Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G Full review with Snapdragon 870, 108 MP Camera, Price

The News for Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G, Xiaomi Mi 10 series was the pioneering work of Xiaomi’s influence on the high-end last year, and its balanced performance without drawbacks also gained consumer acceptance. As a result, in 2021, the protection rate of Xiaomi Mi 10 second-hand mobile phones is still high. Therefore, Xiaomi decided to launch a slightly upgraded sub-flagship to continue the vitality of the Xiaomi Mi 10 series.

As we all know, Qualcomm has adopted a dual flagship chip market strategy in 2021. The Snapdragon 888 chases excessive performance, and the Snapdragon 870 pursues a balance between performance and power consumption. Therefore, manufacturers have recently released new phones. They often adopt a major and sub-prime product line. Xiaomi first released the new flagship Xiaomi 11 equipped with Snapdragon 888 and on 10 March Xiaomi released the sub-flagship Xiaomi 10S equipped with Snapdragon 870.

So can this give rise to the status of the bucket flagship of Xiaomi Mi 10S Xiaomi Mi 10? The Gadget Pixels has already got the blue version, let’s find the answer.

Appearance & Design

The packaging box of Xiaomi 10S is similar to Xiaomi 11. Adopts a slim and environmentally friendly design. The charger and charging cable are no longer included. The package only has a mobile phone case, card pin, and a 3.5 mm conversion cable. Not surprisingly, it should be identical to the Xiaomi 11 using a package version with a 33W charge package, and the environment version is only a bare-metal solution.

Xiaomi Mi 10s 5g unboxing Highlight

The Mi 10S body weighs 208g and feels a definite drop. The measurements are 162.58 mm x 74.8 mm x 8.96 mm, and these parameters are exactly the same as the Xiaomi Mi 10. The front has a 6.67-inch hole-digging curved screen. Which is exactly the same as Xiaomi Mi 10.

Xiaomi Mi 10s 5G in hand experience

The back of the Mi 10S is very different from the Mi 10, the Mi 10 is similar in style to the Extreme Commemorative Edition. Which Xiaomi calls the “Little Extreme” style. The material on the back is glass. Which is not easy to get contaminated with fingerprints after frost. The blue version obtained by Gadget Pixels has some reflections of an orange color when it looks diagonally, and light and shadow flow through, and the look is fresh.

Xiaomi Mi 10s 5G Camera Preview 108Mp Ai Camera

The hardware configuration of the four-camera module in the top left corner is a 2 million-pixel depth-of-field lens + 100 million-pixel main camera + 2 million-pixel independent macro lens + 13 million ultra-wide-angle lenses. It is actually the same Mi 10, but the design is similar to the Mi 10 Extreme. The commemorative version is similar. The difference is that the upper periscope lens is replaced with a depth-of-field lens. The size of the entire four-camera module is reduced. This solves the problem that the Mi 10 Extreme Communicative Easy to Touch version has a lens version that catches the touch.


The Gadget Pixels has made inquiries. That the supplier of this screen was Huaxing Optoelectronics, and it was originally confirmed. That it was the same domestic screen like the Xiaomi Mi 10. Peak brightness up to 1120 NIT can be achieved. Automatic brightness switching is also quite sensitive, with front and rear dual photosensitive units. Functionally, it supports screen fingerprint, DC dimming, DCI-P3 color gamut display, and professional factory color calibration. The average Delta E of the screen is only 0.41. Which is sufficient to meet the needs of people with high color accuracy.

Xiaomi Mi 10s 5G box and component highlgiht

In MIUI’s color management, users are allowed to customize the RGB color space, HVS color space, contrast, gamma value, and other options, and can call the color style that suits their eyes. However, the Mi 10S has already been color-calibrated while leaving the factory. It is generally not recommended to change these advanced settings. In general, this screen is completely inherited from the excellent look and feel of the Xiaomi Mi 10 series. Which corresponds to the status of the next flagship.

