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Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite vs POCO X3: Discernible price difference for similar specs but the Mi 10T Lite edges out the X3 with 5G and a little 128 GB storage surprise

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite vs. POCO X3: Paying a bit more might be worth it in the long run. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite vs. POCO X3: Paying a bit more might be worth it in the long run. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)
The newly launched Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite and POCO X3 smartphones have a lot in common and have certainly shaken up the affordable end of the smartphone market with their feature sets and price tags. While many will be trying to decide between the two, it seems the pricier Mi 10T Lite might be worth the extra expense thanks to 5G and a storage secret.

With both the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite and POCO X3 now appearing on the smartphone market, consumers not tempted or interested in paying out of the nose for the latest flagship have two more appealing choices to deliberate over. At the time of writing, the Mi 10T Lite has an official price from €279 while the POCO X3 costs from €229 (although occasional flash sales reduce this price tag to €199 in some markets). It’s a noticeable price difference between the two devices but reasonable enough to adequately compare their respective advantages.

The POCO X3 and Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite can certainly tempt with their mostly similar stellar specifications. Both smartphones deliver a 6.67-inch IPS LCD capable of a 120 Hz refresh rate, both come with the same base configuration of 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage, and even the camera setup is not vastly different, although the cheaper POCO X3 actually has the advantage here in terms of megapixel count at least (see key specs comparison table below). The POCO device also has a slightly larger battery than the Mi 10T Lite: 5,160 mAh vs. 4,820 mAh. So the smart money would seem to bet on the X3 smartphone at this point.

But it’s two of the key components that make the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite a better option if you want a smartphone that’s going to be relevant for a longer period of time. Firstly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750 SoC delivers all-important 5G connectivity and there is a slightly better integrated GPU too (Adreno 619 vs. 618). Secondly, there is a little surprise waiting for those who plump for the 128 GB variant of the Mi 10T Lite. In regard to prices, the top-end configuration of the Xiaomi device is currently €329 compared to the 128 GB POCO X3 at €249 (temporarily reduced from €269).

Hidden in the specifications sheet, and spotted by XiaomiAdictos, is a note that the 128 GB variant of the Mi 10T Lite actually utilizes UFS 2.2 storage, while the POCO X3 is left with UFS 2.1 storage. The difference between the two is mainly the addition of the WriteBooster feature in UFS 2.2, which unsurprisingly speeds up the write speed for this particular type of storage. This is only relevant to the 128 GB model though; the 64 GB Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite uses UFS 2.1. The POCO X3 appears to be an excellent buy, especially at current prices, but the Mi 10T Lite has the edge, even with the modest extra cost, thanks to faster storage type (128 GB model) and the presence of 5G capability.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G POCO X3 NFC
Display 6.67-in 120 Hz LCD 6.67-in 120 Hz LCD
SoC Snapdragon 750G with Adreno 619 Snapdragon 732G with Adreno 618
RAM/storage 6 GB + 64 GB (UFS 2.1)
6 GB + 128 GB (UFS 2.2)
6 GB + 64 GB (UFS 2.1)
6 GB + 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
Network 5G/4G+/4G/3G/2G 4G+/4G/3G/2G
Rear cameras 64 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP 64 MP + 13 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP
Front camera 16 MP 20 MP
Battery 4,820 mAh 5,160 mAh
Price €279/€329 €229/€269
128 GB Mi 10T Lite with UFS 2.2. (Image source: Xiaomi UK)
128 GB Mi 10T Lite with UFS 2.2. (Image source: Xiaomi UK)

Source(s)

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite (Mi UK/Spain) & POCO X3 (Mi UK/Spain) & XiaomiAdictos (in Spanish) & GSMArena

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-10- 3 (Update: 2020-10- 3)
Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.