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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro review: a worthy competitor to the OnePlus 8T

On: November 3, 2020

Xiaomi launched the Mi 10T series comprising the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro last month. The Mi 10T Pro brings an upgraded 144Hz display over the Xiaomi Mi 10 that was launched earlier, but misses out on several key features from its predecessor, including a curved AMOLED panel, in-display fingerprint scanner and wireless charging, among others.

Also read: Top phones with 90Hz and 120Hz displays you can buy in India: OnePlus 8T, Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro and more

On the bright side, Mi 10T Pro retains the highlighting features from the Mi 10 – the Snapdragon 865 SoC and 108-megapixel primary camera – while retailing for a significantly cheaper price as well. I have been using the Mi 10T Pro for a while now and for the price tag it comes with, it’s a worthy contender to the OnePlus 8T 5G.

Design and display

  • 165.1 x 76.4 x 9.33mm, 218g
  • 6.67-inch FHD+, 144Hz, HDR10, Corning Gorilla Glass 5

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is a premium offering with a metal chassis and Gorilla Glass 5 covering the back, front and the camera module. The Mi 10T Pro has a massive rectangular camera module in the top left corner of the rear panel, which juts out quite a bit and makes the phone wobble when placed on a flat surface. Xiaomi is offering the handset in Cosmic Black and Lunar Silver colours. I received the former and it’s quite reflective with its mirror-finish, and consequently a smudge-fest too.

Xiaomi has equipped the Mi 10T Pro with a 6.67-inch IPS LCD display bearing a 2,400 x 1,080 pixels resolution. The Mi 10T Pro is the only other smartphone with a super-smooth 144Hz refresh rate apart from the ASUS ROG Phone 3 in India. Xiaomi has equipped the phone with AdaptiveSync technology, which dynamically switches between refresh rates depending on the application. The refresh rate can be manually changed from settings and I have had it set to 144Hz over the course of my review.

The display gets pretty bright at 550nits of peak brightness but feels a little underwhelming under direct sunlight. The viewing angles are good, thanks to the IPS panel. While the colours are not as rich as an AMOLED panel, they are quite vibrant and accurate. The display also comes with support for HDR10 and Widevine L1 for high-resolution video streaming.

Cameras

  • 108MP f/1.7 primary camera, 13MP f/2.4wide-angle lens, 5MP f/2.4 macro sensor
  • 20MP f/2.2 selfie camera

The primary 108-megapixel camera on the back captures 22-megapixel binned images, which are quite impressive with accurate colours, great dynamic range and a ample detail. There’s a dedicated 108-megapixel mode, which can be accessed from the ‘More’ option or Pro mode. The AI scene detection works very well and is able to detect every frame accurately.

The standard photo mode captures decent pictures after dark with low noise levels, but are fuzzy around the shadows. This issue is taken care of by the dedicated night mode, which adds more detail. The wide-angle lens and macro camera also work well, but I was particularly impressed by the portrait mode on the smartphone. The portrait mode retains accurate colours and sharpness while creating a realistic-looking blur in the background.

Coming to the front camera, the 20-megapixel shooter captures good selfies with a natural skin tone, however, there’s slight beautification and the camera struggles a bit in the portrait mode.  The front camera also suffers in low light, but there is a display flash should you be inclined to take selfies in dim lighting.

Performance and software

  • Android 10-based MIUI 12
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • 8GB RAM + 128GB storage
  • 5,000mAh battery, 33W fast charging

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is a performance powerhouse and I didn’t encounter any hiccups, be it the day-to-day usage or heavy gaming on the smartphone. I have been multitasking on the Mi 10T Pro with several apps like Facebook, Asphalt 9, Instagram, and Snapchat, among others running in the background, and it didn’t break a sweat.

As for gaming, I played Asphalt 9 and Alto’s Odyssey on the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro and the smartphone handles both these games very smoothly. The Alto’s Odyssey makes full use of the 144Hz display and looks stunning on the display.

The Mi 10T Pro is a Tier 1 Android device, which means despite running on the MIUI 12 based on Android 10, it has the default Android apps for dialer, messenger and browser, among others. There are other goodies like a dedicated iOS-like control center that can be pulled from the top-right corner of the display, Game Turbo, Video Toolbox, Floating Window, Second Space and Lite mode, among others. There is still some bloatware on the handset, but these apps can be uninstalled. More importantly, there are no ads in the interface.

The smartphone is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging. The handset charged from zero to full in just under an hour, which is impressive. However, the smartphone misses out on wireless charging support. The battery lasted for an entire day on a full charge with the refresh rate set to 144Hz. During our gaming test, the smartphone lost 10 percent charge over 45 minutes, which is not bad.

Bottomline

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is available in a sole 8GB + 128GB variant for Rs 39,999 and for the price, you get a 144Hz display, 108-megapixel rear camera, attractive design and a solid spec sheet to boot. However, as I mentioned earlier, the Mi 10T Pro comes with a few downgrades compared to the Mi 10, and if those are important to you, you can stretch your budget to Rs 44,999.

The Mi 10T Pro competes with the OnePlus 8T in India, which starts at Rs 42,999 and comes with an AMOLED display, near-stock OxygenOS and 65W fast charging. Which one you ultimately choose depends on your personal preferences, but one thing is certain – Xiaomi is getting serious about flagships in India.

Pricebaba’s rating: 8.5 / 10

What works:

  • Smooth 144Hz display
  • Powerful processor
  • Good cameras
  • Great battery backup
  • Clean MIUI 12 interface

What doesn’t:

  • Protruding camera module
  • Bulky build
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Abhiman Biswas

Abhiman is obsessed with all things tech. His hobbies include reading on his Kindle and clicking random pictures on his phone. His secret superpowers happen to be mixing great cocktails and lip reading. In his spare time, you are likely to find him cleaning his aquascape, researching new species of aquatic fishes and planning which aquatic plants to buy next.