Xiaomi has just released two models: Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Pro. When it comes to pricing, there isn’t a significant difference between the two. For instance, the 12+256GB variant of Xiaomi 14 is priced at 4,299 yuan, while the Xiaomi 14 Pro comes in at 4,999 yuan, with a difference of only 700 yuan. Of course, the configurations don’t vary much either.
In fact, Xiaomi appears to intentionally narrow the configuration gap between the standard and Pro versions, possibly to allow more room for their Ultra version to shine. This strategic move seems appropriate because it could be challenging to distinguish the Pro and Ultra versions later without this differentiation.
The chip’s performance is indeed noteworthy, with an overall improvement of over 30% and a 30% reduction in power consumption. This improvement is substantial and might position it as the next generation’s flagship. However, there are certain issues to consider. While the Snapdragon 8Gen3 offers unparalleled performance, its power consumption is relatively high. The better energy efficiency ratio mentioned here is based on Snapdragon 8Gen2’s performance, indicating that Snapdragon 8Gen3 can offer improved temperature control performance.
Screen-wise, both models feature Huaxing C8 material, LTPO support, and a peak brightness of 3000 nits. Xiaomi 14 boasts a 6.36-inch ultra-narrow bezel straight screen with a 1.5K resolution and support for DC dimming. In contrast, the Xiaomi 14 Pro offers a 6.73-inch screen with a 2K slightly curved display, higher pixel density, and support for both DC dimming and 1920Hz high-frequency PWM dimming, along with an ultra-thin under-screen fingerprint scanner.
Moreover, Xiaomi Mi 14 Pro exclusively utilizes dragon crystal glass, claimed to be nearly 10 times harder than the previous generation. This grants Xiaomi Mi 14 Pro a significant advantage in terms of screen quality.
Turning to the cameras, Xiaomi Mi 14 features a 32-megapixel selfie camera and a rear setup consisting of a 50-megapixel main camera with a Light Hunter 900 sensor, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 50-megapixel floating telephoto camera.
The lens module of Xiaomi Mi 14 Pro mirrors the standard version. However, the rear main camera supports a 1024-level physical variable aperture and Leica street shooting mode, offering more versatility.
Both Xiaomi Mi 14 models boast Leica SummiLux lenses, certified for ultra-large light input and excellent shutter speeds. They excel in capturing clear pictures in high-light ratio scenes during the day, while night shots appear pure and ghost-free, with rich details and true-to-life colors.
Regarding battery capabilities, both models support 50W wireless charging. Xiaomi 14 packs a 4610mAh battery with 90W wired flash charging, while Xiaomi 14 Pro features a 4880mAh battery and 120W flash charging, ensuring faster charging speeds at the expense of increased weight and thickness. Both models also support IP68 dust and waterproofing, equipped with P2 charging chips and G1 battery management chips.
In conclusion, Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Pro offer rich textures and configurations. Although the Pro version comes at a slightly higher price, it also brings significant improvements. However, Xiaomi 14 might be the more attractive choice since its core configuration matches that of the Pro version, and the high-storage variant comes at a much lower cost.