Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1, LPDDR5 type RAM, UFS 3.1 type internal memory, XNUMXnd generation LTPO display and a triple camera configuration with ultra-wide, main and optical zoom. As for technical characteristics, the OnePlus 10 Pro and Xiaomi 12 Pro they would almost look like twin brothers, yet they are not. On the contrary.
And they are not only because they are aesthetically very different, but also because - despite very similar specifications - the approach and especially the hardware management of the two companies are light years away from each other.
Never like this year, then, the Snap 8 of the first generation has mixed the cards on the table, forcing brands to work a lot on temperature management, not to mention the approach related to cameras: these days on Test with Giz (the Telegram group in which we publish all the backstage of our reviews and comparisons), I opened a series of anonymous surveys to see which photos our users liked the most, obtaining very interesting results.
Before going to the point, however, it is important to underline one thing: both samples of the products I have available are in the Chinese version, so they do not have a global ROM and there is a small discrepancy even with the compatibility of some bands (Xiaomi 12 Pro, for example, does not have the 20 band while OnePlus 10 Pro does), but they are perfectly usable and upgradeable by us too. Which means that I will not deal with specific topics such as the software experience: I will try to evaluate the differences related to the main hardware characteristics and, of course, I will repeat the tests (including the photographic ones) once the Global ROM is available.
OnePlus 10 Pro vs Xiaomi 12 Pro: the first two top of the range of 2022 compared
Here are the bands compatible with the OnePlus 10 Pro we have on test:
5G: N1, N3, N5, N8, N28A, N40, N41, N78, N79;
4G: B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28A, B34, 38, 39, 40, 41;
3G: WCDMA 850/1900 / 2100MHz;
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz.
Here are the bands compatible with the Xiaomi 12 Pro that we have on test:
5G: N1 / N3 / N5 / N8 / N28a / N38 / N40 / N41 / N77 / N78 / N79;
4G: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B12 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B26 / B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41 / B42;
3G: WCDMA 850/1900 / 2100MHz;
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz.
Design and materials
In terms of materials and build quality, the differences between the OnePlus 10 Pro and Xiaomi 12 Pro they are relatively few. Both smartphones are definitely of the premium type, with glass back cover and display protected by a Gorilla Glass Victus.
The dimensions are also quite similar, we are talking about 163 x 73.9 x 8.55 mm for the OnePlus 10 Pro and 163,5 × 74,6 × 8,16 mm for the Xiaomi 12 Pro, but already from this first point of view we begin to see the first differences: given the presence of a larger battery, the top of the range of OnePlus is slightly thicker and heavier than the Xiaomi 12 Pro although, to be honest, these are minor differences that don't affect touch and feel and user experience that much.
What has been totally revolutionized in these new lineups is the camera bump. And if you tried to remember the camera module of the OnePlus 9 series, you could almost imagine that Xiaomi had the brilliant idea of taking its design and using it in its new devices.
in Xiaomi 12 Pro the camera bump is decidedly less conspicuous, more elegant and almost more anonymous: it is a rectangle positioned vertically, divided into several sections, in which the large main camera has been positioned above, and the other two cameras (together with the LED flash) below.
Things totally change with OnePlus 10 Pro, and even here it is as if the brand had completely changed course compared to last year, abandoning the "traditionalist" style seen in the previous series (and now also in the new Xiaomi 12), in favor of a completely different design: it is square , great, it looks like it integrates a 4-lens setup with a circular type LED flash (but it doesn't). In short, it seems that those of OnePlus have thought of such a camera bump only with the aim of making the device recognizable, and in my opinion they have hit the target very well.
As for "beauty" I do not express myself, it is a very personal thing and I leave the judgment to you, what I can say in a much more objective way is that the camera bump of the OnePlus 10 Pro, probably given the size and the material used, it tends to collect fingerprints and dust much more than that of the Xiaomi 12 Pro.
