Xiaomi mi 10 5G with 108-megapixel camera launched in India
The 108-megapixel camera and Snapdragon 865 SoC are not the only interesting things about this phone.
After dominating the budget smartphone market of the past few years, the Xiaomi Mi 10 5G has returned to a leading position in India with high-end pricing. The company is well known for advancing the features and specifications that get people talking, especially when they are launched in low-priced phones that make giants like Samsung look bad. Here’s a very accurate game plan – the headlining feature of the Mi 10 5G is its 108-megapixel camera, which matches Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra at a modest but expensive price.
49,999 with 128GB storage priced at Rs. And Rs. 54,999 for 256GB, the Mi 10 5G is definitely an ambitious move for Xiaomi in India, which is far more entrenched with entry-level space. This phone will compete with OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, Realme X50 Pro 5G iPhone SE (2020) and, and Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S10
The lockdown conditions delayed the planned launch of this phone and still prevents us from taking the device in hand, but Xiaomi
To start with, Xiaomi has stepped up its game in terms of styling and construction quality. We have curved-edge glass on a fabricated body, which the company says will appeal to shoppers who see the product online as well as those who touch and feel it in the shop. It will be available in India in two colors, Signature Coral Green and Twilight Gray as well.
Starting with the cameras, we have a 108-megapixel primary rear unit with OIS and a huge sensor, which allows some incredible details to be captured at a distance as well. We also get 8K video recordings, although how useful it is in the real world is a matter of debate.
Xiaomi has introduced several camera features that take advantage of the huge primary sensor and SoC’s processing power, the most interesting of them being depth in portrait mode, focusing peaking in Pro mode, portrait video, color extraction, AI exposure and contrast. Improvements, a night mode, and even a vlog mode.
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These are all interesting and show that Xiaomi is thinking about its users and not just the specifications. However, we can’t help but feel down by the rest of the rear cameras – 13-megapixel wide-angle, 2-megapixel macro, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. These are the ones you will get on sub-Rs. 15,000 smartphones and even the Redmi Note 9 Pro (review) has a better macro camera. The company told Gadgets 360 that these agreements were necessary to keep costs under control.
The screen measures 6.67 inches diagonally and has full-HD + 1080×2340 resolution, which is not quite flagship-level. Xiaomi makes it with a 90Hz refresh rate, DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, and HDR10 +. The company boasts color accuracy well for photographers and designers, pointing out that those who shop online also need a good idea of what the products will actually look like.
We, of course, have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, which we have already seen in some premium phones, and we know that it is very powerful. There are many temperature sensors and cooling mechanisms to maintain temperature. You get 5G support, and although it is not really useful in India anymore, it should be soon. Xiaomi insisted on 5G being included at the end of the model’s name in India, as it has yet to be showcased.
Xiaomi has used 8GB of faster LPDDR5 RAM, and you get either 128GB or 256GB of storage using the UFS 3.0 standard. The company has not brought a 12 GB RAM variant in India, although this option is present in other markets. Other features include Wi-Fi 6, a 4780mAh battery, 30W wired as well as wireless charging (with a proprietary dock) and 10W reverse wireless charging. Interestingly, it has no 3.5mm headphone socket and no notification LED.
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The intrigue we have ahead is that Xiaomi has downgraded its MIUI software for the Mi 10 5G, it is called “Tier 1 Android”. The company has abandoned its own core apps, such as phone dialers and messaging apps in favor of Google’s stock ones, which is surprising given the number of customizations to these apps that Xiaomi usually claims. There is also the delightful promise that all advertising, promotional information, bloatware, and other forms of revenue generation have been taken away. This phone will also be one of the first to receive MIUI 12.
We are eager to review the performance of this phone and put all of Xiaomi’s claims to the test, especially when it comes to heat dissipation and display quality. The specifications can be impressive, but it is the user experience that matters. To that end, Xiaomi also points to a few small things – evenly balanced stereo speakers, 180Hz touch polling rate, subtle vibration alerts, a small common front camera hole, and a fine-grained brightness adjustment. We will do a full review that covers all of this and more, as soon as the status of the lockdown allows.
Overall, the Mi 10 5G suggests that Xiaomi may come a lot more than just a budget phone. The price can be considered a very good value, given what is on offer, and the headlining features seem to give it an edge over the recently launched OnePlus 8. Then again it’s not entirely a flagship device – it lacks an IP rating, rear cameras are badly imbalanced, and the screen may not be as crisp as some of the competition offers. Xiaomi has to find a sweet spot between the full-flagship flagship and the budget “flagship killer” such as the Redmi K20 Pro which costs very little.