After the span of two years, Xiaomi is back with another high-end Mi series smartphone in India. The company launched the Mi Mix 3 in 2018 and now it has come up with the Mi 10 5G. Retailing at the starting price tag of Rs 49,999, it is the most expensive smartphone of the company and it comes with all the high-end specifications.
For starters, the smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and it is also the first device from Xiaomi to house a 108MP camera. With all the powerful specifications and features, this new smartphone from Xiaomi is said to compete with the flagship phones from Huawei, Samsung, Oppo, and others. So, if you are planning to invest in this high-end smartphone then take a quick look at its complete review.
Design and display
We will not be wrong in saying that Xiaomi has redefined its design aesthetics with its flagship smartphone — Mi 10 5G. The smartphone comes with a slim metal frame that is protected with a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass on both sides. The device comes with curved edges and the transition from metal to glass is seamless. The Xiaomi Mi 10 5G comes in two colour options — Coral Green and Twilight Grey. The smartphone looks elegant and its vibrant colour options will surely catch attention. The rear panel of the smartphone houses the quad-camera setup, which sits on the left side of the device in perfect symmetry along with the LED flash. However, the camera is slightly protruding which means that the phone will wobble when kept on a flat surface. Along with the camera, the back panel also consists of Mi branding. The power button and volume rockers are placed on the right side while the SIM card tray and USB Type C charging port is placed at the bottom. The front houses a 6.67-inch display and 20MP selfie camera. The Xiaomi Mi 10 5G also comes with P2i coating which helps in protecting the smartphone from accidental splashes.
Talking about the display, the Xiaomi Mi 10 5G features a 6.67-inch full HD+ display with a 1080×2340 pixel resolution. The display offers a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 90Hz refresh rate for a smoother experience. The refresh rate is less as compared to the other flagships available in the market but still it managed to impress us. There is no notch and the display just consists of a punch-hole selfie camera which is placed on the top left corner. The display is pixel rich and offers bright and vibrant colour reproduction. The smartphone comes with HDR+ certification which means that the users will get the best picture quality at the time of using online streaming services. We had a great experience in watching movies and playing games on the Mi 10 5G all thanks to its bright display and good viewing angles. Lastly, the display houses an in-display fingerprint sensor that performs quite well. In all the smartphone manages to score very well in the design and display department.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 5G is powered by the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with Adreno 650 GPU. The smartphone packs 8GB of RAM and comes in two storage variants — 128GB and 256GB. The smartphone turns out to be a smooth performer and we witnessed no slug or lag while using the device. The smartphone does well when it comes to gaming and playing games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 turned out to be a true delight. We also used some editing apps on the smartphone and surely we were not disappointed with the performance anytime. Xiaomi also claims that it has used a multi-level cooling solution in the smartphone which keeps the inner components cool while performing heavy tasks. However, we don’t agree with the company that during our long gaming sessions the smartphone did heat up making it difficult for us to hold the device.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 5G runs Android 10 operating system topped with the company’s own MIUI 11 user interface. However, Xiaomi has announced that the smartphone will soon receive MIUI 12 updates which will further enhance the user experience. Just like the other Xiaomi smartphones, the Mi 10 5G also lacks an app drawer which can be a turn off for many as this will clutter the home screen. Apart from this, the smartphone offers everything you can expect from an Android smartphone. The company has not completely removed the bloatware from the Mi 10 5G and the unnecessary notifications do bug users from time to time (unless you disable them).
Apart from this, the UI is pretty simple to use and has the same gestures and shortcuts which you will find in any Xiaomi smartphone running MIUI 11. One of the major differences we spotted in the Mi 10 5G is the existence of Google’s SMS app and dialer. Along with this, users will also find a quick toggle to enable reverse wireless charging, always-on display, and other features. One of the interesting features of the Mi 10 5G is called Multilink, using this users can combine both Wi-Fi bands and mobile data and enhance the speed if they have a weak Wi-Fi connection.
We were suitably impressed by the audio performance of the smartphone. The device manages to deliver a clear and loud sound experience when we played music on the speakers. The smartphone comes with stereo speakers which automatically detects the orientation. Along with this, it also offers LHDC codec support. We used the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 with the smartphone and this further enhanced the audio experience for us.
Xiaomi is one company that always includes an IR blaster in its devices and Mi 10 5G is no different. The company has included the sensor and the Peel remote app in the device. Using these two users can turn the Mi 10 5G in a universal remote and control their home appliances with it.
We were not able to test the 5G connectivity as the technology is still in the nascent stage in India and is not commercially available for the people to use. Speaking about the overall performance, Xiaomi Mi 10 5G does perform like a flagship smartphone.
High-end and expensive smartphones are expected to come with a multi-camera setup and the Mi 10 5G is no different. The camera is one of the main highlights of the Xiaomi Mi 10 5G. The smartphone sports a quad-camera setup which consists of a 108MP main camera with f/1.7 aperture, 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, 2MP macro lens with f/2.4 aperture and 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The front is home to a 20MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture. The rear camera is capable of recording 8K videos and it also comes with optical image stabilisation. The rear camera supports 10x zoom and 2x zoom in 108MP mode. The images captured using the main camera are binned down to 25MP.
Most of the shots turned out pretty well with the right amount of exposure and sharp focus. There is no telephoto lens in the camera and the company claims that the 108MP sensor can be used to do the job of the telephoto lens. The full resolution of 108MP delivered some really good results and we feel that shooting in 108MP gave better results as compared to the shots taken using zoom. The images captured in 108MP mode offered better detailing, colour reproduction and also turned out to be sharp.
On the other hand, the images taken using 10x zoom turned to be bright but some noise was also visible in the images. The night mode on the camera works fine and reproduces some really good images. The photos taken using HDR also offered pretty good results. The macro shots and closeups clicked using the Mi 10 5G turned out really well. The best part was that the camera reproduced the same colours and the images never looked artificial. The only problem we had was with the image processing. The smartphone took a lot of time in image processing.
Just like the quad-camera setup at the back, the 20MP front camera also offered satisfactory performance. The selfies captured during daytime were bright and the texture of skin also appeared to be good. The portrait mode in the front camera also worked fine with almost perfect edge detection.
The camera was also able to record some good quality videos and we were impressed with the stabilisation. However, the videos were not able to retain the quality while shooting in low light. The video mode in the smartphone also offers a smooth zoom slider which offers a cinematic zoom experience to your videos. You can also create small movie clips using the Vlog mode in the camera.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 5G houses a 4780mAh battery with support for 30W proprietary fast charging. The smartphone also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The Mi 10 5G scores well in the battery department as the smartphone lasted for a day on a single charge. Despite the heavy gaming and camera usage the smartphone managed to last a day.
Apart from this, the smartphone also charges quickly. If you are using the bundled 30W charger then the smartphone can charge completely within an hour. The Mi 10 5G also supports wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. In order to charge the device wirelessly, you will have to purchase the 30W wireless charger from Xiaomi. On the other hand, the reverse wireless charging feature also works fine.
Xiaomi Mi 10 5G is a flagship smartphone and it comes with a starting price tag of Rs 49,999. It packs all the premium features one would expect from a high-end smartphone. The device has the most powerful processor, an impressive camera configuration, wireless charging, and the latest available operating system. It is a good option for users who are looking for something else apart from OnePlus or even Realme. The smartphone is a complete package if you are looking for a good performing device. However, if you still want alternatives to this, then you can either go for the OnePlus 8 series or the Realme X50 Pro 5G.
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