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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro Review – An affordable phone for gamers and photographers alike

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is one of the latest affordable flagship devices to launch. There is not a huge difference between this and the Xiaomi Mi 10 5G that preceded it earlier this year. However, it ditches the 90Hz AMOLED display in favour of a 144Hz IPS display coming in at a lower RRP making it an attractively priced phone that ticks the boxes for both gamers and users wanting a high-quality camera.

Specification

  • Display: 6.67-inch IPS LCD, 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, 144Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • Rear Camera:
    • 108MP, f/1.7, 26mm, 1/1.33-inch sensor
    • 13MP ultrawide, f/2.4, 123-degree FOV
  • Front Camera:
    • 20MP, f/2.2, 27mm, 1/3.4-inch sensor
  • Battery: 5,000mAh battery, 33W fast charging
  • Other Features: Stereo speakers, NFC, No 3.5mm, No IP rating

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G vs Mi 10 5G vs Mi 10 Pro 5G

The Mi 10T Pro is a refresh of the existing models, so much of the spec remains the same, this has perhaps more in common with the slightly more affordable Mi 10 than the premium Mi 10 Pro.

With this model, they have ditched the curved 90hz AMOLED display and switched it out with a flat 144Hz IPS display. While I am not a fan of IPS displays, this has a 500 nits typical brightness and 650 peak, so it doesn’t suffer from the some of the visibility issues associated with IPS.

The overall display size and dimensions are almost identical, but the rear of the phone has changed the camera design.

This model get rids of the depth sensor on the rear but has an improved 5MP macro sensor vs 2MP.

Finally, the battery us bumped up from 4780 mAh to 500mAh, making it one of the biggest batteries on a flagship device, and charging has had a fractional improvement with 33w vs 30w. Sadly wireless charging has been removed.

These changes have allowed Xiaomi to drop the RRP down to just £599 vs £799 of the Mi 10. However current prices of the Mi 10 are much lower.

Design and Display

This doesn’t look quite as premium as the pricier Mi 10 models, the switch to an IPS display means there is no longer a curved edge, and there is now a thin bezel around the sides. I do love the curved look of an AMOLED display, but it can be argued that it is less functional than a nice flat display.

One of the reasons I am not normally a fan of IPS displays is the poor visibility in daylight, I have found some Realme phones suffer quite badly from this. However this is brighter than standard, hitting peaks of 650nits, and during my time with it, I have experienced no issues at all, though with it being October there have not been too many bright days.

Colours also seem to be accurate and vibrant, with deep solid blacks, so I never felt I was missing out on too much by having IPS over AMOLED.

The advantage of the IPS display is that Xiaomi have it running at 144Hz with few other phones on the market offering this. I don’t have any strong personal preference about refresh rates this high, but there is no denying it is incredibly responsive, making it an ideal choice for avid gamers. You can optionally drop the refresh rate down to 90hz or 60Hz which should help stretch the battery a little further.

7-stage AdaptiveSync for smooth video

Xiaomi has included a 7-stage AdaptiveSync technology. This dynamically switches between refresh rates depending on the application that you’re running this will not only improve battery life but will offer an improved user experience. One example is when watching a video, if it runs at 24fps, there is a mismatch between the video FPS and a display running at 60Hz/90Hz/144hz, which can lead to jitters. With the Xiaomi AdaptiveSync it will drop the refresh rate to 48Hz, allowing the screen to consistently refresh twice for every frame.

With the selfie camera being a single punch-hole it minimises the disruption to your notification bar, though the cheaper Poco F2 has the benefit of a pop-up selfie.

Moving on to the back of the phone, there is an absolutely huge camera bump, I didn’t get a case with my review sample so I wouldn’t say it is the most attractive look. However, once you slap a case on the camera should sit flush with the case so it shouldn’t be an issue at all.

Xiaomi has made a point of highlighting the 108MP lens, the design seems to make it bigger than it really is, whereas on the Mi 10 it is far less exaggerated.

Fingerprint Scanner and Facial Recognition

Due to the IPS display, the fingerprint scanner has been located on the power button; it is weird how companies have completely ditched rear-mounted fingerprint scanners.

I have gotten used to in-display scanners now, and their accuracy has also improved a lot, so this is my preference. However, both methods work well for me.

Like most recent phones, I rarely need to use my fingerprint, enabling the face to unlock offers a far quicker unlock method. With it not being 3D unlock it won’t be quite as secure, but I can’t imagine any scenario where this would be a problem.

Camera

One of the stands out features of this phone is the 108MP Samsung HMX lens with a sensor size of  1 /1.33″ it’s the same as the one on both the Mi 10 models and also what is used on the top of the range Samsung phones. It is the highest resolution camera with one of the largest sensors on the market, so for it to be on a phone this affordable, is impressive.

This is then joined by 13MP f/2.4 ultra-wide and 5MP f/2.4 macro companions.

Sadly there is no telephoto lens; you will need the flagship Mi 10 Pro for that. However, the ridiculously large resolution means you could take a normal photo and zoom/crop and still have a good photo.

The main 108MP camera easily outperforms the other affordable flagship phones I have used this year (Realme/Black Shark). It is not perfect though; some shots can look a bit washed out and blow out the background, though my questionable camera skills could be partly to blame.

The highlight of this camera is the low light performance, it may not compete with the likes of Apple or Google, but it is rare for an phone at this price point to offer excellent low light performance.

There can be quite a bit of barreling on the ultra-wide lens, but the overall performance is impressive.

While I am not normally a huge fan of the additional cameras that get added onto phones, the 5MP macro lens on this is capable of producing decent shots

Camera Samples

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Maikel Du

I worked in many technical fields, but I always resort to blogging which has become an addiction to me
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