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Xiaomi Mi 10 5G Reviewed - The Ultimate Flagship

What's the main handset in 2020? High-end processors, tons of microphones, large batteries, and quick refresh screens. But isn't that valid for any flagship phone? Nearly all of these wallet-burning glass-loaded pocket weights have the same bleeding-edge chipset, the same cameras in various tuning conditions, the same large battery and identical styles. I've been searching for something different for a long time, something totally unique, something that excites me every time I pick it up. I don't know if it's the strongest overall thing — it's got to be entertaining.

That is where the Xiaomi Mi 10 is coming in. The new flagship phone in Xiaomi since the old Mi 5 is a burst of fresh air. It looks the same as OnePlus 8 or Samsung S20 but everywhere else, Xiaomi claims that the Mi 10 is new, particularly with its 108-megapixel sensor. It's definitely pricey for the Xiaomi handset, beginning with Rs 49,999, but it's still one of the most popular flagships out there.

Is this the thrilling flagship phone we've lacked for a long time? In addition, is it a smart idea to invest Rs 50,000 on a Xiaomi phone?

Model & Build: Are you confident it was created by Xiaomi?

Xiaomi typically excels in building consistency on its mass-market devices, but watch closely and you learn that such phones are priced. Take a peek, for starters, at Redmi Notice 9 Pro Max. The Mi 10, though, is a separate matter.

At first glance, the Mi 10 appears to look just like the Samsung S10 and the OnePlus 8. Which has the same bezel-less design with a punch-hole cutout holding the front camera on the front. The screen also curves at the edges, trying to increase the attractiveness, but also influencing the usefulness (I'll get to that soon).

At the back, it looks like a Huawei handset, but Xiaomi applied her touch to make it look different. There is no big camera hump (thank goodness) and as the concepts of aesthetic appeal go, the vertically stacked cameras on the left contribute to making the phone more appealing. The back glass curves on all sides, making it easier to hold the phone. My Coral Green Mi 10 looks really gorgeous.

The designers at Xiaomi appear to have missed none for the Mi 10. It is a handset that looks costly and it sounds simple. Construction that shouts price.Keep it at every angle to reveal stunning highlights of varying shades of color. For some unexplained cause, in my view, this glossy finish looks great than the matte finishes on most phones these days.

Keep the Mi 10 and you'll immediately know like this is a premium product. The build quality on all surfaces are outstanding, much like a flagship handset. Especially in comparison to the OnePlus 7 T Pro, the dimensions of the Mi 10 are tighter, making it more tolerable. That said, this is still a very heavy phone, and I was able to feel the heft of the device at 208 grams. The angled edges render the handset appear sleek, but it's a chunky machine.

Overall, the Mi 10 looks and sounds amazing, comfortably placing it in the same bracket as the Samsung S20 and the Apple iPhone 11. It's hard to imagine that it falls from the same business that allows Redmi phones accessible as well.

Display & Audio: Incredible overall

One look at the product label and it is evident that Mi 10 does not have the flagging rights , especially next to OnePlus 8 Pro, which has a 120Hz OLED display. Numbers, however, don't tell the whole story.

I like the view of the Mi 10. Yeah, it has a refresh rate of 90Hz, but this screen is more than just a refresh button. This is a display that comes alive with its colors. Not only are the colors vibrant and rich, but the accuracy of those colors is also remarkable. The viewing angles are also very large. All of this is a great viewing experience. Watching video documentary films or The amazon prime Office was amazing.

The camera cutout is cutting into the display room, so when you see it, it's annoying. Curved edges do not obstruct viewing experience, but I found occasional palm contact rejection problems. The 90Hz refresh rate makes it cleaner, while the improved touch sampling rate allows a very sensitive monitor, which is of great benefit while gameplay. The in-display fingerprint scanner is quick enough and 99 per cent of the total you can rely on it.

What makes the watching experience on the Mi 10 even better is the audio productivity, that is nothing short of great. Unlike all other flagship products, the Mi 10 has an acceptable stereo screen.Yeah, there are two main audio speakers on the top and bottom, with the earpiece designated for calls only. Xiaomi balanced these perfectly, with the same focus on bass and mids, thus leaving the highs simple.You know, the speakers are not very loud. It's something that Xiaomi would be able to fix in a potential update. There's no headphone here, but Xiaomi is so kind to package a 3.5 mm USB-C docking station for your old connected buddies.

Performance: at the same time as the absolute best

Any Android phone with a Snapdragon 865 chip this year is expected to be flashing quick. It's dumb, therefore, to think about how fast stuff go on the Mi 10, which, by the way, is really fast. Playing a PUBG MOBILE game feels like there's no major stress on the Mi 10. Image processing from the 108-megapixel camera is quick too: there is no time to wait for encoding. The Snapdragon 865 with its LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage is more than you need in the Android multiverse.

It's the user experience that I'm going to discuss a little. The Mi 10 is a Xiaomi flagship, and therefore inherits the MIUI. This is the same MIUI that you see on your Redmi phones and Poco phones.

Xiaomi claimed at launch that this is a Tier-1 Android system that comes with Google apps instead of Xiaomi devices, rendering it almost stock-like Android software. Sorry, Xiaomi, this isn't an App shop. This is your favorite MIUI 11.MIUI on the Mi 10 loses its stock applications in lieu of Google Dialer, Google Contacts, Search Texts, Search this and Google that. Xiaomi has essentially pre-loaded Google's entire suite of Mi 10 apps. It skips on the Mi Browser, but it retains some other Xiaomi apps, such as Mi Credit and Mi Pay, that could theoretically pull you into its ecosystem. This is fine, as everyone is doing.

