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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro vs Mi 10T Pro: Are Both Of Them Pro?

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

You shouldn't have to pay much more for the Mi 10 Pro, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It comes with a better display and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

What else stands out?

The Mi 10 Pro also comes with an AMOLED, Always-On display, better outdoor brightness, a telephoto lens (+81 mm), faster-charging speeds (50w vs. 33w), wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. But with the Mi 10T Pro, you can get a higher refresh rate display.

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

If you're going off-contract, it'll cost you around $120 more.

Is the Mi 10 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

You shouldn't ignore the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro at all, even in 2021. Sure, you can take a peek at other devices like 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 still worth buying the Mi 10T Pro in 2021?

Don't let its age scare you. The Mi 10T Pro still is a fantastic device as we go thru 2021. You can thank Xiaomi for its good performance, good battery life, fast charging, and 8K recordings. Although you can also check the OnePlus 9.

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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Introduction

Xiaomi introduced its Mi 10T Pro model in October 2020. Meanwhile, Xiaomi's Mi 10 Pro started to sell in February 2020.

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

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Price*
vs.
Device Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T Pro
Release Date 2020, February 2020, October 0y.
OS Updates 1 year 1 year 0y.
Security Updates 4 years 4 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Geekbench 5 scores the Mi 10 Pro 3% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. In real-world usage, the difference between them isn't significant.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The good news is that both clearly are above the average for their price range.

It's safe to say that both of them can be tagged as high-end.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T Pro
SoC Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 865
Graphics Adreno 650 Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 3331
3232
-99
OS Android 10 and MIUI 11 Android 10 and MIUI 12
Tek-Score
7.6
7.4
-0.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro front transparent png Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro front transparent png

The Mi 10 Pro is the title-holder here, and the difference is considerable.

The Mi 10 Pro has one disadvantage over the rest of its class: It is 20% below the average pixel density.

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.

For the Mi 10T Pro, as a reference, 84% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 91% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T Pro
Size 6.6
6.6
0.0
Screen Type AMOLED LCD
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1080x2400
64800
Refresh Rate 90hz 144hz 54
Dots per Inch 390.49
398.76
8.27
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 860 nits
630 nits
-230
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
3.0
-5.5
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
6.6
4.7
-2.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro back transparent png Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro back transparent png

By DXOMARK's standards, the Mi 10 Pro is also roughly 50% above other competitors from its price range. That's why between these two, it should be your choice too.

About the Mi 10 Pro: DXOMARK tested this camera and gave it a score of 130. And if you take into account the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, you'll end up with a score of 146. For a thorough review, click here.

Before moving on, all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 93% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Nevertheless, only 15% of them feature a macro lens.

About the Mi 10T Pro: The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 121 points. And by adding its wide-angle lens, that score goes up to 132. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Winding it up, just so you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

Considering this score, we can classify these two as high-end.

Just out of curiosity, the Mi 10 Pro telephoto lens is, on average, 31mm higher than what you'd get within similarly priced rivals.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T Pro
Megapixels 108
108
0
Aperture 1.7
1.7
0.0
Lens 25mm
26mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 3 1 -2
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 4320 0
Score 146
132
-14

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T Pro vs.
Megapixels 8
13
5
Aperture 2.0
2.4
0.4
Lens 94mm (3.8x zoom)
13mm -81
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 12 5 -7
Aperture 2.0 2.4 0.4
Lens 50mm (2x zoom) -
Lens Type Telephoto lens Macro
Megapixels 20 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens 15mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 16 11 -5
Selfie Camera Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T Pro vs.
Megapixels 20
20
0
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens - 27mm
Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T Pro vs.
Tek-Score
8.6
7.8
-0.8

Who has the best frame?

There isn't a clear winner, so don't worry too much.

The Mi 10T Pro is 10 g. (0.39 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 208 g. (7.34 oz). But because screen size also matters, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" score. The Mi 10 Pro got 3.5, showing it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The Mi 10T Pro, however, has 2.6, which suggests it's considerably hefty too.

For an all-weather smartphone, perhaps you should also consider the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

Looks*
vs.
Body Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T Pro
Size 162 x 74 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.61 x 0.32 in)
165 x 76 x 9 mm
(5.82 x 2.68 x 0.32 in)
4968
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
218 g. (7.69 oz)
10
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Alpine White and Solstice Grey Cosmic Black, Aurora Blue, and Lunar Silver
Screen To Body Ratio 89.20%
83.87%
-5.33
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.5 2.6 -0.9
Looks 9.1/10
8.4/10
-0.7
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Side-mounted Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.8
1.4
-0.4

*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 smallest battery, while the Mi 10T Pro features 5000 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, there's no real difference between them.

For your information, both of them can also easily defeat most devices. Do check our best-of listing.

If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the Mi 10 Pro. Smartphones from this price range can only do about 30w.

Quick wireless charging must be one of Mi 10 Pro's most-loved features. You don't get to see it that much at this price range.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4500 5000 500
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
86% left
2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
75% left
4
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
74% left
0
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 3.8 -0.6
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
7.8
0.2
Fast Charging 50w
33w
-17
Wireless Charging 30w
No -30
Reverse Charging 5w
No -5
Tek-Score
8.0
6.8
-1.2

*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. Be aware that at this price segment, others have more RAM but less storage. They average at 8GB of RAM and 140Gb of storage.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T Pro
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?

These two do look alike sometimes.

If you love good-old wired headphones, you're out of luck because none of them included a 3.5mm headphone jack. 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're not really leaning towards any of these. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite can give you a headphone jack.

You can connect them to (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T 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?

Here's what we've found out:

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Reference: $600

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

Reference: $480

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

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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 Mi 10T Pro VS
Amazon 1.23 1.28 0.05
eBay - - -
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Walmart - - -

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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. Let me point out the average of its competitors. They're at 7.0 (for the Mi 10 Pro) and 6.5 (for the Mi 10T Pro).

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

If you really want to own a Pro device, you should go for the Mi 10 Pro, as it can give you so much more. The Mi 10T Pro's display can indeed offer you up to 144hz of refresh rates, but 90hz is more than enough, especially if you consider everything else the Mi 10 Pro offers.

Let's start by mentioning its internal storage: 256GB will make most of us very happy. Not only that, but it also adds an Always-on AMOLED display, with better outdoor brightness and a fantastic telephoto lens. It also stands out in the charging department by charging faster and having wireless and reverse wireless charging.

Pros Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T Pro
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED Cameras
#3 Always-On-Display Battery Life
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Battery Life
#6 Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 Storage
Cons Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T Pro
#1 MicroSD Slot AMOLED
#2 Weight Always-On-Display
#3 3.5mm Jack Wireless Charging
#4 Price MicroSD Slot
#5 Weight
#6 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mi 10 Pro Mi 10T Pro
Gaming Score
8.0
6.8
-1.2
Tek-Score
7.37
6.14
-1.23
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

 Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $385
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $419
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $565
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $575
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $499
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $535
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $535
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $499
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $503
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $386
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $436
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • OnePlusrival8
    $480
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $400
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $425
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $463
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $396
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $549
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
    $445
  • OnePlusrival9
    $551
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite
    $554
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
    $385
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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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