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Xiaomi Mi 10 & Mi 10 Pro with Snapdragon 865 Official; 108MP Camera Ranks First on DxOMark

Xiaomi just unveiled its first flagship smartphones for 2020, the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. But unlike their predecessors, these two phones cost quite a bit of money. Then again, they are packed with some high-end hardware, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset and a sophisticated camera system.

The latter is especially true of the Mi 10 Pro, the higher-end smartphone of the two. In fact, this device is sitting at the top of DxOMark’s mobile camera ranking with a total score of 124. For comparison, it takes the crown from the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G, which is now in second place with 123 points.

According to DxOMark, the Mi 10 Pro’s quad camera system is capable of good detail preservation (even at medium- to long-range zoom), great depth estimation, and accurate white balance. The ultra-wide angle shooter is said to be able to capture a good amount of detail as well.

However, DxOMark also mentioned that the Mi 10 Pro’s camera has a tendency to lose focus on faces, with “occasional dull colours.” On top of that, it’s worth noting that the Mi 10 Pro has similar camera hardware as the Xiaomi Mi Note 10; the main differences lie in the software side of things and the performance boost from the Snapdragon 865 chipset.

Right, so the Mi 10 Pro’s quad camera system is made up of a 108MP f/1.69 primary shooter – it uses pixel binning to improve performance, so it outputs 27MP images by default – a 12MP f/2.0 telephoto lens (50mm), a longer 8MP f/2.0 telephoto sensor (94mm), and a 20MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle shooter. Basically, exactly the same camera system as the Mi Note 10, minus the macro lens.

As for the standard Mi 10, it also has a quad camera setup headlined by the 108MP main sensor, but the other three sensors are not quite as sophisticated, which include a 13MP f/2.4 ultra-wide angle shooter, a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens, and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor.

Beyond the camera configuration, both the Mi 10 Pro and Mi 10 are quite similar to each other. Both smartphones feature a 6.67-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display with a hole-punch cutout at the top left to house the 20MP f/2.0 selfie camera. Oh, it’s also a 90Hz panel, so every motion on the screen will look extra smooth.

Other specifications of the Mi 10 Pro and Mi 10 include a Snapdragon 865 chipset, up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of non-expandable storage (256GB for the Mi 10), 5G connectivity, as well as an in-screen optical fingerprint sensor. Curiously, the Mi 10 has a 4,780mAh battery, but the higher-end Mi 10 Pro comes with a smaller 4,500mAh cell.

At the moment, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro and Mi 10 are currently only sold in China; no word yet on the global availability of the flagship smartphones. For the Chinese market, the Mi 10 retails from 3,999 Chinese yuan (about RM2,370), while the Mi 10 Pro starts at 4,999 yuan (approximately RM2,960).