The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is hands down one of the smartphones we have been waiting for the most in the editorial staff. Shortly after discovering it during a prebrief organized by the brand, we were able to test it from every angle, whether in terms of power, autonomy, ergonomics, calls (yes , that matters) or shots. Go on the road, we tell you all about the Mi 10T Pro in our big comprehensive test.
While Xiaomi launched its Mi 10 Pro last March, and marketed it the following month in France, the Chinese manufacturer has already found a successor: the Mi 10T Pro. Barely 6 months therefore passed between the release of the Mi 10 Pro and the Mi 10T Pro. But is it really a successor or any other model in the range? Because Xiaomi is familiar with the accumulation of models, we still remember that 6 versions of the Mi 9 range were released last year (Mi 9, Mi 9 Pro, Mi 9T, Mi 9T Pro, Mi 9 SE and Mi 9 Lite ).
So Are the Mi 10 Pro and Mi 10T Pro siblings or distant cousins ? The question is legitimate, because the two models are very close on certain points. Ils share the same SoC, a Snapdragon 865. And while their screen size differs by only 0.1 ″, they have the same main photo sensor, a 108 MP with an aperture of f / 1.7. And to end it all, they have in common their front photo sensor of 20 MP. However, their price range varies dramatically: 400 euros separate the Mi 10 Pro from the Mi 10T Pro. As a result, Xiaomi had to ignore some of the components that made the Mi 10 Pro so strong. Would the Mi 10T Pro be a light version of the Mi 10 Pro? Maybe, but you guessed it, the situation is more complex than it seems, especially since the Mi 10T range actually comes in 3 editions (Mi 10T, Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T Lite).
So what to think of this new model? We have tested and retested the Mi 10T Pro, offering you our full review of Xiaomi’s new smartphone.
Our full test of the Mi 10T Pro in video
Mi 10T Pro price and availability
The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is available in two versions: one is equipped with 256 GB of storage space and is displayed at the price of € 599.90. The other version has a slightly lower capacity, but is still comfortable. Editing 128 GB of the Mi 10T Pro is thus marketed at a price of € 569.90.
The device is available in 3 colors: aurora blue, lunar gray or cosmic black (the version we tested). Pre-orders start on October 16, 2020. Both models will be marketed from October 26, 2020 with operators Orange, SFR and Bouygues. They can also be ordered at Fnac, at Darty or Boulanger, as well as on Xiaomi’s official online store, the Mi Store.
Note in passing that Xiaomi is launching 3 smartphones at the same time as, since the Mi 10T Pro is accompanied by a Mi 10T (499.90 €) and a Mi 10T Lite (329.90 €). It’s not easy to follow when you’re not familiar with the brand, whose releases have followed at a breakneck pace since its debut, or almost. In its defense, the manufacturer has been joined by most manufacturers … Even Samsung got down to it by releasing no less than 4 S10 models in 2019, and the same number of S20s in 2020.
Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro technical sheets
|Xiaomi mi 10t||Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro|
|Screen||6.67 “IPS LCD
Gorilla Glass 5
|6.67 “IPS LCD
Gorilla Glass 5
20: 9 ratio
20: 9 ratio
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes (on the side)||Yes (on the side)|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865|
|Internal memory||128 GB||128/256 GB|
|RAM||8 GB||8 GB|
|Camera||64 MP OIS
13 MP Ultra wide angle
5 MP Macro
|108 MP OIS
13 MP Ultra wide angle
5 MP Macro
|Selfie sensor||20 MP||20 MP|
|BONE||Android 10||Android 10|
|Drums||5000 mAh||5000 mAh|
|Reverse wireless charging||Yes||Yes|
Design: some changes, but nothing transcendent
Let’s start with a quick unboxing of the Mi 10T Pro. As usual with Xiaomi, we find in the box of the device a small transparent protective shell. It may not be the most aesthetic, but it has the merit of being offered by the manufacturer. Attention that should be mentioned, the competitors do not bother to include this kind of goodies yet very saving. Second bonus that we discover in the box of the Mi 10T Pro: a 33 W charger. With the device supporting fast charging, Xiaomi has thought of users who want to get the most out of their smartphone right out of the box, without having to spend an extra dollar.
When taking the Mi 10T Pro out of its box, we discover a 6.5 ″ smartphone all in black / gray. A back that acts as “mirror“, Rounded corners, a very small diode used for notifications, and a large module at the back and allowing to accommodate photo sensors characterize the new smartphone from Xiaomi.
On the front, we find a small punch intended to accommodate the selfie sensor. Still located at the top left of the screen, you hardly notice it. A good size for those who are generally embarrassed by this “hole” in the screen, whether it is during a game session or watching a video.
While the Mi 10 Pro took advantage of curved edges, this is a flat screen available on the Mi 10T Pro. Those who hate curved edges and blame them for touch issues will be delighted. It is true that, when you are not really used to using this kind of screen, you have to unwittingly squeeze the edges of the screen. On the other hand, fans of curved edges (including a good half of the editorial staff, we admit) will be for the expense and will miss the Mi 10 Pro.
