[Test] Xiaomi Mi10 Pro, the premium in sight


2020 marks a turning point for the Chinese manufacturer. Indeed, Xiaomi has formalized the Mi10 Pro, a smartphone that comes to compete with players in the premium segment. We tested it for you since last week, it’s time to deliver our verdict.

It was only a matter of time, it’s now done, Xiaomi arrives on the market of premium smartphones and it must be recognized that the Chinese manufacturer did not go there with the back of the spoon, here is the Xiaomi Mi10 Pro.

Because competition is fierce with the tenors of the segment in the presence of Apple and Samsung, Xiaomi will also have to face Oppo, OnePlus or Huawei. To do so, Xiaomi put all the odds on his side with his Mi10 Pro. Screen with a refresh rate of 90Hz, 256GB of internal memory, SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, all the ingredients are present for a successful smartphone. We’ve spent time with the Xiaomi Mi10 Pro since last week, it’s time to move on to the verdict.

Characteristics and Packaging

As a reminder of the features, the new Xiaomi Mi10 Pro offer you :

Mi10 Pro
Screen – 6.67 inch Dynamic AMOLED
– Flat screen in 20: 9 format
– 1080×2340 definition (Full HD +)
– Density 386ppp
– HDR10 +
– 90Hz
– 180Hz sampling frequency
– Gorilla Glass 5
– Punch
Design – Aluminum outline
– Frosted glass back
SoC and GPU – Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
– GPU Adreno 650
– 7 nm
– Liquid Cool Technology
Memory – 8GB of RAM
– 256GB of storage in UFS 3.0
Colors – Solstice Gray
– Alpine White
Camera – 108 MP main sensor
– Aperture f / 1.69, Autofocus Laser + PDAF and Optical Stabilization
– 8 MP hybrid 8 MP telephoto sensor
– F / 2.0 aperture and Autofocus Laser
– 2x optical 12 MP telephoto sensor
– 50mm equivalent, F / 2.0 aperture and PDAF autofocus
– 20 MP ultra wide angle sensor
– FoV 123 ° and Aperture F / 2.2
– Automatic HDR photo
– Night Mode
– Hybrid Zoom 10x

– 8K video capture at 30fps
– UltraHD video capture at 60fps
– Slow down to 960fps in 1080p
– Electronic video stabilization
– 2.35: 1 mode
– 8 video filters

– 20 MP front sensor
– Wide-angle lens and f / 2.2 aperture
– Automatic HDR
– Video recording up to 1080p / 30fps
– Slows down to 720p / 120fps

Audio – Stereo speaker
– High Resolution Certification
– No 3.5mm jack
Drums – 4500 mAh
– Fast wired recharge 50W
– 65W charger included in the box
– Qualcomm Quick Charge QC4.0 +
– Power Delivery 3.0
– USB-C port (USB 2.0)
– 30W wireless charging
– Reverse wireless charging
Connectivity – Optical fingerprint reader under the screen
– Bluetooth 5.1
– WiFi 6
– 2x nano-SIM
– 5G sub-6G
Software – Android 10
– MIUI 11
Height and weight – 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.96 mm
– 208g
Price € 999.90
availability date April 2020

On the packaging side, we want to remind you that we did not have the final version, but we should find a box all that is most classic with as usual, a USB charging cable, a charger 65W USB and probably headphones / hands-free kits and user manuals for a first grip. We will have noticed, Xiaomi offers an impressive charger 65W even if the Mi10 Pro is limited to 50W. However, we do not understand why the Xiaomi charger is a charger with a USB-A input and not USB-C. It is 2020, Xiaomi should have chosen to switch to full USB-C, similarly, we would have liked USB 3.0 or more, especially at this price level, it’s a little mean Mr. Xiaomi.

For its price, count 999.90 € from this April 7, 2020.

Design

When we discover the Xiaomi Mi10 Pro for the first time, you can’t help but compare it with last year’s Samsung Galaxy S10 and it’s a compliment with a nice curved screen on the sides and a punch at the top left of the screen. No superfluous in itself, they are not the thinnest screen edges on the market but it must be noted that they are average.

Despite the screen size, the Xiaomi Mi10 Pro looks like an average smartphone in terms of size, it is long and allows a good grip. For comparison, if we find a size similar to an iPhone 11 Pro Max, it is a little narrower, which effectively allows it to be held better in hand. The finish is excellent, there is a metal outline and a frosted glass back. The frosted glass not only gives a nice look, but also prevents fingerprints. Suddenly, only Samsung chose to stay on a glossy rendering. By the way, a little thought for Sony Mobile and its Xperia Z3 which had already had the good idea to offer a frosted glass back when all the manufacturers were still on the metal back. Sony was just way ahead of its time.

