Do we have a good one for you today – the Motorola Droid Turbo goes up against the new Xiaomi Mi Note Pro. At first glance, you may think the Mi Note Pro will grab this win in the looks department…the full metal frame that wraps around a glass display and glass back. However, the Droid Turbo is built like a tank – it has that great Motorola toughness about it, and still uses plastic reinforced with Kevlar and a new option this year gives us a model with Ballistic Nylon on the back, which adds a nice texture and grip to the device. Both are solid, well-built and 'pretty' in their own way – the Mi Note Pro would win for elegance, but the Droid Turbo has a nice, manly look to it…women need not apply (J/K, of course).
These two devices appear to have very little in common with each other. They both make phone calls and they can both take pictures. They are similar in dimensions, with the smaller displayed Droid Turbo coming in a little smaller, but weighing slightly more – probably because of the huge 3900mAh battery. They both have the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microUSB port for charging and data transfer. They also share the Quick Charge option – thanks to their Qualcomm heritage.
Please take a deliberate look at the detailed Specifications Comparison chart below and here you will see just how these two great devices stack up against one another – click on the "View Full Comparison" link at the end of the chart to expand the details. After that, we will look at each individual device in greater detail and point out some of its pros and cons. From all of this information we will try to determine the winner based on specs and execution of design and functions.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro we are comparing today is their newest 4G FDD-LTE model that works on LTE bands 3 (1800MHz) and 7 (2600MHz). It was revealed at a private showing in Beijing and should be available in March. It is a beautifully built device – it uses 2.5D Gorilla Glass for the display (the edges curve down slightly) and 3D Gorilla Glass for the back (the edges curve up to form a 'cup') and solid metal frame that holds it all together – somewhat like the Xperia Z series look.
The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro comes with a 5.7-inch QHD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 515 pixels-per-inch (PPI), however, the Droid Turbo has the same resolution, a slightly smaller display allowing it to sport 565 PPI. Xiaomi uses the most advanced chipset on the market today – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 64-bit model 810. It is an octa-core chipset with four cores clocked at 2.0GHz and the other four clocked at 1.5GHz, which outdoes the 32-bit Snapdragon quad-core found in the Droid Turbo…but not by much. The Mi Note Pro packs 4GB of RAM compared to 3GB in the Droid Turbo. The Mi Note Pro also comes with a full 64GB of internal memory compared to either a 32GB/64GB in the Droid Turbo – there is no expansion option in either device.
The main camera on the Mi Note Pro uses a 13MP sensor, autofocus, dual-tone LED flash and even OIS, and while the Droid Turbo uses a much larger 21MP sensor, it lacks the dual-tone flash and OIS. The front-facing camera (FFC) on the Mi Note Pro uses a large 4.0MP front-facing camera (FFC) to improve the quality of selfies and video chatting…the Droid Turbo uses a more conventional 2MP FFC. A fairly large 3000mAh battery powers the Mi Note Pro, but the 3900MAh on the Droid Turbo simply blows it away…however both batteries should get their respective smartphones easily throughout an entire day.
The Mi Note Pro has an extra microphone for noise cancellation, it can handle LTE Cat 9 speeds (if you can find any), and the speaker is on the bottom end of the device for better sound than when placed on the back. It also has enhanced audio circuitry for a great sound through headsets. It is running Android 5.0 Lollipop with Xiaomi's MIUI 6 custom UI over top. It has 4G FDD-LTE capabilities for bands 3 (1800MHz) and 7 (2600MHz)…so check with your carrier or Xiaomi's website to insure compatibility. It will cost you only $532 off-contract and should be available later in March.
Motorola Droid Turbo
The Motorola Droid Turbo is an exclusive device that is part of Verizon's Droid collection, but this time around, rather than having a Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra and Droid Mini, they simply have a Droid Turbo. The new Droid Turbo's design cannot be mistaken for anything but a Droid device – it has the familiar 'chin' at the bottom front and the shiny plastic and Kevlar backing. Solidly built and engineered with a good feel in your hand are all Motorola trademarks. This year, Motorola has an optional Ballistic Nylon backing in black only with a look all its own and another great gripping material.
Motorola and Verizon really revved up the specs for the new Droid Turbo and gave it a 5.2-inch QHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a tremendous 565 PPI compared to the 515 PPI on the Mi Note Pro. The Droid Turbo is using the best processor that Qualcomm had at the time it was released – the quad-core 805 clocked at 2.7GHz – the same processor found in the new Nexus 6, Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge – but is not quite up to the 64-bit Snapdragon 810 in the Mi Note Pro. It also comes with 3GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB (online purchase only) of internal storage with no room to expand beyond those boundaries. The Mi Note Pro offers only a 64GB option, and also no room for expansion.
Motorola did a nice job on the main camera for the Droid Turbo, giving it a large 21MP Sony Sensor with autofocus and a dual LED flash – however, still no OIS. The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro only has a 13MP sensor, but tops the Droid Turbo in features, including OIS. The Droid Turbo has the usual 2MP FFC whereas the Mi Note Pro incorporates a rather large 4MP FFC. The 3900mAh, non-removable battery in the Droid Turbo is awesome and much larger than the non-removable 3000mAh battery in the Mi Note Pro, although either device will easily make it through a full day of usage. The Droid Turbo does come with their Turbo Charger in the box.
As far as other features go – the Droid Turbo does have VoLTE calling capabilities, a front-facing speaker, a nano-coating for water resistance, it comes with the Turbo Charger in the box, has built-in wireless charging and some great software. It is still running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, is only available on Verizon for a very attractive $199 on a two-year contract and $599 off-contract for the 32GB model…add $50 for the 64GB model.
…And The Winner Is…
This was really a tough one, but I am picking the Droid Turbo as the winner of this comparison. It may lack the Mi Note Pro's 64-bit processor, 1GB of RAM and OIS, but those features are not enough to turn me away from the Motorola quality and engineering.
The Motorola Droid Turbo offers the QHD AMOLED display with an incredible 565 PPI, it has a great 32-bit processor, a not-to-shabby 3GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal memory…same as the Mi Note Pro. Even without OIS, the Droid Turbo takes some awesome pictures with its 21MP Sony lens. It has a huge 3900mAh battery, VoLTE capable, front-facing speaker, is water resistant, built-in wireless charging and the price includes the Motorola Turbo Charger. At only $199 on a two-year contract or $599 outright, it is quite a bargain.
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