Its global launch will be delayed because of the cancellation of MWC 2020 over COVID-1 or what we used to call the novel coronavirus. But today, February 13, in China, Xiaomi has debuted the Mi 10 series.
(Update, March 28: They’re official worldwide! Plus there’s another model. Read Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G launched alongside Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro globally.)
(Update, March 8: Low-key teasing happening in the Philippines. Read Xiaomi PH starts teasing Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro.)
(Update, March 7: Date set! Read Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro global launch set for March 27.)
At an online-only event, the company has taken the wraps off the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro flagship phones. They look premium and boast powerful specs — with the Pro model now regarded as the highest-rated camera phone on DxOMark — yet they won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Take a look at the prices of the different variants available for purchase:
- Xiaomi Mi 10 (available starting February 14)
- 8GB/128GB: ¥3,999 (around P28,919 or $573)
- 8GB/256GB: ¥4,299 (P31,089 or $616)
- 12GB/256GB: ¥4,699 (P33,981 or $673)
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (available beginning February 18)
- 8GB/256GB: ¥4,999 (P36,151 or $716)
- 12GB/256GB: ¥5,499 (P39,767 or $788)
- 12GB/512GB: ¥5,999 (P43,383 or $859)
Granted that the prices are a bit higher than what you’re used to seeing from Xiaomi, they’re still lower than those of other premium devices. Plus, if you really want cheaper units, you can still opt for models from its other brands, such as Redmi and POCO.
Lights, camera, action
From the series’ tagline alone, you’d know that one of its highlights is the camera. Both smartphones share a quad-cam setup headlined by a 108-megapixel sensor Xiaomi developed with Samsung.
It’s just that the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro’s main shooter has 8P lens and is paired with a 20-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel portrait sensor, and a telephoto lens for 10x hybrid optical zoom and 50x digital zoom.
The regular Mi 10, on the other hand, gets a 108-megapixel primary camera with 7P lens, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and 2-megapixel depth and macro sensors.
The two can shoot in 8K and has different movie modes for video recording.
Other notable features
At the heart of the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor that supports non-standalone and standalone 5G standards. So we’re not surprised that the Mi 10 notched a high score of 585,232 in benchmark app Antutu.
In front is a 6.67-inch curved AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a 180Hz touch sampling rate, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 1,120 nits of peak brightness, and a contrast ratio of 5000000:1. On the upper-left side of the screen is a punch hole that’s home to a 20-megapixel selfie camera.
Inside the Mi 10 is a 4,780mAh battery with support for 30-watt wired and wireless and 10-watt reverse charging. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, on the other hand, has a smaller 4,500mAh battery onboard, but the wired charging is now 50 watts.
The lineup also boasts LPDDR5 DRAM for reaching 5G speeds without any issues, UFS 3.0 storage for faster yet more power-efficient data transfers, and Wi-Fi 6 for improved speed and efficiency, as we already reported before.
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