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In India, Xiaomi is synonymous with affordability above all else.

Ever since the Mi 3 launched in India again in 2014, Xiaomi has been all about disrupting any worth section that it’s chooses to function. In the previous couple of years, we have now seen Xiaomi utilizing this playbook efficiently not simply within the smartphone section, but in addition for sensible TVs, health bands, energy banks and different system classes. Extra lately, Xiaomi’s Mi Pocket book has acquired quite a lot of optimistic press because of its pricing.

 Mi 10 5G review: The stage is set for a Xiaomi vs OnePlus face off in the value flagship segment

Xiaomi Mi 10 5G

So when the Xiaomi Mi 10 was introduced at a beginning worth of Rs 49,999, it naturally will need to have taken many Xiaomi followers without warning. Having reviewed smartphones over time, I didn’t discover the transfer stunning in any respect, as this can be a pattern which was a very long time coming. You simply have to take a look at OnePlus system pricing over the previous couple of generations. With Snapdragon 865, 5G, and a 108 MP digicam as its ace advertising and marketing phrases, it could be naive to count on the Mi 10 to be promoting within the sub Rs 30,000 worth vary. For all sensible functions, Xiaomi has dominated the sub Rs 20,000 worth section. OnePlus has been doing that within the Rs 35k to 50k worth vary over time. Whereas the excessive volume-low margin sport carries on the sub Rs 20k worth vary, Xiaomi now needs to battle it out within the excessive margin, worth flagship area. And there’s nothing fallacious with that.

With the worth touching Rs 50k, Xiaomi is now competing not simply with OnePlus but in addition Samsung, Oppo and naturally, Apple (the brand new iPhone SE is underneath Rs 50,000). On this worth section, specs matter solely up to a degree. It’s not a lot about which cellphone performs higher, however quite about whether or not a cellphone purchaser spending Rs 50,000 will even contemplate the Xiaomi model for that kind of outlay.

On this evaluation, that’s the query I’ll try to reply. But when your argument is roughly “Xiaomi cellphone for Rs 50,000?! What nonsense!”, then put together to be schooled. Let’s begin with the very first thing that grabs your consideration. 

Construct and Design: Simply essentially the most well-designed Xiaomi cellphone this 12 months

The final premium Mi system that offered in India was the full-screen Mi MIX 2. With the Mi 10, Xiaomi has ensured that the system screams ‘PREMIUM’ from the get-go. The Mi 10 is available in two color variants; I acquired the ‘Twilight Gray’ one for testing. The shiny again is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The shiny floor resembles a mirror, and is expectedly, a fingerprint and smudge magnet. Due to the protruding vertical digicam part, mud does have a tendency to gather within the corners across the module. Xiaomi has offered a clear silicone cowl in case you discover the cellphone too slippery. I didn’t. The glass on the again curves across the edges to afford a greater grip.

Mi 10 5G display

Xiaomi has offered a clear silicone cowl in case you discover the cellphone too slippery.

The rear and entrance glass — each Corning Gorilla Glass 5 — sandwich the steel body which has a clear edge on the left hand facet, with the amount rocker and energy/standby button on the precise hand facet. The tactility of each these buttons is kind of good, however with the silicone case on, it’s important to press in a bit tougher than normal. On the base, you have got the USB Kind C port surrounded by the speaker grille on the left hand facet, a microphone slot and a twin SIM tray on the precise hand facet. This isn’t a hybrid slot, so there isn’t a expandable storage possibility. On the highest edge, you have got one other speaker grille, a microphone and an IR blaster. There are two antenna cuts on both sides and just one on the highest edge.

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On the base, you have got the USB Kind C port surrounded by the speaker grille on the left-hand facet.

The entrance is 6.67-inches of Tremendous AMOLED show with a punch-hole entrance digicam on the highest left hand nook. The show is curved on each side, but it surely’s a gradual curve. A really skinny bezel runs across the show and also you get a powerful 90 p.c screen-to-body ratio. Whereas one-handed use might be an issue for many customers, the load distribution of this 205 gram system is sweet. Nonetheless, the cellphone does really feel a bit on the heavier facet. Due to the curvature on the back and front, it measures round 9 mm thick on its edges. One evident omission for the Mi 10 is the dearth of any Ingress Safety score, aka, IP score. It boasts of a ‘P2i coating’ which may deal with water splashes. However don’t go about taking pictures underwater images with this.

