Xiaomi introduced Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro Chinese alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S20 series
A little more than a day ago, Samsung introduced a series of its flagship Galaxy S20, and today in China during a special online broadcast (because of the coronavirus they decided not to hold a regular event), Xiaomi presented its answer in the form of devices Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro.
The heart of both devices is the powerful 7nm single-chip Snapdragon 865 system, complemented by the Snapdragon X55 modem (it supports work in networks with SA and NSA architecture). In the Antutu test package, Xiaomi assures, the new devices set a performance record of 585 thousand points.
During the presentation, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon talked about the close interaction of the engineers of both companies in a joint laboratory to achieve maximum 5G quality in the new devices.
Smartphones received a new design: by analogy with the flagships of Samsung, they are endowed with a screen curved to the edges. The indentation at the bottom also became slightly less compared to Mi 9 – 3.32 mm versus 3.6 mm. Mi 10 is available in silver-black, peach-gold and snow-blue colors. The older Pro model is available in blue and white.
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The display itself is also curious: it is AMOLED (2340 × 1080) with a frequency of 90 Hz (the frequency of the sensor layer is 180 Hz) and perforation under the front camera in the upper left corner (the hole diameter is only 4.08 mm). The maximum brightness is 1120 Cd / m 2 (1200 Cd / m 2 – for Pro), the contrast is 5,000,000: 1, there is support for HDR10 +, 4096 levels of brightness control, extended color gamut and the function of reducing flicker at low brightness (using DC technology Dimming). Under the screen is a fingerprint scanner.
Other important innovations include the LPDDR5 RAM (from Micron and Samsung) and the UFS 3.0 high-speed drive (recording speed increased to 730 MB / s). The company also focuses on support for Wi-Fi 6 wireless communication, which provides data transfer at speeds up to 9.6 Gb / s.
The new cooling system with a huge by the standards of smartphones evaporation chamber, several layers of graphite, a layer of copper foil, 9 temperature sensors and even an intelligent control system based on machine learning is engaged in the removal and efficient heat distribution of key components (processor, camera, battery, connectors, and modems).
Among the curious innovations, one should also mention symmetric stereo speakers and an additional light sensor on the back for more precise automatic adjustment of the brightness of the screen backlight.
The key differences between Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro relate to the rear camera. Both devices are capable of writing video to the main camera in 8K resolution at 30 frames / s, support video editing using AI, support the HEIF photo format, and so on. According to Denmark, the camera of the Mi Pro smartphone scored 124 points, beating the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Apple iPhone 11 Max. The front 20-megapixel camera is capable of recording Full HD video with a frequency of up to 120 frames / s.
In Mi 10, we are talking about a bunch of four modules, supplemented by an LED flash:
- 2-megapixel with f / 2.4 aperture (1.75 μm pixels);
- the main module with optical stabilization and a 108-megapixel 1 / 1.33 “sensor (Quad Bayer technology, the maximum pixel size is 1.6 microns when combining four into one);
- another 2-megapixel with an f / 2.4 aperture (1.75 μm pixels);
- 13-megapixel ultra-wide with an f / 2.4 aperture and a viewing angle of 123 degrees (pixels 1.12 microns).
In Mi 10 Pro, the bunch is much more interesting:
- 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module with f / 2.2 aperture;
- the main one with a 108-megapixel 1 / 1.33 “sensor, optical stabilization and 50x digital zoom (the maximum pixel size is 1.6 microns when combining four into one using Quad Bayer technology);
- 12-megapixel with f / 2 aperture and 2x optical zoom (1.4 microns pixels);
- 8-megapixel periscope module with f / 2 aperture, 10x hybrid zoom and optical stabilization system (1 μm pixels).
Other differences between smartphones relate to the battery. The younger model received a 4780 mAh battery and 30 W high-speed charging technology (full replenishment of the capacity takes 65 minutes). The older Mi 10 Pro is endowed with a slightly less capacity battery at 4500 mAh, but with support for 50-W charging, the entire procedure takes 45 minutes. Both retained support for 10-W wireless charging, including reverse.
Also, the differences between the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro are in the configuration of the memory: the younger model received a drive up to 256 GB, and the oldest – up to 512 GB. Xiaomi Mi 10 and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro have identical dimensions of 162.6 × 74.8 × 8.96 mm and weight of 208 grams, are endowed with an NFC module, Game Turbo 3.0 technology and run Android 10 with a proprietary MIUI 11 shell.
The cost of Xiaomi Mi 10 in China is 3,999 yuan (about $ 574) for the base version of 8/128 GB, 4,299 yuan ($ 617) for 8/256 GB and 4,699 yuan ($ 674) for 12/256 GB. The phone will go on sale in China on February 14th.
At the same time, the cost of Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is significantly higher: 4999 yuan (about $ 717) for the base version of 8/256 GB, 5499 yuan ($ 789) for 12/256 GB and 5999 yuan ($ 860) for 12/256 GB. Sales of the device in China will begin on February 18. Of course, $ 860 for the most advanced model is still significantly lower than that of the S20, but the new devices of the Chinese company can no longer be called cheap or even affordable.