Today Xiaomi held an online event where they officially revealed their 2020 flagship smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. We already knew many key specs as well as the design, but there were still a few unknowns until today. This is the Chinese launch of the phone, with a global event taking place later, however, the date is still unknown. Initially, it was supposed to be revealed to the global market prior to MWC, on the 23rd, but since Mobile World Congress is canceled, Xiaomi will postpone the global launch.
Going back to the Mi 10 and the Mi 10 Pro, these are the cheapest Snapdragon 865 smartphones currently on the market. Despite this, the phone is more expensive than the Mi 9 was at launch, but there are good reasons for this bump in price. The phones have up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS3.0 storage. The screen also saw great improvements. The Mi 10 comes with a 6.67″ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate and HDR10+ capabilities. There is a punch-hole in the upper left corner and the screen curves around the edges, but not as aggressively as the Huawei Mate 30.
On the camera side, the Xiaomi MI 10 has a 108MP main sensor, a 13MP camera with wide-angle lens and two 2MP cameras used for macro-shots and depth-sensing respectively. The main camera has both OIS and EIS and can capture videos at 9K resolutions. If this is not enough, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro bumps these specs even further. The main 108MP camera is coupled with a 20MP ultra-wide sensor with an 117-degree FOV, an 8MP camera with a telephoto lens and a 12MP portrait camera. Furthermore, the Mi 10 Pro can also do 10x hybrid zoom. On both devices, the selfie camera has 20MP.
As expected, the Xiaomi Mi 10 series offers 5G capabilities and has a dual SIM slot. Furthermore, this is the companies first smartphone to offer Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. You also get the usual connectivity options and an under-display fingerprint reader. Both smartphones support fast charging, wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. The Mi 10 has a 4750mAh battery with 30W charging capabilities while the MI 10 Pro supports 50W fast charging, but lowers the battery capacity slightly to 4500mAh.
Now, let’s address the elephant in the room. As I mentioned, the Xiaomi Mi 10 series is a bit more expensive than the Mi 9 at launch. The Mi 10 base model, which has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will cost CNY 3999 (~$575) in China. The prices go up to CNY 4299 (~$615) for the 8GB+256GB variant and CNY 4699 (~$675) for the 12GB+256GB model. If you want the Xiaomi MI 10 Pro, be prepared to spend even more. The 8GB+256GB base model will set you back CNY 4999 (~$715), the 12GB+256GB variant is CNY 5499 (~$780) and 12GB+512GB will be sold for CNY 5999 (~$860).
For now, there is no word availability and price for the global market. The MWC event that was supposed to be held on the 23rd is delayed, but for now, we don’t know when it will be rescheduled. Still, today’s release offered us the full list of specifications as well as an estimation for the global price of the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro.