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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro review

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The Xiaomi Mi 10T and 10T Pro look exactly the same. Dimensions and weight are identical and the colors do not differ either. Both smartphones are optionally available with a glossy black or a matt silver back. Personally, I like the matte design a lot better because it looks more elegant and fingerprints are much less noticeable. On the other hand, the glossy back is less slippery in the hand.

The largest storage version of the Pro version is also available in a shiny light blue-pink version.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro: Also internally identical

A look at the data sheet also shows that there are no major differences in the Pro version. Both smartphones offer an IPS screen with a fast 144 Hertz refresh rate and a fingerprint sensor on the side. The heart of both smartphones is a Snapdragon 865.

Only the built-in RAM is slightly larger with 8 instead of 6 gigabytes. At the moment you don't even notice the difference in everyday life. In two or three years, however, a difference could be noticeable in sophisticated software. The internal memory is identical in size at 128 gigabytes. The Pro model is also available with 256 gigabytes for 50 euros more. There is no option for memory expansion on either model.

Hardware rating in detail

  • Case: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Display: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Features: 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Camera: 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Software: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Battery: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Except for the built-in camera, the hardware and software of the Pro version are the same as the normal model. You can find the detailed test of the normal version here:

Xiaomi Mi 10T in the test: This is how Xiaomi's cheap flagship does

At this point we take a detailed look at the camera, which is the biggest difference between the two smartphones.

More resolution for better photos?

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro offers a main camera with 108 megapixel resolution, while the normal version is only equipped with a 64 megapixel sensor. However, more megapixels do not automatically mean a better picture. The differences are in the details.

The normal version of the Mi 10T uses an "IMX682 Exmor RS" sensor from Sony, while the 108 megapixel sensor "Bright S5KHMX" was developed by Xiaomi itself in collaboration with Samsung. In the standard settings, 4 pixels are combined into one for both cameras in order to obtain a more luminous photo. The Mi 10T delivers 16 megapixel photos and the Pro model 27 megapixels.

The cameras of the Xiaomi Mi 10T at a glance

  • 108 megapixel main camera (f / 1.69) with OIS
  • 13 megapixel ultra wide angle lens (f / 2.4 123 degree field of view)
  • 5 megapixel macro lens (f / 2.4)

During the day, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro wins in the long shots. The higher resolution makes the photos sharper and you can zoom in further into the subject. For close-ups, however, the normal version is in front. The reason for this is the shallow depth of field of the 108 megapixel camera. The area in the photo that is in focus is smaller than with the 64 megapixel camera. If a subject is further back or further in front, it will be blurred more quickly.

Both smartphones deliver good photos at night. On the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, the motifs are displayed much brighter than on the normal version of the smartphone. So you can see more of the motif. On the other hand, the photo does not reflect reality so much.

Here you can compare the photos yourself:

All photos in full resolution can be downloaded here.

Optical image stabilization only on the Pro model

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro has a clear advantage when filming and taking photos with movement. While the normal model relies entirely on digital image stabilization, the main camera of the Pro version is equipped with optical image stabilization.

The 13 megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and the 5 megapixel macro camera do not differ from the normal version.

Conclusion: is it worth the extra charge for the Xioami Mi 10T Pro?

The Xiaomi Mi 10T series started as a cheap alternative to the significantly more expensive Mi 10 smartphones. The normal Mi 10T costs 479 euros and is available in many places for well under 400 euros. This makes the smartphone a real upper-class bargain. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is significantly more expensive with an original price of 600 euros and a current price of around 500 euros.

If the straight screen and the dual SIM option of the Mi 10T Pro are not so important to you, you can also use the Xiaomi Mi 10, which is just a few months older and about the same expensive. This smartphone offers the same 108 megapixel camera and also an AMOLED screen and wireless charging.

Just because of the camera, the surcharge is not worth it in our opinion. The differences are only marginal and both cameras have their advantages and disadvantages. In addition, the wide-angle camera is only average and there is no telephoto lens. Real camera fans should rather use a smartphone like the Galaxy S20 FE or Google Pixel 4a5G.

Pros of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro in the test

  • high quality exterior
  • chic matt back
  • Top performance
  • 144 Hertz display
  • optical image stabilization

Cons of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro in the test

  • Camera protrudes far
  • hardly any differences to the normal version

-> Even cheaper: This alternative also has 5G