After a few weeks of use as the main mobile, this is our analysis of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, a practically round mobile that has weighty arguments to sneak into our pocket. The Xiaomi of the ‘flagship killers’ is back and if you use your mobile as your main entertainment center, this mobile has a lot to say.

A few years ago, when mobile phones did not cost 1,000 euros, but they did go to 600 and the cheaper alternatives had very poor characteristics (they were devices children of their time, on the other hand), a company known in forums took the title from ‘giant killer’.

It was a OnePlus that put its phones on sale in a very curious format: you could only buy special days of the year or by invitation. It was a system that, basically, allowed a startup like OnePlus to compete with the premium mobiles of the time by offering top-of-the-range components at a lower price than rivals.

It didn’t take long for Xiaomi to arrive, flooding the market with interesting mobiles, but with entry ranges, and little by little launching more and more terminals and devices, some of them with the OnePlus philosophy.

Now, and after a period in which Xiaomi seemed to have relaxed, we have the Mi 10T, very interesting terminals that have features that, in fact, are not seen in many premium ranges, but at a very interesting and competitive price.

After a few weeks of use, we tell you our opinion of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro in an analysis in which we review all its features, but above all its four pillars: camera, processor, screen and yes, battery.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

screen 6.67 “IPS panel | FullHD + resolution | 144Hz refresh rate | 20: 9 aspect ratio | Gorilla Glass 5
Processor Snapdragon 865
RAM 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128/256 GB UFS 3.1
Drums 5,000 mAh | 33W fast charging with included charger
Main cameras Main 108 Mpx OIS f / 1.7 | 13MP f / 2.4 wide angle | 5MP macro f / 2.4
Frontal camera 20 Mpx f / 2.2
Operating system Android 11 + MIUI 12
Dimensions and weight 165.1 x 76.4 x 9.33 mm | 218 grams
Price From 599 euros | 649 euros for the 256 GB version

Design: large and heavy, although in everyday life it is not uncomfortable

It is big and heavy, although in day to day it is not uncomfortable

We begin the analysis of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro talking about the design that is probably the most controversial section of the terminal. And it is that, we are talking about a large mobile, quite large. It measures 6.5 inches high and is 9.3 millimeters thick.

We understand the thickness because it hides a 5,000 mAh battery, but to that total thickness, we must add a camera module that protrudes about two millimeters.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is big and heavy

The weight is 218 grams and, although in the hand it is a mobile that feels good since it has rounded shapes in the corners and on the back sides, it must be recognized that it does not go unnoticed in the pocket. I’ve been taking it to the gym with the included cover (transparent and, according to Xiaomi, with an anti-germ treatment) and it’s a heavy and ‘bulky’ mobile.

The camera module has a curious design and protrudes a couple of millimeters.

From the front there is not much to tell. Have the camera in a hole in the top left in a module with a diameter of 4 mm. The side frames measure 3 millimeters, the upper one 4 and the lower one is somewhat wider, 6 millimeters. At the top is the call earpiece that works as a speaker and right next to it is a notification LED. In the upper frame we have microphones for canceling audio in calls and an infrared port.

Fingerprint unlocking is fast and accurate. It’s on the unlock button

If we go to the sides, we have a clear left side, a right side in which is the fingerprint reader on the lock button and the volume up / down buttons. I am not a lover of unlocking sensors on the side because they are not the most ergonomic, but the truth is that given the impediment of putting it on the IPS panel and not wanting to place it on the back, it is the only solution. Of course, it is fast and very accurate.

At the top we have several microphones to cancel noise in calls and an IR port.

At the bottom we find another speaker, another microphone, the USB Type-C and the Dual SIM slot. You cannot expand the storage in this terminal, but we have a 128 GB base that should be adequate for the vast majority of users.

Now, let’s go to the rear. We have a ‘glossy’ glass finish in which all the traces remain. It is one of those terminals that is not very grateful when cleaning them because you can wipe it to make it perfect, but as soon as you pick it up for the first time, all the perfectly marked fingerprints will appear.

We see the ‘Mi’ logo and the 5G logo on one of the sides and, of course, a huge camera module stands out. The main sensor is very, very large and is alone on top of this module.

We have the indicator that it has 108 megapixels and we see that it is accompanied by two other cameras, an LED flash and a light intensity sensor that is used to precisely calibrate the brightness of the screen.

