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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro vs Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: Should You Try A New OS?

author Luis Silva (July 2020 Updated: August 2021 - 6 min. reading time)

The iPhone 11 Pro Max isn't that affordable, but considering its features, its opponent is by far the one you should pick.

It comes with better glass protection, water-resistance, and more OS updates (4 additional years). But the Mi 10 Pro features more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB).

What else do they have to offer?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max also features a cleaner user interface. But the Mi 10 Pro also adds a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, a telephoto lens (+42 mm), faster-charging speeds (50w vs. 18w), faster wireless charging (30w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

But how much more will I have to pay for the Mi 10 Pro?

If you ignore carrier offers, you should be saving (close to $300), not paying more.

Is it worth buying the Mi 10 Pro in 2021?

Sure, you can look for other devices, but the Mi 10 Pro is an outstanding handset even in 2021. You can go for the Mi 11, but we should acknowledge this device, as it has good performance, good cameras, good battery life, tons of storage, optical zoom, and fast charging.

Is it worth buying the iPhone 11 Pro Max in 2021?

For a phone introduced in 2019, the iPhone 11 Pro Max still has good performance, good cameras, and good battery life. That's why I'll continue to recommend it in 2021, but note that the iPhone 12 Pro Max features better performance, more storage, more security updates, a better optical zoom, and more RAM.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they differ from their competition, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Introduction

Apple still hasn't a mega-zoom camera-phone, but is the recently arrived Xiaomi's camera-phone up to the Pro Max's camera, or does Apple need to step-up this game?

Apple introduced its iPhone 11 Pro Max model in September 2019. Meanwhile, Xiaomi's Mi 10 Pro started to sell in February 2020.

Here you can look at the Mi 10 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

The weight of each section

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Price*
vs.
Device Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Release Date 2020, February 2019, September -1y.
OS Updates 1 year 6 years 5y.
Security Updates 4 years 6 years 2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

About performance: Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 11 Pro Max 3% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Since iPhones run on their own operating system, apps do run quicker because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

The Mi 10 Pro also has a performance above the average for its price range. The average score is 2650, but it got 3331.

We can label both of them as high-end.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
SoC Snapdragon 865 Apple A13
Graphics Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3331
3435
104
OS Android 10 and MIUI 11 iOS 13
Tek-Score
7.6
7.7
0.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max front transparent png

The Mi 10 Pro has the best screen, and you'd be able to tell the difference.

If you can't get over the iPhone 11 Pro Max's notch, there's one more reason to consider the Mi 10 Pro.

The Mi 10 Pro has one disadvantage against most competitors at its price range: Its pixel density evens out at 20% below the rest.

Considering the Mi 10 Pro, you should know that 89% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 93% have an Always-On display.

Regarding the iPhone 11 Pro Max, I should say that all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 85% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, and 90% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 6.6
6.5
-0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1242x2688
811296
Refresh Rate 90hz 60hz -30
Dots per Inch 390.49
455.55
65.06
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 860 nits
811 nits
-49
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
3.2
-5.4
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning toughened glass
Tek-Score
6.6
5.9
-0.7

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the Mi 10 Pro is also roughly 50% above other smartphones from its price range. But you can pick either one.

About the Mi 10 Pro: DXOMARK gave this shooter a score of 130. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 146 points. For a thorough review, click here.

Before moving on, you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 93% feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 15% of them feature a macro lens.

About the iPhone 11 Pro Max: The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 132 points. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 143 points. Just click here to read about it.

Winding it up, just so you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization, and 90% feature a telephoto lens. Moreover, none of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag these two as high-end.

Just in case it's a deciding factor, the iPhone 11 Pro Max zoom lens is 54mm below what you'll commonly find on related-priced phones, but the Mi 10 Pro is 31mm higher.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Megapixels 108
12
-96
Aperture 1.7
1.8
0.1
Lens 25mm
26mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 3 4 1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 2160 -2160
Score 146
143
-3

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens 94mm (3.8x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
-42
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 12 0
Aperture 2.0 2.4 0.4
Lens 50mm (2x zoom) 13mm -37
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 20 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens 15mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 16 11 -5
Selfie Camera Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 20
12
-8
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens - 23mm
Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
8.6
8.4
-0.2

Who has the best frame?