Through microscope observation, we found that the pixels of this screen of Xiaomi 10S adopt the Pearl arrangement, which is not the same as the diamond arrangement of the Samsung screen but is almost the same. The only difference is that the red-blue pixels are in four-pointed stars with beauty. This is also similar to the arrangement of diamonds. In general, it is a relatively good home screen.

Xiaomi Dxomark Audio support

Apart from the usual Type-C interface, microphone and infrared emission hole, the top, and bottom of the Xiaomi Mi 10S also features the signature Cymetrical Independent Dual Speaker of the Mi 10 series. The Xiaomi Mi 10 series was once well-received for this speaker system and was called a “music phone”, while the Mi 10S pushed the front wave after the Yang 10 River, and advanced again. Was equipped with the industry’s first 0.7 mm amplitude sound unit. , Which was operated by Harbin. Monkton tuned in and measured external sound quality was quite excellent and won the championship of the DXO sound quality ranking with a score of 80 points.

Performance and battery life

As the second head of Xiaomi’s family, the Xiaomi Mi 10S inherits the style of the Xiaomi Mi 10 in stacking material. Qualcomm is equipped with Snapdragon 870 processor, full LPDDR5 memory, UFS3.0 flash memory, dual-mode 5G + Wi-Fi 6, 4780mAh battery and 33W wired flash charging, 30W wireless flash charging and 10W wireless reverse charging. Multifunctional NFC, horizontal linear motor, P2I grade waterproof, infrared remote control and other functions are also available. In general, except that the processor is upgraded to the Snapdragon 870. The charging power increases by 3W, the rest is exactly the same as the Xiaomi 10.

Display Highlight

So how does this Snapdragon 870 perform on Xiaomi 10S? Let’s go to the theoretical test and game test for further.

Antutu in running score, which represents a comprehensive performance. Xiaomi 10S scored 653410. In GeekBench4, which represents CPU performance. Xiaomi Mi 10S scored 4667 points for single-core and 13,504 for multi-core. From a theoretical performance point of view, the Snapdragon 870 on the Xiaomi 10S is 15% -20% stronger than the Snapdragon 865 on the Xiaomi 10 and the improvement is quite obvious. The interesting thing is that although there is no change in the flash memory. It is still UFS3.0, but the Xiaomi 10S has significantly improved random read and write performance.

Mi 10s 5G Benchmark score up to 4667 and multicore score is 13504

Has the actual game performance of the Mi 10S improved? The Mi 10S also supports Game Turbo on hardware. This ensures that users can play with the best performance and network environment while playing the game. In the game, you can check the performance of the game. Or you can open various gadgets by sliding the sidebar in the top left corner of the screen to call the Quick Game toolbar. The following test data is measured in all sports performance enhancement modes.

Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G  Game Booster Performance

Gadget Pixels found that although the Mi 10S is a new mobile phone. “Honor of Kings” has been adapted to the ultra-clear and extreme picture quality 90 frame mode. The 30-minute game also remains at 90 frames throughout the game. The game experience is very good, with an average frame rate of 87.1 frames.

Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G  game Play
Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G  Gaming Fps highlight

In “Peace Elite” (Chinese pubg), you can turn on the smooth 90 frame mode or HDR limit frame rate. The frame rate in the measured game is also very smooth, with an average frame rate of 88.6 frames in 30 minutes. At this time, you can feel the warmth of the back cover while playing. The temperature is about 37.2 ° C.

Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G  Game Play
Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G  Gaming Fps Highlgiht
Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G temperature up to 37.2 Celsius

In the benchmarking software “Yuan Shen”, the pressure on the game is relatively high. The highest image quality can only be maintained in 50 to 55 frames. The average frame rate of 30 minutes is 54.2 frames, and the back cover is already one. Slightly warmer. 40.5 ° C. If you want to play the original God in 60 frames. So it is recommended to reduce the level of special effects except for the rendering accuracy.

Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G game Play performance highlight
Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G game play Fps Highlgiht
Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G temperature up to 42.2 Celsius

After the actual measurements of these three games, we found that the Snapdragon 870’s performance improved slightly over the 865. Qualcomm’s current sub-flagship chip is second only to Snapdragon 888. Easily playing most games is no longer a problem.