Display with 144 Hz that are spectacular in a good IPS panel

We delve into the strengths of the Mi 10T Pro, and start with the screen. A round terminal is one that offers a balance between the most important elements, those that directly affect the user experience and, of course, the screen is essential because it is the way we communicate with the terminal and, furthermore, it is what It helps us to consume content.

We are facing a 6.67 “panel that has a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. It is time for Xiaomi to join the big leagues with QHD resolutions, but we understand that it is a lot to ask for a mobile of this price. Pixel density is good at 395 pixels per inch and the screen-to-body ratio is 85.2%.

We have an IPS panel that is very well calibrated and that has several customizable color modes (among them, sRGB and DCI-P3, my favorite) so that we can choose the one we like the most or customize one of them. There is a dark mode that does not save battery because the screen is not OLED and a reading mode that dims the blue light of the screen based on the ambient light to help the eyes relax.

Now, the reason why we do not have an OLED panel when Xiaomi has already mounted Samsung AMOLED panels in cheaper mobiles is because what the brand wanted to include in this mobile was a high refresh rate.

We have an adaptive frequency of up to 144 Hz, an absolute clumsy and yes, it is not the first (the ROG Phone 3 has a 144 Hz OLED panel, but it also costs 300 euros more), but it is still spectacular.

We can choose a rate of 60, 90 or 144 Hz and believe us, it is a great improvement. We have analyzed several mobiles with high refresh rates in recent years and it is difficult to go back to terminals that only have 60 Hz.

With high refresh rates we have a feeling of maximum fluidity both in the terminal (if the processor accompanies, of course) and in the compatible games. Scrolling in apps makes all the elements clear and the user experience is fantastic.

Mind you, it is an “adaptive” rate and as such, not everything goes at 144 Hz at all times. If we choose this rate, the apps that go to 144 Hz will go, natively, at that frequency, but if there is an app that goes to 90 Hz, the panel adapts to go to those 90 Hz. And if it goes to 60, more of the same (even at lower rates).

This is a good idea for two reasons: the first is that, if a content does not go to the maximum rate, it is silly that the panel is refreshed 144 times per second because it will consume a lot, a lot of energy. The second is because if something goes at 24 fps and the mobile forces the panel to go to 144 Hz, there may be discrepancies in the image, in the sound or any other visual flaw. Therefore, we think this “adaptive” is fine and, in fact, Samsung also targeted this with the Note 20 Ultra.

A weak point of the panel is the viewing angle. The IPS have good angles, but not as generous as an OLED, although really for the use that we are going to give almost all the time, the experience is fantastic in this type of panel and the one that Xiaomi has mounted is very good.

A very fast mobile that can handle anything

We have seen a lot of the hardware of the Mi 10T Pro in the Poco F2 Pro. However, there are notable differences in some respects. They are first cousins, although the Mi 10T Pro goes a little further in speed and amount of RAM, for example, but in the important thing we have the same characteristics.

The heart of the team is the Snapdragon 865. It is not the most powerful Qualcomm processor, since above it is the SD 865+, but I venture to say that no user will notice the difference between these two processors because it is the same generation and yes, the GPU improves somewhat, but the SD 865 continues to perform at its best in all apps.

We have 8 GB of LPDDR5X RAM and the memory is UFS 3.1. It is the most premium that we have right now on the market and we leave you the results of the synthetic tests:

My 10T Pro Little F2 Pro Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Google Pixel 4a OnePlus Nord
AnTuTu 575,674 568,538 600,659 504,150 248,135 332,216
Geekbench 5 single core 798 914 899 582 502 618
Geekbench 5 multicore 3,132 3,411 3,284 2,729 1,500 1,995
PC Mark 9,657 10,367 10,692 10,601 8,563 9,205

As we always tell you, these numbers are just that, cold data from benchmark applications. The Mi 10 Pro scores higher with the same hardware (and those 600,000 points in AnTuTu are beastly), but we certainly have a fantastic day-to-day experience.

It can with everything we throw at it, from games at more than 60 Hz with the maximum image quality (although these games have to be optimized for this, it does not depend so much on the mobile) to heavy applications like Photoshop Express editing heavy files and with a lot of resolution.

