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And thanks again to Norton 360 for sponsoring a portion of this video. Now it’s time to move onto the durability
test of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10. Let’s get started. [Intro] This is one of the most powerful phones for
the price right now, and it almost slipped my radar. Released late in 2019, I didn’t
realize how cool this phone was until I started getting a lot of requests for it. It’s no
folding phone of course, but I’d say most people aren’t looking for that tech just yet.
The biggest perk of this phone I think is the camera setup on the back. It’s got everything:
a beastly 108 megapixel, a portrait camera, a telephoto, an ultrawide, and something we
don’t see very often, a macro camera for those super close up shots. The phone does come with a clear case in the
box which is nice. Protection is always a good thing. It’s time for the scratch test.
The last two phones I tested, the Motorola Razr and Z Flip both had flexible displays
that started to damage at a level 2. Sapphire of course would scratch at level 8 or 9. Xiaomi
has said that this phone is using Gorilla Glass on both the front and the back. And
indeed we do see scratches at a level 6, with deeper grooves at a level 7. Pretty normal.
Every day objects shouldn’t do any damage. My razor blade is unable to scratch the top
32 megapixel selfie camera in this teardrop notch. The speaker grill up top is a thin strip of
plastic, but it’s glued in tight and won’t be falling out on its own. I got the Aurora
Green version of the Mi Note 10, and the frame is made from metal. Flipping it over we can
see the SIM card tray is also made from metal. There’s no official IP rating on the Mi Note
10, but it does have a red rubber ring around the dual SIM card tray. No SD or expandable
memory though. The power and volume rockers are both made from metal. And here at the
top we have more aluminum, along with the built-in IR blaster for remote controlling
TVs and stuff. I like phones with features and this phone…are you ready…even has
a headphone jack. You might have heard those old legends of this antiquated technology
existing in every handheld communication device, and it’s nice to see that Xiaomi is still
going strong. The Mi Note 10 is the Swiss Army knife of cellphones. The back panel is
made from glass, and each of the cameras are protected as well. The bottom 2 megapixel macro camera, the 12
megapixel wide-angle, has it’s own lens. Then the 108 megapixel wide-angle high resolution
camera and 12 megapixel portrait, and 5 megapixel telephoto camera are all under the same piece
of scratch resistant glass. There are 4 flash LEDs, 2 of which are diffused. Kind of cool.
The frosted diffusion on top should made a softer flash, but with LEDs this small, it
will be interesting to see if it actually makes a difference. The biggest selling point of this phone to
me of course, is the large selection of cameras. Obviously, that 108 megapixel camera is cool
all by itself. I’ll let other tech reviewers do the glamour shots. I just like having options.
This phone has the largest selection of cameras we’ve ever seen. A macro lens is something
we never usually included on a smartphone, and I’m sure some of you will find that closeup
camera super useful. It’s not just the 5 cameras, IR blaster, headphone
jack. This phone also has a massive 5,260 milliamp hour battery. We’ll have to find
that of course during the teardown. This sub $500 Mi Note 10 is easily one of the feature
rich smartphones we’ve seen in a long time. It has more features than most $1000 smartphones.
And it survives the burn test. After 30 seconds there was hardly any damage on the 6.5 inch
AMOLED display. But, of course, if we’re being honest, if your phone’s on fire you probably
have bigger problems to worry about. The last thing to check before the bend test
is the underscreen fingerprint scanner. This time around I’ll scan my fingerprint first.
We can tell it’s an optical fingerprint scanner by the way the screen lights up illuminating
my fingerprint so the underscreen camera can take a picture of it. Then we can inflict
some level 7 deeper groove damage on top. This is definitely more scratches than the
phone will ever see with regular use. And lucky for us, the Mi Note 10 is still reading
my fingerprint every time and unlocking the phone. Normally, smartphones do survive my durability
test, but in the past I’ve had multiple Xiaomi phones fail catastrophically. Like the Mi
5 or the Redmi Note 3, or even the Redmi Note 7 just last year. But after the first bend
with this phone, we can tell the Mi Note 10 is different. There is no flex to the display
when bent from the front, and no flex when bent from the back. This is probably the most
structurally solid smartphone that Xiaomi has ever built. And it’s definitely one of
my favorites. It has a lot of features, less than $500, and is structurally sound. The
Mi Note 10 is a winner. Let me know what other smartphones you want to see tested down in
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