Within Xiaomi’s latest announcement, we have the Mi 10T series of smartphones – there’s the base Mi 10T, then the Mi 10T Lite, and finally – the Mi 10T Pro – which we have here. I’ve been using it for nearly a week now, and here’s my full review of this brand new smartphone from Xiaomi.
Let’s review the Mi 10T Pro by talking about 6 crucial points about this phone.
Let’s talk about the screen first. It has a 6.67-inch IPS LCD screen with up to 144Hz refresh rate, 2400×1080 pixels in resolution. The screen looks good and managed to trick me into thinking it’s an AMOLED screen since the screen lamination is very thin – as seen by the lack of a black halo around the cutout for the selfie camera.
From what I can see here, the pixel response time isn’t that great and there is some ghosting while scrolling through the home screen.
Xiaomi also advertises something called AdaptiveSync. This means that the display will “downclock” itself to a lower refresh rate if you’re looking at – let’s say a static image. It can go from 144Hz down to 30Hz minimum, and this is to save battery life. It’s similar to the Adaptive Sync like FreeSync and G-SYNC on laptops and desktops but with a different objective in mind.
Specs and performance
Now, let’s talk about specs. The Mi10T Pro comes with:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB of internal storage
- 5,000mAh battery
And the overall performance in benchmarks – we also know how it’ll perform, so I’m not going to focus on it much. So, I have included the benchmarks in the video at the top of this review instead.
As for gaming, I played Genshin Impact and also other games using the Mi 10T Pro – and it also performs as expected.
And then comes the software. It is equipped with Android 10 with MIUI 12 skin on top. I have talked a lot about MIUI 12 in the past, so check out those reviews instead. As a quick recap, I still think MIUI 12 has improved a lot like the camera UI is now much better than before. But, the settings menu is still messy AF.
One new thing that I realized here is the occasional slowdowns and unresponsiveness caused by the system’s animations. This is especially jarring since it’s running on 144Hz.
And now comes battery life. With that massive 5,000mAh battery, it can last for more than 18 hours in our battery life test – and that’s pretty standard in comparison with other Snapdragon 865 phones with 5,000mAh battery.
The charging time though, Xiaomi has incorporated the Middle-Middle-Tab charging technology – which they’ve shortened it to MMT. It’s essentially mimicking how a dual-cell battery is charged but performed on a single-cell battery instead. This resulted in faster charging speeds – and we can see that it got from 15% to 100% in just about 60 minutes.
Upon looking at the Mi 10T Pro, I like its overall sleek design. Nothing particularly stands out with this phone here as it is well-constructed, nice to hold, and has some heft to it.
If you want to spice things up, then you can also use the included phone case with that humongous “Xiaomi” branding on it.
I’m glad that Xiaomi didn’t permanently print this on the phone itself and moved it to the case instead. For me, I hate any sort of big brand name printed on the phone.
And there’s a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. I don’t care what you think or say, having a physical fingerprint scanner is always better than an under-display fingerprint scanner.
There is an IR blaster at the top, and a USB-C port at the bottom, and no headphone jack. Pretty standard for phones nowadays, honestly.
And looking at the back – wow! That’s a huge camera bump! That looks like a domino piece slapped onto the phone!
Okay, so now let’s talk about the cameras. There are a total of 3 cameras here – and there are two things I want to highlight. Firstly, the main camera is a 108MP sensor with an f/1.69 aperture. Secondly, there’s no telephoto camera but there’s a macro camera instead.
But the main question is, how great are the cameras, anyway?
To learn more about the photography and videography capabilities of the Mi 10T Pro, please watch the video at the top of this review.
Should you buy the Mi 10T Pro?
With all of those out of the way, I want to know how the new Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro slots into Xiaomi’s massive catalog of phones. Let’s talk about the Mi 10T first. With its specs, the Mi 10T is a direct successor to the Mi 9T Pro from last year which I praised it to be the cheapest Snapdragon 855 phone of 2019.
Now, on paper, the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro specs are mostly the same. They have the same Snapdragon 865 chipset, same 144Hz screen with the Adaptive Refresh Rate technology, same battery, and same charging speed, alongside the same connectivity.
The main differences between the Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro are the main camera, the RAM and storage config, and also the color availability. And honestly speaking, since the Mi 10T Pro doesn’t have a microSD card and it’s using USB 2.0 anyway – I strongly discourage you to take videos in 8K resolution using this phone. Only buy the Mi 10T Pro is you’re really serious about mobile photography.
If you’re not, then get the Mi 10T instead. But… there’s also the POCO F2 Pro. Comparing this Mi 10T with the POCO F2 Pro, they’re very similar to each other. The Mi 10T does have an IPS LCD screen with 144Hz refresh rate, though.
So, it ultimately depends on what you actually want from a smartphone, and also how big the price gap is between the Mi 10T, the Mi 10T Pro, and also thE POCO F2 Pro.
As of now, the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro are priced as such: