Xiaomi Mi 10 vs OnePlus 8T In-Depth Comparison Review: Battle Between 2 Flagships


OnePlus launched a new flagship product-OnePlus 8T in October this year. While maintaining consistent high-performance features, this phone also adds a 120Hz/2.5 flexible direct screen, 65W Warp flash charging, and 48 Megapixel ultra-clear four. Photographs and other highlights, coupled with a starting price of 3399 yuan, make it very competitive in the 3000-4000 price range. However, in this price range, there is another very “strong” choice- Xiaomi Mi 10, with first-class hardware configuration and very balanced, and also equipped with a 108 Megapixel camera, which is still good in the second half of the year when strong phones are frequently available. Comprehensive strength.  So, under the premise of being the flagship of Snapdragon 865 and the same price range, what are the highlights of OnePlus 8T vs Xiaomi Mi 10? How to choose these two phones? This is also the question to be explored in this article.

A very troublesome problem in the smartphone industry is the homogeneity of products, but when you get started with these two phones, you will find that OnePlus 8T and Mi 10 are two phones with completely different styles.

Design & Appearance

The biggest change in the appearance of the OnePlus 8T this time is that the front is equipped with a 6.55-inch 2.5D flexible straight screen, which is enough to poke the pain points in the hearts of many consumers. Straight screens can to a large extent avoid problems such as false touches on the edges of the screen, green edges, etc., and because of the disappearance of large curvatures, the utilization of the screen can be effectively improved. But be aware that the 2.5D straight screen that OnePlus uses this time, the ultra-small arc on the edge of the screen can make your gestures more smooth, and it also improves the appearance of the front of the phone.

Mi 10 is equipped with a 6.67-inch hyperboloid screen. This screening form is actually a “standard configuration” for this year’s flagship mobile phone. Because of the characteristics of this screen, it can make the phone have a higher appearance and look more refined. At the same time, the hyperboloid screen with a 3D curved backplane can effectively expand the internal space of the phone and can accommodate larger camera components, larger batteries, and more hardware configurations. For example, this time Xiaomi 10 not only has A 108 Megapixel camera is also equipped with a 4780mAh battery.

Therefore, the straight screen and the curved screen have their own advantages, but these two screen forms are often regarded as opposite ends in the purchase choice. In fact, the two are more only different in the screen form. Which screen to choose It all depends on the manufacturer’s positioning and intentions for the product. As for consumers, they can choose according to their needs and preferences.

In addition to the difference in screen form between the OnePlus 8T and Mi 10, there are also differences in screen quality. First of all, the screen refresh rate of the OnePlus 8T reaches 120Hz, and Mi 10 is 90Hz, which is equivalent to that the former can refresh 120 pictures in 1 second, while the latter is 90. More pictures can bring more smoothness. Experience. Take the above picture as an example, the animation effect of the OnePlus 8T is obviously smoother and lighter, and the screen smear is less obvious.

It is worth noting that the OnePlus 8T is very careful to optimize the high refresh rate. The secondary menus in the application, such as the order interface of the takeaway software, have been optimized in place to ensure that the 120Hz refresh rate can go deep. In the daily use of mobile phones, avoid the embarrassing situation of “120Hz on this page, 60Hz on the next page”. So at least for OnePlus, it’s more than just a high refresh rate screen. Of course, the quality of the screen is not only reflected in the refresh rate but also other parameters such as color gamut and color accuracy are also important.

This time the OnePlus 8T screen has received the DisplayMate A+ authoritative rating, which means that this phone has a very extreme performance in terms of color accuracy and color gamut, and from the test chart, every “white point” is almost the same as the standard color. The gamut and color coincide on the spot. If it is transformed into what we can see with the naked eye, it is a very accurate color display, and each color is its display effect.


In addition, this phone has also obtained HDR10+ display standard and SGS screen eye protection certification. The special feature of the former is mainly reflected in the video. When you use OnePlus 8T to watch HDR video, you can clearly feel the difference in look and feel. As the above picture demonstrates, HDR video can make the picture closer to what the human eye observes. In the real world, this also puts forward higher requirements on the screen of the mobile phone, but on the OnePlus 8T, you can feel the shock of this kind of video. Note that to achieve this video effect, you must first ensure that the video you are watching is HDR video. The SGS screen eye protection certification indicates that the OnePlus 8T eye protection mode is effective and can greatly reduce the harmful effects of blue light radiation.