Design-wise, that is simply the best-looking system Xiaomi has launched this 12 months. Whereas the vertical digicam module placement is a tad boring, the Mi 10 manages to impress with its design.


 Show: 6.67-inch Tremendous AMOLED show with 2340 x 1080 pixels

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

Graphics: Adreno 650 GPU

RAM + Storage in GB: 8/128, 8/256 with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage

Expandable storage: No

Major Digital camera: 108 MP with f/1.7 aperture with sensor dimension 1/1.33-inch

Secondary cameras: 13 MP Ultrawide with f/2.4 aperture + 2 MP Macro with f/2.4 + 2 MP depth with f/2.4 aperture

Selfie Digital camera: 20 MP with f/2.0 aperture

Battery: 4,780 mAh

Cooling: LiquidCool 2.0 Vapor Chamber + 6 Stack Graphite + Graphene Cooling System

Software program: Android 10 with MIUI 11

Colors: Coral Inexperienced, Twilight Gray, Peach Gold

Show: Don’t fret concerning the FHD+ score, the show is attractive

The Xiaomi Mi 10 sports activities a 6.67-inch Tremendous AMOLED show with a FHD+ decision of 1080 x 2340 pixels. Now, a lot of chances are you’ll marvel: “a Rs 50k cellphone with FHD+ decision? Why not QHD+?” That may be a determination that solely Xiaomi can reply for. However having used the cellphone, I didn’t really feel like I missed the additional pixel rely. The 19.5:9 side ratio, nearly edge-to-edge show which may go actually vibrant, and a pixel density of 386 PPI do nicely on the Mi 10. It’s additionally acquired a refresh charge of 90 Hz, which has turn into par for the course at this worth vary.

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The Xiaomi Mi 10 sports activities a 6.67-inch Tremendous AMOLED show with a FHD+ decision of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

When it comes to efficiency, the show shines. Issues can get a bit too vibrant and painful for the eyes, when you watch a film or YouTube video on full brightness. I do know, nobody actually does that, however for the needs of testing I attempted it out for 10 minutes and it was vibrant sufficient to be annoying. The distinction ranges of the Tremendous AMOLED show are prime notch. There’s HDR10+ to get pleasure from supported content material. Within the show settings, you’ll be able to change the best way your show seems – Default, Heat, Cool, Saturated or Auto (which adjusts the show settings based mostly on ambient lighting). Else, you’ll be able to enter the Superior Setting mode which helps you to set the show to Enhanced, Authentic, P3 or sRGB modes with finer settings additional down the menu. I saved the cellphone at P3, and with darkish mode on for almost all of the testing interval. As soon as you might be used to system-wide darkish mode, you’ll not often use the default non-dark mode. However with the common mode, I didn’t discover any color tingeing, except I tweaked the Show Settings to Heat or Cool. There’s an possibility for an always-on show as nicely, which has some animated templates too. However beware, it will possibly eat near 6-8 p.c of the general battery cost.

I loved my time binge-watching Netflix and Prime reveals. The broader side ratio can take a little bit of getting used to if you find yourself watching in panorama mode. With the brand new season of Darkish anticipated on 27 June, I binged via earlier seasons. Whereas the show was in a position to present particulars in poorly lit scenes, I seen that the shiny nature of the show would flip it right into a mirror in such scenes. In case you watch with no ambient gentle on, it’s a significantly better expertise. YouTube movies may solely be loved at 480p as a result of present COVID-19 restrictions.

Fortunately, the full-screen mode is carried out in a approach that the punch-hole doesn’t are available in the best way of viewing. And the non-illuminated components don’t have any gentle bleeding, so it’s an incredible general video viewing expertise. The identical is true for gaming as nicely. The palm rejection on the curvature of the show is kind of good. I not often had any challenge with the show whereas holding it to observe a film or taking pictures — a problem I’ve confronted with fairly a couple of different smartphones with curved edge shows.

The 90 Hz refresh charge works nice on apps equivalent to Twitter, Instagram, YouTube in addition to Asphalt 9. However then, whereas I used to be looking via the ‘Coming Quickly’ part of Netflix, each scroll was accompanied by a velocity breaker which was annoying.

Blazing quick performer, however MIUI does throw up some points

With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC paired with 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, blazing-fast efficiency is what you get. I threw quite a lot of apps and video games on the Mi 10 and every little thing ran with none lag. The benchmark numbers are consistent with different Snapdragon 865 SoC smartphones. I acquired to check the 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variant and issues have been buttery-smooth.