On the right side of the Mi 10T Pro we find the buttons for adjusting the volume and turning the smartphone on / off. The latter also acts as fingerprint sensor and therefore allows you to unlock the device, identify yourself on the web or make online payments. Remember that on the Mi 10 Pro, the fingerprint sensor was located under the screen, a location that is still more practical. On the other hand, the technology employed by Xiaomi was sometimes capricious. From time to time, during the identification, we faced a few misses, and it was then necessary to go through a classic unlocking based on a pattern or code.
Admittedly, these failures were infrequent. But to close the debate, and especially to reduce its manufacturing costs, Xiaomi therefore preferred to turn to a sensor housed on the extinction button, and which produces better results. Having gone for an LCD screen also contributes to this choice, although Xiaomi and other manufacturers recently found a way to include a fingerprint sensor under the screen with this type of screen (a technology which would certainly have increased the bill).
The back of the device is one of the most “bling-bling” that we have seen in recent months on a smartphone. The mirror color of the device is the most beautiful effect, even if fingerprints are inevitable. Protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 (even photo sensors benefit from it!), the smartphone seems frankly robust.
However, the protrusion of the rear photo module causes instability of the device when laid flat and pressed down. Clearly, the smartphone becomes wobbly, and using it once placed on a table is frankly not very comfortable. And the addition of the small protective case does nothing to solve the problem, with the phone still showing some instability.
Screen: adjustment is required
While the Mi 10 Pro offered a Super Amoled screen, the Mi 10T Pro has a IPS LCD panel. But why is Xiaomi chomping at its components at this point? In return, we have a higher refresh rate to that of the Mi 10 Pro. Where this was 90 Hz on the old model, the screen of the new smartphone turns at 144 Hz. A technology that we had already observed on other smartphones, but more dedicated to gaming, like the Rog Phone 3. Of course, the difference between 120 and 144 Hz is minimal, even imperceptible. Xiaomi could have stayed on a 120 Hz panel, it wouldn’t have changed much. However, when you come from a smartphone confined to 60 Hz, visual comfort is really there.
In addition, and in order to save the battery of the device, it is possible to manually switch between 60, 90 Hz or 144 Hz. However, and contrary to what Xiaomi we announced at a Paris event dedicated to the release of the smartphone, the Mi 10T Pro does not seem to take advantage of the DynamicSwitch technology found on the Poco X3 NFC. We are awaiting official confirmation from Xiaomi, but everything suggests that this technology has not been integrated into the Mi 10T Pro.
As a reminder, this display method allows automatic switching from 50 to 120 Hz depending on the application in progress. You do not have to do anything, the smartphone detects the type of application that has just been launched and adapts the refresh rate accordingly. The big advantage of this technology is that it saves the battery. Enough to save precious hours before having to recharge the smartphone. Too bad Xiaomi didn’t wear it on its Mi 10T Pro, so the price is much higher than that of the Poco X3 NFC.
What about the visual quality of the screen? Small disappointment at this level. Contrary to what Xiaomi may have announced during the presentation of the device, this is not the best panel we have had to deal with. We tested the quality of it using an X-Rite probe and our in-house tools. If Xiaomi had announced a perfect rendering of colors, brightness and contrast, the manufacturer had forgotten a detail: when leaving the factory, the device is set to Auto mode by default, which is really not the most appropriate to do justice to the phone. We have thus noted an average contrast of 1277 and a temperature level of 7075K. We are therefore still above the perfect value of 6500K. The level of primary colors is too high: the red draws a little too much on the red in this case.
Things get better when you move on, however. in Original display mode. If the contrast remains average, the temperature then drops to 6232K. The color calibration therefore becomes more uniform. And for more precision, Xiaomi also lets the user adjust the RGB color space, the HSV color space, as well as the contrast and Gamma levels.
In the end, the screen is certainly not as great as Xiaomi wants to make it believe, especially with regard to the contrast, but it does quite well as soon as you take the trouble to make adequate adjustments. .
Audio and call quality: good, but the Mi 10 Pro was better
If the Mi 10T Pro still has two small speakers that give it a beautiful and true stereo, it is clear that the audio quality of its predecessor was still superior. There is a reason for this: the smartphone retains its large speaker located on the lower edge of the device, but it loses its counterpart which was housed at the exact opposite, at the top of the smartphone. Xiaomi preferred to offer a smaller speaker and therefore of less capacity. The result is a sound which remains very correct, but which seems a little more muffled than on the previous version of the smartphone.
As for the audio quality of the calls, it is correct, nothing more. It is even the subject of a small defect. We have encountered the following problem a few times: the sound level changes along the way, and sometimes even from second to second. In our testing, this issue occurred several times, with several different parties (one on an iPhone, the others on Android smartphones). And all in perfect conditions: at home, quietly installed on the sofa and without moving.
Processor: still good performance
As on the previous model, Xiaomi turned to the Snapdragon 865 to make the heart of the T version of the smartphone beat faster. Without real surprise, we therefore benefit from performance almost identical to those we observed during our bench session with its predecessor. By the way, the smartphone exists in two editions: one equipped with 8 GB of RAM, and the other with 12 GB. It is the first which is marketed in Europe, a configuration which is therefore identical to that of the Mi 10 Pro first of the name.
