The Xiaomi Mi 10i is taking down other companies in the market with its 108MP flagship camera sensor. No doubt, it is currently the photography king in the mid-range price segment. Combined with its large 120Hz display and the power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G SoC, things are special with this new budget smartphone. Offered in three colors- Pacific Sunrise, Midnight Black, Atlantic Blue the 5G phone is priced Rs. 21,999.
Here’s the list of the offerings from the Chinese company.
- 6.7 inches IPS LCD Display
- Android 10 MIUI 12
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC
- 4820mAh battery / 33W fast charging
Display and Body Design
It features a 6.7 inches IPS LCD display with 120Hz refresh rate and 480Hz touch sampling rate. The display allows HDR10 media consumption and has a 395 ppi density, 84.6% screen-to-body ratio and 450 nits (typ) brightness. The Mi 10i weighs 215g and its dimensions are 165.4 x 76.8 x 9 mm (6.51 x 3.02 x 0.35 in). The phone is protected on the front, ear and camera module with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Review for Display
Well, a lot of you might be disappointed because Xiaomi didn’t go with the AMOLED panel and chose IPS LCD instead. Well, as far as i have used the phone, the display is awesome and offers great multimedia and gaming experience. Unlike other IPS LCD displays, the Xiaomi Mi 10i comes with a greater brightness which compensates for the IPS LCD panel. The basic noticeable difference between any AMOLED and IPS LCD panel is the brightness and contrast of the screen. However, this fact is not noticeable much in the Xiaomi Mi 10i when compared with other AMOLED screens.
Review for Build and Design
The phone is not light at all and you will definitely feel it while using. The in-hand feel is a bit awkward due to the small width of the phone. The side mounted finger print sensor is quite narrow and particularly left-handers will find it a bit awkward to use. The IP53 water resistance is worth mentioning because it a feature that most smartphones in this price point lack. While the OnePlus Nord which is priced higher doesn’t have water resistance certification, the Mi 10i has at a lesser price.
Performace and UI
Powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 570) 5G SoC the Xiaomi Mi 10i runs Android 10 with MIUI 12 on top. The SoC which is based on 8nm architecture is supported by the Adreno 619 GPU.
Review for Performance
The Xiaomi Mi 10i is powered by the latest Qualcomm 750G chipset and the only other phone that uses this chipset in India currently is the Moto G 5G. The performance was up to the mark and did meet expectations. While going heavy on game settings the phone did get a bit warm but it was not a big issue to handle.
Review for UI
Though Xiaomi promises a bloatware free experience with the MIUI 12, things are not so. Xiaomi Mi 10i has plenty of pre-installed applications and also pushes many sponsored ads. Fortunately, many of the applications can be uninstalled and also there are some ways to get rid of the ads too which can be found in some YouTube videos.
The MIUI 12 is heavily customizable and is fun. The app search bar is placed at the bottom of the screen within thumb’s reach. You get a secret space for private data and many features waiting to be explored in the MIUI 12.
The Quad camera array boats a 108MP f/1.8 primary shooter, a 8MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide angle shooter, and a 2MP f/2.4 depth and macro sensors. The Ultra-wide angle lens has a lesser field of view (120 degrees) and captures less. The selfie camera on the front is not that surprising and is a 16MP f/2.5 single shooter.
The rear camera captures 4k@30 fps, 1080p@30/60/120 fps and 720p@960fps. The front camera however does not record 4K and has a max of 1080p@30fps. Videos recorded with the rear cameras are electrically stabilized through gyro-EIS technology.
Review for Camera
The 108MP primary camera sensor captures pictures with good amount of detail. The details are not as crystal clear on zooming as that seen on flagship devices, however, the camera does a great job when compared to its rivals. At times there are some issues with the texture and exposure of the images but Xiaomi software update is expected to correct the defects. Night mode is great and images produced do contain sufficient details. However a little shaking of the hand caused blurs. Objects at distance couldn’t be understood well. However, when compared to the Samsung Galaxy M51, the night mode photos looked more pleasing and satisfactory. It’s all due to the 108MP high-res sensor which provides an extra advantage to the Mi 10i over other smartphones for sure.
Ultra-wide angle shots captured less FOV and didn’t make aq much significant difference between the Wide and Ultra-wide photos. The macro and depth sensors are not any great but promise average performance. portrait mode shots were decent. Selfies looked good and could be uploaded to social media without doubt.
4K videos looked over saturated and lacked natural colors. Video stabilization is a big issue when it comes to 4K video recording with the Xiaomi Mi 10i because even slight shakes deeply affected the video quality which was quite disappointing.
It comes in three configurations:- 64GB+6GB / 128GB+6GB / 128GB+8GB. The storage is UFS 2.2 expandable upto 512GB. The RAM is LPDDR4X.
Review for Storage
Though the storage is expandable you might not really want to do it because the microSD slot is a shared one instead of the dedicated slot seen in many other smartphones. The base variant is priced Rs. 20,999 and the 128GB storage variant costs just a 1000Rs. more. I will suggest to get the 128GB variant as storage expansion can be a problem for many.
The Xiaomi Mi 10i packs a 4820mAh battery with a 33W fast charger in the box which completely charges the phone in less than an hour. The battery lasts a day on a single charge after moderate usage involving an hour or 2 of gaming, social media browsing, multimedia and Netflix.
Review on Battery longevity
Though the 4820mAh battery might not seem much in todays standards but the Mi 10i does last long enough and didn’t prove to be a problem. The charging is very quick and charges the phone in much the same time as claimed by the company.
Sensors and Sound
Sensors include side-mounted finger print scanner, face unlock, accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass. Fortunately, the 3.5mm headphone jack is still there.
Review for Sensors and Sound
Though the users get the face Unlock feature the MIUI 12 informs its users while setting face recognition that the security is less in comparison to pins, passwords or patterns and that the phone can also be unlocked by using a photo of the user.
Is Xiaomi Mi 10i Worth Buying?
Well, its a big yes from my part. The offerings at this price point are worth considering. One of the best cheapest 5G smartphones in the market. If you are passionate about photography but don’t have a budget enough to buy a DSLR then Xiaomi Mi 10i is a choice worth considering. The camera quality is expected to get a further boost after the MIUI software updates. The Qualcomm Sd 750G is a powerful chipset and performance is top-notch on the Xiaomi Mi 10i. The experience was very smooth and fast. The Xiaomi Mi 10i is optimized perfectly with the new chipset . For some of you, the IPS LCD panel sucks, well the IPS LCD panel on the Mi 10i is bright and looks great with HDR10 120Hz refresh rate. There is no issue with these specs considering the price (Rs. 20,999).