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Xiaomi Black Shark 2 vs Mi Note 10: What’s the difference?

Performance vs camera. Which between these two devices is best for you? Check our comparison to find out!

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Xiaomi, as a brand, has been on a roll lately. They’ve been continually releasing great smartphones and as well as opening up new authorized Mi Stores here in the Philippines.

With that, today’s comparison will cover two of their most recently released phones here in the Philippines — the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Note 10.

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Let’s talk about the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 first. This is a gaming smartphone that is made exactly with mobile gamers in mind. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and an obligatory aggressive design.

The second phone in this matchup is the Xiaomi Mi Note 10. It’s main feature is the five cameras on the back, led by a 108-megapixel primary shooter.

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You might be wondering, why are we comparing a gaming phone to a mid-range phone? You might be surprised at how close they are in some aspects — especially the price. Let’s find out more of their similarities and differences in this Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Mi Note 10 Specs Comparison.

 Xiaomi Black Shark 2Xiaomi Mi Note 10
Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
MIUI 10
Android 9.0
MIUI 11
SIMDual SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
~403ppi
108.9% DCI-P3
430-nits
34.7ms latency
HDR
6.47-inch AMOLED
1080 x 2340 pixel resolution
~398 ppi
87.8% screen-to-body ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
HDR
Processor2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ octa-core
Liquid Cooling 3.0
2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 octa-core
RAM6GB/8GB/12GB6GB
GPUAdreno 640Adreno 618
Storage128GB/256GB
UFS 3.0
non-expandable
128GB
non-expandable
Front camera20-megapixel
f/2.0
32-megapixel
f/2.0
Rear Camera48-megapixel (f/1.8, Sony IMX 586)
12-megapixel (2x telephoto, f/2.2)
PDAF
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Night Mode
108-megapixel (f/1.7, 7P Lens, OIS)
12-megapixel (f/2.0. Portrait)
5-megapixel (50x digital zoom, OIS)
20-megapixel (f/2.2, ultrawide)
2-megapixel (f/2.4, macro)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Night Mode
AudioStereo speakers
No headphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone jack
SecurityIn-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Connectivity4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS
USB Type-C
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, BDS, Galileo, A-GPS, GLONASS
USB Type-C
Dimensions163.61 x 75.01 x 8.77mm157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7mm
Weight205g208g
ColorsBlack
Silver
Blue
Aurora Green
Glacier White
Midnight Black
Battery4,000mAh
27W fast-charging support
5,260mAH
30W fast-charging
Price6GB/128GB: Php22,990
8GB/128GB: Php23,990
12GB/256GB: Php28,990
Php25,990

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As you can see, the two phones clearly are meant for two different customers. But first, let’s discuss their similarites and differences.

Let’s start with the display. The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has a 6.39-inch AMOLED display while the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has a 6.47-inch AMOLED screen. The former has a faster screen while the latter looks more sleek with its curved corners.

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Processor and GPU wise, as expected, the Black Shark 2 overpowers the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 thanks to its flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and Adreno 640 GPU.

Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is running on a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chip and an Adreno 618 GPU.

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On the memory front, the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has 3 different variants to choose from. Namely; 128GB/6GB, 128GB/8GB and 256GB/12GB. Compared to the single variant of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 which is 128GB/6GB.

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Where the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 shines is in its 5-rear camera set up. It houses a 108-megapixel main camera — making it one of the firsts to have it. We also have the 12-megapixel (telephoto), 5-megapixel (50x zoom), 20-megapixel (ultrawide) and a 2-megapixel (macro) cameras. At the front is a 32-megapixel selfie camera.

Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has a 48-megapixel and 12-megapixel dual camera set up at the back. At the front is a 20-megapixel selfie camera. Clearly, the Mi Note 10 wins this round.

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Battery wise, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has the bigger battery and faster-charging feature. The Mi Note 10 is housing a 5,260mAh battery and has a 30W Fast Battery Charging feature. While the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has a 4,000mAh battery and a 27W Fast Battery charging feature.

As stated earlier, both phones are fairly within the same price range. Here are the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 prices based from their variants: 128GB/6GB for Php22,990, 128GB/8GB for Php23,990 and 256GB/12GB for Php28,990. While the Xiaomi Mi Note 10’s lone model of 128GB/6GB can be bought for Php25,990.

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To summarize, if overall features and best-possible performance is what you’re after, then the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is the clear winner. But if mobile photography is really a top priority, and you want to brag about owning the first smartphone to come with a 108-megapixel camera, then the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is here for you.

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