The Xiaomi Mi 10 is the third attempt of the company for a few years to enter the luxury market. But the MI 10 released in the course of the worst pandemic the world has seen in past years makes it much harder for the business to persuade customers, particularly when the brand itself is mainly known for its low-cost smartphones in India, to pitch a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor in a half-lake. When a Snapdragon 865 flagship is already available for a price of 480$. The job will get much harder.
But after having used the phone as a regular driver for over a week, it is apparent that Xiaomi is now matured to manufacture an all-around smartphone that is well above their budgetary mobile phones. However, it’s not ideal in any way.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 is a perfect phone due to its high-quality build, beautiful 90Hz screen, and nippy chipset. That said, its value for money struggles to break it out of the park, with similarly priced phones like the OnePlus 8 Pro and Huawei P40 winning from a camera point of view, and Realme and Oppo providing a more enjoyable interface experience at a comparable price.
Price And Availability (XIAOMI MI 10 REVIEW)
- Mi 10 price in india- ₹ 54,999 (Coral Green, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) – 108MP Quad Camera, SD 865 Processor, 5G Ready
- Xiaomi Mi 10 price in EUROPE – € 530.00 (Smartphone 256GB, 8GB RAM, Twilight Grey)
- Xiaomi Mi 10 price in UK- £ 558.04 (8 GB 256GB 5G USB Type-C Grey Android 10.0 4780 mAh Mi Mi 10, 16.9 cm (6.67″), 8 GB, 256 GB, 108 MP, Android 10.0, Grey)
On both the front and back, Xiaomi Mi 10 uses a glass sandwich style with curved glass that makes it look super sleek in front. “Coral Green” or “Twilight Grey” Xiaomi has done a brilliant job of making this phone look as attractive and premium as possible. There are two color choices for the back panel on the Xiaomi Mi 10. The simplicity of the Mi 10 makes it as tempting as any telephone can be! But the asymmetrical positioning of the camera allows the handset to wiggle when it is used on a flat surface like a table while sleeping. The back panel consists of several layers of different reflectivity that together create an illusion of depth. For its aesthetics, I would rate the Mi 10 a 10/10, but these variables diminish its usefulness, the reviewer states. In the middle, the back of the phone is noticeably thick and measures about 9 mm, minus the thick hump of the frame. On the right are the volume rocker and the controlled press, while on the top are the secondary microphone, the second stereo amplifier, and an IR blaster. The Xiaomi Mi 10 is bound to be strong, and that’s for sure! Keeping it up can be an arduous job, particularly if you plan to game on smartphones, the phone weighs well over 200 grams (208g to be exact). The only part that irks me about the interface is the phone’s affinity for detecting fingerprints and smudges. Since the Mi Note 2, Xiaomi has not released a phone with a glass sandwich style with both faces curved, so the company’s intention to move to the luxury market becomes more apparent with this design decision. On the other hand, the show gives me the same joy as the rest of the design, with a huge AMOLED display with angled side edges and a small hole-punch cutout.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 has an HDR 10+ content-certified 6.67-inch AMOLED monitor and has a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Xiaomi states that the show represents 100 percent of the color gamut of sRGB, NTSC, and DCI-P3. In multiple regions with values ranging from 800 nits to 1200 nits, there is a difference in terms of the peak brightness claimed by Xiaomi’s websites. In Xiaomi’s MIUI, the high brightness mode improves the contrast and lightens the dim backgrounds under heavy illumination to increase outdoor readability. The display is very glossy, but that normally does not obstruct its readability. Any of the best in this price range are the display’s color reproduction, brightness, and contrast. The Mi 10 Pro has a refresh rate of 90Hz, providing a smoother scrolling experience compared to a monitor of 60Hz. It refreshes 90 times a second, which is 1.5 times faster than a regular 60-hz monitor, or once every 11ms. The handset has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that functions to help users track down nearby users in accordance with the screen’s micro-USB port.
The first Xiaomi smartphones with 90Hz AMOLED displays are the Xiaomi Mi 10 and the Mi 10 Pro.
As motion can sound more polished and fluid, the 90Hz refresh rate also boosts the experience in some games. Other than games, on websites or in social media applications such as Snapchat or Instagram, the higher refresh rate makes faster scrolling. The phone comes with a number of Always-On Display settings, but the battery drain could be increased when using them. The curved portion of the display blends very easily without sticking out and, especially along the edges, offers little resistance to use or type. To compensate for the lack of a warning LED, it also supports edge lighting options. An under-glass fingerprint scanner is also located in the display, which is incredibly precise and receptive. The only caveat is that once the unlock animation is working, the phone does not unlock, so my advice will be to pick the shortest animation that lasts.
