in curved display (OLED, naturally), a huge 5,260mAh battery and comes with a 30W fast-charger. It’s the camera specs that’ll lift your eyebrows, though.
Up front, the Mi Note 10 sports A 32MP selfie-cam, and around back are five sensors. There’s the you-don’t-really-need-it 108MP sensor (wide-angle, f/1.66), a 12MP (2x telephoto, f/2), 5MP (5x telephoto, f/2), 20MP (ultrawide, f/2.2) and a 2MP depth sensor.
The cost of the future
International pricing for the Mi Note 10 is set for 550 Euros, which comes to about R9,000 in South African money. If it gets to SA, however, we’re expecting it to get closer to the R10,000 mark. Even so, that’s not a bad price. If it arrives.
If the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 does make it to South Africa, it’ll turn up in one of two places — either Mobile in Africa or SmartphoneShop. The former has Xiaomi’s Note 8 available for SA currently, while the latter has the company’s Redmi devices in stock at present. It seems we’re still waiting for the Mi Note 9 to pitch up so the 10 could take… a few months to get here.
Source: The Verge