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Xiaomi Mi 10 5G & Mi 10 Pro 5G – a cheaper option if you want 5G

Still releasing phones at a rapid rate, despite the current Covid 19 crisis, Xiaomi slipped out a couple more back in February. The Mi 10 5G and the Mi 10 Pro 5G. There is very little difference between the 2 handsets, so we’ll give you 2 overviews in one for this pair.

With a 6.67” Super AMOLED screen, Gorilla Glass 5 front, glass back and aluminium frame, both models weigh in at 208g and with a premium look and feel. This screen gives an 89.8% screen to body ratio, 1080p resolution, 386PPI, 500 nits brightness and a 90Hz refresh rate (half way between last year’s 60Hz standard and this year’s premium 120Hz offering).

Everything pretty top of the range inside

Shipping with a top of the range Snapdragon 865 processor and either 8 or 12GB of RAM. The Mi 10 offers 128 or 256GB of non-expandable storage, while the Pro offers 256 or 512GB, again non-expandable. Coming with Android 10 and Xiaomi’s own MIUI 11 skin on top, it offers the latest software currently available. There is an under-screen fingerprint sensor to protect access and sound is taken care of with 24 bit/192KHz audio output through stereo speakers, but no 3.5mm headphone jack.

Unusually, the Mi 10 is powered by the bigger battery of the two, a 4780 mAh, with 30W fast charging. The Pro get the slightly smaller 4500 mAh version with 50W fast charging. So, you seem to be trading size over recharging time with this. Both support wireless charging at 30W as well as reverse wireless charging.

Massive 108MP main camera

Both models have quad array rear cameras and share the same massive 108MP f/1.7 wide lens. The similarities end there with the Mi 10 getting the lesser setup of 13MP f/2.4 ultrawide, 2MP f/2.4 macro and a 2MP f/2.4 depth lens. The Pro has an 8MP f/2.0 telephoto, 12MP f/2.0 portrait and 20MP f/2.2 ultrawide, giving it the edge on the Mi 10. The cameras are arranged vertically in a slim black unit on the left of the back.

On the front the selfie camera is a pin hole on the top left and is a 20MP f/2.0 wide lens. The only difference between the 2 models on this is that the Pro can record 720p videos at 120 frames per second.

£100 price difference for the Mi 10 Pro

So, storage and cameras apart, there is not much difference between these 2 models. The Mi 10 is available in Coral Green, Twilight Grey and Peach Gold. While the Pro has only 2 choices, Alpine White and Solstice Grey.

Prices haven’t settled down yet, but there looks to be about a £100 premium on the Pro, with the Mi 10 coming in at around £570 for the smaller 8Gb model. Either way, both phones are still significantly cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S20 models and deliver 5G as well. Whether the differences are worth the extra £100 for the Pro will largely depend on what other manufacturers offer for 5G handsets in this or cheaper price range, going forward.



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