The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G is currently the cheapest smartphone on the German market that supports the fifth generation of the mobile communications standard. This strengthens the future security of the device and is now even a purchase criterion in some markets. In Germany, 5G has so far only been supported selectively and by two out of three network providers.
The heading is a bit snappier than necessary. In fact, the front made of Gorilla Glass 5 and the back made of glass rounded on the sides are held together by a plastic frame. But I really only noticed this when I looked closely, because the frame looks extremely stable. The housing of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G feels extremely high-quality, it lies well in the hand and the material selection finds exactly the right balance between comfort and functionality – more on this in the area of connectivity. The front is almost completely taken up by the display – as is currently the case with almost every smartphone. The selfie camera is housed in a teardrop-shaped notch. Above is the earpiece and a white notification LED. The display is rounded at the corners, but lies flat in the case. The fingerprint sensor is integrated in the screen.
The back of the Mi 10 Lite 5G is somehow reminiscent of the Redmi Note 9S and comes in either gray, blue or white. The gray version is available to me, definitely has a steel-blue touch and attracts fingerprints like no smartphone has done for a long time. The camera module located at the top left protrudes noticeably from the case – so the Mi 10 Lite is not lying flat on a table. At 192 grams, we also have a relatively light cell phone. For example, the Mi 10 weighs 208 grams and the Umidigi F2 (like the Mi 10 Lite with a 6.5-inch display) weighs 215 grams. The housing of the new Xiaomi model measures 164 x 75 x 8 millimeters.
Staff of Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
In addition to the smartphone, the high-quality package includes a USB-C to USB-A cable, a 22.5 watt power supply (like the cable in white), a bit of paperwork and a white sleeve that is slightly milky and only partially transparent. All of this fits qualitatively, but doesn’t really stand out. Flat or braided cables, particularly attractive sleeves or even earphones are (if at all) reserved for more expensive models.
As with its direct predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G uses an AMOLED display. The screen measures 6.57 inches diagonally, which sounds like a lot, but is somehow relativized by the very flattering case. The Mi 10 Lite definitely feels smaller than it is.The aspect ratio is a very long 20: 9 and the resolution is 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. This results in 401 pixels per inch – the display is crisp and sharp. The colors are almost subtle for OLED conditions and the white balance tends to warm temperatures – but both can be adjusted in the settings as desired. I like the set-up ex works. The contrast is of course beyond any doubt and the maximum brightness has blown me away – I did not expect that in this price range. 780 cd / m² in the standard and up to 1,100 cd / m² with automatic brightness in boost are values that would even do justice to a flagship smartphone. The minimum brightness is also pleasantly dark.
The Mi 10 Lite 5G is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G. It is an eight-core processor of the upper middle class, each with a maximum clock frequency of 2.4 GHz. It is manufactured using the seven-nanometer process and comes with an Adreno 620 graphics unit with a maximum frequency of 625 MHz. Six gigabytes of RAM are available for multitasking – the eight gigabyte variant is not (yet) intended for the German market. 64 gigabytes or 128 gigabytes of memory are offered. Since no expansion via micro SD card is planned, we would definitely recommend the 128 gigabyte version.
MIUI 11 and Android 10 on the Mi 10 Lite 5G
I personally had a Xiaomi smartphone about two years ago and was extremely dissatisfied with MIUI. I have heard similar things from my circle of friends and that made it easy for me to decide to use Stock Android in the future. Unpack, switch on and everything works. I also appreciate the tidy surface of Vanilla and the deep interweaving with the Google services suits me very well. After over two years I have tried MIUI again. What immediately strikes me: Google Services are now deeply interwoven with the system. Many standard apps also come from Google – contacts, messages and phone for example. Xiaomi apps are used elsewhere – notes, file manager, gallery and music are just a few examples.
When taking daylight shots, the Omnivision sensor does absolutely everything right. The dynamics are very good, the sharpness is never exaggerated and the colors are very lively, sometimes almost a bit oversaturated. The lens also does a very good job and the blurring at the edge of every lens system is very minimal or is well corrected. The white balance behaves very reasonably outdoors, it tends to be a bit too yellow indoors. The vignetting is almost completely corrected out. The look of the pictures is very lively, dynamic and gaudy. This limits the options for post-processing the JPEGs a bit, but the pictures look very good without any further adjustments. The Mi 10 Lite 5G also has a RAW mode.
The macro camera left me somewhat disappointed. Apart from the fact that I never used them once in everyday use, the pictures are not particularly impressive. The close-up limit is really bad for a macro lens – so you can’t get very close to the subject. At least there is an auto focus that works very accurately.
The selfie camera does a good job, but unfortunately it has to do without stabilization. This is particularly noticeable in videos, more on that later. The colors are bright and the sharpness is good, surprisingly good pictures can be conjured up even in poor light.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G charges at lightning speed and discharges very slowly. It should be so! Although the power supply with a maximum of 22.5 watts is not the fastest in the world, the battery is pumped really fast and the term fast charging is definitely used correctly here. Wireless charging is unfortunately not supported, although that would have been theoretically possible due to the glass back. The battery has a capacity of “only” 4,160 mAh.