Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite, Analysis: Xiaomi hits full on your cheapest 5G mobile

Xiaomi continues to give everything in Spain, and after starting a 2020 something hectic with terminals that raised the bar in category and price, the final line of the year have decided to follow a more traditional path in its product line, a path in which absolute quality at any price is not a priority and where they focus on offering the best available for your budget.

This path, which during the first half of the year had the Redmi Note as the protagonist has received new devices in the Xiaomi family. The Little X3 that came ravaging and the Mi 10T series. We've been testing the best of the Mi 10Ts for a few days now, and after that, we've spent a few days with his cheaper brother, the Mi 10T Lite 5G. And look, because it surprises a lot, and for the better.

This mobile we've already seen it by another name

If you are very aware of today on mobile you probably already know the Little X3. This terminal was presented last September and became one of the biggest hits of the Xiaomi brand that in 2018 managed to create a revolutionary mobile. The mention of this terminal has great importance since the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G is almost the same mobile, but with 5G.

Well, the same cell phone with some nuances. Let's list what remains intact on this mobile relative to the Little That So-Called Reason:

  • 5G: It is the main addition and the most important of this model. This terminal is adapted for the new generation of mobile networks that is currently in the deployment phase in Spain, and is that few operators have 5G, and those who have it is like laughter, which goes through neighbourhoods.
  • Performance: To enjoy 5G it is necessary, not only to incorporate the necessary antennas but a compatible modem, which in turn requires a processor adapted to that modem. In this case, we went from a Snapdragon 732G to 750G, Qualcomm's latest 5G processor and the most affordable in the 700 series.
  • As for RAM and storage, 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64 or 128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage are maintained. It's not state-of-the-art technology, but we have a high rate of speed assured.
  • Worse autonomy: Due to the use of more sophisticated antennas there is less battery available, down from 5,160 to 4,820 mAh. Add to this that the processor is more demanding and the excess antennas consume more battery, the range is much lower. It's still good and it's within the standards of its range, but if the battery is your top priority, keep in mind that the Poco's is going to be better.
  • Best Front Camera: We went from a 10 Mpx sensor of the Little to a sensor of 16 Mpx.
  • But the rest, the same: Same size, same ultra-fluid and adaptive screen of 120 Hertz, the same configuration of rear cameras, system version, fast charging, wireless connections beyond the 5G...

So, well, if you've already seen the Little X3 review, you liked it but you missed a little bit more, this is your time. The Mi 10T Lite costs 50 euros more than the Poco X3 in the 64 GB version and 60 euros more in the 128 euro version, so with one phone and the other in hand it is very easy to see why you are paying more and if you think it compensates you.

Highlights of design

As it seems with almost every new mobile with 5G coming to market, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G is a large and heavy terminal. Did you think it was a giant mobile like the Galaxy Notes? Well, in terms of size it's more or less similar, but with more weight.

It can be seen in the hand as a firm and well-built terminal, although that does not guarantee that it will be a mobile that will withstand strongly any fall, nothing that we have not seen on any other mobile.

The camera module seems to us to be one of the best on the market. Already when we were able to test the Poco F2 Pro we emphasized that its position and design of the camera seemed to us the best within the wide catalogue of Xiaomi and that of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite we would place it in the same degree of excellence.

Given the increase in cameras and the magnitude of the cameras, it is virtually inevitable that they will stand out. The location and shape of the camera module contribute to the tilting of the camera module, although the mobile will be tilted when left on the table, it is a centred and stable inclination in which the mobile does not wobble at every touch we make on the screen.

The fingerprint reader is lateral, works well and fast. Again insisting on keeping and using the mobile on the table we should register the fingerprints of both thumbs and indexes because if you only register one of the two in each hand you will realize that being on the table, you will always use the wrong finger instinctively.

The SIM tray supports the main SIM and second SIM or MicroSD but no having all three at once.

We have an infrared port, a Xiaomi classic that adds points in home control and that in all other brands is already practically non-existent.

And headphone jack, which complements the audio experience we found on its dual speaker. Very noteworthy the quality of the speakers, which will allow you to enjoy movies, series, music or games without connecting to headphones. The back vibrates a little when it is at elevated levels, but at least does not distort too much.

How does the Snapdragon 750G perform?

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G, despite the Lite nomenclature, is located in an intermediate segment in the Xiaomi catalogue, being superior to the ultra-affordable Redmi, but steps below the flagships.

At the hardware level, this means that we have a processor of the 700 series, specifically the new Snapdragon 750G and a combination of penultimate generation memories, with LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 storage, memories that last year were present in the highest range and that although they are not the last of the latest, offer us unprecedented performance.

No app or game will be incompatible with this component configuration, and even if the experience is not the same as on a flagship, if we consider that we are paying between half and a third of what high-end costs, the result surprises for the better, with a system that is not only powerful but feels immediate on most occasions thanks to MIUI 12 animations and excellent vibration Haptic.

