Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite Review: An Accomplished Phone With Premium Build

Aadhya Khatri - Jan 25, 2021


Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite Review: An Accomplished Phone With Premium Build

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite is another smartphone that brings 5G to the general mass. Its price is budget-friendly but it doesn’t look cheap

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite is another smartphone that brings 5G to the general mass. Its price is budget-friendly but it doesn’t look cheap.

While users usually expect a plastic back, Xiaomi uses glass instead. The phone’s screen is big and has a whooping refresh rate of 120Hz. Despite the ‘Lite’ in the name, the phone packs enough power to run Fortnite at 30FPS.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite Price And Availability

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage will set you back $ 296.88. You can upgrade to 128GB but the base model gives you the best value for money.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite in India is expected to be Rs. 24,090.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite Design

Xiaomi is pretty serious with its budget phones and instead of the usual plastic, Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite features a Gorilla Glass back. While the sides of the phone are still plastic, you can’t exactly expect an entire glass phone at this price point.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
Xiaomi is pretty serious with its budget phones and instead of the usual plastic, Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite features a Gorilla Glass back

This is a larger and thick phone (9mm to be exact) to make more room for the huge battery. Many brands resort to curved edges to make their handsets look less big, but since this is a budget phone, Xiaomi can’t afford to pull that trick off.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite sports a headphone jack and a fingerprint scanner on the side for added comfort.

Despite the cheap price, the phone’s speakers are excellent. The stereo sounds have decent volume and enough mid-range to make listening to podcasts an enjoyable experience.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite Display

The phone sports a 6.67-inch 2400x1080 LCD screen. The star of the show is the 120Hz refresh rate which promises less motion blur and a smoother scrolling experience.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g screen
The star of the show is the 120Hz refresh rate which promises less motion blur and a smoother scrolling experience

However, don’t expect the same smoothness found on a 120Hz OLED screen as an LCD display is only moderately quick at best. If you want to save some battery life, switching to 60Hz is advisable as the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite still feels pretty responsive at this setting.

Despite the budget-friendly price, the phone offers decent brightness, color, and contrast. The display has support for HDR and everything will look sharp on it.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite Camera

On the rear, Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite features a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64MP primary, an 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor.

In daylight, you can expect the phone to produce some really good shots with plenty of details and respectable dynamic range. While its photography ability isn’t on par with Google Pixel 4a, overall, users can expect some really good images with this phone.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite cameras
On the rear, Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite features a quad-camera setup

However, it doesn’t mean shooting with the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite isn’t without problems. Sometimes the phone shows shutter lag and while Xiaomi can fix this issue with a software update, for now, the phone takes longer to take a picture than many of its peers.

The phone can handle static subjects with ease but when they show some movements, Mi 10T Lite starts to reveal its weaknesses. For example, try to take a picture with 2x zoom of a cat running and the motion will appear with a lower resolution.

The 8MP ultra-wide camera features the same level of dynamic range as the main camera and while it is decent for the price, the other two snappers suck. The Portrait mode blurs the background but with complicated scenes, it fails to yield anything more than a mess.

Videos taken by the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite look excellent at 30FPS and 1080p with good image quality and solid stabilization.

The phone shares the same 16MP OmniVision with the Redmi Note 9S. You will get softer snaps than the pixel count suggests but most photos will look flattering enough for social media.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite Specs And Performance

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor. In Geekbench 5, the phone wins over both Realme X50 5G and Poco X3 NFC.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite software
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor

In reality, the phone works pretty well with games. Fortnite is playable at 30FPS with only some rare slowdowns when the handset loads new textures. However, if you are on the market for a gaming phone, Realme X50 5G is far better.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite Battery Life

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite is powered by a 4,820mAh battery. A heavy with the 120Hz refresh rate on will drain the power cell before midnight but compared with handsets like Galaxy Note 20, this phone surely has more stamina.

If you want to prolong the time a bit, switch to 60Hz as it will probably add around 30% to 45% of battery life.

The phone has 33W charging which can bump the battery level from 0% to 63% in half an hour. Not a bad performance for a budget phone.

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