If we were talking about a 1,000 euro mobile, we would say that you are users who already know that you are going to use your mobile for everything and need this spectacular performance, but speaking of a 600 euro mobile, we may be talking about a user perhaps not so advanced that he just wants those day-to-day apps and that the mobile works well. That it has, obviously, but you are going to be able to do what you want with this mobile.

And much of the ‘fault’ is with the memory standard. It is UFS 3.1 memory, the latest in this technology, which offers very good read and write times, as well as a very good memory copy speed.

My 10T Pro Little F2 Pro Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Google Pixel 4a OnePlus Nord
Sequential write 477.29 MB / s 490.55 MB / s 488.26 MB / s 276.02 MB / s 195.49 MB / s 345.32 MB / s
Sequential reading 829.47 MB 1.18 GB / s 1.02 GB / s 756.83 MB / s 433.52 MB / s 692.50 MB / s
Random write 31.78 MB 25.06 MB / s 32.15 MB / s 21.25 MB / s 22.96 MB / s 18.81 MB / s
Random read 19.78 MB 18.23 MB / s 20.20 MB / s 14.28 MB / s 19.77 MB / s 17.78 MB / s
Memory copy speed 10.24 GB / s 10.37 GB / s 10.39 GB / s 6.78 GB / s 4.79 GB / s 5.84 GB / s

It is a mobile that, for 600 euros, performs like the top of the range . In this regard, the Mi 10T Pro is indisputable and, in addition, it has stereo sound.

The sound that the Mi 10T Pro produces is good, but just enough to meet in the category of good stereo sound . He does not play in the major leagues and the bass lacks some depth, but the sound is powerful, it does not distort when we turn up the volume and we can use it perfectly to listen to music, to watch series and to play, obtaining a good experience.

As I said, it is not the best stereo audio, but we are talking about a 600 euro mobile phone and it is more than enough to allow us to enjoy games in which sound is important.

MIUI 12 on an Android 10 that flies

Just like iOS is a closed system that now seems to open up a bit more to customization thanks to iOS 14, Android is a very open system. Google provides the basis and allows each manufacturer to disguise the system as they want. Some maintain an aesthetic as pure as possible, like Motorola, but others (Samsung or Xiaomi, in addition to Huawei with more reason now than before) apply more layers on the primitive system.

In this of the layers there are users that we will never agree, and specifically speaking of Xiaomi there is a ‘battle’ between defenders and detractors of MIUI. I like MIUI because it is a mix between iOS and Android with very interesting own functions and an aesthetic that is very careful. It has its flaws in some sections and some menu is not entirely intuitive, but even with those, it is a layer that I like.

In the Mi 10T Pro we have MIUI 12, the latest version of the Chinese company, which runs on Android 10. Yes, it is not the latest version of Android, but it will be updated to this as soon as Xiaomi finishes the configuration. MIUI 12 copies a lot of iOS (the control center is identical to Apple’s) and maintains much of what already worked in MIUI 11 to create a stable, fast and highly customizable system.

I like that we have separate notifications and control center, but if we want it, we can join it for a more traditional experience. We have Google Discover, editing the home screens is very easy to be able to create batch folders of apps in a simple way, we have many wallpapers and themes, we have the possibility of having the application drawer or the search engine integrated into Google and we have all the GMS.

We can customize almost everything we have at our fingertips and your appointment does not miss a powerful internal recorder, double tap to wake up, absolute control over notifications, we can configure the notification LED and more specific options such as floating windows.

Due to the number of options at our disposal, precisely, there are somewhat confusing menus either because of the avalanche of information and things to do or because there are things that are not where we hope they are. The second space or the floating windows, for example, would not put them in ‘Special functions’ and the ‘Lite Mode’ would be in accessibility, to name a few cases.

That said, and far from getting ‘fussy’, we have a system that flies. Thanks to the optimization of MIUI 12, the Snapdragon 865, the UFS 3.1 memory and the screen at 144 Hz, the Mi 10T Pro has given me the fastest experience on a phone. It is no longer so much a question of power, but everything is aligned to give that feeling of extreme speed.

That said, and far from getting ‘fussy’, we have a system that flies. Thanks to the optimization of MIUI 12, the Snapdragon 865, the UFS 3.1 memory and the screen at 144 Hz, the Mi 10T Pro has given me the fastest experience on a phone. It is no longer so much a question of power, but everything is aligned to give that feeling of extreme speed.

