Xiaomi Mi 10 (Pro): The end of low prices?

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The Chinese tech company has released the long-awaited top phone Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. The new flagships are impressive and are once again a battle cry for the big ones.

At the beginning of February Xiaomi had already officially introduced its new Mi-10 models in China. These include the basic model and a Pro version, which are not very different from each other purely visually and technically over long distances. Xiaomi shines with curved glass, a borderless display design and punch hole in the display for the selfie camera. The manufacturer therefore relies on a solid design without experiments on the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Punch Hole Camera

The small selfie camera sits on the left under the display glass. / © Screenshot / AndroidPIT

Xiaomi Mi 10 (Pro): The Display

Samsung has also introduced a display with a 120Hz refresh rate with its new Galaxy S20 models. Xiaomi does not include this, but in both Mi-10 models it installs a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 90Hz. In most current smartphones, the refresh rate is 60Hz. You probably won’t really notice a difference between 90Hz and 120Hz in everyday life, if we’re honest. The display resolves at 1,080 x 2,340 pixels, providing Full HD+. Gorilla Glass 6 protects the panel from scratches. The recess for the selfie camera is located at the front view at the top left.

Processor, battery and memory

As expected, Xiaomi installs the Snapdragon 865 in the Mi 10 (Pro) with 2.84 + 2.42 + 1.8 GHz clock. The octa-core processor is 5G compatible and has access to 8 or 12 GB of RAM, depending on the model. Like Samsung, Xiaomi uses the new LPDDR5 memory with its S20 devices, which is supposed to work more efficiently and faster. Internally, the Xiaomi Mi 10 has 128 or 265 GB of memory available. For the Pro model, it’s 256 GB or 512 GB. The Xiaomi Mi 10 uses a 4,780 mAh battery, which can be quickly charged with up to 30 watts. The manufacturer encases a power supply. 10-watt reverse charging is also on board, as well as wireless charging with up to 30 watts. The Mi 10 Pro comes with a smaller 4,500 mAh battery that even supports up to 50 watts of fast charging. Reverse charging and wireless charging are also among the features here. As a graphics unit, Xiaomi also installs Qualcomm’s Adreno 660 in both models. The reason for the smaller battery in the Pro model is the additional tele camera, which requires space.

The camera: The best the smartphone market is currently doing

The independent testers from DxO Mark have probably already Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro chased through their labsThe camera of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro scores a whopping 124 points in the test, knocking the camera of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G (123 points) off the throne. Together with the Oppo Find X2 Pro, Xiaomi currently shares the number one spot of the smartphone cameras. Since DxO-Mark hasn’t yet tested the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S20 or that of the new Huawei P40 Pro, it remains exciting what we can expect here. We expect rapid changes on the DxO-Mark podium.

The camera in xiaomi Mi 10

  • 108 MP Samsung HMX x/1.69 Aperture
  • 13 MP Wide Angle Lens /2.4 Aperture
  • 2 MP macro sensor
  • 2 MP depth sensor

The camera in the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

  • 108 MP Samsung HMX x/1.69 Aperture
  • 12 MP Telephoto Lens /2.0 Aperture
  • 8 MP Ultra Telephoto Lens /2.0 (OIS) + 10x Hybrid Zoom
  • 20 MP Ultra Wide Angle Sensor /2.2 Aperture

Both models come with a 20-megapixel selfie camera with a 2.0 at the front.

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The Xiaomi Mi 10 (Pro) will be available in three colors./ © Screenshot / AndroidPIT

Software and Features

The Xiaomi Mi 10 (Pro) comes factory based on Android 10 with customized user interface MIUI 11. A fingerprint sensor is also on board, even if you don’t see it. This is located under the display glass. It’s circulating current rumoursthat the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro like Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series can record videos in 8K. We cannot confirm this at this time. DxO-Mark also did not mention 8K videos in its test, but only tested in 4K quality.

How expensive will smartphones be?

It is expected that the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro will be several hundred euros cheaper than the models from Samsung’s competitors. Prices for the local market are not yet known. Actually, we should find out more about this in the context of the MWC. However, by converting Chinese prices, a tendency to make the price-performance ratio very attractive again could be seen. For example, the cheapest Xiaomi Mi 10 costs about 525 euros. The pro model is around 660 euros for the cheapest version and 790 euros with 512 GB of storage. It can be assumed that prices in this country will nevertheless be significantly higher. According to leaked information, the prices for the basic model should be staggered as follows:

  • Xiaomi Mi 10 8 GB + 128 GB Memory: 749 Euro
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 8 GB + 256 GB Memory: 849 Euro

The attractive pro model will probably be correspondingly more expensive. Whether Xiaomi can maintain its low prices will be heard on March 27 at 2 p.m. in the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Live Stream.

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