The Mi 10 Ultra looks like Xiaomi’s new attempt to chase the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, with the 120x zoom camera that sounds ridiculous.
The RODENT950 has revealed details of the camera, as well as a marketing image, on Twitter. The phone’s lens has a maximum zoom of 120X, with 4x optical zoom, though we don’t know the resolution.
The number of megapixels that Xioami decides to use is crucial because with the relatively low optical zoom the Chinese manufacturer will achieve those three-digit maximum zoom by cropping and enlarging the image. Without a large sensor, the 120x zoom would be wasted as every shot is dark and blurry.
120X hmm zoom but only 4.xX optical zoom 🙄 Aka zoom crop similar to S20U pic.twitter.com/W691YHofTYA August 2020
The camera and name probably reminds you of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which also uses a 48MP 4x optical zoom telephoto camera to achieve the 100x ‘Space Zoom’ feature. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra uses another 12MP telephoto sensor, with a maximum zoom capacity of 50x but 5x optical zoom. We haven’t tested the Note 20 Ultra’s depth yet, but when we reviewed the S20 Ultra, we found the zoom camera to become significantly less effective when you increase the magnification to beyond 30x.
The current top of the line Xiaomi flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, is a great replacement for the ordinary Android top crowd, but it’s hard to find one in the US. It is equipped with two telephoto cameras: a 12MP 2x 12MP optical “portrait” zoom and a 10x hybrid 8MP telephoto camera. This could mean we still have two zoom cameras on the Mi 10 Ultra, with a new 120x sensor that could replace the 8MP camera and combine it with the existing 108MP primary camera lens.
In terms of specs, expect a Snapdragon 865 chipset or possibly a new Snapdragon 865 Plus if Xiaomi is willing to shell out for top performance. This will then be combined with up to 16GB RAM and 256GB storage, based on the benchmark results attributed to this phone.
The Mi 10 Pro has a maximum charging speed of 30W and a 6.6-inch curved AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. All of this is a step down from what Samsung offers on its own Ultra handset – 45W maximum charging power and 6.9-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. If Xiaomi wants to make the Mi 10 Ultra a real competitor, it also needs to adopt these features or offer its new phone at a significantly lower price.
We can see from the teaser image that there will be at least two color options – one a nice shiny silver and the other black with the phone’s tech lines etched on it, such as the wireless charging dock, the NFC coil, and parts of the camera array. It is definitely a unique look and would be suitable for a high-end phone.
Xiaomi will hold an event on August 11 to celebrate its 10th anniversary, according to VP Lu Weibing’s announcement on Weibo on August 3. It would be the ideal time to unveil some products. new big, such as Mi 10 Ultra. If and when this phone is officially revealed, we will be watching to see if this phone truly becomes the new zoom camera champion on smartphones.