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Mi 10 5G – Better than Oneplus 8 Pro?

Mi 10 5G – Better than Oneplus 8 Pro?

It was way back when people used to go behind the camera quality and now they are more towards the megapixel. And these companies show the megapixel counts as it is the only thing you should be concerned about. They throw all the numbers possible to you. But is it everything? No! it’s not you should be seeing the quality and features numbers are not everything every time you look for a smartphone! Xiaomi has recently launched the Mi 10 5G phone in India and this device has a 108MP camera the most trending one after the S20 Ultra’s launch. So let’s dig in to see what this device has to offer.

Mi 10 price in India starts at 49,999 for 8GB+128GB and 54,999 for 8GB+256GB variant.

Display

Mi 10 has a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen that has a resolution of 1080p, which is on the lower side compared to OnePlus 8 Pro’s 1,440p AMOLED display, yet it doesn’t feel deficient in any way. Overall, the Mi10’s screen looks bright and vibrant and has a 90Hz refresh rate which makes it quite smooth, especially during gaming.

Camera

The Mi 10 Pro has a 108-megapixel main sensor, the one it co-developed with Samsung. There’s a 20-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel portrait sensor, and an 8-megapixel zoom lens. The selfie camera has 20-megapixels.

The 108-megapixel primary camera in the Mi 10 5G uses a large 1/1.33-inch sensor with optical stabilization and an aperture of f/1.7. By default, images go through a 4-in-1 oversampling process. If you do the math, they should be saved as 27-megapixel images, but when we checked, the resolution of the photos was actually 25 megapixels. There’s a digital zoom of up to 10x if needed, or 2x when using 108-megapixel mode.

The photos taken with the Mi 10 in the day time were good the HDR worked really well and the lack of telephoto lens was felt but you can crop in using the 108MP camera but a dedicated telephoto lens could have been better. Low-light shots are decent, but not great. Noise is suppressed well but photos are generally darker than ideal, with heavy contrast. Night mode helps fix the exposure and also brings back some detail but the final result varies depending on how much light is around.

Overall this was a good camera experience the portrait lens worked well and helps to get the good bokeh effect.

Performance

Mi 10 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with Adreno 650 GPU. It has options for 8GB LPDDR5 RAM along with 128GB or 256GB storage. The company is using LiquidCool 2.0 Vapor Chamber tech in the phone along with a six stack graphite layer and graphene surface area for thermal management. The device is good for gaming and also has an in-display fingerprint scanner and has is good. I am not a huge fan of MIUI so it works just fine for me.

The gaming performance of the Mi 10 5G really did surprise me quite a bit. Running something like PUBG Mobile on ‘HDR’ graphics with ‘Extreme’ frame rate with 90Hz mode on is a challenge for most smartphones. But the Mi 10 does this seamlessly. And does so without overheating which is commendable. But what it really does is gobble up the battery.

Battery

Mi 10 comes with 4,780mAh capacity with support for 30W proprietary fast charging. It also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 and standard USB Type-C Power Delivery fast charging. The device takes a bit more than an hour to charge from 0 – 100. Which is good.

Overall Verdict

The Mi 10 is a bit costlier and if I were to buy a camera-specific device I would have went for iPhone 11 and then the all-new Oneplus 8 Pro. The Mi 10 is not a bad device but this 108MP camera and 5G is not the reason that you should be getting this device. I see Oneplus 8 Pro as a better option for Money, Gaming, Display, and cameras are good too! And also you get the best version of android on Oneplus devices. A software or UI is what you are going to spend most of your time with rather than a 108MP camera.

Read Oneplus 8 & Oneplus 8 Pro review.

Abhishek Singh
Founder TechTrum.in! Deciphering tech everyday!

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