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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro review: Delivering the goods

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Xiaomi has lengthy had a knack for knocking out strong {hardware}, and the Mi 10 Professional sees the corporate doubling down on its dashing design language. The cellphone isn’t only a glass magnificence, it’s a technical powerhouse. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Professional goes head-to-head with a few of the greatest telephones on the earth, together with entries from Oppo, Huawei, and Samsung.

Did Xiaomi dial in the right combination of bravado, proficiency, and pricing? Discover out in Android Authority‘s Xiaomi Mi 10 Professional assessment.

About this Xiaomi Mi 10 Professional assessment: I wrote this Xiaomi Mi 10 Professional assessment after spending per week with the cellphone. Xiaomi provided the gadget to Android Authority, which was working Android 10 with MIUI 11.0.7 and the March 2020 safety patch.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Professional assessment: Who is that this cellphone for?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro google apps

The Mi 10 Professional is a flagship cellphone that competes with the Oppo Discover X2, Huawei P40 Professional, and Samsung S20 household. It’s a heavy hitter designed to enchantment to those that need the entire package deal: attractiveness and prime efficiency. This isn’t a straightforward feat. It’s simple to get no less than a part of the equation proper and nonetheless get the ensuing answer fallacious.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Professional sees the corporate specializing in 4 main tentpoles: the show, processor efficiency, battery life, and the digital camera. If these are the core options which may get you to half together with your money, Xiaomi has them in spades.

There’s a little bit of a change, nonetheless: the Mi 10 Professional prices much more than its predecessor — practically twice as a lot — and is now consistent with the competitors on pricing. In different phrases, the cellphone has misplaced considered one of Xiaomi’s conventional benefits. Let’s dive in and see how the Mi 10 Professional earns its increased price ticket — and whether or not or not it ought to earn your cash.

Design: Slim simplicity

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro back standing up

  • 3D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 162.58 x 74.Eight x 8.96mm
  • 208g
  • USB-C
  • Alpine White, Solstice Gray

Xiaomi isn’t breaking any new floor by way of design, and but the Mi 10 Professional is interesting all the identical. It’s as refined a product as I’ve seen from Xiaomi.

The glass sandwich type must be acquainted to anybody shopping for a flagship in 2020. A slim steel body is the filling between two Gorilla Glass 5 panels that curve across the edges to satisfy the aluminum. The glass is flawless and creates an completely seamless transition from glass to steel to glass as you progress your finger across the edge. The match and end is second to none.

The cellphone is available in two colours: Alpine White or Solstice Gray. Xiaomi lent us the grey mannequin, which resembles the sky at nightfall proper earlier than a depraved snowstorm. It’s received a satiny end, relatively than gloss, which supplies it a sublime, gentlemanly high quality. The steel body is shiny, however nonetheless painted to match the cellphone’s darkish, cloudy temper.

Aside from the colour, the digital camera module is probably the most hanging design component on the cellphone’s rear panel. Quite than go along with a cumbersome rectangle, Xiaomi lined up the Mi 10 Professional’s cameras in a vertical column. Whereas three lenses are encompassed in the identical raised module, the fourth lens is, inexplicably, an island unto itself. The impact? It seems to be like an exclamation level. A reflective chrome ring circles the highest lens, calling out the cellphone’s excessive pixel depend. The module, offset to the left, means the cellphone will wobble as you faucet the display screen whereas it sits on a tough floor.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro cameras

The controls are about what we’ve come to count on from flagships. Meaning USB-C however no headphone jack, a SIM card tray however no microSD, stereo audio system, and slim buttons on the aspect. The display screen lock key and quantity toggle, each on the correct, are maybe too slim. The motion is sweet.

It’s not stupidly huge. The Mi 10 Professional is about the identical dimension as a Google Pixel Four XL, and noticeably shorter and narrower than the LG V60. In different phrases, it’s simpler to carry and use than some flagships. It’s nonetheless sizable and could also be too giant for some folks.

The Mi 10 Professional is as refined a product as I’ve seen from Xiaomi.