Of course, not everything was going to be good in MIUI 12. And, we continue to have publicity, and this is unacceptable. Yes, I understand that Xiaomi has a lot of income from services, wearables and IoT devices. It’s a huge part of your business, but if I open the games folder, I don’t want ads to appear at the bottom sometimes. Or one step further, I published it as a banner in some of your applications.

It is something that can be deactivated, yes, but many users who buy the phone may not know this and they find those apps that are not theirs, that may not interest them and that are still advertisements in the system. And well, every time we install an app, a scan screen appears that ensures that it does not have a virus. This is fine, but on this screen there is also advertising.

How is advertising disabled on XiaomiEasy, you simply go to ‘Manage applications’ in settings, click on the three points in the upper right and select ‘Show all applications’. Once that is done, in the internal search engine you put “msa”, enter and deactivate the notifications.

Very good 108 Mpx main sensor and a messy app

And we get to the camera. It is one of the elements that most influences when changing mobile and in this case we have an irregular experience, but very solvent in most cases. Before looking at the hardware, I want to talk about the software, as it is the worst point of the camera experience on the Mi 10T Pro (and MIUI 12).

Camera apps shouldn’t be messy, on the contrary, they should be easy to use unless we get into professional modes. By this I mean that, if the mobile has a macro sensor, do not hide it from me in one of the two menus of modes that the mobile has, put it in plain sight.

In the app we see the typical photo, portrait, video carousel and more. This “more” is where functions such as recording from the front and rear cameras at the same time, cloning, controlling exposure, slow motion, night photos or photos at full 108 megapixels resolution are hidden.

To activate the macro we must go to the upper left section that displays a few other options such as the timer, the image format, more effects and the macro itself. Well, ok if the macro is there, even if I don’t like it, but what I did find to be regular, on the wrong side, is that the mobile has the default image format ‘Full’. This captures photos at 20: 9 applying a rather beastly crop.

It’s something that caught my eye from the get-go because it applies brutal blur to the photo, but I soon saw that the image mode was set like this and that I had to go for 3: 4 if I wanted the correct ratio. It is the one that we definitely recommend, since the image quality is much higher.

Now, let’s go with the details of the sensors:

My 10T Pro Resolution Stabilization Opening Pixel size Sensor size
My 10T Pro
Principal 108 Mpx OIS 1.69 1.6 μm 1 / 1.33 “
Wide angle 13 Mpx 2.4 1.12 μm
Macro 5 Mpx 2.4 1.12 μm
Frontal 20 Mpx 2.2 0.8 μm 1 / 3.4 “

The main sensor allows us to shoot at 108 Mpx, but only if we mark it as an option, since under normal conditions we will shoot at 27 Mpx with a larger pixel size, which allows the sensor to capture more light.

It is a very solvent camera both indoors (which is usually the Achilles heel of many mobiles) and outdoors. We leave you some examples:

The wide angle also does its job well and I like that it has 13 megapixels. Megapixels are not everything, indeed, but at a wide angle they are important so that there is no poor definition in the image. We do not see washed textures and the lines are quite well corrected:

And we come to the macro. Macro sensors in mobiles are superfluous because companies often use them to be able to say that they have three or four cameras. In this sense, it is not a sensor that we are going to use a lot, but it is true that it is more competent than other macros that we have seen.

It has a fixed focus in a range of 5-10 centimeters and it behaves well, generating a beautiful blur, although far from using it for social networks by retouching the color somewhat later, I would not use it too much:

The front camera is made up of a 20 megapixel sensor with an f / 2.2 aperture and characteristics (sensor size and pixel size) that are not crazy, but that produce good results both indoors and outdoors.

And regarding the video, we have a section that meets. The stabilization is electronic in this case, but it does its job quite successfully. We can record up to 8K30, but the results are not the best because there are micro-cuts in the image that do not allow a satisfactory sense of fluidity.

The best thing is to record at 4K60, something in which the mobile meets more than enough. Of course, when we record video it is one of the few moments in which we notice that the terminal gets hot.

5,000 mAh battery perfect for users who use the mobile for everything

Powerful, fluid and you will get to the end of the day even if you put a lot of cane. That is the best summary of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, and the latter is achieved with a very good battery. We have 5,000 mAh on our hands, which explains, in part, those 9.3 millimeters of thickness in the terminal.

