Xiaomi has announced the Mi 10T Pro, its latest flagship phone. The device follows the strategy seen last year, where the sleek Mi 9 was followed by a largely unconnected Mi 9T Pro with a greater emphasis on specs. The Mi 9T Pro was one of the best bargain phone deals of 2019 in the markets where it was offered, so expectations for the 10T Pro should be high.
The two notable features of the Mi 10T Pro are its screen and battery. It uses a 6.67-inch 1080p 20: 9 LCD with a refresh rate of 144Hz. This refresh rate is what you’d expect from a high-end gaming monitor, and so far it’s been mostly on gaming-focused smartphones, making it the most popular phone yet to achieve that. Because the screen uses an LCD panel, the fingerprint sensor is integrated in the power button, not the display.
In terms of battery life, Xiaomi has managed to fit a 5000 mAh package in the Mi 10T Pro, which is well ahead of most competing flagship devices. The phone is definitely a bit thicker than the Mi 10 Pro, with 9.33 mm vs. 9 mm and could not be described as an elegant device by today’s standards, but at 218 grams it is not unusually bulky. Xiaomi also includes a 33W USB-C fast charger in the box.
The rest of the specification is pretty standard for a phone that aims to provide high performance at a supposedly low price. It has a Snapdragon 865 processor, the necessary 5G modem, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB or 256 GB storage, a solid haptic feedback system, stereo speakers and a 20-megapixel selfie camera with a hole.
The Mi 10T Pro has a pretty huge hit, though I’m not entirely sure why. It has a 108-megapixel primary sensor, as in the Mi 10 Pro, but here the lens is housed in a large block that extends through the double-wide boom. The four smaller modules below are a 13-megapixel ultra-widescreen, 5-megapixel macro camera, LED flash and – as far as I can tell – a non-functional component to keep things looking symmetrical.
There’s also a non-Pro Mi 10T option – the only differences seem to be the camera’s 64-megapixel primary sensor and 6GB of RAM. Another phone, the Mi 10T Lite, is a completely different device with a Snapdragon 750G, a 4820 mAh battery and a 120 Hz LCD screen.
Compared to the Mi 10 Pro, the Mi 10T Pro features a sleek design, slimmer bezels, a curved OLED panel, a fingerprint sensor on the display and a flexible four-camera system with two telephoto lenses plus an ultra-wide one. On the other hand, the 10T Pro beats the 10 Pro in terms of screen refresh rate and battery capacity.
It is difficult to compare the two without having global pricing information available, and Xiaomi was reluctant to provide this at the time of publication. For now, we can say that the 10T Pro is a powerful addition to the lineup and may be worth considering at the right price – but it doesn’t necessarily seem that the main immersion of the Mi 9T Pro turned out.