Xiaomi Mi 10T: The test results in overview
Xiaomi's smartphones are usually characterized by their good price-performance ratio. But this did not necessarily apply to the Mi 10, because at 799 Euros (~$970), the manufacturer suddenly requested significantly more money than for the Mi 9 predecessor, which started at 449 Euros (~$545) at the time.
With the Mi 10T, however, Xiaomi is now putting its tarnished price-performance image back into its proper place. The 6.67-inch smartphone officially starts at 499 Euros (~$606), but it's already approaching the 400-Euro mark (~$486) in online stores. The "Mi" in the product name means that the Mi 10T also carries high-end genes. Like with the Mi 9T, Xiaomi combines these with some mid-range features to keep the price down.
Unique selling points: 144 Hz and 5,000 mAh battery
The advantages of the Mi 10T clearly outweigh its disadvantages in our test. With the high-end Snapdragon 865 SoC, it runs just as fast as the Mi 10 and scores points with its high-quality workmanship, 5G mobile radio, and short charging times. In addition, it stands out through two unique selling points: An IPS display with a refresh rate of 144 Hz and a 5,000 mAh battery. The Mi 10 and even the Mi 10 Pro only manage 120 Hz each, and they don't even come close to the Mi 10T in terms of battery life.
Compromises are quite minor with the Mi 10T. The 64 MP camera does its job well in daylight, but it's somewhat disappointing in wide-angle shots and even more so in night shots. You also have to do without wireless charging. In addition, there's no AMOLED panel, something that was still available on the Mi 9T predecessor. The IPS panel does its job pretty well in the test, though, and besides high brightness, it also provides a color-accurate and high-contrast display.
Besides the Mi 10T, Xiaomi offers two more 10T smartphones: The Mi 10T Pro and the Mi 10T Lite. The Pro version is identical to the Mi 10T except for the stronger camera (108 instead of 64 MP) and the larger storage (up to 256 instead of 128 GB). In terms of performance, the Mi 10T Lite can only place itself in the mid-range due to the Snapdragon 750G. But in return, it's available for as little as 249 Euros (~$302), and it has a 5G modem just like its two Mi 10T counterparts.