They are 1,000 mAh more than the Mi 9T Pro of just a year ago and that allows us to have an autonomy of more than a day with a use that is not, at all, conservative with the battery. Games like CoD Online, streaming game sessions to Stadia or Game Pass, sporadic photos, Spotify, constant Bluetooth for the smartwatch, screen with the maximum adaptive frequency, Wi-Fi and 4G and with that, I get about 7 hours of screen most days.

In the end, the power means that you can play to the maximum or take a second less to edit and save a photo, but this autonomy is peace of mind, the peace of mind of knowing that you can go on a trip with your mobile or back through a city in the that you are visiting without knowing that at 7 pm you are going to have to enter a cafeteria and you better take the charger in case there is a plug.

Charging is also one of the important points of the terminal, since the charger that comes in the box is the 33 W one and allows us to charge 50% in about 25 minutes, with 100% in just over an hour. We leave you the loading speed table.

Although Xiaomi has loads of 65 W and 120 W, I personally think that having 50% of 5,000 mAh in 25 minutes is optimal. The battery is not going to suffer as much in the long run and in the end that is going to be better for us too.

Besides what is the hardware, we have different software tools that work very well to take care of the battery. We have a battery saving mode that works really well, we can configure that saving only for specific apps or leave out apps that we do not want to perform “less”.

We can also program the automatic turn off / on of the terminal and I would have appreciated a way to limit the load to 80% if we wish, but hey, with those 33 W the battery should be able to withstand the passage of time without too many complications.

Armed to the teeth with 5G, NFC and Wi-Fi 6

Last but not least, we are going to review the connectivity features of the smartphone because we have practically everything. In the section on physical connections, the only thing we miss is the headphone jack, although in this price range, for us it is not a notable absence because wireless headphones are more and more widespread and are becoming cheaper.

What we do have is USB Type-C 2.0 for fast wired communication and, moving on to wireless communications, we also see the latest technology with Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G. Bluetooth 5.1 has less latency and lower consumption, which helps us have a better experience if we play or watch series using wireless headphones.

Wi-Fi 6 and 5G are somewhat more controversial because, surely, many of you cannot use it, but it is clear that they are technologies that are here to stay, that at some point they will be standardized and that it is worth having on a smartphone, on all in one with the prospect of lasting over time for several years thanks to the generous updates from Xiaomi.

We also have NFC to make mobile payments and pair devices, so in this section, little more can be asked for the Mi 10T Pro.

The Xiaomi of the ‘flagship killer’ returns

There is no perfect mobile, but taking this into account, the truth is that it is difficult to think of a mobile that gives you more for those 599 euros that the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro costs, and also for what the normal Mi 10T costs, already that the main difference is the main camera and its number of megapixels.

Yes, the screen could be OLED, we could have a headphone jack taking into account the thickness, we could have better macro and wide-angle cameras and a sound with a better spectrum, but it is that they are 600 euros and you have to think about everything that does. has and does this terminal well.

There are many strengths, as we have seen throughout the analysis of the Mi 10T Pro, but the screen is something that stands out. It has a very well calibrated IPS panel with an adaptive 144 Hz refresh rate that gives us a feeling of excellent fluidity.

This is achieved thanks to both the fps rate and what is inside, the latest from Qualcomm and a set of latest generation ROM and RAM. It can handle everything and, in addition, it does not leave us stranded thanks to some 5,000 mAh that behave great for demanding users.

There are features that are lacking, and they are what make the difference in the premium range, but even taking into account 1,000 euro mobiles, in performance, quality and refreshment of the screen and battery there are few better options on the market.

When we think of 1,000 euros mobiles, the question should be “will I use this feature or with the ‘non-Pro’ version that costs 200 euros less is it worth it? In this case it is something like “I’m not going to do anything with that screen at 144 Hz, but it is 600 euros”.

It is a giant killer and I like to see that, after a period in which Xiaomi seemed to have rested on its laurels, they return with phones that are very adjusted in quality / price, even with features of the absolute premium range.

Best

  • Well calibrated 144Hz display
  • Main camera and 2x digital
  • Autonomy
  • It’s super-fast
Worst

  • MIUI 12 camera app
  • Fingerprint reader on the side
  • Heavy and thick
  • The back gets quite dirty

 

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