We have an IPS panel with a high refresh rate of 120 Hz. Beyond emitting more images per second, the system understands how fast each content should emit between 24, 30, 48, 60, 90, and 120 Hz. With this, each type of content uses an optimal frequency and we save battery by not demanding more from the screen in situations where it should not give the maximum.

The adaptive refresh rate is not as polished as in the Mi 10T Pro, and although most of the time it works well, the system interface when we play is sometimes at 60 Hz and others at 120, being unpleasant to the eye for noticing the abrupt change in fluidity. As we say, it doesn't happen often, but you just have to perceive it so that you notice that the adaptive system is not as polished.

Battery, as we anticipated, is somewhat worse than that of the Little X3 due to the increased consumption of the antennas required for 5G and the decrease in battery capacity, but it is still good enough to withstand the charge of an intense day. In total, the average has given us approximately for about 5 hours of moderate /intense use, with games, social networks, photography and some GPS navigation walking.

We have an included 33W charger, which can charge the battery in just over an hour. Xiaomi has taken advantage of the controversy regarding the absence of the charger of the iPhone 12 to boast that the packaging of this mobile has 60% less plastic, being greener without giving up the charger.

MIUI 12, highlights of the customization layer

The great novelty of MIUI 12 is the control centre, which is inspired by iOS to offer fast adjustments and more visual home controls in exchange for separating quick settings from the notification curtain. And how does it work? If we swipe from the left side we will open the notifications, while if you do it from the right you will open the new menu. It is very nice, but less practical, although if you want you can recover the old menu in the settings.

The floating window system is another feature in which Xiaomi has invested a lot of effort, and it shows. From the multitasking window, you can open any application in floating window format. This window has a bar at the bottom that acts as the start menu and allows us to close the floating application, while the bar at the top allows us to move the floating window wherever we want. If we take it to a corner, it will get smaller, waiting until we touch it, and so it returns to its previous state.

In addition to being able to open applications in this mode, Xiaomi has invented a very curious shortcut. When we receive a notification, simply swipe down, and it will have the effect of opening the notification, but instead of in the full-size app, it will display it in the floating window. A brilliant implementation that convinces and makes MIUI go from being a layer that not only brings aesthetics but real utilities.

We love the new camera app. Not only is it extremely easy to use, but it also offers us the possibility to customize the order and place of each of the photography modes. Until now, Samsung's camera app was the only one doing so, and mini 12 adopting this system adds a lot of added value.

The display mode of the screen is one of the best. Not only do we have a dark mode, as is already the norm since the release of Android 10, but we also have the possibility to force dark mode in those applications that do not yet have it implemented. Dark mode can be programmed by schedule, but we don't have the option to sync it with sunset and sunrise yet.

To improve relaxation when using night mode, we have two modes to save visual fatigue: the classic blue light filter mode and a second mode that turns flat backgrounds into a paper texture mode.

Regarding the operating system, we have Android 10, something that although it does not disappoint, that brought Android 11 output would have been a spectacular kick. At the security level it comes standard with the September security patch, and new features like Nearby Share, the official Android Airdrop comes pre-installed. This does not replace Mi Drop, the alternative of Xiaomi itself, since we have the option to use either system when both are integrated into the system.

As the only negative point, I would point out that the keyboard height is a horror: I don't know what happens with Gboard as standard, but its size is extremely small. If you set the height to the maximum, you'll have GBoard at a height size equivalent to normal.

And finally, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite is a certified mobile for Alexa, so you can enjoy the best Experience of the Amazon Assistant.

A decent camera that is tarnished by the quality of the panel

We have four cameras in which the main sensor of 64 Mpx stands out. The experience is similar to the one we've seen with the Little X3, wherein complicated scenes there is a high contrast between lights and shadows. Some of the defects found in the camera are due to the panel's own quality, which shows some excessively saturated colours.

Fortunately, the results are not because of the camera process, and as far as we see the photos on a better screen we find very good quality photographs.

As an ultra-wide-angle camera, we have an 8 Mpx sensor. Not everything in computational photography is hardware, but a good sensor is still a must and passes the bill. For scenes with optimal light conditions, you will take good photos, while when the scene gets complicated you will have to give up.

A third camera, proximity sensor for portraits and fourth macro sensor. They might not exist and the photographic experience would be the same.

We like the front camera. The sensor is higher than the Little X3 and is noticeable. Beauty mode is still enabled by default slightly and although there will be anyone who likes it, we prefer naturalness in this regard, so we have disabled it forever.

The best mobile to get into 5G without spending too much

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G is a mobile made to break the 5G market. Today it was connectivity reserved to the high-end and that gradually expands to more affordable models. This mobile is the first terminal with 5G connectivity and official sale price less than 300 euros (yes, some mobiles have dropped from the strip for discounts and rebates, we know) and it becomes around product con all state-of-the-art technologies and no waiver.

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