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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro vs Huawei P40 Pro: Which One Is Better?

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

The P40 Pro isn't that affordable, but considering its features, its opponent is by far the one you should pick.

You'll get water-resistance and external storage. But the Mi 10 Pro features a better display, Google's services, and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

What else stands out?

The Mi 10 Pro also brings better outdoor brightness.

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

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you can be saving up to around $199, so think about 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. Sure there are other devices like the Mi 11, but we should praise it because it features good performance, good cameras, good battery life, tons of storage, optical zoom, and fast charging.

Is it worth buying the P40 Pro in 2021?

The P40 Pro wasn't released that long ago, so it's obviously, a top recommended device for 2021. That's mainly because of its good performance, good cameras, good battery life, optical zoom, and fast charging. But don't just ignore the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Read on and find out more about them, how they compare to similarly priced rivals, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro

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Introduction

So, is this competition really happening, or is it just an experiment from Xiami? Anyways, let's see how these two mega-zoom camera-phones handle this race for #1's camera-phone pole position.

In April of 2020, Huawei started selling its P40 Pro, while Xiaomi's Mi 10 Pro hit the stores in February 2020.

Here you can look at the Mi 10 Pro and the P40 Pro, 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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to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro
Release Date 2020, February 2020, April 0y.
OS Updates 1 year 2 years 1y.
Security Updates 4 years 2 years -2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

As for performance, Geekbench 5 scores the Mi 10 Pro 4% ahead of its competitor in the multi-core ranking. Overall, you wouldn't feel that much of a difference between them.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The Mi 10 Pro is clearly above the average if you consider related-priced phones. About 26% above.

One can entitle both of them as high-end.

Some users did install the Google Play Store on recent Huawei phones, but please be aware that officially you won't get Google apps, and some essential apps may be missing too on the P40 Pro.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro
SoC Snapdragon 865 Hisilicon Kirin 990
Graphics Adreno 650 Mali-G76 MP16
Geekbench 5 Score 3331
3197
-134
OS Android 10 and MIUI 11 Android 10 and EMUI 10
Tek-Score
7.6
7.3
-0.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro front transparent png Huawei P40 Pro front transparent png

They ended up with identical scores, so any of them will do. But you should feel safer with the better glass protection on the Mi 10 Pro.

The Mi 10 Pro also falls behind other similarly priced phones: Its display density is 99 DPI below the usual.

Usually, devices in this price range max at 788 nits, but the P40 Pro can only go 183 nits below that.

About 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 P40 Pro, as a reference, 96% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, 91% have an Always-On display, and 83% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro
Size 6.6
6.5
-0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1200x2640
640800
Refresh Rate 90hz 90hz 0
Dots per Inch 390.49
446.14
55.66
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 860 nits
605 nits
-255
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
8.7
0.1
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 -
Tek-Score
6.6
3.1
-3.5

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro back transparent png Huawei P40 Pro back transparent png

If you value quality photos, you should know that the Mi 10 Pro is about 50% above other competitors from its price range. Although the P40 Pro is the clear winner.

About the Mi 10 Pro: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 130. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 146 points. You can check their review if you click here.

To put things in perspective: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 93% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 15% of them feature a macro lens.

The P40 Pro and the P30 Pro share the same ability to do 50x hybrid zoom. It isn't an optical zoom, but (thanks to AI) it is much better than digital zoom.

About the P40 Pro: The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 137 points. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 153 points. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

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

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

If you love it, the Mi 10 Pro telescopic lens is 31mm above the rest on similarly priced devices.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro
Megapixels 108
50
-58
Aperture 1.7
1.9
0.2
Lens 25mm
23mm
-2
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 3 1 -2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 2160 -2160
Score 146
153
7

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.0
3.4
1.4
Lens 94mm (3.8x zoom)
125mm (5x zoom)
31
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 40 28
Aperture 2.0 1.8 -0.2
Lens 50mm (2x zoom) 18mm -32
Lens Type Telephoto lens Wide-Angle
Megapixels 20 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens 15mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Depth Sensor
Score 16 16 0
Selfie Camera Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro vs.
Megapixels 20
32
12
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens - 26mm
Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro vs.
Tek-Score
8.6
9.0
0.4

Who has the best frame?

