Xiaomi launches the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro with 90Hz screen, 108MP camera, and Snapdragon 865
After weeks of leaks and teasers about its upcoming flagship, Chinese OEM Xiaomi has officially launched the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro at an online-only launch event in China. After delivering a heartfelt speech about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the country, Xiaomi’s co-founder Lei Jun first unveiled the Mi 10. As expected, the Mi 10 series is powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC, coupled with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.0 internal storage. The devices feature a glass sandwich design with a 6.67-inch curved OLED display and a quad-camera setup on the back.
Xiaomi Mi 10
The display on the Mi 10 offers a 90Hz refresh rate with 180Hz touch response for improved performance. It offers a peak brightness of 1120 nits and comes with HDR 10+ support for a great viewing experience. In the camera department, the Mi 10 packs in a 108MP primary sensor, which we’ve previously seen on the Mi Note 10, with a 7 piece lens setup and optical image stabilization. The primary lens is capable of capturing 8K video footage with both OIS and EIS.
Flanking the main camera are two 2MP sensors, with one being used for macro images while the other is for depth sensing. Right underneath the larger camera module is a 13MP wide-angle lens with a 123-degree FOV and rounding things off is a flicker-free dual-tone LED flash.
As announced previously, the Mi 10 packs in a remarkable cooling system with the largest (by area) VC heat-dissipating board in any smartphone. Powering the device is a 4,780 mAh battery which includes support for 30-watt fast wired charging, 30-watt fast wireless charging, and 10-watt reverse wireless charging.
To go with the Mi 10’s improved wireless charging capabilities, Xiaomi also launched a 30-watt fast wireless charger at the event which looks quite a bit like the Google Pixel Stand that was launched alongside the Pixel 3. Additionally, Xiaomi also launched a 2-in-1 wireless charger/Bluetooth speaker combo and a colling fan for the Mi 10 which, the company claims, can lower the temperature of the device by 10 degrees under intense load.
In terms of connectivity, the Mi 10 includes a USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing, dual-mode (SA/NSA) 5G support, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, and Bluetooth v5.0. As expected, Xiaomi also announced a new Wi-Fi 6 certified router at the event. Along with all the new hardware, Xiaomi also announced some software upgrades coming with the Mi 10, including HEIF support in MIUI and a new document scanner in the stock MIUI camera. Additionally, users will also be able to capture stills from 8K videos from within the app.
After wrapping up everything about the Mi 10 and all the new accessories, Jun directed focus to the more premium Mi 10 Pro. While the Mi 10 Pro packs in the same Snapdragon 865 SoC, Xiaomi has added some significant upgrades to the device to justify the ‘Pro’ moniker.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Firstly, the Mi 10 Pro features a Pro display that has the same footprint as the one on the Mi 10 but offers a peak brightness of 1200 nits, a Delta-E value of just 1.1, and a JNCD value of less than 0.55. In comparison, the display on the iPhone 11 Pro Max offers a JNCD value of less than 0.8 and a Delta-E value of 2.14.
But the display isn’t the only thing that’s Pro on the Mi 10 Pro. The device also includes an upgraded camera setup with the same 108MP primary sensor, but with an 8 piece lens setup and OIS. The primary sensor is coupled with a 20MP ultra-wide sensor with a 117-degree FOV and a 6P lens setup, an 8MP telephoto lens with 10x hybrid zoom and OIS, and a 12MP portrait lens. Much like the Mi 10, the Mi 10 Pro also includes support for 8K video capture with OIS and EIS using the primary 108MP lens, with the option to capture still directly from the video footage.
The Mi 10 Pro is powered by a 4,500 mAh battery which includes support for 50-watt fast wired charging, as opposed to the rumored 65-watt fast charging claims. The device also supports 30-watt fast wireless charging and 10-watt reverse wireless charging to power up accessories or other devices. As far as the 65-watt fast charging rumors are concerned, Xiaomi took the opportunity to shed more light on the matter and released two new 65-watt fast chargers at the event. While these chargers won’t work with the Mi 10 Pro, the can be used to power up other devices that support 65-watt charging over USB Type-C. In terms of connectivity, the Mi 10 Pro also includes support for dual-mode 5G (SA/NSA), Wi-Fi 6, NFC, and Bluetooth v5.0. For charging and data syncing, the device has a USB Type-C port.
Xiaomi Mi 10/Mi 10 Pro Specifications
|Specification||Xiaomi Mi 10||Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro|
|Dimension & Weight|
|System-on-Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865:|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 865:|
|RAM||up to 12GB LPDDR5||up to 12GB LPDDR5|
|Storage||up to 256GB UFS 3.0||up to 512GB UFS 3.0|
|Battery & Charging|
|Software Version||Android 10||Android 10|
|Audio||Stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio certified||Stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio certified|
|Colors||Ice Blue, Titanium Silver Black, Peach Gold||Starry Blue, Pearl White|
Pricing and Availability
As mentioned in the spec sheet above, the Xiaomi Mi 10 will be available at a starting price of CNY 3999 (~$575) for the 8+128GB variant, while the 8+256GB and 12+256GB variants are priced at CNY 4299 (~$615) and CNY 4699 (~$675), respectively. The Mi 10 Pro, on the other hand, will be available for a starting price of CNY 4999 (~$715) for the 8+256GB variant. The higher-end 12+256GB and 12+512GB variants are priced at CNY 5499 (~$780) and CNY 5999 (~860), respectively.
Both the devices are already up for pre-bookings in China for a small fee of CNY 100 (~$14.32). The Mi 10 will go on sale first starting tomorrow, February 14th, at 10 PM Beijing time. The Mi 10 Pro will follow suit on February 18th at 10 PM Beijing time. The devices will be available on all major Chinese retailers, including JD.com, T-Mall, Xiaomi Youpin, and also through Xiaomi’s online stores.