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Xiaomi Mi 10T series: All you need to know about the budget flagships from 2020

All you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi 10T, Mi 10T Pro, and Mi 10T Lite.
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June 11, 2022
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro rear view hero shot
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The Xiaomi Mi 10T series is a great option for those who are looking to get affordable flagships and don’t mind older hardware. Unlike the Mi 9T lineup that consisted of rehashed Redmi phones, the Mi 10T phones are more premium and in line with the main Mi 10 line. Of course, they now have successors in the form of the Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro, but they’re still in circulation and offer a lot to be desired, including reduced prices.

All the Mi 10T phones of them bring 5G connectivity and flagship-grade hardware. However, the phones do make some compromises. Here’s everything you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi 10T series.

See also: These are the best Xiaomi phones you can buy

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, Mi 10T, and Mi 10T Lite: At a glance

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro home screen hero shot
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The affordable high-end flagship series from Xiaomi, which was announced on September 30, 2020, consists of the Mi 10T Lite, the standard Mi 10T, and the Mi 10T Pro. The Lite model is the most affordable, while the Pro model nets the highest configuration amongst the three. Overall, the trio is designed to offer premium flagship specs at prices that don’t burn a hole in your pocket.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip, while the Mi 10T Lite was the first phone to house the Snapdragon 750G SoC. They all offer high refresh rate screens (up to 144Hz), large batteries, and the latest MIUI 12 software. Read on for a detailed specs overview.

See also: Everything you need to know about MIUI 12

Are the Xiaomi Mi 10T phones worth buying?

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro holding the phone to take a photo
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The Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro belong to a crowded, yet fast-fading field of affordable Snapdragon 865 flagships. When they launched, they touted the highest display refresh rate of the lot, the Mi 10T Pro also slotted above the competition in terms of main camera resolution, and both phones were priced the same or are cheaper than the competition. Of course, now you also have many Snapdragon 870- and Snapdragon 888-powered devices that can compete with the Mi 10T phones in terms of specs and pricing.

The Mi 10T series misses out on premium features like wireless charging, and Xiaomi opts for an LCD screen over OLED. You also won’t get a telephoto lens with the 10T devices, which some phones in this price range offer.

The Mi 10T Lite, on the other hand, takes on the competition in the upper mid-range category. Xiaomi’s penchant for aggressive pricing shines through here as well, with the phone undercutting many rival devices.

Unfortunately, availability is an issue, since Xiaomi doesn’t officially sell the phones in the US. You can, however, get your hands on some of them through Amazon and of course, they are available across select markets in Europe and Asia. If you’re able to buy them, the Xiaomi Mi 10T phones are definitely worth considering.

What the experts are saying about the Xiaomi Mi 10T series

Our own Ryan Thomas-Shaw reviewed the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro and was impressed with its speed and fluidity. He found the phone to be a tad too large and heavy and said that the design was quite common in 2020. The 144Hz refresh rate is a huge selling point, making for a super responsive and smooth experience. He also had no complaints about the performance and battery life.

More importantly, the phone offers a lot of bang for your buck. Xiaomi foregoes flagship features like wireless charging and water resistance but makes up for it with the display refresh rate, a 108MP primary shooter, and the high-end processing package. He says that it is great to have a solid, relatively affordable option in a year in which the prices of true flagships continue to skyrocket.

Since Android Authority hasn’t done a review of the Mi 10T Lite, we turn to Tech Radar’s Andrew Williams for his take on the phone. He appreciates the fact that this phone offers affordable access to 5G and that the phone feels far more premium than its price point would suggest. It’s not perfect, though. He says that the camera feels sluggish at times, and it doesn’t offer the best gaming performance in its price range.

Xiaomi Mi 10T series: Specs

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro close up of the camera module
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Check out the table below for a quick spec comparison of all the Mi 10T series phones.

