Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro review: the best value flagship of 2020

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Mid-summer 2020, here’s a classic that can mark the smartphone market. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is a wonderful value for cash flagship with a Snapdragon 865, a 144 Hz display screen, 5,000 mAh battery for lower than £550. In my full evaluation for NextPit, I inform you why the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is the best value high-end smartphone on the market this 12 months.

Good

  • The 108 MP digicam
  • The easy 144 Hz LCD display screen
  • The Snapdragon 865
  • MIUI 12
  • 5,000 mAh battery

Bad

  • No devoted telephoto lens
  • No wi-fi charging
  • Ads in MIUI
  • No IP certification
  • Non-expandable storage

Who is the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro for?

The Xiaomi MI 10T Pro is on the market at present in two reminiscence configurations. The 8GB/128GB model prices £545 whereas the 8GB/256GB mannequin is bought for £599. The smartphone is on the market in three colors: Cosmic Black, Lunar Silver, and Aurora Blue. The latter is just accessible for the costliest 8GB/256GB model.

As I discussed in the introduction of this evaluation, you will discover all the key factors of an ultra-premium smartphone right here. The Snapdragon 865 is greater than welcome. The triple picture module with its huge 108-megapixel sensor is already luring me. And the 5,000 mAh battery guarantees to deal with the hefty vitality wanted to energy this 144 Hz show.

On paper, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is, due to this fact, higher on value than the Mi 10 Pro and technically higher than the Mi 9T Pro, which continues to be prime of the smartphone comparisons in phrases of price-to-performance ratio. But Xiaomi nonetheless delivers a pleasant slap in the face of OnePlus, as the OnePlus eight is dearer than the fundamental Mi 10T Pro. Of course, we’re ready for the OnePlus 8T however I doubt it can drop at below £600.

 

A neat however protruding design

As with virtually each roughly high-end Xiaomi smartphone, the design of the Mi 10T Pro could be very neat. Glass again, metallic edges and flat-screen discreetly pierced by a gap punch at the prime left.

But what strikes you while you take a look at the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro from the again is the measurement of the rear picture module. Not solely is the massive 108-megapixel most important sensor gazing you want the Eye of Sauron, however the rectangular island wherein the three lenses are positioned stands out lots.

It’s an enormous picture module, or reasonably a thick one. When you lay the smartphone flat, it wobbles lots. But it offers a reasonably specific look to the smartphone, virtually humanizing. I do know it is silly and certainly absurd, and I’ve an unlucky tendency to love “ugly” smartphones like the Vivo X51. But, I totally perceive {that a} Cyclops eye perched on the again of a smartphone can delay multiple buyer.

The Xiaomi MI 10T Pro’s 108-megapixel triple picture module is huge. / © NextPit

The smartphone is mostly fairly huge, nevertheless it has wonderful grip. The display screen, the show, could also be flat, however the panel continues to be curved at the edges. The transverse edges are flattened, which has the impact of interrupting the “curved” motion of the relaxation of the design, a manner of containing the curves of the smartphone like a corset. I’ve a tough time imagining it in writing, nevertheless it’s a very nice element. 

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The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro and its edges flattened at the prime and backside, then rounded at the sides. / © NextPit

The unlock button, which additionally homes the fingerprint reader, is kind of effectively positioned on the proper edge of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. The decrease edge homes the USB-C port in addition to a speaker and the slot for SIM playing cards. There isn’t any chance to position a microSD card in right here, as is now and sadly the normal on this value vary. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro additionally does not have IP certification for waterproofing.

Overall, the design just isn’t as polished as on the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro however I discover the smartphone has a sure cachet and I discovered it very nice to deal with.

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The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro picture module stands out. / © NextPit

The LCD display screen however in 144 Hz

Yes, an

LCD display screen
hurts a bit on a flagship. But Xiaomi guarantees that “The Mi 10T Pro has one of the best LCD screens currently built into a smartphone”.

