News Xiaomi Mi 10 (Pro): New flagship apparently completely leaked

There is no official date for the Xiaomi Mi 10 yet, but rumour has it that it will be presented in China at the end of January and in Europe at the end of February. Now there was also a complete leak of a shop that released all alleged specs of the Xiaomi Mi 10.

Here are the possible technical data of the new flagship.

  • 6.57″ AMOLED 90 Hz Curved Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Processor/Adreno 650 GPU
  • 12 GB LPDDR4X RAM Working memory
  • 256/512 GB UFS 2.1 mass storage
  • 64 MP Sony IMX686 | 12 Megapixel ultra wide angle | 8 Megapixel telephoto | 2 Megapixel
  • 32 MP front camera + 8 megapixel ultra wide angle camera
  • 4,500 mAh battery with 66W | 40W Wireless charging
  • 5G, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, Dual GPS
  • MIUI 11 based on Android 10
  • Fingerprint sensor in the display

The shop also quoted a price. It was estimated to be around $670. This would be a good bit more expensive than the Xiaomi Mi 9, but maybe this is also the Pro version of the Mi 10, the very high memory and mass storage are an indication for this. This is not an official version, but the data sounds very realistic and agrees with many previous leaks and infos. Also the photo is not an official photo, but a render of a scene-known leaker, who designed this concept based on the leaks.

It is possible that the normal Mi 10 differs slightly in design and possibly only uses a punch-hole camera.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Design

Even though Xiaomi has many top models in its ranks, there is strictly speaking only one flagship: the Mi Smartphone. In February 2019 the Xiaomi Mi 9 was introduced and has got many modified versions like the Mi 9T in the course of the year. In spring 2020 the new flagship follows: the Xiaomi Mi 10. Time for a summary of all confirmed info, leaks, rumors & wishes.

Finally a 120 Hz display?

Since the Xiaomi Mi 8, the manufacturer has consistently relied on AMOLED panels for its flagships, so the Xiaomi Mi 10 will also rely on an AMOLED display. The fingerprint sensor will also sit in it again with a very high degree of security, but at this point we would like to express a wish. A larger sensor would be an innovation, so that the complete lower third of the screen can be used for unlocking.

The Redmi K30 also features a 120 Hz display.

One wish that Xiaomi will probably fulfil is a higher frame rate. The Redmi K30 (Pro) is equipped with a 120 Hz screen in China, so the more expensive Xiaomi Mi 10 should also come on the market with a 120 Hz panel. This also allows you to attack Realme who currently have the nose ahead in the same price segment with the 90 Hz display in the Realme X2 Pro. Since there are two versions, it is conceivable that the Pro version comes with a 120 Hz panel and the “normal” one with a 90 Hz display.

Waterdrop Notch or Hole-Punch Display?

But it is still unclear which design Xiaomi will choose. The flagship series is traditionally conservative, while experiments such as pop-up cam or front camera in the lower edge of the screen are left to other rows. However, rumors persist that Xiaomi also wants to use a hole punch display for the Mi 10. So a cutout for the front camera that sits in the upper left or right corner. That’s how the Redmi K30 does it, for example. But this cutout should be much smaller again. There is also a rumor that you want to use a curved display like the Xiaomi Mi Note 10. This is also confirmed by a leak on the alleged front of the Mi 10.

Of course, we’re still waiting for a smartphone with a sub-display camera and we also know that Xiaomi is working on it. But we don’t believe that they’ll be integrated into the Mi 10, such an “experiment” is better off in the Mi Mix series.

Xiaomi Mi 8, Xiaomi Mi 9, Redmi K30 with hole punch display. Will the Mi 10 take over the design?

Now there is also a first render image which confirms the hole-punch design of the Xiaomi Mi 10. The “hole” for the camera is in the upper left corner, the display seems to be curved. On the back you can also see a quad-camera, in addition there is also a first, allegedly real photo, which confirms the quad-camera.

Xiaomi Mi 10 with Snapdragon 865 CPU

The Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphone works with the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, which Xiaomi has already officially confirmed. That was to be expected, but it’s nice to see that Qualcomm is one of the first companies to make this CPU available to the young company. Xiaomi was even vice-president at the Qualcomm Tech Summit, where it was confirmed that the Redmi K30 with the new Snapdragon 765G processor would be released.