What's not all right is Xiaomi preloading spamware-ridden apps like Helo and Zili. My unit even got a couple of cheesy matches pre-installed. Pre-loading these apps on a flagship phone will simply take away from the user experience. Xiaomi's own Mi Video and Mi Music are also annoyed by intermittent notifications of things that I'm not even involved in. Yes, the system UI is ad-free, but a large amount of bloat feels unnecessary. Charging a handset fee does not push people to use such devices. Luckily, most third-party apps can be uninstalled.

As far as user experience is concerned, MIUI is the same as any other Xiaomi phone. The App is highly designed and is almost on par with OnePlus' Oxygen Apps in day-to-day use. The graphics are seamless and the control motions make it easier to navigate through the broad monitor. MIUI provides hundreds of configuration possibilities, many of which will hold you busy for a very long time. The OS offers you unprecedented power over all facets of your handset, which is a benefit for a flagship app. Personally, I like the Customizable Always On Display and several battery-related features.

Although MIUI is still fine, Xiaomi was expected to make an attempt to make the user experience a little different on the Mi 10. MIUI doesn't feel as premium as being like OneUI on samsung devices or Oxygen OS on OnePlus devices. Probably getting a new installer to make the look and sound easier might be achieved, much like the Poco installer. For anyone coming from a cheaper Xiaomi system, Mi 10 's software doesn't promise something different. Come on, Xiaomi, you should do something about it.

Cameras: quality of the flagship

A few of the major reasons Xiaomi uses the 108-megapixel camera to justify Mi 10's premium pricing. The Mi 10 joins it the aristocracy Samsung S20 Ultra and Motorola Edge+ companies offering 108-megapixel cameras. It also looks good, with a 1/1.33-inch sensor and an F1.7 aperture window.In several ways, it excites me with the heck of the inner shutterbug. This 108-megapixel sensor takes details that differ from any other smartphone camera. Whether you're shooting an environment or a portrait, the camera tosses details so strong that Pixel's phones could be put to shame. In normal mode, you will not see enough difference over a 48-megapixel image sensor, but switch to 108MP mode as well as slip fangs.

108MP mode gathers a lot of details — a ton. In my hometown, I was taking some beautiful hilly scenery, and in 108MP mode, until I zoomed in, I could clearly see the faraway hills. The clarity is extraordinary, and so is the dynamic range. There is limited intervention of AI stuff and photos appear natural with nice contrasts, bright as well as realistic colors and a real decent balance. I was able to use 108MP mode automatically for all of my content. Also, I don't miss a Mi 10 rear camera 

As the light levels fall, the AI starts kicking into it to slightly enhance the colors and keep the images free of grains. There is a noticeable loss of details in dark situations, but you can use the image. That is where you're expected to go back to usual mode because the pixel binning on this wide sensor acts to provide more illumination to see it when the eyes can't. Normal mode is great in daylight situations, too, but my eyes are spoiled for 108MP details. The white balance is slightly off in standard operation, which Xiaomi can fix with an update.

Photo mode works well, too, with a decent separation of subjects. However, the subject loses its details, as well as the blur is not as natural as what you see on the iPhone.

That said, there are the usual 108MP focus issues. With both the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, there have been reported issues of a narrow focal plane with its 108MP camera, as well as the same has been noted for the Mi 10 main camera.The wide-angle sensor is quite useful, and I found its color status to be on the same section as the main camera, which is usually unheard of in smartphone cameras. The ultra wide - angle camera lacks intricate details, but the photos are pleasing in their entirety. The 2-megapixel macro camera has a vivid color profile and, when used correctly, you can get incredibly close to objects without sacrificing sharpness and image vibrancy. That said, you need good lighting to make the macro lens do its wonders.

When it comes to digital shooting, the Mi 10 is in the same top division as the Samsung S mobile series — as long as you stick to the 108MP camera. The resulting videos, whether in 720p, 1080p or 4 K, are as vibrant as stills and have a nice stabilization. The clarity is great, and there is no noticeable noise even in low or mass spectroscopy. Since this phone has a Snapdragon 865, you can record 8 K resolution and it looks good on the screen. I don't have an 8 K monitor to check the real accuracy of the video.

Battery: Close to the phone for 2 days.

With a 4780mAh battery, the Mi 10 can easily last a single day. If you're a little patient, i.e. if you only use the Mi 10 as a computer and not a game device, it's possible for your battery to last for half of the next day. Part of this long battery life has to do with MIUI optimizations, which I have to say is impressive. MIUI does not impact the multitasking efficiency of the power saving measure.


After spending a few days with it, I can honestly claim that the Xiaomi Mi 10 is definitely an exciting smartphone that I've been waiting for a long time. In a flooded market with oppo and Samsung flagships, the Mi 10 is something different — you'll definitely get questions like, "What's the phone you 're rocking? "It's brilliantly built, it's got a great main camera, it's as fast as every android device in 2020, and it's got a lot of features to keep you engaged as well as make life easy. If you're looking for something new, the Mi 10 requires your attention. It's a spectacular flagship smartphone that's starting a new chapter for Xiaomi throughout India.