And in use, I discovered the most brightness of 650 nits promised by the producer very efficient to make sure good readability in all circumstances. The distinction is rather less in comparison with that of an AMOLED panel and the reflectance charge can also be extra noticeable, naturally.

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The LCD display screen of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro swaps AMOLED know-how for the fluidity of the show at 144 Hz. / © NextPit

But to cross the capsule, the Xiaomi MI 10T Pro provides a 6.67-inch panel with a refresh charge of 144 Hz. A characteristic that’s at present solely seen on gaming smartphones, for the most half. This refresh charge is clearly dynamic so it adapts to the use of the smartphone and the functions you open, switching between 60 and 144 Hz with the intention to protect the battery.

To be sincere, I’ve nothing in opposition to LCD screens. There are some actually good ones on the market, and I desire a 144Hz LCD than a 60Hz AMOLED. But that is a private alternative, I admit. Moreover, the refresh charge, endlessly marketed for gaming use, just isn’t every little thing.

We should additionally discuss the contact sampling charge, that’s to say, the quantity of occasions per second that the smartphone display screen data a contact contact along with your fingers. The increased this notion, additionally expressed in Hz, the extra responsive the display screen might be for contact controls.

On a high-end gaming smartphone like the Asus ROG Phone Three for instance, the contact sampling charge is 240 Hz. On the Mi 10T Pro, it’s 180 Hz. And I can assure you that you would be able to really feel the distinction in use in phrases of sensitivity and tactile suggestions.

But that is a nerdy concern that the majority shoppers do not care about. Overall, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro’s display screen could be very profitable. I perceive the alternative of an LCD panel and I don’t discover it detrimental to the consumer expertise because of the fluidity of the show.

MIUI 12: leisure, safety, and… advertisements

Much has been stated about

MIUI 12
. The hype round Xiaomi’s new overlay was actual when it was offered final May. I’ve devoted a whole evaluation article to MIUI 12 which I invite you to learn in order for you a extra full opinion on the matter.

Visually, Xiaomi’s Android overlay is an actual UFO. But additionally it is very labored and optimized with nice efforts made by the producer on the safety of private information, customization and ergonomics.

From the lock display screen, MIUI 12 launches the credit and begins what seems to be like an actual sequence shot film in phrases of feeling. Let’s begin with the “Super Wallpapers”. It is a characteristic which consists in providing fairly spectacular animated wallpapers.

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You can DIY a Super Wallpaper from MIUI 12 on virtually any Xiaomi smartphone. / © NextPit

You have the alternative between three visuals, one of the Earth (Super Earth), one of Mars (Super Mars) and one of Saturn (Super Saturn). When you get up the locked display screen, the animation begins with a close-up of the planet seen from area. Once the display screen is unlocked, an animation begins a progressive zoom on every planet as you arrive on the house display screen of your Xiaomi smartphone.

For now, solely a handful of smartphones provide this perform and this was not the case with my Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. But there’s a pretty easy methodology (primarily based on APK obtain and Google Wallpaper) that permits you to take pleasure in it on virtually any Xiaomi smartphone. I made you a fast information if you’re .

In reality, it by no means stops, we’ve got leisure all over the place. When opening an app, as an alternative of opening and shutting from the center, every app in MIUI 12 visually opens straight from the app icon and disappears behind when opening closing. 

We even have animations in the battery utility, in the storage settings. Animations that may be custom-made, with totally different selections of icons, and so forth… I didn’t discover that the battery was drained greater than on smartphones with lighter interfaces, and the navigation system has at all times been very fluid. It is kind of spectacular.

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The animations of MIUI 12 are all the extra fluid on the 144 Hz display screen of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. / © NextPit

We are additionally entitled to the Mi Control Center, which is far more than an expanded drop-down notification menu. In reality, the prime half of the display screen in MIUI is break up in half. Swiping down from the prime left nook takes you to the notifications display screen, nothing extra.

To entry the Mi Control Center, you have to swipe on the higher proper nook. It’s a bit counter-intuitive at first however you get used to it stiffly. It, due to this fact, incorporates all the system utility shortcuts, the native display screen recorder, darkish mode, and so forth … in addition to community and Bluetooth connectivity info.