By the processor choice we also know that the new flagship comes with 5G support. That’s no big surprise either, Xiaomi itself has confirmed that they want to release more than 10 new 5G smartphones by 2020. Also the just mentioned Redmi K30 will be equipped with 5G. Although the new mobile phone standard hasn’t really reached everyone yet, China is already completely committed to it. For example, the manufacturer Realme has confirmed that it will only publish 5G smartphones in future.

With 30W Qi charger & 66W wired charger?

Looking at the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Mi Watch, you know that the manufacturer likes to be “inspired” by other manufacturers. Not so with charging technology, where they do pioneering work. The Xiaomi Mi 9 has set a record with 20W wireless charging, recently Xiaomi introduced 100W Super Charge Turbo, which charges a 4,000 mAh mobile phone in 17 minutes. 100W Super Charge Turbo doesn’t seem to find its way into the Mi 10 yet, but supposedly 66W fast charging. Interestingly enough, the fastest rechargeable smartphone so far is the Oppo Reno Ace with 65W power, a small but subtle difference.

Even wireless loading will certainly be possible again. This time there should even be at least 30W Qi charging in it, at least this charging technology falls under Xiaomi’s Mi Charge Turbo and can already be found in the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro.

Xiaomi SuperCharge Turbo 100W

Sony or Samsung?

The Mi 8 came with two, the Mi 9 with three and the Xiaomi Mi 10 probably with four cameras. That wouldn’t be a big surprise, even cheap smartphones like the Redmi Note 8 appeared with a quad camera. But the choice of sensors is likely to be a special feature. In all probability, the new 108 megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX, which has already made headlines in the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, will also be used here.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Penta Camera
Penta camera of the Mi Note 10. Will the Mi 10 appear with four or five cameras?

Since the photos didn’t really convince us in the test, we hope for the new Sony IMX686 sensor with 64 megapixel resolution. That would at least be a more consistent further development of the Mi 9, which used the Sony IMX586 sensor with 48 megapixels. The new Sony sensor is supposed to be on the market in 2020 and Xiaomi is always good for a surprise. In fact, it’s not so unlikely, after all, all smartphones in the Mi 9 series have been equipped with Sony sensors and the weaker, albeit high-resolution Samsung sensors have been placed in the cheaper Redmi smartphones.

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Maybe even both sensors could be used: the Mi 10 with the Sony IMX686 sensor and the Mi 10 Pro with the 108 MP sensor. While the Mi Note 10 still had its little problems with the large sensor, the much stronger Snapdragon 865 processor in the flagship can probably handle it better.

MIUI 11 + Android 10

A crystal clear thing is the operating system on the Xiaomi Mi 10. Already the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has been released with MIUI 11, so the new flagship with Xiaomi’s new system interface will also appear. This is also available for older models like the Mi 9T Pro. Xiaomi has reworked the look a bit, the surface looks lighter and more modern, also an App-Drawer is to come. The system will be based on Android 10.

Is Xiaomi getting more expensive?

Xiaomi has always been known for its excellent price/performance ratio, which is why it is so popular. Even the Xiaomi Mi 9 was available relatively quickly after release for a “bargain price” of about $300 from China. Especially after the Mi Note 10 and the news that you can’t keep these low prices forever, many fear a price increase. There is no information about this yet and of course we hope that Xiaomi won’t be very expensive. But if many “new” technologies like the Mi Charge Turbo, a brand new chip and a brand new camera sensor are integrated, you have to expect a higher price.

Interestingly, Xiaomi’s President Lin Bin has also confirmed by Weibo that there will be a Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. That’s no big surprise, as both predecessors already got a Pro version. But only one of them made it to Europe. Then, of course, there is also the question of how big the difference in equipment and price will be. In the past, the Pro versions were rather negligible from our point of view.

Assessment

Since the Xiaomi Mi 8 and the Xiaomi Mi 9 have pleased us so well in the test and hardly left room for criticism, we are also optimistic with the Xiaomi Mi 10. If I could put it together personally, my Xiaomi Mi 10 would look like this. 6.5″ display with the same size as the Mi 9, flat 120 Hz AMOLED display, large fingerprint sensor, waterdrop notch with room for infrared sensor for secure face unlock, Snapdragon 865, quad camera with 64 MP Sony IMX686 plus 16 MP ultra-wide, 16 megapixel Tele with 3x optical zoom and 16 megapixel macro sensor. Plus 30W Qi charging plus 66W wired charging with 4,000 mAh battery.

What would you like the Xiaomi Mi 10 to do?

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