Xiaomi Poco X3 vs Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite. Beauty and the beast.

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Appearance

The Mi Note 10 Lite has the classic style of modern expensive mid-range devices – it is an aluminum frame and glass body. The Xiaomi has durable Corning Gorilla Glass 5 installed on the front and back. The screen on the sides is strongly bent into the frame. The teardrop notch has been made for the front camera. An optical fingerprint scanner is located under the screen.

On the right side of the smartphone there is a power button, a volume control and a tray for 2 SIM cards. There isn’t a separate or at least a hybrid cell for a USB flash drive. There is nothing at all on the left side but there is an additional microphone and an infrared transmitter on top. Below there is a 3.5 mm audio jack, a USB-C port, a spoken microphone and a main speaker but no stereo. Here is a warning to the perfectionist: the connectors do not have a line alignment.

The main cameras of the Mi Note 10 Lite are designed in a massive rectangular block with a large dual-tone flash of four LEDs. The cover is very glossy, it gets smudged easily, but prints are hardly noticeable. There are 3 colors available: Black night, White snow and Lilac sky. Each of them shimmers in a different shade depending on the ambient light.

The smartphone is quite heavy, weighing more than 200 g, and the thickness almost reached 10 mm. But in the hand it feels very compact thanks to the rounded edges of the screen and lid.

The Poco X3 is about the same big guy in size. It differs from its rival with a flat screen, a plastic cover in Cobalt Blue or Dusk Gray, a miniature dotted cutout for a front-facing camera, stereo speakers, a hybrid SIM tray with support for microSD memory cards and certified IP53 dust and moisture protection. The white notification LED is hidden under the grille of the Poco X3 earpiece, and the fingerprint scanner in this smartphone is combined with the power button on the right side of the screen.

Screen

The Mi Note 10 Lite does not need a separate notification LED as it has an AMOLED screen that supports the Always-On Display feature and I will talk more about this in the next part when comparing user interfaces. The diagonal display of the Mi Note 10 Lite is 6.47 inches, the resolution is Full HD +. The brightness is very high, almost 600 cd / m2. (in automatic mode).

There are 3 color rendering modes: standard, saturated and automatic, which should adapt to the image on the screen and the surrounding environment. I probably have some problems with my eyes, because I did not see a dramatic improvement in the picture. Also you can manually change the color temperature in the display settings.

The Poco X3 has a slightly larger 6.67-inch screen and its IPS matrix outputs frames at 120Hz. The touchpad responds with a minimum latency of about 4ms, which fans of mobile games would really enjoy. But I should note that pixels do not switch color from one to another so quickly, so a small trail forms at the border of contrasting elements with fast movement.

Software

The Poco X3 runs on Android 10 with a proprietary MIUI 12 interface straight out of the box, which is styled specifically for Poco and is slightly different from the original MIUI shell in other Xiaomi smartphones. The animations have been optimized for the screen with increased hertz. There is a convenient sorting by category in the “drawer” for applications under the desktop, but it cannot be completely disabled (at least in the current version of MIUI for Poco). The “shutter” of notifications is now combined with the Control Center: notifications are pulled out on the left, and the switches for all functions like the flashlight, Wi-Fi, screenshot, etc. are on the right.

The multitasking panel hasn’t changed too much. Applications are displayed in 2 columns. You can send it to a floating window or split screen by holding a thumbnail of an application.

The Mi Note 10 Lite comes pre-installed with MIUI 11 based on Android 10. Xiaomi has paid particular attention to detail by adding beautiful finger unlocking animations. It also supports constant screen backlight with various clock settings, inscriptions, etc. And the curved edges in parallel can be used for light notifications.

Camera

The set of the cameras in the Mi Note 10 Lite is noticeably thinner in comparison with the older model. The Xiaomi removed both telephoto lenses, reduced the resolution of the main camera from 108 to the now popular 64 megapixels and saved on optical stabilization. Super-wide resolution also dropped by more than 2 times, to 8 megapixels. To bring the number of cameras to a decent 4 pieces, the Xiaomi installed a 5-megapixel portrait lens and a macro module with a 2-megapixel matrix, but this is little consolation. You can take selfies on the Mi Note 10 Lite at 16 megapixels without autofocus.

