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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO vs Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO: which one to choose?

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In this post, I will analyze – how is Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO better, than Mi Note 10 PRO? In what aspects? In what features? And is Mi 10 PRO worth its price?

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO vs Mi 10 PRO
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO vs Mi 10 PRO

Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO is a new flagship smartphone of Xiaomi, which got a top score on DXOMARK camera and audio testings. This way, Mi 10 PRO overtook Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO (CC9 PRO Premium Edition) – which was the Xiaomi smartphone with the best main camera until. Both phones have very similar names, but they are very different, except for the main camera setup, which is alike. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO is a global name of Xiaomi Mi CC9 PRO Premium Edition, while Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO is a Xiaomi new generation flagship.

Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO is more expensive than Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO. Also, Mi 10 PRO has more other better features, than Mi Note 10 PRO.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO Vs Mi 10 PRO
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO Vs Mi 10 PRO

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The Main Differences

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO
Better selfie cameraA much better display
Headphone jackA much better performance
A much cheaperA bit better main camera
A better-charging capability
A much better speakers
The Network of a new generation
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO has a better selfie camera specs – 32MP vs 20MP.
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO has a headphone jack.
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO is much cheaper than Mi 10 PRO (around €499 vs around €690).
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has a much better display – it has a 90 Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch-sensing (Animation, videos, and gaming will be more fluent). Moreover, it has more nits of Peak Brightness, so the display will look much better on a sunny day.
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has a much better hardware performance – it has the latest Snapdragon 865 and UFS 3.0. With them, Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO performs more than 2 times better, than Mi Note 10 PRO.
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has a similar main camera setup. But in some aspects, the performance of Mi 10 PRO main camera is better.
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has a better-charging capability – 50W Fast charging (vs 30W Fast charging) and 30W Fast Wireless charging. Moreover, even with a smaller battery, Mi 10 PRO has a little bit better battery life.
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has much better speakers – Dual side-firing stereo audio speakers vs 1 loudspeaker. In this area Mi 10 PRO is overwhelming.
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has a network of the new generation – 5G and Wi-Fi 6 specs (630-680 Mbps).

Design

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO
157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7 mm162.6 x 74.8 x 9 mm
208 g 208 g
Front/back glass – Gorilla Glass 5Front/back glass – Gorilla Glass 5
Aluminum frameAluminum frame
Aurora Green, Glacier White, Midnight Black colorsPearl White and Starry Blue colors

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO is a bit shorter, narrower and thicker, than Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO. But the difference in every aspect is below 1 cm, so measurements distinctions of these phones are not so big.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO and Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO have a very similar design from the back. Both are covered with gorilla glass 5 and have main cameras located on the top left. Whereas, both phones have Penta and Quad lens main cameras in a vertical position. The basic distinction is that Xiaomi Mi Note PRO has an inscription “Xiaomi” on the bottom left and small writings on the bottom right, while Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has an “MI” logo, small writings “Xiaomi Communications Co., Ltd. Designed by Xiaomi” and “5G” mark on the center bottom side. You can separate these phones backs by these inscriptions or by the color.

While comparing the front side of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO and Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO, we can see, that the main difference is the positioning and design of the selfie camera. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO has a water drop notch style selfie camera on the very top center on the front side. When Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has a punch hole style selfie camera on the top left corner.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO vs Mi 10 PRO
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO vs Mi 10 PRO

Display

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PROXiaomi Mi 10 PRO
6.47-inch AMOLED6.67-inch Super AMOLED
1080 x 23401080 x 2340
screen to body ratio ~87.8%screen to body ratio ~89.8%
60Hz90Hz
180Hz touch-sensing
600 nits Peak brightness970 nits Peak brightness
HDR10HDR10+

Both phones have a curved screen. Mi Note 10 PRO has a 6.47-inch AMOLED, while Mi 10 PRO has a larger 6.67-inch Super AMOLED. The size difference between these two displays is 0.2-inch, it is about 0.5 of a centimeter. So the screen size difference is not big, especially when Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO is a little larger phone, than Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO.

