The glass back and display enframed in a Metal frame to make an incredible display.
There’s really little to complain about the Mi 10T Pro’s design. It’s got everything you expect from a flagship smartphone and it’s got plenty of reasons to be a bit chunky (at 218 grams) as well.
The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is a fairly big phone - we’re talking dimensions of 165.1 x 76.4 x 9.3mm and a weight of 218g, so it’s pretty heavy as well as big. With a glass front and back, and a metal frame, it feels fairly solid in the hand.
The 6.67-inch display on the Mi 10T Pro is flat and in line with what OnePlus and Samsung have on offer in this price range, just that it’s an LCD. But what it loses in deep blacks to the AMOLEDs, it makes up for with its smarts.
If you are watching a movie or streaming a YouTube video, it cranks it down to anything between 30Hz-60 Hz. If you are scrolling through your Instagram feed, it hovers around 144 Hz and will automatically slow down to 50 Hz a few seconds after you start reading someone’s lengthy post.
Start scrolling again, and it quickly shoots up to 144 Hz. Jump into the built-in Recorder app and it sticks to a steady 60 Hz, while a game of Call of Duty: Mobile saw it locking up at 90 Hz. Now, all this dancing around with 7 variations may sound taxing and nonsensical, but it works wonders for this phone’s battery life. Something no device with a 120 Hz display can claim.
With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset inside, this phone is well-equipped when it comes to multitasking apps or gaming, and Xiaomi’s MIUI software does play a vital role in this experience.
MIUI 12 is not updated to the latest version of Android 11 but is stuck at Android 10 (and will be there for quite some time). Everything from the handy floating windows (that you can drag down from a notification) to the shockwave-like nudge of icons when you uninstall an app, make this OS worth a try, even if you aren’t a fan.
There's also a handy Dual Wake feature that first showed up on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. It lets users summon Google's Assistant and Amazon's Alexa simultaneously when using voice commands. It worked flawlessly, accepting commands from both assistants after using the respective hot word.
One of the biggest selling points of the handset may be its 144Hz refresh rate - other than a few gaming phones, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro was the first ‘mainstream’ phone to have this kind of high refresh rate display. Because of it, the motion looks smoother - at the moment most media apps don’t have 144Hz compatibility, so it’ll mainly be useful for social media and menus, though over time you might enjoy silky gaming and movies too.
The 5 MP macro is an improvement over the 2 MP macro camera from the Mi 10, with more resolution. It can go a bit crazy with the color at times, but the output is quite sharp and usable when you want to take close-ups of objects.
There’s a massive 108 MP camera at the back, paired with two other cameras, an LED flash, and a display RGB sensor. It rises from the curved back surface quite a bit, but not as noticeable as the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s camera bump that looks like a plateau rising from a plain. Despite the Note 20 Ultra’s angular design and larger footprint, it still manages to be lighter than the Mi 10T Pro by 10 grams. But the rounded design of the Mi 10T Pro does make it more comfortable to hold than the Note 20.
The camera interface, for instance, lets you change the ratio, framing, countdown, and switching to the macro camera with just two taps. Everything is basically where you want it to be, and it’s also quite customizable.
Shooting fast-moving objects or kids can lead to a noticeable drop in detail indoors, and the lack of a dedicated depth sensor means edge-detection is not always spot on. The AI still pulls off a good job at edge detection when subjects are still or posing for the camera. But in most cases, I avoided the ‘Portrait’ mode as I was not happy with the results, and the larger 108 MP sensor delivered better, natural-looking bokeh thanks to the lens setup.
Excellent battery life
With a 5,000 mAh battery inside expect great battery life from the Mi 10T Pro because of that high refresh rate display. Surprisingly, the display did an excellent job of keeping up with my demanding usage, which included an hour or more of calls, constant WhatsApp, Emails, at least 10-15 photos, an hour of video streaming, and an hour and a half of gaming. I often ended up with 20 percent left in the tank, which is pretty good for a smartphone with such a high refresh rate display. Xiaomi does give you the option to stick to 90 Hz (better battery savings) or 60 Hz (even better battery savings). But once you go 144 Hz, you never want to go back.