What’s wrong with Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro
Xiaomi this week completed the preparation cycle of its main smartphone in 2020 and revealed to the public Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. Coronavirus made adjustments to the original plans, which is why the demonstration of the capabilities of the new products took place in a video conference format. However, even in this form, Xiaomi managed to convey to the user its main ideas related to top-class smartphones. The positioning of the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro was based on a Quad-camera with a 108-megapixel main sensor and the ability to record video in 8K format, the latest hardware, including a Snapdragon 865 chip and LPDDR5 memory, Wi-Fi 6 support, stereo audio and 5G. Together with all the advantages, Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro have become perhaps one of the most controversial high-level smartphones in the performance of Xiaomi, and in this material we will explain why. Go!
The design itself, on the whole, does not deserve much criticism: the device received the most narrow frames and indents due to the rounded display, a glass-metal case, a quad camera, decorated in the style of Mi Note 10 (though borrowed earlier from the Huawei P20), pretty colors, without strange games of light, as it was in Mi 9. The questions cause two nuances: placing a hole for the front in the screen, as well as using outdated Gorilla Glass 5. The fifth generation of Corning Xiaomi glass uses Redmi in its budgets, Mi 9 was protected Gorilla Glass 6, as in ie flagship 2019. Why Gorilla Glass 5 was left for Mi 10 / Mi 10 Pro is not clear. Although no, it’s clear: all for the sake of reducing prices. But more on that later.
As for the front camera, then it is necessary to distinguish between the general and the particular. We will not criticize the display format itself with a “hole” simply because it is already a trend, and it will be difficult to find an alternative this year. Questions are caused by that indent from the left edge. Why so far? Why lose space in the notification line, because even before the start of the bend, the place is full? Unclear. It looks very strange. However, this may become a chip against the background of upcoming competitors from OnePlus and others. All that is not done …
Remember what the Mi 9 was? Three modules: 48-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel telephoto, 16-megapixel wide. Optimum configuration with a full set of necessary functionality. This camera was not without flaws (for example, the main module did not have optical image stabilization), but it had everything that its competitors had. Now the standard Mi 10 lacks a telephoto lens (and with it an “honest” optical zoom. Instead, there are two 2-megapixel sensors for macro and depth of field reading (portraits), borrowed from Redmi Note 8T for 14 thousand rubles (price at the start of sales.) Seriously? After all, both were able to do Mi 9 without dedicated cameras (shirik with autofocus for macro and telephoto with software dopil for portraits).
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is doing better: it has a telephoto, increased resolution of the wide-angle sensor (the capture angle decreased from 123 to 117 degrees), the so-called “portrait” camera with 1.4-μm pixels was added. In fact, this is the same configuration we have already seen in Mi Note 10 Pro, only this smartphone also had a 2-megapixel camera for macro shooting, which was “lost” on the way to the presentation of Mi 10. There is also a 108-megapixel Samsung sensor with binning up to 27 megapixels and 8-element optics. Will the Mi 10 Pro get the edge with the Snapdragon 865 ISP? That one more question! Why Xiaomi decided to use it, rather than the 64-megapixel Sony IMX686, which, in our opinion, is more promising, too. By the way, the standard Mi 10 is also deprived of shooting a 1080p @ 960fps video. So it goes.
The best smartphone of the company did not get the 120-Hz panel, which is, say, the Redmi K30 or the Pocophone X2? After all, Snapdragon 865, LPDDR5, and now these are all created in order to unleash the potential of displays with a high refresh rate as best as possible, in particular for games (Poco X2 stated this possibility).
But with such a screen, Mi 10 Xiaomi appears to be catching up not only with respect to Samsung, but also with OnePlus, OPPO and other prominent players who have confirmed 120-Hz displays. However, you may not agree, they say 90 Hz is enough today. And you’ll be right if there weren’t a Redmi K30 …
4780 mAh. Is it a lot or a little? Perhaps this is enough for the flagship device, especially considering that the Mi 9 was ready to offer only 3300 mAh. Xiaomi increased the speed of wireless charging to 30 watts, added 10-watt reverse charging (by the way, its power is the same as that of some large brands.