With its Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, Xiaomi is entering a new stage in its global strategy. Like Huawei before it, the manufacturer is now tackling the high-end segment with particularly ambitious mobiles and hopes to convince consumers of the benefits of its new Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro models.
A better finish with Mi 10 Pro
The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro share a very similar spec sheet, with the only difference being the size of the battery, which is slightly bigger on the Mi 10. The two mobiles also have almost identical bodies. The terminals must be turned over to distinguish them. When the Mi 10 has a glass back that is extremely sensitive to fingerprints, the Mi 10 Pro has a much more attractive aluminum back. The front is strictly similar on both phones. The 6.67-inch Oled slab occupies no less than 90% of the front panel. It provides a pleasant borderless feeling, but it is not yet optimal. The fault lies with a thick chin, but nothing too serious.
The punch-hole has the merit of being quickly forgotten since it is located in the upper left corner of the mobile—no problem either with the fingerprint sensor under the screen, which is somewhat reactive. At the back, skeptics of the rectangular photo island advocated by Apple, Samsung, and Huawei will be happy: Xiaomi has chosen to keep its photo modules in a line.
In hand, the Mi 10’s ergonomics are identical and convincing. Imposing and weighing more than 200 g on the scale, they offer a certain feeling of solidity. The locking and volume knobs, located on the right-hand edge, are well-positioned, albeit a little high. But don’t be under any illusions, you’ll have to put both hands on the beast to handle it properly.
The 6.67-inch Oled slab shared by the two models looks excellent at first glance. Its 90 Hz refresh rate, configured by default, offers smooth and pleasant navigation. It is all the more true since the Snapdragon 865 chip allows very relevant multitasking. The battery is still to be tested, but you’ll have to wait until the full test to find out more.
A 108-megapixel sensor
Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro both boast a 108-megapixel photosensor. If we had already come across such a definition on the Mi Note 10, these new models are much better in use.
Of Xiaomi’s two new high-end models, the Mi 10 Pro is the best equipped. It features an ultra-wide-angle module (20 megapixels, f/2.6), as well as two telephoto lenses, with a 2x (12 megapixels, f/2.4) and a 5x (8 megapixels, f/2) module. The latter is capable of offering a 50x hybrid zoom. Unsurprisingly, this one is unconvincing. Overall, these sub-modules produce flattering shots but too processed and smoothed to be realistic.
The Mi 10 is a little less well equipped. It offers an ultra-wide-angle module (13 megapixels, f/2.4), a macro module (2 megapixels, f/2.4), as well as a depth-of-field module (2 megapixels). On the first contact, these different modules suffer from the same image processing problems as their big brother, namely prominent smoothing for unrealistic shots. At the front, the 20-megapixel sensor shared by both models offers good selfies. However, it is necessary to deactivate all filters to observe natural skin.