Il key positioning is completely different between the two smartphones, and without getting lost in too much chat I get straight to the point: I much prefer the structure of OnePlus because not only the keys are lower and easily accessible, but in the smartphone the volume rocker has been positioned on the left side, while on the right there is the power button and the physical switch for sound modes. On Xiaomi instead it is all on the right side, there is no switch and, in my opinion, the volume balance is too high.
The stereo speakers of the Xiaomi Mi 12 Pro they are among the best in the price range and even at very high volumes, the audio is always very clear with a small hint of bass. Even those of OnePlus 10 Pro they are not bad, but in terms of speaker the Xiaomi stands out: while the OnePlus uses the ear capsule to guarantee the stereo effect, the Xiaomi has two speakers (2-way each) completely independent, and even if they have been positioned in asymmetrical way (e poco intelligent), the work done in collaboration with Harman Kardon is exemplary.
Display - OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Xiaomi 12 Pro
Both smartphones use an AMOLED display with a maximum resolution of 1440p, a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz and second generation LTPO type. The diagonal varies slightly, but very little (in the Xiaomi 12 Pro it is 6.73 inches, while in the OnePlus 10 Pro it is 6.7 inches), and the peak brightness also varies which, as usual, sees Xiaomi in advantage: in the OnePlus 10 Pro is 1300 nit, while in the Xiaomi 12 Pro is 1500 nit. The pixel density per inch is very similar: with Xiaomi's 521 ppi and OnePlus's 525 ppi, the difference is practically imperceptible.
What changes particularly, however, is the management of LTPO 2.0 technology. And before I am told that it is a difference of poco account, I would like to emphasize that in the end this is not the case: the management of the variable refresh rate is a fundamental feature that affects not only the user experience, but also the energy consumption.
Basically, the second generation of LTPO is very similar to the ProMotion, and allows the refresh rate to be managed adaptively from 1 Hz to 120 Hz. Apparently, however, it is a technology that varies a lot according to the management. decided by the brand that uses it and, for example, between the Xiaomi 12 Pro and the OnePlus 10 Pro, there are quite marked differences.
Despite the possibility of going down to 1Hz, I have noticed that on the OnePlus 10 Pro the minimum refresh rate that can be reached is 5Hz but, it is the management of refresh rates based on brightness that is very different between the two.
For example, to reach 5Hz in the OnePlus 10 Pro, the brightness must be set to the maximum, otherwise with an average brightness it stops at 10Hz and, even, with a minimum brightness it returns to 120Hz.
With the Xiaomi 12 Pro in my tests I have never managed to go below 10 Hz, moreover, unlike what we have seen in the new OnePlus top of the range, the issue of brightness is handled differently: to get 5Hz in the Xiaomi 12 Pro, the brightness must be set to maximum, otherwise with a minimum brightness it returns to 60 Hz.
That said, I admit that I was more "bewitched" by the screen of the Xiaomi 12 Pro, precisely as regards the visual impact. Of course, the peak brightness is higher on the Xiaomi and yes, on the OnePlus the images almost seem to be drawn on a sheet of paper, but I appreciated more the color management and the balance in the Xiaomi, thanks also to Samsung's E4 technology. .
Cameras in comparison
“The first photo seems to have more details when zoomed in”, “No, it's just interpolated, and it's ugly, at least in my opinion. I prefer the latter, it seems to have greater dynamic range "," The first seems to have more natural colors ", these are some of your opinions on the photographs I published (without specifying with which device they were taken) in the group Test with Giz. So yes, the photo comparison between OnePlus 10 Pro e Xiaomi 12 Pro it could be a thorny topic, given the totally different approach between the two brands, but it is undoubtedly a very interesting topic and having discussed it with you has amused me a lot: in my opinion you have hit almost all of them. In this comparison we will use one shot, which I found significant, for each camera. But first things first.
Although the two smartphones both use three cameras, the differences between the two models are marked. OnePlus 10 Pro has a 48 megapixel main camera that uses a Sony IMX789 sensor, an F / 1.8 lens and is optically stabilized, Xiaomi 12 Pro instead, it has a 50 megapixel main camera, which uses the new Sony IMX707 sensor, an F / 1.9 lens and optical stabilization.