From DisplayMate A+ to HDR10+ display standards and SGS screen eye protection certification, it can be seen that OnePlus spends considerable attention on the screen of this phone.

The screen quality of the Xiaomi Mi 10 is also good, supporting HDR10+ high dynamic range image display, which means that this phone can also obtain the above effects when playing HDR videos. By the way, Xiaomi Mi 10 gives users a considerable amount of customization space on the screen settings, which increases the playability of the phone to a certain extent.

On the whole, the OnePlus 8T continues the high-quality screen of the OnePlus 8 series, and the DisplayMate A+ certification is enough to show that the screen of this phone has reached the top level of the current industry, coupled with the 120Hz high refresh rate and 2.5D straight screen. , Which brings consumers a smooth and comfortable experience. The screen of Xiaomi Mi 10 has reached the first-class level among current flagship phones. The 90Hz refresh rate + 180Hz touch sampling rate makes it a very good experience for gaming, web browsing, and information browsing. After reading the front of the phone, let’s look at the back again, the style is also very different.

OnePlus 8T silver adopts the sixth-generation AG glass process, so this phone feels more warm and delicate and has a good texture, and the back cover of this process is not easy to stain fingerprints, even if your hands are easy to sweat. At the same time, this phone uses a matrix camera design, with a plus logo printed on the back. It is worth noting that the convexity of the OnePlus 8T lens is not so obvious this time, which increases the appearance of this phone to a certain extent.

In contrast, the temperament of Mi 10 is much more lively. The Mi 10 Ice Sea Blue adopts a bright surface design, and the back panel of the phone can show different halo effects at different angles. But I want to remind everyone that although the bright design brings a more lively product style, it is relatively easier to contaminate fingerprints. If you mind this, you have to weigh it. In addition, the camera of this phone is arranged vertically, and the words “108MP” are printed on it, telling everyone that this phone is equipped with a 108 million pixel camera.

Finally, let’s talk about the feel. OnePlus 8T relies on the optimization of internal components to effectively reduce the weight of the phone. The weight of this phone is 188g, which is actually a relatively moderate weight. At the same time, coupled with the 3D curvature of the back cover and the warm texture of AG glass, and the thickness of the OnePlus 8T is 8.4mm, which is thinner than the 8.96mm of Xiaomi Mi 10, so it makes this phone very good when held in your hand. Lightweight and neat.

In my opinion, the hand feel of Xiaomi Mi 10 is relatively lacking in “feel”. On the one hand, after the shiny glass encounters hand sweat, it makes this phone feel a bit more “sticky”, which is not comfortable to be honest. . On the other hand, if you observe carefully, you will find that the middle version of Mi 10 will be slightly higher than the front panel and back panel, so it feels normal in your hand. In addition, this phone weighs 208g, which is a bit heavier than the OnePlus 8T, but this is understandable, after all, it has a 4780mAh battery. So in terms of feel, the OnePlus 8T is lighter and thinner, which is better than Xiaomi Mi 10.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this chapter, from the first eye-catching screen form to the entire ID design, the OnePlus 8T and Mi 10 are completely different in appearance design styles, each with its own design language. Although from a personal point of view, I would be more inclined to the feel of the sixth-generation AG glass of OnePlus 8T, this is only a consideration of the purchase choice, and more depends on your preference.

Hardware & Performance

Performance is the least need to worry about these two mobile phones. OnePlus 8T and Mi 10 are both equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, which has reached the current flagship level, plus dual speakers, linear motors, and other features. Therefore, both phones have flagship-level performance output and audio-visual entertainment experience.

According to AnTuTu’s running points, the OnePlus 8T has a running score of 587,108 points, while Mi 10 scored 570,263 points. In terms of scores alone, the performance gap between these two phones is not big. Although there is a gap of about 16,000 points, there is almost no impact in daily use. After all, they are both an order of magnitude chips.

However, the game performance of these two phones will differ due to a special factor, which is the screen refresh rate. OnePlus 8T supports a 120Hz screen refresh rate, so as long as the optimization is in place, the maximum number of game frames can reach 120 frames. This frame number can make games with high-speed motion pictures such as racing and shooting games more exciting to play. Regarding this point, let’s take the shooting game “Ace Warrior” as an example.

