In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Chinese company Xiaomi unveiled a new flagship that has excited fans of the brand for quite some time. We are talking about the Mi 10 Ultra. This name only speaks for itself. It was born with an emphasis on power. Exactly what we are talking about will become clear in the following lines. One thing is certain - Mi 10 Ultra has the advantages of an ultraflagship.
Before reading the full review, you can familiarize yourself with the detailed Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra specs or watch the video below the article.
- Release date: 2020, August 11
- Colors: Obsidian Black, Mercury Silver, Transparent Edition
- Dimensions: 162.4 x 75.1 x 9.5 mm.
- Weight: 221.8 g.
- Screen: 6.67" inc, 1080 x 2340, OLED
- Camera : Quad, 48MP
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+)
- CPU: Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 585)
- Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM
- Battery: 4500, Non-removable Li-Ion
- Network: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
- Operating system: Android 10, MIUI 12
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Xiaomi has taken care to present its new smartphone appropriately. For this purpose, the model comes with a bright silver glossy packaging, which suggests that something unusual is hidden inside. The Mi 10 Ultra itself comes in three colours - black, silver and transparent. The latter version is a continuation of the Transparent Edition series of flagships, where the back mimics the inside of the device.
The back of the Mi 10 Ultra is covered with Gorilla Glass 6, while the front is Gorilla Glass 5. On the right side, the power button and the volume rocker are positioned.
The Mi 10 Ultra has a satisfyingly large display, with a diagonal of 6.67 inches. Its resolution is 2340 x 1080 pixels at a pixel density of 386 pixels per inch. The manufacturer has claimed 10-bit color depth and also support for several technologies - MEMC, DCI-P3 and HDR 10+.
The average screen brightness is 800 nits, while the peak brightness reaches up to 1120 nits. Contrast is at 5,000,000:1. For users who still don't trust the screen's face unlock feature, a fingerprint scanner is placed under the glass. It works pretty fast.
The Mi 10 Ultra has a core module of cameras with various sensors, flash, laser autofocus and more. The main sensor is OmniVision OV48C. It's a 48-megapixel camera with an f/1.85 aperture and a focal length equivalent to 25mm. Optical stabilisation is available. The Mi 10 Ultra's daytime shots are bombastically good. If you compare them to the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20, especially in macro shots, you'll notice excellent detail.
When the light in the room is low, the Mi 10 Ultra tries to compensate for the lack of detail. It manages to somewhat catch up with Apple and Samsung flagships in terms of performance.
The Mi 10 Ultra features another 48 MP camera with f/4.1 brightness. Here, the focal length is equivalent to 120 mm and the optical zoom is five times. The use of the latter is not at the expense of photo saturation. However, some detail is lost.
For where without portrait photos? The Samsung S5K2L7 sensor with 12 MP and f/2.0 aperture is responsible for them. The photo quality in portrait mode is at an acceptable level. The detail is shockingly good, the colors are expressive.
The Mi 10 Ultra also features a 20-megapixel wide-angle camera with a diagonal of 1/2.8 inches. It has a f/2.2 aperture and a 128-degree viewing angle. The focal length is equivalent to 12mm.
As for the front camera, it is 20 MP with f/2.3 luminosity. You will take reasonably good selfies with it. With the Mi 10 Ultra's front camera, you can shoot Full HD video at 30 frames per second.
At the heart of the Mi 10 Ultra is an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 clocked at 2.84 GHz and an Adreno 650 graphics accelerator. In normal use, this processor doesn't heat up heavily as it features a liquid cooling system and temperature control sensors.
RAM is 8, 12 or 16 GB LPDDR5 type. The user can choose between 128, 256 and 512 GB of UFS 3.1 type permanent memory.
Mi 10 Ultra has a battery with a capacity of 4500 mAh. This is a good modern indicator that suggests what the autonomous work can be. Xiaomi has provided support for the new Quick Charge 5.0 fast charging standard. The battery is divided into two parts, i.e. each block has 2250 mAh. Thus, the smartphone gets a charge up to 41% in just 5 minutes, and up to 100% - in 23 minutes, at least according to the manufacturer's assurances. Tests show that this achievement is realizable at 32 minutes of charging.
Without a doubt, the Mi 10 Ultra is quite an interesting device. It will enjoy the interest of millions of users around the world. The Chinese company has tried to offer a wide choice in terms of memory. Moreover, Mi 10 Ultra has an excellent screen, incredible charging speed, distinctive design and exciting features. Among the cons, one can point out the device heating up when playing heavy games.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra video review
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Xiaomi.