Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro Review — The Killer Of Flagship Killers
Offering a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 chipset, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro sports a 144Hz refresh rate display and a 108MP primary camera lens. Is it the value flagship smartphone we've been waiting for?
+ A big and lasting 5000mAh battery
+ 144Hz refresh rate is certainly welcomed
+ Case included is surprisingly nice on the hands
+ Dual speakers make video content more enjoyable
+ Camera results are quite decent
+ Attractive price range
- Headphone jack missing
- IPS panel doesn't take full advantage of the fast refresh rate
- Expandable storage would be nice
- No IP rating
In this Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro review, we take a look at the company’s recently launched smartphone where it comes with several impressive features on paper. Before we start, we’ve got our hands on the 8GB+128GB variant of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, a variant that won’t make it to Malaysia. Regardless, if you’re wondering whether it’s worth your money, let’s find out, shall we?
While I don’t usually write about the packaging of products in my reviews, I couldn’t resist doing so with the Mi 10T Pro. As you can see, the box is black and comes with a nice gold touch to the text, which kind of reminds me of their discontinued Mi Mix series.
Taking everything out of the box, here’s what you’ll find:
- Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
- TPU case
- SIM ejector
- USB-C cable
- USB-C dongle (for 3.5mm)
- Charging brick
The Xiaomi Mi 10T sports an IPS LCD display where you can find the punch hole front camera sitting at the top-left corner. There’s also a small front speaker at the top-middle of the display, in case you missed it.
On the right side of the device is where you’ll find the power button, which also doubles up as a fingerprint sensor, and the volume rockers. On the left side however, there is nothing to be found.
Moving to the bottom, you will find the smartphone’s SIM tray, USB-C port, a microphone hole and its second speaker.
As for the top, you have the secondary microphone hole, the port for the stereo speaker, and an IR blaster. The frame of the phone is made out of aluminum alloy.
What we have in our hands is the Cosmic Black variant of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. As you can see from the picture, the back is reflective. The smartphone sports a triple-camera setup at the back
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro Specifications
|CPU:||Snapdragon 865 Octa-core (1 x 2.84GHz Kryo 585 + 3 x 2.42GHz Kryo 585 + 4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 585) 7nm|
|Display:||6.67″ FHD+ (2400 x 1080) IPS LCD, 144Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, AdaptiveSync, Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Storage:||256GB UFS 3.1 (Malaysian unit)|
108MP f/1.7, 27mm 1/3.4″, OIS
12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide, 123° FoV
5MP f/2.4 macro, autofocus
Night Mode 2.0, Pro Mode, AI camera, HDR, Portrait mode, 8K30/4K30/4K60 video
HDR, Portrait, AI Beautify, 1080p30, 720p120
|OS:||MIUI 12 based on Android 10|
|Connectivity:||5G Band n1/n3/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n41/n77/n78|
LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28/32/38/40/41
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
|Battery:||Li-Po 5000mAh (non-removable)|
33W fast charge
|Dimensions:||165.1 x 76.4 x 9.33 mm|
In the Antutu v8 benchmark, we find that the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is the best performing Snapdragon 865-powered smartphone that we’ve tested thus far, falling behind only to the ROG Phone III that’s using an overclocked chipset.
In Geekbench on the other hand, the Mi 10T Pro scores pretty close to the POCO F2 Pro. This would indicate a near identical performance between the two devices.
In terms of graphical performance, the Mi 10T Pro falls a bit short compared to the rest on the list, but it is still a good score all-in-all.
PCMark’s Work 2.0 performance test shows a good result, with it falling slightly behind the ROG Phone III and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
When it comes to battery life, it is by far the longest lasting Snapdragon 865 smartphone that we’ve tested (in 60Hz). Though it should be said that the Mi 10T Pro has 300mAh more than the POCO F2 Pro, which sits right behind the former in the chart.
In my real life usage, I find that the Mi 10T Pro can last me around a day and a half of use. Of course, this is with 144Hz refresh rate enabled (why go less than what it’s capable?). You would see better battery life should you opt for either its 90Hz or 60Hz options.
With its 33W fast charger, I managed to get from 0% to 55% in 30 minutes. It’s not exactly the fastest, but considering how long the battery can last, it shouldn’t be an issue for most people.
The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro fits perfectly in my hands. It’s not the lightest flagship smartphone around but it’s not that bad being at 218 grams. Though I like the looks of the phone at the back, it easily attracts fingerprints and smudges. Then again, this won’t be an issue for most people as you would most likely put on a protective case.
Talking about phone cases, I really like the case that the Mi 10T Pro comes with. Honestly, I think this is the first case (that came with the smartphone) that I actually liked. The reason? As you can see from the design, it has a two-toned look.
The bottom half actually feels ‘matte-ish’ and this is something I appreciate as you’d normally hold your phone on this part, which makes it easier to grip. Aside from not attracting fingerprints, Xiaomi has advertised it to eliminate up to 99.99% of bacteria as it is an anti-bacterial case.
The dual speaker setup makes watching videos an enjoyable experience with one blasting to you while the other produces sound down below. If you’re more of a plugged-in kind of person, you’ll have to make use of the dongle that they’ve provided or make use of Bluetooth connectivity as there is no 3.5mm headphone jack here.
Other than that, you might feel a little let down by the fact that they’ve opted to put an IPS LCD display for the device. This is especially if you’re coming from an OLED device. Taking a closer look, you can see that the blacks are not pitch black.
If you can live without that, the 144Hz refresh rate is something that smoothens my experience with the device. You don’t even need to open up a game to notice it. While I’m not a huge mobile gamer myself, I could definitely see the difference, in supported games of course.
Out of the box, you’ll find that the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro runs on MIUI 12. This is actually my first time on the new version and I feel like Xiaomi has added some nice touches here and there. In terms of UI fluidity, I had no issues with it at all.
As for the camera UI, they’ve added a couple of new features which I find is nice, mostly because now you can customize what modes you want at the main menu (above shutter button).
Overall I’m pretty satisfied with the camera results. Colors doesn’t look too saturated and the Night Mode does the job well. One thing that I really like is the close up shots with the phone.
The device can go up to 30x of optical zoom and as you can see, without something to stable your phone down, the image will get blurry, which is normal.
I feel that the ultra-wide lens isn’t wide enough, but maybe that’s just me. At the end of the day, the camera performance is definitely good enough for your social media uploads.
Check out the full-sized images right here.
At RM1,999, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro offers a whole lot of value. You get a flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset, a 144Hz refresh rate display, as well as a 108MP camera to name a few.
Imagine if Xiaomi Malaysia had brought the 128GB (which would be even cheaper) version of the device, that would hands-down blow the competition away. You could also opt for the Mi 10T instead if you’re on a smaller budget, with the difference being a 64MP camera and storage.
The only drawback for me is Mi 10T Pro’s IPS LCD display and lack of headphone jack, which I can honestly live without. That being said, I’m sure there are those who would want them. If you’re fine without them, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is definitely an attractive option. I gladly award the device our prestigious Gold Pokdeward.
We would like to thank the folks at Xiaomi Malaysia for providing the Xiaomi Mi 10T that was used in this review!