Well, this is a bit of a surprise. Although we were initially told the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite won’t be launched alongside the Redmi Note 9 series next week, this is no longer the case. We just heard from Xiaomi Malaysia that the premium mid-range smartphone is also landing on our shores on 11 May.
Despite its more affordable price point, the Mi Note 10 Lite actually shares a number of hardware as its higher-end siblings; they are almost indistinguishable from each other. For example, the Lite is still powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset, so you will get a respectable level of performance with this smartphone. It’s also worth noting that the 730G is built on a rather power-efficient 8nm process.
Complementing the power efficiency of the Mi Note 10 Lite’s Snapdragon 730G is a generous 5,260mAh battery; the very same cell capacity found in the other two Mi Note 10 devices. Thanks to this large battery, Xiaomi is confident that the phone can deliver “more than two days of battery life.”
Besides that, the Mi Note 10 Lite also has a 6.47-inch 1080p AMOLED screen with a notch at the top. While some may not be a fan of the notch, at least it’s quite a minimal cutout. It’s also worth noting that the display itself curves at either sides, giving the phone a sleek and premium aesthetic.
So what differentiates the Mi Note 10 Lite from the rest of its siblings? Just one aspect: camera. Instead of a sophisticated 108MP penta camera system, the Lite comes with a more pedestrian quad camera configuration. It consists of a 64MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor, a 5MP depth camera, and a 2MP macro lens.
While the camera setup of the Mi Note 10 Lite is not quite as impressive as the other devices in the series, it will be ideal for consumers that don’t put much importance on camera performance. Plus, this is a more affordable device that retains many of the Mi Note 10’s qualities.
Other specifications of the Mi Note 10 Lite include a 16MP selfie camera, 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of non-expandable storage – there’s no microSD card slot – an in-screen fingerprint sensor, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and MIUI 11 based on Android 10 out of the box.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite will be launched in Malaysia next week on 11 May alongside the Redmi Note 9 series. It’ll be interesting to see if the company will unveil even more devices, given that the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G has been registered with SIRIM a couple of days ago.