Last year, Chinese phone makers Xiaomi introduced the rebranded K20 to Nigeria as the Mi 9T . It did go on to be quite successful, but not as much as it’s cousins, the Redmi Note series. A year on, Xiaomi have followed up and ensured that the Mi 10T line up released in Nigeria for the Nigerian market.
This shows that Xiaomi are starting to take the biggest market in Africa quite seriously. The Mi 10T lineup released in Nigeria was teased by the company for a few days prior to its release on it’s various social media handles. It was released to some fan fare on December 16th.
The Mi 10T lineup is made up of two phones, the Mi 10T 5G and the Mi 10T Pro 5G. These are the first 5G phones to be officially released for the Nigerian market.
If you are interested in either phones or want to know what all the fuss is all about, we have got you covered so read on.
Both phones are built with an aluminum frame and have Gorilla glass 5 at the front and back for protection. Both phones are quite hefty. The Pro model weighs about 218g which is slightly heavier than the base model which weighs 216g. In terms of looks, both phones are exactly the same.
Both phones sport identical specs on the display side of things. Both have an IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080p (Full HD) and a pixel density of 395 ppi. The LCD displays are about some of the best LCD display in the market right now i.e. they used LCDs of the highest quality.
This should mean very crisp and detailed viewing of images and videos. The display also supports a whopping 144Hz refresh rate which should make scrolling and navigating these phones very smooth. The display also supports 650 nits of brightness so using this phone in sunlight should not be a problem. The screen size is 6.67 inches with an aspect ratio of 20:9.
Both phones are powered by a flagship grade top of the line Snapdragon 865. The Snapdragon 865 can handle anything thrown at it with minimum fuss. It is one of the best android processors out there. They also both ship with Android 10 (upgradeable to Android 12 possibly) and the company’s own MIUI 12. The MIUI 12 running on the duo is one of the most optimized on any Xiaomi device available. This means that this phone should be fully supported for the next two years at least.
Both phones also have identical memory sizes of 8GB of RAM respectively as well as 128GB and 256GB of internal storage.
Both devices also lack SD card storage expansion slots but with that kind of storage space, I doubt it would be missed
The Mi 10T 5G and the Mi 10T Pro 5G both have the same selfie camera module with a resolution of 20 megapixels. Both cameras support HDR and record video at 720p (@120fps) and 1080p (@30fps) .
The main shooters at the back of the phone is where the Pro version justifies its price tag. The Mi 10T Pro 5G has a tri camera set up with a main camera of 108MP (flagship grade). The main camera has Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to eliminate shakes and blurring.
The base version(Mi 10T 5G) only has a 64MP camera which is also impressive in its own right, supports PDAF but does not have image stabilization. So if you are taking a photo with this phone, do keep steady hands.
The other two cameras on both phones are identical. There is a 13MP camera for Ultrawide shots and a 5MP Macro camera for close up shots.
Both phones record video at resolutions of 8K (30fps), 4K (30/60fps) and 1080p (30/60/120fps). They both also support panorama, HDR and Gyro Electronic Image Stabilization.
As it has been the theme with both phones, the batteries here are also of equal capacities. Both phones have 5000mAh batteries and support 33W fast charging, Quick Charge and Power Delivery 3.0.
Both the base and pro models support 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G networks. They both also support Bluetooth 5.1 and WiFi 6, GPS, NFC, Infrared and USB 2.0. They both lack support for FM radio and a 3.5mm jack though.
Other shared features include a side-mounted fingerprint reader, an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass and a barometer.
The base model Mi 10T 5G with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage is sold for two hundred and thirty one thousand Naira (N231,000).
The Pro model with 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage is sold for two hundred and sixty five thousand Naira (N265,000).
If you have the money and you are a smartphone photography enthusiast like me, then you should go for the pro model other wise, the base model will do just fine.
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