With its Mi 10T range, Xiaomi seeks to forge closer links with its French audience. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G was built based on customer feedback but also on the brand’s know-how. The result is a smartphone that has everything high-end except its price of 569 euros.
Design and ergonomics: a massive phone but with subtle lines
Its brand new smartphone unveiled, the Chinese brand does not detail. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is gargantuan with a weight of 218 grams and a thickness of almost 10 centimeters. Despite its imposing build, the mobile is quite easy to hold with lines that match your hand. The interaction buttons, whether volume or locking, also acting as a fingerprint scanner, fall quite naturally under your fingers.
In the choice of materials, the phone also demonstrates its high-end status. As with many devices seeking to place themselves on premium performance, the Mi 10T Pro makes the choice of a glass rear panel very greedy in fingerprints. In order to overcome this defect, the Chinese brand offers a plastic shell not very elegant but which isolates the mobile. The other element that denotes the harmony of its rear face is the camera. At a time when many smartphones have a flat back, the module must be as discreet as possible. A situation taken on the wrong foot by Xiaomi since it is impossible for his smartphone to stand normally on a table. A lack of finesse that can make you moan especially when you put your Mi 10T Pro on the screen and it slides on the table.
It should also be noted that it does not have a 3.5 mm jack port, does not have waterproof certification. For this type of device, it is still advisable to try it in store to get a first opinion. By respecting barrier gestures of course.
Screen: the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro offers an LCD panel but with 144 Hz
During its official presentation, the Chinese brand caught the press and the public by surprise on the screen’s performances. Its flagship mobile chooses an LCD panel with a diagonal of 6.67 inches. Unusual characteristics for a phone that seeks to appeal to the high end. The real strong point of the product lies in its adaptability since it covers a refresh rate ranging from 30 to 144 Hz depending on the situations offered to you.
The choice of LCD is especially felt in the measured contrast ratio. This is recorded at 1375: 1 which drastically drops the display quality in darker environments. The brightness also is not up to expected expectations. According to the measurements made by the 01net.com laboratory, the panel records measurements at 601 cd / m². On the other hand, the color fidelity is well rendered on the mobile screen with a Delta E 2000 measured at 3.97. The choice of LCD instead of OLED will not bother the average user, where the technophile will regret this absence.
Performances: the Snapdragon 865 as a conductor
In the pane of its animation, the Mi 10T Pro features a Snapdragon 865 chip that keeps the phone running smoothly. The processor is supported by the internal configuration of the Xiaomi mobile, namely: 256 GB of storage for 8 GB of RAM. The entire architecture is completed by a Qualcomm Adreno 650 graphics processor. When the product is called upon, the performance of the Mi 10T Pro responds immediately, offering great fluidity. On the Antutu V8 benchmark, the mobile has a score of 586277 points. It is quite simply one of the most powerful Android devices out there today.
On a daily basis, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is thus able to comply with your requirements: layering of applications, mobile games, video streaming, everything goes smoothly. The addition of the MIUI 12 overlay offers quick and easy daily use. Xiaomi’s home software offers its share of facilities but above all takes an iOS-style design. Certain points should be noted which can appeal as well as displease. MIUI adds 27 home applications within its interface but that’s not all. By downloading software from the Play Store, the manufacturer is advertising there. It is even possible to deactivate this function in the parameters.
Autonomy: the great strength of the Mi 10T Pro with a 5,000 mAh slot
The battery is one slot charged at 5000mAh. Despite its 5G phone status and accomplished performance, the autonomy of Mi 10T Pro is excellent. On the multipurpose test protocol performed by the 01net.com lab, it held 5:25 p.m. This is the best performance for a smartphone at this price behind the Pixel 4A 5G. In the field of video streaming, it is 3:24 pm. At a time when video streaming applications are multiplying, Xiaomi’s mobile will become a loyal ally in transport. Whether with its 5G connection or internal storage, performance will be there.
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As for charging, the 5,000mAh location might suggest a longer recharge time. This is not the case since it takes about 1 hour to fully charge the phone. Indeed, the supplied charger is 33W offering 50% of battery in barely half an hour. You will have understood it, the performance of the autonomy is all as good as the rest of the services offered.
Camera: the most complete versatility
A phone marketed at around 600 euros must offer a photo experience up to the mark. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is therefore expected at the turn in this part. On paper, it has a system of three juxtaposed sensors with the following characteristics:
- A wide angle of 108 megapixels of 26 mm
- A 13-megapixel ultra-wide angle, opening to 123 degrees
- A 5 megapixel macro module
Even without optical zoom, the camera offered on the smartphone is able to adapt to imposed situations. In contrast, digital zoom causes a marked loss of quality when used. In an outdoor space, the Mi 10T Pro does well. It offers fairly precise shots but loses detail the further you get from the subject. It is the aestheticism of the colors that is above all made faithful to reality. These are warm, bright and above all diverse colors that are offered.
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At night, the loss of precision is felt without the result being catastrophic. Automatically, the small amount of light is well managed while the night mode limits the loss of details in the background. As with many 108 megapixel sensors, Xiaomi opts for the “pixel binning” technique. The Mi 10T Pro offers quite satisfactory photographic performance.
Conclusion: what to remember from this Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro?
Released at the end of 2020, the Chinese brand’s phone is a monster in several areas. It is first of all a real juggernaut in its dimensions since the product is long and weighs quite heavy. If you’re not turned off by those hefty measurements, the Mi 10T Pro is a formidable product when it comes to power. 5G compatibility offers speed of use at all times as well as surprising autonomy.
The touchscreen is an LCD panel, which can be unfortunate if you’re a techie. The reality is that the touchscreen interface fulfills its role perfectly, in particular thanks to its refresh rate which can reach 144 Hz. The camera is also capable of adapting to all situations despite small failures. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is marketed at 569 or 599 euros depending on storage capacities. It offers a very attractive price / quality ratio for a 5G phone at the start of 2021.