And if every little thing is reasonably effectively finished and customizable, I remorse not having every little thing, the management centre and the notifications, in the identical place. In any case, I discover it a disgrace to should carry out two totally different gestures to entry this info individually. 

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The Mi Control Center in MIUI 12 just isn’t the most intuitive characteristic there’s. / © NextPit

With MIUI 12, Xiaomi additionally locations nice emphasis on the safety of your private information. The new interface embeds a administration system for authorizations granted to functions. It’s a whole overhaul of the permissions supervisor that permits you to shortly see which functions have which permissions.

You even have notifications, every time an utility requests entry to the digicam, microphone, or location, that are displayed in massive characters and take up almost a 3rd of the display screen. When you launch a system app for the first time, MIUI 12 attracts your consideration to the info that the app will be capable to entry. This characteristic has been named “Barbed Wire” by Xiaomi.

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Authorization administration has been fully redesigned by Xiaomi for MIUI 12. / © NextPit

MIUI additionally sends you an alert at any time when an app makes an attempt to make use of the digicam, microphone, or location with out your permission. This characteristic additionally makes it doable to maintain a log of every time an utility makes use of a sure permission. You can see in real-time how and when an app accessed your information.

Finally, there’s one other characteristic known as Mask System, which returns dummy or empty messages by default when a third-party app tries to entry your name log or messages. This perform is meant to stop questionable functions from studying your non-public information.

Another robust level in phrases of safety and privateness is the chance of making a digital ID. Concretely, MIUI 12 permits you to disguise the personalization of the browser behind a digital profile. You can reset this digital ID everytime you desire to clear any customization associated to utilization or preferences.

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In MIUI 12, Xiaomi permits you to create a digital ID to stop apps from monitoring your utilization habits and preferences. / © NextPit

Finally, I have to level out that I skilled ads at the begin of my check at the system interface stage and in some native functions. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro that I examined was below Global ROM, and I did expertise a pop-up commercial when establishing the smartphone, whereas attempting to put in dynamic wallpaper. So it was an advert in the native Xiaomi Themes app in MIUI 12. I’ve since written a reasonably complete information to getting rid of advertisements in MIUI, and I have never seen any extra since, throughout all the relaxation of my check.

I might additionally inform you about the floating home windows for multitasking, the app drawer, Mi Share or the new Focus Mode, however to avoid wasting you a check that’s already infinite to learn, I’ll merely redirect you to my full check of MIUI 12 linked at the prime of this part. 

Overall, with MIUI 12, Xiaomi has managed to persuade and seduce the OxygenOS follower that I’m. Although I desire mild interfaces, with out being an Android Stock obsessive, I discovered the MIUI 12 overlay to be very busy but additionally very fluid and really visually pleasing. 

It is one of the most atypical interfaces on the market but additionally the most polished.

The energy of the Snapdragon 865

It is troublesome (however not unattainable) to search out an Android smartphone with a

Snapdragon 865
under the £600 mark. I’m beginning to get drained of repeating myself in every check since we’ve got virtually all understood that this high-end SoC at all times provides superb efficiency.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro performs very effectively on the 3DMark graphics benchmarks in comparison with the OnePlus 8T, geared up with the identical SoC. Faced with high-end gaming smartphones like the ROG Phone Three and the RedMagic 5S, with extra RAM and with higher temperature management, the scores are logically decrease. 

But in use, you may run the most resource-demanding video games with the graphics pushed to the max with none downside. I did not expertise any searching or multitasking points.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro benchmark comparability:

  Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro OnePlus 8T RedMagic 5S Asus ROG Phone 3
3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme ES 3.1 7102 7112 7736 7724
3D Mark Sling Shot Vulkan 6262 5982 7052 7079
3D Mark Sling Shot ES 3.0 8268 8820 9687 9833
Geekbench 5 (Simple / Multi) 908/3332 887/3113 902/3232 977 / 3324
CrossMark Memory 28045 27766 27.442 28.568
CrossMark Disk 94992 98574 88.322 124.077

I additionally ran the new 3DMark benchmarks known as Wild Life and Wild Life Stress Test. These assessments consist in simulating, for 1 minute for one and for 20 minutes for the different, an intense sport session with the graphics pushed to the max. 

