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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro vs Mi 9T Pro in 2021: Should You Upgrade?

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

The Mi 10 Pro will cost you more, but it's by far the best of the two.

It comes with better performance (+30%), better cameras, and more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB).

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The Mi 10 Pro also has a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.3") display, better outdoor brightness, optical image stabilization, a telephoto lens (+41 mm), faster-charging speeds (50w vs. 27w), wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.1. But with the Mi 9T Pro, you can get a headphone jack.

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

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, you'll have to spend approximately $215 more.

Is it worth buying the Mi 10 Pro in 2021?

The Mi 10 Pro isn't the perfect smartphone, but there aren't many better phones for this budget. Sure, you can take a peek at other devices like 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 the Mi 9T Pro still worth getting in 2021?

The Mi 9T Pro was indeed released in 2019, but it still stands out, thanks to its good performance, good cameras, good battery life, and fast charging. That's why I'll continue to recommend it in 2021, but the OnePlus 8 could give you better performance, more storage, more security updates, and more RAM.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they stack up against their rivals, and you'll know how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

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Introduction

Is the Mi 10 Pro a worthy upgrade of the Mi 9T Pro, or is it too soon to even consider it?

Let's find that out.

Xiaomi introduced its Mi 9T Pro model in August 2019. Meanwhile, Xiaomi's Mi 10 Pro started to sell in February 2020.

We are looking at how the Mi 10 Pro and the Mi 9T Pro compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

The weight of each section

For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.

to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T Pro
Release Date 2020, February 2019, August -1y.
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 30% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. You should also consider other features, but if you value every second you save, go for this one.

You can also count on the Mi 10 Pro to have one of the best performances around against similarly priced phones. About 28% above.

By the way, you can define the Mi 10 Pro as high-end and the Mi 9T Pro more like a lower high-end.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T Pro
SoC Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 855
Graphics Adreno 650 Adreno 640
Geekbench 5 Score 3331
2572
-759
OS Android 10 and MIUI 11 Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 10
Tek-Score
7.6
6.3
-1.3

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro front transparent png Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro front transparent png

They both share the same score, so don't worry about it.

The Mi 10 Pro has one disadvantage over other similarly priced phones: Its display has a low pixel density.

About the Mi 10 Pro, you should know that 87% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 96% have an Always-On display.

For the Mi 9T Pro, I should say that 80% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 96% have an AMOLED screen. Instead, only 20% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T Pro
Size 6.6
6.3
-0.3
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1080x2340
0
Refresh Rate 90hz 60hz -30
Dots per Inch 390.49
409.08
18.59
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole No/Clean
Peak Brightness 860 nits
643 nits
-217
HDR HDR10+ HDR
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
8.3
-0.3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
6.6
6.5
-0.1

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro back transparent png Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro back transparent png

If you value quality photos, you should know that the Mi 10 Pro is about 76% above other smartphones at about this price tag. 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. If you add 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.

I hope this helps: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 96% feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 17% of them feature a macro lens.

PS: Dxo tested the Chinese variant of this camera. While it should be the same phone (K20 pro), it looks like its score should be about 101 and not 108.

About the Mi 9T Pro: DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the score: 104. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 118** points. Just click here to read about it.

Last (but not least), just to let 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 the Mi 10 Pro more as a high-end while the Mi 9T Pro leans towards the upper mid-range.

Additionally, the Mi 10 Pro telephoto lens is 30mm higher than the average in its class.

**Consider this as an estimative, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just revised their formula, and they don't have enough reviews, so I can refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T Pro
Megapixels 108
48
-60
Aperture 1.7
1.8
0.1
Lens 25mm
26mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 3 2 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes No
Video 4320 2160 -2160
Score 146
118
-28

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T Pro vs.
Megapixels 8
8
0
Aperture 2.0
2.4
0.4
Lens 94mm (3.8x zoom)
53mm (2x zoom)
-41
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 13 1
Aperture 2.0 2.4 0.4
Lens 50mm (2x zoom) 12mm -38
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 20 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens 15mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Score 16 14 -2
Selfie Camera Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T Pro vs.
Megapixels 20
0 -20
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens - -
Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T Pro vs.
Tek-Score
8.6
6.9
-1.6

Who has the best frame?

