More budget, but with 144Hz

Today Xiaomi is announcing its late-year flagship devices with the unveiling of the new Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro devices. Refreshments this year are somewhat more unconventional as they are not exactly straight successors to the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro – but rather low-cost alternatives. Nevertheless, the new devices promise to bring new software camera features as well as the first phone to market to adopt the new 144Hz display screen with AdaptiveSync variable refresh rate functionality.

Perhaps the biggest selling point of the series of new Mi 10Ts is their reduced prices, which start at just 499 € for the base model Mi 10T – still giving you the Snapdragon 865 SoC, a competitive camera as well as a larger 5000mAh Provides above camera display with key packing. Battery.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Series
Mi 10T
Mi 10T Pro
Mi 10 Mi 10 pro
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
1x Cortex-A77 @ 2.84GHz
3x Cortex-A77 @ 2.42GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80GHzAdreno 640 @ 587MHz

Display 6.67 “LCD
2400 x 1080 (20: 9)144 Hz refresh
AdaptiveSync (VRR) 30–144 Hz

6.67 “AMOLED
2340 x 1080 (19.5: 9)

90 Hz refresh

Shape The height 165.1mm 162.58mm
The width 76.4mm 74.80mm
The depth 9.33mm 8.96mm
Weight 216g 218g 208g
Battery capacity 5000mAh

33W charging in-box
(65W enabled)

4780mAh (typical)

Charging 30W

4500mAh (typical)

50W charging

wireless charging 30W
Rear camera
Main 64MP 1 / 1.7 “0.8µm

16MP / 1.6µm from 4: 1 binning

f / 1.89

8K video recording

108MP 1 / 1.3 “0.8µm
27MP / 1.6µm from 4: 1 binning

f / 1.69 w / OIS

8K video recording

Telephoto 2x optical
12MP 1.4 Dualm Dual-PD

F / 2.0

Extra Tele
5x optical
8MP 1.0µ m

f / 2.0 w / OIS

Ultra wide 13MP 1.12µm

f / 2.4
123 ° FoV

13MP 1.12µm

F / 2.4
117 ° FoV

20MP 1.0µ m

f / 2.2
117 ° FoV

Apart from 5MP macro camera

1.12 1. f / 2.4, AF (2-10 cm)

2MP Depth Camera

2MP macro camera

front camera 20MP 0.8µm
f / 2.2
20MP 0.8µm
f / 2.3
Storage 128 / 256GB
UFS 3.1
128 / 256GB
UFS 3.1
128 / 256GB
UFS 3.0
256 GB
UFS 3.0
Wireless (local) 802.11the axe (Wifi 6),
Bluetooth 5.1
802.11the axe (Wifi 6),
Bluetooth 5.1
Cellular 4G + 5G NR NSA Sub-6GHz 4G + 5G NR NSA + SA Sub-6GHz
special features Side capacitive fingerprint sensor
Full-range stereo speakers
Under screen fingerprint sensor
Full-range stereo speakers
Splash, water, dust resistance no rating
dual SIM 2x nano-sim
Launch os Android 10 w / MIUI Android 10 w / MIUI
Launch price 6 + 128 GB: 499 €
8 + 256GB: 549 €
8 + 128 GB: 599 €
8 + 256GB: 649 €
8 + 128 GB: 799 €
8 + 256GB: 899 €
8 + 256 GB: 999 €

Starting with the phones, Xiaomi has clung to the Snapdragon 865 which has proved itself to be an excellent SoC for 2020. Here the lack of + variants is not really a disadvantage as users will not miss. very. The Mi 10T 6 or 8GB comes in LPDDR5 configuration while the Mi 10T Pro has 8GB in both its options. On the storage side of things, we are seeing 128 or 256GB options, although now we have seen an upgrade to the new UFS 3.1 module.

Filling the specification table above, I have noted a big quickark on the part of the new Mi 10T phone: although they are both advertised as 5G phones, Xiaomi has given a footnote notice in the cellular connectivity section that both devices only support NSA 5G network. This is a rather strange and very unusual aspect suggesting that the X55 modem supports both the NSA and SA networks, and such a limitation was not present on the Mi 10 series of devices earlier in the year.

If this relates to some cost-cutting measure on the RF-backend portion of the phone, this network operator poses a big question mark regarding the future longevity of the devices after switching to the SA-only network. We have reached out to Xiaomi to comment on this aspect of the phone and are waiting for a response.