The P40 Pro does have an advantage here, thanks to its number of color options and water resistance.

Adding to that, both weigh about the same: 208 g. (7.34 oz). 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, which suggests it's kind of weighty for a 6.6 inches display. Having said that, the P40 Pro has 3.1, which suggests it's considerably hefty too.

The P40 Pro truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep. It should be for less than 30 minutes, on standby, and freshwater only.

Looks*
vs.
Body Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro
Size 162 x 74 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.61 x 0.32 in)
158 x 72 x 9 mm
(5.57 x 2.54 x 0.32 in)
-5508
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
209 g. (7.37 oz)
1
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Alpine White and Solstice Grey Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black
Screen To Body Ratio 89.20%
90.26%
1.07
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.5 3.1 -0.4
Looks 9.1/10
10.0/10
0.8
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.8
6.9
5.1

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

Which has the best battery?

The Mi 10 Pro does have a battery capacity of 4500 mAh versus the 4200 mAh of the P40 Pro. But by GSMArena's standards, you shouldn't expect any real contrast here.

For the record, the Mi 10 Pro also doesn't have many rivals at any given price range. Do check our top 10 for battery life.

If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the Mi 10 Pro. Smartphones from this price range rarely exceed 30 watts.

You'll likewise get quick wireless charging on the Mi 10 Pro. That's uncommon in its class.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4200 -300
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
83% left
-1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
70% left
-1
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
72% left
-2
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 5.3 1.0
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
7.5
-0.1
Fast Charging 50w
40w
-10
Wireless Charging 30w
27w
-3
Reverse Charging 5w
27w
22
Tek-Score
8.0
7.8
-0.2

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Mi 10 Pro has about two times more storage.

The Mi 10 Pro features 256GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. You should know that at this price level, its rivals deliver more RAM but less storage. They average at 8GB of RAM and 140Gb of storage.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro
RAM (GB) 8GB
8GB
0
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD No Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
8.5
7.5
-1.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

These two do look alike sometimes.

Do you still favor wired headphones? None of them will help you with that. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. You can also check other devices if you're not really leaning towards any of these. The Sony Xperia 1 II can help you with that.

Both have a single network variant: (LTE and) 5G.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
5.1
0.0

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 P40 Pro VS
Amazon 1.23 0.73 -0.50
eBay - - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. First, let me mention the average at their price range. They're in the ballpark of 7.0 for the Mi 10 Pro and 7.2 for the P40 Pro.

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

While the P40 Pro came out after the Mi 10 Pro was released, at first glance, it looks like Xiaomi planned this device to be a bit ahead of its rival. On performance, it's 4% above. Its leading camera has double the megapixels and 8k recordings (although less optical zoom). Then there are the extra 0.1 inches of screen real estate together with decent glass protection. Battery life it's also slightly better, and faster wired and wireless speeds. On top of that, despite ignoring expansion options, it has 256GB of internal storage.

If you add Google's services to that and still ask way less money, then you have everything you need to be a winner.

If only that winner could be found...

Pros Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Battery Life Battery Life
#6 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#8 Storage MicroSD Slot
Cons Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro
#1 MicroSD Slot Weight
#2 Weight 3.5mm Jack
#3 3.5mm Jack Price
#4 Price Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mi 10 Pro P40 Pro
Gaming Score
8.0
7.0
-0.9
Tek-Score
7.37
6.92
-0.45
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

 Huawei P40 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $689
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $649
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $684
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $900
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $789
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $899
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $780
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $809
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $849
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $899
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $899
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $729
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $650
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • 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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