Hello, everyone! Today we’re going to compare the new Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite with the full version – the Xiaomi Mi Note 10. Let’s find out what the differences are and how much they limited the popular Lite version of the smartphone.
The phones look exactly the same in their appearance. They have a fairly large screens with curved edges, which looks very good. The frames and chin are small. The smartphones are the same size. They are thick and heavy, but they fit comfortably in the hand. The smartphones have a teardrop notch in the screen.
There is the Type-C port, speaker, SIM card tray and headphone jack on the bottom of the smartphones. There is a noise canceling microphone and an infrared port above. On the right there is the volume rocker and the power button.
If we turn the phone, we will see the differences on the back panel. The cameras for both models are located in the same row in the upper left corner. There are four of them in the Lite version, and five in the full version. If the Mi Note 10’s cameras and flash are somehow scattered, the Mi Note 10 Lite has them built into a single rectangular platform with rounded corners. In addition, the older model’s cameras protrude much more above the panel surface.
The fingerprint scanner for both models is built into the screen. It works clearly and quickly enough for a subscreen sensor.
The back panel of the smartphones is made of Gorilla Glass 5, the frame is aluminum. The Lite version has a matte frame, and the older model’s one is shiny. The Mi Note 10 Lite is available in purple, black, and white. You can buy the Mi Note 10 in green, black, or white.
The screens are the same for both models. They use Super AMOLED technology. The display with a diagonal of 6.47 inches supports FULL HD+ high definition. The brightness capacity is very high – it can be up to 600 nits. This allows you to use the smartphone even in direct sunlight. The screen is good, with wide viewing angles, accurate color reproduction, perfect blacks and pure whites. The Lite version has a slightly warmer color rendering, but the color temperature can be adjusted in the settings to suit your taste. There is an implemented DC Dimming function which provides good image at low brightness. There is support for HDR10 technology.
The screen is rounded at the sides. This looks good from a design standpoint, but the additional highlights can appear around the edges. But you can use the included silicone case to have a normal image.
The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with an effective oleophobic coating. The screen doesn’t get dirty much and if it does, they can be quickly and easily erased if necessary.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite comes with the tenth Android. The Mi Note 10 still has the old Android 9, but you can update it to Android 10. There is the proprietary MIUI 11 shell on top of the Android. It is installed with advanced customization options and improved functionality. There are many additional functions here – second space, gesture control, one-handed control, voice recorder. The interface is flexibly customizable to the tastes of a particular user. There are tons of free themes available. The face unlock works quickly and clearly. The shell does not slow down, the animation is smooth. A major flaw in MIUI is its rather intrusive in-app ads. But if desired, it can be removed from the shell.
Now let’s move on to the most important difference. It was the cameras that the manufacturer simplified and therefore made the new model cheaper. The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite is equipped with a rear camera with four modules:
- The first is the main one with a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor with an f / 1.9 aperture;
- The second is a wide-angle 8 megapixel camera;
- The third is a 2 megapixel macro camera;
- And finally, the 5-megapixel depth sensor.
The main camera takes pictures well. The photos are obtained with accurate natural color reproduction and good dynamic range. A special night mode helps the camera to cope with shooting in low light. The quality of shooting with a wide-angle camera is mediocre. you can take normal photos only in good lighting conditions. The macro camera also does not differ in the special quality of the resulting photos.
The Mi Note 10 has five rear cameras:
- The first one is the main module with a 108 megapixel Isocell Bright HMX sensor from Samsung, f / 1.7 aperture with optical stabilization;
- The second camera is a 5 megapixel telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and hardware stabilization;
- The third is a wide-angle camera of 20 megapixels with a viewing angle of 117 degrees;
- The fourth module is a telephoto for portraits of 12 megapixels with an equivalent focal length of 50 mm;
- And the last fifth one is a 2 megapixel macro camera.
The main sensor of Mi Note 10 has a huge 1 / 1.33 “matrix by the standards of mobile photography. For comparison, the excellent Huawei P30 Pro camera has a matrix of only 1 / 1.7”. The camera is really good. Maybe the dynamic range is not as good as the one of the top-end models, but it has amazing detailing. I really like how the main module takes pictures. Thanks to optical stabilization, you can take great pictures even in the night mode.
The two-megapixel macro camera is nothing special. You can find such camera in almost all of Mi models. The rest of the modules are good. The optical zoom works great because of the hardware stabilization. The wide-angle camera works well during the day, not very well at night. There is no optical stabilization here. But the portrait camera is especially impressive, which, without any additional sensors, perfectly blurs the background. Moreover, the degree of blur can be adjusted on the go.
Both models can shoot 4K video at 30fps. The younger model gets good quality during the day. In bad light, however, th stabilization does not always cope which brings a lot of noise.
The older model’s video isn’t as good as the photo mode. Nevertheless, after the release of the smartphone, Dx0Mark put the camcorder in the first place of its rating. Despite the hardware support, the stabilization is far from perfect. The camera shoots gorgeous slow-motion at 1080p at 240 frames per second. It has good detail and accurate autofocus. The manufacturer of the Mi Note 10 has finally managed to achieve clear and deep sound in videos.
The front camera of the Mi Note 10 Lite has 16 megapixels and gives quite decent selfies. But the older model has a much better front camera. It is equipped with a 32 megapixel matrix. It takes very good photos with excellent detail and color reproduction. The background blur works correctly.
The smartphones have the same processors too. This is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G with an Adreno 618 video accelerator. This is a fairly powerful processor. The chipset is made using modern 8-nanometer technology. The smartphone is fast in everyday use. The letter G in the name of the processor comes from the word “game”. Indeed, the processor can handle almost all heavy games without overheating and throttling.
The older model comes in only one configuration – 6 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of ROM. The younger model is sold in the same configuration. But they also announced a budget version with 64 gigabytes of internal memory and an advanced version with 8 gigabytes of RAM. The memory cannot be expanded in both models.
The smartphones have good communication capabilities. Both SIM cards support 4G, Wi-Fi at 2.4 and 5 Gigahertz, and Bluetooth 5. There are the NFC modules for contactless payments. There is an infrared port for controlling household appliances.
The smartphones have the same 5260 mAh batteries. They have good autonomy. The charge should last for two days in a normal more. The smartphones support fast charging, but not the wireless one. They come with a powerful 30 watt charger.
As always, let’s turn to Internet resources and read reviews about these smartphones – the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite and the Xiaomi Mi Note 10. Let’s start with the negatives.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
- It is large and heavy.
- The memory cannot be expanded.
- There are lots of in-built ads.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10
- The cameras bulge too much.
- The installed processor is not the best.
- It doesn’t support wireless charging.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
- It fits comfortably in the hand.
- It has a bright Amoled Screen.
- The performance is high.
- It charges fast.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10
- It has a modern design.
- The camera is great.
- It has a large amount of memory.
- The battery lasts for a long time.
So, let’s summarize. The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Litehas only one disadvantage comparing with the older version – it has simpler cameras. So if you’ve been thinking of the Mi Note 10 because of its unique camera, the Lite version is not an option for you. The camera there is not bad, but it’s quite common for its price. But if the camera is not so important for you, then you can save money and purchase a younger model. Which phone would you buy? Share your opinion in the comments below.