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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro vs Google Pixel 4 XL: Which One Is Better?

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

The Pixel 4 XL will cost you more, but it doesn't have better specs.

You'll get water-resistance. But the Mi 10 Pro brings better performance (+38%), better battery life, and more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB).

Anything else?

The Pixel 4 XL also features a cleaner user interface. But the Mi 10 Pro will also give you a larger (+0.3") display, better outdoor brightness, a telephoto lens (+44 mm), more cameras, faster-charging speeds (50w vs. 18w), faster wireless charging (30w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

How much more are you willing to spend on the Mi 10 Pro?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you should be saving (close to $180), not paying more.

Is the Mi 10 Pro still worth buying 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 Apple iPhone 12, but with the Mi 10 Pro, at least you'll get good performance, good cameras, good battery life, tons of storage, optical zoom, and fast charging.

Is the Pixel 4 XL still worth buying in 2021?

For a phone introduced in 2019, the Pixel 4 XL still has decent specs. It still makes sense in 2021, but a fantastic device like the OnePlus 8 Pro does have better performance, better cameras, better battery life, more storage, a better optical zoom, faster charging, more RAM, and reverse charging.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they fare against their competition, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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Wouldn't you love to own an affordable super-zoom camera-phone with everlasting Android updates, like the Pixels? Let's see how many boxes Xiaomi's Mi 10 Pro can tick.

In October of 2019, Google started selling its Pixel 4 XL, while Xiaomi's Mi 10 Pro hit the stores in February 2020.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the Mi 10 Pro and the Pixel 4 XL. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

The weight of each section

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Device Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL
Release Date 2020, February 2019, October -1y.
OS Updates 1 year 3 years 2y.
Security Updates 4 years 3 years -1y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 scores the Mi 10 Pro 38% ahead in the multi-core ranking. That's something you should be aware of if you favor a snappier device.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The Mi 10 Pro is clearly above the average against similarly priced phones. The average score is 2650, but it got 3331.

By the way, you can define the Mi 10 Pro as high-end and the Pixel 4 XL as a lower high-end device.

Features Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL
SoC Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 855
Graphics Adreno 650 Adreno 640
Geekbench 5 Score 3331
OS Android 10 and MIUI 11 Android 10

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro front transparent png Google Pixel 4 XL front transparent png

There's no phone to praise here, so none of these stands out.

One peculiarity that the Mi 10 Pro has over almost all of its competitors: It is 20% below the average pixel density.

Most phones from this price range max at 792 nits, but the Pixel 4 XL can only go 357 nits below that.

Your next device must go over 500 nits, or else it can't do true HDR, nor is that great on a sunny day. Relating to HDR:

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.

For the Pixel 4 XL, 95% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, 91% have an Always-On display, and 82% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL
Size 6.6
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
Refresh Rate 90hz 90hz 0
Dots per Inch 390.49
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole -
Peak Brightness 860 nits
435 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro back transparent png Google Pixel 4 XL back transparent png

Overall, I'm sure the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro has a better camera.

About the Mi 10 Pro: DXOMARK tested this camera and gave it a score of 130. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final score goes up to 146 points. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.

Last (but not least), 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 Pixel 4 XL: DXOMARK hasn't yet evaluated this camera, but I'd give it around 121* points, based on what we know about this shooter. By adding its telephoto lens, this score goes up to 130** points.

Finally, if you must know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, only 5% of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the Mi 10 Pro as a high-end while the Pixel 4 XL leans towards the lower high-end.

Just in case it's a deciding factor, the Pixel 4 XL telephoto lens is, on average, 43mm lower than what you'd get for its price range, but the Mi 10 Pro is 31mm higher.

*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Too bad they don't get a chance to test most of the cameras out there. So whenever I come across one such camera, I try to do my best by giving a similar score based on hardware specs only (OIS, Sensor size, Aperture, Lenses, HDR, and so on). Our lastest test on our formula showed a 2 points (more or less) error threshold.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They just changed their protocol, and they don't have enough reviews, so I can refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL
Megapixels 108
Aperture 1.7
Lens 25mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 3 2 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 2160 -2160
Score 146

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL vs.
Megapixels 8
Aperture 2.0
Lens 94mm (3.8x zoom)
50mm (2x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
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 9 -7
Selfie Camera Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL vs.
Megapixels 20
Aperture 2.0
Lens - 22mm
Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL vs.

