After teasing for more than a month, Xiaomi has finally revealed the launch date for the much-awaited flagship device, the Mi 10. The Beijing-based tech giant has announced that the new Mi-series flagship will launch on March 31 in India. After long, Xiaomi has finally thought of revamping the Mi-series in the country. The last smartphone in the said series was the Mi 5 that launched back in 2016. This is Xiaomi’s third launch within this month after the Redmi Note 9 series and Mi Wireless Power Bank, which launched on March 12 and March 17 respectively. The launch will take place in a livestream through Xiaomi’s Mi.com site and social media platforms, just like many other launch events this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
India is a beneficial market for Xiaomi and that is the reason the tech conglomerate has decided to launch their 10th Anniversary Flagship, the Mi 10, in the country just three days after its global debut. Notably, Mi 10 was launched last month in China along with the Mi 10 Pro, which might not accompany the former in India. The launch is scheduled for March 31 at 12:30PM and will be conducted through livestream, and pre-orders for Mi 10 will start at 3PM after the launch. Xiaomi has also developed a dedicated microsite on Mi.com that will unveil the key features about the new Mi-series offering ahead of the launch.
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Xiaomi Mi 10 Specifications & Features
The latest offering in the Mi-series, Mi 10 flaunts a 6.67-inch FHD+ curved Super AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch-sensing. The display carries a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and comes protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Mi 10 display will also sport an optical under-display fingerprint sensor for unlocking the device. Powering the Mi 10 is an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, coupled with Adreno 650 GPU and up to 12GB of RAM. The flagship device will offer onboard storage up to 256GB with UFS 3.0 standard for faster write speeds.
In the optics department, Mi 10 offers a quad rear camera setup with the flagship level 108-megapixel wide primary sensor along with a 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and two 2-megapixel sensors, one dedicated for macro photography and the other for depth-sensing. The main highlight of the smartphone’s camera lies in the fact that it supports up to 8K video recording mode. Over at the front, the smartphone sports a 20-megapixel punch-hole selfie camera.
Juicing up the Mi 10, is the 4,780mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging over cable, 30W fast wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging. Notably, Xiaomi India recently launched the 10,000mAh capacity Mi Wireless Power Bank in the country that kind of hinted at the possible launch of a smartphone that could support the charging standard. The Mi 10 is also tipped to support 5G capabilities, which means that two different versions of the smartphone will launch in India. The high-end 12GB RAM version with 256GB storage shall be the one with 5G support, while the other variants will go on with 4G LTE support for now. The Mi 10 runs MIUI 11 on top of Android 10 in the software segment.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Price in India & Offers
As the device is yet to launch on March 31 in India, the Xiaomi Mi 10 price in India is unknown. However, Manu Kumar Jain, Xiaomi VP and India MD announced a different pricing model for the smartphone over its China counterpart. The smartphone will be brought to India via direct import plus the recent GST hike and depreciating rupee will add to the overall pricing of the Mi 10. In China, the Mi 10 price starts at CNY 3,999 that roughly translates to ₹42,500.
The microsite revealed that customers who pre-order the Mi 10 between March 31, 3PM and April 7, 11:59PM will be entitled to an instant discount of ₹2,500 with Axis Bank Credit Card and EMI transactions. Purchases made through Axis Bank Debit Cards and EMI transactions will bring in an instant discount of ₹2,000 on the Mi 10. The smartphone will also be sold via Amazon India, thus pre-orders made through the e-commerce giant will provide additional Xiaomi Mi 10 offers, such as Free Mi Wireless Power Bank and No Cost EMI up to 12 months.
As already had been mentioned, Xiaomi shall not bring the Mi 10 Pro in India and only the regular model will be released in India as per the teasers. The global launch of the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro smartphones is scheduled for March 27 and will be livestreamed on Xiaomi’s global Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts.
It will be worth watching how the new Mi-series flagship, Mi 10, fares in the Indian market and competes against the likes of recently launched 5G smartphones, iQOO 3 5G and Realme X50 Pro 5G.