Xiaomi says it has “splash safety” however not a full IP score. Almost the entire Mi 10 Professional’s rivals (S20, V60, P40, Pixel 4, OnePlus Eight Professional) have IP68 scores.

In all, the Mi 10 Professional could also be easy, could also be protected, nevertheless it’s polished in simply the correct methods.

Show: Encouraging display screen time

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro top half of display

  • 6.67-in AMOLED Dot Show with TrueColor
  • 19.5:9 facet ratio, 92.4% display screen/physique ratio
  • 90Hz
  • HDR10+ / TUV Rheinland certification
  • Full HD+
  • 800nits
  • 5,ooo,ooo:1 distinction
  • Beneath-display fingerprint reader

Xiaomi made the conservative alternative with respect to the show. Whether or not or not it’s sufficient is as much as you. It’s a large 6.67-inch AMOLED that may be set to 90Hz if you’d like a smoother expertise. The refresh price isn’t as excessive because the 120Hz shows of the S20 sequence or the OnePlus Eight Professional, nevertheless it matches the speed of the Huawei P40 Professional and Google Pixel Four XL. The Full HD+ decision is dense sufficient for the panel, however I’d have most well-liked to have Quad HD+ as an possibility. Brightness ramps as excessive as 1,200nits below sure circumstances. There’s no notch, however you’ll discover a small punch gap digital camera within the top-left nook of the display screen. The Dot Show branding is Xiaomi’s model of the Infinity-O branding from Samsung.

All this interprets to a high-quality show. It’s pixel wealthy, brilliant, and colourful. Everybody must be glad to browse the online, scroll by means of social media, or punch out some emails on this display screen. I actually loved the appear and feel when set to 90Hz scrolling and different animated motions are clean, clean, clean.

Should you like to Netflix on the go, the HDR10+ certification means you get the very best image from the streaming service. The cellphone additionally has TUV Rheinland certification and a distinction ratio of 5,000,000:1. The newest season of Ozark seemed superb on the display screen.

Final, the cellphone has an under-the show fingerprint reader. It’s positioned about the place you count on it to be. Whereas I nonetheless want rear- or side-mounted readers, the Mi 10 Professional’s reader was acceptable by way of velocity and accuracy. The face unlock device, which doesn’t depend on any fancy tech, is constant however not as safe as 3D-based options.

Primarily, the Mi 10 Professional matches a lot of the competitors in relation to display screen tech and efficiency.

Efficiency: Pow, bang, zoom

I’ve the POWA

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Adreno 650 GPU
  • 8GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 256 UFS 3.Zero storage
  • LiquidCool 2.Zero vapor chamber

The Mi 10 Professional has the anticipated silicon below the hood. Meaning Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line processor, with sufficient speedy RAM, storage, and cooling to maintain most customers glad. The Mi 10 Professional tore benchmarks akin to Geekbench and 3DMark a brand new one, topping 99% of different telephones within the database. It simply matched the numbers put up by different Snapdragon 865 flagships, such because the S20 Extremely and Oppo Discover X2 Professional. I’ll name out the 3D Benchmark for one purpose: it exhibits the refresh price. It one check, the cellphone managed 88 frames per second and the opposite it dialed within the full 90. This demonstrates that the refresh price is actual.

In on a regular basis use, the cellphone was a clean operator. Nothing concerning the Mi 10 Professional ever felt gradual or sluggish. Due to Google’s free supply of Stadia, I checked out some video games on the Mi 10 Professional, together with Future 2. The sport ran completely. I didn’t see any dropped frames throughout gameplay. The Mi 10 Professional lacks devoted gaming options — nevertheless it nonetheless delivers all of the punch it wants.

Suffice it to say the cellphone is greater than passable in relation to energy.


Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 65W charging brick

Gimme the juice

  • 4,500mAh
  • 50W wired charging
  • 30W wi-fi charging
  • 65W charger in field

That goes for battery life, too. The Xiaomi bats 1,000 in relation to battery metrics: it lasts longer than most telephones and, as soon as the battery is depleted, recharges sooner than most telephones. That’s the story each cellphone maker ought to need to promote to shoppers.

