Xiaomi has been making waves over the past few years, with a more aggressive approach to international expansion and looking to get a real foothold in Europe. The next flagship phone for 2020 is the Mi 10 and the Mi 10 Pro, which the company has announced and will land running MIUI 11 running on Android 10.
Both the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro have the same overall design, an evolution the Mi 9 design and close to the design we saw on the Mi Note 10, which offered the same layout of those cameras on the rear. The display curves to the edges, very much in the style of Samsung, while there's a conventional metal frame and glass back construction.
There's no notch, with Xiaomi moving to a single punch hole design in the display, this time off to the left-hand side. One thing to note about the design is that this phone tops 200g - so it's on the hefty side. There's also a dual speaker arrangement which should offer better stereo performance than previous Mi handsets.
Xiaomi uses a Samsung AMOLED display for the Mi 10 and the Mi 10 pro. It is curved at the edges, with a punch hole in the top left corner for the front camera. It measures 6.67-inches on the diagonal, with a Full HD+ resolution (2340 x 1080 pixels) and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. There's little in the way of bezels, resulting in a good looking device.
Xiaomi has opted for a 90Hz refresh rate, rather than the 120Hz that you'll be getting from the OnePlus 8 or Samsung Galaxy S20+. There's support for HDR10+, so compatible movies should look good. We've got high hopes for this display, it sounds great.
The internals are very similar too. Both phones will be powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 865 processor and will come with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Both phones support UFS 3.0 and the Mi 10 Pro will come with up to 512GB of internal storage, whereas the Mi 10 will have to make do with 256GB.
Curiously, it's the Mi 10 that has the larger battery at 4,780mAh but the Mi 10 Pro's battery is only slightly smaller at 4,500mAh. The Mi 10 Pro counters with faster charging, up to 50W wired charging and 30W wireless charging. The Mi 10, on the other hand, supports up to 30W wired and wireless charging. Both phones can do reverse wireless charging too at up to 10W. Lastly, both phones will support 5G and also the latest Wi-Fi 6 wireless standard.
The big difference lies in their rear camera setups.
The Mi 10, on the other hand, also has a 108-megapixel main camera but it comes with a 7 element lens instead of the 8 found on the Mi 10 Pro. Its other cameras are a 13-megapixel ultra-wide, a 2-megapixel macro, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Both phones will be able to record video at 8K and they have the same front-facing cameras that shoot at 20-megapixels.
Pricing and availability
As for price, the Mi 10 Pro and Mi 10 will come in three configurations. The Mi 10 Pro comes in Starry Blue and Pearl White, while the Mi 10 is available in Ice Blue, Titanium Silver Black, and Peach Gold. Xiaomi Singapore just announced that the Mi 10 Pro and Mi 10 will be available from 13 May. You can pre-order the phones from today at the following prices:
Buy at Qoo10, Lazada or Shopee now. Enjoy.