Xiaomi Mi 10 high-end mobile phone review:
Two models make up the high-end of Xiaomi after its official launch: Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. The two identical in appearance and with some technical differences (in the camera, battery and charge). such good results for the Chinese company. a good camera.
In the same vein as other high-end phones, Xiaomi Mi 10 is very similar in aesthetics and size to others in the high-end, such as the Galaxy S20 Plus and Huawei P40 Pro. The test unit they have loaned us looks like these even in color, gray. But unlike these, the fingerprints are quite marked, as in most phones with a glossy finish and mirror effect. , both for its dimensions (162.6 x 74.8 mm x, 8.96 mm) and for its weight (208 grams).
This device does not integrate the card slot on the side, but on the bottom next to the USB port. And it doesn’t add to the fingerprint reader on the right side, but instead unlocks with the fingerprint on the 6.67-inch (2,340 × 1,080 FHD +) AMOLED screen covered in Gorilla Glass 5 and slightly curved on the sides. This does not show vivid colors like other phones, but more natural and without too much brightness.
To protect eye health, it is TUV Rheinland Low Blue Light certified. With a 90 Hz refresh rate it responds very quickly and smoothly in the user experience. The selfie camera is perforated on the left side above.
The expected weapons
Although it is not the most advanced smartphone in this Xiaomi series, this model is not far behind in specifications, although some are not the most advanced either. This is not the case with the 5G compatible Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, the best from this manufacturer. We refer to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, which are a good complement to the processor, without standing out in the high-end. These two features are also found in mid-range phones (for example, Xiaomi Mi 9 or Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, Galaxy A80, realme 5 Pro or realme X2, among others).
For those looking for a dual sound experience, the device incorporates two speakers, one on top and one on the bottom (next to the USB-C port). This favors a more immersive sound (especially when it comes to watching movies and series ) compared to many other smartphones that only come with one.
This phone does not have the IP68 water resistance certification that allows it to be submerged for 30 minutes without problems. Of course, it withstands splashes (P2i Nano Coating protection) and accidental spills. So if it gets wet from rain or sweat, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Battery to spare
The same happens in the battery section. Its capacity is not one of the best on the market, it stays at 4,780 mAh and this is enough for a whole day with normal use of watching. In fast charge it also sits in the middle with a 30W charger.
Xiaomi indicates that it allows you to screw it up in 56 minutes However, when the phone was sent to us, this accessory was missing and we could not carry out the test to find out how fast its fast charge is. We have carried out this work with a 25 W charger of a Galaxy S20 Plus and from 1 percent to 100 percent it has taken 80 minutes (in the same test the S20 Plus, from 0 to 100, ran it in 70 minutes) . With 30W wireless charging, Mi 10 fills its battery in 69 minutes, according to Xiaomi.
108 MP, macro and subtle night mode
And we come to the section where we see the most innovative: its quad camera adds a menu mode to take photos with a resolution of 108 megapixels. It is not the first time we see this resolution on a Xiaomi phone (it premiered on the Xiaomi Mi Note 19) and another manufacturer, Samsung, has also joined it in its most powerful device, Galaxy S20 Ultra. The main 108-megapixel sensor is complemented by a 13-megapixel ultra-wide angle, 2-megapixel depth sensor and 2-megapixel macro lens. The front camera sensor is 20 megapixels. On video, record in 8K at 30 fps.
In our tests, we have found that when selecting the 108 megapixel mode, the camera captures colors naturally, just as they are in reality. When you take photos in normal or standard mode, by contrast, it enhances the tones (and beautifies them). Either way, the level of detail is high and they are excellent. It also highlights its macro photography sensor, accurately capturing details. In night mode it adds light in a subtle way and without forcing the light excessively.
Along with the conventional video mode, this model adds another way to record short videos (15 seconds, a perfect time to upload them to social networks). The portrait mode does allow taking selfies, with the possibility of taking them in landscape format and giving them a more artistic touch with predetermined filters. In 108-megapixel and night mode, however, it is not possible to take selfies. Aside from taking selfies by tapping on the classic button that appears on the screen, it offers two much more comfortable ways (with countdown): one with a hand gesture and the other by clicking on the button on the right side of the volume adjustment.
MIUI 11, clear and simple
The latest from Google in operating systems, Android 10 , Xiaomi customizes it with its own layer, MIUI 11. If you do not know this software, it is very likely that you will quickly get used to using it. Its neat appearance pleases us and its use has been easy for us (for example, it simplifies the Settings functions menu allowing access with a touch to bluetooth and wifi and not through the Connections section). Bring everything you expect today (dark mode, digital wellness) and we’ve loved the alarm clock tones with nature sounds.
The Mi 10 does not lack the classic tools (clock, calculator, compass), as well as a screen recorder, voice recorder, scanner and one to use the phone as a remote control or remote control (Mi Remoto)
The Google application package is complemented by several pre-installed third parties, specifically five well-known ones: Amazon shopping, Facebook, Netflix, eBay and LinkedIn. Clicking on the My Picks icon you access a space that makes it easy to download the “Must-Have Apps” and many more classified by theme (for this, link to the Play Store).
For 799 euros you get a conservative phone, Xiaomi does not risk it with experiments: an elegant and discreet design, quality materials, a good camera, powerful sound, performance according to its range and fast charging, not the fastest but good if it takes what the manufacturer indicates. Its price seems competitive to us if compared to that of its direct rivals (although it does not have IP68, something that for us is important in a mobile phone, especially a high-end one), but it is not groundbreaking as this manufacturer has us used to.
What rivals is Xiaomi Mi 10 facing least high-end range with the Samsung Galaxy S20 (1,009 euros) and Huawei P40 (799 euros), both with IP68.