Display-on time typically stretched over the seven-hour mark. That was with a strong mixture of use, akin to YouTube and benchmarking, in addition to checking e mail and taking images. Most of the most present flagships are seeing screen-on instances within the six-hour vary. The Mi 10 Professional usually pushed by means of a day and a half at a minimal, and typically delivered just a little bit extra. Xiaomi’s power-consumption tuning is kind of good. It’s not fairly the 2 days Xiaomi guarantees, nevertheless it nonetheless bests a lot of the competitors.

Whereas many telephones final a day on a cost, none recharge as quickly because the Mi Observe 10. The included 65W charger can pump the battery from 0% to 100% in 45 minutes, says Xiaomi. Our commentary was 47 minutes, however that’s nonetheless document time. It’s uncommon to see a battery over the 80% mark in such a short while, not to mention totally charged. Leaving the cellphone plugged in for 15 minutes offers it a 40% enhance.

As for wi-fi charging, the cellphone helps 30W speedy energy supply. We don’t have a wi-fi charger with that capability. Even so, the cellphone charged totally in about 80 minutes.

You received’t have to cost the cellphone all that always, and once you do it’ll be carried out charging earlier than it.

Digicam

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro back top half

  • Rear:
    • Most important: 108MP, f/1.69, 1/1.33-in sensor, 82-degree FoV
    • Extremely-Huge: 20MP, f/2.2, 117-degree FoV
    • Portrait: 12MP, f/2.0, 2x optical
    • Zoom: 8MP, f/2.2, OIS, 10x hybrid, 50x digital zoom

Flagship telephones are anticipated to have multi-camera arrays adorning the rear panel and the Xiaomi Mi 10 Professional is not any totally different. That is among the many extra sophisticated preparations I’ve seen, so let’s undergo this step-by-step.

The highest-most lens is highlighted and stenciled “108MP” however there’s an issue: it isn’t the 108MP digital camera. As an alternative, it’s an 8MP hybrid zoom lens. That is the lens that offers you your telephoto results from 2x and past. Yeah, complicated, I do know. The subsequent lens down the stack is a 12MP shooter that handles portraiture. This “magnificence” digital camera has a 50mm lens and is the first shooter for bokeh photographs. The third lens down the stack is definitely the 108MP important digital camera. Final, the fourth lens that’s set off by itself does double responsibility because the 20MP extremely wide-angle and macro shooter.

Photographs taken with the principle lens are binned right down to 25.2MP. Most photographs turned out nicely. You’ll see sharp focus all through, with strong publicity and shade. My solely criticism can be the poor HDR impact and the noise seen in darkish spots. Switching to the complete 108MP decision delivers outcomes which are on par with (and, in truth, virtually indistinguishable from) the usual setting. You’ll see the colour is equivalent, focus is spot on, and there’s little or no noise. The true purpose for such a sensor is so  you possibly can zoom method in, and once you do you’ll start to see some digital artifacts and different flaws.

The zoom lens does a very spectacular job. The photographs I took at 1x, 3x, and 5x seemed practically equivalent by way of sharpness and readability. You possibly can push the zoom all the best way as much as 50x if you’d like, however these outcomes are as dangerous as you’d count on. Gentle, grainy, and simply not value a lot. Any degree of zoom as much as about 10x, although, is kind of good.

I used to be not fully happy with the ultra-wide/macro digital camera. It undoubtedly had some publicity points, as you possibly can see at midnight spots in a number of of the river scenes. I’m undecided how helpful the macro digital camera is, and organising photographs wasn’t significantly simple.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro camera sample macro

MACRO

The mid-range portrait lens is probably the most effective of the bunch. It delivers optical zoom as much as 2x, and the readability is just wonderful. You possibly can see this within the waterfall closeup. This consequence far supersedes what I used to be in a position to seize with the S20 Extremely and V60.

