Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra Review: Best Camera, Charging And Performance

Mi 10 Ultra Review

Mi 10 Ultra Review

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra Review

Introduction

This year is the tenth year of the founding of Xiaomi, compared to single-digit years, we have always had a different view of the decade, double-digit years represent a milestone, just as we look at a hundred years of enterprise, proving that a company after time, no longer just a small group, with enough influence.

A company’s growth lies in the ability to maintain the original intention, Xiaomi had many times to always young, always teary-eyed slogan, after ten years of wind and rain, Xiaomi whether to adhere to the phrase, let Xiaomi 10 Supreme Commemorative Edition (a.k.a. Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, for Global Market, So we choose to call it “Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra” here) to give us the answer.

Xiaomi 10 Supreme Memorial Edition, the name as always continues Lei Jun steel straight style since it is called Memorial Edition, then the machine must pay tribute to the classic to some extent. Ceramic for the Mi Mix, Bright Silver for the Mi 6, and Transparent for the Digital Series.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra Review

Therefore, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Supreme Commemorative Edition is offered in the shape of ceramic black, bright silver version, and transparent version. In a sense, the machine is a masterpiece that combines Xiaomi’s ten-year exploration process, and on this model, you can feel the classic design that Xiaomi has accumulated over the years.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra Unboxing

In our hands, the Xiaomi 10 Ultra review unit is a bright silver edition, inherited three years ago, Xiaomi Mi 6 bright silver exploration version.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra front for the current popular dug-out screen form, many Mi fans may be expecting an under-screen lens, but the technology is still immature, the official should be considering the machine to mass production and commercial, so the use of relatively mature dug-out screen.

In terms of parameters, this screen is still a 6.67-inch dual-curved OLED screen with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, a resolution of 2340×1080, a refresh rate of 120Hz, a touch sampling rate of 240Hz, support for MEMC, front and rear dual-sensitivity, passed the TÜV Rheinland low-blue light certification while having a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1, and support for the DCI-P3 color gamut! And native 10bit color depth display, and HDR10+ certification, peak brightness 1120nite, bright light can be exciting 800nite brightness.

It is worth saying that the native 10bit color depth, that is, 1.07 billion color display, most of the current market to promote 10bit color depth is often 8 + 2bit software program, and the Mi 10 Ultra is native 10bit, directly to achieve 1.07 billion colors, while each screen factory color calibration, the accuracy of the JNCD < 0.63, color accuracy △ E < 1.

The screen is the first feeling of the user to use the phone, from the parameters and experience, the Mi 10 Ultra of the screen completely reached a high-class level.

As you can see, the bright silver version of the back cover almost rivals a mirror, but it’s not a mirror, it’s bright silver. Remember the stunning Mi 6 Bright Silver Edition three years ago, and even listed at a sky-high price of RMB 60,000 on a second-hand platform. With the maturity of the technology, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra will this technology mass production commercial.

It is reported that the bright silver version of the process through the evaporator repeatedly superimposed about 300nm of 7 layers of coating, directly compounded on the glass, to achieve 92% of the ultra-high reflectivity, has a strong visual impact.

Compared to the shape of the Xiaomi Mi 10, the Ultra, in addition to the process is different, the camera layout is also the biggest change, using a rectangular camera layout, containing an ultra-telephoto lens, portrait lens, main camera, ultra-wide-angle lens, where the Flicker sensor and laser focus on the same frame, occupying about a quarter of the area on the back.

The composition of these lenses improves the phone’s ability to take photos, but in the hands, it is easy to accidentally touch the camera frame, but the good thing is that the lens is located at the edge, when holding the phone in general, you will not touch the lens glass and cause dirt.

Systems and features

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is based on Android 11 MIUI 12, we have this current version of MIUI 12.0.3, with GameTurbo 4.0 new features to join, we focus on the following.

GameTurbo 4.0.

Open the phone settings – features – game acceleration into this function, the top of the CPU, GPU, and power remaining logo, the bottom can open the GPU settings and advanced settings.

In GPU mode, users can control the GPU frequency for a single game and manually select how much the SoC should be used for that game, providing power saving, balanced, high quality, and other levels.

If the phone is powerful enough to run the game, improving the game parameters will bring better experience, but mobile games usually have streamlined screen parameters, so this feature allows you to customize the parameters. In terms of usage, Game Turbo is more like a standard feature for a gaming phone, especially in terms of personalization, which is a feature for gaming phones.

Small window mode

The small window is one of the most important upgrades to MIUI 12, and the implementation of the global free window, without any software restrictions, I experienced a few weeks, I think the feature truly achieves multitasking at the phone level, compared to other ROM’s split-screen, small window mode further enhances the convenience of using the phone.

As shown in the picture above, any app can be hung in a small window, the position can be customized, and the hung app is in real-time running state. However, only one app can be hung at the moment, and it is hoped that more apps can be hung at the same time, as the current SoC is fully capable of multi-tasking in real-time.

