Mi 10 Pro Review: Xiaomi’s First True Premium Flagship

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It was one of the most anticipated mobiles of these first months of the year and, finally, it is already here. There were rumours about a premium mobile -really- and a significant price increase in the top-of-the-range model. In the end, that rumours have ended up being true in the case of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. 
Xiaomi is the brand that replaced OnePlus as the ‘flagship killer’. They offered mobiles with very good benefits, but at a ridiculous price if we compared it with the Samsung, Huawei, Apple on duty. 
Things have changed and they no longer need to be that type of brand. Translation: the Mi 10 Pro flirts with the 1,000 euros, and then we will see if it is justified. credit: third party image reference
A sleek design, but extremely slippery and bulky
We started the analysis of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro talking, as always, about the design. And, in this sense, we have little to scratch, since it is obvious that the terminal goes to the premium range not only for the price but for the aesthetics. 
We are facing a mobile that has an all-screen format without a notch or a pop-up front camera. This front camera (simple, not double as in some devices like the new Huawei P40 Pro) is in a hole in the upper left. 
The front is taken advantage of with a minimal upper frame (practically only to put the earpiece for calls), very compact side frames and a somewhat wider chin, but that does not clash at all. The screen 'overflows' on the sides and the feeling is to have a very premium mobile in your hands. credit: third party image reference
Before going around the terminal, we go to the sides. On the left we have absolutely nothing, simply the two mobile antennas ... and that's it. On the right we have the lock button and the volume up / down button). 
At the top, we have a speaker, a microphone and an IR emitter that Xiaomi does not forget. 
At the bottom, we have another speaker, the USB Type-C port, another microphone and the nano Sim card slot. These frames are made of chrome aluminium, giving an aspect of raising the terminal. 
If we go to the back, there is something more to tell. For starters, the camera module is striking. Four sensors and a flash that is arranged in a strange way (with three of them attached and one 'loose'). This module excels its own and is noticeable both in the hand and, above all when left on a surface. credit: third party image reference
The good news is that the camera glass is protected by an aluminium frame that does not protrude even a millimetre, but enough so that the glass does not scratch when leaving the phone on a table. Of course, that stands out is a fact. 
The back is glass, but, as you can see, it is not shiny like other mobiles, thus adding to that textured glass that made the Pixel 3 fashionable and how pleasant it is to the touch. 
This has something good ... and something not so good. The good thing is that, although the tracks are still stuck, it is not a 'dirty' mobile-like others. credit: third party image reference
The downside is that it is extremely slippery both for the finish and for its width. It is great, yes, and it is undeniable. The 6.67 ”should be noted somewhere and, also, the 19.5: 9 format makes the mobile wider. The weight, over 200 grams, does not help either. 
With this, we mean that it is a premium mobile in its appearance and design, and very well 'finished', but be careful when leaving it on a surface. We have not dropped it and it is not as 'dangerous' as the Xperia 1, but we have seen that it has been skating little by little on the sofa with the floor as a destination ... if we did not stop it in time. And yes, there we remember that it is 1,000 euros. credit: third party image reference
Another detail is that it does not have IP68 protection. Many phones are water resistant but not certified because it costs money. It is obvious when we open the SIM compartment of a P30 Pro and the Mi 10 Pro, without that red rubber band that protects against water ingress. 
The Xiaomi terminal has P2i protection, protection against splashes and soft rain that we see in many models of the Chinese company, but costing 1,000 euros, we would have liked to find a protection to match the price ... and the range a the one that now belongs.

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