[REVIEW] Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro – Tailored for Budget Mobile Gamers

When comes to a budget flagship, there weren’t much brands out there that can offer a complete package like Xiaomi. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is their top models of the Mi 10T-series.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

It has a mid-range price but some flagship specs; namely Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 108-megapixels rear camera. The company did cut some corners to achieve the price but it’s not really that bad either.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro Specifications

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM
  • 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD with 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • Triple Rear Camera; 108-megapixels with OIS, 13-megapixels Ultrawide & 5-megapixels Macro
  • 20-megapixels Front Camera
  • 5,000 mAh Battery with 33W Fast Charging
  • MIUI 12 based Android 10

Design

My first impression when I lift the device, its heavy and solid. It’s fairly big with glass sandwiched and metal frame design. On the right side is a power button that doubled as a fingerprint scanner which is fast and ergonomic.

There is no 3.5mm headphone jack but the device offers a stereo speaker, bottom and earpiece.

The back of the device is a fingerprint magnet, how I wish they could use some kind matte glass finishing like on the HUAWEI P40 Pro and Apple iPhone 12 Pro. The camera bump is huge, sticking out about 2mm out. There’s no chance you can use it on a flat table unless you slap on a case that could leverage the camera bump.

No microSD card slot for storage expansion but a 256GB should be more than enough as a daily driver.

Display

This may sound disappointing for having an LCD panel instead of bringing and vivid AMOLED panel. The 6.67-inch display features an impressively smooth 144Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ and up to 650 nits brightness that could offset some of the shortfalls for not having an AMOLED panel. After all, this is an accessible flagship device you can owe without breaking your bank.

The adaptive 144Hz refresh rate would change the refresh rate to match what you are using on the device. You can the full control on what refresh rate you prefer to conserve battery.

After using it for more than 2 weeks now, it’s very hard for me to switch back to a standard 60Hz refresh rate smartphone.

Camera

This is another department that this device shine. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro has a 108-megapixels f/1.69 aperture lens main camera. The company didn’t waste money on adding redundant camera like depth sensor instead with an ultrawide and a more creative macro lens.

The 108-megapixels can take good photos in the day time with good sharpness and depth. The colours are vibrant and accurate I would say. This is thank to the huge Samsung HMX 1 /1.33” camera sensor size. The 108-megapixels pixel binning allows us to have a closer zoom, or crop while maintaining a decently sharp image.

Here comes the lowlight shooting, the result wasn’t that impressive. It boosted a lot of artificial sharpness and colour accuracy dropped a lot. Not the worst but they can do better.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro can shoot up to 8K at 30fps video and included a lot of fun features like Vlog, Clone and my favourite Sky. You can literally change any dull sky to any weather and even bring the moon closer.

Here are some photo samples taken with the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro;

Performance

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is powered by Qualcomm 865 chipset which one of the best until the Snapdragon 865 Plus released a few months ago. The differ wasn’t that huge compared to the Snapdragon 865 Plus, a matter of fact it ousted a lot other flagship chipsets like the Samsung Exynos 990 and Kirin 990.

You wouldn’t disappointed with the performance offered by Mi 10T Pro. It should take up any high graphics demanding games while offers high frame rate settings when possible. The overall experience on the device can only be explained in one word “Fluid”

5,000 mAh Battery

If you noticed, a lot of flagship smartphones out there is offered with only 4,000 mAh or 4,500 mAh battery. They are just trying to flex how fast is their “Fast Charging Technology” to fully charge it. On Mi 10T Pro, it offered at a perfect sweet spot at 5,000 mAh battery while features a decently fast 33W charging.

The Mi 10T Pro can easily last me full-day use with 20% to 30% battery balance without tone-down any refresh rate or power-saving mode. The only thing that I missed is the wireless charging.

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro Review
  • Design
  • Build
  • Camera
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Value
4.6

Verdict

I rated very high on this device due to two reasons, it’s a powerful device that checked most of the budget flagship smartphone boxes. Secondly, Xiaomi tailored all the best features that they could possibly put into this device without carrying a hefty price tag.

Xiaomi even offers a more accessible price point on the Non-Pro variant, while didn’t axe out much of the feature besides the 108-megapixels camera to 64-megapixels camera and slightly smaller storage.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is only offered for RM 1,999 where the non-Pro variant is going for just RM 1,699.

I couldn’t complain much after seeing what they have to offers at these price points.