And there is no need to go around it: the main cameras of these two devices are of a very good standard. However, it is true that in this case the new Sony sensor makes the difference: with a rather strong crop on the two images, you can see how the amount of detail is much greater on the image taken with the Xiaomi 12 Pro, a difference that is probably not so easily noticed with the naked eye, also because the color calibration of the OnePlus 10 Pro (born thanks to the collaboration with Hasselblad), makes the management of tones and the chromatic range much more natural and less “artificial”.
And if, on the whole, the comparison between the main cameras of OnePlus 10 Pro e Xiaomi 12 Pro it could also end up with a peer (because Xiaomi has a better sensor, but OnePlus a better calibration), things totally change when it comes to ultra-wide and zoom.
OnePlus' 9-series ultra-wide angle was the best of 2021, there is poco to do. And honestly I can't understand why the company (now Oppo's) has decided to change course by abandoning the FreeForm lens and the 1 / 1.56 "large sensor in favor of a fisheye lens with a Field of View of 150 ° that yes, it can be fun, but it negatively affects the quality of the shots.
By comparing the photos taken with the ultra-wide of OnePlus 10 Pro (which uses a Samsung ISOCELL JN1 sensor with f / 2.2 optics and 150 ° FoV) e Xiaomi 12 Pro (which uses a Samsung ISOCELL JN1 sensor with f / 1.9 optics and 115 ° FoV) the differences are quite marked, in favor of the Xiaomi smartphone: when cropping the two images, it is obvious to note how the details and the management of the color gamut are better on the 12 Pro, also because - given the fisheye lens - practically all the photos taken with the OnePlus 10 Pro and its ultra-wide angle, suffer from important chromatic aberrations along the edges and a marked barrel distortion (which the software tries to correct, failing), as well as evident Lens flare that could appear when you have light sources in the frame.
And things totally change even with the zoom. Be clear, Xiaomi 12 Pro uses a 2X optical zoom, again with a 1 megapixel Samsung ISOCELL JN50 sensor, with a non-stabilized f / 2.2 lens, while OnePlus 10 Pro it is true that it uses a sensor with a lower resolution (8 megapixels), but with a stabilized lens capable of guaranteeing a 3.3x zoom. In short, they are profoundly different.
But in the poll I opened about Test with Giz your verdict was almost unanimous on the winner, and basically I agree with you: the photographs taken with the optical zoom of the OnePlus 10 Pro they are better, thanks to better color management, sharper details and less pronounced software processing.
And now let's talk about night photos. I don't want to go too far on the subject, but looking at the samples it is easy to understand that it would be better to photograph at night with both devices using only the main cameras.
Night photos taken with the main camera of OnePlus 10 Pro, thanks to a better color management, they are in my opinion more pleasant and better balanced than those taken with the Xiaomi, but despite a better managed color and greater sharpness in the OnePlus, the details are more marked in those taken with the Xiaomi 12 Pro.
Night photos taken with the OnePlus 10 Pro however, they suffer from all the problems listed with the daytime ones, but amplified: the details are few, the handling of the dynamic range is very bad, and all the aberrations are highlighted to the nth degree. Let me be clear, it's not that the photos taken with the Xiaomi 12 Pro make a miracle scream, but qualitatively they are the best of the two smartphones.
With the zoom, then, better than going at night. The photos taken at night with OnePlus are mostly pastel colors, the colors are more natural and the magnification factor is greater, it is true, but despite a lower sharpness that characterizes them, night photos taken with the Xiaomi zoom are slightly better. To clarify the concept: I am not satisfied with neither of the two smartphones with the zoom at night, but between the two I would choose Xiaomi.
Le front cameras they are both of average quality and are characterized by a particular absurdity: they are able to change age.
As for the management of chromatic tones, dynamic range and saturation they are at a rather similar level, but the software processingand it is completely opposite between the two devices: that of Xiaomi tends to push too much on the cleanliness of the image, making the protagonist of the selfie look younger, while that of OnePlus tends to push too much on contrast and sharpness, adding at least 10 more years to the poor unfortunate framed.
