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Xiaomi 14 Pro review - Leica camera smartphone with a great display leaves some questions

HyperOS as a game changer? With its Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, the Xiaomi 14 Pro, which is also equipped with the new HyperOS, aims to score with a lot of performance and also bring some excitement to some camera fans with the new, extremely light-sensitive Leica Summilux lens and variable aperture. Find out in our review, whether a purchase of the Xiaomi smartphone is worthwhile.
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review

Not only does the Xiaomi 14 Pro use the currently best SoC in an Android smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, but it also offers some interesting changes in the camera system compared to the 13 Pro. The Sony IMX989 in the 1-inch format is replaced by a new, significantly smaller image sensor called "Light Hunter 900" in the 1/1.31 inch format - probably from Omnivision. The lens of the 50-MP main camera uses a variable aperture, allowing you to use an aperture up to f/4.0 giving more depth to the depicted objects. In contrast to that of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, the aperture of the 14 Pro can now be opened in several steps.  

The Xiaomi 14 Pro is currently only available in China, and it is still unclear whether a global version for the European market will follow. The import prices start from 790 Euros (~$839) for the base version with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB flash storage. The top model in the Titanium Special Edition with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB storage costs around 960 Euros (~$1,060).  

Xiaomi 14 Pro (14 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 8 x 2.3 - 3.3 GHz, Cortex-X4 / A720 / A720 / A520 (Kryo)
Graphics adapter
Memory
12 GB 
, LPDDR5x
Display
6.73 inch 20:9, 3200 x 1440 pixel 521 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash, 256 GB 
, 236 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB Type-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass, barometer, color spectrum, Miracast, OTG
Networking
Wi-Fi 7 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz be = Wi-Fi 7), Bluetooth 5.4, 5G: n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n28a/n38/n40/ n41/ n48/n66/n77/n78/n79; 4G: FDD: B1/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B18/B19/B26/B28a /B66, TDD: B34/B38/B39/B40/B41/B42/B48; 3G: B1/B4/B5/B6/B8/B19; 2G: B3/B5/B8, Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.49 x 161.4 x 75.3 ( = 0.33 x 6.35 x 2.96 in)
Battery
4880 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix (1/1.31", 1.2µm) + 50 MP (3.2x optical zoom, f/2.0, 75mm) + 50 MP (f/2.2, 14mm), camera2 API: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix (f/2.0)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: OnScreen, USB cable, charger, case, info matrial, HyperOS 1.0, 12 Months Warranty, Widevine L1, fanless, waterproof
Weight
223 g ( = 7.87 oz / 0.49 pounds), Power Supply: 152 g ( = 5.36 oz / 0.34 pounds)
Price
790 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
89.4 %
12/2023
Xiaomi 14 Pro
SD 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750
223 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.73"3200x1440
90.3 %
03/2023
Samsung Galaxy S23+
SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740
195 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.60"2340x1080
89 %
12/2023
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7
213 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2992x1344
89 %
09/2023
Sony Xperia 5 V
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
182 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.10"2520x1080
89.2 %
03/2023
Xiaomi 13 Pro
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
229 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.73"3200x1440

Case - Xiaomi smartphone with IP certification

Color choices of the Xiaomi 14 Pro
Color choices of the Xiaomi 14 Pro

One of the most interesting changes of the Xiaomi 14 Pro compared to the predecessor concerns the protective glass that is used. Xiaomi foregoes Gorilla Glas from Corning and chooses its own in-house material instead. The protective glass called Xiaomi Ceramic Glass is supposed to provide a particularly high protection from falls. According to the manufacturer, it offers a 20% higher protection against breaking than the Ceramic Shield of the Apple iPhone 15 Pro. In terms of protection, the current flagship from the Chinese manufacturer also offers a water and dustproof case with an IP68 certification. 

The case is available in three matte colors as well as a matte Titanium Special Edition with a Titanium frame. The quality of the workmanship is at a very high level in the 14 Pro. The form factor of the Xiaomi smartphone is almost identical to that of the 13 Pro, but the manufacturer was able to slightly improve the display-to-surface ratio by using slightly slimmer bezels around the OLED panel.

The display of the Xiaomi 14 Pro now offers an "all around liquid" design. This means that the panel is rounded on all four corners and edges, bending downward with even curves, which feels very ergonomic when using swiping gestures. 

Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review

Size Comparison

162.6 mm / 6.4 inch 76.5 mm / 3.01 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 213 g0.4696 lbs162.9 mm / 6.41 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.38 mm / 0.3299 inch 229 g0.505 lbs161.4 mm / 6.35 inch 75.3 mm / 2.96 inch 8.49 mm / 0.3343 inch 223 g0.4916 lbs157.8 mm / 6.21 inch 76.2 mm / 3 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs154 mm / 6.06 inch 68 mm / 2.68 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 182 g0.4012 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Equipment - Xiaomi 14 Pro with USB 3.2

The current flagship from the Chinese manufacturer offers very good equipment overall with Bluetooth 5.4, Miracast, and NFC, even though it still isn't the best of the best for the 14 Pro, since there is no IR blaster or ultrawide-band chip.

