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Xiaomi Mi 10 vs Mi 10 Pro: What’s the difference?

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The Xiaomi Mi 10 series have finally reached more markets, including Philippines, since their release way back in February.

Being their first flagship releases for 2020, both the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro boasts a couple of high-end specs that you expect from a flagship smartphone. They both come with Snapdragon 865 processors, 90Hz displays, 108-megapixel main camera, fast charging, and what more.

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So the question is, that are the difference between the two? We’ll answer that question in our Xiaomi Mi 10 versus Mi 10 Pro specifications and features comparison.

Xiaomi Mi 10Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Operating SystemAndroid 10
MIUI 11
Android 10
MIUI 11
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
~386ppi
HDR10+
90Hz refresh rate
180Hz sampling rate
1200-nit brightness
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
TUV Rheinland low blue-light certification
6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
~386ppi
HDR10+
90Hz refresh rate
180Hz sampling rate
1200-nit brightness
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
TUV Rheinland low blue-light certification
Processor2.84GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G octa-core
Liquid Cooling
2.84GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G octa-core
Liquid Cooling
GPUAdreno 650Adreno 650
RAM8GB LPDDR58GB LPDDR5
Storage128GB/256GB
UFS 3.0
non-expandable
256GB
UFS 3.0
non-expandable
Front Camera20-megapixel
f/2.0
120fps slow-mo selfie
20-megapixel
f/2.0
120fps slow-mo selfie
Rear Camera108-megapixel primary (f/1.7, OIS)
13-megapixel (ultra-wide f/2.2)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
8K video recording
120fps slow-mo
PDAF
OIS
LED flash
108-megapixel primary (f/1.7, OIS)
20-megapixel (ultra-wide f/2.2)
8-megapixel (10x hybrid zoom, OIS, f/2.0)
12-megapixel (Portrait lens, 2x optical zoom)
50x digital zoom
8K video recording
PDAF
960fps slow-mo
LED flash
AudioStereo speakers
Hi-Res audio
No headphone jack
Stereo speakers
Hi-Res audio
No headphone jack
SecurityIn-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
5G
WiFi 6, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
Dual-band, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
IR blaster
NFC
USB Type-C
HSPA+, 4G LTE
5G
WiFi 6, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
Dual-band, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
IR blaster
NFC
USB Type-C
Others10W Reverse Wireless Charging10W Reverse Wireless Charging
Dimensions162.6 x 74.8 x 8.96 mm162.6 x 74.8 x 8.96mm
Weight208g208g
ColorsCoral Green
Twilight Grey
Alpha White
Solstice Grey
Battery4,780mAh
30W wired fast charging
30W wireless fast charging
4,500mAh
50W wired fast charging
30W wireless fast charging
65W charger included
Price8GB/128GB: Php34,590
8GB/256GB: Php36,990
Php45,990

Design

It would be really hard to tell these two devices apart. As you can see, they share the same key features, which reflects on their looks.

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Xiaomi Mi 10

For one, they both come with curved 6.67-inch Super AMOLED screens, with a punch-hole on the top left for the selfie camera. We also have the same camera design on the back. In fact, they even have the same exact dimensions and weight.

Thankfully, Xiaomi decided to offer them in different colors. The Mi 10 has a vibrant Coral Green and Twilight Grey options, while the Mi 10 Pro is available in Alpha White and Solstice Grey.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

These flagship devices are sandwiched with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with an all-metal body. On the downside, they both lack an IP rating for water and dust protection.

Display

The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro still share the same exact display. Still no difference here.

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They both share a flagship-level 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen. It would be nice for the Pro model to gain a QHD screen, just to separate it from the vanilla model, but that may increase the price.

Both devices also have a smooth 90Hz refresh rate that’s found on other flagships like the Huawei P40 Pro. What’s more, it has a 180Hz sampling rate for increased responsiveness. The screen brightness also peaks at 1200-nit, perfect for HDR10+ content.

Processor

Other than the design and display, the Xiaomi Mi 10 series also shares the same processor. This is actually good since the Snapdragon 865 processor is hailed as the most powerful chipset in the market today, and we’re seeing it on both devices.

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Both smartphones also have Liquid Cooling technology to keep the temps down after extensive gaming, so it runs at its best every time.

However, it would be nice to see a 12GB RAM model be made available in the Philippines. Also, a lot of power users and file hoarders might be disappointed with the lack of a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

Camera

We’ll finally see the main difference between the two. As you can see, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro gets to have an 8-megapixel telephoto lens that can do 10x of hybrid zoom and has optical image stabilization. We also have a 12-megapixel lens with a 2x zoom, great for portrait shots. Lastly, a sharper 20-megapixel ultra-wide camera.

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On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi 10 settles for a 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and the boring 2-megapixel macro and 2-megapixel depth sensors. It also lacks the 50x digital zoom and 960fps slow-motion that the Mi 10 Pro has.

But if you’re not too experimental in photography, go with the cheaper model as both the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro shares the same 108-megapixel main camera, with a bright f/1.7 aperture and OIS.

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Battery

The Xiaomi Mi 10 has a 4,780mAh battery while the Pro model, oddly enough, has a smaller 4,500mAh capacity. However, the latter has a faster 50W fast charging support, with a 65W charger included that you can use on your laptop and other devices. The Mi 10 only has 30W.

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On the upside, both devices has a whopping 30W wireless fast charging support, but you need a wireless charger that supports it.

They also come with 10W reverse charging, which can charge a smartphone with acceptable speeds — not just for emergencies.

Others

Since they use the same processor, both the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro has 5G connectivity. Making them Xiaomi Philippines’ first 5G phones in the country. The Snapdragon 865 also brings the new Bluetooth 5.1 and WiFi 6 antennas.

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Also, on-board are NFC and an IR blaster for your non-smart appliances. They also have advanced stereo speakers to complement that great display. And since it’s AMOLED, it has an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Conclusion

Instead of really compromising the Mi 10 to push the people to get the Pro model, Xiaomi kept the necessities to still make the Mi 10 a great value for the price.

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The Mi 10 has the same processor, screen, design, and main camera — all for a starting price of Php34,590. If you just want a fast and reliable flagship phone, you can already settle with this one.

But if you have extra money to spend, Php10,000 to be exact, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro costs more at Php45,990. It gets you a faster charging support and unlocks its portrait and telephoto lens, sharper ultraiw-wide camera, and 960fps slow-mo recording. Although if you’re nearing the Php50k mark, it’s probably better to go for something from Samsung, Huawei, or OnePlus.

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