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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite Unboxing, Quick Review: The Ultimate Sub-Php 20K Phone?

Is this the ultimate mid-range phone for 2020?

Xiaomi is releasing a bunch of phones for the Philippines today, and leading the charge is their recently released Mi Note 10 Lite. As its name suggests, it’s a downgraded version of the company’s flagship phone, but don’t think for a second that this is a lightweight contender. Thanks to a 64-megapixel rear camera, powerful processor and beautiful screen, Xiaomi’s new mid-range offering may just be the best one yet under 20 grand.

 

Packaging and contents:

The Mi Note 10 Lite comes in a dapper black box with the name of the phone proudly printed on the front.

In the package is the phone itself, a fast charger, USB Type-C cable, and a silicone case plus documentation.

Lite on price, but not on features

While this phone may have that Lite moniker, it certainly doesn’t feel like a downgraded device. Many of the same design cues that are on its more expensive brother are present on the Mi Note 10 Lite, and the phone feels as premium as any other flagship phone currently in the market.

The quad-camera module uses a vertical stack and is tucked on the upper left side on the rear of the phone. The device comes in multiple colors, each one looking better than the last.

Just like the flagship phone, the Mi Note 10 Lite uses an utterly gorgeous-looking full curved AMOLED panel on the front, measuring 6.47-inches diagonally. There’s a punch-hole notch at the top of the phone which holds the 16-megapixel f/2.5 selfie camera.

The AMOLED panel looks gorgeous and vibrant, which is admittedly par for the course for most phones that use the tech.

There’s no physical fingerprint scanner on the body of course, as it’s already been relocated to the on-screen scanner on the AMOLED display.

Both front and back of the Mi Note 10 Lite are protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, which should be enough to keep the phone’s display and exterior safe from the abuse of day-to-day use.

While the quad-camera stack on the rear has been downgraded compared to the high-resolution, 108-megapixel sensor on the Mi Note 10, the cameras on the Mi Note 10 Lite is nothing to scoff at. The main shooter is a 64-megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 aperture lens, paired with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture, 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 5-megapixel depth camera.

We’re just starting the review process for this particular phone so we still have to wait and see how it performs in different lighting conditions.

Inside the Mi Note 10 Lite’s beautiful chassis beats the heart of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G mid-range processor, 6GB of RAM, and a choice of either 64GB or 128GB of storage.

You’d think that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G would be faster than its Snapdragon 720G brother, right? Well AnTuTu results show that the 720G has a slight edge from its brother.

Regardless of benchmark scores, most people probably won’t notice the difference in the performance of the 730G VS the 720G. What matters here is that the Mi 10 Lite feels fast, has enough power to play a majority of Android games on high graphic settings, and can plow through most apps without breaking a sweat.

As an added bonus, the Mi 10 Lite also has a massive 5020mAh battery inside of its frame, paired with 30W fast charging. Xiaomi estimates that you’ll be able to charge the phone up to 100% from 0 in just an hour (64 minutes to be precise) which is no mean feat thanks to the large battery inside the phone.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor
  • Adreno 618 GPU
  • 6GB/8GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage
  • 6.47-inch Full HD+ AMOLED Curved display; 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Quad rear camera setup: 64-megapixel f/1.8 IMX 686 main camera with OIS; 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera; 5-megapixel macro camera; 2-megapixel depth sensor; Dual Pixel and Laser Autofocus, dual-LED flash, AI scene detection, and AI portrait
  • 16-megapixel f/2.5 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, NFC
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, USB-C
  • 5260mAh battery with 30W wired charging
  • Android 10 with MIUI 11

Xiaomi certainly has a winner on its hands, though we still have to do the full review first for this phone. But with a starting price of Php 16,990 for the 6GB/64GB model and Php 18,990 for the 8GB/128GB model (which should be the variant you buy), the Mi 10 Lite certainly has a lot of things going for it. If all things go well during our full review, this may just turn out to be our favorite mid-ranger yet.

The Mi Note 10 Lite will be available on the Xiaomi official shop on Lazada starting June 4. The device is already listed but currently “OUT OF STOCK”. You might want to head on over already and “ADD TO WISH LIST” so you’re notified when the offer is available come June 4.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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