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Premium Flagship Comparo: Xiaomi Mi 11 VS Huawei Mate 40 Pro

by Duey Guison  February 9, 2021

Xiaomi Mi 11 VS Huawei Mate 40 Pro Рwhich one of these flagships look better on paper? With Xiaomi finally making the Mi 11 official globally (this time with Google Services), it will be no surprise if tech enthusiasts will pit it against the Huawei Mate 40 Pro. Both phones showcase the best from both Chinese tech titans, and it is interesting to see how they would fare against one another in early 2021.

So let’s dive in with our Xiaomi Mi 11 VS Huawei Mate 40 Pro comparison and see which is the better flagship:

Xiaomi Mi 11 VS Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Xiaomi Mi 11 Global Specs:

  • Snapdragon 888 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • 6.81-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display, 120hz refresh rate, 10-bit color
  • 108-megapixel f/1.9 main camera with PDAF, 5-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera, 13-megapixel f/2.4 ultra-wide-angle camera
  • 20-megapixel selfie camera
  • 4G, 5G
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, in-display fingerprint scanner
  • 4600mAh battery
  • 55w fast charging
  • Android 11, MIUI 12.5

Xiaomi Mi 11 VS Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Huawei Mate 40 Pro Specs:

  • Kirin 9000 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • 6.76-inch AMOLED display, 2772×1344 resolution, 90hz refresh rate
  • 50-megapixel f/1.9 RYYB main camera with PDAF and OIS, 12-megapixel f/3.4 periscope camera with 5x optical zoom and OIS, 20-megapixel f/1.8 ultra-wide-angle camera
  • 13-megapixel selfie camera, ToF sensor
  • 4G, 5G
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, in-display fingerprint scanner
  • 4400mAh battery
  • 66w fast charging
  • Android 10, EMUI 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 VS Huawei Mate40 Pro: Design

Without any question, both the Mi 11 and Mate 40 Pro are premium to the core with their use of aluminum and glass for the body. Both phones have curves to further emphasize that you are getting top-notch quality, and both have unique camera modules.

The Mate 40 Pro sticks to its trademark circular camera module that houses three cameras, while the Mi 11 has a square camera module with two big cameras for the main and ultra-wide-angle camera, and a small camera above the LED flash.

Xiaomi Mi 11 VS Huawei Mate 40 Pro: Display

As premium flagship offerings, both phones offer curved AMOLED displays, with the Mate 40 Pro having a 6.76-inch panel while the Mi 11 goes for a bigger 6.81-inch panel. On paper, the Mi 11 is vastly superior with its Quad HD+ resolution, 120hz refresh rate, and native support for 10-bit color.

Xiaomi Mi 11 VS Huawei Mate 40 Pro: Cameras

Both phones duke it out in the camera department with their triple rear camera setups. While the Mi 11 has a higher resolution 108-megapixel f/1.9 main camera (vs the Mate 40 Pro’s 50-megapixel f/1.9 RYYB camera with OIS), the Mate 40 Pro has a higher-resolution 20-megapixel f/1.8 ultra-wide-angle camera (compared to a 13-megapixel f/2.4 ultra-wide-angle camera on the Mi 11).

In addition, the Mate 40 Pro has the upper hand with its 12-megapixel f/3.4 periscope camera, which is far more useful than the 5-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera found on the Mi 11.

For selfies, the Mi 11 gets a better 20-megapixel snapper though the Mate 40 Pro’s 13-megapixel snapper gets extra assistance from the ToF sensor found on its pill-shaped punch hole.

Xiaomi Mi 11 VS Huawei Mate 40 Pro: Internals and software

We are talking about the best internals possible on both phones, with a Snapdragon 888 on the Mi 11 and Kirin 9000 on the Mate 40 Pro. We have yet tested both processors with our usual benchmark tests, so we reserve this part until we get our hands on a Mi 11 unit to see which of the two flagship processors offer better performance.

Both phones have an 8GB/256GB configuration, though the Mi 11 has a 8GB/128GB variant for those who are on the budget. The Mi 11 skips expandable storage, while the Mate 40 Pro uses Huawei’s proprietary Nano Memory card for expansion.

On the software side, the Mi 11 comes with Android 11-based MIUI 12.5 with Google Services for the global model. The Mate 40 Pro, on the other hand, comes with Android 10-based EMUI 11 with Huawei Mobile Services.

Xiaomi Mi 11 VS Huawei Mate 40 Pro: Battery

While the Mi 11 has a slightly bigger 4600mAh battery (vs 4400mAh on the Mate 40 Pro), the Mate 40 Pro comes with a faster 66w wired charging solution and 50w wireless charging. The Mi 11 is no slouch either, as it has 55w wired charging and the same 50w wireless charging found on the Mate 40 Pro.

For both phones, they do come with the required charger in the box so you have one less item to worry about.

Xiaomi Mi 11 VS Huawei Mate 40 Pro: Price

In the Philippines, the Mate 40 Pro is priced at Php 55,999, while there’s no official local pricing yet for the Mi 11. In Europe, however, the Mi 11 is priced at around Php 44k for the 128GB model and around Php 47k for the 256GB model. European prices are usually more expensive, so expect lower prices once the Mi 11 becomes official in the Philippines.

That wraps up our Xiaomi Mi 11 and Huawei Mate 40 Pro comparison. Which premium flagship phone do you prefer?

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    Huawei has always lead the camera department with these chinese brands, no surprise here. In the end, choices I think that would matter is having google services out of the box vs none.

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