Fans of ultimate performance may regret that Xiaomi did not go for a Snapdragon 865+. The difference in performance between the two SoCs remains imperceptible on a daily basis, however, this type of processor being mainly reserved for premium devices such as the Note 20 Ultra (in its American version), the Rog Phone 3 or the ZenFone 7 Pro.
Cooling management is also one of the strengths of this smartphone. During all of our gaming, video playback, or even benchmarking sessions, the device never showed the slightest sign of overheating.
Like all of the recently released flagships, or almost, this smartphone is ready for 5G. A technology that will be useless for the moment, unless you have to travel regularly to China. At the moment, the deployment of 5G in Europe is still in its infancy, with operators only just grabbing the blocks of frequencies with a few billion euros (2.786 to be precise).
Autonomy: a good big battery which is welcome
The Mi 10T Pro benefits from a more comfortable battery than the old one. Where the Mi 10 Pro had a 4,500mAh battery, the Mi 10T Pro benefits from a 5,000mAh component. Not enough to change the face of the world, some will say? Well it does, especially when leaving the refresh rate at 144Hz.
As with each of the smartphones we tested, we experienced the autonomy using the Mi 10T Pro quite intensely: 1 hour of GPS use, 1 hour of video streaming in GSM, 1 hour of audio streaming in Wi-Fi, 1 hour of telephony, 1 hour of video games, chatting via WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, checking emails and the Web repeatedly throughout the day.
First, we left the display at 144 Hz. Note in passing that the device is set by default on this refresh rate. Very surprisingly, and despite the absence of DynamicSwitch technology on this model, the device is doing extremely well and is able to last more than a day and a half without flinching. For example, one hour of reading on Netflix only drains the battery by 4%.
Secondly, we restricted the refresh rate to 60 Hz. Still under the same conditions, we gained more than 3 hours of battery life, bringing the longevity of the smartphone to almost 2 full days. In short, the management of the autonomy of this smartphone is undoubtedly one of its strengths.
On the other hand, let us point out that we lose in several points compared to the Mi 10 Pro: the charger included in the box of the Mi 10T Pro is “only” 33 W, while it was 65 W for the ‘old version. In addition, fast charging has also lost speed: if it matches the charger (33 W, therefore), it was nevertheless 50 W on the Mi 10T Pro. We note in passing that Xiaomi has announced at the same time as the Mi 10T Pro the marketing of a new charger … 65 W, precisely.
Photo: best in low light
The rear of the device has 3 photo sensors. There is a main module of 108 MP (f / 1.7), an ultra-wide-angle of 13 MP (f / 2.4) and a last one dedicated to shooting in macro mode of 5 MP (f / 2.4). The device is capable of shooting in 8K at 30 fps or 4K at 60 fps. At the front, we have a 20 MP sensor and an aperture of f / 2.2, where that of the Mi 10 Pro was also 20 MP, but with an aperture of f / 2.0 .
If the data sheet for the main sensor is the same as that of the Mi 10 Pro, we notice that it changes radically on the other modules. We thus lose the two telephoto lenses of 12 MP and 8 MP, and which made it possible to take advantage of two optical zooms, respectively 2x and 3.7x. The performance of the ultra-wide angle has also been revised downwards, from 20 to 13 MP. On the other hand, we gain a macro lens. Was this really essential? Not sure, because as mentioned in our test of the Mi 10 Pro, it was possible to focus using the ultra-wide-angle lens and 2.5 cm from a subject. The Mi 10 Pro therefore managed to do without a dedicated macro module, and it did it quite well. Why not have to repeat the experience?
In full light, the main sensor does its job perfectly. The colors are good, the stitching is excellent, and from you to us, most of the time, you don’t even have to call 108px mode. Only the darker areas will remain in near total darkness, but there is nothing really wrong with this.
Always in full brightness, we notice that the device does not distort the colors. The photo above was taken on a rainy day. The sun was clearly not there, the sky was astonishingly pale. The device does not attempt to add blue where there is none, as is unfortunately the case with some of its competitors (who mentioned Samsung?).
So you can count on the wide-angle sensor to produce the best shots. On the other hand, the absence of an optical sensor is quickly felt. As soon as you start to zoom in 2x or x3 (as in the photo below), the software processing shows its limits. At x10, the image begins to become strongly pixelated, even when using a tripod while taking a picture. At x30, ie the highest value of the sensor, the snapshot becomes totally unusable.
Xiaomi has visibly reworked its night mode, which was already not so bad on the Mi 10 Pro. Although we are not clearly at the level of a Pixel 4 or a P30 Pro, the latter remaining the ultimate benchmark for night shots, Xiaomi’s software processing works effectively. Despite a relatively short exposure time (4 to 5 seconds), the sensor coupled with Xiaomi’s software offers very good results. The image below was taken in a small dark alley, with the only lighting point of the two lamps that we can see in the background.
On the front sensor side, nothing changes. Contrasts and colors are fully respected, and we can rely on it in almost all situations, except in too strong a backlight.