When running this game, when OnePlus 8T and Xiaomi Mi 10 play cutscenes, the frame number is stable at 60 frames. Of course, this also has a great relationship with the frame number of the animation itself. However, during the game, the frame number of the OnePlus 8T can be stabilized at about 120 frames, and the frame number is stable as a whole, and there is no stuttering phenomenon during the game. Due to the limitation of its own refresh rate, the number of frames of Mi 10 is up to 90. Although there are differences in the number of game frames, there will be basically no freezes or significant frame drops in the game.


In terms of charging, the OnePlus 8T finally increased the charging power to 65W this time, and the charging efficiency will be much higher than in the past. We emptied the OnePlus 8T battery and started charging from 0% until the battery level was displayed as 100%. After 15 minutes of charging for this phone, the phone’s battery power quickly climbed to 55%, 30 minutes to charge 93%, and it took 36 minutes to charge 4500mAh The battery is full.

In fact, the significance of fast charging is not only that it can make mobile phones charge faster, but more importantly, it can be an emergency. If you forget to charge your phone the night before, you can charge the battery of the OnePlus 8T to the normal use level when you wash the next morning. Even 55% of the battery is enough for the morning commute.

Mi 10 supports 30W fast flash charging, charging 65% in 30 minutes, and it finally took 58 minutes to fully charge this 4780mAh battery. In addition to wired charging, this phone also supports 30W wireless fast charging and 10W wireless reverse charging. Here I would like to remind everyone that although the OnePlus 8T is significantly faster than the Mi 10 in terms of charging power, the latter also has a larger battery. After all, 4780mAh is already a relatively large battery capacity. Therefore, whether higher power or a larger battery is needed, the trade-off between the two depends on your own needs.

It is worth noting that the OnePlus 8T is equipped with dual Type-C power cords and Type-C interface chargers this time, which means that the set of charging equipment that the OnePlus 8T comes with not only charges mobile phones but can also charge Switch and MacBook. For charging, it supports PD fast-charging up to 45W. In addition, the OnePlus 8T itself also has a 27W PD fast charge. So from this aspect, the OnePlus 8T and its supporting charging equipment have higher applicability.


Taking pictures is also a major difference between the OnePlus 8T and Mi 10, let’s take a look at the image configuration of these two phones first.

One plus 8T rear four-camera combination, including a 48-megapixel main camera, a 16-megapixel 123° ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel black-and-white style camera.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 also has four rear cameras, covering a 108-megapixel main camera, a 13-megapixel 123° ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth-of-field camera.

From the perspective of camera parameters alone, Xiaomi Mi 10 is even better, but you can’t just look at the parameters when taking pictures, you still have to use proofs to speak.

In daytime scenes, both OnePlus 8T and Xiaomi Mi 10 have very clear imaging, but they have different imaging styles. Let’s take the above set of proofs as an example. Under the same shooting conditions, both OnePlus 8T and Xiaomi Mi 10 image are very clear, but the color styles are different, the former is more vivid, and the latter is fainter, but in comparison, the samples were taken by OnePlus 8T Will be more suitable for sharing on social software. Overall, the imaging style of the OnePlus 8T is warmer, while Mi 10 is colder. However, it is difficult to say which style is better, and more depends on consumer preferences. It is worth noting that the difference in color between the two continues to the night scene.

In most night scenes, the OnePlus 8T and Mi 10 maintain this very high imaging quality, the picture is clear and very pure, we pay attention to the night sky part in the proofs, it is almost completely black, which is also a must for a good night scene condition.

In the night scene with complex lighting, both phones have different degrees of overexposure, and this is still a photo taken in night scene mode. It is recommended to optimize the phone’s performance in similar scenes. But only from the perspective of photos, OnePlus 8T has slightly stronger exposure control than Xiaomi Mi 10.

However, in the ultra-wide-angle proofs, the trees on the left side of the Xiaomi Mi 10 proofs have a more obvious color cast, which is larger than the actual color of the object. On the contrary, the OnePlus 8T is closer to the actual performance.

