Of all the smartphones launched this month (October 2020), we can give it to Xiaomi for bringing the most interesting—in terms of flagship features coming in an incredible and very reasonable price tag. Xiaomi Philippines launched its 10th flagship—the 6.6-inch-tall Mi 10T Pro and its twin Mi 10T on October 15. Both smartphones have since then dominated the domain of good reviews, locally and internationally.
Mi 10T Pro comes at a price of just P24,990 (8GB + 256GB). Mi 10T is priced at P19,990 for the 6GB + 128GB version and P20,990 for the 8GB + 128GB variant. Both flagship devices can be considered as the best-in-class high-performance smartphones especially in the mid-range segment.
“Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T were born to be wonderful in all aspects,” said Xiaomi Philippines General Manager Mark Li. “They are next-level 5G flagship devices designed to shake up the status quo in the global flagship smartphone market with their premium specs and accessible pricing points. Their uncompromised performance, elegant design, and innovative capability once again demonstrate Xiaomi’s commitment to offering Filipino customers and Mi Fans superior user experiences and empower their creativity.”
Camera tricks for creativity
Mi 10T Pro continues the brand’s legacy—from introducing the first 108MP smartphone camera in the world to rolling out numerous photography software innovations in 2019. The flagship device perpetuates Xiaomi’s ultra-high-resolution legacy with OIS and 8K video support. Meanwhile, the Mi 10T comes with a still impressive 64MP main camera.
Both the Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T are equipped with a triple camera setup with a 13MP ultra wide-angle camera, 5MP macro camera, and a 20MP front camera. Both also flaunt new and dynamic photography software features. There are six standalone Long exposure modes that facilitate capturing of artsy shots, from Moving crowd (focusing on an idle subject while blurring dynamic surroundings) to Star trails (creates a swirling starry effect). Photo Clones captures four of you in a single shot. The timed burst feature offers endless opportunities for fun, allowing users to set up photos with a time gap that can also be converted into video. Meanwhile three new photo filters—Cyberpunk, Gold vibes, and Black ice—bring the desired mood in photos to life.
If the still photos are impressive, the videos captured wouldn’t get left behind. Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T offer new must-have video features: Video Clones capture a subject’s ‘two selves’ in a single video; Dual Video simultaneously shoots from the device’s front and back cameras. Time-lapse selfie videos allow users to make fast-forward effects for producing more engaging vlogs.
Impressive smartphone display
Another unique feature of both the Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T is the industry-leading 144Hz refresh rate. This brings the best flat displays to both devices compared to all smartphones available to date. Hz is how often a smartphone’s display updates with new images per second. This means that these devices update 144 times per second or over 8,000 times per minute! Thus, the display quality is smoother when you zoom in.
The AdaptiveSync display automatically matches the content’s frame rate, from enjoying your favorite movie at 48Hz to watching TV series at 50Hz, from streaming video at 30Hz or 60Hz to scrolling social media feeds or gaming at up to 144 Hz.
Thus, a smooth experience and optimum battery usage are guaranteed. And with Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation (MEMC) technology, both smartphones can insert more frames to make video smoother and better viewing.
The display also offers an extremely wide range and accurate colors, thanks to the P3 color gamut and TrueColor. Reading mode 3.0 simulates a paper texture to protect the user’s eyes, while Sunlight display 3.0 automatically enhances contrast and adjusts dynamic color saturation outdoors. With a 360-degree built-in ambient light sensor, the screen can adjust brightness intelligently, even in backlit conditions.
5G connectivity and gaming experience
The flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 brings extreme power efficiency and performance to both Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T smartphones. This also facilitates 5G connectivity, packing in a wide range of 5G bands to ensure compatibility with more modern networks in more locations than ever.
Both smartphones can also bring about a desktop-level gaming experience, thanks to the Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU. Together with UFS3.1 and LPDDR5, the devices boast of the industry-leading ROM and RAM available currently.
Longer battery life
Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T are both powered by the massive 5,000mAh battery—among the biggest flagship series batteries in Xiaomi’s lineup. The brand’s power optimization technology can be cited for the devices’ ability to release more power for longer.
Charging the battery is also exceptionally fast, thanks to the Middle Middle Tab (MMT) technology—a process unique compared to others in that charging takes place from the middle going to two sides, instead of the traditional vertical flow of energy, which results in less quality of charging. The uniquely designed 33W wired charging process is made more convenient by the 33W charger, included in the set.
Buying these smartphones
Mi 10T Pro is available in three colors—Aurora Blue, Lunar Silver, and Cosmic Black. Mi 10T is available in two colors (initially)—Lunar Silver and Cosmic Black. Each purchase of any of these devices also come with freebies—a 6-month Netflix mobile subscription and entitlement to Premium Services, which include a 24-month local warranty plus a single accidental damage coverage on the screen within 6 months of purchase (for transactions until December 31, 2021).