In contrast to the predecessor, the Xiaomi 14 Pro now finally includes a fast USB connection that according to the specs, runs at USB 3.2 (Gen. 2) speeds and supports USB OTG and wired display output. However, in our copy test using a connected M2.SSD drive (Samsung 980 Pro), the transfer speed of the USB port, which should really be very fast, is at a slow 311 MB/s. There is neither an optional storage expansion, nor an audio port. 

Left case side
Left case side
Right case side (keys: volume, on/off)
Right case side (keys: volume, on/off)
Top (speaker)
Top (speaker)
Bottom (speaker, USB port, microphone, card slot)
Bottom (speaker, USB port, microphone, card slot)

Software - Xiaomi smartphone with Android 14

The Xiaomi HyperOS kernel, which is a hybrid of Linux and the Vela system that was developed in-house, is used for the first time in a smartphone. Those who had hoped to get a completely new operating system based on Android with HyperOS might be disappointed, seeing the many similarities in the visuals and menu structures compared to the MIUI user interface. However, in everyday operation HyperOS is still a very well-optimized user interface with a refreshed look of the earlier MIUI – but a new start in software looks different, even if there are several optimizations and implementations under the hood, such as the security and data privacy protections.  

Xiaomi plans to provide its 14 Pro with four years of software updates, and there are even supposed to be security patches for a year longer - although it is unknown how many updates there will be every quarter. During the time of our testing, the operating system is based on Android 14 and the security patch level of November 2023.

Our test unit on loan from Trading Shenzhen already has the new Xiaomi.eu surface preinstalled, including access to the Play Store and the German language. However, as it comes from the manufacturer, the Chinese version supports neither Google applications nor an extensive selection of languages. So users need to install the apk files themselves here and be content with the English language.   

Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review

Communication and GNSS - Xiaomi 14 Pro with WiFi 7

While connected to the WLAN at home, the Xiaomi smartphone offers the best of the best with the current WiFi 7 standard. Using our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 reference router, the test unit not only shows very high but also relatively constant transfer rates, and we measure almost 1,900 Mbit/s at the top. 

In addition to the fast WLAN, the Xiaomi 14 Pro uses the 5G standard, although it only offers 16 LTE bands. The Chinese version generally only offers a reduced frequency band coverage, without supporting access to the LTE Band 20. Those who need more 4G frequencies or quad GSM have to wait for a global version. 

Networking
Xiaomi 14 Pro
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1717 (min: 1627) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1783 (min: 911) MBit/s ∼99%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1728 (min: 1374) MBit/s ∼93%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1731 (min: 1657) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1623 (min: 1491) MBit/s ∼95%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1810 (min: 1724) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1804 (min: 902) MBit/s ∼97%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1534 (min: 1403) MBit/s ∼89%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
iperf3 receive AXE11000
897 (min: 870) MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
892 (min: 333) MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1468 (min: 1069) MBit/s ∼79%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1467 (min: 1304) MBit/s ∼85%
Sony Xperia 5 V
iperf3 receive AXE11000
838 (min: 818) MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
958 (min: 934) MBit/s ∼53%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
iperf3 receive AXE11000
809 (min: 780) MBit/s ∼47%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
993 (min: 972) MBit/s ∼55%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1859 (min: 919) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1637 (min: 1603) MBit/s ∼95%
Average of class Smartphone
iperf3 receive AXE11000
646 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼38%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
680 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼38%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1542 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼83%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1379 (min: 598) MBit/s ∼80%
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Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 750; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1728 (1374-1860)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1829 (919-1905)
Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 750; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1727 (1657-1754)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1636 (1603-1672)
Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 750; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1711 (1627-1762)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø808 (780-871)
Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 750; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1753 (911-1896)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø993 (972-1016)
Locating indoors
Locating indoors
Locating outdoors
Locating outdoors

The 14 Pro doesn't always determine its location perfectly, and we notice some small deviations from the actual route particularly in curves. We use a Garmin Venu 2 for comparison, but the results it delivers are very similar to those of the Xiaomi smartphone.

To determine its location, the Xiaomi 14 Pro uses the main satellite systems, most of the time in dual-band. In our test, these are Beidou (B1(C), B2a), GPS (L1, L5), Galileo (E1, E5a), and GLONASS (L1). Even indoors, the locating succeeds very quickly and with an accuracy of about 3 meters (10 ft).