Mi 10 3D Mark

Mi 10 3D Mark

Video games equivalent to PUBG and Asphalt 9: Legends ran and not using a hitch. Whereas Xiaomi claims that the Mi 10 has ‘LiquidCool 2.0 vapour chamber and six-stack graphite’ to chill issues down, I nonetheless did discover the cellphone heat to carry after enjoying quarter-hour of PUBG. I had confronted comparable points when out testing the digicam whereas taking pictures photographs and movies. The Mi 10 actually wasn’t unbearably sizzling to carry, and at no level did the warming of the cellphone shut down any apps or trigger any sudden behaviour. But when a model is highlighting cooling programs as considered one of its highlights, it feels considerably incongruous that the again of the cellphone ought to heat up so rapidly. Warmth has to go someplace, I suppose.

Geekbencch multi score test

Geekbencch multi core take a look at

Name high quality is nice regardless of the slit of the earpiece speaker being simply above the show. In the case of unlocking the system, the face unlock was fairly quick, however the under-display fingerprint scanner was sluggish. God forbid, in case you have even the slightest quantity of moisture in your thumb — which there might be many cases of with the approaching monsoons — the cellphone gained’t unlock.

Geekbench Single core test

Geekbench Single-core take a look at

Audio on the Mi 10 is fairly darn spectacular. With the twin audio system, I by no means felt the necessity to snap on the earphones — which should be routed via the USB Kind C to three.5 mm audio jack adapter. If you’re holding the cellphone horizontally, the hole between the audio system and your palms works in favour of the audio, however when you grip the sides, sound comes out muffled. Issues can get actually loud, however at no level did I discover any cracking. When gaming with wired headphones on, your grip will get affected as a result of adapter on one facet.

Mi 10 PC Mark 2.0

Mi 10 PC Mark 2.0

You get Android 10 with the MIUI 11 pores and skin atop it with the 1 March 2020 patch. The software program seems the identical as it could on a Redmi system. Mi 10 has gone with Google Dialler and Google SMS which suggests name recording performance goes out the window — in case that issues to you. Whereas Xiaomi says it’s working laborious to not spam you with pointless advertisements, the Mi Video app saved sending me random movies until I disabled notifications from its settings. There are fairly a couple of preloaded apps which embody system apps that may’t be uninstalled, random video games that may be uninstalled and different apps equivalent to Fb, Gaana, Amazon which you’ll discover helpful. I nonetheless really feel it could do a world of fine if Xiaomi simply enlisted the apps throughout the cellphone setup stage and let customers choose which apps they really need and which of them they don’t, quite than forcing all these apps down our throats. On a Rs 50k system, you don’t wish to cope with the identical MIUI ways that you could endure on a sub-Rs 10k cellphone.

Digital camera: It’s all about that One-oh-eight MP digicam!

That is the headline characteristic of the Mi 10. The whole lot else is secondary. Whereas Xiaomi had introduced its plans to give you a 108 MP camera-sporting smartphone final 12 months, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely (with the identical MP rely) already began promoting earlier this 12 months in India. The 108 MP digicam contained in the Mi 10 includes the Samsung ISOCELL Vivid HMX sensor with a sensor dimension of 1/1.33-inch and a max aperture of f/1.7. The 108 MP digicam additionally comes with 4-axis OIS and a 7P lens setup.

Mi 10 5G cam

Mi 10 5G comes with a 108 MP quad digicam setup.

Like most high-megapixel rely cameras, the Mi 10 additionally makes use of pixel-binning, the place 4 pixels are merged into one massive pixel. Ideally, for the 108 MP sensor with a 4:1 ratio of pixel-binning, you could get a 27 MP picture, however with the Mi 10 you get 25 MP photographs. Don’t be shocked if when your informal pictures are bigger than 10 MB in dimension. There’s a devoted 108 MP mode for non-pixel binned images. Use it solely if you wish to actually seize the best particulars, because the picture ensuing from a 108 MP shot can attain as a lot as 30 MB per picture in some circumstances.

This main digicam can be able to taking pictures as much as 8K movies, however most of us needs to be advantageous with 4K @ 30/60 fps and 1080p @ 30/60 fps. A LOG mode is out there as nicely for skilled videographers who would quite alter colors in publish. You additionally get some video enhancing choices on the system, that are good to have.

