Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro Review- A Powerful and Excellent 5G Phone

I have always been a fan of Xiaomi phones, and the adoration was mostly value-driven. Producing a good value smartphone these days is a balancing act. With new 5G chips raising overall prices, it's impossible to throw every feature into a smartphone and offer it at half the price of, say, a new flagship iPhone.

 

Xiaomi used to do that — add every feature in and undercut the price — but with its new smartphone, the Mi 10T Pro, it strikes a careful balance between adding highly-coveted and just plain cool features and removing some of the not-that-important stuff to keep the price down.

 

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro: Specifications

Specification

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

Dimensions & Weight

165.1 x 76.4 x 9.33 mm

218g

Display

6.67″ FHD+ 144Hz LCD display

20:9 aspect ratio

SoC

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865:

1x Kryo 585 (ARM Cortex-A76-based) Prime core @ 2.4GHz

6x (ARM Cortex-A55-based) Efficiency cores @ 1.8GHz

7nm EUV process

Adreno 650

RAM & Storage

8GB + 128GB; 8 + 256GB

Expandable via microSD card slot

Battery & Charging

5,000 mAh

33W fast charging

Fingerprint sensor

Side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor

Rear Camera

Primary: 108MP, 1/1.33″, f/1.7

Secondary: 13MP, ultra-wide-angle, f/2.4, 123° FoV, 1.12µm pixels

Tertiary: 5MP, macro sensor, f/2.4

Front Camera

20MP, f/2.2

Other Features

Wi-Fi 802.11 a,b,g,n,ac

Bluetooth 5.1

NFC

USB 3.1 Type-C

Android Version

MIUI 12 based on Android 10

 

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is a 5G smartphone, will sport a 6.67-inch LCD panel with FHD+ resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio and 144Hz refresh rate. It will have Gorilla Glass 5 protection as well. It's got the top Qualcomm CPU right now, the Snapdragon 865, a massive, 5,000mAh battery, 8GB of RAM, and 128 or 256GB of storage. The rear camera is a triple setup with a 108-megapixel, f/1.7 sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide, f/2.4 sensor, and a 5-megapixel sensor, and the selfie camera is a 20-megapixel, f/2.2 sensor.

 

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro has two headline-grabbing features: it features a 144Hz display and a large 5,000 mAh battery. Both of these are also available on the standard Mi 10T. There’s also a 108MP primary camera with a large-ish image sensor size of 1/1.33″.

Xiaomi's rear camera bump is absolutely massive.

 

The construction on the Mi 10T Pro is premium: you have Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back, sandwiching an aluminum chassis. My unit comes in this glossy, metallic finish (it reminds me of the T-1000 from Terminator 2 when its shape-shifting). It looks great when it’s clean but attracts fingerprints easily. There’s a side-mounted fingerprint scanner along with a volume rocker on the right side.

 

Surprisingly fancy

 

The Mi 10T Pro looks great. It has a massive, rectangular camera bump on the back, with an imposing 108-megapixel main sensor that'll make you feel like a pro photographer (well, maybe a pro smartphone photographer). The back itself is a shiny, silver color that looks great, but it will get smudgy in about a second of use. On the front, the LCD display is uninterrupted save for the punch-hole selfie camera in the upper left corner. That means it looks like basically every other Android phone right now, but turn it on and start using the phone, and the 144Hz refresh rate will be noticeable, making everything appear just smooth. It uses what Xiaomi calls “AdaptiveSync” technology, meaning it automatically switches between seven different refresh rates: 30/48/50/60/90/120/144Hz, depending on what the app needs.

 

The powerful Snapdragon 865 processor helps here, as does the relative polish of Xiaomi's MiUI Android skin. Everything runs very fast and without hiccups. One of the reasons I say Xiaomi has made a jump up in hardware this year is mostly due to the little things like haptic engine and speakers, which have been excellent in almost all Xiaomi releases this year. The same story is repeated here: the Mi 10T Pro has glorious haptics that makes typing a joy, and stereo speakers that pump out full sound.

 

 

Easily my favorite hardware feature of the Mi 10T Pro is the fingerprint scanner, which is built into the power button. I prefer face recognition (the Mi 10T Pro supports that, too), but when wearing a mask, which is often these days, face recognition is a nightmare. Being able to easily navigate my thumb to the power button and have the phone instantly unlock was a blast.

 

I'd like to be able to say more about battery life, but it's just harder to test when you're at home most of the time. My impression is that it'll last you a full day, and maybe a little more. It's worth noting that you can reduce the display refresh rate in the settings, which should improve battery life by quite a bit.

Powerful cameras, if not the most versatile

When I reviewed the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, I was surprised at how capable the cameras were; beating even the iPhone 11 Pro Max in several regards. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is also pretty good, but it's not as versatile, as it lacks a dedicated telephoto camera on the back. It still takes amazingly sharp and detailed photos in daylight, thanks to the 108-megapixel sensor.

 

Night photos are alright, though a tad worse than on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Indoors, things fall apart a bit, but the results can still be solid. As a rule, the less light you have, the more pastel-like the photo will look like.

 

You can turn on Night mode to get a better night photo, and it helps, but you will have to wait quite a while for the photo to get done, especially in very dark conditions.

 

The selfie camera is a 20-megapixel one that does its job pretty well, unless you turn on portrait mode, in which case it's hit or miss.

 

At a starting price of €599 ($700) for the base 128GB variant and €649 ($760) for the 256GB version, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is amongst the best value smartphones out there, which is par for the course for Xiaomi.

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