Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro: analysis: all its figures are very high, minus that of the price

Winds of change blow in Xiaomi. The company that in a decade has gone from not existing to becoming one of the leading manufacturers of consumer electronics seemed to be abandoning the essence by applying a more than obvious price-raising policy. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro seems like an exception, offering beastly performance at a great price.

While it is noteworthy that Xiaomi wants to demonstrate technological power by measuring itself in the big leagues, this change has surely set aside the most enthusiastic fans of the brand, those who bet on Xiaomi being the manufacturer capable of making premium terminals at a price that the brand considers honest, and which users define as quality/price.

Xiaomi does not want to leave aside its more traditional audience and has taken advantage of the affection of users to the Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro to create a device that pleases the most enthusiastic Xiaomi, or that simply look for a mobile that is exceptional in every way at a much more reasonable price than we have seen in the premium sector of 2020.

The commitment to 5G has made it inevitable that Xiaomi has had to raise prices also on these models, although in this situation it has compensated it with a Mi 10T Lite that maintaining the price of 9T is more attractive in several respects. We've spent several days testing the best of models, and we tell you our impressions.

What an eye you have, Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
That's the first thing you think when you see this cell phone. It is practically impossible not to look at the module of the cameras, which not only excels to the extent of what 2020 has ended up getting used to but also stands out for a unique design in its modules.

The 108 Mpx main camera that Xiaomi has been doing so much emphasis on since last year's Mi Note 10 catches our gaze instantly. While the sensor is no larger than in previous generations, frames and the use of space and colors convey the feeling of immensity. It is not for nothing, since the sensor made in collaboration with Samsung deserves to stand out for the quality already demonstrated.

Accompanying this sensor we have at the bottom of the module an ultra-wide-angle camera of 13 Mpx, a sensor of 5 Mpx for macro photography, an LED flash, and a color temperature sensor.

We also appreciate in the back the Xiaomi logo placed in the other corner, aligned horizontally, which tells us that it is a mobile in which the Xiaomi logo and the 5G will appreciate when we are going to take photos.

Regarding measurements, it is a large and heavy mobile, in the high-end line of 2020, 10 grams heavier than the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. Thanks to its curves and thickness it is not excessively difficult to hold, although it is also not a mobile that we can define precisely of comfortable handling.

The screen is gigantic and as usual, occupies a large part of the front. The chin, although reduced, is noticeable, and in the upper left corner, we find the last of the cameras.

In the lower frame, we appreciate the slot for 2 SIM cards (no MicroSD), USB C port, microphone, and main speaker, just as poorly located as on the Mi 10, which is very easy to cover by accident when holding the mobile horizontally.

Xiaomi's maximum price speed
For Xiaomi, the T is synonymous with Turbo, and therefore speed was a non-negotiable aspect for Xiaomi. Despite not having Qualcomm's latest, the Snapdragon 865 remains one of the most powerful performance beasts of 2020. Along with THE LPDDR5 and UFS 3.1 memories, the system moves without any concession.

But the speed is not only limited to having maximum power, but also to how it feels, and for this we have a screen with a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz, matching the monitors of gaming PC and positioning themselves among the fastest mobile screens. The refresh rate is adaptive, and you can slow down based on the content you're using to alleviate your battery consumption.

The system and animations are designed to make the system not only fast but also feel fluid. The immediacy experience feels very natural.

To achieve this extreme fluidity, we have to make several concessions, which is that the panel uses IPS technology instead of AMOLED. Although Xiaomi argues that the choice of the panel does not imply worse image quality and that the use of IPS offers more realistic colors, the reality is that the only difference we find in front of a good screen with AMOLED technology is that grays and blacks have notoriously lower quality, by not turning off and illuminating pixels independently, which makes the dark mode feel a little more "cute", as well as movies or series that play a lot with the shadows.

Important details in the user experience
Commenting on more details about the high-end experience, the haptic vibration engine is very good, very close in experience to that of iPhones. We have always criticized Xiaomi for taking this section seriously, but in its best mobiles of 2020, they have made a tremendous leap in quality.

  • We have stereo sound, although it's far from offering a high-end experience. Having more speakers is no guarantee that the sound will be excellent, and the Mi 10T is a reliable proof of that. It's also not a bad sound, but it leaves much to be desired compared to that of the Mi 10, which fascinated us with their extraordinary quality.
  • Regarding autonomy, the experience has been similar to the other 5G mobiles we've seen this year. Increased antennas increase consumption, even if you're not connected to 5G networks, and increased battery life doesn't impact a battery boost, but rather a "no decrease." We will have autonomy for the whole day, even in very demanding days, in my usual use for about 5 hours of screen.
  • Speaking of 5G, it seems that in recent weeks most operators are starting to add the new generation of mobile networks in Spain, so now if it starts to make sense. 5G is already the near future for more and more users, and while we haven't been able to test that connectivity, we know it's well prepared.
  • We have a charger with fast charging of 33 W included in the device, able to charge the battery completely in one hour. We don't have wireless charging, in case you had any questions about it.
  • As usual in the brand, we have a transparent rubber case included as well. It's not the ideal case, but at least it serves to protect your phone in what you're looking for that fits your tastes.

