When it comes to phones, sometimes it pays to be a jack-of-all trades. This is way more apparent with the Xiaomi 10T Pro, which combines a bunch of really great features such as a high-end camera, top of the line chip and luxurious screen size to make a phone that has a lot of raw power, but lacks the higher-end bells and whistles of specialist phones.
On top of that it comes at a neat RM1999 price tag, making it to the more affordable line of phones, especially if you know that good parts are going to cost you. All that being said, what’s in a phone? Read on and find out:
Xiaomi 10T Pro- RM 1999
|Size||165.1 x 76.4 x 9.3 mm (6.5 x 3.01 x 0.37 in)|
|Weight||218 g (7.69 oz)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio|
|Memory||128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+)|
|Back Camera||108 MP Main Camera
13 MP Ultra-Wide
5 MP Macro
|Selfie Camera||20 MP Wide|
The Physical Stats
The Xiaomi 10T Pro is a pretty decent size, with some good heft to it. It weighs in at 218 grams, so maybe don’t handle it with one hand if you’re not 100% confident in your wrist workouts.
The back of the phone also uses AG glass, making it feel very comfortable in your hands. Ours came in Aurora Blue, which is a really pleasant color to look at.
It also comes with a 5000mAh battery, capable of being charged to full in just about an hour. It also supports 5G, as well as wifi6 so you’re ready for the future of connectivity and blazing fast internet speeds.
On to the bells and whistles, it comes with your standard security features such as fingerprint-reading, as well as faceID for unlocking your phone when your hands are busy.
The Xiaomi 10T has a pretty nice screen, at 6.67 inches with Full HD. It has several refresh rates, which allows you to choose between prioritizing a higher framerate and not being stuck on the train with no battery. You can choose between 60Hz, 90Hz and 144Hz, which is a great selection if you’re the type to swap between gaming and texting regularly.
Watching videos can be a little frustrating with the phone, though, as the phone’s proportions can lead to trouble with 16:9 videos. You may notice videos start to bleed a little, which can be especially problematic if the videos you’re watching aren’t subtitled properly and outside the safe titles.
You’ll find this is less of a problem with games though, since 6.67 inch displays are fairly common for phones and many mobile games are built around this size.
The 10T has a pretty decent set of cameras, including a pretty solid front-facing camera. It’s a 20MP camera, and can even record videos in 1080P at 30fps.
Unlike many phones which try to push big features on their front camera, the 10T is okay with it just being fine. Considering how limited you are in using a front facing camera, this isn’t really a negative for it. But it can be underwhelming when you realize it’s only just a decent camera.
But from a purely practical standpoint, 1080P for video and 20MP for photos is perfectly serviceable, unless you were planning to livestream rhythmic gymnastics or something.
On the back end, the Xiaomi 10T joins the trend of multi-lens phones. with a lens for every occasion. On top of its standard lens, it comes with a 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens as well as a 5MP macro lens, meaning hobbyists and scenery photographers can have a field day being able to take all the shots they want, near or far.
The main character is no slouch itself, with 108MP making sure you get your photos as clear as possible. It’s also capable of shooting 4K video at 60fps, which is an impressive feat for a phone. If you’re really gunning for power, the phone has an onboard AI for upscaling your video to 8K.
You have to activate this before shooting, and it caps your recording at 16 minutes. It’s a great burst of power when you need it, but you probably won’t see much use for it other than to brag about your cat video being 8K.
It’s also excellent at night photography, being able to make sure not even a lack of sunlight is going to stop you from getting every detail in your photo. It also works well with the beautification features, making sure your night photos are looking sharp.
The Xiaomi 10T uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, one of the best chips on the market right now. This means that it should be equipped to handle some of the most demanding games on the mobile market with little difficulty.
In general, the 10T has no trouble running most of the big games, even on their most demanding settings. There are some exceptions of course, but optimizing games for mobile is more art than science, meaning it’s not squarely the phone’s fault.
There’s also cause to praise the chip with the phone’s power management. Half an hour of max-setting gaming only managed to drain the phone’s battery by 5%, with minimal heating issues. This is the kind of stuff you look out for when checking a phone’s chip, since many phones nowadays have heating management as part of the CPU.
One of the most demanding games out on mobile, Genshin Impact has been a great tool for benchmarking phones. Aside from being graphically intensive on its own, the sheer amount of particles and effect you can then put on-screen are great to really tell you how well your phone copes under pressure.
For the most part, we got Genshin Impact to run pretty well. While idle, the game can reach 60FPS with no problem. However, hich-action moments in the game tend to cause a bit of a problem, causing the phone to freeze. This might not entirely be the phone’s fault though, since Genshin runs on so many devices the chances of it just being poorly optimized are pretty decent.
We also got to try out PUBG Mobile. As a battle royale game, it’s a much better benchmark since they’re one of the more popular genres on the market. On top of that, PUBG mobile just got a big graphical update, which is a great means to show it off with this phone.
Sure enough, the phone has no problem running PUBG Mobile with all settings set to max. It easily hits 60FPS, never dipping lower than 55. Additionally, the game also looks amazing after its recent graphics overhaul, so you won’t have to worry about getting killed just because you wanted your game to look a prettier.
League of Legends: Wild Rift
Another popular game on smartphones, Wild Rift gave us the opportunity to test what it looks like when you really flood the screen with objects, thanks to its MOBA nature.
Sure enough, chaotic team fights are no match for the 10T and its processor, breaking 60 with ease. By our own reports the phone could even hit over 100FPS, meaning you’ll have nothing to blame but your own skill if you end up doing poorly in your matches.
For its price point, the Xiaomi 10T is an excellent piece of tech. It suffers a little as an everyman phone due to its larger size, making it unwieldy to use one-handed. Similarly, it’s also not going to score well against other gaming phones, since its middle-of-the-road approach means it won’t have any of the fancy features that more bespoke phones have.
Yet if you compare its quality vs price, you’ll find this is actually an excellent phone. On top of its high-quality internal chip, it also has one of the best cameras in the market with its 108MP main camera, all with a pricetag of RM1999.
In short, it’s a good phone. You can also pick one up via the brand’s Lazada online storefront.
|Great features for its price||Hard to use one-handed|
|Good for gaming|
Review unit provided by Xiaomi