Xiaomi 14 Pro vs. Garmin Venu 2
Xiaomi 14 Pro vs. Garmin Venu 2

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality - Xiaomi smartphone with dual-SIM

Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review

The Xiaomi 14 Pro offers full dual-SIM capabilities with two nano-SIM card slots in the 5G net. We don't find an option to integrate an eSIM into the system in the system settings of the Chinese version. Since the T series offers an eSIM functionality at this point, we wouldn't be surprised, if a global version would also support this feature.  

The three built-in microphones produce a very attractive voice experience, although it is slightly marred by some smaller annoying noises. Using the earpiece, the voice quality is very clear, but it could still be slightly louder.

Cameras - Xiaomi smartphone with OIS

Selfie taken with the Xiaomi 14 Pro
Selfie taken with the Xiaomi 14 Pro
Portrait taken with the Xiaomi 14 Pro
Portrait taken with the Xiaomi 14 Pro

Compared to the predecessor, the resolution of the 32-MP selfie camera has remained unchanged, but the high-end smartphone now finally supports 4K videos at 60 fps. The quality of the pictures has also improved visibly, even if the 14 Pro still isn't a selfie expert. 

In the comparison with the Xiaomi 13 Pro, the new Leica Summilux lens with a resolution of 50 Megapixel (23 mm focal length) and sensor in the 1/1.31-inch format offers a significantly higher light sensitivity of f/1.42 instead of f/1.9. This is supposed to allow the camera to take brighter and less noisy pictures under low-light conditions. However, the size of the sensor is also significantly smaller. Another new change is a variable control of the aperture from f/1.42 to f/4.0 in four steps.   

f/1.42 aperture
f/1.42 aperture
f/4.0 aperture
f/4.0 aperture

Using 4-in-1 pixel binning, the 50-MP main camera takes pictures in 12.5-MP resolution and also offers optical image stabilization. While pictures taken in daylight can show a good image sharpness and very high recording speed, some details are lost due to the low dynamic. In addition, objects in the edge areas also appear slightly blurry. Under low-light conditions, the sensor gives justice to its name, delivering very bright pictures with the large open aperture. However, we still would have wished for a higher level of sharpness. Since devices from other manufacturers, such as the Galaxy S23 Ultra from Samsung, also always perform less than optimally right after their introduction into the market, it remains to see whether Xiaomi will still optimize its new sensor.   

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70x (max)
70x (max)
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The 50-MP ultrawide angle lens with a focal length of 14 mm (~0.44 in) produces a solid image quality for this price class, but the images show less details than those from the competitors, and the basic sharpness could also turn out better. The focus works up to a minimum distance of 5 cm (~2.1 in) for super macro recordings. Other manufacturers offer an even closer distance to the object with 3 cm (~1.2 in) here.   

The third 50-MP lens has a focal length of 75 mm (~3 in) and offers optical image stabilization. With its lossless zoom (3.2x) it takes convincing pictures, and images are attractive even up to a zoom level of 10x. With the in-house Liquid Lens design, the tele lens also offers a macro function. The "swimming" lens group is split into two groups that can be moved internally, allowing for a focal range from 10 cm (~4 in) up to a theoretical maximum of infinite length. 

Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review

In terms of videos, the high-end smartphone delivers good stabilization and supports a high dynamic range (HDR 10+/Dolby Vision). Videos can be recorded in UHD quality at a maximum of 60 fps and if you like, you can also record 30 frames per second in 8K resolution. An additional Pro mode for videos has also been implemented. 

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Under controlled light conditions, the Xiaomi smartphone shows a decent color reproduction in our measurements. Particularly green color tones are reproduced brighter and with more intense color than the reference colors (using the AI function activated by default), causing the DeltaE deviations to end up at fairly high level.

ColorChecker
14.5 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
6 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
0.8 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi 14 Pro: 7.6 ∆E min: 0.83 - max: 14.53 ∆E
ColorChecker
12.4 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
18 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
13 ∆E
20.9 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi 14 Pro: 12.91 ∆E min: 7.46 - max: 22.15 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - Xiaomi 14 Pro with included charger

Charger of the Xiaomi 14 Pro
Charger of the Xiaomi 14 Pro

The box includes a modular 120-Watt charger, a cable for data and charging, a protective cover, a SIM tool, and a quick-start manual. There is also a protective screen cover already applied in the state of delivery. In addition, TradingShenzhen who provided us with the smartphone for testing, also added an EU adapter for the charger and a USB OTG adapter with our Chinese version.

The Chinese version of the 14 Pro includes a warranty of 12 months. In case of a warranty situation, our import device from TradingShenzhen includes the option to send the smartphone to a German address for repair.

