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Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite vs Mi 10 Lite: Larger battery, 120 Hz screen, 64 MP main camera sensor, and lower price may not make up for the AWOL AMOLED

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite (L) and Mi 10 Lite (R) are both affordable powerhouses. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)
The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite (L) and Mi 10 Lite (R) are both affordable powerhouses. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)
Both the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite and Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite bring a lot of phone to the table for very reasonable prices, but it can be a tricky process choosing between the two. While the Mi 10T Lite delivers a 120 Hz refresh rate and 64 MP main camera sensor, the Mi 10 Lite has a beautiful AMOLED panel that helps justify its higher price tag.

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Xiaomi has been busy bolstering its successful Mi 10 range this year, and we now have the Mi 10T Lite along with the Mi 10 Lite for smartphone shoppers who don't want to risk the expense of buying a typical flagship smartphone. Both devices offer an attractive price/performance ratio and you can enjoy 5G connections with either smartphone. Owners of the Mi 10T Lite or Mi 10 Lite can also expect to find dual-SIM support, a base 6 GB + 64 GB configuration, and even a 3.5 mm audio jack. So what are the key differences between the newer Mi 10T Lite and the still up-to-date Mi 10 Lite?

The first important difference is the SoC used: The Mi 10T Lite has the Snapdragon 750G (Adreno 619) while the Mi 10 Lite is slightly better off with the Snapdragon 765G (Adreno 620). Other areas where the older Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite arguably triumphs include having an up to 256 GB storage option (in select markets) and being smaller and lighter than the Mi 10T alternative, which depending on your smartphone size preference could be considered a pro. But then the newer device seems to bring a whole lot more goodies with it at a lower price.

120 Hz refresh rate screen? Check. 64 MP main camera sensor? Check. Stereo speakers? Check. 4,820-mAh battery? Check. 33 W fast charging? Check. This is a list of pros that the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite can offer against the Mi 10 Lite (60 Hz, 48 MP, mono speaker, 4,160 mAh, 20 W). With the generally €70/£70 lower price tag too, how can the Mi 10T Lite not be the first choice in this particular contest, even if the stereo sound is a bit lacking? It all boils down to the thing you see every time you look at your smartphone – the display.

Yes, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite has an LCD screen with 120 Hz capability, but it’s still not an AMOLED. There are many who would argue LCD is just as good as or even better than AMOLED, and there is no definitive “superior” display as both have their advantages and disadvantages. The choice is simply subjective: If you want a 120 Hz-capable display and 64 MP main camera sensor then go for the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite. If you are fine with a camera with fewer megapixels that still produces good daylight photos and a display with incredible contrast and black levels then select the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite.

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite
SoC Snapdragon 750G Snapdragon 765G
Panel type LCD AMOLED
Refresh rate 120 Hz 60 Hz
Main camera sensor 64 MP 48 MP
Speaker/s Stereo Mono
Battery 4,820 mAh 4,160 mAh
Fast charging 33 W 20 W
Size 6.67-in 6.57-in
Weight 214.5 g/7.57 oz 192 g/6.77 oz
Price (6 GB + 64 GB) €279/£229 €349/£299
Notebookcheck rating 82% 84%
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
52 (27.6, 24.4)
10 (5, 5)
Response Time Black / White *
32.4 (16, 16.4)
8 (5, 3)
PWM Frequency
2358 (42)
241.5
Screen
Brightness middle
606
584
Brightness
574
583
Brightness Distribution
89
97
Black Level *
0.44
Contrast
1377
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.4
1.17
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.3
2.95
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.5
1.7
Gamma
2.21 100%
2.231 99%
CCT
6224 104%
6341 103%
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-12-26 (Update: 2020-12-26)