SpecsXiaomi Mi 10TXiaomi Mi 10T ProXiaomi Mi 10T Lite
Specs
Display
Xiaomi Mi 10T
6.67-inch
144Hz Refresh rate
20:9 aspect ratio
2400x1080 resolution
HDR 10
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
6.67-inch
144Hz Refresh rate
20:9 aspect ratio
2400x1080 resolution
HDR 10
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
6.67-inch
120Hz Refresh rate
20:9 aspect ratio
2400x1080 resolution
HDR 10
Specs
Body
Xiaomi Mi 10T
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Aluminum alloy frame
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Aluminum alloy frame
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Plastic frame
Specs
Dimensions
Xiaomi Mi 10T
165.1mm x 76.4mm x 9.33mm
216g
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
165.1mm x 76.4mm x 9.33mm
218g
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
165.3mm x 76.8mm x 9.0mm
214.5g
Specs
Performance
Xiaomi Mi 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
Specs
Rear camera
Xiaomi Mi 10T
64MP main f/1.89
13MP ultra-wide f/2.4
5MP macro f/2.4
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
108MP main f/1.69
13MP ultra-wide f/2.4
5MP macro f/2.4
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
64MP main f/1.89
8MP ultra-wide f/2.2
2MP macro f/2.4
2MP depth f/2.4
Specs
Front camera
Xiaomi Mi 10T
20MP f/2.2
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
20MP f/2.2
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
16MP f/2.45
Specs
Connectivity
Xiaomi Mi 10T
5G MultiLink
Wi-Fi 6
Dual SIM
NFC
IR blaster
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
5G MultiLink
Wi-Fi 6
Dual SIM
NFC
IR blaster
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
5G MultiLink
Dual SIM
NFC
IR blaster
Specs
Security
Xiaomi Mi 10T
Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
AI Face Unlock
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
AI Face Unlock
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
AI Face Unlock
Specs
Battery
Xiaomi Mi 10T
5,000mAh
33W wired fast charging
33W in-box charger
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
5,000mAh
33W wired fast charging
33W in-box charger
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
4,820mAh
33W wired fast charging
33W in-box charger
Specs
RAM and storage
variants
Xiaomi Mi 10T
6GB+128GB
8GB+128GB
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
8GB+128GB
8GB+256GB
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
6GB + 64GB
6GB + 128GB
Specs
Colors
Xiaomi Mi 10T
Cosmic Black
Lunar Silver
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Cosmic Black
Lunar Silver
Aurora Blue
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
Atlantic Blue
Pearl Gray
Rose Gold Beach

How good are the Xiaomi Mi 10T cameras?

Xiaomi Mi 10T Proclose up of the camera in landscape
Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

One of the biggest draws of the Mi 10T Pro is its 108MP triple camera setup. The large sensor uses pixel-binning to deliver shots comparable to a 27MP 1.6-micron pixel camera. You can also snap 33MP photos while recording 8K videos on the phone. Other sensors in the Mi 10T Pro’s rear camera array include a 13MP ultra-wide camera and a 5MP macro camera. For selfies, the phone uses a 20MP camera.

Ryan found the camera to be above average in his review. He says that the images it takes are sharp, balanced, and color accurate. It struggles in darker conditions though, and the software-based noise removal can be too aggressive.

The Mi 10T substitutes the 108MP sensor for a 64MP primary camera that results in 16MP pixel-binned shots. The rest of its camera configuration remains the same as the Pro model.

Also read: The best Android camera phones you can get

The Mi 10T Lite gets a set of four rear cameras — a 64MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front is a 16MP shooter for clicking selfies.

You won’t get a telephoto sensor on any of the Mi 10T series phones, so if you want optical or digital zoom capabilities in a Xiaomi flagship, you’ll have to go for the pricier Mi 10 Pro, Mi 10 Ultra, Mi 11 Pro, Mi 11 Ultra, or Mi 12 Pro.

Will you get good battery life with the Xiaomi Mi 10T series?

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro charging port
Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

None of the Mi 10T series phones borrow 120W charging from their predecessor. However, they amp up battery capacity up to 5,000mAh, which is the highest of any Mi 10 phone on the market.

In his review, Ryan found the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro’s battery life to be good. Mileage varies based on what the display refresh rate is set to, though. The good news is that even with it set to 144Hz, he was able to comfortably get a full day’s use out of the phone with everyday usage. On lighter days, with around two hours of screen-on time, he would still have as much as 70% of battery left at the end of the day.

The included 33W charger lets you charge the phone completely in around 50 minutes. It’s not the fastest charging we’ve seen, but it’s quick enough to be very convenient.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T comes with an identical setup, so we can expect the battery life to be similar. The Mi 10T Lite has a slightly smaller 4,820mAh unit, but also a lower 120Hz display refresh rate. Overall, battery life shouldn’t be a concern with any of the Mi 10T devices.

How is the performance of the Xiaomi Mi 10T series?

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro held in the hand looking at the notification shade
Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

Under the hood, the Snapdragon 865 does all the work on the Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro with support for 5G connectivity and 8K video recording out of the box. The chipset is paired with UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR5 RAM. It might not be the latest and greatest processor around, but it’s plenty fast, and performance isn’t an issue with these phones.

The Mi 10 Lite is equipped with the Snapdragon 750G which is a Qualcomm chipset that lowers the entry barrier for 5G

The base RAM on the Mi 10T Pro is 8GB, paired with 128GB and 256GB internal storage options. The vanilla Mi 10T gives you an option to start with 6GB RAM going up to 8GB. However, it only offers 128GB of storage.

The Mi 10 Lite is equipped with the Snapdragon 750G which is a Qualcomm chipset that lowers the entry barrier for 5G. The SoC stacks just under the Snapdragon 765 series which powers phones like the OnePlus Nord, Redmi K30, LG Wing, and others.

Xiaomi Mi 10T series software

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro spec menu open in the hand
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Out of the box, the Mi 10T series comes with MIUI 12 based on Android 10. Key features of the software include Game Turbo, which lets you optimize performance for gaming. Mi Remote allows you to control media devices using the phone’s IR blaster. You also get a built-in screen recorder, QR code scanner, and a slew of other pre-installed apps. It’s not too bloated though, and the high refresh rate and optimizations make for a smooth and responsive software experience.

