Keeping track of each and every Xiaomi launch is not easy. Although after having tried the Mi 10, I did want to see what the Lite version could offer, a proposal with differences at the level of specifications, but a much more attractive price for most. So, here is my review of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite , a terminal that I already anticipate that is easy to recommend.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite
|characteristics||Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite|
|Processor||Snapdragon 765G with 5G connectivity|
|Resolution||2400 x 1080 pixels with HDR10 + support|
|RAM and Storage||6GB + 64GB|
6GB + 128GB
8GB + 256GB (available depending on markets)
|Battery||4,160 mAh + 20W fast charge system|
|Security||On-screen fingerprint reader|
Pattern and Pin
|Connectivity||5G, NFC (Compatible Google Pay), Wifi, BT|
|Frontal camera||16 MP|
|Rear camera||48 MP f1.8|
8 MP Ultra wide angle f2.2
2 MP depth sensor
2 MP Macro f2.4
|Price||From 329 euros|
A terminal made to be liked
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite is that I think it is made to like, by design and price. Physically, it is not surprising, because it is somewhat continuist with those lines seen in other models of the brand and a combination of materials and finishes already common. Still, overall it meets the bare minimum that anyone would ask for a phone of a certain price.
So, along with its shiny finish on the back, it is a product that is attractive as soon as it is taken out of the box and that you like after holding it for the first time in your hand. It feels good, not at the level of the Mi 10 or other models of a higher range and price, but in general I do not think that anyone who is betting on it will be unhappy.
Going a little deeper into the details, the Mi 10 Lite retains the 3.5mm headphone jack and at the bottom you find the USB C connector, the SIM tray, microphone and speaker. And already on the right side the two buttons for turning on and off as well as the volume control. Done, the rest of the leading role is taken by the front.
So before moving on to talk about the screen, I have to end by reaffirming myself that despite not breaking molds, the device has little to envy of other proposals. It is possible that the trasería could have had other more striking colors or drawings like the one seen in different models, but unless you are looking for something very special, you will like it.
AMOLED technology although somewhat lack of brightness
On the front you find a 6.57-inch panel with AMOLED technology . A screen where, yes, the edges do not have that more rounded finish than higher level proposals. It is not a problem, but when you get used to the continuity it offers, it is true that it is very striking to find something like this. Anyway it is a matter of adapting and that is something that is done quickly.
Regarding image quality, here is a panel with a good performance in all types of content . The color representation convinces, also the contrast, the viewing angles and the tactile response. But it is true that it lacks a little more brightness. Not for indoors, there is no problem, but for outdoors.
With this I do not say that you can not use it or that it looks bad when you are in full sunlight, but it does cost a little more than with other models. A plus or extra in terms of maximum brightness level would have been great, but it still implied a price increase. That is something that only Xiaomi will know.
In general, the screen during these days of use I admit that it has not caused me any problem. Indoors the experience has been satisfactory and outdoors due to the type of use I have given or needed it was also good, even when I wanted to take photos and required to see well if everything was framed and exposed correctly.
Sound, autonomy and security
With these three sections I will go quickly, because it is really difficult to find today a device that does not comply with each of them. And those who stand out in some or all directly receive the attention it deserves so you know that they are offering something different from the rest.
This time, as I say, the Mi 10 Lite performs well in terms of audio quality . I like the sound in all kinds of situations, although when listening to music, watching a series and even a movie, I always resort to good headphones that we already have many on the market and we have taught you, as the True Wireless type.
As an extra fact, in the MIUI settings there are different options to be able to customize the sound through the equalization options or the sound enhancer when you use wired headphones or speakers, with which you can choose what type they are and take advantage of predefined settings . So to get a little more performance you just have to spend a few minutes trying the different options.
Of autonomy, with a 4,160 mAh battery and 20W fast charge, just to say that it lasts well for a day and a half of use. The charging system will not be the fastest on the market, but it is also more than enough for that necessary push in days of more use. So, do not worry about autonomy because it more than meets what any average user asks a terminal today.
Finally, security is provided by the classic pin or pattern, an integrated screen fingerprint reader and a facial recognition system. Of the first one it is not necessary to say anything, of the second one that is fast and precise , at least I had no notable problems when I used it; and the third the same, it may not be the safest, but it is fast and convenient.
