Next-gen performance at an affordable price.
Released earlier this year, we got our hands on Xiaomi’s latest flagship, the Mi 10 that comes with an incredible display, great battery life, and even 5G support. At 2,599 AED, it’s easily one of the affordable flagship devices available – and making one of our favorite 5G smartphones.
Let’s look at the outside, this Coral Green variant of the Mi 10 looks beautiful, though the glossy finish meant that I kept wiping off fingerprints and smudges a few minutes after I took it out of the box. The design bears resemblance with most of the available flagships – this includes the screen that curves to the side. There are the power button and volume rockers on the side, with the USB-C port at the bottom for charging. There are also dual speakers at the top and the bottom while the back houses the quad-camera setup.
Let’s look first at the gorgeous 6.67-inch 90Hz display. This AMOLED-based display supports a resolution of 2340-by-1080 pixels and also has support for HDR10+. The screen is big, bright, and fluid thanks to the higher refresh rate. It feels snappier and using apps is a joy thanks to the increased color gamut. HDR also shines on the Mi 10’s display, where deep levels of black and bright levels of white match the ones we’ve seen on more expensive smartphones. There’s also a fingerprint scanner located below the screen, which is one of the fastest we’ve tested.
Xiaomi has beefed up the specifications of the Mi 10 with a Snapdragon 865 CPU along with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It doesn’t have expandable memory, though 256GB is more than enough for the average user. The Mi 10 runs MiUI 11 which is based on Android 10. While we’re still not fans of the custom UI, it’s fast and easy to navigate and highlights the powerful hardware that powers it.
The Mi 10 blazed through apps and games without any problems – from simple productivity and social media apps to full-blown games downloaded from the Play Store. 5G support is fast but that’s when you’re close to a supported area. But it’s good to know that the device is already future-proofed for 5G when it rolls out on a much bigger scale.
The quad-camera setup at the back includes a 108-megapixel main sensor, a 13-megapixel ultrawide sensor, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and lastly a 2-megapixel sensor to measure depth when shooting in portrait. Images shot in daylight look fine, the noise level is kept at a minimum, and detail is spot-on thanks to the 108-megapixel sensor. Macro shots also look great, but shots in ultrawide mode are a little disappointed that it doesn’t have autofocus.
Low light surprisingly works well with the Mi 10. While there is a noticeable amount of noise as the images get darker, overall the quality looks great considering this smartphone is priced lower than its competition. The Mi 10 is also able to shoot 8K video at 30fps, though it eats up a lot of space and frankly you won’t really have any use for it. We stuck with 4K 30fps video recording, which yielded decent results.
The 4,780mAh battery inside the Mi 10 is enough to power the device for more than a day’s worth of usage. Considering the device already has 5G, a 90Hz screen, and a powerful CPU, the device’s power-saving algorithms enable it to work flawlessly for a whole day. When your battery runs out, there’s an included 30W charger that instantly juices up the Mi 10 in less than an hour.
For 2,599 AED, the Mi 10 already has incredible value when you consider the performance and design. It hits nearly all the right marks, and while the device doesn’t have any form of water resistance, it still ranks as one of the best Android smartphones that you can buy.
+ Great build quality
+ Beautiful 90Hz display
+ Maxed-out specifications
+ Long battery life
– Not waterproof
Final Rating: 4/5