Making comparisons between Xiaomi phones two months ago was a different thing than doing it today. On Facebook pages and Telegram and WhatsApp groups, many are getting upset with what appears to be the end of the brand’s “best value for the money” era. Manufacturers like Realme are starting to show up to take this opportunity. Even one of the best cost-benefits of 2019, the Mi 9, already surpassed by the Mi 10, it is more expensive than it was before and its price starts to get closer To one of the most expensive intermediaries of all time for the Chinese, which is the Mi Note 10 Pro. And that can raise doubts: is it better to invest in an intermediary that is younger and has is a 108 MP camera or last year’s top of the line still a better choice? If you need to make that choice or if you are curious to see this score follow our comparison here.




In the visual and build-quality, it is possible to say that they look very similar. Xiaomi likes to make their phones all look like flagships the least we expected is a flagship quality. o mínimo que a gente esperava é uma qualidade de flagship. Both have an aluminum body with Gorilla Glass 5 glass back. The finish is well rounded and while the Mi 9 can have a mirrored or holographic effect The Note 10 Pro bet only on the holographic look. Sound outputs, microphone, and equal connections, as well as buttons and cradle, are in virtually the same positions – they are dual SIM with no space for MicroSD and do not have protection against dust or water. Despite this, the Mi 9 brings an extra button to the Google Assistant. The Mi Note 10 Pro, being a category below and not being a top, is more robust, thicker and heavier with its camera module also more bouncing. The Mi 9 has a set of cameras in vertical traffic light in the same position as the Mi Note 10 Pro but it manages to have a slimmer and more elegant body, although they are about the same size in width and height. In the front, the notch is solved with a drop in both models, but it is more discreet in the Note 10 Pro which also has a more rounded finish, with a curved screen and more discreet edges. The Mi 9 has an older face next to it, but it also ends up being the best to use because it has fewer curves. The biometrics of both are under the screen and in Mi 9 it is faster and more accurate. The Note 10 Pro is more robust and has a much more resolved front than the Mi 9 but this one gets the point because it has a more precise biometry and a more premium build-quality overall. 


At first, it may seem that we have equal screens, but small differences separate the two. The size variation is small, from 6.39 “on Mi 9 to 6.46” on Mi Note 10 Pro. Both are Full HD with a 19.5: 9 aspect ratio. The screen-to-body ratio is slightly higher on the Note 10 Pro and its curved screen but in contrast Mi 9 is Super AMOLED against AMOLED of the middleman, which also meets 100% of the color spectrum DCI-P3, bringing HDR support as well as the Note 10 Pro. In brightness, both are quite acceptable to be used in the sun, but the Mi 9 can have a little more intensity when in automatic brightness. The point of the screen, then, ends up with the Mi 9, which has a better overall quality.



 In the sound, the fact that neither of them comes with stereo sound can cause a sense of sadness, even more with these prices that we have, top of the line, but Xiaomi needed to save something in both. And it also took the opportunity to save on headphones, which does not come in the box of either but it’s something that we’re not used to on Xiaomi smartphones, and also the Mi 9 ends up removing the P2 connection – at least that is present there in the Mi Note 10 Pro. In external sound, the Mi 9 ends up being a little better in volume and clarity, that is only reasonable in their competitor – for headphones, the Mi Note 10 Pro brings better performance and will please those who use good quality headphones in quality. For wireless headsets, both have a high-quality aptX-HD protocol. so we get to the first point of the Mi Note 10 Pro. 


Our competitors are both from Xiaomi, so we’re talking here of the same interface on Android, which is MIUI. Although the Mi 9 was released with Android 9 Pie it has already received Android 10 with the new MIUI 11. The Mi Note 10 Pro also has the MIUI 11, but it is still on Android 9 Pie. Chances are that the Mi 9 will get the Android 11, but both should be upgraded to MIUI 12. Overall, MIUI is an interface full of features and possibilities, of themes, dark mode, as well as gesture navigation and the already present Always On screen on both. For connections, the presence of infrared in both cell phones is welcome, but the FM radio can only be found on the Note 10 Pro because it is the only one with the P2 connection. The rest are very similar, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth updated, Mi 9’s NFC and GPS is a little bit better. The point is with the Mi 9, more updated, and with more potential for future updates.



 And it is in the performance that we have one of the clear differences between an intermediate and a top of the line even if the last one is from last year. The Mi 9 has Snapdragon 855 chipset and versions with 6 or 8 GB of RAM. The Mi Note 10 Pro brings the Snapdragon 730G chipset and 8 GB of RAM. Although our tests were done with the least RAM model on the Mi 9 still, it excelled concerning its competitor and its 48 seconds in the opening test are 17 seconds behind the Note 10 Pro results. In benchmarks, the Mi 9 was also far superior in results. Although the 730G is newer than the 855, it is still a flagship processor and its greater integration with the software also helps in the performance speed. In games, although the Mi Note 10 Pro set is the “G”, ideal for games, it can have one or the other stumbling block while the Mi 9 runs without any choking any title you want. They don’t have a MicroSD card slot, but the Note 10 Pro comes with 256 GB while the Mi 9 has several storage versions ranging from 64 to 256 GB. The Mi 9 also has that point.


