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Xiaomi will launch the Mi Note 10 Lite sometime soon

The Mi Note 10 will get a Lite variant. (Source: Xiaomi)
The Mi Note 10 will get a Lite variant. (Source: Xiaomi)
The Mi Note 10 is a phone with a 108MP main camera sensor and a bigger battery than its flagship Mi 10 analog. However, Xiaomi has also been rumored to have a Lite variant of this device in the works. Now, official documentation from the FCC and NBTC confirms its existence, and outlines how it differs from the existing Note models.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and 10 Pro are phones that introduced the Mi 10 design language to the world even before that premium line was released. It also packed a 108MP sensor in its main rear quintuple camera setup, something that is also found in the quad-cam 2020 phones. However, the Notes have a mid-range Snapdragon 730G SoC rather than a top-end processor.

Despite this increased cost-effectiveness, it appears Xiaomi feels the need to put a possibly even cheaper version of the Mi Note 10 out there. This has been put beyond a doubt by a new certification issued by the Thai national telecomms regulator, the NBTC. It specifically states that a device under a new model number - M2002F4LG - is the Mi Note 10 Lite.

Thanks to a declaration the OEM has been obliged to make to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), we also know the differences between the M2002F4LG and the normal Mi Note 10 (or M1910F4G).

It seems this amounts to not much more than a downgrade for its quint-camera set-up: the Lite has 64+8+5+8+2MP sensors, whereas the Note 10 has the full-fat 108+8+12+20+2MP conformation from this series. The Lite variant can also run MIUI 11 based on Android 10 out of the box, whereas the Note 10 did not.

However, the Mi Note 10 Lite does apparently retain the 5260mAh battery (larger than that of the Mi 10 series) of its line. There is no word on this new phone's launch at present: normally, one could assume this would take place almost imminently now it has its certifications; then again, ongoing global circumstances may push this date back somewhat.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04-12 (Update: 2020-04-13)