Xiaomi Mi Word 10 evaluation: Big battery, 108MP digital camera, mid-range worth


Xiaomi is on a mission to carry high-end specs and trendy handset design inside attain of these on restricted budgets. The Chinese language firm is making an excellent exhibiting, with its £399 Mi 9T Professional the latest of its steady to earn reward from ZDNet. Xiaomi’s newest flagship-class handset is the 6.47-inch Mi Word 10, which gives a wealthy set of options together with a big 5,260mAh battery and a 108-megapixel foremost digital camera. It isn’t formally out there within the UK but (however due quickly), however has an inventory worth of €549 (~£466).

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The twin-SIM 6.47-inch Mi Word 10 runs on a Snapdragon 730 SoC with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inner storage. There is not any MicroSD slot for storage enlargement.

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Xiaomi is persistently good at producing handsets that look way more costly than they’re. That is definitely the case with the Mi Word 10, whose shell options curved glass on the entrance and on the again, making the lengthy edges thinner than the brief edges. The curves lend a premium feel and look to the handset, whereas Gorilla Glass 5 on each back and front means the chassis must be fairly scratch-resistant.

Whereas the curves are useful with regards to gripping this massive telephone, the again of the handset’s easy, slippery floor makes it straightforward to drop and triggered it to slide off my armchair recurrently. It is an actual trouble having to suppose twice about discovering a non-slip floor on which to relaxation the telephone. 

Xiaomi does present a silicone bumper, however after all this provides bulk and fully obscures the again, which within the case of my evaluation handset was a deep, darkish black that Xiaomi calls Midnight Black (Aurora Inexperienced and Glacier White variations are additionally out there). The bumper performs a second helpful activity by mitigating the massive lozenge that homes three of the 5 rear cameras: with out the bumper this protrudes considerably, which I discovered irritating when gripping the handset.

Xiaomi has discovered area for a 3.5mm headset jack within the backside edge, the place it sits alongside the USB-C port and a single speaker. Audio high quality from this speaker is fairly good, and most quantity, whereas somewhat low, would not distort. That is a compromise I can dwell with. Nonetheless, just one panorama orientation is viable in case you’re utilizing audio — the one the place the speaker is just not crushed into the palm of 1 hand, muffling the sound.

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The 5-camera array on the again features a 108MP sensor and may seize photographs with as much as 50x hybrid optical/digital zoom.

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Whereas the chassis seems to be good there is not any IP ranking for mud and water resistance, although the entrance digital camera sits in a notch fairly than being a mechanical pop-up as within the Mi 9T Professional. I am wonderful with that: it is a trouble ready for a digital camera to come out if you wish to take a selfie, and pop-ups are too sluggish for face login. The notch right here might be as small because it might probably be.

The 6.47-inch AMOLED show, which has a decision of two,340 by 1,080 pixels (398ppi) is pleasant, with deep and wealthy colors. That little digital camera notch is definitely forgotten, even when watching catch-up TV.

The handset has two SIM slots, however there is not any choice to make use of a MicroSD card in one among them. For those who want two SIMs plus MicroSD enlargement, there are alternatives within the mid-market section — check out the Oppo Reno 2Z, for instance. The Xiaomi Mi Word 10 has 128GB of inner storage, of which 16GB is utilized by Android 9, the MIUI 11 overlay and numerous pre-installed apps, leaving 112GB free.

MIUI is fairly inoffensive, though there are some options that you simply may toy with for a couple of minutes after which ditch. The concept of getting a kaleidoscope sample on the lock display screen may sound good, however the novelty quickly wears off. Sweeping left on the house display screen accesses a mishmash of shortcuts to instruments and apps. That is hardly distinctive, and whereas I hardly ever use screens like this on a telephone, in case you do, will probably be useful.

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Then there are the in-built apps. Some double up on Android’s choices (reminiscent of browser, gallery, music) and a few are from third events (Fb, Netflix). These cannot be deleted, but when they’re surplus to necessities you may acquire them up in a folder and ignore them. There’s additionally an irritating ‘promoted apps’ bar that pops up whenever you open the Extra Apps folder containing a number of the third-party apps.

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The Mi Word 10 has an IR blaster on the highest edge, and comes with the helpful MiRemote app.

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What I do like is MiRemote. There’s an IR blaster on the highest fringe of the handset, and the MiRemote app can management any IR machine you need — offered you add the related knowledge into the handset. The app walks you thru this course of. I did not stuff this app into that file-and-forget folder. 

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset with 6GB of RAM is a mid-range platform, which benchmarking bears out: Geekbench 5 returned common three cross scores of 1730 (multi core) and 547 (single core), which will not win any pace data. That mentioned, the Mi Word 10 carried out nicely sufficient when working mainstream workloads.

I used to be unable to totally take a look at the lifetime of the 5,260mAh battery, as a result of the PCMark 10 battery rundown take a look at refused to finish, bailing out at numerous totally different factors on a number of makes an attempt. It is a disgrace because the battery is significantly bigger than most and comparative knowledge would have been helpful. Anecdotally, I managed to get by a day-and-a-half with out recharging on lighter-usage days. That is lower than I would hoped for, however maybe there can be a software program repair that extends life additional. Quick (30W) charging is accessible, however there is not any wi-fi charging functionality.

The digital camera array might be the Mi Word 10’s most noteworthy characteristic, and the 5 rear cameras particularly. These embrace a 108MP foremost sensor with an f/1.69 extensive angle lens and OIS that makes use of pixel binning to supply photographs that prime out at 27 megapixels. This supplies loads of ‘zoomability’ into completed photographs, which anybody who likes a little bit of post-shooting tweakage ought to admire. 

Additionally on the again are a 12MP sensor with an f/2.0 2x optical zoom lens, a 5MP sensor with an f/2.0 telephoto lens and 10x hybrid zoom/50x digital zoom, a 20MP sensor with an f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle (117°) lens and OIS, and a 2MP f/2.4 macro digital camera.

Photos zoomed to 50x on the handset are essentially grainy, and capturing requires a really regular hand even with OIS. Getting across the digital camera app is extra fiddly than it must be. Macro mode appears solely out there in case you go into Professional mode after which scroll alongside the under-viewfinder choices until the macro choices turns into out there. I would want it to completely sit on the mode scroller beneath the viewfinder. Going through Professional mode can be the ‘fast’ method to change into ultra-wide and telephoto modes. 

Xiaomi in all probability must suppose a bit concerning the digital camera’s interface to make accessing these choices simpler. For all that, and the issues with 50x zooming, this can be a very succesful digital camera suite, and particularly spectacular on a mid-range handset.

The entrance 32MP digital camera additionally makes use of pixel binning, to supply 8MP photographs — once more, this could possibly be helpful for individuals who prefer to crop or in any other case play with their selfies.

Conclusions 

Xiaomi has gone all out for a formidable digital camera setup with the Mi Word 10, and, with a few caveats, has achieved its aim. Entry to some options can in all probability be made simpler through a software program replace. Elsewhere, the stable chassis, good speaker and AMOLED display screen are all plus factors. Nonetheless, the mid-range Snapdragon 730 chipset may concern some, and battery life appears shorter than you’d count on from a 5,260mAh unit.

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