Despite last week's news that MWC 2020 had been cancelled, throwing the global launch of the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro flagship Xiaomi phones into disarray, on Thursday we got our first look at the new phones during Xiaomi's Chinese launch event.

Both Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro went on sale in China on 14 February, with prices starting at 3,999 yuan (£442/US$573) and 4,999 yuan (£552/$716) respectively.

You'll note that this is a 1,000 yuan price hike over the previous Mi 9 flagship, and Redmi's general manager Lu Weibing explains that this is largely to do with the addition of 5G connectivity, as well as several hardware upgrades to the screen, the 108Mp camera, the implementation of LPDDR5 RAM and the higher-capacity batteries with new cooling systems. Even so, the new Xiaomi flagships cost less than many competing Android phones, offering excellent value.

With Mi 10 yet to be announced in the UK, and Xiaomi having yet to confirm when we'll see a global launch, it's worth pointing out that you can still get hold of these phones in the UK. Geekbuying is currently offering Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro to buy, with prices starting at £631.42 and £789.29 respectively, and free shipping to the UK. Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro will also be available through GearBest.

Mi 10

Mi 10 specifications at a glance

  • 6.67in AMOLED display, 2340x1080, 90Hz refresh rate (180Hz resampling), HDR10+, 1120nits brightness, 5,000,000:1 contrast
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor
  • Large 3000mm2 vapour chamber with graphene and graphite layers for cooling
  • 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB/256GB UFS 3.0 storage
  • Quad-lens primary camera with 108Mp sensor, OIS
  • 5G
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • NFC
  • 4,780mAh battery
  • 30W wired, 30W wireless, 10W reverse wireless charging
  • MIUI 11

Mi 10 Pro

Mi 10 Pro specifications at a glance

  • 6.67in AMOLED display, 2340x1080, 90Hz refresh rate (180Hz resampling), HDR10+, 1200nits brightness, 5,000,000:1 contrast
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor
  • Large 3000mm2 vapour chamber with graphene and graphite layers for cooling
  • 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 256GB/512GB UFS 3.0 storage
  • Quad-lens primary camera with 108Mp sensor, OIS, up to 50x digital zoom, highest ever score of 124 points in DXOMark
  • 5G
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • NFC
  • 4,500mAh battery
  • 50W wired, 30W wireless, 10W reverse wireless charging (sold with 65W charger)
  • MIUI 11

Mi 10 Pro

Mi 10 Pricing & Availability

With both phones now on sale in China, pricing and configurations are as follows:

  • Mi 10 8GB/128GB: 3,999 yuan (£442/$573)
  • Mi 10 8GB/256GB: 4,299 yuan (£475/$616)
  • Mi 10 12GB/256GB: 4,699 yuan (£519/$673)
  • Mi 10 Pro 8GB/256GB: 4,999 yuan (£552/$716)
  • Mi 10 Pro 12GB/256GB: 5,499 yuan (£608/$788)
  • Mi 10 Pro 12GB/512GB: 5,999 yuan (£663/$859)

The successor to the Mi 9 was supposed to see a global launch on 23 February, but with MWC now cancelled we are waiting for Xiaomi to confirm when and where this press conference will take place. 

UK pricing will be a little higher than we saw previously with the £499 Mi 9, thanks to various hardware upgrades and the addition of 5G. We could see a starting price as high as £599 (which is still pretty cheap as flagships go). 

If you're prepared to pay a little more than this then you can pre-order Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro from Geekbuying, with prices starting at £631.43 and £789.29 respectively. Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro will also be available through GearBest.

If you do go down this path you should note that you may be asked to pay import duty upon arrival to the UK (20% of whatever value is on the shipping paperwork).

More importantly, these are the Chinese versions of the phones, so will not come with Google Play installed. You can install this via the Mi App Store, and then download any other Google services you require from Google Play (including an English keyboard), but it isn't going to work as seamlessly out of the box as if you wait for the global model. 

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