The camera system is the same as elsewhere. With a mode carousel that does not allow you to quickly jump over one, and an old-fashioned switch between front and rear cameras (vertical swipes are more convenient).

The maximum video quality for the main camera is 4K / 30 frames per second, slow-motion video in HD format is recorded at up to 960 fps.

The Poco X3 shoots video in a similar quality, but its ultra-wide-angle and front cameras have a slightly higher resolution (13 and 20 megapixels, respectively). The main camera is 64 megapixels with a Sony IMX 682 sensor. And this is the only module which supports the night mode. Also the Poco X3 suffers from the syndrome of obligatory 2 megapixel cameras for macro and depth measurement.

Performance

In terms of performance, the Poco X3 is one small step ahead of the Mi Note 10 Lite. The ceiling of the frequency of the central processor and video chip in these smartphones differs by only 100 MHz. And the rest of the parameters are completely the same: there is 6 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and a high-speed UFS 2.1 drive with 128 GB. In the junior configuration, the Poco X3 can be bought for less than two hundred sixty dollars with 64 GB of memory. This will not cause problems, because there is a hybrid slot for a flash drive in the SIM tray with support up to 256 GB.

I did not take into account the difference shown in synthetic tests, because both smartphones are the best representatives of the mid-budget category. They easily cope with any assigned task.

Let me just remind you that the Poco X3 has a 120 Hz screen, stereo speakers, and its case hides a dual cooling system with a large copper tube to remove heat from the processor and a multilayer graphite structure that cools the display. Although the Mi Note 10 Lite does not strain too much under load, there is usually no throttling.

Network

In terms of network capabilities, the Poco X3 and the Mi Note 10 Lite are on an equal footing. Everything is standard here: 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth version 5, access to all popular satellite navigation systems and support for contactless payments via NFC.

Battery 

The Mi Note 10 Lite comes with a decent 5260mAh battery. This is more than many competitors. For example, the Samsung Galaxy A71 and the Realme 6 Pro battery capacity does not exceed 4500 mAh. Therefore, the Mi Note 10 Lite demonstrates remarkable autonomy. You can use the Internet via Wi-Fi for about 12 hours, and watch videos offline for more than 21 hours. The recharge is required every two days under moderate load. The power adapter has a power of 30W and it only needs an hour and a quarter to charge the Mi Note 10 Lite from 0 to 100%.

The Poco X3 has 100mAh less battery capacity, but the 3W charger is more powerful, giving you a 10-minute boost in charging speed from 0% to 100% (in lab). The Xiaomi promises 10 hours of battery life in games and 17 hours when watching videos.

Reviews

Now let’s quickly go over the reviews from regular users.

Negative

The poco x3

  1. The battery runs out quickly. Even with low activity.
  2. It overheats if played for a long time.
  3. The author of the design of this phone is a real idiot.

The Mi Note 10 Lite

  1. It’s a pity, not all games run at maximum settings.
  2. It doesn’t support memory cards.
  3. The auto brightness is kind of slowed down.

Positive

The poco x3

  1. It’s a great phone for its price.
  2. It has a very smooth interface, nothing slows down.
  3. The screen is great, though not AMOLED.
  4. Do not trust stupid haters. This is an amazing phone.

The Mi Note 10 Lite

  1. To be honest, this is an almost perfect phone.
  2. Only Xiaomi can offer a flagship build in the mid-range class.
  3. It has a very beautiful curved display, it’s super-super even without 90/120 Hz
  4. It charges fast, lasts long and delivers high performance.

Here’s the “Techno Dog” channel’s verdict. The Mi Note 10 Lite draws attention with its premium design, quality AMOLED display and good battery life. In terms of characteristics, it is slightly inferior to the Poco X3, but in practice this difference will be very difficult to notice. If you want to get the most power for your money, then the Poco X3 is simply beyond competition.

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