Input Devices and Operation - Xiaomi smartphone with optical fingerprint sensor

Inputs on the 6.73-inch OLED display are implemented accurately up to the corners of the touchscreen. With a scan-rate of 240 Hz, the LTPO panel responds to touch inputs with a high degree of sensitivity, but is actualized up to 2,160 times per second, which ensures a very low latency for inputs, mainly while gaming. In addition, it uses a high-quality vibration motor that delivers a precise and crisp haptic feedback in everyday operation.

The optical fingerprint sensor is integrated in the display and always unlocks the Xiaomi 14 Pro quickly and reliably. A fairly insecure 2D face recognition, which is based on a FaceUnlock function using the front camera, is also available.

Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review
Xiaomi 14 Pro smartphone review

Display - Xiaomi 14 Pro with OLED

The OLED display uses an RGGB sub-pixel matrix, consisting of one red, one black, and two green LEDs.
The OLED display uses an RGGB sub-pixel matrix, consisting of one red, one black, and two green LEDs.

The built-in 2K AMOLED Super Visual Sense display reaches a WQHD+ resolution with a very high pixel density of 522 ppi. The system itself reports a very low minimal frequency of 10 Hz for the dynamic 120-Hz display, while the manufacturer specifies 1 Hz. 
The panel uses the C8 illumination material developed together by Xiaomi and CSOT (TCL company), which is supposed to offer the highest amount of brightness in the industry. During the reproduction of a 4K HDR pattern video, we almost reach the advertised maximum brightness of 3,000 nits with an actual value of 2.882 cd/m².

The maximum brightness with a pure white display content and activated brightness sensor lies at 1,076 cd/m², but with an even distribution of bright and dark areas (APL18), the display of the 14 Pro gets even brighter at 1,432 cd/m² in our test. 

1026
cd/m²
1054
cd/m²
1076
cd/m²
1024
cd/m²
1025
cd/m²
1066
cd/m²
1029
cd/m²
1045
cd/m²
1066
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 1076 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 1045.7 cd/m² Minimum: 2.16 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 1025 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.1 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 2.2 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
99.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.25
Xiaomi 14 Pro
AMOLED, 3200x1440, 6.73
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 2340x1080, 6.60
Google Pixel 8 Pro
OLED, 2992x1344, 6.70
Sony Xperia 5 V
OLED, 2520x1080, 6.10
Xiaomi 13 Pro
OLED, 3200x1440, 6.73
Screen
-33%
13%
-9%
11%
Brightness middle
1025
1128
10%
1510
47%
889
-13%
1230
20%
Brightness
1046
1136
9%
1467
40%
898
-14%
1244
19%
Brightness Distribution
95
99
4%
92
-3%
97
2%
94
-1%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.1
2.7
-145%
1.1
-0%
1.4
-27%
1
9%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.9
4.5
-55%
3.8
-31%
4.5
-55%
2.8
3%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.2
2.6
-18%
1.7
23%
1
55%
1.8
18%
Gamma
2.25 98%
2.05 107%
2.23 99%
2.23 99%
2.24 98%
CCT
6622 98%
6644 98%
6670 97%
6456 101%
6446 101%

* ... smaller is better

Due to the OLED technology, Xiaomi uses pulse-width modulation with its corresponding display flickering to control the display brightness. In our measurements with the oscilloscope, the amplitude remains very even across the whole range of brightness and also very constant at 120 Hz. However, the manufacturer speaks about a very high frequency of 1,920 Hz here, which would be much more comfortable for sensitive users. To find out more about this, we additionally examine the Xiaomi 14 Pro with a flicker meter that recognizes visible variations in the illumination density. Using our measurement of 1,933 Hz, we are also able to confirm the specifications of the manufacturer. 

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 120.5 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 120.5 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 120.5 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18251 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
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25% display brightness
25%
50% display brightness
50%
75% display brightness
75%
maximum manual display brightness
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Measurement series at fixed zoom level and various display brightness settings

We examine the color calibration of the Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and HGL certified AMOLED panel (12 bit) with the Calman analysis software and a photo spectrometer. The deviations in the colors and grayscale remain within the target range (<3), and the measured DeltaE values are very low.

In terms of adjustment options, the HyperOS interface turns out exemplary. In addition to three color profiles, users are able to adjust the individual parameters such as the color space (sRGB, P3), the saturation, and gamma values in the extended settings.

Color accuracy (profile: Original Pro, Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Color accuracy (profile: Original Pro, Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (profile: Original Pro, Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (profile: Original Pro, Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (profile: Original Pro, Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (profile: Original Pro, Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (profile: Original Pro, Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (profile: Original Pro, Warm, target color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.5 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.766 ms rise
↘ 0.736 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.6685 ms rise
↘ 0.694 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (34 ms).

