[Update: Postponed] Xiaomi Mi 10 with 108MP camera and Snapdragon 865 launching in India on 31st March
It wouldn’t be an overstatement if one was to say that Xiaomi has revolutionized the Indian smartphone market. Ever since the Chinese company entered the market, Indians have had very high-value products to choose from in the budget and early-mid range segments, much to the displeasure of other brands. Xiaomi’s massive success in India is, however, restricted to the under-₹20,000 (<$275) range. Historically, Xiaomi’s Mi smartphones haven’t done well in India, with the last products to launch in the country within this line being the Xiaomi Mi 5 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 (though Mix series doesn’t really count). Xiaomi had announced that this will change this year onwards, as they will launch a “lot more premium Mi flagships in 2020“. Now, Xiaomi has officially confirmed that it is launching the Mi 10 in India on 31st March 2020.
Mi Fans, wait is over! # : .
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) March 19, 2020
The Xiaomi Mi 10 was launched in China on February 13, 2020. It brings along several premium features, such as a 90Hz FHD+ AMOLED display with HDR10+ support, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, up to 512GB UFS 3.0 internal storage, a 108MP quad-camera setup, a 20MP front camera, a 4,780 mAh battery with 30W fast wired charging, 30W fast wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging. The primary camera has a 7 piece lens setup and optical image stabilization and can capture 8K video footage with both OIS and EIS. Xiaomi has also released the kernel sources of the device, shortly after its launch.
Xiaomi’s Mi 10 launch does not come as a complete surprise. We had already found code references indicating a launch in India back in February itself. The code references, however, also indicate that both the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro will be launching in India, but Xiaomi has only officially confirmed the Mi 10’s launch for now.
Keep in mind that the Xiaomi Mi 10 will not be priced in line with what we expect from Xiaomi India, in the context of their Redmi value-pricing. The Indian government recently raised the GST applicable to smartphones. This tax increase, coupled with a depreciating INR-USD ratio and the fact that the Mi 10 will be imported from China and not assembled in India, means that the Mi 10 will command a premium pricing at par its premium listing. It is a very strong product, so expect pricing in a similar ballpark.
Update: Mi 10 India launch postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 lockdown
India was put into a 21-day lockdown to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning 25th March 2020. This means that there is no scope of product delivery for smartphone OEMs. In light of this development, Xiaomi has postponed the launch of Mi 10 in India indefinitely.
After careful deliberation, we’ve decided to postpone the launch of #Mi10 in India, which was scheduled for 31st March 2020.
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) March 25, 2020
We understand and support Xiaomi’s decision.