As February 11, the rumored launch date of the Xiaomi Mi 10 series nears, the internet gets more and more alive with rumors, leaks, tips and chatter about the much-awaited smartphones. It's hard to tell which from which because the details vary and lack consistency, with one source suggesting a Xiaomi Mi 9 similarity and another one hinting at a Mi MIX Alpha design cue. Neither were official nor do they really show the actual handset.
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Until recently, when actual photos of the alleged Mi 10 Pro smartphone were posted on Weibo. The post was already deleted but not until eagle-eyed enthusiasts spotted and downloaded the images. Although the images are not officially from Xiaomi, the photos are live, not renders, which prompts many to believe that these could be the real deal.
The photos show the front, back, top, bottom, and right side of the Mi 10 Pro handset along with a photo of a 65W charger and a packaging box labeled 10 Pro 5G. The photos have been stamped with "Mi 10 Pro 5G" along with the brand's recently introduced infinity logo and the quick descriptions "AI Quad Camera" and "108MP Camera."
If the photos prove to be authentic, then the 5G-enabled Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro will come with a punch-hole near bezel-less display that curves to the sides. This aligns with the leaked Mi 10 screen protector early this month that hinted at a curved, punch-hole display.
On the back, left side, is a quad-camera ensemble, as previously rumored, but the photo shows a curious design. The camera sensors are split, with the pill-shaped island housing only 3 sensors, the middle one smaller than the other two. The fourth camera sits outside but straightly below the island, right above an LED flash. The reason for the layout is unclear but if the leaked specifications were true, then these sensors would be the main camera, a 20MP ultrawide, a 12MP telephoto and a 5MP depth sensor. The label on the photos supports previous reports that the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro will have a 108MP-resolution main camera.
The power button and volume controls are situated on the right side. The SIM card slot sits at the bottom beside the USB Type-C port and the speaker grille. An additional speaker grille is seen on top along with what seems to be an IR blaster and a noise-cancelling microphone.
Since the 65W charger with the model number M2001J1C is shown in the leaked real-life photos, it can be assumed that the Mi 10 Pro, and most likely the rest of the phones in the series, will have the fastest charging speed versus other smartphones in the Xiaomi lineup as previously rumored.
For now, those looking forward to the Xiaomi Mi 10 flagship can do nothing but drool, wait and anticipate until the handsets finally arrive.