You will have seen, I haven’t spoken in any respect concerning the different three cameras. That’s as a result of they pale as compared. You could have a 13 MP ultra-wide-angle digicam with an f/2.4 aperture and 16 mm equal area of view. Moreover, there’s a 2 MP macro digicam and a 2 MP depth digicam. There are numerous discussions on-line as to how the macro digicam may have been changed in favour of a better-specced telephoto digicam, however Xiaomi claims that the 108 MP sensor helps you to crop a picture which supplies you a sense of telephoto photographs. The digital zoom characteristic on the Mi 10 leads to horrible picture high quality. Additionally, the two MP macro digicam works nicely provided that there’s sufficient gentle round, and it requires some quantity of endurance.
Xiaomi Mi 10 5G

In the case of picture high quality, daylight pictures are full of element. Centre and edge sharpness have been on level with the first digicam, however with the extremely wide-angle digicam you discover edges getting softer. I did face points with difficult lighting circumstances. As an illustration, within the shot under, you’ll discover that not a lot element has been extracted from the shadow area — I shot it in common mode in addition to with HDR and AI modes activated, however the harsh lighting was too troublesome for the digicam to resolve. Barring this, most different daylight images I made didn’t face any points.

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The auto-focus does are likely to act humorous at occasions, the place it could continuously be searching regardless of tapping an space which had sufficient distinction for a spotlight lock. This was a problem I confronted on uncommon events, and gained’t be a problem with on a regular basis taking pictures. Colors come out nicely, however at occasions I seen that the sensor would overdo reds and greens, regardless of AI mode being off.

Portrait mode works nice in most cases. Sure, you do have points with edge detection, however that may be a drawback with most smartphone cameras other than these on the Pixel gadgets. I like that Xiaomi has extra options for post-processing of portrait pictures, which allow you to tinker round with the shallow depth of area portion behind the topic.

Capturing in low gentle leads to comparatively noisier photographs, however not unusable ones. Actually, typically, the noise management was spectacular. Sure, on 100% crop, you do discover extreme smoothening and issues are likely to lose their texture. However if you wish to share low gentle images on social media platforms, the Mi 10 greater than delivers. Nevertheless, when taking pictures a 108 MP picture in low gentle, bear in mind that noise might be exaggerated as nicely.

The Mi 10 helps you to shoot as much as 8K movies, but it surely is smart to shoot at such excessive decision solely in case you have the cellphone mounted on a tripod, else even the smallest motion will lead to a jarring video. Due to Snapdragon 865, the cellphone helps 4K @ 60 FPS, however taking pictures in 4K @ 60 FPS whereas strolling leads to jarring footage. I wouldn’t hassle except I’m taking pictures from one place or have a gimbal on me. Right here’s what 4K @ 60 FPS seems like:

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When taking pictures at 4K @30 FPS although, you get properly stabilised footage, even if you find yourself strolling and taking pictures. Right here’s what it seems like:

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It’s a pity that the regular taking pictures mode is just accessible for 1080p decision. A pity as a result of daylight 4K footage is of actually good high quality. Within the regular mode, you do get good, secure footage even if you find yourself strolling and taking pictures, though it does crop the body a tiny bit. Panning whereas taking pictures doesn’t lead to very evident rolling shutter. The cinematic zoom characteristic leads to a {smooth} zooming expertise, which is nicely thought out.

For the audio, whereas the onboard microphone is sweet for many cases, there have been occasions after I needed to converse loudly to document some respectable audio. With the present actuality of carrying masks, audio recording with the onboard microphones has taken a success. Video footage will get noticeably softer as the sunshine ranges drop. Footage shot at nightfall or at night time — with the road lights as the one gentle supply — wasn’t that spectacular. Usable for positive, however not with as a lot element in shadow areas.

Video footage from the entrance digicam is shaky, as there isn’t a EIS or OIS right here. This will likely annoy vloggers who love taking pictures Instagram Tales on their selfie cameras.

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Options equivalent to VLOG Mode are fascinating when you simply wish to make brief movies with a selected format. I want to see extra presets right here, maybe some from the Mi group.