That said, the phones started receiving MIUI 13 based on Android 12 in April 2022. So if you’re buying the devices in 2022, you will still get to enjoy Google’s latest OS.

Continue reading: Everything you need to know about MIUI 12

Xiaomi Mi 10T series price and availability

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro home screen hero shot
Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

The Mi 10T series launched in Europe, starting with the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro, on October 1, 2020. Availability for the Mi 10T Lite started on October 13, 2020. Xiaomi also launched the phone in other markets it operates in, like India.

US

In the US, you can get the international model of the vanilla Mi 10T with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage for as low as $339. However, the Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T Lite aren’t available in the country.

Europe

In European countries, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro starts €475 for the 128GB storage variant and €649 for the 256GB model.

Meanwhile, the Mi 10T with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at €319.

The Mi 10T Lite is the cheapest of the lot and starts at €224.

United Kingdom

In the UK, the Mi 10T Pro will set you back £287 for the 8GB/256GB model. There are two color options to choose from, Cosmic Black and Lunar Silver.

For the vanilla Mi 10T, there is only one configuration: 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It is priced at £250. The two color choices on hand for this model are Cosmic Black and Lunar Silver.

Finally, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite’s two storage variants that start at £219. There are three colorways: Atlantic Blue, Pearl Gray, and Rose Gold Beach.

India

The Xiaomi Mi 10T is priced at Rs 30,000 for the 6GB RAM option, and the price goes up to 31,999 rupees with 8GB of RAM. The Mi 10T Pro is no longer available in the country.

Xiaomi Mi 10T series competition and alternatives

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro rear view in the sand
Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

If you look at the competition, the Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro are way cheaper than premium flagship phones from Samsung and even Xiaomi’s own Mi 10 series. They aim to target buyers who can’t afford to pay $1,000 to purchase a smartphone with top-shelf specs.

Mi 10T and 10T Pro alternatives

The Realme X50 Pro is a decent alternative to the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro. It’s currently selling for €387, which is cheaper than the base Mi 10T. The Realme flagship also features the Snapdragon 865 chip but offers an OLED screen with an under-display fingerprint scanner. Its refresh rate is capped at 90Hz, but that should be enough for a smooth scrolling experience or even for mobile games. You also get six cameras on this thing, including two for clicking selfies.

Also read: The best Snapdragon 865 phones you can buy right now

Another good alternative for the Snapdragon 865 toting Mi 10T phones could be an Asus Zenfone 7 series device. The phones come with Asus’ signature flippy camera setup, a 90Hz OLED display, and a choice of upgrading to the Snapdragon 865 Plus chip (with the ZenFone 7 Pro).  The only thing is, you’ll have to pay up a bit more to get a Zenfone 7 or Zenfone 7 Pro. The series starts at $630.

You can also consider the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G. It gets a Snapdragon 865 chip, 120Hz refresh rate, and a triple camera setup starting at $448.

Finally, there is also the OnePlus 8T. We had a difficult time selecting one over the other when we put the two phones against each other. Both have flashy features and offer plenty of bang for your buck.

Coming to Snapdragon 870 alternatives, you can consider picking up the OnePlus 9R. Not only does it get the chipset upgrade, but it also boasts of a 120Hz AMOLED display, a 4,500mAh battery, and a quad-camera setup led by a 48MP shooter.

Mi 10T Lite alternatives

When it comes to alternatives for the Mi 10T Lite, the device is very competitively priced under €300 (~$350). It goes up against the likes of the Moto G 5G and Poco F3 in Europe and Mi 10i in India, which also offer 5G at a low entry point. The Samsung Galaxy A42 and Galaxy A52 5G are also decent alternatives, albeit slightly more expensive. That said, if you’re willing to shell out some more dough, there are some pretty good phones you can buy.

You could consider getting the OnePlus Nord instead of the Mi 10T Lite. The phone packs a Snapdragon 765G chip, 90Hz display, four rear cameras, and two front cameras. You also get the Oxygen OS experience that some people may prefer over MIUI.

Then there’s also the Mi 10 Lite in the ecosystem. The Snapdragon 765G phone is currently available at an attractive price of €225 and packs an under-screen fingerprint sensor as well as four rear cameras headed by a 48MP sensor.

Top Xiaomi Mi 10T series questions and answers

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro laying on a table
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Only the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite gets a 3.5mm headphone jack in the series. The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro don’t sport the audio port and you’ll have to make do with USB-C.

No, none of the Mi 10T phones support wireless or reverse wireless charging. However, they do offer 33W wired fast charging with a 33W charger in the box.

Yes, both the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro support Dual SIM connectivity. They also feature dual 4G standby which means as long as two 4G SIMs are on standby in the phone, they can both remain active to make and receive calls. The Mi 10T Lite, however, only gets a single SIM slot.

Unfortunately, the Mi 10T series devices are not water-resistant and don’t carry an IP rating.

Yes, all the three Mi 10T series phones support NFC.

Yes, all the Mi 10T phones come with an IR blaster, so you can use them as remote controls for your home appliances using the Mi Remote app.

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