The new flagship from Xiaomi was announced on January 13, and now I have the opportunity to test it in practice. Today I have on the test Xiaomi Mi 10, but in addition to it, there is also an improved version with the prefix Pro.
As a consequence, the coronavirus epidemic, to purchase a flagship smartphone even in China itself is a big problem, not to mention other countries of the world.
The official price for base Xiaomi Mi 10 is around $570 in the Chinese market. The global version of the smartphone will appear no earlier than in April of this year.
The price is certainly rather high, but do not forget that this is a flagship device that can easily compete with the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. Although the price of the new flagship from Samsung is almost two times higher than Xiaomi.
The main features of Xiaomi Mi 10 are a large 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 90 Hz, the top Snapdragon 865 processor, a 108-megapixel sensor, a 4780 mAh battery with fast charging.
In this full review, I will talk about all the features and my opinion, the advantages, and disadvantages of the flagship device from Xiaomi in 2020.
Xiaomi Mi 10: Specifications
|Xiaomi Mi 10 5G:||Specs|
|Display:||6.67 inches Super AMOLED with 1080 x 2340 pixels, 90Hz|
|CPU:||Snapdragon 865 Octa Core 2.84GHz|
|Memory extension:||Not supported|
|Cameras:||108MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP main camera and 20MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and GPS|
|OS:||Android 10 (MIUI11)|
|Dimensions:||162.6 x 74.8 x 9 mm|
Xiaomi Mi 10: Unboxing
The flagship device Xiaomi Mi 10 received a standard box in gray execution. Like any flagship, the box does not have any picture of the smartphone on the front, but only the name of the model.
The reverse side of the box received a sticker of the main specifications, but, of course, in Chinese. I have the Chinese version on the test and only Chinese and English are here. Other languages will be available later in the global version.
Inside the box, no surprises – this is the smartphone itself in a protective film, a separate envelope in which there is a protective transparent case, instructions, a SIM needle and an adapter for a 3.5 mm audio jack to Type-C connector. Below there is a 30W power adapter and a charging cable, of course, with a Type-C connector.
I note right away that the cover is made of strong material, which is very pleasing, but the lack of 3.5 mm can cause dissatisfaction for some users. I believe that wireless headphones are much more convenient than using tangled wires.
Xiaomi Mi 10: Design
The new flagship device Xiaomi Mi 10 is made of corning Gorilla Glass 5, and the side frame is aluminum. The build quality is top-notch and during testing, I did not find any flaws.
The back of the case is very much like the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, especially the location of the main camera. As you can see from the picture, the camera is located in the upper left corner. It sticks out a little, but with the protective cover that comes with the kit, there will be no problems with scratching the sensors.
At the bottom of the back panel, you can see the company logo and designation support 5G network.
It was not difficult to notice that there was no fingerprint scanner, both on the rear panel and on the side faces. The scanner was located under the screen on the front of the device. It works accurately and quickly.
The front of the Xiaomi Note 10 received some changes when compared with its predecessors. Now the screen has rounded edges and the frames around the screen are very small.
This time, notches were not without a waterdrop shape. The new flagship received a small hole punch in the upper left corner. If you choose the right wallpaper, then with daily use, the hole punch of the front camera will not be thrown strongly into the eyes.
The bottom end of the device has a main microphone, a speaker, a Type-C connector with support for fast charging and a slot for dual SIM cards. For some reason, the manufacturer did not install a memory card, but the minimum version starts from 128GB of internal memory, which is not bad.
The upper end is equipped with an additional speaker, noise-canceling microphone and infrared sensor.
Now, Xiaomi’s flagship has stereo sound. Indeed, the sound quality is decent, but I can’t call it a strong point. The volume level is good, but the purity and detail are not enough, but the bass is enough.
The standard control buttons are the inclusion and the volume rocker on the right side.
I can’t call the smartphone small and compact since the dimensions were 162.6 x 74.8 x 9 mm, and the weight was 208 grams. The smartphone feels solid in the hand, but it is impossible to control with one hand.
Xiaomi Mi 10: Screen
As I mentioned, the screen size was 6.67 inches and a Super AMOLED matrix with Full HD+ resolution or 1080 x 2340 pixels is used.
The frames around the screen are small, and the hole punch of the front camera is small, so the screen received 89.8% of the screen to body ratio. The aspect ratio was 19.5: 9, and the pixel density per inch was 386 ppi.
The maximum brightness with auto-brightness is approximately 1100 nits, so using a smartphone even in sunny weather will not be a problem.
