Mi 10i : Good looks, reliable performance, and more

Smartphone firms don’t appear to be a lot within the 20,000- 30,000 section for causes finest recognized to them. Unlike the price range and premium segments, this house sees much less motion. Consumers both purchase a higher-end model of a price range telephone or the bottom mannequin of a premium telephone. We do see a couple of sporadic launches now and then, and the most recent to hitch this sparsely populated house is Mi 10i.

Mi 10i has joined Xiaomi’s small Mi smartphone sequence which options telephones comparable to Mi 10 ( 44,999), Mi 10T ( 35,999), Mi 10T Pro ( 39,999). The newest mannequin can be the most affordable of the lot with value beginning at 20,999 for the bottom model that has 6GB RAM and 64GB built-in storage. The 6GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB fashions are priced at 21,999 and 23,999, respectively.

Mi 10 in its proper is a definite smartphone. With a 108-megapixel digital camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor with 5G, and tons more, Mi 10i goals to supply a whole bundle. Does it succeed, although? Well, that’s what you might be right here to search out out, aren’t you?

Design and show

It seems very good, in case you ask me the inevitable. The Pacific Sunrise, the mannequin we had acquired, provides a mix of orange and blue. The frosted glass end ensures it isn’t shiny and doesn’t entice fingerprint smudges. There is a round digital camera module on the again, reminiscent to the modules seen on previous Motorola smartphones. The entrance is common with a punch-hole digital camera.

Xiaomi Mi 10i comes with a round digital camera module (HT Photo)

But there’s more to the telephone than meets the attention. It is a heavy and thick telephone. It measures 165.38 x 76.8 x 9mm and weighs round 214.5 grams. For perspective, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra measures 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1mm and weighs 208 grams. If you’ve gotten used larger-screen telephones previously or at present utilizing one, you’ll get used to Mi 10i’s heft quickly sufficient.

Two positives are the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 safety on each entrance and again, and the IP53 splash resistance. Fortunately, our unit didn’t encounter dents or scratches throughout our utilization.

The telephone comes with a 6.67-inch show with full HD+ decision. The show, nevertheless, is an LCD panel. The display screen fared properly, largely. It is a bit reflective outside. Compared to AMOLEDs, LCD expertise does really feel inferior. But Xiaomi makes up for the cost-cutting with the addition of as much as 120Hz refresh rate. The multimedia and primary searching expertise on the show are passable. The telephone additionally has HDR 10+ certification if you wish to watch high-resolution content material.

Mi 10i has side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Mi 10i has side-mounted fingerprint sensor (HT )


As stated earlier, one of many highlights of the telephone is the 108-megapixel major digital camera. The full setup is 108-megapixel major sensor (Samsung HM2), 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, 2-megapixel macro sensor, and 2-megapixel depth sensor.

Note that it’s important to manually allow the 108-megapixel digital camera to take the high-resolution images. The 108-megapixel digital camera photographs got here out as desired on many of the events. In the default settings, the digital camera might not be capable of impress you a lot.

Mi 10i's 108-megapixel camera takes good daylight shots. (Image cropped and resized for web)
Mi 10i’s 108-megapixel digital camera takes good daylight photographs. (Image cropped and resized for net) (HT)

Daylight photographs are finer as compared. But you’ll have to compose a shot correctly to get one of the best outcomes. In some images, we observed little washed-out colors and lack of correct focus. The wide-angle and 2x zoomed images are a bit underwhelming. Take a have a look at the samples beneath.

Mi 10i's different default modes with AI optimisations enabled. (Image cropped and resized for web)
Mi 10i’s completely different default modes with AI optimisations enabled. (Image cropped and resized for net) (HT)

The 108-megapixel camera captures details well. (Image resized for web)
The 108-megapixel digital camera captures particulars properly. (Image resized for net) (HT Tech)

Lowlight images depart more to be desired, surprisingly. The indoor and night time photographs have been method off the mark.

Indoor light: Camera loses a bit of focus in such condition
Indoor gentle: Camera loses a little bit of focus in such situation (HT)

We’re hoping Xiaomi enhances the digital camera capabilities by means of software updates sooner or later. The backside line is that the 108-megapixel plus daylight circumstances gives you one of the best outcomes.


Here’s the place Mi 10i does rather well. During our utilization, the onboard Snapdragon 750G processor dealt with multi-tasking together with longer periods of video games comparable to Call of Duty Mobile very properly. There was no drawback making Zoom or Google hangout calls both. Our common each day utilization included lengthy periods of gaming, searching, and streaming. If you’re an influence person, you’ll almost certainly be happy with the Mi 10i. The 4,820mAh battery will final you nearly a day or longer on medium to heavy utilization. You can squeeze more juice in case you make optimisations comparable to utilizing decrease refresh rate or battery saver modes, and so on.

On the software facet, MIUI 12 seems barely leaner than the earlier iteration. There aren’t any pesky ads, thankfully. The software, nevertheless, continues to grapple with the menace of bloatware. As many different reviewers have identified, Xiaomi’s preloaded GetApps app retailer’s updates can get a bit pesky.

Other primary components are comparable to fingerprint sensors, audio system, and name high quality are up to speed.


Mi 10i is a high quality telephone, however not with out imperfections. Lowlight images might and ought to have been higher. I’d not thoughts an LCD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate both. The telephone does make it up with its close to glorious and reliable efficiency. And allow us to not neglect “It looks quite nice”, one thing lots of people contemplate these days once they choose a telephone to purchase. I’d wish to suggest this telephone to those that’re on the lookout for a telephone with a price range of 20,000- 25,000. Other smartphones on this class are OnePlus Nord, Moto G 5G, and Realme X3.

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