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Xiaomi Mi 10 vs Mi 10 Pro In 2021: Why Go 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.

You'll get more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

Anything else?

The Mi 10 Pro also features a telephoto lens (+82 mm) and faster-charging speeds (50w vs. 30w).

How much more will the Mi 10 Pro cost me?

If you ignore carrier offers, it should be about $71 more expensive.

Is the Mi 10 still worth getting in 2021?

The Xiaomi Mi 10 is clearly worth buying in 2021, even if there are better phones out there. You can go for the OnePlus 9, but we should acknowledge this device, as it has good performance, good battery life, fast wireless charging, and 8K recordings.

Is it still worth buying the Mi 10 Pro in 2021?

If you like Xiaomi, the Mi 10 Pro is a pretty solid choice, even in 2021. You'll love it for its good performance, good cameras, good battery life, tons of storage, optical zoom, and fast charging. But don't just ignore the Mi 11.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they rival their competition, and how other specialists evaluate them.

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Xiaomi Mi 10, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

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Introduction

Xiaomi released both smartphones at the same time: in February 2020.

We are looking at how the Mi 10 and the Mi 10 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 Mi 10 Pro
Release Date 2020, February 2020, February 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?

You won't find a winner here, as both share the same Geekbench 5 score. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

These two also have their performance well above the average if you consider related-priced phones.

By the way, you can define both of them as high-end.

Performance*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Mi 10 Pro
SoC Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 865
Graphics Adreno 650 Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 3322
3331
9
OS Android 10 and MIUI 12 Android 10 and MIUI 11
Tek-Score
7.5
7.6
0.0

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

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

It's a tie, so you have to decide for yourself.

About the Mi 10, you should know that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 96% have an AMOLED screen.

For the Mi 10 Pro, I should say that 89% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 93% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Mi 10 Pro
Size 6.6
6.6
0.0
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1080x2340
0
Refresh Rate 90hz 90hz 0
Dots per Inch 390.49
390.49
0.00
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 854 nits
860 nits
6
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
8.6
0.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
6.6
6.6
0.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

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

I don't see a meaningful winner in the camera department.

About the Mi 10: I'm counting on DXOMARK to review this camera, and I'm confident that they'll give it close to 131* points. And if you take into account its wide-angle lens, it can go up to 144** points.

I hope this helps: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 92% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.

About the Mi 10 Pro: The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 130 points. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 146 points. Just click here to read about it.

Lastly, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 93% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Moreover, only 15% of them feature a macro lens.

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

Just out of curiosity, the Mi 10 Pro telephoto lens is 31mm higher than the average on similarly priced devices.

*The guys over at DXOMARK know how to benchmark these shooters. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So what do I do? I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. Our lastest test on our formula showed a topmost discrepancy of 2 points.

**Consider this as an estimative, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Mi 10 Mi 10 Pro
Megapixels 108
108
0
Aperture 1.7
1.7
0.0
Lens 24mm
25mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 3 1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 4320 0
Score 144
146
2

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Mi 10 Mi 10 Pro vs.
Megapixels 13
8
-5
Aperture 2.4
2.0
-0.4
Lens 12mm 94mm (4x zoom)
82
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels 2 12 10
Aperture 2.4 2.0 -0.4
Lens - 50mm (2.0x zoom)
Lens Type Macro Telephoto lens
Megapixels 2 20 18
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Lens - 15mm
Lens Type Depth Sensor Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 13 16 3
Selfie Camera Mi 10 Mi 10 Pro vs.
Megapixels 20
20
0
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens - -
Mi 10 Mi 10 Pro vs.
Tek-Score
8.5
8.6
0.1

Who has the best frame?

None of them stands out, so you can't go wrong here.

Adding to that, both weigh about the same: 208 g. (7.34 oz). But because screen size also matters, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Mi 10 got 3.5, meaning it's kind of weighty for its display size. In the meantime, the Mi 10 Pro also has 3.5, which suggests it's considerably hefty too.

If you'd rather have a water-resistant device, maybe you should forget these and go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 instead.

Looks*
vs.
Body Mi 10 Mi 10 Pro
Size 162 x 74 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.61 x 0.32 in)
162 x 74 x 9 mm
(5.71 x 2.61 x 0.32 in)
0
Weight 208 g. (7.34 oz)
208 g. (7.34 oz)
0
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Coral Green, Peach Gold, and Twilight Grey Alpine White and Solstice Grey
Screen To Body Ratio 89.20%
89.20%
0.00
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.5 3.5 0.0
Looks 9.1/10
9.1/10
0.0
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.8
1.8
0.0

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

Which has the best battery?

The Mi 10 features a 4780 mAh battery, while the Mi 10 Pro has 4500 mAh. But as claimed by GSMArena, you should get the same battery life with either device.

For the record, both of them also do overcome pretty much every phone out there. Let's see if both still have a place on our best-of listing.

Fast charging on the Mi 10 Pro does stand out. Other devices from this price range frequently max out at about 30w.

The Mi 10 Pro's wireless charging is likewise faster than the traditional 5w. You don't get to see it that much at this price range.

Battery*
vs.
Features Mi 10 Mi 10 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4780 4500 -280
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
84% left
0
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
71% left
0
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
74% left
0
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 4.3 0.0
Sub Tek-Score
7.6
7.6
0.0
Fast Charging 30w
50w
20
Wireless Charging 30w
30w
0
Reverse Charging 5w
5w
0
Tek-Score
7.7
8.0
0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Mi 10 Pro has about two times more storage.

The Mi 10 Pro offers 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. You may already know, but you can get more RAM but less storage from almost all of their competitors. 8Gb for RAM and 140Gb for storage, on average.

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

*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. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you don't care that much about them. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite.

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

Connectivity
vs.
Features Mi 10 Mi 10 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 Mi 10 Pro VS
Amazon - 1.23 -
eBay 0.94 - -
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 6.8 (for the Mi 10) and 7.0 (for the Mi 10 Pro).

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

These two aren't that different from each other, and so isn't their price. Still, I'd pick the Mi 10 Pro for its telephoto lens alone. Having quicker charging speeds (50w vs. 30w) and more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB) is just a bonus.

If you don't value a telephoto lens that much, the Mi 10 should be good enough for you. 30w of fast charging and 128GB of storage should be enough for most of us.

Pros Mi 10 Mi 10 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
Cons Mi 10 Mi 10 Pro
#1 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#2 Weight Weight
#3 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Mi 10 Mi 10 Pro
Gaming Score
7.4
8.0
0.6
Tek-Score
6.80
7.37
0.57
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 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $565
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $575
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $598
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $499
  • 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 Pro
    $599
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $600
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $436
  • OnePlusrival8
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $425
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $463
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $580
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $600
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $549
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
    $445
  • OnePlusrival9
    $551
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite
    $554

 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
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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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