M1 Pro 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021 vs Intel 16-Inch MacBook Pro 2020 (Specs Comparison)

Apple has just announced the new M1 Pro 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021. This year’s MacBook Pro is far better than last year’s Intel powered 16-inch MacBook Pro. However the question that is on everyone’s mind is how much better is the new MacBook Pro when compared with its predecessor.

If you’re wondering how the M1 Pro 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021 compares to the Intel 16-inch MacBook Pro 2020, then we have got you covered.

In this detailed specs comparison we have compared the specifications of last year’s base line MacBook Pro with this year’s new and improved base line M1 Pro 16-inch MacBook Pro.

16-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with features like brand new M1 Pro chip, Liquid Retina Display, 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate, improved cameras, better battery life, more ports, MagSafe charging, card reader slot and more.

So without any further ado lets take a look at the detailed specs comparison between M1 Pro 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021 and Intel 16-inch MacBook Pro 2020 of last year.

Specs comparison

In the comparison we will compare various specs between 2021 and 2020 MacBook Pros including Processor, RAM, Display, Ports, Charging, Wi-Fi, Colors and pricing among several other things.

M1 Pro 16-inch MacBook Pro Base model (2021)Intel 16-inch MacBook Pro base model (2020)
ProcessorM1 Pro 10-core with 8 performance cores and 2 efficiency cores2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 Processor
RAM16GB16GB
DisplayLiquid Retina XDR Display 16.2-inch16-inch Retina Display
Resolution3456×22343072×1920
Display technologyLiquid Retina XDR displayLED Backlit display with IPS technology
Brightness1000 nits500 nits
ProMotionYes 120Hz refresh rateNo
Storage512GB512GB
Graphics16-core M1 ProAMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 
PortsSDXC Card Slot, HDMI port, 3.5mm headphone jack, MagSafe 3 port, 3 Thunderbolt 4 ports4 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and 3.5mm headphone jack
AutheneticationTouch IDTouch ID
ChargingMagSafe chargingUSB-C Charging
Charging Brick140W USB-C Power adapter96W USB-C Power adapter
KeyboardBacklit Magic KeyboardBlacklit Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar
Camera1080p FaceTime HD720p FaceTime HD
AudioSix Speaker SystemSix Speaker System
Battery100-watt hour lithium polymer battery100-watt hour lithium polymer battery
Battery Life14 hours of web browsing11 hours of web browsing
Wi-Fi802.11ax Wi-Fi 6802.11ac Wi-Fi
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
SizeHeight: 0.66 inch 
Width: 14.01 inches  Depth: 9.77 inches
Height: 0.64 inch 
Width: 14.09 inches  Depth: 9.68 inches
Weight4.7 pounds4.3 pounds
ColorsSilver and Space GreySilver and Space Grey
Price$2,500$2,400

There you go folks, this was our detailed specs comparison between 16-inch M1 Pro MacBook Pro with 16-inch Intel MacBook Pro of last year.

What do you think about this new upgrade? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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