On entrance, you’ve received a 20MP selfie shooter. I used to be not fully impressed with the self portraits. Edge detection is just a little uneven, and the background is blurred so exhausting it makes me dizzy. Selfies taken with out portrait mode are cleaner.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro camera sample selfie

The Mi 10 Professional contains all kinds of cinema modes when you’re feeling significantly inventive. It has an AI help, for instance, which is able to assist with scene and publicity, in addition to ShootSteady OIS/EIS for stabilization and Vlog Mode for YouTube and TikTok fanatics. It might deal with tremendous slow-motion as much as 960fps.

Video seize runs as much as 8K at 30fps. With out an 8K TV or monitor, we aren’t in a position to assess the standard of 8K video, however the outcomes look good on the cellphone’s display screen. The 4K @ 60fps footage seems to be nice, as does the 1080p and 720p stuff. I can’t say that that AI mode did something actually noticeable, however OIS is superior for lowering shake and shimmy.

Pattern images have been resized for show functions. Full-resolution samples can be found right here.

Xiaomi’s digital camera software is strong. It covers the fundamentals after which some. Along with a large number of seize modes, the Professional possibility lets you take management of each characteristic individually.

As a package deal, the cellphone’s digital camera is just a little complicated. It’s not fully clear which lens is taking an image at any given second. What does matter is that the photographs and video you seize with the Xiaomi Mi 10 Professional are good. They might not be Pixel Four or P40 Professional good, however they’re each bit flagship high quality.

MIUI: Taking it to 11

The Xiaomi MI 10 Pro shipped with Android 10, the March 2020 security update, and Xiaomi’s UI, MIUI 11. The most notable aspect of the user interface is the lack of an app drawer. Xiaomi has offered an app drawer on older phones, but the option is sadly missing on the Mi 10 Pro. This is perhaps my biggest gripe with the phone. I detest using the home screens to house all the apps. Is this the end of the world? No. Does it irk me (and might it irk you?) Yes. You can use Nova launcher or similar and call it a day. But you shouldn’t have to.

Beyond the app drawer, the phone offers just about everything a modern Android user would want. You’ve got multiple themes, adjustable fonts, variable app grids, and such.

The real unknown here is how swiftly and consistently Xiaomi will update the security patches.

Unlike Huawei’s P40 Pro, the Mi 10 Pro has a full slate of Google apps, including the Google Play Store. This makes it a good alternative to the Huawei if you’re in a market where both phones are available.

The only real unknown here is how swiftly and consistently Xiaomi will update the security patches for the phone. Xiaomi does provide frequent software updates, but it tends to decouple its MIUI releases from major Android releases. In other words, MIUI might get a major update that doesn’t include Android 11. Otherwise, the software suite has all it needs — except an app drawer.

Extras

Audio: The speakers are fantastic. Rather than rely on the earpiece to assist in creating the stereo effect, Xiaomi installed a full speaker on each end of the phone. The drilled holes indicate where the speakers are. The seven-magnet arrays have a Hi-Rez Audio certification and deliver clear, loud sound. On its own the Mi 10 Pro is more than capable of filling your bedroom or living room with solid sound. LHDC and the aptX Adaptive codec are on board, which means you’ve got great options when it comes to Bluetooth.

IR blaster: In a callback to yesteryear, the Mi 10 Pro includes an IR blaster and the Peel remote app. Together, these allow you to control most any bit of home theater tech in your house. It was a breeze to set up my TV, Android TV box, and smart speakers. Nice.

NFC: An NFC radio is on board and it supports Google Pay. While it didn’t work on our review unit (due to unlocked bootloader), it should worm on retail units just fine.

