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Five Things To Know About The Rs 20,000 Smartphone


For its first smartphone launch of the year 2021, Xiaomi India has introduced Mi 10i in the country at a starting price of Rs 20,999. A rebranded version of the Redmi Note 9 5G launched in China last month, the Mi 10i has been quite an anticipated offering in the smartphone market of India.

The high-end specifications of the smartphone have largely been responsible for this. So was the lineage that the Mi 10i comes from – a Mi 10 series that includes Mi 10t, Mi 10t Pro, Mi 10 5G and more.

With the aggressive pricing announced now, Xiaomi has made sure that the anticipation turns to excitement among the general buyers for the device. But are the specifications really good enough to shell out your money on the Mi 10i? Here are some reasons that might justify the expense for you –

Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G

Xiaomi Mi 10i Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G

The Mi10i comes with a Snapdragon 750G, a comparatively new processor by Qualcomm that is yet to be seen on many smartphones. Xiaomi has been among the frontrunners in adopting it for its smartphones. The Mi10i proves this, as one of the first devices in the country to get the processor.

The SoC promises a better processing speed and prowess, as well as battery management than its predecessors. In addition, it introduces 5G support to a chipset that is meant for mid-range smartphones. Mi10i thus comes as a 5G ready device.

Mi 10i Display

Mi 10i features a 120Hz Intelligent AdaptiveSync display with 6 step refresh rate. The technology claims to match the screen refresh rate with the content frame rate to ensure a smooth experience.

Xiaomi says that the Mi 10i display is also HDR and HDR10+ compliant but remains optimal for battery performance using the above mentioned technology. It comes in a size of 6.67-inch and features Gorilla Glass on the front as well as the back. 

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Mi 10i Memory options

Xiaomi Mi 10i camera options
Xiaomi Mi 10i

A big plus for buyers is a range of memory options to let them choose from as per their usage. Xiaomi ensures that with the Mi 10i, offering three memory variants.

The 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant comes as the basic at a price point of Rs 20,999. An expanded storage of 128GB is offered on the other variant costing Rs 21,999. The expanded storage can be coupled with an 8GB RAM for a variant that costs Rs 23,999. The devices come with an expandable storage capacity of up to 512GB using an external microSD.

Mi 10i Camera

On paper, the Mi10i looks promising for photographic capabilities offered by smartphones in this price range. The Mi 10i features a quad-camera setup at the back housing a 108 MP primary sensor. The main sensor is coupled to an 8 MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2 MP macro sensor as well as a 2 MP depth sensor. At the front is a 16 MP selfie shooter.

With the configuration, the smartphone boasts of a range of features including timed burst, 6 long exposure modes, Night mode 2.0, Google Lens, dual video (selfie camera + main camera) and a video recording capability of 4K, FHD and HD.

Mi 10i Battery

xiaomi mi 10i battery
Xiaomi Mi 10i

Mi 10i offers a considerable battery backup with a capacity of 4,820 mAh, very likely to power one’s smartphone usage through the day. An added plus is the support for 33W fast charging promised by the smartphone.

Xiaomi claims that the smartphone can be charged upto 68% within 30 minutes. A full charge of 0 to 100% will take just under an hour.

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