However, with its curved screen and back, we found the Mi10 Pro sliding in hand. It may be a habit to get used to, but we haven’t had that minor concern with other smartphones of this generation. Likewise, like others, with one hand, it can happen that the palm of the hand mistakenly presses on the bottom of the screen. It’s not new, but it’s the price you pay for a curved screen. Apart from these two small concerns, the smartphone is not as heavy as some of its competitors and it is not worse.

On the photo block side, Xiaomi did not follow the others on the square or rectangle block sector, the cameras are aligned at the top left of the smartphone. Classic. So, if you were looking for a smartphone that fits flat on a table, it will not be the right smartphone but which really is in 2020.

And finally, no 3D facial recognition like on the iPhone 11 Pro or the Huawei P40 Pro but a fingerprint sensor under the screen. It is an optical type and from our tests, it worked well in all situations. It’s still a little slower than a physical sensor, but nothing to deplore on a daily basis. And finally, important point, the power button and / or standby as well as the volume buttons are now all on the right edge, which is good for right-handers and a little less for left-handers.

Screen and Audio

With a screen of 6.67 inches, we are in the presence of a smartphone in itself classic in 2020, it is almost what all manufacturers offer on the market. Premium requires, Xiaomi Mi10 Pro offers a slab OLED and icing on the cake, 90Hz refresh rate. It’s not 120Hz like other smartphones in the category, but it’s still better than the 60Hz of an iPhone 11 Pro for example. Needless to say, this rate of 90Hz allows fluidity in the animations and it can be seen immediately on a screen that only has a refresh rate of 60Hz. Interest is seen quite quickly on web pages, Twitter and Instagram. Afterwards, to be honest, it’s not an obligation either and coming back to smartphones with “simple” 60Hz screens doesn’t really pose any problems. You really have to be a screen nerd to feel any discomfort, but the input is great.

As we said before, the screen edges are relatively thin, they are not the thinnest on the market but they are in the good average. There is obviously a curved screen and with, always worries of having the palm of the hand touch the screen when it is used with one hand. It’s a little embarrassing, but it’s not new. You just have to be careful and get used to it.

While competitors choose a Quad HD + definition in this premium segment, Xiaomi decided to stay on Full HD +. In terms of display finesse, if everything can be played at the level of the figures, I challenge you to find a difference with the naked eye for all that is display finesse at the level of texts and others, even with this definition Full HD +. The blacks are very deep and the colors are obvious to you. To be very sensitive to colors because of my passion for photography, there is no problem there. The Xiaomi slab is doing it again with color honors with mastered colorimetry. The viewing angles are very good and the brightness very good. As a result, I had no problem with visibility in direct sunlight.

Xiaomi finally offers stereo speakers. Obviously, we are talking about smartphone speakers and the uses that result from it, you won’t be able to power a movie theater either. It should be expected, the Mi10 Pro does not offer a 3.5mm jack port. We are in the wireless era and if that can still hamper some, it must be recognized that it is less and less a priority for many, especially in the segment of premium smartphones.

5G, MIUI 11, Performance and Autonomy

Before we attack performance, let’s talk about 5G. And it’s going to be simple since we don’t have 5G in France yet. Suddenly, we could not test and as we do not belong to large groups including SFR, Free or Orange bah we will have to wait. The advantage all the same of the Xiaomi Mi10 Pro, like all smartphones already 5G, is that it will only be available in 5G version, with obviously 4G compatibility, so we will have no choice to make and we can test 5G as soon as it is available or if we are abroad.

Side Android, no surprise in itself, we obviously find the overlay MIUI 11 already available. If some prefer a less colorful user interface, that did not bother us in itself and since a few versions, we always find it pleasant and super complete. By default, MIUI 11 always offers home screens without an application drawer, like iOS in fact. We are not necessarily a fan, but some prefer. What is funny is the presence of a mirror mode on MIUI 11 but which disappeared on the Mi10 Pro equipped with MIUI 11.0.7. Why ? We asked Xiaomi and we still don’t have viable answers. Outside of this app drawer, the experience is generally quite close to Android Stock with a few small optimizations and additions.