5G: The phone will mostly be sold in Europe, where it has the proper LTE 4G and 5G band support. The Mi 10 Pro has limited wireless support in the US. It covers the basic LTE bands for AT&T and T-Mobile, but the newer, faster bands (66, 72) are not available. I didn’t run into any real trouble using the phone on T-Mobile’s network, but 4G was far from fast. As for 5G support, the Mi 10 Pro has the bare minimum sub-6GHz bands on board (n1, n3, n7, n28, n77, n78). I was not able to connect to T-Mobile’s 5G network, despite the network’s known availability at my home.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro specs

  Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Display 6.67-in AMOLED DotDisplay with TrueColor
19.5:9 aspect ratio, 92.4% body/screen ratio
90Hz
Full HD+
800nits
Under-display fingerprint reader
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Adreno 650 GPU
LiquidCool 2.0 vapor chamber
Memory 8GB LPDDR5 RAM
Storage 256 UFS 3.0 storage
Battery 4,500mAh
50W wired charging
30W wireless charging
65W charger in box
Camera Rear:
Main: 108MP, f/1.69, 1/1.33-in sensor, 82-degree FoV
Ultra-Wide: 20MP, f/2.2, 117-degree FoV
Zoom 1: 12MP, f/2.0, 2x optical
Zoom 2: 8MP, f/2.2, OIS, 10x hybrid, 50x digital zoom

Front:
Selfie: 20MP f/2.3, in-display, 1/3.4-in sensor

Video:
8K @ 30fps, 4K @60fps, 1080p @60fps, 720p @ 120fps

Dimensions 162.58 x 74.8 x 8.96mm
Weight 208g
Colors Alipne White, Solstice Grey

Value for Money

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro mulch

  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 8GB RAM, 256GB storage — €999, £873, $1,099

Here’s where the story take a bit of a turn for Xiaomi. Last year’s Mi 9 Pro 5G cost closer to €500 / $520, or half the cost of the Mi 10 Pro. This is a dramatic and almost unprecedented break with the previous generation’s pricing. The change is even more confounding when you weigh the features of the Mi 9 Pro against the Mi 10 Pro, both of which have top-tier processors, rapid charging, powerful cameras, and quality hardware. What warrants the huge price jump? A few things.

First, the camera. The Mi 10 Pro jumps to a 108MP main camera that is aided by no fewer than three ancillary lenses for wide shots, telephoto, and portraits. Next, the display — which is always the priciest component of any smartphone — upgrades to a 90Hz panel. Last, though both phones support 5G, the Mi 10 Pro uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, a 5G-enabled chip that’s so expensive it’s pushed the price of 5G phones up across the board.

I’m not sure if this makes the Mi 10 Pro worth twice as much as the Mi 9 Pro, but, sadly, it is in line with competing flagships. In other words, the value of the phone is on par with the S20, V60, Pixel 4, P40 Pro, and other 2020 flagships with similar feature sets.

You’re paying a premium price for a premium phone.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro review: Should you buy it?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro against the wall

Xiaomi has some serious competition around the world. Phones such as the freshly announced OnePlus 8 Pro, as well as recent flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S20, LG V60, Huawei P40 Pro, Oppo Find X2, and others are legit contenders with the Mi 10 Pro. Right now, the Mi 10 Pro is retailing for about $1,099 (€999, £879) from online retailers. That puts it directly in line with the cost of its direct competitors. So which do you choose?

If you want something more mainstream, stick to the Samsung or the LG. They’re available at carrier stores and big box retailers and are the safe purchase. The Oppo Find X2 and OnePlus 8 Pro are incredibly similar, and are perhaps the best devices to put head-to-head against the Xiaomi. For those living in China, the Xiaomi is probably on equal footing with the Huawei P40 Pro. Most of these phones go spec-for-spec with one another and often the only thing separating them is perhaps camera quality and battery life. You can’t go wrong with any of these devices. Xiaomi’s flagship doesn’t necessarily stand out from the crowd, but, perhaps for the first time, Xiaomi truly deserves a place among these titans.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is a wonderful phone that covers all the bases and then some.

All that said, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is a wonderful phone that covers all the bases and then some. Xiaomi did a great job designing a classy piece of hardware that looks as good as it feels. The 90Hz display is outstanding, the nearly two-day battery life is ridiculous, and the speedy processor performance is palpable. Loud stereo speakers and an IR blaster ensure that you’re always entertained. One niggle might be the software, and particularly the lack of an app drawer. The 108MP camera system is very, very good, though perhaps just short of excellent.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 is every bit a winner.

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