Outdoors, the Xiaomi smartphone leaves a great impression, offering sufficient brightness reserves to be able to handle the winter light. Considering the high brightness, reflections in summer should also hardly be able to become a hinderance in reading the contents of the AMOLED panel. However, you should also consider that the maximum brightness without the brightness sensor is only 503 cd/m².

The viewing angle stability of the Xiaomi 14 Pro is very good. Even from very steep viewing angles, the brightness hardly decreases and the color reproduction remains accurate.  

Viewing angles of the Xiaomi 14 Pro
Viewing angles of the Xiaomi 14 Pro

Performance - Xiaomi smartphone with Snapdragon SoC

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 used in the Xiaomi 14 Pro is the high-end SoC of 2024 from the American manufacturer. In our benchmarks, the Xiaomi smartphone with 12 GB of DDR5x RAM and fast 256-GB UFS 4.0 storage delivers a very high performance level. Particularly in the multi-core evaluation of Geekbench, the Qualcomm chip set shows a decent improvement compared to a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 or Apple A17 Pro

On the other hand, the single-core CPU performance turns out lower than that of the iPhone 15 Pro. Considering the higher clock-speed of the Apple A17 P core (3.8 GHz), we expected this. Here, the Prime core (Cortex X4, 3.3 GHz) only shows a slight improvement compared to the predecessor. Although the 14 Pro does well in the system benchmarks (PCMark, CrossMark), it still places behind the Sony Xperia 5 V with its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
2138 Points +27%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
1687 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (1575 - 1702, n=6)
1662 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1563 Points -7%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1499 Points -11%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
1497 Points -11%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
1274 Points -24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=212, last 2 years)
902 Points -47%
Multi-Core
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
6439 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (5393 - 6543, n=6)
6209 Points -4%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
5305 Points -18%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
5201 Points -19%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
4998 Points -22%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
4906 Points -24%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
3624 Points -44%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=212, last 2 years)
2934 Points -54%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
2900 Points +27%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
2278 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (2127 - 2329, n=8)
2249 Points -1%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
2006 Points -12%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
1769 Points -22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=84, last 2 years)
1436 Points -37%
Multi-Core
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
7200 Points +5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (6765 - 7501, n=8)
7095 Points +3%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
6875 Points
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
5198 Points -24%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
4538 Points -34%
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=84, last 2 years)
3918 Points -43%
Antutu v10 - Total Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (1905751 - 2162423, n=6)
2074885 Points +9%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
1905751 Points
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
1505982 Points -21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (352825 - 2162423, n=35, last 2 years)
1284792 Points -33%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
1113506 Points -42%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (15876 - 21628, n=6)
19316 Points +22%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
15925 Points 0%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
15876 Points
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
15483 Points -2%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
14789 Points -7%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
11824 Points -26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=205, last 2 years)
11537 Points -27%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
1402 Points +20%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1332 Points +14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (1167 - 1331, n=2)
1249 Points +7%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1224 Points +5%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
1170 Points 0%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
1167 Points
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
935 Points -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1443, n=151, last 2 years)
829 Points -29%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
27018 Points +59%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=137, last 2 years)
22542 Points +33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (16988 - 18370, n=5)
17712 Points +4%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
16988 Points
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
16464 Points -3%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
16413 Points -3%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
15778 Points -7%

In the graphics tests of GFXBench, the Xiaomi 14 Pro with the Adreno 750 places ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus and the Xiaomi 13 Pro as expected – but only without any load scenarios ahead of the test. If we keep running GFXBench uninterruptedly, the results turn out significantly lower at times, which is due to a temporary performance reduction because of the high heat development. 

GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps 0%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps 0%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps 0%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
543 fps
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
497 fps -8%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
480 fps -12%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
476 fps -12%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
348 fps -36%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps 0%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps 0%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps 0%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
362 fps
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
331 fps -9%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
302 fps -17%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
278 fps -23%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
174 fps -52%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps 0%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps 0%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
115 fps -4%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
109 fps -9%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
269 fps
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
222 fps -17%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
215 fps -20%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
205 fps -24%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
112 fps -58%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
110 fps +25%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
101 fps +15%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
88 fps
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
71 fps -19%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
63 fps -28%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
159 fps
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
127 fps -20%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
126 fps -21%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
118 fps -26%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75 fps -53%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
100 fps +32%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
87 fps +14%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
76 fps
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
63 fps -17%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
51 fps -33%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
85 fps
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
63 fps -26%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
61 fps -28%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
61 fps -28%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
37 fps -56%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +10%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps +9%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
109 fps
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
91 fps -17%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
82 fps -25%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
209 fps
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
164 fps -22%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
157 fps -25%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
140 fps -33%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
98 fps -53%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
39 fps
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
31 fps -21%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps -23%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
28 fps -28%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
16 fps -59%

