Xiaomi launches a lot of smartphones every year in every price range, from the entry-level to the premium segment. Every year, we get premium flagships under the ‘Mi’ series, and this year is no exception. The Xiaomi Mi 10 launched in China today along with the Mi 10 Pro & these are the newest premium flagships from the brand with impressive specifications on paper.
With the launch of Mi 10, Xiaomi launched the 10th iteration of the ‘Mi’ series flagship, so it had to be special. But due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Xiaomi decided to go for on online-only broadcast. Nevertheless, it was a great event.
XIAOMI MI 10 & MI 10 PRO – DESIGN & SPECIFICATIONS
Both the Mi 10 as well as Mi 10 Pro features the same design, so the “Pro” doesn’t have a bigger display or an extra camera as we see in case of phones from other brands with the “Pro” branding. Both the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro feature a punch-hole display on the front with curved sides and a Quad camera setup on the rear placed vertically on the top left.
To no surprise, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack since Xiaomi did away with it on its Mi flagships a couple of years ago. Both the phones feature a stereo speaker setup with one speaker on the bottom and the other on the top. So, the second speaker isn’t there under the earpiece. There is no IP rating, but there is P2i coating for protection against normal splashes of water.
Coming to the specifications, the Xiaomi Mi 10, as well as the Mi 10 Pro, has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with Full-HD+ resolution & 90Hz refresh rate. The touch sampling rate is 180Hz & the display supports HDR10+ as well. The peak brightness can go up to 1,120 nits and 1,200 nits in case of Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro respectively.
Under the hood, there is Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G SOC and both phones feature LPDDR5 RAM with UFS 3.0 storage. The Xiaomi Mi 10 comes in three storage options – 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB & 12GB + 256GB. The Mi 10 Pro’s storage options include 8GB + 256GB, 12GB + 256GB & 12GB + 512GB.
The biggest difference between the Mi 10 & Mi 10 Pro comes in the form of the camera setup. Yes, both have a Quad camera layout on the rear, but there are a few changes. The regular Mi 10 has a primary 108MP Samsung sensor with 7P Lens, OIS, EIS & 8K video recording, a 13 Megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with 123-degree FOV, a 2 Megapixel Macro lens & a 2 Megapixel depth sensor.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, on the other hand, has a primary 108MP camera with 8P Lens, OIS + EIS & 8K video recording, a secondary 20 Megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 12 Megapixel telephoto lens with 2X Optical Zoom & an ultra-tele lens with 10X Hybrid Optical Zoom and OIS.
Thanks to the impressive camera hardware, the Mi 10 Pro scores 124 on DxOMark which is the highest score so far.
Talking about the other difference between the two, it’s the battery size & the charging speed. Interestingly, the Xiaomi Mi 10 has a bigger 4,780mAh battery compared to Mi 10 Pro’s 4,500mAh battery. However, the Mi 10 Pro features 50W Fast Wired Charging whereas it’s limited to 30W in case of Mi 10. Both the phones support 30W Fast Wireless Charging & 10W Reverse Wireless Charging.
XIAOMI MI 10 & MI 10 PRO – PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Finally, talking about the pricing of both the phones, the Mi 10 comes in three gradient colour options – Gold, Blue and Black. The Mi 10 Pro, on the other hand, comes in Starry Blue & Pearl White colours. Here is the pricing of Mi 10 for the Chinese market –
8GB + 128GB – 3,999 Yuan ($573)
8GB + 256GB – 4,299 Yuan ($616)
12GB + 256GB – 4,699 Yuan ($673)
And here is the Mi 10 Pro price in China –
8GB + 256GB – 4,999 Yuan ($716)
12GB + 256GB – 5,499 Yuan ($786)
12GB + 512GB – 5,999 Yuan ($859)
Xiaomi Mi 10 will go on sale tomorrow in China, i.e., on Valentine’s day.