The Xiaomi Mi 10 5G marks a return to the high-end value flagship space in India for Xiaomi, after dominating the budget smartphone market over the past few years. The company is known for pushing the kinds of features and specifications that get people talking, especially when they launch in low-cost phones that make giants like Samsung look bad. Here it’s the exact game plan – the key feature of the Mi 10 5G is its 108-megapixel camera, which matches the absurdly expensive Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, but at a fraction of the price.
49,999 with 128GB storage and Rs. 54,999 for 256GB, the Mi 10 5G is certainly an ambitious move for Xiaomi in India, which is tied up far more with the entry-level space. This phone will compete with OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, Realme X50 Pro 5G (Review), iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone XR (Review), and Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S10 (Review).
The lockdown situation delayed the planned launch of this phone and still prevented us from experiencing the device, but Xiaomi provided Gadgets 360 with detailed information and answered all our questions about the Mi 10 5G, so we Can bring you our initial analysis. Device.
To begin with, Xiaomi has stepped up its game in terms of styling and build quality. We have curved-edge glass on a sculpted body, which the company says will appeal to buyers who see the product online as well as those who touch and feel it in a store. It will be available in India in two colours, also the signature Coral Green and Twilight Grey.
Starting with the cameras, we have a 108-megapixel primary rear unit with OIS and a massive sensor, which allows some incredible details to be captured even from a distance. We also get 8K video recording, although how useful this is in the real world is debatable.
Xiaomi has introduced a number of camera features Among those that take advantage of the huge primary sensor and processing power of the SoC, the most interesting are phased depth in Portrait mode, focus peaking in Pro mode, portrait video, color extraction, AI exposure and contrast correction, a night mode, and even That a vlog mode.
All these are interesting and show that Xiaomi is thinking about its users and not just the specifications. However, we can’t help but feel with the rest of the rear cameras – 13-megapixel wide-angle, 2-megapixel macro, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. These are more similar to what you would find at sub-Rs. 15,000 smartphones and even the Redmi Note 9 Pro (Review) has a better macro camera. The company told Gadgets 360 that these agreements were necessary to keep costs under control.
The screen measures 6.67 inches diagonally and has a full-HD+ 1080×2340 resolution, which isn’t quite flagship-level. Xiaomi makes up for it with a 90Hz refresh rate, DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, and HDR10+. The company also boasts good color accuracy for photographers and designers, indicating that those who shop online also need a good idea of what the products will actually look like.
We definitely have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, which we have already seen in some premium phones, and we know it to be extremely powerful. There are several temperature sensors and cooling mechanisms to keep the temperature under control. You get 5G support, and although it’s not really useful in India right now, it should be soon. Xiaomi also added 5G at the end of the name of this model in India to emphasize this, as it is yet to be showcased.
Xiaomi uses 8GB of faster LPDDR5 RAM, and you get either 128GB or 256GB of storage using the UFS 3.0 standard. The company has not brought the 12GB RAM variant in India, although this option is present in other markets. Other specifications include Wi-Fi 6, a 4780mAh battery, 30W wired as well as wireless charging (with a proprietary dock), and 10W reverse wireless charging. Interestingly, there is no 3.5mm headphone socket and no notification LED.
What surprises us even more is that Xiaomi has downgraded its MIUI software for the Mi 10 5G, calling it “Tier 1 Android”. The company has abandoned its own core apps like the phone dialer and Messages app in favor of Google’s stock ones, which is surprising considering the number of customizations that Xiaomi usually boasts of in these apps. There is also a happy promise that all advertising, promotional notifications, bloatware, and other forms of revenue generation have been removed. This phone will also be one of the first to receive MIUI 12.
We look forward to reviewing the performance of this phone and testing all of Xiaomi’s claims, especially when it comes to heat dissipation and display quality. The specifications may be impressive, but it is the user experience that matters. To this end, Xiaomi also points out a few small things – evenly balanced stereo speakers, 180Hz touch polling rate, subtle vibration alerts, a smaller front camera hole than usual, and a fine brightness adjustment scale. As soon as the lockdown conditions allow, we will have a full review covering all this and more.
Overall, the Mi 10 5G shows that Xiaomi can come with a lot more than just a budget phone. The price can be considered a very good value considering what is on offer, and the headlining features give it an edge over the recently launched OnePlus 8. Then again it’s not entirely a flagship device – it lacks an IP rating, the rear cameras are horribly unbalanced, and the screen may not be as crisp as some of the competition offers. Xiaomi will have to find a sweet spot between absolute flagships and budget “flagship killers” like the Redmi K20 Pro that cost a lot less.
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