On the performance side, we only had access to the Samsung Galaxy S20 with the SoC Exynos 990 for the moment. We were impatient to discover the first smartphones with a SoC Qualcomm 865 and unnecessary to beat around the bush, we would have liked to have the Galaxy S20 with the SoC of the American founder. In terms of performance, there are not too many surprises, it is a high-end SoC and as in recent years, the power of these SoC exceeds our needs so outside of benchmarks, this will not necessarily change our daily lives . Obviously, I tried all the recent games like Asphalt 9, Brawl Stars, Call of Duty Mobile, Shadowgun Wars or PUBG Mobile and there is not much to say, it was fluid.

The Xiaomi Mi10 Pro offers a battery of 4500mAh, which is normal, especially since you still need to power a 6.67 inch screen with a refresh rate of 90Hz. Without really being able to compare with the Exynos 990 of the Galaxy S20, we immediately see that the SoC of Qualcomm is more comfortable in the management of its autonomy, and this, when we tested the Mi10 Pro in 90Hz 100% of the time. In our practice, we rotate between 4h and 5h of screen per day to end the day around 50%. If one pushes on a more moderate use, one can clearly draw towards the two days. With a quick charge of 50W, we were impressed to be able to charge the Mi10 Pro in less than 50 minutes from 0 to 100% (20 min to reach 50%). We finally find the 30W fast wireless recharge, but we have not tested it because we do not yet have a 30W wireless charger. And finally, note the 5W reverse wireless charging, useful for compatible true wireless headphones for example.

I remind you that Android learns from your uses (a week in general) and if the benchmarks can give a sort of ranking between different smartphones, they are not necessarily representative of reality. Here are several captures with what I did with it. This allows you to better appreciate the uses.

Photo and Video

It is not the first and it will not be the last, but the Xiaomi Mi10 Pro offers a main camera with a sensor 108 megapixels. For those who might wonder, no, it is not the same as that of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (See the test HERE). In addition, Xiaomi did not go to look for Samsung in the zoom domain either with a first telephoto which provides up to x10 with a hybrid zoom (5x optical), we will go no further as can the Samsung S20 Ultra . Beside, there is an ultra wide-angle of course and a second x2 optical telephoto which will be used mainly in portrait mode. Indeed, Xiaomi has rightly judged that we do not necessarily need a super zoom and focused on the most classic uses of the general public. And finally, more classic, there is a 20 megapixel front camera.

For some time, Xiaomi ensures at the photo level and not surprisingly, the Mi10 Pro is one of the best photo smartphones on the market. When the lighting conditions are ideal, the photos are contrasted and well detailed. Autofocus has proven to be fast and efficient. The smartphone exposes the photos correctly even if sometimes, we will note colors a little too washed out for my taste. Xiaomi has chosen not to saturate its photos like certain competitors and its colorimetry is a bit colder than the iPhone 11 Pro for example. But overall, I didn’t have to complain. Dynamics is particularly successful with good management when contrast conditions are more difficult to take into account. There’s also a good ultra wide-angle lens with exposure matching the main camera. Ditto for the double zoom, whether in portrait or further, the Mi10 Pro is trustworthy from 0.6x to 10x. Besides, speaking of zoom and therefore portrait mode, I found the natural bokeh somewhat arbitrary. On this point, Samsung remains a notch above the fray. But the biggest worry (not blocking) that I had, it is the lack of details when we move away from the center of the photo, it just means less qualitative objectives.

Indoors, noise appears, but it’s pretty well managed. Xiaomi manages to smooth out enough without losing detail. In low light conditions, Xiaomi obviously offers a night mode that we have not necessarily found relevant given the good performance without. The exposure is pretty good and we appreciate the overall result more flattering than what Samsung offers in some cases. We are getting closer to what a Pixel 4 offers for example.

Better than words, examples:

Finally, on the front, the Mi10 Pro offers a 20 Megapixel and even if I’m not very selfie, the quality is sufficient on this kind of shots. We would have liked more details in itself. If that is enough in itself, it is really time that the manufacturers put the equivalent on the front compared to a main camera on the back.

For the video, Xiaomi went to tickle Samsung. While Huawei, for example, has decided to ignore the 8K, the Mi10 Pro offers video recording in 8K and to our surprise, no crop when recording in 8K when it is present on a recording 4K. The videos are detailed, fortunately, and the stabilization good. We are not at the level of the latest Samsung or even the iPhone 11 Pro but to be honest, it is very good in everyday life.

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Works at VIT University, Vellore
Studied Computer Science and Engineering at VIT University

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