Xiaomi will launch the Mi 10 on February 13th at an online-only event
Due to concerns surrounding the spread of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), several companies have pulled out of or are scaling back their attendance of MWC 2020. So far, that list includes ZTE, LG, Ericsson, and NVIDIA. Another company we’re closely watching is Xiaomi, the value Chinese brand that is expected to unveil the global pricing and availability of its upcoming Mi 10 smartphone series. While the company hasn’t canceled or postponed its global launch plans just yet, the current situation has forced the company to make adjustments to its domestic launch plans. On Chinese social media website Weibo, Xiaomi confirmed that the company will move forward with the Chinese launch of the Mi 10 series, but that the event will only be held online.
This will be the first time Xiaomi is launching a flagship phone without gathering members of the media to attend a physical press conference. The online-only event will take place on February 13th, two days after Samsung launches the Galaxy S20 series in San Francisco. Xiaomi thus won’t be able to claim they’re the first to launch a product on Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 platform, though neither can Samsung if you count ZTE’s quiet launch of the Axon 10s Pro. In any case, the launch of the Mi 10 series will be interesting to observe because of Xiaomi’s history of undercutting its competitors.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro are finally official with four cameras apiece and Snapdragon 865. Both phones support wireless charging and are the first Mi branded devices with a punch hole in the display for the selfie camera.
Their headline feature is on the back though - the 108MP sensor as first seen on the Mi Note 10. They also come will great connectivity support - going all the way to SA and NSA 5G and Wi-Fi 6.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
The more impressive of two is definitely the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. It comes with a 6.67” AMOLED FullHD+ screen with curved edges. The panel supports 90Hz refresh rate and 180 Hz touch sampling rate.
The company is really proud of its display which can reach up to 1200nit peak brightness, can have 4096 levels of brightness adjustment and DC dimming.
The biggest talking point of the Mi 10 Pro is the camera - the 108MP sensor has an 8P lens (that's one more than even the Mi Note 10 Pro) and is flanked by three other impressive cameras - a long telephoto lens supporting 10x hybrid zoom, a shorter 12MP 2x telephoto for portrait shots and a 20MP ultrawide angle snapper.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro’s 108MP camera comes with OIS and EIS and has plenty of AI enhancements for stills and video recording, the later coming in resolutions all the way to 8K.
The Mi 10 Pro comes three memory configurations 8GB RAM /256GB storage, 12GB/256 GB, and 12GB/512GB. They all use the latest available tech - LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage.
On the inside there is a 4,500 mAh battery that can be charged at up to 50W through a cable, 30W wirelessly, and can output up to 10W for reverse charging your other gadgets.
The prices of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro are CNY4,999 ($715/€657), CNY5,499 ($787/€723), CNY5,999 ($860/€790), and the phone is scheduled to arrive on February 18 for pre-order in two colors - Blue and White.
Xiaomi Mi 10
The vanilla Mi 10 retains the 6.67” AMOLED screen as well as the 108MP main shooter on the back. However it loses both telephoto cameras bringing a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro shooter instead. The ultrawide unit is also downgraded to 13MP resolution.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 also comes with the speedy LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage and will keep shooting videos in 8K, like its big brother.
It even outdoes the Pro with its 4,780 mAh battery, but only offers 30W wired charging. Impressively enough it retains the 30W wireless charing meaning that it can charge just as quickly both ways. The 10W reverse charging is available as well.
Launching tomorrow at exactly 10 AM Chinese time, the Mi 10 will start selling in Peach, Green, and Black. Prices are CNY3,999 ($572/€526) for the 8GB/128GB version, CNY4,299 ($615/€565) for an 8GB/256GB unit, and CNY4,699 ($673/€618) for the top 12GB/256GB variant.
The phone was supposed to be globally announced in Barcelona as part of the MWC 2020, but since the conference is canceled, we are yet to hear more about Xiaomi's plans