Xiaomi has made its reputation by bringing flagship-grade specs in budget smartphones. The company stepped into the flagship smartphone market for competing against the likes of Samsung and Apple. The specs of Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, on paper, sound undeniably astonishing. Of course, the smartphone’s major highlight is the camera module, which has gained the number one spot in DXOMARK ranking by scoring a whopping 130 points.
Only a few months ago, Xiaomi released another device, the Mi 10 Pro, to kick off their 10th anniversary. So let’s find out what’s changed in the recently launched flagship. The four-camera setup includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f1.85 aperture having optical image stabilization, two telephoto cameras, and an ultra-wide camera. Video can be shot at 8k and 4k, and it’s all powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset.
Compared with the pro, there are some important differences in the hardware. One, for example, is that the pro sports a 108-megapixel quad bear sensor, and the image sensor is considerably larger on the ultra. Xiaomi has also made improvements to the ultra-wide camera by offering an optical photo length of 12 millimeters that, even after distortion, the correction was still measured at 12.5 millimeters, the widest field of view we’ve seen.
It comes with a 6’7 inch OLED display which does not have any notch or punch hole, Xiaomi has decided to go with a pop-up camera module instead. With great viewing angles and sharp color reproduction, the screen is comparable to Samsung’s panels. The major highlight in the camera department is the 120x hybrid zoom. Yes, you read it right, 120x. On the launch event, Xiaomi provided a glimpse into the hybrid zoom capability, which can capture details from far away without losing much clarity. Both software and hardware are at play here. Talking about software, the Mi 10 Ultra will come with the latest version of MIUI. Xiaomi phones are often criticized on the ground that its UI has a whole set of bloatware and is filled with ads. It’ll boil down to personal preference whether users like the new version of their UI or not.
Only time will tell how the smartphone holds up in real-world scenarios. But for now, it is safe to say that the specs on paper look promising to the extent that it can even compete with far more expensive flagship smartphone makers like Samsung and Apple.