The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra smartphone goes on sale in China on August 16 for about $760 and up. But I’m honestly not sure why Xiaomi didn’t call its latest flagship the Mi 120.

After all, the phone’s most distinctive characteristics include a display with a 120 Hz screen refresh rate, support for 120W fast charging, and an “AI super zoom” camera that can snap shots at up to 120X zoom level.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra

You should probably take that last feature with a grain of salt. This phone’s 48MP telephoto lens features 10X telephoto lens. In order to zoom in any closer than that you’ll have to rely on software. That means image quality will likely degrade the more you zoom.

But you can zoom all the way up to 120X if you’re willing to make that tradeoff. Few other phones have an option to get anywhere close to that. DXOMARK has some examples of what super zoom photographs look like on the Mi 10 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Huawei P40 Pro, and overall the Mi 10 doesn’t come out on top… but it fares reasonably well.

As for the 120W fast charging, Xiaomi says you can take the Mi 10 Ultra’s 4,500 mAh battery from 0 to 41 percent by plugging it in for just 5 minutes. It takes just 23 minutes to fully charge the battery.

Things will go a little slower if you opt for wireless charging, which is also supported. Xiaomi offers a 50W wireless charging… which will still probably let you charge the battery more quickly than most wired chargers from other companies. The Mi 10 Ultra also supports 10W reverse wireless charging if you want to use the smartphone as a power bank for charging other phones or gadgets including smartwatches or wireless earbuds.

Here are some other key specs for the Mi 10 Ultra:

Display6.67″ OLED TrueColor curved display
19.5:9 aspect ratio, FHD+,
120 Hz refresh rate
240Hz touch sampling rate
Color contrast ratio: 5,000,000:1 (typ)
800nit (HBM) / 1120nit (typ)
Gamut: 100% DCI-P3, Color accuracy: ∆E <1.0, JNCD: <0.63
10-bit color depth
TÜV Low-Blue Light Rheinland and HDR10+ certifications
ColorObsidian Black, Mercury Silver, Transparent Edition
Dimensions162.4 x 75 x 9.5mm
Weight222 grams
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 865
Kyro 585 CPU, Octa-core CPU, up to 2.84 GHz
Adreno 650 GPU
Storage & RAM8GB/12GB/16GB LPDDR5 RAM
128GB/256GB/512GB UFS 3.1 storage
Cooling SystemLiquidCool 2.0 vapor chamber + 6-stack graphite layer +graphene
Rear Camera 48MP ultra-clear primary camera1/1.32” super sensor, 2.4μm 4-in-1 Super Pixels
Supports OIS, f/1.85, 8P lens
120x digital zoom telephoto lens
20MP ultra-wide angle 128° camera
12MP portrait lens
Up to 8K 24fps video recording
AI 2.0, Night mode 2.0, ShootSteady video, Vlog mode,
960fps macro slow-motion video
Front Camera20MP 1.8mm hole punch selfie cameraHDR, AI portrait selfies, AI scene detection, portrait video
720p 120fps slow motion video
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
5G MultiLinkMulti-functional
IR blaster
USB Type-C
Battery & Charging4,500mAh battery
120W wired and 50W wireless fast charging
10W reverse wireless charging
AudioDual stereo speakers
Hi-Res Audio certification
AI noise reduction
SecurityIn-screen fingerprint sensor
Face Unlock
OSMIUI 12 based on Android 10

The phone is up for pre-order in China starting today and ships August 16th, with prices ranging from RMB 5,299 to 6,999:

  • 8GB/128GB for RMB 5,299 (~$760)
  • 8GB/256GB for RMB 5,599 (~$805)
  • 12GB/256GB for RMB 5,999 (~$865)
  • 16GB/512GB for RMB 6,999 (~$1,110)

via Mi Blog

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8 replies on “Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra has a 120 Hz display, 120W fast charging, and 120X AI zoom”

  1. Many good things about this device.
    What’s missing:
    – No microSD slot (no DualSIM option either)
    – No 3.5mm Headphone Jack (shame)
    – USB-C 3.1 port (only 2.0)
    – IP68 protection (only IP66 splashproof)
    – And lastly, no AndroidOne OS for guaranteed long-term support

    …so yeah, Planned Obsolescence is a built-in feature like every other phone out there 🙁

  2. ?
    Seems to me the in-display front camera is the breakthrough feature here!

    1. I copied and pasted the specs from their press release. Unfortunately, if you look at the picture, what you’ll see is a hole punch camera that’s “in” the display, not an under-glass camera. Actually, that might be fortunate, because all of the prototypes of under-glass cameras I’ve seen so far have been underwhelming.

  3. It doesn’t have 10X “optical zoom”. The fixed focal length of one lens is 10X the fixed focal length of another lens on the camera. The “zoom” levels between 1X and 10X are obtained by digital manipulation – not by moving a lens.

      1. Doesn’t calling it telephoto still imply a moving lens though? Are we in need to expand and updated the definition of “telephoto” to include the sort of trick of using two fixed lenses with different focal lengths that Sunny B explained?

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