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เรือธงรุ่นล่าสุดของ Xiaomi คุ้มค่าคุ้มราคา แต่มาพร้อมกับการเสียสละเล็กน้อย

It’s safe to say that Xiaomi was perhaps one of the phone companies out there that made Android accessible to the world. They started with the Xiaomi Mi 1 back in August 2011. Close to 10 years later, it’s one of the most valuable companies globally and has even expanded into smart home appliances.

Coming back to 2020, Xiaomi releases the Mi 10T Pro, and the technology is leaps and bounds from when it started. I managed to get my hands on it and yet again, I’m impressed with the company’s offering.

If the design ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The Mi 10T Pro follows the same designs as many other phones out there. Yes, that also means it has one too many cameras that bulge out the back of the phone. It’s just something we have to get used to. It doesn’t look very good but, hey, you still need a phone.

The front houses a 6.67-inch LCD panel with a punch-hole camera cutout at the top left. The front camera can get slightly distracting, but eventually, you’ll learn to ignore it. However, the colors do seem a little washed out to me. It’s not terrible but, comparing to other flagship phones, it could do with some improvements.

The display supports a refresh rate of up to 144hz, which looks and feels fantastic. It’s extremely smooth when scrolling through my social media feed or news articles. But if you find the high refresh rate not your cup of tea, you can bring it back down to 60hz, similar to other phones.

While there might not be a headphone jack – what’s new, am I right? – because it’s a Xiaomi phone, there’s an infrared blaster at the top of the phone. This means you’ll be able to turn your phone into a remote control for your home appliances like your TV, air conditioner, and fan.

Great and affordable performance.

Overall, usage of the Mi10T Pro has been smooth during my two weeks I had the phone. With a Snapdragon 865 processor and 8GB of RAM, one would expect as much. I’m also happy to tell you that I never experienced any app crashes.

But there are some slight heating problems when it came to running graphics-intensive games like Asphalt 9. It’s not terribly hot, but I think Xiaomi could work just a little more on the cooling system.

Bringing down the graphic’s setting helps reduce the heat, but you wouldn’t be enjoying the powerful processor’s full potential.

Xiaomi has still been going with its MIUI interface for years now, and while it has got better over the years, it’s not as intuitive as the stock Android interface. However, I do like that the MIUI plays very well with other third-party launchers, giving you the freedom to customize how the interface looks.

Corners were cut in the camera.

The camera bump is massive, and it’s not a very appealing design. I would be more understanding if it sits flushed against the phone’s body, but it sticks out too much.

That massive bump houses three camera sensors. The primary camera is a 108MP sensor. There’s also a 13MP ultrawide angle lens and a 5MP macro sensor.

Pictures are not too bad. Details during the day shots are pretty good, but the color feels slightly washed out, in my opinion.

The night shots are pretty impressive in lighting up the scene, but there is a noticeable loss in detail.

There’s also a single 20MP selfie camera, and I’m happy to see that Xiaomi didn’t force the beautification mode on this camera. Again, similar to the front camera, colors are slightly dull, but details are quite impressive.

Impressive battery life for a powerful phone.

I was initially worried that the 5,000mAh battery would not be good enough to provide a full day of battery life on the 144hz screen settings. But to my surprise, I managed to get an entire day of usage, even when I played games in between.

If I brought the screen refresh rate down to 60hz, the battery could easily last for one and a half day.

Even if the battery capacity is large, Xiaomi has included a great charger in the box, and in my experience, you’ll get a full charge in just over an hour.

Once again, Xiaomi has released a powerful phone for an insanely low price of US$485, allowing more people to afford a flagship phones easily. But there are some corners that have been cut to make it affordable.

However, I don’t think it’s a huge tradeoff and can still be a great phone to use for a couple of years.

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