Thanks to a large battery of 4780mAh, the remaining power is still around 60%, after an hour and a half of intense play. After playing, you can quickly refill it with 33W charging. Although the peak power of 33W in 2021 is not much. Xiaomi’s charging solution can maintain high power status for a long time. It can be charged in about 80 minutes.

Apart from this, the Mi 10S also supports 30W wireless charging and 10W wireless reverse charging. Today, when wireless charging is becoming more and more popular. So much rich charging configuration can say goodbye to the battery concern.

Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G Camera Images

From the hardware parameters perspective, the four-camera solution of the Mi 10S is exactly the same as the Mi 10. Both are 100 million pixel main camera + 13 million pixel ultra-wide-lens lens + 2 million pixel depth-of-field lens + 2 million pixel macro lens.

Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G  camera 108mp AI camera

In terms of software optimization, this time it focused on supporting three key features. There is a super night scene. When shooting low-light images, the Xiaomi Mi 10 will get deeper details based on the RAW algorithm. The second AI is visual recognition. The new content perception will analyze deep neural network brightness, color, and even the composition of the picture in real-time, and then use artificial intelligence algorithms to enhance the photo to make the photo more “textured”. “The third is that the Xiaomi Mi 10 supports the HEIF camera format. Due to the introduction of a 100 million pixel lens, the size of photos taken is particularly large. Turning on the HEIF switch can save 50% of photo volume and store .More photos while ensuring image quality.

So what is the actual shot effect of Xiaomi 10S? The Gadget Pixels has taken some evidence for everyone, let’s take a look.

Firstly, this 100-megapixel main camera performs very well in color, under sufficient light conditions during the day. Restores reality. It is not highly enriched due to the interference of AI, and also the purity of the sky. OK.

Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G day camera shot

However, in environments with a large light ratio, the latitude performance of this lens is still not satisfactory. It suffers from problems of bright overexposure and excess of darkness.

Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G stairs day camera shot
Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G stairs day camera shot

Due to the lack of telephoto lenses, image quality is poor after 5x digital zoom, and there will be some smearing after zooming in.

car parking day camera shot through mi Phone

If we want to take pictures of distant scenes. So we can adopt 100 million pixels + post-cropping method. After opening the 100-megapixel mode, thanks to the large amount of detail brought by the 100-megapixel, the picture is sharper even after zooming in. Even the distant windows are clearly distinct.

day camera shot on building through Mi phone
cars and building day camera shot through Mi phone

Another 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens has good imaging quality, and the film details and colors are not much different from the main camera. 123 ° large field of view at the time of shooting is sufficient to obtain more information.

day camera shot

In nighttime environments, the Mi 10S can turn on night view mode in the “more” interface. At this time, multi-frame synthesis technology will be activated to increase brightness, reduce noise, and take a more beautiful sunset. .

For suppressing the night highlights, Xiaomi Mi 10S is also doing a good job. The two highlighted light sources in the lower-left corner of the proof are well controlled.

Xiaomi Mi 10S 5G  Night camera shot

After manually pulling down to open macro mode on the camera interface, you can call this 2 million pixels macro lens. The image quality of this lens is acceptable and can complement our shooting scenes. Especially suitable for close-range shooting of textual material.

Xiaomi Mi 10s 5g close-range shooting of textual material


The Mi 10S is a very accurate sub-flagship. This core accessory upgrades SoC. While users are most concerned in this price range based on the Mi 10 Standard Edition. While also reducing the price. This wave of additional volume and price reduction helped the Xiaomi 10 to get stuck at the prime value and maintain the status of the bucket machine.

camera and back panel highlight color variant sky blue

It is a pity that although its imaging system adopts the “slightly topmost” design similar to the Xiaomi Mi 10 Extreme Commutative Edition. The hardware quality is still at the level of last year’s Mi 10 Standard Edition, which is a bit regrettable.

In general, if you are more concerned about performance and battery life. So Xiaomi 10S will be a very good option. This is fine due to the balanced performance of the Mi 10 series. That its successor Mi 10S can still shine in 2021 today.

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