MI 10 LITE REVIEW || DETAILED REVIEW
MI 10 LITE REVIEW:
If there’s one thing Xiaomi loves, it’s launching variants of its top-of-the-line phones. The MI10 is no exception and here we have its Lite version, which brings intermediary hardware and tries to offer a better cost-benefit ratio. Let’s see if it is worth sacrificing the cutting edge hardware of the Mi 10 and if this is a better purchase.
The Mi 10 comes in a black box with a clear name with a chromatic effect. The accessories are not exactly the same as the more expensive version:
22.5W power charger.
USB standard C on one end and A on the other.
SIM drawer lock.
Transparent silicone case.
Quick use guide.
The Mi 10 Lite has a totally different design from its more expensive brother. The screen has no curl at the edges and the hole for the selfie camera gives way to the traditional drop notch of older phones.
The rear is also different in the Lite. The cameras are grouped in a block, evading the vertical layout of the most expensive. And if you were waiting for a metal phone, Xiaomi decided to save money and adopted a plastic body on the Mi 10 Lite. At least the rear is still glass and has Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
The good news is that this was the only cut that Xiaomi made. The infrared emitter was maintained, there is a P2 input for headphones, NFC and even a biometric reader on the screen. The Mi 10 Lite is a complete intermediary with everything you expect from a good phone.
Screen and sound:
The OLED screen is the same as in some recent releases of the Redmi line. You have almost six and a half inches with Full HD + resolution. The panel used is of good quality, has a good level of brightness, impeccable contrast and a wide viewing angle. It has an external use mode that forces the screen to maximum brightness and helps on the sunniest days.
By default, the Mi 10 Lite comes in automatic calibration mode that adjusts colors based on the lighting of the location. If you are looking for the best representation of reality, then the Original mode is the one that delivers the best calibration. HDR10 is supported for YouTube, Amazon Prime and Netflix.
What could be better is the sound part. There is no stereo sound like on the Mi 10. The only speaker next to the USB port delivers sound with decent power. The sound quality is good enough to hear videos clearly, but it sins in music because it has almost nonexistent bass and mediums overshadowed by excessive treble.
The Mi 10 Lite comes with Snapdragon 765G and not the Snapdragon 865 of the Mi 10. The difference in performance is big, as expected. Not only in our standardized multitasking test, but also in benchmarks.
Compared to others with this hardware we see that the Mi 10 Lite could be better. He was a little slow when opening apps and games, making it clear that he needs more attention from Xiaomi for software optimization. At least in synthetic tests we have scores as expected and in AnTuTu he even manages to surpass the Motorola Edge.
In games there is nothing to worry about. The Mi 10 Lite ran everything as it should. In Call of Duty it was possible to play at maximum quality with great fluidity and in PUBG in HDR with high framerate. All the other games we tested ran smooth.
Forget the powerful 108 MP camera of the Mi 10 and Mi Note 10. Here you have the most traditional 48 MP camera found on the cheapest Redmi models. Complementing the set is an ultra-wide, a macro and a depth sensor.
Don’t be disappointed by the camera’s “low” resolution, the Mi 10 Lite is capable of taking great pictures on sunny days. The vivid colors and the low noise level result in high quality images for you to waste on social networks.
Normal | 48 MP:
As expected, it is possible to use all 48 MP of the camera with the dedicated mode, but don’t expect much higher photos. The difference is minimal and you will lose more space – even more on a cell phone that does not allow you to expand storage. However, at night we notice less noise in the photos, so it may be worth it in some cases.
There is an artificial intelligence mode that recognizes the types of scenarios and exaggerates the saturation to leave everything out of reality. Some may even enjoy it, but the end result is quite artificial.
Main | Ultra-wide:
The ultra-wide is that it could be better. It is still possible to take good photos with the widest lens, but the quality drops dramatically, especially indoors and in dim lighting.
The good news is that the Mi 10 Lite does not commit to taking photos at night like most middlemen. It does not suffer from capturing what is in the dark and still offers a very efficient night mode that does not compromise photos with excessive noise.
The macro camera is not really exciting, but it should be enough for a lot of people. It records even cool photos, and at least has autofocus that helps a lot when capturing small details. Blurring works well and rarely misses.
The M10 Lite does well in selfies, whether in the sun, in the shade or even indoors. Its front camera has a small focal aperture, but does not suffer in dark places. The background blur works well in any type of situation and no matter how much you disable HDR, it doesn’t really burst the background of the photo.
Selfie | Portrait:
He shoots in 4K only with the main rear camera. The quality is good, as is the audio capture. The focus is agile, except when shooting in Full HD at 60 fps. By default it registers few shakes, but there is a super stabilization mode that really makes a difference, but it cuts the edges of the video reducing the usable area.
It is possible to shoot with the rear and front at the same time and there is also the option to shoot in slow motion with the front. They are nice extras and make the Mi 10 Lite camcorder more complete than that of its rivals.
The Mi 10 Lite does not have an impressive battery with its little more than 4,000 mAh, but it can render a whole day without difficulty. It even manages to outperform rivals with bigger batteries, which shows that Xiaomi has decided to optimize the MIUI to favor the battery and not the performance.
Compared to the Mi 10, it doesn’t make a big difference. The most expensive model yields an average of 10% more, but spends less time in the making. Compared to the rivals of the Mi 10 Lite, its time of almost 1.5 hours to recharge is not bad. With a quick charge of 15 minutes it is possible to recover a quarter of your battery.
On the software side there is nothing new, we have the same features that you find in other intermediaries and flagships with Android 10 and MIUI 12. The remote control app is already pre-installed for you to use the phone’s infrared to control different types electronics in your home.
The biometric reader works well and features several unlock animations to choose from. In AOD it is possible to select a light effect for the edges of the screen that light up when you receive a notification, even if the Mi 10 Lite does not have a curved screen as in the Mi 10.
When it comes to the overall layout, you get some interesting little extras, like a quick shortcut panel on the left of the lock screen. There, you can organize and control your Mi Remote and IoT devices, and also easily turn on the flashlight.
Oh, and we must not forget to talk about 5G, however irrelevant it is at the moment here in Brazil. What we can say is that the Mi 10 Lite is a good intermediary for those looking for a more affordable option with the next generation of mobile internet. Is it worth buying or are there more interesting alternatives like the Motorola Edge?
Xiaomi’s was slower in our multitasking test, but it’s equally good at games, its battery lasts longer and recharges faster, in addition to taking better photos and videos. If you don’t care so much for the 5G, the LG Velvet may be a more elegant alternative. The Korean model is faster, its battery lasts the same and also records good photos – it only loses in darker scenarios for that of Xiaomi.
Is it worth saving or is the Mi 10 more business? Lite is on average 50% cheaper. Of course, there is a big difference in performance, but overall it is not absurd at all. The Mi 10 Lite will meet the needs of the majority.
Strengths and weaknesses:
Beautiful OLED screen
Battery lasts well
Good cameras for photos and videos
Lack of microSD slot
only mono sound
90 Hz screen would be welcome.
So this is the detailed MI 10 lite review.This phone is good for whom who are watching for 5G phone.
For those looking for a 5G phone, it may be one of the best options, but there are 4G models with better value for money.
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