The T range is back this year with three models: the Xiaomi Mi 10T, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite and the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. Criticized for its move upmarket operated by the Mi 10 series, and more particularly by the Mid 10 and Mi 10 Pro, the Chinese brand seems to correct the situation with its new models. The Mi 10T Pro, flagship of this series, supports 5G, has a 144 Hz screen, ships a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and includes a 108 megapixel sensor for 569.90 euros in 8 + 128 GB and 599.90 euros in 8 + 256 GB In short, solid arguments.

We tested the 8 + 256 GB version of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro.

Design: a smartphone that makes its hole

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro embraces the visual codes of 2020 with its hallmarked screen and protruding photo block. The smartphone itself adopts an equally massive format characterized by dimensions of 165.1 x 76.4 x 9.3 mm and a weight of 218 g. A thickness and weight that can be explained by the presence of a 5000 mAh battery and a main sensor of 108 megapixels.

The Mi 10T Pro gives pride of place to its 6.67-inch flat screen (curved on the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro) although we find his chin a bit too wide for our liking.

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Like this screen, the back of the Mi 10T Pro is covered with a layer of Gorilla Glass 5. Problem, it ends up very quickly covered with fingerprints. The other concern comes from the photo block it accommodates. Very thick, it spoils the general look of the smartphone but also its use when laid flat.

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Xiaomi has chosen to place the fingerprint reader on the right edge of its phone and not under its screen. It runs alongside the volume keys and quickly detects our fingers.

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Two stereo speakers are respectively positioned at the top and bottom of the terminal. The Mi 10T Pro does deadlock on the mini-jack port. It can accommodate two SIMs in its slot placed on the lower edge near the USB-C port. However, it cannot expand its internal memory with a microSD card. Finally, he does not present no sealing certification.

Screen: fast and furious

Xiaomi defines the screen of its Mi 10T Pro as "the best LCD on the market". The manufacturer actually chooses the LCD rather than the OLED equipping the Mi 10 series but the panel of his smartphone can claim the title of the best on the market. By default, it displays very accurate colorimetry and its maximum brightness is sufficient so that outdoor content consumption is not a burden.

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The screen of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro can also count on its maximum (adaptive) refresh rate of 144Hz to stand out from the competition. Depending on the situation, the frequency oscillates between 24 and 144 Hz. A well thought out solution to reduce energy consumption. As a reminder, the Mi 10 / Mi 10 Pro do not go beyond 90 Hz and the difference is clearly visible especially in game or when scrolling on social networks.

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Audio: the winning duo

The audio equipment of the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro is impeccable. We therefore expected to find the same components on this Mi 10T Pro but its two speakers are not balanced; one is on the bottom edge while the other is on the top edge of the screen. We take advantage all the same very good sound quality with good spatialization.

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With headphones or a pair of wireless earphones – the Mi 10T Pro has no mini-jack port – you can tweak a complete equalizer to get the sound that comes closest to your expectations.

Performance: a known and recognized config

At the heart of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC which is one of the most powerful of the American founder but also of the market. It is associated with 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal memory in non-expandable UFS 3.1. A Adreno 650 manages all the graphics.

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Geekbench, PC Mark and 3D Mark

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is 5G compatible but also WiFi 6. Suffice to say that it has nothing to envy to the flagships of the competition. Multitasking, gaming, it logically excels in all scenarios and controls its temperature.

Interface: more complete, more readable, more accessible

Once turned on, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro displays a signed interface MIUI 12, an overlay based on Android 10 which we have already experienced on several occasions. Visually, this new version can upset regulars but the novelties brought by the Chinese firm enrich the experience rather than degrade it.

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The control center and the parameters menu become easier to read with a more airy and modern design, new animations make transitions smoother and multitasking wins floating windows. In addition to these improvements, the usual features such as dark mode or gesture navigation are added.

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Photo part: light (that) on the 108 Mpx

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro recovers the 108 megapixel sensor from its predecessor but opts for a different suite. On its back, it groups together three modules:

  • A 108 megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens opening at f / 1.69
  • A 13 megapixel sensor with ultra wide-angle lens (123 °) opening at f / 2.4
  • A 5 megapixel sensor with macro lens (2-10 cm) opening at f / 2.4
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To capture more light and gain sensitivity, this 108-megapixel module uses pixel binning and thus merges four pixels to create a larger pixel. We thus end up with photos in 25 megapixels. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro does not have a telephoto lens, it can zoom using the same module which performs digital magnifications up to 30x.

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25 megapixels on the left, 108 megapixels on the right

We were not surprised by the quality of the pictures taken by this sensor outdoors and in good light conditions. The details are numerous, especially in 108 megapixels, the dynamic coverage is wide and the colorimetric rendering pushes the saturation without lacking realism. The use of pixel binning can illuminate certain shadow areas.

In low light, the loss of detail is logical but not obvious, the main sensor of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro manages to capture the richness of the scene and without overplaying. Night mode, only available on this module, offers us even more striking shots.

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This same device can zoom up to 30x. Beyond 10x, its usefulness is anecdotal.

The ultra wide-angle produces quite good results but is regularly heckled by the light. Thus, a slightly too sunny sky will end up overexposed. At night, it still does not reach the ankle of the main sensor.

Xiaomi has chosen to graft a macro lens rather than a telephoto lens to its Mi 10T Pro. With its 5 megapixels, this module does the job.

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The portrait mode of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro keeps its promises: the face clipping is quite precise and the background blur is applied correctly.

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Portrait mode (back camera)

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Without and with portrait mode (front camera)

In automatic mode and portrait mode, the 20 megapixel front camera (f / 2.2) achieves detailed shots but it too often overexposes the elements bathed in light.

Autonomy and fast charging: among the best

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro has a battery of 5000 mAh. On paper, such a capacity combined with the configuration of the smartphone should lead to a good autonomy. The reality is awesome, count two days in 144 Hz mode for classic or even intensive use.

With its 33W charger, the Mi 10T Pro battery makes full in an hour. A good performance that could excuse no support for wireless charging.

On the competition side

In the same price range we have the OnePlus 8T (599 euros) which also relies on a Snapdragon 865 SoC but which opts for an OLED screen with a refresh rate limited to 120 Hz and a fast charge with a power of 65W. For the same price when it was launched (599 euros), the realme X50 Pro advances almost the same arguments as the OnePlus smartphone in a more massive frame and the telephoto lens in addition.

For 100 euros more (659 euros in 4G / 759 euros in 5G), Samsung opposes the Mi 10T Pro a complete formula with a very interesting photo section and a QHD + 120 Hz screen. We can finish with the classic Mi 10T (499.90 euros) which, in the end, looks a lot like its big brother.

Conclusion

Just in its price positioning on the entry and the mid-range, Xiaomi returns to the high-end with its Mi 10T Pro. Its smartphone shines with the quality of its LCD panel, its fluidity thanks to its 144 Hz refresh rate, its performance, its well-thought-out interface, its very good 108 megapixel sensor and its excellent autonomy. We can blame him for his size and the lack of consistency between its different photo modules.