The new phones are also very different from a design-point of view for the Mi 10 series of devices as they share little between each other, with the new phones representing a more substantial redesign and siblings from earlier in the year Depart from the flag.

The biggest notable change is that the new phones feature a flat display panel in contrast to the curved edge design of the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. Xiaomi says that this option to revert to a flat design was created after feedback by the community, noting that there are still plenty of people who actually prefer flattering designs over curved phones.

While the front is flat, Xiaomi still bends the back of the phone which is important for the ergonomics of the device. Nevertheless, the new phones are actually much larger than their counterparts, increasing from 74.8 mm width to 76.4 mm. They have also grown in all other dimensions, are taller, and are also up to 9.3 mm thick. Weight has also increased slightly from 208g to 216g, but Xiaomi note that their battery capacity has increased slightly, now reaching 5000mAh.

Xiaomi did not mention wireless charging in its list of device specifications, so it is one of the features that was on the chopping block when the company was targeting the phone’s lower price-points.

Xiaomi notes that they are using a new battery design, instead of having an anode attached to one end of the battery package, it is actually connected to the middle of the battery, calling it the “center middle tab” design . It was introduced earlier this month in POCO X3, and in principle allows for lower anode resistance that you’re essentially cutting the anode amplitude in half. This allows for better charge distribution and less heat dissipation within the battery cell, with the adapter incorporating Xiaomi 33% fast-charging out-of-the-box, with a separate charger unit to upgrade to 65W.

The new screen is a key feature point of the phone, not only because it again has a flat design, but also because Xiaomi has upgraded the specifications of the new 2400 x 1080 LCD panel with refresh rate capabilities up to 144Hz. The cool new feature of the new screen is the inclusion of AdaptiveSync capability, with the panel capable of varying refresh rates when flying below 30Hz. This should be the same VRR technology that was introduced in the Note 20 Ultra a month ago and which we examined in detail in our dedicated article on the feature.

Xiaomi explains that beyond replacing the fresh content with the actual content frame-rate, resulting in a smoother experience with a lower judder, this feature reduces the phone’s power consumption by up to 8% – which makes up for our experience. According to it is very high. Note 20 Ultra, and is a key factor in enabling 144Hz refresh rates without too much battery effect on newer devices.

The cameras are probably where things have changed the most compared to the Mi 10 series. Getting Started with the Mi 10T Pro – There is really no identifiable difference in hardware compared to the Mi 10 Pro, as both have a 108MP Samsung HMX sensor with 0.8MP pixels which is less than 27MP in regular use. In addition to software processing, which may have evolved over time, one of my gripes about that module was its lack of optical quality, which reduced the value of high-resolution sensors.

Around this time, the low-end Mi 10T actually gets a separate unit, which has a 64MP sensor – yet it is quite large at 1 / 1.7 and features 0.8µm pixels, 16MP in regular use. Reduces to. The smaller f / 1.89 aperture lens of this module should have better optical quality than its larger sibling, and 64MP is still considerable, though one important feature missing here is OIS. Unfortunately, this means that the Mi 10T may not be as great for some videos and especially low-light photography.

The ultra-wide module sensor appears to conform to the specifications of the Mi 10’s UWA module sensor, although the optics have changed as Xiaomi is now advertising a larger field of view reaching 123 °.

If you noted, the one thing missing from the camera setup is any kind of telephoto module. It is a feature option just like the regular Mi 10, with the phone all relying on digital cropping on the main camera sensor if you want a tight framing of your subjects. There is a 5MP macro camera that focuses between 2 and 10cm – although usually these modules are not very good in terms of quality and are simply meant to increase the camera module count number for marketing purposes.

Starting at only 499 €

The biggest selling point of the Mi 10T series is not their features, but their prices. At 499 €, the Mi 10T is an incredibly aggressively priced phone. While it certainly doesn’t give every specification you want in a phone, it’s still a Snapdragon 865 powered device with a leading edge 144Hz LCD screen, a 5000mAh battery, dual stereo speakers, and a proper camera setup. . For an extra 50 € you get an additional 2GB of RAM and upgrade the storage to 256GB.

The Mi 10 Pro launches at 599 €, essentially the only difference here lies in the larger camera module and sensor and its OIS incorporation. If it’s worth you, it depends on how much you use the device’s cameras – but neither phones are positioned to be top camera performers. The 8 + 256GB variant comes in 649 €.

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