Xiaomi has been trying hard to break the mold of the smartphone budget maker for some time now. The company has repeatedly tried to introduce its premium Mi series models, with the latest being the Mi 10T Pro. This is a fan of Xiaomi Mi 10 but it comes at a higher price of Rs. 39,999. However, has Xiaomi cut more than just the price? We put Xiaomi’s latest flag to the test to find out.
Design of Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro looks and feels like a premium. Lift the device and immediately feel its weight of 218g, which is on the heavy side. There are a few changes to the Mi 10T Pro compared to the Mi 10 (Review), the most important of which is the display. You no longer have the curved AMOLED panel; instead, there is a flat LCD. The display measures 6.67 inches and has a camera hole in the upper left corner. While the flat LCD panel may appear to be shrinking, Xiaomi has increased its refresh rate to 144Hz. This makes the animation look smoother and makes browsing menus feel liquid. There is also HDR10 support too.
There’s also the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front, rear, and camera module, which should help keep the smartphone from scratching. The frame of the Mi 10T Pro is made of steel and feels cold to the touch. Xiaomi has selected a stand-alone fingerprint scanner, and it’s easy to access. The volume buttons are also on the same side and can be accessed with the use of one hand. Xiaomi offers the Mi 10T Pro in two colors, the Lunar Silver and the Cosmic Black. I had one last review and it looked gray to me rather than black. And it is a magnet for the fingers.
The camera module in the Mi 10T Pro comes out slowly causing the drive to shake when placed on the back of the table. The back panel turns on the sides making the phone comfortable to hold. The top and bottom of the frame are flat enough to let it stand upright, even if you don’t really want to do this. SIM tray below and USB Type-C port with firing speaker. On top of that, you get an IR emitter which is common on Xiaomi Smartphones, as well as additional microphones. Xiaomi also offers stereo speakers on the Mi 10T Pro which is a clean touch. There is a small LED that sits between the display and the frame that illuminates incoming notifications and when you connect the smartphone to charge it.
Xiaomi has installed a 5,000mAh battery in the Mi 10T Pro, which is part of the reason for its versatility. Smartphones with a 33W fast charger in the box but I didn’t even get my review unit. Also, while the Xiaomi Mi 10 includes 30W faster wireless charging, the Mi 10T Pro misses out completely on wireless charging, which could be another way to keep costs down.
Details of Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
The high-performance LCD upgrade on the Mi 10T Pro has a Full-HD + resolution. It is a beautiful LCD panel with decent viewing angles and is bright enough when you are outdoors. However, the colors are not as punchy and the blacks are as deep as they would be on an AMOLED panel. You have the option to select different color options and customize the color temperature of the display. The Mi 10T Pro also allows you to set the refresh rate manually. You can choose between 60Hz, 90Hz, and 144Hz. I had set it at 144Hz which makes the scroll look smooth.
While the transition from AMOLED to LCD is huge, the interiors of the Mi 10T Pro remain unchanged. Powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor as the Mi 10. You get 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. There are two Nano-SIM slots in the Mi 10T Pro, with support for 5G and 4G VoLTE. Other connectivity options for this smartphone include Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, and four roaming systems.
Depending on the software, you get MIUI 12 loaded over Android 10. The UI seems to be the most common and most complete. The Mi 10T Pro used an Android security clip for Android when I found it but it was later updated to be an acceptable October episode. I found a few apps pre-installed on the device, such as Zilli, Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn, Booking.com, WPS Office, Mi Store, Mi Picks, Mi Pay, and My Credit. A few apps like titles, music, and GetApps keep pressing notifications, which has been a little annoying. If you think Xiaomi is trying to set this up as a premium smartphone, keeping a strong handle on spammy notifications would be a good idea.
The Mi 10T Pro also features a Game Turbo feature that removes some apps from the memory, blocks touch, and gives you the option to take incoming calls out of your hands while playing. And you can customize a few settings for each game.
Performance of Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Given the Hardware iMi 10T Pro, it has, I never had to worry about its performance. The phone was quick to load apps, and the high refresh rate made the transition animation seem much smoother. I don’t have to wait long for apps to load, and with 8GB of RAM, I could switch between most apps without waiting. The set-up fingerprint scanner is very fast, and face recognition can turn on the smartphone as the light flashes.
I ran our standard benches to see where the Mi 10T Pro stands and the results are not surprising. In AnTuTu, the Mi 10T Pro scored 573,614 points and also held 10,079 points in PCMark Work 2.0 which is very close to the OnePlus 8T (Review) findings in the same tests. The Mi 10T Pro handled 910 and 3,395 in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core test. These schools are higher than those of the OnePlus 8T. In the GFXBench’s T-Rex and Manhattan 3.1 rating test, the Mi 10T Pro handled 50fps and 5,915 points in the 3DMark Slingshot test.
I have noticed that the Mi 10T Pro will be warmer to the touch when placed under load. Using the camera for long periods of time and even playing has caused the smartphone to be slightly stressed. I played Call of Duty Mobile, which dramatically reduced Medium graphics quality and a high degree of autonomy. Hitting the settings in High School did not affect performance, and the Mi 10T Pro could handle the game even in these settings. It got warmer though, and there was a 4 percent drop in a battery at the end of 20 minutes of play.
The 5,000mAh battery on the Mi 10T Pro lasted for about a day and a half with my use, and with a refresh rate set at 144Hz. You should be able to achieve a slightly better battery life by lowering the recharge rate. In our HD video loop test, the phone lasted 16 hours, 38 minutes which is an acceptable smartphone school packing Snapdragon 865 processor. Xiaomi says you can get the full amount in about an hour.