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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro vs Google Pixel 5: Which Is Better?

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

The price of the Pixel 5 isn't that much higher, but it isn't the smartphone you should pick.

You'll get better glass protection and water-resistance. But with the Mi 10 Pro, you can get better performance (+102%), a glass back, better battery life, and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

What else sets them apart?

The Pixel 5 also comes with a cleaner user interface and a lightweight body (57 g./2.01 oz less). But the Mi 10 Pro also adds a larger (+0.6") display, a telephoto lens (+77 mm), more cameras, faster-charging speeds (50w vs. 18w), faster wireless charging (30w vs. 12w), and Bluetooth 5.1.

How much more will the Mi 10 Pro cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it'll most likely cost you (up to about $82) less. So you should really look into it.

Is the Mi 10 Pro still worth buying in 2021?

The Mi 10 Pro isn't the perfect smartphone, but there aren't many better phones for this budget. You can go for the Apple iPhone 12, 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 Pixel 5 in 2021?

Just because the Pixel 5 was released last year doesn't mean I won't recommend it. You'll love it for its good cameras, good battery life, and excellent glass protection. Although you can also check (again) the Apple iPhone 12.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they rival their competition, and how other specialists evaluate them.

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Introduction

In October of 2020, Google started selling its Pixel 5, while Xiaomi's Mi 10 Pro hit the stores in February 2020.

In this article, we see how the Mi 10 Pro and the Pixel 5 compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

The weight of each section

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to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device Mi 10 Pro Pixel 5
Release Date 2020, February 2020, October 0y.
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 102% ahead in the multi-core ranking. This should be a no-brainer here.

Unfortunately, the Pixel 5 isn't that smooth. It actually is below the average if you consider its rivals. While they got a score of about 2726, it has 1647. That puts it 66% below them.

One can entitle the Mi 10 Pro as high-end and the Pixel 5 as a mid-range device.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Pixel 5
SoC Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 765
Graphics Adreno 650 Adreno 620
Geekbench 5 Score 3331
1647
-1684
OS Android 10 and MIUI 11 Android 11
Tek-Score
7.6
4.7
-2.8

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro front transparent png Google Pixel 5 front transparent png

It's a tie, so don't worry about it.

Do you despise big screens? Then, don't waste your time searching for other devices, and go for the Pixel 5. At least it's short when compared to the average phone for its price range.

The Mi 10 Pro sets itself apart from most competitors at its price range: Its low DPI display.

If you're leaning towards 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.

Compared to the Pixel 5, I should say that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 96% have an AMOLED screen.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Pixel 5
Size 6.6
6.0
-0.6
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1080x2340
0
Refresh Rate 90hz 90hz 0
Dots per Inch 390.49
429.53
39.05
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 860 nits
699 nits
-161
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
8.7
0.1
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Tek-Score
6.6
7.9
1.2

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro back transparent png Google Pixel 5 back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the Mi 10 Pro is also roughly 50% above other smartphones at about this price tag. But you won't find a winner here.

About the Mi 10 Pro: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 130. By including the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 146 points. For an in-depth review, click here.

I hope this helps: 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. Although only 15% of them feature a macro lens.

About the Pixel 5: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 129. And by adding its wide-angle lens, this score goes up to 138 points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Winding it up, if you must know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 92% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Still, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.

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

Just in case it's a deciding factor, the Mi 10 Pro telephoto lens is 31mm higher than the average on similarly priced devices.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mi 10 Pro Pixel 5
Megapixels 108
12
-96
Aperture 1.7
1.7
0.0
Lens 25mm
27mm
2
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 3 1 -2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 2160 -2160
Score 146
138
-8

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 10 Pro Pixel 5 vs.
Megapixels 8
16
8
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 94mm (3.8x zoom)
17mm -77
Lens Type Telephoto lens 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 9 -7
Selfie Camera Mi 10 Pro Pixel 5 vs.
Megapixels 20
8
-12
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens - 24mm
Mi 10 Pro Pixel 5 vs.
Tek-Score
8.6
8.1
-0.5

Who has the best frame?

I'd go for the Pixel 5 for its weight and water resistance.

Remember that the Pixel 5 is (about 12%) also smaller than other phones at nearly the same price.

The Mi 10 Pro is 57 g. (2.01 oz) heavier than its rival, which sits at 151 g. (5.33 oz). But because screen size also matters, the "weight to display size" score of the Mi 10 Pro is 3.5, and that's another way of saying it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The Pixel 5, however, has 8.4, which suggests exceptional work from Google.

The Pixel 5 is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. 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 Pixel 5
Size 162 x 74 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.61 x 0.32 in)
144 x 70 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.47 x 0.28 in)
-27252
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
151 g. (5.33 oz)
-57
Build Front and back glass Front glass and aluminum back
Colors Alpine White and Solstice Grey Just Black and Sorta Sage
Screen To Body Ratio 89.20%
87.67%
-1.53
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.5 8.4 4.9
Looks 9.1/10
9.1/10
0.0
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.8
9.1
7.3

*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 5 has a 4080 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, the Mi 10 Pro does have an advantage here.

Alright, the Pixel 5 doesn't coincidentally have this battery life. Google did its job and did it right. It got a rate of 7.9 for the "battery to device size" ratio.

Just be aware that the Mi 10 Pro can also easily defeat most devices. You can check here if it still is on our best-of listing.

If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the Mi 10 Pro. That's rare because phones from this budget can only do about 30w.

Mi 10 Pro's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. That's something you rarely see at this price range.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Pixel 5
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4080 -420
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
82% left
-2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
66% left
-5
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
69% left
-5
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 7.9 3.6
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
7.2
-0.4
Fast Charging 50w
18w
-32
Wireless Charging 30w
12w
-18
Reverse Charging 5w
5w
0
Tek-Score
8.0
6.9
-1.1

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Mi 10 Pro has about two times more storage.

The Mi 10 Pro has 256GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually have more RAM but less storage. They're around 8GB of RAM and 140Gb of storage.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Pixel 5
RAM (GB) 8GB
8GB
0
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
8.5
6.0
-2.5

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Mi 10 Pro for sure, as it has Bluetooth 5.1.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. Or you can also check its rivals if you just ignore these two. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Oppo Find X3 Lite.

They both run on (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Pixel 5
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?

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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 5 VS
Amazon 1.23 - -
eBay - 1.17 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Let me point out the average of its competitors. They usually sit close to 7.0 (for the Mi 10 Pro) and 6.9 (for the Pixel 5).

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

I'll dare to say that these two couldn't be much more different.

You should obviously pick the Mi 10 Pro, but I'll start by stating the reasons for picking the Pixel 5.

It has slightly better glass protection, it's lighter, water-resistant, and has an aluminum back (if that's your thing). It can also provide a cleaner user experience and give you at least 3 years of full software updates.

But the Mi 10 Pro has much higher performance, a great telephoto lens, more (and better) cameras, a glass back, double the internal storage, and Bluetooth 5.1. It also has better battery life and much faster wired and wireless charging speeds.

Pros Mi 10 Pro Pixel 5
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#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 Pixel 5
#1 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#2 Weight 3.5mm Jack
#3 3.5mm Jack Price
#4 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mi 10 Pro Pixel 5
Gaming Score
8.0
6.6
-1.4
Tek-Score
7.37
6.78
-0.59
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

 Google Pixel 5 
  • 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 SD
    $535
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $535
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $499
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $503
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $600
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $600
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $549
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $650
  • OnePlusrival9
    $551
  • 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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