Hardware and Performance
As for the hardware, however, a premise must be made immediately: in both smartphones the user experience is first of the class, and there will be no impossible operation to be carried out with these devices. What changes a lot, however, is the management of the new Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1 which, yes, is a very powerful SoC but which suffers from a problem not to be underestimated: overheating. But let's think about the numbers first.
The CPU test with Geekbench 5 it was completed slightly faster by the OnePlus, which scored 1002 points in Single-Core e 3353 points in Multi-Core points against i 1180 points in Single-Core e 3429 points in Multi-Core totaled by Xiaomi: it is a rather obvious result, considering that the SoCs are practically identical, have the same number of cores and work at the same frequency, which however is not far from the one obtained last year with the Snap 888.
In 3D Mark instead, the OnePlus has totaled 9572 points against i 10140 points Xiaomi: here you can see the benefits of the new Adreno 730 GPU, with which the performances have practically doubled compared to last year, and which is slightly more performing in the Xiaomi 12 Pro.
The situation with the test is very different Work 3.0 by PC Mark. The Xiaomi 12 Pro he totaled 13160 points, against the 11656 of the OnePlus 10 Pro, although the two performance graphs turned out to be quite similar.
The most interesting test, however, is that of AnTuTu, because it is precisely with this test that the different processor management by the two companies is highlighted: in terms of score, Xiaomi has obtained 951145 points against the 941653 points of OnePlus, but it did so by reaching a temperature close to 41 degrees, while the OnePlus remained stationary at 37 degrees.
And it is a very important difference, which with the AnTuTu stress test is even more fun to evaluate: in this 15-minute test, the Xiaomi 12 Pro touched the safety temperature of 45 degrees, while the OnePlus 10 Pro it got to about 41 degrees. So yes, the OnePlus handles the first generation Snap 8 better and heats up less.
But how does it do it? To understand this, just look at the graph relating to the CPU performance and the Clock frequencies: because it is true that in the OnePlus the Clock frequencies are much more stable and linear, but it is in the Xiaomi that the processor performances have fewer negative peaks. In short, summing up, Xiaomi leaves the Snap a little more free, while OnePlus "casts it" (forgive me the term "at regular intervals, and probably just to keep temperatures at bay.
What is the best strategy? In my opinion that of OnePlus because, in principle, it is true that in the benchmarks it is Xiaomi 12 Pro has obtained better results, but it is a difference that in everyday life would not be perceived by users, unlike overheating: that indeed anyone would perceive it.
Battery and recharge
The battery of OnePlus 10 Pro it is a 5000 mAh, larger than the 4600 mAh integrated into the Xiaomi 12 Pro. And, without going around it too much, the autonomies are more or less typical: with the OnePlus I managed to get to about 7 and a half hours of display on, while with the Xiaomi I have poco exceeded 7 hours. So yes, it is true that the Xiaomi battery is less capacious, but the more conservative management of the refresh rates, together with the Micro Lens technology of the display obviously guarantee better management of consumption.
What is completely different, however, is the charging technology and, in this, Xiaomi is light years ahead. And it is thanks to the presence of the Surge P1 chip, which allows fast charging at 120 w on a single cell battery, far more performing than the 80w one that characterizes the OnePlus.
In short, how does this comparison between OnePlus 10 Pro e Xiaomi 12 Pro? Drawing a conclusion is not easy. And personally I don't feel able to tell you if it is better the Xiaomi 12 Pro or the OnePlus 10 Pro. The fact is, however, that this year I like the Xiaomi more aesthetically, as well as its display.
It must be said, however, that the management of the Snap 8 by OnePlus has been done much better than that which characterizes the Xiaomi and, all in all, this is an important difference.
The Xiaomi camera, however, has much better sensors and optics, but the photos are also influenced by the software processing that I found better in the OnePlus.
In terms of charging, Xiaomi has absolutely no rivals in the market, and even the stereo audio quality is probably the best around. It must be said, however, that despite both devices using a Chinese rom, I personally do not like the MIUI user experience but, even here, these are rather forgiving things.
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