It's a tie, so don't worry too much.

The Mi 10 Pro is 17 g. (0.60 oz) heavier than its sibling, which sits at 191 g. (6.74 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. Having said that, the Mi 9T Pro has 4.3, so nothing to state here.

For an all-weather smartphone, you should check out the competition, like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.

Looks*
vs.
Body Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T Pro
Size 162 x 74 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.61 x 0.32 in)
156 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.50 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
-15540
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
191 g. (6.74 oz)
-17
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Alpine White and Solstice Grey Carbon black, Glacier blue, and Red flame
Screen To Body Ratio 89.20%
84.40%
-4.80
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.5 4.3 0.8
Looks 9.1/10
8.5/10
-0.6
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.8
2.2
0.4

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

Which has the best battery?

The Mi 10 Pro features a 4500 mAh battery, while the Mi 9T Pro has 4000 mAh. But according to GSMArena's tests, there's no real difference between them.

Just be aware that both of them are also beating most smartphones. Just check out our top 10 list with the best battery life.

Quick charging is reasonably speedy with the Mi 10 Pro's charger. That's rare because phones from this budget usually sit at nearly 30w.

Mi 10 Pro's Quick wireless charging is likewise snappy. You won't find many phones as fast at about its price.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4000 -500
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
85% left
1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
71% left
0
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
75% left
1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 5.6 1.2
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
7.7
0.1
Fast Charging 50w
27w
-23
Wireless Charging 30w
No -30
Reverse Charging 5w
No -5
Tek-Score
8.0
6.7
-1.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the Mi 10 Pro.

In terms of RAM, the Mi 10 Pro brings 8GB. In terms of storage, it has 256GB. Also, similarly priced adversaries usually offer more RAM but less storage. Right now, the average is 136Gb of storage and 8GB of RAM.

In its turn, the Mi 9T Pro features 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Again, you'll get more RAM and more storage from most of its opponents. They usually get close to 7Gb of RAM and 123Gb of storage.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, you'll soon figure out that 64 GB is too short for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T Pro
RAM (GB) 8GB
6GB
-2
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 9T Pro if you really value a headphone jack.

You can find the Mi 10 Pro in the (LTE and) 5G variant.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T Pro
Network 5G LTE
Bluetooth 5.1
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No Yes
Tek-Score
5.1
8.5
3.3

Which is more affordable?

Here are the prices that we've come across recently:

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Reference: $600

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Reference: $385

Xiaomi Mi 9T 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 9T Pro VS
Amazon 1.23 1.47 0.24
eBay - - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Are you curious to know what their global score is? First, let me mention the average at their price range. The Mi 10 Pro class is at 6.9, and the Mi 9T Pro 6.2.

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

The Mi 10 Pro is almost too great to be true. Unfortunately, it also is too hard to find. But if you can find one, indeed it's a nice upgrade for the affordable flagship killer that's the Mi 9T Pro.

The Snapdragon 865 is a pleasant step up in performance, the second zoom lens is a fantastic addition, just like the extra storage.

While I do like having the 5.1 Bluetooth version, the lack of the headphone jack could be a deal-breaker.

It may have a slightly worse battery life, but with those charging options, who cares, right?

Did you notice how fast it charges? 50w for a 4500mAh battery is groundbreaking fast.

Pros Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T 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 3.5mm Jack
#8 Storage
Cons Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T Pro
#1 MicroSD Slot Wireless Charging
#2 Weight MicroSD Slot
#3 3.5mm Jack Weight
#4 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mi 10 Pro Mi 9T Pro
Gaming Score
8.0
5.9
-2.1
Tek-Score
7.37
5.67
-1.70
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 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $649
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $700
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $598
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $574
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $564
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $500
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $596
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $566
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $566
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $515
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $589
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $579
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $548
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $511
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $682
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $658
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $650
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $561
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite
    $503

 Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $328
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $338
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $359
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $409
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $379
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $349
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $319
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $425
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $349
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $415
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $396
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
    $445
  • 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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