Privacy

Has always been, iOS is to privacy and security as a major highlight, while the Android phone’s APP is a variety of to permissions, I had downloaded a third-party notepad, open but asked for contacts, camera, and other permissions, not authorized can not be used, at the time completely confused why a notepad run needs these permissions until I later open a treasure automatically recommended my notepad wrote a product.

In this information age, we have to admit that it’s hard to keep personal privacy intact, and MIUI 12 has built-in privacy security to protect it to some extent, such as the new flare feature that truly records the app’s behavior in the background, while sensitive permissions are highlighted and reminders are sent. Concealment Mask, on the other hand, provides blanket permissions to apps that must give permission and refuses to compromise with rogue apps.

In addition to the above features, MIUI 12 also has a new animated design, AI calls, deep color mode, etc., which will not be introduced much here for space reasons.

Mi 10 Ultra Review: Camera

I’m sure many people didn’t expect the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra to cut out the 100-megapixel main camera. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra rear quad-camera, from top to bottom, is a 48-megapixel submersible telephoto lens (IMX586, detached OIS, 120x super-telephoto) + 12-megapixel portrait lens (1.4μm, equivalent 50mm focal length) + 48-megapixel Super Dynamic Shimmer main camera (1/1.32”, f/1.85, 2.4μm 4-in-1, 8P, OIS) + 20 megapixel’s super-wide-angle lens (FOV 128°, 7P), support for single-frame progressive HDR technology (reduces HDR ghosting), HDR10 video recording (4K/8K), Super Night View, with laser + phase + Dual PD triple hybrid focus.

First, let’s look at its 48 megapixel’s periscope telephoto, this CMOS we are all very familiar with, that is, the mainstream models use the Sony IMX 586, with the periscope zoom technology to achieve 5X, 10X optical zoom, up to support 120X digital zoom, split OIS control system (Xiaomi 10 Youth Edition has been adopted), through the right-angle prism deflection and lateral movement and lens group AF focus movement to reduce the shake of multi-fold zoom, this zoom scheme can not be said to be the best, but for the moment, is the mainstream level.

Then there’s the replacement for the 100-megapixel 48-megapixel Super Dynamic Shimmer main camera, a Xiaomi custom sensor with a sensor size of 1/1.32 inch, a single-pixel size of 1.2μm, an 8P lens, and support for hardware-level dual native ISO Fusion Super Dynamic technology, chip-level single-frame progressive HDR technology, and HDR10 video capture.

What is Dual Native ISO Fusion Super Dynamic Technology?

It’s using dual native ISOs to image two separate photos so that the low native ISO gets the high light underexposed photo, the high native ISO gets the dark detail-rich photo, and then the two photos are combined into one to achieve a photo with more dynamic range, better tolerance, and less noise.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra Camera Sample

In Daylight

In Night

From the shooting samples, Xiaomi Mi 10 of the 48 megapixel’s Super Dynamic Microlight main camera resolution is not 100 million main cameras so fierce, but the picture is not too smear, after zooming in can still clearly distinguish between the details. It’s also a great way to get the most out of your camera, thanks to its dual native ISO Fusion Super Dynamic technology, which allows you to zoom in on darker details that are comparable to 100 million pixels.

As for the nighttime samples, the image purity is sufficient, and the highlights are still suppressed without Super Night Scene. The highlights are richly detailed, and you can see the light source emitted by the neon lights; the zoom is one of the main features, and the camera doesn’t have much effect above 10X.

As you can see from the zoom samples, the 48-megapixel IMX586 is stable, and the split OIS is extremely stable at multiple zooms. But the white balance is still a bit lacking, but it should be noted that this is only the first time Xiaomi is equipped with this CMOS, there is still a lot of post-tuning to do, and it does not represent the final performance.

Mi 10 Ultra Review: Performance

In terms of performance, the Mi 10 Ultra is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC with LPDDR5 memory + UFS 3.1 flash memory and support for Write Turb to enhance sequential write speed and random read capability. It also supports HDB host performance enhancements to boost the computing power of the LPDDR5 memory.

In terms of heat dissipation, according to the official introduction, the machine has a built-in 6-layer graphite structure, covering an area of more than 70% of the machine, with key heat sources covered, such as the motherboard SoC, power management chip, 5G chip, etc., as well as a total area of 2002mm² of VC liquid cooling to achieve multi-dimensional three-dimensional heat dissipation. It also has 8 built-in temperature sensors to monitor the phone’s temperature adjustment strategy.

Mi 10 Ultra Antutu Benchmark

Mi 10 Ultra Antutu Benchmark

As usual, we’ll run a score first; after the actual test, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra AnTuTu benchmark running score of 657187, in which the CPU belongs to the normal Snapdragon 865 model performance, GPU scores have been improved, GPU scores become the main improvement items, I believe and heat can not be separated from the relationship, the machine is also the latest GPU driver, Vulkan performance has been optimized, the score theory increased.