The browser performance of the Xiaomi smartphone is very good, and surfing doesn't pose any problems to the 14 Pro. In our benchmark package, the Leica smartphone achieves top values at times, although it places more in the middle of the field overall.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Sony Xperia 5 V (Chrome 117.0.5938.60)
179.212 Points +10%
Samsung Galaxy S23+ (Chrome 110.0.5481.65)
176.612 Points +9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (69.2 - 241, n=8)
164.3 Points +1%
Xiaomi 14 Pro (Chrome 120)
162.564 Points
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
137.873 Points -15%
Google Pixel 8 Pro (Chrome 117)
105.175 Points -35%
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=163, last 2 years)
104.1 Points -36%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (69.6 - 311, n=7)
197.4 runs/min +40%
Sony Xperia 5 V (Chrome 117.0.5938.60)
179 runs/min +27%
Google Pixel 8 Pro (Chrome 117)
158 runs/min +12%
Samsung Galaxy S23+ (Chrome 110.0.5481.65)
150 runs/min +6%
Xiaomi 14 Pro (Chrome 120)
141 runs/min
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
110.9 runs/min -21%
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=147, last 2 years)
103 runs/min -27%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Xiaomi 14 Pro (Chrome 120)
181 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (161 - 196, n=5)
174.2 Points -4%
Sony Xperia 5 V (Chrome 117.0.5938.60)
171 Points -6%
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
157 Points -13%
Samsung Galaxy S23+ (Chrome 110.0.5481.65)
151 Points -17%
Google Pixel 8 Pro (Chrome 117)
103 Points -43%
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 202, n=142, last 2 years)
97.5 Points -46%
WebXPRT 3 - Overall
Sony Xperia 5 V (Chrome 117.0.5938.60)
231 Points +17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (194 - 310, n=5)
228 Points +15%
Xiaomi 14 Pro (Chrome 120)
198 Points
Average of class Smartphone (37 - 304, n=119, last 2 years)
131.6 Points -34%
Google Pixel 8 Pro (Chrome 117)
129 Points -35%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Sony Xperia 5 V (Chrome 117.0.5938.60)
61881 Points +14%
Samsung Galaxy S23+ (Chrome 110.0.5481.65)
60423 Points +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (25953 - 70135, n=6)
58482 Points +8%
Xiaomi 14 Pro (Chrome 120)
54365 Points
Google Pixel 8 Pro (Chrome 117)
49506 Points -9%
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
42544 Points -22%
Average of class Smartphone (4633 - 89112, n=198, last 2 years)
33270 Points -39%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=160, last 2 years)
1662 ms * -107%
Google Pixel 8 Pro (Chrome 117)
840.2 ms * -5%
Xiaomi 14 Pro (Chrome 120)
801.6 ms *
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (624 - 852, n=6)
710 ms * +11%
Sony Xperia 5 V (Chrome 117.0.5938.60)
705.9 ms * +12%
Samsung Galaxy S23+ (Chrome 110.0.5481.65)
699 ms * +13%
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
690.6 ms * +14%

* ... smaller is better

Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
PCMark for Android
90%
Storage 2.0 random write int.
28
84.97
203%
Storage 2.0 seq. write int.
2300
2299.5
0%
Storage 2.0 random read int.
20.9
45.22
116%
Storage 2.0 seq. read int.
2075
2926.49
41%

Games - Xiaomi smartphone reaches 100 fps or higher

Using the GameBench app, we take a closer look at how smoothly games from the Play Store are able to run and whether HFR gaming is possible with the Xiaomi 14 Pro. While the latter works in our test, it can only be achieved with older games such as Dead Trigger 2.   

In PUBG mobile, the usual 60 fps can be achieved constantly with medium details (HD Mode), and when we increase the graphic details in the test (UHD), the graphics unit still reaches an even 40 frames per second. The recently introduced 90-fps option isn't displayed, which is probably due to Android 14 and a lack of configuration of the app. The very demanding Genshin Impact fantasy action role game is reproduced at a maximum of 60 fps.

Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact
Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
PUBG mobile
PUBG mobile
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Xiaomi 14 Pro; Dead Trigger 2: Ø103.4 (94-113)
Xiaomi 14 Pro; Genshin Impact: Ø59.4 (45-62)
Xiaomi 14 Pro; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø59.9 (58-61)
Xiaomi 14 Pro; PUBG Mobile; Balanced: Ø59.4 (34-61)
Xiaomi 14 Pro; PUBG Mobile; HD: Ø59.6 (48-61)
Xiaomi 14 Pro; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD: Ø40 (38-41)

Emissions - Xiaomi 14 Pro with high heat development

Temperatures

During the market introduction of the Xiaomi 14 Pro, Xiaomi emphasized that its cooling system is significantly more efficient than that of an iPhone 15 Pro Max, allowing it to achieve a higher performance under constant load. We are unable to examine the behavior of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 with the stress test of 3DMark in terms of thermal throttling of the performance, since installation was not possible during our testing period. But the benchmark results of GFXBench (see above) at least indicate some inconsistent performance capabilities at times.