Moreover, Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO has a less screen to body ratio, than Mi 10 PRO (~87.8% vs ~89.8%). Mainly, it is because of the design of a selfie camera. Punch hole selfie camera of Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO takes a less area of the screen than Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO’s waterdrop notch front camera. So Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO screen takes a little bit more place on the body, than Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO has a 60 Hz display, while Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has a 90 Hz display. This means, that Mi 10 PRO will have more fluid scrolling, animation, and video watching experience. With 90 Hz frame rate, Mi 10 PRO can reach 90 fps, so not only video playing will be smoother, than Mi Note 10 PRO, but gaming also. Because with 60 Hz display Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO is only able to reach 60 fps.

Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO 180 Hz touch-sensing function reacts to finger touch on the 180 Hz refresh rate. By this, Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO display response to touching feels greatly fluid.

Mi 10 PRO has 370 nits of Peak Brightness more than Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO. Peak Brightness of 600 nits by Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO display looks not so good on a sunny day or in the bright room, like Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO display (970 nits of Peak Brightness).

Noteworthy, that Mi 10 PRO supports the latest HDR10+, while Mi Note 10 PRO – older video technology HDR10. So with Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO, you will be able to watch more detailed and better quality HDR10+ videos.

So, as you can see from the above-mentioned, Mi 10 PRO has a far better display in comparison with Mi Note 10 PRO.

Performance

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PROXiaomi Mi 10 PRO
Snapdragon 730GSnapdragon 865
8GB RAM8GB and 12GB* RAM
256GB storage256GB and 512GB storage
UFS 2.0UFS 3.0

*On XIaomi Mi 10 PRO 12GB RAM are available for 256GB and 512GB storage models.

Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO is powered by the latest 5G chipset Snapdragon 865, while Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO has a weaker Snapdragon 730G incorporated in it. Moreover, Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has more RAM and storage, than Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has a UFS 2.0 and Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO – UFS 3.0. UFS tasks are SSD-like write/read speed supply for mobile phone files. UFS 3.0 writing of files is about 4.5x faster and reading– 3.6x, than UFS 2.0 (Random Write/Read). In this case, Mi Note 10 PRO has about 108 MB/s write speed, Mi 10 PRO – 242 MB/s. And read speed of Mi Note 10 PRO is 96 MB/s, while Mi 10 PRO – 232 MB/s. Hence, Mi 10 PRO is faster on updating apps, opening pictures, videos and other files, also on other tasks, which depend on writing and reading of the files.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO score is about 260 000 in AnTuTu. Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO AnTuTu performance score is about 550 000 – 600 000 (depending on integrated GB of RAM 8 or 12). So, Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has a more than twice of superior hardware execution in comparison with Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO. Games, apps, and videos on Mi 10 PRO model are running significantly better, than on Mi Note 10 PRO.

Although Snapdragon 730G of Mi 10 Note PRO is optimized for gaming, you can feel stuttering on some games when running on the highest settings. But in overall, games performance on Mi Note PRO is good. In comparison with Mi 10 PRO, games are running on this phone perfectly, moreover, you can play a game in 90Hz mode.

Another downside of Snapdragon 730G is that processing of the photos takes a while, from 2 to 5 seconds. Especially, when it is treating 108 MP photos. You will have no problems working on photos with Mi 10 PRO.

Camera

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PROXiaomi Mi 10 PRO
Main Camera: Main Camera:
108 MP f/1.7 wide (8P Lens)108 MP f/1.7 wide
20 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide20 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide
12 MP f/2.0 telephoto8 MP f/2.0 telephoto
5 MP (upscaled to 8MP) f/2.0 telephoto12 MP f/2.0 portrait
2 MP f/2.4 macro
Selfie Camera:Selfie Camera:
32 MP f/2.0 wide20 MP f/2.0 wide

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO has a Penta-lens main camera (8P Lens), while Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO – quad-lens. However, Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has a higher score for camera capabilities, than Mi Note 10 PRO on DXOMARK tests. Mi 10 PRO score is 124, while Mi Note 10 PRO – 121*. But, as you can see, the difference is tiny.

