Redmi Note 10 Lite reveals itself to be both a rebranded Redmi Note 9 Pro (India) and rebadged Redmi Note 9S
Sightings of the Redmi Note 10 Lite have been met with a mixture of confusion, bemusement, and exasperation, as Xiaomi once more appears to milk every last drop out of all of its product ranges. Just as the Chinese OEM surprises everyone by announcing the retirement of the “Mi” brand, it then goes and befuddles users once again by working on a smartphone that already possesses two other names. The Redmi Note 10 Lite’s codename, “Curtana”, just happens to be the same name used by both the Redmi Note 9 Pro (India) and Redmi Note 9 S.
Information shared by tipsters Mukul Sharma and Kacper Skrzypek shows that the Redmi Note 10 Lite is destined for India and should be released soon. Its predecessor doppelganger, the Redmi Note 9 Pro (India), was released in March 2020 and sports a Snapdragon 720G SoC, a 48 MP main camera, and a 5,020-mAh battery. This was later launched as the Redmi Note 9S for the global market and was swiftly followed by the Redmi Note 9 Pro (Global) with its 64 MP main camera. This potentially confusing state of Redmi Note 9 rebadging affairs barely even scratches the surface while the Redmi Note 10 series is arguably even more confounding.
The exact Redmi Note 10 Lite specs and price are currently unknown, but you would expect Xiaomi to have refined the Redmi Note 9 Pro/Redmi Note 9S copycat here and there to justify its existence. The Redmi Note 10 Pro (India and Global model) uses a Snapdragon 732G for processing duties, so an upgrade over the Snapdragon 720G SoC and the presence of MIUI 12.5 are likely to be two of the key differences that can be expected between the 2020 phones and this incoming 2021 Redmi Note 10 Lite.