The surface temperatures turn out fairly high in our measurements, particularly considering that the Burnout Benchmark terminates under full load of both CPU and GPU due to overheating. This also means that our measurement of the heat development is determined only under easier conditions (CPU).

Max. Load
 43.2 °C
110 F
42.9 °C
109 F
43 °C
109 F
 
 43.8 °C
111 F
44.6 °C
112 F
42.8 °C
109 F
 
 42.8 °C
109 F
44.1 °C
111 F
43 °C
109 F
 
Maximum: 44.6 °C = 112 F
Average: 43.4 °C = 110 F
42.2 °C
108 F
42.3 °C
108 F
40.3 °C
105 F
41.9 °C
107 F
43.7 °C
111 F
44.2 °C
112 F
41.4 °C
107 F
43.2 °C
110 F
43.6 °C
110 F
Maximum: 44.2 °C = 112 F
Average: 42.5 °C = 109 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.3 °C = 83 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 43.4 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.6 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.2 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.6 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
83.1 %
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78.8 %
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
53.6 %
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
52 %
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
88.2 %
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
76 %
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
57.8 %
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
51.3 %
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Samsung Galaxy S23+ Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø16.3 (13.4-23.1)
Google Pixel 8 Pro Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø12.4 (11-14.5)
Sony Xperia 5 V Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø15.8 (11.4-22.1)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø21.1 (19.4-22)
Samsung Galaxy S23+ Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø50.7 (43-80.2)
Google Pixel 8 Pro Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø45.7 (40.7-51.6)
Sony Xperia 5 V Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø54 (40.8-78.5)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø73.8 (64.6-77.7)
Google Pixel 8 Pro Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø47.9 (43.4-53.7)

Speakers

The Xiaomi 14 Pro uses a dual-speaker system with a loud sound level. We measure a maximum volume of more than 90 dB. The Xiaomi smartphone is unable to deliver bass frequencies with some presence, although we do perceive a slight touch of bass. Our Pink Noise measurements show a slightly rising frequency curve for the mids.

Those who want to use external sound output can use USB for wired or Bluetooth 5.4 for wireless connections. The latter supports the SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+, LDAC, and LHDC V5 codecs. LC3 and aptX Lossless are not supported. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.642.22524.730.8312430.94024.631.75032.139.8632233.98016.432.51002642.812519.846.216015.652.720014.654.125011.157.83158.25940011.560.25009.967.76308.471.280010.271.610001178.7125013.478.4160012.173.620001278250012.381315012.482.740001382.5500013.176.9630013.875.9800013.772.3100001478.11250013.774.41600012.862.2SPL24.790.5N0.683.5median 12.8median 73.6Delta1.58.728.837.826.329.925.629.118.624.330.232.220.52919.527.318.437.513.643.511.653.212531256.910.158.110.159.110.569.410.368.210709.874.111.372.111.274.711.476.411.97813.982.114.779.81475.814.674.113.573.713.375.413.761.113.960.824.888.50.673.5median 12median 72.11.77.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseXiaomi 14 ProXiaomi 13 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Xiaomi 14 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 20% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Xiaomi 13 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 19% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 77% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery Life - Xiaomi smartphone with wireless charging

Power Consumption

The Xiaomi 14 Pro includes a 4,880-mAh battery that can be charged at up to 120 watts. Using wireless charging, the maximum is 50 watts, and reverse wireless charging allows for a maximum of 10 watts. In our test, the high-end smartphone needs about 20 minutes on the charger after a complete discharge. Fortunately, a sufficiently fast charger is included in the box. 

