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Xiaomi Mi 10 vs. Mi 10 Pro: Which version should you buy?

The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, can you tell them apart? (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, can you tell them apart? (Image source: Xiaomi)
The cancellation of MWC 2020 and the coronavirus may have scuppered the release of the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, but that has not stopped Xiaomi from unveiling both in an online event. The Mi 10 Pro has stormed to the top of DxOMark too, but there are some key differences between it and the Mi 10. The Mi 10 has the edge over the Mi 10 Pro in some areas, too.

The Mi 10 series is here and ready to take on this year's flagships. As expected, the company announced the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro in an online-only event, although one that only applied to the Chinese market. Xiaomi had planned to host a global product launch on February 23 in Barcelona, but it has confirmed that it will do so at an "event in Europe at a later date". You can read the full statement below.

Xiaomi has wasted no time in pushing the Mi 10 series hard though, with the Mi 10 Pro already topping DxOMark's leaderboard. While we have included provided an overview of the Mi 10 and Mi 10 in the table below, it is worth highlighting the differences between the two. On the one hand, both feature a 6.67-inch and 90 Hz OLED panel. Both operate at 2,340 x 1,080 too, but the display in the Mi 10 Pro can get slightly brighter than its non-Pro sibling. The Mi 10 can still reach an impressive 1,120 nit peak brightness, but the Mi 10 Pro edges it with a peak brightness of 1,200 nits.

Additionally, while both feature a 108 MP main rear-facing camera, the one in the Mi 10 Pro has an 8P lens. By contrast, the one in the Mi 10 has a 7P lens. The Mi 10 Pro also has better ultra-wide and telephoto cameras, along with a dedicated portrait camera.

Furthermore, the Mi 10 Pro features faster-wired charging and more storage. On the other hand, the Mi 10 has a slightly larger battery and comes in three colours to the Mi 10 Pro's two.

In short, both devices seem like worthy challengers to the S20 series, or the upcoming OnePlus 8 and Huawei P40 series. The inclusion of a smaller battery in the Mi 10 Pro is rather strange, though. Likewise, we fail to understand why Xiaomi persists with 1080p panels when the market has moved onto 1440p and beyond. While the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro seem quite expensive by Xiaomi's standards, it is worth keeping in mind that the US$ prices below are estimates. Xiaomi is yet to confirm pricing outside of China, so we would recommend treating them as a guide at this stage.

However, if battery life is an important factor for you, then the Mi 10 may be the better purchase. Conversely, if you want peak camera performance, then we would recommend considering the Mi 10 Pro instead. Ultimately, both will probably offer excellent value for money when they are eventually released globally. Apparently, there are at least EEA, Global, Russian, Indonesian and Indian variants in the works.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Display 6.67-inch OLED
2,340 x 1,080
HDR10+
90 Hz
180 Hz touch response
1,120 nit peak brightnesss
6.67-inch OLED
2,340 x 1,080
HDR10+
90 Hz
180 Hz touch response
1,200 nit peak brightnesss
Front-facing camera 20 MP 20 MP
Rear-facing cameras 108 MP, 1/1.33″, 7P lens, OIS
13 MP ultra-wide, 123°, f/2.4
2 MP macro camera, f/2.4
2 MP depth sensor, f/2.4
108 MP, 1/1.33″, 8P lens, OIS
20 MP ultra-wide, 117°, f/2.2, 6P lens
12 MP portrait camera, f/2.0
8 MP telephoto sensor, 10x hybrid zoom, OIS
RAM LPDDR5, up to 12 GB LPDDR5, up to 12 GB
Storage UFS 3.0, up to 256 GB UFS 3.0, up to 512 GB
Battery capacity 4,780 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging 30 W wired charging
30 W wireless charging
10 W reverse wireless charging
50 W wired charging
30 W wireless charging
10 W reverse wireless charging
Biometrics In-display fingerprint sensor
2D face recognition
In-display fingerprint sensor
2D face recognition
Connectivity 5G: SA/NSA
Wi-Fi 6
5G: SA/NSA
Wi-Fi 6
Colours Ice Blue
Titanium Silver Black
Peach Gold
Starry Blue
Pearl White
Pricing 8 GB/128 GB: CNY 3,999 (~US$575)
8 GB/256 GB: CNY 4,299 (~US$615)
12 GB/256 GB: CNY 4,699 (~US$675)
8 GB/128 GB: CNY 4,999 (~US$715)
8 GB/256 GB: CNY 5,499 (~US$780)
12 GB/256 GB: CNY 5,999 (~US$860)

Source(s)

Mi.com (1) (2) (3) via XDA Developers (1) (2) & GSMArena

Xiaomi is aware and understands the decision by GSMA to cancel Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2020. As the safety of Xiaomi’s employees, partners, media friends, and guests is our top priority, we will also delay our global product launch of the latest flagship Mi 10 series planned originally for February 23, a day prior to MWC.

We will arrange a separate launch event in Europe at a later date, where we will share information on the Mi 10 series and more amazing products. We will keep you posted on this.

We would like to sincerely thank our fans, media friends, partners, and users for their unwavering support and interest during this challenging period of time.

Thank you all for your understanding.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-02-13 (Update: 2020-02-14)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.