The storage and UX scores are also improved, with the storage benefiting from UFS 3.1 + Write Turb software assistance and the UX attributed to the high refresh rate of 120Hz.

Storage Test

Mi 10 Ultra Storage Test

After the actual test, Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra storage scores 59779 points, compared to other UFS 3.1 models have a better performance, we have mentioned many times in the monthly Android phone performance list, a heap of hardware is not a panacea, but also with software assistance to give full play to the hardware strength.

Mi 10 Ultra Review: Charging and Battery Life

After talking about the camera performance, charging is also the biggest upgrade of the Mi 10 Ultra, is the industry’s first to support 100-watt fast-charging technology, the power to 120W, can be said to be another milestone in the development of smartphones, so that the phone charging power for the first time into the triple-digit field.

Charging, Mi 10 Ultra supports 120W wired charging + 50W wireless charging (first mass production) + 10W wireless reverse charging, in the current production models, is the most capable of charging the model.

The 120W wired charging is a custom combination of two charge pumps with a 98.5% conversion rate in parallel, converting the large voltage of the charger into a low-voltage charging path that can be directly received by the two batteries through half-voltage direct charging. Too much hardcore technology to talk about, we already discussed “Is Mi 10 Ultra 120W fast Charging safely?”

We start charging at 1%, record every 5 minutes, connect the phone to Wi-Fi, open apps like WeChat and QQ to receive messages, and try to simulate daily use.

Mi 10 Ultra 120W Wired charging speed

After the actual test, Xiaomi 10 Ultra took 22 minutes to charge to 100%, of which 5 minutes to charge 40% of the power, 10 minutes to charge 62% of the power, 15 minutes to charge 84% of the power. There was a time when our fantasy of having a fully charged phone in the time it takes to eat breakfast has finally come true.

Coming back to wireless charging, from 2018, Xiaomi is particularly obsessed with advancing wireless charging technology, and this time the Mi 10 Ultra is equipped with 50W wireless charging for the first time, which is the highest wireless power model in the current production model.

Mi 10 Ultra 50W Wireless charging speed

After the actual test, the Xiaomi 10 Ultra charging consumes 40 minutes to 100% (with 55W vertical air-cooled wireless charger + 120W charger), of which 10 minutes into 28%, 20 minutes into 52%, faster than some of the wired charging models. It also supports reverse direct charging with up to 10W output.

This is the first time a commercial mobile phone has such a high charging power, many people worry about whether there will be safety issues, according to the official introduction, the 120W fast-charging Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra uses an anti-reverse charging circuit to prevent damage to accessories, real-time detection system stability, even if the software is abnormal, the independent power supply chip can also close the 120W charging circuit promptly. However, there is still a fever during the charging process, understandable, after all, the 100-watt power technology is not yet fully mature.

In terms of the sequel, the Mi 10 Ultra is equipped with an equivalent 4500mAh graphene-based dual-serial lithium-ion battery with a dual-cell series butterfly symmetrical architecture and internal graphene material, mainly designed to achieve 120W fast charging.

As usual, we use videos and games to briefly test its endurance performance.

Online video power consumption test

Starting from 80% power, connect to Wi-Fi, picture quality 1080P, 50% brightness, default volume
After 30 minutes, the remaining power of the Mi 10 Extreme Commemorative Edition is 75% and the power consumption is 5%

Game power consumption test

Starting from 70% battery, connect to Wi-Fi, picture quality 1080P, 50% brightness, default volume
After 30 minutes, the remaining power of the Mi 10 Extreme Commemorative Edition is 61% and the power consumption is 9%

Summary

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is concerned, what’s not to brag about? High-end body craftsmanship, MIUI 12, 120x camera zoom, 120W wired + 50W wireless fast charging, etc., all these features in one, what to say about the flaws? It can only be said that blocking its full popularity may be the pricing, after all, five or six thousand pieces of mobile phones now belong to the high-end positioning.

However, from the product point of view, the Mi 10 Ultra is not perfect, the flagship features are not enough, such as 2K resolution, IP68 waterproof, but according to Xiaomi’s past style, this kind of thing is not urgent, if you just abandon the price limit on the launch of seven or eight thousand models, the gap is too big, you can imagine the user mentality. So Xiaomi’s high-end road, have to take it slowly, after taking off the cost-effective hat, but also to erect a high-end tone.

Mi 10 Ultra Review

Xiaomi Mi 10 Supreme Memorial Edition is the company’s impact on the high-end of the second product, on behalf of the Xiaomi mobile phone completely abandoned cost-effective, in the high-end road rushing, the current Xiaomi is a hundred benefits and no harm, besides the price is still maintained a generous, this time the direction of the right.

Source: Orignal Review Published on Antutu Benchmark Website by Author Tangzheng.

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