 As a good intermediary, the Mi Note 10 Pro brings more battery power than the top rival. There are 5,260 mAh against 3,300 mAh of the Mi 9, a very big difference physically. This also led to a substantial difference in the total duration. Our tests showed more than 24 hours of continuous use for the Mi Note 10 Pro while the Mi 9 had 9 hours less than that. The flagship was no longer known for its high battery life and close to this other phone, this is very clear. The on-screen time was five hours longer for the Mi Note 10 Pro than the almost 8 hours for the Mi 9. If you think this would mean a better recharge time for the Mi 9, another surprise an hour and eight minutes in the intermediate versus an hour and fourteen minutes on Mi 9. The charger that comes in the box of the Mi Note 10 Pro is 30-Watt, while the one for the Mi 9 is 25-Watt. The Mi 9 has only one advantage in wireless charging, since it is the only smartphone between these two with this technology. For sure, the point is the Mi Note 10 Pro. 


When the Mi 9 was launched it was a success because it placed Xiaomi on a level of equal quality that of other companies famous for this, such as Samsung, Huawei, Google … However, the main highlight of the Mi Note 10 Pro is precisely its camera which is what makes it in this comparison and very expensive. We have a Mi 9 with a 48 MP main wide and f / 1.8 aperture, with PDAF and laser AF, 12 MP telephoto with twice optical zoom and PDAF and an ultra-wide 16 MP with PDAF. On the Mi Note 10 Pro, we have a 108 MP main wide with aperture f / 1.7, PDAF, laser AF, optical stabilization, a 12 MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom and Dual-Pixel PDAF, another telephoto with 5 MP and 5x optical zoom and PDAF and optical stabilization and finally, another 20 MP ultra-wide and a 2 MP macro. Right away we see that the Mi Note 10 Pro set consists of a lot more cameras and it also has the 108 MP sensor that at the time of its launch was a novelty and was much talked about. The photos with the Mi 9 are very interesting, and if you use the full potential of 48 MP, you get more sharpness, saturation, and contrast. It shoots good pictures and the dark mode performs better than Samsung’s with some frequency and the ultra-wide also goes well. But Xiaomi managed to do a great job on the Mi Note 10 Pro, even with an intermediate processor. The results of the images of this cell phone compete with the top brands of other manufacturers. The biggest highlights here on the Mi Note 10 Pro are for the two telephoto sensors. They achieve a high-quality zoom that is similar to that of a Huawei like the P30 Pro. And also for the ultra-wide lens. And if we usually expect little from low-light photos for intermediaries the Mi Note 10 Pro proves that its quality can be close to that of a Pixel. So, the Mi 9 is good, but the Mi Note 10 Pro takes more care and keeps that point. 


For videos, only the Mi 9 captures 4K at 60 fps, and for the Note 10 Pro they are only the same 4K only at 30 fps. If this is not a determining factor for you, you will have optical stabilization in this intermediate, which is something that can be more interesting, since the shakes can appear a lot on the Mi 9. Super slow motion recording in Full HD is also only on the Mi 9, it’s only in HD on the Mi Note Pro, and the audio capture is well balanced on both – finally, they end up drawing here in the videos. For selfies, the 20 MP camera with f / 2.0 aperture on the Mi 9 competes with the 32 MP camera with f / 2.0 aperture also on the Mi Note 10 Pro – this leads to great quality selfies on both devices but, although the Mi Note 10 Pro has excellent details, it has a problem: in Portrait Mode the intermediary deactivates HDR, which sometimes leads to a burst sky. The Mi 9 stands out in sharpness and can take that even for portraits in less light situations – so that point of the selfies stays with the Mi 9.


 The price is a sad part here. On another occasion, a few months ago,  and the Xiaomi flagship was found (when you imported it) for much less than the $ 200 worth of the ASUS device. Now, not only has Zenfone 6 increased, but Mi 9 has disappeared from Market Places in Brazil and it is much more expensive on import sites, thanks to the very high dollar. So what was a very expensive value for the Mi Note 10 Pro is already starting to get close to a Mi 9. In import websites, the average price of the intermediary is $ 250, while the 2019 flagship, in a compatible model, is around R$ 4,800. The cheapest Mi 9 model, however, can be found for approximately $ 200, getting to have a good cost-benefit here, although at the time of the other comparative it was seen at $ 120 – still, the final point here is the Mi 9. In what Xiaomi set out to neat on the Mi Note 10 Pro, she did. Battery and camera, compared to their flagship of the time, are superior. But that made it an intermediate to normally expensive.


 The Mi 9, already last year, was well recommended  for being very balanced and bring a good set for the asking price; even in 2020 it remains a good choice if you get a good price or take the simplest model. Although the Mi Note 10 Pro is very interesting and a point outside the curve, the price asked for it does not match with its processing and the treatment that Xiaomi gives its intermediaries. So, in this comparison, Mi 9 is a better choice, unless you want an extraordinary battery and a great camera without bothering to spend the price practically on an iPhone 11 here in Brazil in specific promotions that we see. And you, do you think that even with the higher price the Mi 9 is still a better option? Do you think the Mi Note 10 Pro deserves a purchase? Comment down here! I’ll stick around and see you next time. 

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