The power consumption of the 14 Pro during idle operation is fairly exemplary at about 1 Watt, considering the high resolution of the panel. And looking at the Burnout benchmark, the consumption under load also turns out low. Using the new setup, other smartphones such as the Mix Fold 3 reach values that are almost twice as high here.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.05 / 0.21 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.89 / 1.05 / 1.11 Watt
Load midlight 9.03 / 9.06 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Xiaomi 14 Pro
4880 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S23+
4700 mAh
Google Pixel 8 Pro
5050 mAh
Sony Xperia 5 V
5000 mAh
Xiaomi 13 Pro
4820 mAh
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
4800 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
28%
-8%
4%
-1%
-32%
-7%
-7%
Idle Minimum *
0.89
0.64
28%
0.63
29%
0.79
11%
1.02
-15%
0.86
3%
0.728 ?(0.51 - 0.89, n=4)
18%
0.898 ?(0.44 - 2.37, n=152, last 2 years)
-1%
Idle Average *
1.05
0.88
16%
1.47
-40%
1.08
-3%
1.36
-30%
1.05
-0%
1.105 ?(0.89 - 1.52, n=4)
-5%
1.463 ?(0.69 - 4.26, n=152, last 2 years)
-39%
Idle Maximum *
1.11
0.94
15%
1.55
-40%
1.12
-1%
1.58
-42%
1.07
4%
1.205 ?(0.92 - 1.6, n=4)
-9%
1.645 ?(0.79 - 4.45, n=152, last 2 years)
-48%
Load Average *
9.03
4.18
54%
8.45
6%
7.93
12%
4.29
52%
15.27
-69%
10 ?(7.3 - 14.7, n=4)
-11%
5.26 ?(2.4 - 15.9, n=152, last 2 years)
42%
Load Maximum *
9.06
6.59
27%
8.63
5%
8.78
3%
6.15
32%
17.78
-96%
11.6 ?(7.3 - 20.8, n=4)
-28%
8 ?(4.32 - 20.8, n=152, last 2 years)
12%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø5.2 (0.783-8.97)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø4.54 (0.899-8.01)
Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.732 (0.686-0.884)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.902 (0.867-1.084)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø8.87 (7.63-8.96)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø6.96 (6.61-7.31)
Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.732 (0.686-0.884)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.902 (0.867-1.084)

Battery Life

With almost 15 hours in our realistic WiFi battery test, which is run with an adjusted display brightness of 150 cd/m², the battery of the 14 Pro delivers a good runtime in the WLAN test. When playing videos with the WLAN module deactivated, the Xiaomi smartphone lasts for about 24 hours, which also indicates a communication module that is not very optimized.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
33h 18min
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 120)
14h 57min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
23h 57min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 9min
Xiaomi 14 Pro
4880 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S23+
4700 mAh
Google Pixel 8 Pro
5050 mAh
Sony Xperia 5 V
5000 mAh
Xiaomi 13 Pro
4820 mAh
Battery Runtime
43%
-14%
37%
-2%
Reader / Idle
1998
2585
29%
1344
-33%
2788
40%
1509
-24%
H.264
1437
1524
6%
1122
-22%
1493
4%
1263
-12%
WiFi v1.3
897
1196
33%
760
-15%
952
6%
846
-6%
Load
189
385
104%
220
16%
371
96%
254
34%

Pros

+ high-quality case
+ very bright OLED panel
+ good battery life
+ powerful equipment
+ good cameras ...

Cons

- ... although there is no progress
- high heat development
- currently only available as an import

Verdict on the Xiaomi 14 Pro

Testing the Xiaomi 14 Pro. Test unit provided by TradingShenzhen.
Testing the Xiaomi 14 Pro. Test unit provided by TradingShenzhen.

With the 14 Pro, Xiaomi addresses several weaknesses of the predecessor (such as an insufficient selfie quality, lack of a UHD option, and USB 2.0) and offers a powerful overall package. However, the completely renewed main camera together with its variable aperture leaves some open questions in our test. Considering the powerful photo and video qualities of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, in the short term some additional optimization of the IMX989 might have been the better choice in terms of quality. Another open question is whether a global introduction of the Xiaomi 14 Pro in the beginning of 2024 will happen at all.       

In our test, the current Xiaomi flagship convinces with a very bright and accurate LTPO display offering a maximum brightness of almost 3,000 cd/m². We also really like the rounded forms. Those who can make do without the high WQHD+ resolution can find a 1,080p alternative with an even better battery life in the Galaxy S23 Plus. Other possible alternatives would be the Google Pixel 8 Pro or Xiaomi 13T Pro.  

The Xiaomi 14 Pro still needs a bit of refinement to be able to make use of its full potential. 

The 14 Pro has to accept some critique about its weak SoC cooling. In the benchmarks, the heat development of the Xiaomi smartphone results in a mixed performance of the otherwise very powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Before a purchase, you should also consider the reduced frequency band coverage of the Chinese version. 

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Price and Availability

The Xiaomi 14 Pro is (currently) only available as an import device, for example from Trading Shenzhen starting from around $864. 

Xiaomi 14 Pro - 12/29/2023 v7
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
91%
Keyboard
67%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
70%
Weight
88%
Battery
92 / 86 → 100%
Display
93%
Games Performance
71%
Application Performance
88 / 90 → 97%
Temperature
76%
Noise
100%
Audio
79%
Camera
78%
Average
84%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Marcus Herbrich, 2023-12-31 (Update: 2023-12-31)