Xiaomi is known for its cheap phones, whether they come under its own brand name or its Redmi and Poco sub-brands. Its devices provide great hardware with decent software support for pretty low prices. Today, the company is launching 3 new phones in the Mi 10T series, the Mi 10T, Mi 10T Pro, and Mi 10T Lite.

One of the first things worth mentioning about the new Mi 10T devices is that these aren't really successors to the Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and Mi 10 Lite. Instead, they're cheaper flagships and the only thing they have in common with the Mi 10 series is the name.

Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro

Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro Specs

Processor Snapdragon 865
OS MIUI 12 based on Android 10
Storage Options 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM (Mi 10T only)
8GB RAM + 128GB ROM
8GB RAM + 256GB ROM (Mi 10T Pro only)
Display 144Hz 6.67" IPS LCD TrueColor DotDisplay
20:9 aspect ratio, 2400x1080 FHD+,
AdaptiveSync display: 30Hz/48Hz/50Hz/60Hz/90Hz/120Hz/144Hz
Support MEMC
Support DCI-P3, HDR10
Brightness: 500 nits (typ), 650 nits max brightness (typ)
Color contrast ratio: 1500:1 (typ)
Sunlight display 3.0, Reading mode 3.0
TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification
360° ambient light sensor
Battery 5,000 mAh
33W wired fast charger
33W in-box charger
Front Camera 20MP punch-hole front camera
77.7° FOV, f/2.2
Rear Cameras (Mi 10T Pro) 108MP wide-angle camera,
1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel with OIS, 82° FOV, f/1.69, 7P lens
13MP ultra-wide angle camera,
123° FOV, f/2.4
5MP macro camera,
f/2.4, AF 2-10cm
Rear Cameras (Mi 10T) 64MP wide-angle camera,
1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, 79.8° FOV, f/1.89, 6P lens
13MP ultra-wide angle
camera, 123° FOV, f/2.4
5MP macro camera,
f/2.4, AF 2-10cm
Connectivity 5G MultiLink
WiFi 6
Dual SIM
Multi-functional NFC
IR blaster
Biometrics Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
AI Face Unlock
Dimensions 165.1mm x 76.4mm x 9.33mm, 218g (Mi 10T Pro) and 216g (Mi 10T)
Colors Cosmic Black, Lunar Silver, Aurora Blue (Mi 10T Pro only)

The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro are very similar devices, the only difference being the camera setup. The Pro has a 108MP main sensor while the regular one sports a 64MP main sensor, though the secondary 13MP ultra-wide and 5MP macro sensors are the same.

Both devices come with a 6.67" 144Hz LCD display, which offers adaptive refresh rates to help save battery. It can switch between 30, 48, 50, 60, 120, and 144Hz on the fly. Xiaomi also added MEMC — you know, that interpolation tech that gives you that "soap opera" effect — to better take advantage of that high framerate. The display has a max brightness of 650nits and supports DCI-P3 and HDR10. It's an LCD, though, so that means a lower contrast ratio than the AMOLED displays Xiaomi includes in even some cheaper devices.

Both phones run on the Snapdragon 865. They support WiFi 6 and 5G MultiLink — a software feature that Xiaomi uses to connect to 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 5G network at the same time to boost download speeds. They also have higher-quality LRAs for haptics, dual speakers with Hi-Res Audio certification, and a 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging (a compatible charger will be included in the box). The lack of fast wireless charging is disappointing, especially after the seeing it go up to 55W on the Mi 10 Ultra.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T's starting price is €499, as previous rumors had insinuated, while the Mi 10T Pro starts at €599.

 

Mi 10 Lite

Mi 10T Lite Specs

Processor Snapdragon 750G
OS MIUI 12 based on Android 10
Storage Options 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM
8GB RAM + 128GB ROM
Display 120Hz 6.67” LCD DotDisplay 20:9 aspect ratio, 2400x1080 FHD+
AdaptiveSync display: 30Hz/48Hz/50Hz/60Hz/90Hz/120Hz
Color gamut: NTSC 84% (typ)
Brightness: 450 nits (typ)
Color contrast ratio: 1500:1 (typ)
HDR10
Sunlight display 3.0, Reading mode 3.0
TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification
360° ambient light sensor
Battery 4,820 mAh
33W wired fast charger
33W in-box charger
Front Camera 16MP punch hole front camera
82.2° FOV, f/2.45
Rear Cameras 64MP wide-angle camera,
1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, 79.8° FOV f/1.89, 6P lens
8MP ultra-wide camera,
120° FOV, f/2.2
2MP macro camera,
f/2.4 FF (4cm)
2MP depth sensor,
f/2.4
Connectivity 5G
Dual SIM
Multi-functional NFC
IR blaster
Biometrics Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
AI Face Unlock
Dimensions 165.3mm x 76.8mm x 9.00mm, 214.5g
Colors Atlantic Blue, Pearl Gray, Rose Gold Beach

Unlike the other two phones in the series, the Mi 10T Lite is more firmly in the budget territory. Visually, it's similar to Xiaomi's recently released Poco X3 NFC, but on the inside, it's very different.

It's the first device to use Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 750G chipset — the successor to the Snapdragon 730G used in Google's Pixel 4a — which is slightly faster and has an integrated 5G modem. The screen is also downgraded a bit compared to the other phones in the series, hitting a dimmer 450nits brightness, a narrower color gamut, and a slightly less smooth 120Hz.

There's a quad-camera setup instead of the triple one on the Mi 10T and Pro. It includes a 64MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor. The front camera is different as well — 16MP instead of 20MP — and its hole is centered instead of set to the top left.

The Mi 10T will start at €279, a very respectable and affordable price considering its specs.

Mi Watch

Xiaomi is also launching a new wearable today, with the simultaneously on-brand but super generic "Mi Watch" name. It's a basic fitness tracking smartwatch that is claimed to offer up to 16 days of battery life on a mere 420mAh and with a 1.39" 454 x 454 AMOLED display that can hit up to 450 nits of brightness. Water-resistance is rated for up to 5 ATM, or about 165 feet, which is about average for most modern smartwatches. This is good for swimming and most basic watersports.

Xiaomi says the Mi Watch can track a total of 117 different fitness modes and a few different heart-related measurements. Its health sensors can track heart rate, blood oxygen, sleep cycles, stress levels, and energy levels. There's also an air pressure sensor for the included barometer app.

Unfortunately, the Mi Watch doesn't run Wear OS, which means it'll offer limited app support. Xiaomi doesn't say exactly which OS it's running, but it's likely something proprietary. The watch has a GPS, compass, and barometer, and you can even use it as a camera shutter. It supports Amazon Alexa voice control, but I'm not sure how this will work as the watch doesn't seem to have a microphone.

The Mi Watch will come in three colors: black, navy blue, and beige. The band will be available in six colors: black, navy blue, orange, olive, beige, and yellow. It will cost €99 and Xiaomi says it will be available soon but has no official date.

Indian launch details

The Mi 10T and 10T Pro are now available for pre-order in India on Mi.com, Flipkart.com, and across Mi retail stores. The 10T costs INR 35,999 and 37,999 for the 6GB and 8GB RAM versions, respectively. The 10T Pro goes for INR 39,999. A few cashback offers and freebies are bundled in as well, so be sure to check those out. The devices are expected to ship on November 3, 2020.

We don't have any details about the 10T Lite or Mi Watch's availability in India, and the only other accessory to be launched along with the phones is the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C for INR 2,499. They should ship immediately.