After having ruled Indian mobile sales in the budget segment with its Redmi lineup, Xiaomi is finally ready to enter India with its premium flagship, the Mi 10. It’s been long since they released a phone with the “Mi” branding. The Mi 10 could offer stiff competition to the iPhone SE and Oneplus 8 which were recently announced.
Launch date: 8 May
Xiaomi was expected to launch the device in India around the end of March this year but delayed their plans due to the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19. The new launch date of 8th May was revealed by the brand via it’s official Twitter account https://twitter.com/XiaomiIndia/status/1257245935945441280. After the government relaxation in the lockdown policy, the launch will finally be taking place without further ado.
Featuring a glass-sandwich design, the phone packs in a 6.67-inch Full-HD AMOLED display with a hole punch. It sports a 90Hz refresh rate with 180Hz touch sampling rate, which is expected to be a visual treat with native HDR10+ support, and the ultrafast in-display fingerprint scanner baked in.
It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, having up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS3.0 storage. On the software side of things, the Mi 10 will run MIUI11 on top of Android 10. We expect to see no pesky ads or bloatware such as those found on midrange Xiaomi devices lately. The power-hungry device is also equipped with a massive 4,780mAh battery with 30W wired and wireless fast charging support. 10W reverse wireless charging is also supported.
Where the Mi 10 shines is camera performance. With a 108MP primary sensor with OIS, a 13MP ultra-wide with 123-degree FOV, a 2MP macro sensor, and a fourth depth sensor closing the pack, it even supports 8K video recording. This camera array is almost comparable to the S20 Ultra by Samsung, which is priced at 97,900 INR.
Talking of price, this is where Xiaomi needs to do its magic. If Xiaomi can undercut the iPhone SE(42500 INR) and Oneplus 8(starting at 41999 INR), it will be really tough to recommend either of those devices to anyone looking for a device in this segment. What do you think the Mi 10’s base price would be? Share your guesses in the comments section down below.