OS Battle

OnePlus 8T is pre-installed with OnePlus’s newly released Hydrogen OS 11. This system still maintains the consistent fresh and simple style of Hydrogen OS, and at the same time is enriched in functionality, so that it can better meet the needs of users. The Mi 10 in my hand is equipped with MIUI12, which continues the high quality of the past. At the same time, the system UI, animation special effects, privacy, and other aspects have been significantly upgraded.

On the UI, Hydrogen OS 11 has reworked the desktop icons and system UI to a certain extent, but the style of this system in wallets, application malls, music, voice assistants, and other applications is significantly different from the native applications of other systems. It is recommended to make improvements and optimizations in the future.

In addition, this time the AOD screen display function has finally been added. Although this function is not a new function for users, OnePlus has incorporated its own ideas and made a basic function even more brilliant. Two themes of “Shadow” and “Time”.

Shadow theme

The theme of drawing shadows is a very interesting function. It can transform a portrait photo into a very freehand line drawing, and then use it as the AOD screen to open up, unlock and enter the main interface to see the line drawing gradually become the original image, and The whole animation effect is very smooth with the 120Hz screen. If the theme of the painting is more perceptual, then the theme of time is a kind of rationality. This theme shows the number of times you have opened your phone in a day through a top-down timeline.

Oxygen OS 11

The desktop icons of MIUI12 are still exquisite, and this generation has added the super wallpaper function. The super wallpaper contains three parts: interest screen, lock screen, and desktop wallpaper, which achieves the consistency of the style of the slave screen in the main interface and is rendered in real-time based on the Unity3D game-level engine, so the rendering effect looks very immersive. In addition to the classic Martian theme, super wallpapers also have representative real landforms such as the Croatian Mediterranean Nature Reserve, Guilin Longji Terraces in Guangxi, China, and Ilulissat Icebergs on Greenland Island. At the level of “visible”, OnePlus 8T and Mi 10 have a big difference in UI design, but in actual use, MIUI12 will be even better.

Let’s put aside other functions, and directly open the negative screen of the mobile phone. In fact, it is obvious that MIUI12 has more functions. In addition to the shortcut window of commonly used functions, there are steps, memory optimization, smart device connection, travel assistant, etc. Series function. In contrast, Hydrogen OS 11 is much simpler and not as rich as MIUI in terms of functional scalability. The most important thing is that the functional power of MIUI12 can be felt by the naked eye and touch, and I can feel the upgrade it brings.

But to some extent, this is understandable. Hydrogen OS is closer to the native Android system from the system logic itself, so geeks and digital enthusiasts will also prefer this system style, but for most consumers, such a system is easy to face with insufficient features and insufficient localization. And other issues.

Obviously, the hydrogen OS 11 generation is working hard to make changes, but it is not enough at present. The system level is clear and clean and the feature-rich is not contradictory, and when opening some applications, it seems to open the operating interface of other mobile phones. This kind of tearing should not appear for hydrogen OS. Therefore, how to develop the hydrogen OS in the future, how to improve its functions, and how to better fit the usage habits of a wider consumer group, I think this is a question that OnePlus needs to think about.

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We can see that even if we exclude the Snapdragon 865, which is the common point of OnePlus 8T and Mi 10, they are still full of highlights. The former 120Hz/2.5D screen with hydrogen OS optimized for high refresh rate brings a smoother Use experience. And because of the direct screen, the OnePlus 8T can also fit some consumers with specific needs. Relying on the 90Hz hyperboloid screen, 108 Megapixels, and the iconic MIUI, Xiaomi also has good competitiveness.

From a more macro perspective, the OnePlus 8T vs Xiaomi Mi 10 has reached the current flagship level, but it is undeniable that the 120Hz refresh rate of the OnePlus 8T does bring a smooth user experience, which is more than the latter. Brisk, not to mention the 2.5D straight screen and the high quality of the screen itself.

If you are keen on rich functions for daily use, and even you are a rice noodle, then the competitive Mi 10 at the current 3000 price range is obviously more suitable. But if you have higher requirements for the screen, then OnePlus 8T will undoubtedly be more suitable for you. What’s more, this phone has also spent a lot of effort in technology, internal structure, feel and weight, high frame optimization, etc., and has a very high hidden cost, but this also makes OnePlus 8T a product that far exceeds its price.


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