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This is where Xiaomi brings the most money into it. The Mi 10 is the first smartphone under 480$ to rock Samsung’s imaging team’s 108MP camera sensor. The sensor is 1/1.33 inch, second only to the custom sensor scale used in the Huawei P40 Pro+. More than 100 million 0.8 micron pixels accommodate the large sensor scale, which helps achieve noise-free optical zoom and a decent amount of 100 percent crop resolution. By default, the sensor also produces 27MP images by binning four adjacent 0.8um pixels into a wide 1.6um pixel, the same technique used in the previous 48MP and 64MP cameras.
Xiaomi Mi 10 is operating on MIUI 11, based on Android 10, which will disappoint the majority of users. No app drawer is available and the handset is supplied with the normal bloatware. MIUI is monetized in ads by the biggest backlash that Xiaomi faces. Fortunately, Xiaomi has not promised any advertising because this is a flagship deal. However, this is unfortunately not accurate if you count the hundreds of Spam updates from the GetApps app store and My Videos I received. The only way to delete these alerts is by removing Configuration messages from these applications. The gui for the 90 Hz panel is optimized and the UI colors look fine and dynamic.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 runs on Android 10-based MIUI 11, and here’s where most users hoping for a flagship experience may be a little confused, whereas old Xiaomi users feel right at home when upgrading from a mid-ranger. For one, there’s no app drawer, and while I understand that’s always been the case with MIUI, if I paid half a lakh for a tablet, I would have at least liked the choice to turn it on. And there’s the standard collection of bloatware littered with the handset. Many may be uninstalled, although others can not be uninstalled, such as the Mi Browser, which was recently embroiled in a data breach controversy. The way it monetizes MIUI by serving advertisements is another major retaliation faced by Xiaomi. Fortunately, Xiaomi has promised no advertising because this is a flagship offering. But if you count the thousands of spam updates I received from the GetApps app store and Mi Images, that’s unfortunately not the case. And these are applications that during my time in use, I never opened for once. Disabling alerts from these applications from the Settings is the best way to get rid of them. Using a custom launcher is much easier. The Microsoft Launcher, which fixes every problem I have with MIUI, I suggest. And there’s a great deal to like about MIUI once you get past the overloaded interface, the missing app drawer, and the spam alerts. Particularly, with the help of third-party themes and icons, the customization it provides. For the 90Hz screen, the GUI is also designed, and the UI colors look nice and vivid, and I venture to say, very premium.
Perhaps the main thing dragging this smartphone down is the app, relative to more refined ones such as OxygenOS and OneUI from Samsung.
Battery life and charging
With support for 30W wired and wireless charging, the Xiaomi Mi 10 packs a massive 4780mAh battery. The latter is something we’re just seeing this year for the first time, and while I’m not much of a wireless charging user, it’s very easy to only prop the handset on the wireless charging stand for an hour to see the phone charged to 70% (requires to be purchased separately for Rs 2,299). Wireless charging takes about an hour and a half to achieve its maximum potential. Wired charging is marginally quicker, with 65 minutes remaining throughout our sprint to complete the mission. As for the battery life, on an Airtel 4G link, we clocked a consistent six-hour screen-on time, with spurts of benchmark runs, games, plenty of camera use, and social media surfing. In 2020, that’s good and on par with other flagships. At its core, MIUI’s memory control is very offensive. It goes a long way in saving space, but at the expense of opening applications, you have just closed them all over again.
For making the most gorgeous-looking and best-performing phones yet, Xiaomi deserves praise. With their style, the Xiaomi Mi 10 and the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro not only demand your attention but also keep you hooked because of the amazing results. The Xiaomi Mi 10 is designed for all situations, whether you choose to take crisp pictures with the 108MP sensor or impress at smartphone sports. The software experience of MIUI 11 is the only drawback of the handset, and while Xiaomi claims to have ironed out several kinks in the MIUI 12 update, it still doesn’t feel like the smoothest interface out there. But if you can work with MIUI, then the Xiaomi Mi 10 is a smartphone that’s certainly worthy of your time. You would have to pay €799 for the 8GB + 128GB version or €899 for the 8GB + 256GB variant if you are planning to purchase the Mi 10 in Europe (though you may find it in some places for less). In India, for the 128 or 256GB capacity versions, the Mi 10 is rated at ⁇ 49,999 or ⁇ 54,999. These rates are slightly higher than in China, but Xiaomi produces smartphones only in India and China, and import duty and/or other local taxes are included in the costs in other regions.