Xiaomi Mi 10i Review

Xiaomi Mi 10i

Here I am with this analysis after using the Xiaomi Mi 10i with my secondary SIM for almost a month. Actually, just after I posted the Samsung Galaxy M51 long-term analysis, I switched to this handset.

Specifications

Body6.51 x 3.02 x 0.35 inches, 214.5 gm
Display6.67-inches IPS LCD, 395 PPI, Gorilla Glass 5, NTSC 84%, 120Hz refresh rate (AdaptiveSync), TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification
ResolutionFHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 750G (8nm Mobile Platform)
CPUOcta-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 570)
GPUAdreno 619
Memory6/8GB LPDDR4x, 128BG UFS 2.2 storage (expandable)
Software & UIMIUI 12 on top of Android 10
Rear CameraQuad-camera
Front Camera16MP, f/2.5 lens (punch-hole)
SecurityPhysical fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
Audio3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speaker
ConnectivityDual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C, 4G LTE, 5G
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Ultrasonic Proximity, 360-degree Ambient Light, Electronic Compass, Z-axis Linear Vibration Motor, IR Blaster
Battery4820mAh with 33W fast charging (PD charging)
Color optionsPacific Sunrise, Midnight Black, Atlantic Blue
Price in NepalN/A (Not launched yet)

Design

There are three color options to choose from, and I got myself the Pacific Sunrise variant, which looks stunning. And during my long-term use, I also got used to the weight of the phone, and I really like its overall heft and handy feel.

 In comparison, it has a much better tactile feel than the cheaper options of the company, such as Redmi Note 9 Pro and POCO X3.The phone comes with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front/back with plastic frames for added durability. 

But since Mi 10i is a premium mid-range phone, I think Xiaomi might have included metal frames here, maybe to make it look even more premium. There’s also this huge camera bump on the back, which protrudes quite a bit. 

And if you’re not going to cover it up with a case, the lenses are quite prone to getting it. The side-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is a safe option for all LCD smartphones these days, works pretty well and is also pretty accurate.

Display

You still don’t get an AMOLED screen on the Mi 10i on the front of the panel, which is a letdown given its price. And the upcoming Mi 11 Lite is expected to come with an IPS LCD panel.

This display can be bright enough for casual outdoor use and has good colors and angles of view. Compliant with HDR10+ and Widevine L1 certified.

However, bringing the Super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy M51 into the picture, well, the Mi 10i can not match the vividness and contrast. But then again, Mi 10i has a refresh rate of 120Hz that, I suppose, balances out things.

 This 120Hz monitor is also adaptive, which means that for videos it can automatically dial its refresh rate down to 30Hz or go all-out 120Hz in gaming and other apps if required.

Sound 

Mi 10i also has dual-speakers in terms of audio, so watching content on it has been a very nice experience. Not exactly, the speakers are the loudest, but they sound fuller and they are not disappointing.

On the speaker grille, there is also a tiny little warning LED upfront. I think it’s awesome that Xiaomi has included one on the phone these days, given how nearly extinct it is.

Performance

You get the Snapdragon 750G to move on to the efficiency of the Mi 10i. It’s a relatively new Qualcomm chipset with 5G capabilities.

750G outshines it by a good margin, compared to the Snapdragon 730G, which was one of the most successful SoCs in 2020. But, in real life, the difference in output is nominal.

Cameras

Let’s talk about the cameras now anyway. There are 4 lenses in total at the back, a main 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 108MP sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP depth, and a 2MP macro camera along with a 20MP selfie shooter.

Comparing its image quality to the mighty Galaxy M51, in the images of Mi 10i you can find a slight red tint that is not a true representation of the colors. On the other hand, the colors of the M51 not only look more vibrant but also more realistic.

Author

InfotechsNepal