If you're still undecided about them, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a better choice based on its number of color options and water resistance.

The Mi 10 Pro weighs 208 g. (7.34 oz), while the other is 18 g. (0.71 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Mi 10 Pro got 3.5, and that's another way of saying it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, in its turn, has 1.7, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. That should be for up to 30 minutes, and it's in standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks*
vs.
Body Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 162 x 74 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.61 x 0.32 in)
158 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
-10564
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
226 g. (7.97 oz)
18
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Alpine White and Solstice Grey Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green
Screen To Body Ratio 89.20%
85.31%
-3.89
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.5 1.7 -1.8
Looks 9.1/10
9.6/10
0.4
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
1.8
6.4
4.6

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The Mi 10 Pro has a 4500 mAh battery, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 3969 mAh. But as reported by GSMArena, you should get the same battery life with either device.

You should know that the Mi 10 Pro also does overcome pretty much every phone out there. Actually, it may even be on our best-of listing.

Fast charging on the Mi 10 Pro does stand out. Its competitors can only do about 30w.

Mi 10 Pro's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 4500 3969 -531
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
83% left
-1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
69% left
-2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
73% left
-1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 3.6 -0.7
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
7.5
-0.1
Fast Charging 50w
18w
-32
Wireless Charging 30w
5w
-25
Reverse Charging 5w
No -5
Tek-Score
8.0
6.5
-1.5

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Mi 10 Pro. Clearly.

The Mi 10 Pro comes equipped with 256GB of integrated storage and 8GB of RAM. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually have more RAM but less storage. Right now, the average is 140Gb of storage and 8GB of RAM.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max offers 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Again, you'll most likely get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. 9Gb of RAM and 166Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 8GB
4GB
-4
Internal (GB) 256GB
64GB
-192
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
8.5
2.8
-5.8

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

I'd go for the Mi 10 Pro if you really value Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.

If you love good-old wired headphones, you're out of luck because none of them included a 3.5mm headphone jack. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. You can have it anyway if you're willing to forget about them. The Sony Xperia 1 II can give you a headphone jack.

The Mi 10 Pro has a single network variant: (LTE and) 5G.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Network 5G LTE
Bluetooth 5.1
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
3.6
-1.5

Which is more affordable?

Here are their recently updated prices:

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Reference: $600

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Reference: $900

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max VS
Amazon 1.23 0.56 ! -
eBay - 0.61 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - ! -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Want to know about that global score? Let me point out the average of its competitors. The Mi 10 Pro class is at 7.0, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max 7.4.

Verdict: What Makes the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Stand Out?

While performance isn't an issue, Apple needs to prove that its hardened glass is an improvement over its competitors, although it has some kind of Gorilla Glass tech.

In the camera department, clearly, there's nothing wrong with iPhone's 2x telephoto camera, but its time to step that up to, at least to a 4x optical zoom telephoto lens.

It's also time to acknowledge the importance of fast charging, and include a fast charger in the box.

The lack of expandable storage is also an issue on the 64GB models, but knowing Apple, that'll never happen.

The 5.1 Bluetooth modem included on the Snapdragon 865 is also a nice addon.

And that's what it takes to make Apple competitive, at least on the hardware side.

Pros Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Battery Life
#5 Battery Life Fast Charging
#6 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Wireless Charging Glass Protection
#8 Storage
Cons Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 MicroSD Slot Always-On-Display
#2 Weight MicroSD Slot
#3 3.5mm Jack Weight
#4 Price 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mi 10 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Gaming Score
8.0
6.2
-1.7
Tek-Score
7.37
6.12
-1.25
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $689
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $649
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $565
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $575
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $598
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $684
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $535
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $535
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $499
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $503
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $600
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $580
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $600
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $549
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $650
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • OnePlusrival9
    $551
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite
    $554

 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $969
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $789
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $899
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $780
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $809
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $849
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $899
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $899
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $729
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro
    $969
  • VivorivalX60 Pro
    $900
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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