The curiosity of these assessments is that they inform us about the temperature management and the consistency of the FPS displayed on the display screen throughout these simulation classes. Basically, we’ve got a theoretical overview of how the smartphone behaves while you launch Call of Duty Mobile with the graphics in extremely mode.

On an intense 20-minute session, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro maintained a framerate that oscillated between 16 and 43 FPS and a temperature of 32 to 38 ° C. The crucial temperature of 39 ° C is due to this fact by no means exceeded and overheating stays pretty restricted.

Xiaomi didn’t give particulars on its inner cooling system. In all circumstances, the processor and its Adreno 660 GPU coupled with eight GB of LPDDR 5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage enable good gaming efficiency. 

A triple 108 MP picture module

On paper alone, the massive 108-megapixel most important sensor makes me need to check the smartphone on the spot. We bear in mind the
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 which was the first smartphone launched in Europe to embed a sensor with such a excessive decision, forward of the
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

In quick, on the again of the smartphone we discover a triple picture module:

  • A 108 MP most important sensor with a measurement of 1 / 1.33 ”and an aperture of F / 1.69 with pixel binning (Four in 1 Super Pixel), an FOV of 82 ° and OIS (optical stabilization)
  • A 13 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor with a measurement of 1 / 3.06 ”and an aperture of F / 2.4, an FOV of 123 °
  • A 5 MP macro sensor with a measurement of 1/5 ”and an aperture of F / 2.4, an FOV of 82 ° and an autofocus (from 2 to 10 cm from the topic)

The selfie digicam has a 20-megapixel sensor with a measurement of 1 / 3.4 ”and an aperture of F / 2.2 with an FOV of 77.7 ° and pixel binning know-how.

On paper, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro has virtually every little thing going for it. All that was lacking was a devoted telephoto lens to make sure the most versatile vary doable, however which the producer ignored.

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The triple 108-megapixel digicam of the Xiaomi MI 10T Pro. / © NextPit

The pictures of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro by day

By default, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro captures pictures at 27 MP (108 MP / 4) by way of pixel binning. But you may swap to Pro mode to take photos at the full 108-megapixel definition, which permits for higher publicity and extra element though the distinction is admittedly very refined.

By day, even in lower than optimum mild situations (thanks for the Berlin local weather), the most important sensor is doing very effectively. The sharpness is current and I used to be very happy with the stage of element captured. The publicity is effectively managed and the colourimetry pure.

In ultra-wide-angle, the high quality deteriorates barely. The picture stays clear however I might see a bent to overexposure. Look at the prime left picture under, it’s a lot brighter, overly lit, in comparison with the relaxation of the pictures.

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Xiaomi has guess every little thing on the massive decision of the 108-megapixel sensor of its Mi 10T Pro. / © NextPit

The pictures of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro in zoom

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro skips a devoted telephoto lens to make sure the most versatile picture vary doable. We can due to this fact count on a digital magnification that can depend on the massive decision of the most important sensor of 108 MP with the intention to reduce and crop the picture to use the magnification.

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The zoom of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro with the most important sensor of 108 MP. / © NextPit

The most zoom you may apply is a x30 magnification. The latter just isn’t usable and is, in any case, irrelevant for hand-held pictures and not using a tripod. For the relaxation, from x2 to x10 magnification, I discovered the outcomes considerably higher than what I used to be capable of obtain with the OnePlus 8T and its 48-megapixel sensor. 

Then once more you may see the uselessness of the x30 zoom and not using a tripod, the grain is all over the place and the pixel mush barely makes it doable to tell apart the German inscriptions on the panel. But I discovered that the x2 and x5 zooms have been fairly efficient in limiting the loss of element.

