Xiaomi uploaded Mi 10 kernel source code right after launch
Xiaomi launched its 2020 Mi series flagships at an online event in China today. The Xiaomi Mi 10 and the Mi 10 Pro were being teased for the past few days, and their specifications were confirmed today. The phones do come with a fairly significant increase in pricing (with respect to Xiaomi’s older flagships) thanks to having 5G support with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 + Snapdragon X55 modem, but they still represent exceptional value for money in a world where the top-end Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra costs $1,399. To make things even better, Xiaomi has uploaded the kernel source code on Github for the Mi 10 and the Mi 10 Pro on day one of the product launch. This kernel source code is part of the “umi-q-oss” branch on Xiaomi’s Github.
This is great news, and we applaud the company for being able to change itself from being one of the worst offenders in releasing kernel sources on time to a company that now does its job diligently in this regard. Two years ago, it committed to releasing kernel sources within three months of a new device launch, and things have only got better from there. The Mi 10’s day one kernel source code release is how things should be, as the GPLv2 license stipulates that changes in the kernel source must be released in a timely manner.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro are code-named “umi” and “cmi” respectively. The Mi 10’s list of specifications includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC with Adreno 650 GPU, 8GB/12GB of RAM with 128GB/256GB storage, 6.67-inch Full HD+ (2340×1080) 19.5:9 AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate, 108MP primary camera with 4-in-1 pixel binning, 13MP ultra-wide angle camera, 2MP macro sensor, 2MP depth sensor, 20MP front camera, and a 4,780mAh battery with 30W charging both through USB Type-C and the company’s proprietary charging pad.
The Mi 10 Pro, on the other hand, has a few differentiating specifications as it has a 20MP ultra-wide angle camera, 12MP 2x portrait camera, 8MP telephoto camera with 10x hybrid zoom, 256GB/512GB UFS 3.0 storage, and a smaller 4,400mAh battery with support for faster 50W wired charging. The global launch of both phones has been delayed thanks to the cancellation of MWC 2020; previously, they were scheduled to launch on February 23, a day before MWC would officially begin. The Mi 10 series will also be making its way to India.