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Nice battery life, blazing charging speeds, however battery drain is a priority

With a flagship Snapdragon 865 onboard and an enormous 6.67-inch show, Xiaomi determined to equip the Mi 10 with a big 4,780 mAh battery. Xiaomi has bundled a 30 W quick charger within the field, and it additionally helps as much as 30 W quick Wi-fi Charging as nicely. You may also use the cellphone to reverse-wirelessly cost (10 W) different gadgets equivalent to your earbuds.

The Mi 10 battery lasted for an excellent day and half on common utilization. With over an hour of gaming and video streaming, the battery might run out inside simply over a day. No surprises on the battery entrance in any respect — you get a reliably long-lasting system.

I wasn’t too impressed with the standby discharging. One night time — earlier than going to mattress — I had totally charged the cellphone, solely to get up to 85 p.c of battery life within the morning. A 15 p.c drop in a single day, even with cell web on, was lots. Xiaomi wants to repair one thing in MIUI to right this — it’s not fascinating to have such a noticeable battery drain whenever you aren’t doing something on the cellphone.

With the bundled charger, it took round 65 minutes to go from 0 to 100% cost — that’s impressively fast. Even a 15 minute cost takes the cellphone from 0 to 30 p.c — sufficient to final you for half a day.

Xiaomi additionally despatched me the wi-fi quick charger, which sells individually for Rs 2,299 and it’s a surprisingly fast charging unit as nicely. It comes with a built-in fan to make sure the cellphone stays cool because it’s charging. I seen that I couldn’t place the system with the silicon cowl on for quick charging, and eradicating the cellphone from that cowl is a little bit of a activity. Whereas Xiaomi claims that is the world’s quickest wi-fi charger, I didn’t have every other wi-fi chargers available to check the declare. Having mentioned that, it took me round 110 minutes to cost the Mi 10 from 2 p.c to full cost.

Verdict and Value in India

Having used the Xiaomi Mi 10 for shut to 10 days as my every day driver, I can safely say that Xiaomi has introduced its entry into the worth flagship section with nice poise. The design is superb, show is nice, battery life great and the digicam does carry out nicely on most fronts. However issues equivalent to lack of IP score, some MIUI apps nonetheless spamming you with notifications, some firmware niggles, heating points on sure operations regardless of the vapour chamber, will make you suppose some time earlier than dropping Rs 50,000 on the Mi 10.

Let’s get one factor clear — the 5G a part of the system is redundant, as by the point 5G turns into mainstream in India, there may have been two extra successors to the Mi 10 5G.

Must you spend Rs 50,000 on the Mi 10? I’d wait until the OnePlus 8 evaluation is out, as that might be its true competitors. The iQOO 3 5G, Realme X50 Professional 5G are positively priced decrease, however the Mi 10 actually races forward of them on many fronts. Over these two telephones, I’d actually advocate the Mi 10.

The extra pertinent query is that this: Would you be keen to drop Rs 50,000 on a Xiaomi-branded flagship system? If this query have been requested of me two years in the past, my reply would have been a robust no. However having seen Xiaomi ship on its product high quality and after-sales companies all these years, it seems prepared to vary the stakes within the worth flagship section. OnePlus has owned this section over the previous couple of years, and let’s face it, the OxygenOS expertise is a far superior expertise to MIUI. The choice is nuanced and will depend on the compromises you’re keen to make.

Aside from the OnePlus 8, you additionally now have the Apple iPhone SE to deal with. Whereas it could not have the digicam chops of the Mi 10, and sports activities a design language that’s a few generations outdated, for a lot of new patrons with a Rs 50,000 finances, the prospect of proudly owning a brand new Apple system is tempting. So though it’s an apples to oranges comparability (I remorse nothing), the brand new iPhone SE will nonetheless be strong competitors. Samsung’s last-gen flagships such because the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e are additionally promoting across the Rs 50k mark. These are nonetheless very succesful gadgets, and may very well be contenders.

Bottomline: Not like the sub-Rs 20k section the place Xiaomi gadgets come extremely beneficial, the reply just isn’t as crystal clear on this new bracket that the Mi 10 is working in.

Objectively talking, the Mi 10 ticks most packing containers you’d count on from a flagship system. I don’t suppose Xiaomi is anticipating to promote the Mi 10 in the identical volumes as its sub-Rs 20,000 telephones. Particularly not within the post-lockdown world we live in, the place client spending will definitely be hit. The Mi 10 actually comes at an fascinating time. However the query stays: Will Xiaomi have the ability to proceed its disruption juggernaut within the worth flagship section? We will discover out in a couple of quarters.

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