Who has the best frame?

The Pixel 4 XL does win some points here, mainly for its weight and water resistance.

The Pixel 4 XL weighs 193 g. (6.81 oz), while the other is 15 g. (0.53 oz) heavier. If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Mi 10 Pro got 3.5, showing it's kind of weighty for its screen size. Having said that, the Pixel 4 XL has 4.1, so nothing to state here.

The Pixel 4 XL is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. That shouldn't last over half an hour, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Body Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL
Size 162 x 74 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.61 x 0.32 in)
160 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
193 g. (6.81 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Alpine White and Solstice Grey Clearly White, Oh So Orange, and Just Black
Screen To Body Ratio 89.20%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.5 4.1 0.6
Looks 9.1/10
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID

*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 Pixel 4 XL has a 3700 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, the former is the one that stands out.

So, you're not considering the Pixel 4 XL because of its battery life. Google should've opted for a larger battery, just like their equally sized rivals. It got a rate of 2.3 for the "battery to device size" ratio.

For the record, the Mi 10 Pro can also beat almost all devices I've analyzed. You can check here if it still is on our top 10 for battery life.

The Mi 10 Pro does charge quicker. Its competitors rarely exceed 30 watts.

Quick wireless charging must be one of Mi 10 Pro's most-loved features. That isn't as frequent on its direct rivals.

Features Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL
Capacity (mAh) 4500 3700 -800
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
78% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
60% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
60% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 2.3 -2.0
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 50w
Wireless Charging 30w
Reverse Charging 5w
No -5

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Mi 10 Pro, for sure.

In terms of RAM, the Mi 10 Pro brings 8GB. In terms of storage, it has 256GB. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually have more RAM but less storage. They average at 8GB of RAM and 140Gb of storage.

The Pixel 4 XL offers 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Again, you'll get more RAM and more storage by picking any rival at that price range. They'd give you around 145Gb of storage and 9Gb of RAM.

Neither storage nor RAM should be an issue on both phones. However, if you love to store 4k videos, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Features Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL
Internal (GB) 256GB
Micro SD No No

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Mi 10 Pro is your better option, as it features Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. You can have it anyway if you don't care that much about them. The Oppo Find X3 Lite can help you with that.

The Mi 10 Pro runs on (LTE and) 5G networks.

Features Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL
Network 5G LTE
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Reference: $600

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Google Pixel 4 XL

Reference: $780

Google Pixel 4 XL

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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 Pixel 4 XL VS
Amazon 1.23 0.71 -0.52
eBay - 0.59 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. But first, let's see where its rivals are. The Mi 10 Pro class is at 7.0, and the Pixel 4 XL 7.2.

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

Specs-wise, it would be hard to beat a camera-phone, especially if it's a Xiaomi smartphone. Not because they have a known reputation on cameras (they don't), it's because they know how how to face other flagships.

This time around, it's different. The Mi 10 Pro is a magnificent camera-phone, but it's a bit overpriced, compared to what they usually offer.

Anyways, by having a newer Snapdragon, it also has better performance. The same goes for the battery. Bigger capacity usually means better battery life, and this time it's no exception. And since Google opted for 64GB of internal storage only, the Mi 10 Pro easily beats that with 256GB.

That's pretty much it, but Xiaomi was still able to top that with a Bluetooth 5.1 modem.

Although if you value security updates for the longest time possible, the Pixel is the way to go.

Pros Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Battery Life Fast Charging
#6 Fast Charging Wireless Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 Storage
Cons Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL
#1 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#2 Weight Weight
#3 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price Price
Relative Score*
Global Score Mi 10 Pro Pixel 4 XL
Gaming Score
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.


"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.



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
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
  • OnePlusrival9
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite

 Google Pixel 4 XL 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
  • VivorivalX60 Pro

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.


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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