*DXOMARK Tests were done on Xiaomi Mi CC9 PRO Premium Edition. Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO is the name of this phone for a Global market.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Note PRO Photo by DXOMARK
Xiaomi Mi 10 Note PRO Photo by DXOMARK,
source: https://www.dxomark.com/xiaomi-mi-10-pro-camera-review/
Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO Photo by DXOMARK
Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO Photo by DXOMARK,
source: https://www.dxomark.com/xiaomi-mi-10-pro-camera-review/

Both phones have very alike cameras setups. But Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has a little bit better performance, because of more hardware power. Regardless of a little difference between these phones of main cameras, both phones take astonishing photos and videos.

As you can see, Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO has a better selfie camera setup (32 MP vs 20 MP). So you will take higher quality selfies using Mi Note 10 PRO.

Battery

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO
5260 mAh4500 mAh
30W Fast charging50W Fast charging
30W Fast wireless charging
5W Reverse wireless charging

Mi Note 10 PRO has a larger battery, but Mi 10 PRO has a 50W Fast charging and 30W Fast wireless charging, while Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO has only 30W USB Fast Charging.

Although Mi Note 10 PRO battery is larger, Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO battery life for daily use is better evaluated by the PCMark benchmark. Mi Note 10 PRO is evaluated for 9 hours and 16 minutes, while Mi 10 PRO battery life resulted in 9 hours 57 minutes. So Mi 10 PRO has a better battery life by 41 minutes.

Sound and Network

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PROXiaomi Mi 10 PRO
LoudspeakerStereo speakers
Headphone jack
4G5G
Wi-Fi 6

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO has only a single loudspeaker on the left of the bottom. When Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO has a Dual side-firing stereo audio speakers. Mi Note 10 PRO under DXOMARK tests resulted in a score of 54. And it is one of the lowest scores in DXOMARK sound testings. Mi 10 PRO audio examination got a score of 76 and it is a top score of all tested smartphones. So Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO overwhelmed Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO in audio testings because Mi 10 PRO has a much better Stereo speaker system.

Noteworthy, that you can connect a headphone to 3.5 mm jack of Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO, while you do not have this ability with Mi 10 PRO.

Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO posses 5G antennas. So, with these upgrades, it can receive an internet connection of the new generation – 5G. Mi Note 10 PRO has only 4G antennas. Also, Mi 10 PRO is upgraded with Wi-Fi 6 specs, which can receive 630-680 megabits per second. Therefore, Mi 10 PRO can also reach the fastest Wi-Fi speed in the market. Meanwhile, Mi Note 10 PRO Wi-Fi download/upload speeds are 200-330 Mbps. So Mi 10 PRO Wi-Fi is more than twice faster in comparison with Mi Note 10 PRO.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO vs Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO in a nutshell

So as you can see from this post, the new Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO is better, than Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO in almost every aspect. Regarding the setup of the main cameras, the performance of both phones is pretty similar, but Mi 10 PRO is a little bit better in this area too. Although, Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has a headphone jack and selfie camera with better specs.

Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO (around €690) is more expensive than Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO (around €499). Therefore, if you are looking for a phone mainly for taking photos, videos, and selfies, then pick Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO. But if you want more, pick the latest Xiaomi flagship Mi 10 PRO.

Deals

There is a special offer for Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO on Banggood shop:

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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO 256GB

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 PRO

Banggood coupon: BG3N10P
€463.87 from Banggood with coupon

*shopping guide for Banggood (click on the name of the shop)

Also, Banggood and Gearbest shops have special deals for standard Xiaomi Mi Note 10. The differences from PRO version: standard Mi Note 10 has a 7P lens on the main camera, while Mi Note 10 PRO – 8P lens. Because of this, standard Mi Note 10 takes a little bit worse quality photos, than PRO version. Moreover, the PRO version has more storage 256GB vs 128GB.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 128GB

Xiaomi Mi Note10
Xiaomi Mi Note 10

€388.79 from Banggood Spain

Gearbest coupon: GBXMNT10BF
€394.45 from Gearbest with coupon

*shopping guides for Banggood or Gearbest (click on the names of the shops)

There is also an exclusive deal for Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO 256GB on Gearbest. You can check it below.

Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO 256GB

Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO
Xiaomi Mi 10 PRO

Gearbest coupon: GBMI10PRO8256
€791.20 from Gearbest with coupon

*shopping guide for Gearbest (click on the name of the shop)