We were expecting a lot of announcements in the next few weeks but those events are now up in the air thanks to the COVID-19 virus (aka Coronavirus). Xiaomi decided not to hold its event as planned, but instead has presented their latest flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 10 line, in an online-only event.

While the event was an online event, it did not disappoint with the Xiaomi Mi 10 line announced today. The Mi 10 lineup consists of the Mi 10 and the Mi 10 Pro and they both come packing some high end specs.

Both phones include the Snapdragon 865 CPU (and thus support 5G), LPDDR5 memory, WiFi 6, UFS 3.0 storage, a 108MP main camera and a 6.67-inch 1080P curved AMOLED display.

These are some absolute top-flight specifications … but wait until you see the details.

Xiaomi phones have had great cameras and the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro look set to continue this tradition. The Mi 10 Pro is of course the big brother here housing a 108MP sensor with an 8P lens designed to capture more light than others. The main lens is surrounded by a long telephoto lens with 10x hybrid zoom, a shorter 12MP 2x telephoto lens for portrait photos and a 20MP ultrawide angle lens.

With that combination of lenses you would expect it to be amazing — and it apparently it is.

DxOMark found very little wrong with the camera giving it high marks for its accurate and stable exposure, good detail in all images, accurate depth estimation for bokeh photos. They liked it so much they scored it a massive 124 points, making it the highest rating of any smartphone camera. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G is not far behind but we do have a new clubhouse leader.

The 6.67-inch AMOLED punch-hole display supports 90Hz refresh rate with a touch sampling rate of 180Hz. The display has a massive peak brightness of 1200nit and includes 4096 levels of brightness adjustment and DC dimming. The auto-brightness is controlled by dual sensors on the front and rear of the device making it more accurate.

With all these specs running hot inside the device, it needs some high end cooling. Xiaomi has included a 3000mm² VC liquid cooling plate and graphene and multi-layer graphite cooling system to help dissipate the heat.

The battery is also primed to last a long time with a 4780mAh battery which supports 30W wired fast charging, 30W wireless fast flash charging and 10W wireless reverse charging. It is a surprise it does not support more than 30W given Xiaomi has shown off their ability to support much higher rates but its support for 30W wireless charging is certainly a bug positive.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 is available in Silver Black, Peach Gold, and Ice Blue in three different storage options:

  • 8GB + 128GB — 3999 yuan (AU$800)
  • 8GB + 256GB — 4299 yuan (AU$865)
  • 12GB + 256GB — 4699 yuan (AU$945)

Yes they are extremely impressive prices for such high end specs, especially one with the best smartphone camera available at the moment (according to DXOMARK). We have contacted Xiaomi to see if they will be bringing it to Australia — we hope for some positive news and will let you know when we hear anything more.

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Wow impressive camera specs compared to the price. But you gotta be wary of DxOMark scores as “DxO Labs, the company which runs the DxOMark testing suite, is primarily a consultancy company. In other words, the company charges fees to advise camera hardware companies on how to improve their photography products. This is based on its own analysis and expertise in the camera industry”. To me this seems similar to going for your drivers license, the instructor teaches you how to pass the minimum standard for getting your license but you don’t learn any defensive driver skills to prevent or… Read more »


What sort of UI are Xiaomi using these days? I assume something a looooong way from stock Android?


Pretty certain they still using they own ui with Android overlay