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The zoom of the OnePlus 8T with its most important sensor of 48 MP. / © NextPit

The pictures of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro at night time

At night time, the 108-megapixel wide-angle sensor of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro does remarkably effectively, even higher with the devoted night time mode. The latter permits the scene to be effectively lit with out burning the picture by accentuating an excessive amount of brilliant mild sources similar to city lighting. 

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Night pictures captured with the 108-megapixel wide-angle sensor of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, with and with out night time mode. / © NextPit

We can observe a smoothing a bit too pronounced to scale back digital noise, which makes the pictures lose sharpness. The ultra-wide-angle lens is admittedly dangerous in low mild, however I discovered the zoom to be efficient, particularly in phrases of the stage of element.

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The night time zoom with the most important 108 MP sensor of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. / © NextPit

Overall, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro’s picture module is completely in step with the value of the smartphone. Day and night time, the wide-angle pictures are wonderful. The zoom stays efficient so long as it’s restricted to x2 and even x5 magnification at most. The ultra-wide-angle is just too common for a smartphone that desires to be high-end, however the highly effective night time mode catches up with the picture module that I discovered more practical than that of the OnePlus 8T, bought at the identical value.

But I can not assist however suppose {that a} telephoto lens would have been higher than a macro sensor, even when for as soon as we do not find yourself with a macro with a ridiculous 2-megapixel however 5-megapixel decision.

Spectacular battery life

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is provided with a

5,000 mAh battery
. It is a big battery greater than welcome to money the vitality prices concerned in a display screen with a excessive refresh charge.

For charging, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is provided with a 33 W charger (11V / 3A). Enough to permit it to recharge from 10 to 100% in simply an hour. An excellent end result, particularly contemplating the massive battery of the Mi 10T Pro. Note, nevertheless, that the smartphone just isn’t suitable with wi-fi charging.

During my check, I used the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro with a dynamic refresh charge of 144 Hz (it goes to 60 Hz in the system interface, for instance, then 144 Hz when in-game) in addition to with the adaptive brightness. All in all, I held on common greater than 20 hours earlier than going below the 20% remaining autonomy. TWENTY HOURS! And that, with over six hours of display screen time spent on cell video games, video calls and video streaming.

I inform myself that with the display screen locked at 60 Hz and fewer intensive use, with say a display screen time of three hours, the battery life should exceed the two full days of use. This is an actual tour de drive for Xiaomi and a lesson in optimization for its opponents.

Even with the PCMark benchmark that we use for the battery at NextPit, and which simulates an unrealistic use as a result of too intense of the smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro held 23 hours earlier than falling under the 20% remaining battery stage.

I do know some Samsung smartphones and that iPhones that ought to kindly sit down, religiously take notes and evaluation their copy as a result of Xiaomi is palms down the prime of the class at this value level.

Final verdict

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is one of the smartphones, along with the Poco F2 Pro, the OnePlus 8T or the Oppo Reno Four which type a brand new intermediate-range of “affordable” flagships. We have virtually every little thing of a premium technical sheet with out having to pay greater than £1,000.

The 108-megapixel triple picture module is superb besides at ultra-wide-angle, the Snapdragon 865 provides stable efficiency, the 144Hz LCD display screen is tremendous easy and the 5,000mAh battery is nothing quick of spectacular. Rarely have I used so many superlatives in a evaluation, and should you learn me recurrently, you understand how “sucker” I could be in my critiques.

But in phrases of value for cash for a flagship, we are able to hardly do higher. I nonetheless have a choice for the OnePlus 8T, nevertheless it’s actually my (totally assumed) bias that makes me say that, similar to my affection for OxygenOS 11.

When we all know that the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, its predecessor, was the champion of the high quality/value ratio and that it’s nonetheless in 2020 at the prime of the basket of critiques and different shopping for guides, we are able to say that the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is a worthy consultant of his lineage. 

If I needed to suggest a flagship in 2020, and I needed to disregard my bias for OnePlus, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is undoubtedly one of the best selections in order for you value on your cash.

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