Do you really need that much power?
If asked how this Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite behaves the answer would be a question, do you really need that much power? Today we are still determined to have the fastest chips on the market, but we forget that 90% of day-to-day tasks do not require as much computing power.
The Mi 10 Lite integrates a Qualcomm Snpadragon 765G chip with 5G connectivity. The latter may still be today, despite the real bet that is already being made by the operators, but if we focus on the capabilities of the processor at the level of calculation and power of the GPU we have a remarkable terminal.
Yes, in the daily use of the operating system, regular applications, multimedia content playback and even games, the terminal is great. I may not need to play the most demanding games on the Play Store, but the ones I’ve tried have worked perfectly at all times.
Logically, here I must also give MIUI credit. Xiaomi’s customization layer takes years to a very good level and its maturity is noted with each new version. It is and will continue to be very personal, many may be overwhelmed by the number of customization options and settings, but that also has its positive side to adapt the phone to your needs and not vice versa.
So, having clear all this and the above, let’s move on to the section that I liked the most: its cameras.
A very solvent camera set
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite has five cameras . One on the front, which serves the theme of easy unlocking and for everything related to selfies, story recording, etc.
With a 16 MP sensor the quality is good, in video it is true that I notice too much detail and the stabilization is conspicuous by its absence, but they are things that do not surprise me at all. In general it can give quite a lot of play in the usual situations in which we use this camera. Here are a couple of examples.
Regarding the main camera, this one has four sensors of which I would say that only two are really important : the main 48 MP and the wide-angle 8 MP. The 2MP macro sensors and the one in charge of measuring the depth of field will be useful, but they are not something that the user will appreciate as it could have happened with other types of proposals.
Still, the two heaviest sensors are the ones that will give you the best experience and the ones that you will use the most. What’s more, the two of them justify the good work of the terminal in photography.
Along with the modes and options offered by both focal points, aspects such as exposure, white balance and fidelity when capturing colors and the level of detail have pleasantly surprised me. You don’t always get a perfect catch, but on the global computation it convinces me.
Without going into the more “creative” modes, one of the things that works quite well is the ability to expose without actually burning the highlights. Something where HDR is also very responsible for doing a very good job. Even in the following images where there are dark and light areas as you can see below.
I also like the way of interpreting color. Maybe something saturating on specific occasions, but nothing artificial according to my tests. This is one of the examples in which without any editing you get quite realistic colors of a flower in full sunlight at noon.
With all this, when the lighting is good the cameras of the Mi 10 Lite perform without problems, like the rest of practically all the cameras on the market of a certain level and even the high-end.
When the light falls or it is somewhat more complicated, this decrease in quality is noticeable, but it does not fall as much as other proposals. What’s more, it maintains the type better than some options whose price is double or triple that of this Mi 10 Lite.
In video subjects the Mi 10 Lite also responds well . The main sensor offers very good stabilization and you can achieve striking results. My only problem is that I still consider that the iPhone record better video, perhaps because they do not apply such sharpness to the final result, but with a little knowledge this Xiaomi phone can also be quite competent.
An easy phone to recommend
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite came with the challenge of convincing those who for some reason or another could not or wanted to opt for the more expensive models: the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. After these days of testing I am aware of the limitations regarding not in vain it costs less than these, but if you take into account both the price and what it offers in terms of performance, the Mi 10 Lite seems to me a very easy to recommend phone.
For 329 euros, which is what the 64 GB model costs or 399 euros for the 128 GB, I think right now I could say that it is one of the best in that price range that you can buy. At the level of benefits it exceeds and the camera, one of the benefits that most of us value most then, is quite capable.
Adding all the subject of 5G connectivity, NFC, fast charging, AMOLED screen, etc … I think that little or nothing more could ask. Lower price? Always, but seeing what other current models on the market cost, if you are looking for a solvent proposal between three hundred and four hundred euros, few better ones occur to me right now to recommend you.
What’s more, I could say that it is the best of the Mi 10 family . It is true that this title will always be for the Mi 10 Pro for a simple matter of technical sheet, but I admit that I have missed little with this cheaper version of one of one of the important series of the manufacturer in this 2020.