Thanks to the 4780 mAh battery, Xiaomi Mi 10 is a two-day phone – it offers great lifespans on a single charge in a typical, mildly intensive work mode. Using 90 Hz or the AoD function will of course deplete the battery much fast. AoD translates into 1% increase in the battery usage in one hour, while battery benchmarks clearly show that lifespans or shorter by 1 hour when we are using the 90 Hz frequency instead of 60 Hz. Without accessories from the set I am not able to say how quickly will the battery charge and what are parameters of the charger. It is worth adding that Mi 10 supports wireless 30 W charging and inductive 5W revers charging.
- PC Mark battery test result – 15 hours and 45 minutes (90 Hz), 16 hours and 25 minutes (60 Hz);
- Geekbench score (full discharge) - 8890 points, discharge after 14 hours and 49 minutes (90 Hz); 9590 points, discharge after 15 hours and 59 minutes (60 Hz);
- an hour of video streaming (Chrome, 1 SIM card, active Wi-Fi module, 50% screen brightness) - 7% of the battery lost;
- an hour of playing videos from the phone’s memory (airplane mode, 50% screen brightness) - 6%;
- half an hour of using online navigation - 10%;
- half an hour of playing Real Racing 3 - 5-6%;
- 8 hours in the standby mode - 6%.
Previously, we could recommend flagships from Xiaomi blindly – with a strong specification and a low price they handled with the competition without any problems. But now it might end, and Xiaomi will have to work really hard if they want users to choose models from the Mi 10 series instead of iPhone 11, models from the Galaxy S20 family, Huawei P40, which is slightly cheaper (but it does not have Google services) or OnePlus 8.
But let us take a look at it from another perspective – is this really a smartphone that can be ashamed of its price? Times with extremely cheap Xiaomi models, which forced us to think if the manufacturer even made any money on them, are definitely gone with Mi 10. Not that we would be happy with the increased price, but you need to know your value.
Advantages and disadvantages
- great, AMOLED screen
- 90 Hz screen frequency
- powerful CPU and fast memory modules (DDR5, UFS 3)
- ably working fingerprint scanner
- AoD function
- infrared sensor
- great lifespans on a single charge
- stereo speakers
- 30 W wireless charging
- support for 5G networks
- quality of photos and videos, mostly from the main camera
- large dimensions and weight, which is why we cannot use it with one hand
- slick housing, which catches dirt and fingerprints instantly
- curved edges, which sometimes result in accidental actions on the screen
- the camera module has sharp edges and it stands above the housing
- the camera does not have an optical zoom
- lack of a notifications LED
- lack of support for memory cards
- quality of photos from the wide-angle camera
- lack of a 3.5mm minijack
- lack of dust- and waterproofness