In addition, the screen received a lot of interesting chips. For example, the presence of DCI-P3, HDR10 +, and a 90 Hz refresh rate.
As for the flagship, the screen is very solid, color reproduction is good, and viewing angles are large. Using the screen is a pleasure and even after a whole day of testing, my eyes did not hurt.
Xiaomi Mi 10: Performance and Software
Naturally, the new flagship Xiaomi Mi 10 was equipped with the most powerful processor on the mobile market. This is the Snapdragon 865 chipset, which is built on the basis of 7-nanometer technology. It is based on such cores as one Kryo 585 core with a frequency of 2.84 GHz, three Kryo 585 cores with a frequency of 2.42 GHz, and four Kryo 585 cores with a frequency of 1.80 GHz.
The graphics processor is Adreno 650, which copes with its tasks at an impeccable level. Even after two hours of playing heavy games at ultra-high settings, the smartphone did not overheat. The temperature was in the range up to 38 degrees. The heat sink tube with six layers of graphite is responsible for cooling.
I have a basic version of the flagship and I have 8GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. In addition, the manufacturer offers versions such as 8/256 GB and 12/512 GB of memory. The latest generation memory and read speed amounted to almost 830 MB per second.
Below I will present benchmark tests, where you can see the results of AnTuTu, GeekBench 5 and many others.
At the beginning of the review, I said that I have on the test the Chinese version of the Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphone. Therefore, only two languages are available in the device – these are Chinese and English.
The flagship is controlled, of course, under the latest version of Android 10 with the MIUI 11 user interface.
When testing the interface of Xiaomi Mi 10, I was surprised by the speed of work. Probably, a 90 Hz refresh rate had a good effect not only on the screen but also on the effect of speed of work.
At the presentation, the manufacturer paid attention to vibration points. Indeed, with daily use, it works well and the sensations after it are pleasant.
Although the device is for the Chinese market, the presence of built-in NFC will allow you to deposit card banks not only in China but also in many other countries. NFC works quickly and I have no complaints about it.
In general, the interface control is smart and without delay, but it says a lot about the Chinese version, it makes no sense, so I will wait for the global version. As soon as it comes out, I will update and add my opinion about the functionality.
Xiaomi Mi 10: Camera
The main camera of the flagship Xiaomi Mi 10 received 108-megapixels main module with an aperture of f/1.7. The sensor also received optical video stabilization and PDAF. The second sensor for ultra-wide 13-megapixel images with f/2.4 aperture.
But the third and fourth models received a 2-megapixel sensor, only the first for macro photography, and the second for bokeh mode. Both of them have an f/2.4 aperture.
The front camera has 20-megapixel and aperture at f/2.0. The maximum video shooting on a selfie camera is 1080p.
The camera application is standard and does not stand out. If you previously used smartphones from the Xiaomi brand, then you definitely will not have any problems.
Many of us know DxOmark who test cameras on various devices. Now the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro model has won first place in this list after it the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G is one point behind.
The video has 8K support with 30 frames per second, but the quality is not very good since there is no stabilization at the same time. But 4K with 60 frames per second with stabilization has good video quality.
Xiaomi Mi 10: Battery
The smartphone is powered by 4780 mAh battery capacity and has fast-charged at 30 watts of power. In addition, the flagship received 30 W wireless charging and 10 W reverse wireless charging.
The battery life at maximum brightness and playing various games at ultra-high settings was about 5 hours. I can confidently say that the smartphone will work for two days with everyday use.
It took 1 hour and 10 minutes to fully charge through the power adapter. This is not such an indicator, as Xiaomi says, but also not bad.
Xiaomi Mi 10: Conclusion and Reviews
After testing Xiaomi Mi 10, I was left with an impressive effect and I can definitely say that the Mi 10 model is the flagship, although not full-fledged.
For example, the main disadvantages are the lack of any waterproof protection and an additional slot for a memory card. Another minor drawback is the lack of a 3.5 mm audio jack, but for me personally – this is a minor drawback.
Naturally, the large curved AMOLED screen, performance, speed of the user interface, as well as camera and battery life – are the strengths of the new flagship.
Xiaomi Mi 10: Price and where to buy cheaper?
At the moment, you can buy the Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphone only with Chinese firmware and the price will be slightly higher than the official one. On Aliexpress, the price tag starts at $600. In addition, it is very difficult to purchase a smartphone because of the coronavirus.
I hope that in the near future, sales will begin in full swing, but you should wait a bit.