The Business Inside: Xiaomi Mi10 Review, Stable MIUI12 updates land from next month

The very first thing that we think of when heard the name Xiaomi is “the cheapest smartphones with value-added features.” It suites them well because since the foundation of Xiamoi, it’s been releasing smartphones one-after-another with features that often come in flagship smartphones. One thing is for sure, “Redmi defies the price-to-performance metric very well.” But now, the company is going to launch its most expensive smartphone in India, the ‘Mi 10.’ Xiaomi will be targeting India’s Premium smartphone segment, which is currently dominated by OnePlusApple, and Samsung.

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The Redmi K20 Pro and Poco F1 have already landed in the flagship specifications category, but the Mi10 was put into the premium territory. Xiaomi was also planning to launch Mi MIX2 in India back in 2018, but its effort failed to create a hype about it. Since then, the company was avoiding the premium smartphone category until now, that is.

Specs & Features of Xiaomi Mi10

According to some reviews, Mi10 will be one of the better-looking smartphones in India. Now let’s take a look into some of the specifications & features of Xiaomi Mi10:

  • Sleek design with an aluminum frame, covered with Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back.
  • Colors available: Coral Green, Twilight Grey (glossy finish with distinct blue hues).
  • Weight: 208 gms.
  • Power & Volume Rocker Button located on the right side.
  • USB-C port on the bottom, Speaker grilles on the top & bottom.
  • In-display fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone.
  • Better audio quality.
  • FHD+ (1080×2340 pixels) Super AMOLED display – Aspect ratio of 19:5:9. Curves on the sides.
  • Hole-punch camera cutout on the top left corner.
  • Peak Brightness of 1,120nits.
  • HDR10+ compliant display screen with excellent viewing angles for OLED panel.
  • 90Hz refresh rate of panel producing rich and vibrant colors.
  • Performance: Snapdragon 865 SoC with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM.
  • Storage: 128GB & 256GB of UFS3.0 storage.
  • 5G supported.
  • Processor: 883 single-core scores and 3,253 multi-core scores.
  • LiquidCool 2.0 vapor chamber with six-stack graphite to keep the phone cool.
  • 4,780mAh battery with 30W fast-charging support.
  • Quick Charge 3.0, along with wireless charging.
  • Wireless charger not included in the box, but if you got one, it charges your phone in less than an hour.
  • 30W charger can power up Mi10 in a little over an hour. 15-minutes of charging give you 30% of battery life.
  • Operating System: Android10 with MIUI11 OS.
  • The phone comes with pre-installed apps (which can’t be uninstalled later).
  • 108MP quad-camera setup with Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor. The sensor size of 1/1.33-inch and f/1.7 of max aperture. It also features a 7p lens (8p on Mi10 Pro) ad 4-axis OIS. The main camera paired with f/2.4 aperture 13MP ultrawide lens, 2MP depth sensor, and 2MP Marco snapper.
  • Night mode available in the main camera.
  • Video capture capability up to 8K resolution at 30fps.
  • The main camera can also record 4K and 1080p video at 60fps.
  • 20MP sensor with an f/2.3 aperture camera at the front.
  • The front camera can take 1080p video at 30fps at max.

Potential Drawbacks

  • The pre-installed apps can’t be uninstalled even when booting the phone. There are chances that Xiaomi might release an update to get rid of some bloatware with MIUI12.
  • The box does not include a wireless charging adapter.
  • Even though the company embedded 108MP camera in Mi10, it’s quality is still not equal to Apple and Samsung. Although it does a good job of dealing with noise, the colors look exaggerated sometimes.
  • Night mode is still not as efficient as Google and Apple smartphones.
  • The ultrawide camera quality falls apart in low light even though it’s coupled with night mode.
  • 8K video eats up the storage space, and there’s no stabilization at 8K resolution.
  • Video quality decreases when recorded in low light.

The starting price of the Xiaomi Redmi Mi10 is Rs. 49,999, which is the expensive smartphone ever launched by Xiaomi in India. For a 50k segment, it is one of the best smartphones in India right now. If we talk about competitors, the Realme X50 Pro, iQOO3 5G, and OnePlus 8 are the only smartphones cheaper than the Mi10. When you include factors like India’s new GST hike, import costs, and the expensive Snapdragon 865 chipset, you will notice that the hardware lives up to the price.

Stable MIUI12 updates will land from next month

Xiaomi announced that they will be bringing MIUI12 updates starting from the next month for 23 devices. The list of smartphones that will receive this new update is available on the Indonesian version of MIUI.com. In case Xiaomi decides to commence a wider rollout of MIUI12 for the Indonesian market, it might do the same in other regions too.

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Image Credits: NotebookCheck

The majority of devices that qualified for new updates are of the Redmi series. Xiaomi also included devices like Redmi6, which was released over two years ago with Android 8.1 Oreo. Mi10, Mi Note10, and Note10 Pro are also among the list for MIUI12 update, along with Pocophone F1. Below are given smartphones that will receive a new update from next month:

  • Redmi S2
  • Redmi Note5
  • Redmi Note6 Pro
  • Redmi6
  • Redmi6 Pro
  • Redmi 6A
  • Redmi7
  • Redmi 7A
  • Redmi Note7
  • Mi8 Lite
  • Redmi8
  • Redmi 8A
  • Redmi 8A Pro
  • Redmi Note8
  • Redmi Note8 Pro
  • Redmi9
  • Redmi Note9
  • Redmi Note9 Pro
  • Mi10
  • Mi Note10
  • Mi Note10 Pro
  • Pocophone F1
  • POCO F2 Pro

Important information: Xiaomi Super Wallpapers will be available for only Mi10 and POCO F2 Pro. The remaining 21 smartphones will support static wallpapers. Also, Floating windows option will be available for the following 12 devices:

  • Redmi7
  • Redmi Note7
  • Redmi Note8 Pro
  • Mi8 Lite
  • Redmi9
  • Redmi Note9
  • Redmi Note9 Pro
  • Mi10
  • Mi Note10
  • Mi Note10 Pro
  • Pocophone F1
  • POCO F2 Pro

You might also see animation icons in Mi10, POCO F2 Pro, Redmi Note8 Pro, and Pocophone F1. There will be additional new camera features for the above-mentioned 12 devices, except for the POCO F2 Pro.

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