- elegant design with matt glass, high quality workmanship
- OLED display with excellent measured values and 90 Hz
- very high system performance and top connectivity including 5G
- Fast charging with 65 watts per cable and 30 watts wirelessly
- outstanding 13.5 hours runtime
- Stereo speakers in the frame
- consistently good reception characteristics
- only single SIM and no memory expansion
- no water and dust protection
- Jack socket is missing
connect verdict: very good (435 out of 500 points)
For the first time, Xiaomi is reaching dizzying price levels for the manufacturer: 1000 euros are an announcement, because the Chinese are actually known for an excellent price-performance ratio.
But a high price does not have to contradict a corresponding high performance. In the test, we clarify whether you get what you pay for. You can tell that you are in the upper class from the design and workmanship, which are once again top.
The Mi 10 Pro comes with a back made of matt scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, on which fingerprints have a hard time. The front and back are framed with a metal frame in the device color. The blue-gray of our test device gives the phone a chic, serious appearance.
Despite its rather stately dimensions and a weight beyond 200 grams, the Mi 10 Pro lies well in the hand thanks to the rounded edges.
No protection against environmental influences
The two full-size speakers in the frame are extremely rare, providing a real stereo feeling and delivering a decent volume. We would have hoped for more in terms of connections: A jack input is missing, and the USB-C port only supports the slow USB 2.0 standard.
The bigger minus is the lack of protection against dust and water, which should be part of such an expensive luxury class smartphone. Nowadays, high refresh rates on the display are also mandatory. The Mi 10 Pro’s OLED offers 90 Hz for smooth and fluid scrolling.
Other phones in the price range come with 120 Hz, but you only notice a difference in a direct comparison. In order to save electricity, Xiaomi has foregone a higher repetition rate. With Full HD + (1080 x 2340 pixels), the resolution of the screen is classic and suitable for the diagonal of 6.7 inches.
The front seems to consist largely of display, since the Chinese slightly round off the screen to the corners. The operation and the viewing angle stability do it good that the curvature is not as pronounced as with the Oneplus 8 Pro.
Overall, the display of the Mi 10 Pro is first-class and, thanks to its very good brightness and contrast, is one of the best screens on the market. Xiaomi even trumps Samsung’s S20 series in terms of measurements. Only the OLED of the S20 Ultra can shine a little brighter outdoors for a short time.
As expected, there is a fingerprint sensor under the display that works optically and unlocks the device in a pleasantly fixed manner. In the upper corner there is also the front camera, which has a resolution of 20 megapixels but cannot keep up with the selfie clips of the Oneplus 8 Pro in terms of sharpness.
Extreme power and 5G
As with almost all Android flagships, the inside of the Mi 10 Pro Qualcomms beats the high-end Snapdragon 865 chip. There is also 8 GB faster LPDDR5 RAM. The phone achieves fantastic values in the system benchmark and reveals a 15 percent higher performance than Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra.
This makes the Mi 10 Pro one of the most powerful smartphones currently on the market, although the Oneplus 8 Pro is on par with it. No matter whether 3D games, photo editing or multitasking, with this smartphone you are equipped – also for the next years.
Xiaomi is also not stingy when it comes to storage and donates 239 GB with a fixed USB 3.0 standard. A microSD card for memory expansion cannot be used. It is more unusual that the Mi 10 Pro only comes to us as a single SIM version. The competitor devices from Oneplus and Samsung, on the other hand, support dual SIM.
The rest of the connectivity is impressive: in addition to NFC, Bluetooth 5 and an infrared heater, which can be useful as a remote control, there is current WiFi 6. With a suitable router, data rates of up to 11 Gbit / s are possible. The new 5G radio standard ensures fast surfing on the go.
The Mi 10 Pro uses Android 10 on the software side. Xiaomi’s own MIUI user interface is available in version 11 and is comparatively strongly adapted. When it comes to design, of course, there are different opinions, but we really like the reduced look. One cannot deny the many practical features and customization options of MIUI.
This is how you set up a secure second surface, protect apps with a PIN or modify the allways-on display as you wish. The system also offers a variety of app management including good rights management.
With MIUI 12, the next update is already in the starting blocks, which brings even more features with multitasking and data protection. The rollout will take place shortly.
Camera of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Xiaomi primarily drilled out the camera system of the Mi 10 Pro and installed a quartet of four focal lengths. The main optics are based on a sensor already known from the Mi Note 10 and Samsung S20 Ultra, which has a whopping 108 megapixels. However, the end result is photos with around 25 megapixels, since four pixels are combined – and that is enough.
The full resolution is only worthwhile if the lighting conditions are optimal and you want to enlarge the image afterwards. Even in normal mode you get very good photos with excellent sharpness, immense details and natural colors. Sometimes, however, the photos look a bit flat and could use more contrast.
The ultra wide angle (20 MP) does not look bad either, as long as there is enough light and is superior to the S20 Ultra. As with the main optics, the photos are also somewhat poor in contrast and a bit too bright.
Xiaomi’s approach to zoom optics is interesting. The Mi 10 Pro offers a portrait camera with a double optical zoom and another telephoto with a 10x hybrid zoom (approx. 5x optical). Portraits are taken with a bokeh effect, the strength of which can be adjusted afterwards, the exemption is accurate.
At five times the magnification, the second telephoto lens cuts a relatively good figure, but cannot keep up with an S20 Ultra in terms of details. The effect becomes even clearer with a tenfold zoom. A feast for ambitious users is the Pro mode, in which you can snap RAW pictures with any optics and thus have a lot of scope for post-processing.
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Hobby filmmakers also get their money’s worth with the Mi 10 Pro, as it shoots videos in up to 8K. Recordings look better than the 8K images from the S20 Ultra, but offer little advantages compared to the very good 4K of the phone and only consume a lot of memory.
What is practical, however: You can take a 33 MP snapshot from the 8K recording. The video stabilization, which filters out a lot of stutters even while running, also provides clean work.
Fast loading and long breath
The Mi 10 Pro was also convincing in the test lab, especially in terms of endurance. The Mi 10 Pro achieved an excellent 13.5 hours in the standardized connect runtime test, making it one of the most enduring smartphones we tested.
If you want to benefit from the high 90 Hz refresh rate, you have to put the phone on the wall socket 50 minutes earlier, but this is not the talk in everyday life. Especially since the Mi 10 Pro’s 4500 mAh battery is pumped to 50 percent in 50 minutes in a rapid 17 minutes.
Incidentally, the scope of delivery includes a 65-watt power supply – just in case. Powerful 30 watts are also possible wirelessly, which guarantees fast charging here as well. With reverse wireless charging, you can also charge your wireless in-ears or smartwatch on your phone as long as the Qi standard is supported.
We can also report good things from the rest of the measurements: The voice quality when making a call is at a good level, and the volume in the direction of reception can be seen in spite of the small earpiece.
The reception characteristics are also very good. Xiaomi has delivered and launched a very strong top smartphone with its Mi 10 Pro, which has truly earned its place in the top league. The camera system in particular is one of the best currently on the market.
The Chinese refreshingly break through the Samsung ranks in our leaderboard and are just ahead of the Galaxy S20 + and Note 10+. The reason for this is mainly a significantly better battery life.
Despite the performance, we still see a need for improvement for the price: water protection and dual SIM are a must in the top league.