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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro vs Apple iPhone 12: Which Is Better?

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

The iPhone 12 is more expensive than the Mi 10 Pro, but it doesn't have better specs.

It has better performance (+22%), better glass protection, and water-resistance. But the Mi 10 Pro brings better battery life, and more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB).

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The iPhone 12 also features a cleaner user interface and a lightweight body (44 g./1.55 oz less). But the Mi 10 Pro also adds a higher refresh rate, Always-On, larger (+0.5") display, better outdoor brightness, a telephoto lens (+81 mm), more cameras, faster-charging speeds (50w vs. 20w), faster wireless charging (30w vs. 15w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, you can be saving up to around $280, so think about it.

Is the Mi 10 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

Sure, you can look for other devices, but the Mi 10 Pro is an outstanding handset even in 2021. Sure, you can take a peek at other devices like the iPhone 11 Pro, 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 still worth buying the iPhone 12 in 2021?

The iPhone 12 remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good performance, good cameras, and excellent glass protection. It indeed is on the recommended list for 2021, but you'd be better off with the iPhone 12 Pro as a daily driver because it has more storage and more RAM.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they rival their competition, and you'll know what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Introduction

In October of 2020, Apple launched its iPhone 12. The Mi 10 Pro, however, saw the light of day in February 2020.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the Mi 10 Pro and the iPhone 12. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

The weight of each section

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Price*
vs.
Device Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12
Release Date 2020, February 2020, October 0y.
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?

Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 12 22% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. The differences are slight but still noteworthy between these two chipsets. iOS is much lighter than Android because Apple did their work to keep it fit.

These two also have their performance well above the average if you consider their rivals.

We can classify both of them as high-end.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12
SoC Snapdragon 865 Apple A14
Graphics Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3331
4067
736
OS Android 10 and MIUI 11 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
7.6
8.8
1.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 front transparent png

The Mi 10 Pro has the best screen, and it should be noticeable. But the iPhone 12 features better glass protection.

If you fancy edge-to-edge displays, there's one more reason to consider the Mi 10 Pro.

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

Given 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.

Concerning the iPhone 12, as a reference, 88% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 96% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12
Size 6.6
6.1
-0.5
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1170x2532
435240
Refresh Rate 90hz 60hz -30
Dots per Inch 390.49
457.25
66.77
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 860 nits
639 nits
-221
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
2.9
-5.7
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
6.6
7.5
0.9

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 back transparent png

Be aware that the Mi 10 Pro's picture quality is, on average, 43 points above other cameras for the same budget. But between these two, it doesn't matter.

About the Mi 10 Pro: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 130. By including the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that will go up to 146. For an in-depth review, click here.

Before moving on, keep in mind 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 12: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 132. Plus, combining with its wide-angle lens, this score goes up to 139 points. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Winding it up, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 96% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Moreover, only 8% of them feature a macro lens.

If you prefer, we can grade these two as high-end.

If you love it, the Mi 10 Pro telephoto lens is 31mm higher than the average in its class.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12
Megapixels 108
12
-96
Aperture 1.7
1.6
-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
139
-7

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.0
2.4
0.4
Lens 94mm (3.8x zoom)
13mm -81
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 12 -
Aperture 2.0 -
Lens 50mm (2x zoom) -
Lens Type Telephoto lens -
Megapixels 20 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens 15mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 16 7 -9
Selfie Camera Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 vs.
Megapixels 20
12
-8
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens - 23mm
Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12 vs.
Tek-Score
8.6
8.2
-0.4

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 12 does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight, the number of color options, and water resistance.

The iPhone 12 weighs 164 g. (5.78 oz), while the other is 44 g. (1.55 oz) heavier. But because this is a bit relative, the Mi 10 Pro has a "weight to screen size" score of 3.5, showing it's kind of weighty for its screen size. Having said that, the iPhone 12 has 6.9, which is pretty nice.

You can drop the iPhone 12 into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12
Size 162 x 74 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.61 x 0.32 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
-35330
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
164 g. (5.78 oz)
-44
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Alpine White and Solstice Grey Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 89.20%
88.18%
-1.01
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.5 6.9 3.4
Looks 9.1/10
10.0/10
0.8
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
1.8
8.6
6.8

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

Which has the best battery?

At 4500 mAh, the Mi 10 Pro is the owner of the biggest battery, while the iPhone 12 only features 2815 mAh. And as claimed by GSMArena, the winner is the Mi 10 Pro.

For the record, the Mi 10 Pro also doesn't have many rivals at any given price range. Actually, it may even be on our top 10 list.

The new iPhones also feature magnetic wireless charging. That's great, but it's yet another proprietary solution.

The Mi 10 Pro does charge quicker. Its competitors can only do about 30w.

Fast wireless charging on the Mi 10 Pro is likewise a nice plus. That's something you rarely see at this price range.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12
Capacity (mAh) 4500 2815 -1685
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
79% left
-5
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
64% left
-7
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
64% left
-10
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 6.4 2.1
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
6.9
-0.7
Fast Charging 50w
20w
-30
Wireless Charging 30w
15w
-15
Reverse Charging 5w
No -5
Tek-Score
8.0
6.6
-1.4

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Mi 10 Pro, for sure.

The Mi 10 Pro features 256GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually deliver more RAM but less storage. They have 8GB of RAM and 140Gb of storage on average, but you can find better options.

On the iPhone 12, you'll find 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. Again, you'll get more RAM and more storage from most of its opponents. 8Gb/143Gb. That's the average.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12
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.

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. You can also check other devices if you're willing to forget about them. You can get that with the Sony Xperia 1 II.

You can find these two in the (LTE and) 5G variant.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
4.6
-0.5

Which is more affordable?

Here's what we've found out:

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Reference: $600

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Apple iPhone 12

Reference: $880

Apple iPhone 12

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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 12 VS
Amazon 1.23 - ! -
eBay - 0.98 -
Best Buy - 0.93 -
Walmart - - -

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Want to know about that global score? Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They're usually close to 7.0 for both of them.

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

If you're after every feature that you can get on a smartphone, then the choice should be obvious.

With the Mi 10 Pro, you'll get an Always-on display with a smaller notch and 90hz of refresh rate. You'll also get better battery life, better picture quality and a 94mm telephoto lens. Last but not least, it also starts at 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

This doesn't mean that the iPhone 12 is that bad. It really is a bit more expensive, but it does deliver a bit more performance. Not only that, but you'll also get the latest Gorilla Glass Victus and a much lighter and water-resistant device.

Pros Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Battery Life Wireless Charging
#6 Fast Charging Glass Protection
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 Storage
Cons Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12
#1 MicroSD Slot Always-On-Display
#2 Weight MicroSD Slot
#3 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mi 10 Pro iPhone 12
Gaming Score
8.0
6.3
-1.7
Tek-Score
7.37
6.76
-0.61
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 12 
  • 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 Plus
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $789
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $599
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $780
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $809
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $580
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $729
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $600
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $650
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite
    $554
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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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