If 2019 was the year Xiaomi phones really started getting big in the west, 2020 could see the company square off against industry veterans Apple, Samsung and Huawei, with a slew of impressive yet affordable phones. This precedent was started in late 2019 with the fantastic Xiaomi Mi Note 10, and we’re expecting the baton to be passed on to the Mi 10 when that comes out.
We’re expecting to see the Xiaomi Mi 10 launched in China in early February (likely just before the Samsung Galaxy S11), then see a global launch during Mobile World Congress 2020 in late February, so there shouldn't be long to wait. We've heard a little about the device now, but we’ve also come up with a wish list of features we’d like to see in the handset, all of which you'll find below.
Xiaomi Mi 10 release date and price
Our main hint at when the Xiaomi Mi 10 might release and what it might cost is based on the launch date and price of the Xiaomi Mi 9, which isn’t exactly a reliable angle since the company hasn’t previously tethered itself to consistent annual releases, but it’s better than nothing. The Xiaomi Mi 9 debuted at an event in China in early February 2019, before being announced for the global market at MWC 2019.
We’ve heard rumors that Xiaomi is preparing for an early launch event in China for the Mi 10, apparently for some time before the Samsung Galaxy S11 release, so it seems history is repeating – could the Mi 10 therefore be one of the big devices of MWC 2020? In terms of price, we haven’t heard much so far, but we wouldn’t expect the Mi 10's cost to be much different to the Mi 9. Therefore we’d expect it to be available for roughly £500 / $650 / AU$950 depending on storage size options. One leak has given Chinese prices of a 'Pro' version of the phone, suggesting it'll cost 3,799CNY (about $540, £400, AU$780) for 12GB RAM and 128GB storage, and then will go up in increments all the way to 4,499CNY (around $640, £500, AU$930) for 512GB storage and the same RAM.
Chinese prices rarely reflect accurate release prices in other parts of the world though, so don't take those costs as gospel. Saying that, some of the rumored specs are a lot more impressive than the Mi 9, so we could see the cost creep up somewhat.
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