One of the best cameras in your price range

We always say that megapixels are not a direct synonym for quality, and is that as much as they come out mobile with increasing figures, many of the best cameras on the market continue to use sensors of 12 Mpx, even from previous generations. The software, and like this one must be adapted to the characteristics of each type of sensor to get the most out of it.

That said, the 108 Mpx sensor created in collaboration between Xiaomi and Samsung is great, and the Chinese company knows how to squeeze its potential well. There are no radical improvements compared to the Mi 10, and that is good news since on most occasions we find very nice colors that run away from the typical saturations present in the most affordable models of the brand. No ultra-blue skies, no nuclear green grass, no exaggerated reds.

  • We don't have optical zoom, but the combination of software and resolution makes the two magnification mode very clear and the digital 10 is enough that we can zoom in on very distant posters or very small letters and that we can read them. No mobile camera promotes it, but on a personal level, we find it an amazing accessibility trick, especially for people who have trouble reading certain texts. The level of detail is the best of the Mi 10T Pro's camera.
  • In matters of dynamic range, Xiaomi is a long way from Google and Apple, and HDR mode stays behind. If using a 108 Mpx camera gives you the advantage of a lot of detail, being such large images, the possibility of the software capturing multiple images at various exposure levels and combining them
  • The selfie is not bad either, although sometimes you can tell that it makes us a small face wash, even with the beauty filter disabled.
  • As with the Mi 10, the Mi 10T Pro has the ability to record 8K video, with each recording limited to 6 minutes. 4K video recording at 60 images per second is less ambitious but leaves us with more satisfying results.

MIUI 12, a layer with its own identity that we like more and more
The great novelty of MIUI 12 is the control center, which is inspired by iOS to offer fast adjustments and more visual home controls in exchange for separating quick settings from the notification curtain. And how does it work? If we swipe from the left side we will open the notifications, while if you do it from the right you will open the new menu. It is very nice, but less practical, although if you want you can recover the old menu in the settings.

The floating window system is another feature in which Xiaomi has invested a lot of effort, and it shows. From the multitasking window, you can open any application in a floating window format. This window has a bar at the bottom that acts as the start menu and allows us to close the floating application, while the bar at the top allows us to move the floating window wherever we want. If we take it to a corner, it will get smaller, waiting until we touch it, and so it returns to its previous state.

In addition to being able to open applications in this mode, Xiaomi has invented a very curious shortcut. When we receive a notification, simply swipe down, and it will have the effect of opening the notification, but instead of in the full-size app, it will display it in the floating window. A brilliant implementation that convinces and makes MIUI go from being a layer that not only brings aesthetics but real utilities.

We love the new camera app. Not only is it extremely easy to use, but it also offers us the possibility to customize the order and place of each of the photography modes. Until now, Samsung's camera app was the only one doing so, and mini 12 adopting this system adds a lot of added value.

The display mode of the screen is one of the best. Not only do we have a dark mode, as is already the norm since the release of Android 10, but we also have the possibility to force dark mode in those applications that do not yet have it implemented. Dark mode can be programmed by schedule, but we don't have the option to sync it with sunset and sunrise yet.

To improve relaxation when using night mode, we have two modes to save visual fatigue: the classic blue light filter mode and a second mode that turns flat backgrounds into a paper texture mode.

Regarding the operating system, we have Android 10, something that although it does not disappoint, that brought Android 11 output would have been a spectacular kick. At the security level it comes standard with the September security patch, and new features like Nearby Share, the official Android Airdrop comes pre-installed. This does not replace Mi Drop, the alternative of Xiaomi itself, since we have the option to use either system when both are integrated into the system.

As the only negative point, I would point out that the keyboard height is a horror: I don't know what happens with Gboard as standard, but its size is extremely small. If you set the height to the maximum, you'll have GBoard at a height size equivalent to normal.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro: technical characteristics

  • Screen:
  1. 6.67 inches.
  2. Refresh rate: 144 Hz for the display.
  3. HDR 10+
  4. Resolution: FHD+.
  • Performance:
  1. Snapdragon 865 processor.
  2. 8 GB OF LPDDR5 RAM.
  3. 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage.
  • Cameras:
  • Rear:
  1. 108 Mpx with OIS optical stabilization.
  2. 5 Mpx for macro photography.
  3. 13 Mpx ultra-wide-angle.
  4. 8K video recording.
  • Front:
  1. 20 Mpx in the hole.
  2. Battery:
  3. Capacity: 5000 mAh.
  4. 33W Fast Charge
  5. Weight: 218 grams.
  6. Measurements: 165.1 x 76.4 x 9.33 mm.
  7. Connectivity: 4G/5G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC,
  • Sound:
  1. Dual stereo speaker.
  2. Headphone jack: No.
  3. System:
  4. Android 10.
  5. Customization layer: MIUI 12.

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