Xiaomi has announced its latest flagship phone Mi 10T Pro. The device follows the strategy seen last year with the largely unrelated Mi 9T Pro with a heavy emphasis on specs after the sleek Mi 9. The Mi 9T Pro was one of the best phone bargains of 2019 in the markets where it was available, so expectations should be high for the 10T Pro.
The two standout specs on the Mi 10T Pro are its screen and its battery. It uses a 6.67-inch 1080p 20: 9 LCD with a refresh rate of 144Hz. This refresh rate is what you’d expect from a high-end gaming monitor, and so far it has only been found on gaming-focused smartphones, making it the most mainstream phone yet to achieve this. Because the screen uses an LCD panel, however, the fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power button instead of the display.
As for the battery, Xiaomi has succeeded in fitting a 5,000mAh pack to the Mi 10T Pro, which is well ahead of most competing flagship devices. The phone is slightly thicker than the Mi 10 Pro at 9.33 mm versus 9 mm, and it cannot be described as a sleek device by today’s standards, but at 218 G it is not outwardly heavy. Xiaomi also includes a 33W USB-C fast charger in the box.
The rest of the spec sheet is fairly standard for phones aimed at providing high performance at a relatively low cost. It has a Snapdragon 865 processor, expected 5G modem, 8GB RAM, 128GB or 256GB storage, solid haptic feedback system, stereo speakers and a 20-megapixel hole-punch selfie camera.
The Mi 10T Pro has a very large camera bump, although I’m not entirely sure why. Like the Mi 10 Pro, there is a 108-megapixel primary sensor, but here the lens is housed in a large unit that extends over a double-wide bump. The four small modules below are 13-megapixel ultrawide, 5-megapixel macro camera, an LED flash, and – as far as I can tell – a non-functional component to keep things looking symmetrical.
There is also a non-Pro Mi 10 T variant – the only difference seems to be the 64-megapixel primary camera sensor and 6 GB of RAM. Another phone, the Mi 10T Lite, is a separate device with Snapdragon 750G, 4,820mAh battery and 120Hz LCD screen.
Compared to the Mi 10 Pro, the Mi 10T Pro recalls a sleek design, a versatile quad camera system and ultraviolet with thinner bezels, a curved OLED panel, an in-display fingerprint sensor and two telephoto lenses. On the other hand, the 10T Pro beats the 10 Pro at screen refresh rate and battery capacity.
Comparing the two is difficult without global pricing information on hand, however, and Xiaomi was not ready to provide at the time of publication. For now, we can say that the 10T Pro is a powerful addition to the lineup and may be worth considering at the right price – but it doesn’t seem necessary that the Mi 9T Pro proved to sink mainstream slams.