Taking a look at the mid-range market, in scope smartphone, we obviously find several products Xiaomi. Not only devices, therefore, immediately attributable to this company, but also products deriving from companies that, apparently, play alone on the market. Sometimes, therefore, it is really difficult to give a right place to these products which, to tell the truth, are not so distant in terms of price. Therefore, it seemed right to us to compare four terminals in particular: POCO X3NFC, Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G, Notes redmi 9 Pro e Xiaomi MiNote 10 Lite. Let's say that we find a difference, at most, of about 50 euros between these products, always remaining around 300 euros. Which of them will have performed better? Can we really elect the absolute best?
Comparison POCO X3 vs Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G vs Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Taking a look at the various packages, we always find the same components. Therefore, within each sales box reside:
- POCO X3, Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G, Redmi Note 9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite;
- soft transparent TPU cover;
- USB / USB Type-C cable;
- pre-applied plastic film on the front glass;
- wall power supply, with European socket;
- pin for removing the SIM slot;
- short instruction manual.
Design & Materials
- POCO X3 NFC: 165,3 x 76,8 x 9,4 mm for a weight of 215 grams;
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G: 163,71 x 74,77 x 7,88 mm with a weight of about 192 grams;
- Redmi Note 9 Pro: 165,75 x 76,68 x 8,8 mm with a weight of about 209 grams;
- Xiaomi MiNote 10 Lite: 157,8 x 74,2 x 9,67 with a weight of about 204 grams.
From an aesthetic point of view, the most particular of these smartphones is certainly POCO X3 NFC. Not so much for what is offered on the front, as much as for the photographic form rear which differs completely from what has already been seen on the market. However, it is not the most manageable device, indeed. To hold in the hand is the most complicated one, with the clear advantage of Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G which, however, besides being a lot light it is also quite subtle. Here too we find a slightly protruding room compared to the profile of the device, but not as much as on POCO X3 and Redmi Note 9 Pro, where this component is abundantly out of standard.
They all have a glass back shell except POCO X3NFC which still exploits the polycarbonate. Despite this, in everyday use, not all this difference is felt between one material and another, especially if this remains covered, as in 90% of cases, by a protective cover. I can't speak ill of it, however, at the assembly level, because all these devices turn out to be quite well built. They are all equipped, however, with the same components on the connectivity side, because although they are arranged in different points we always find a On / off button, volume balance, audio jack 3,5mm, lo system speaker, the SIM slot, the entrance USB Type-C, main microphone, secondary microphone and IR sensor.
These smartphones all offer two main solutions for unlocking the device: biometric sensor e face unlock.
Again the differences are minimal, but certainly Redmi Note 9 Pro and POCO X3 NFC are the most lightning fast. These two terminals, in fact, have the fingerprint sensor integrated in the on / off button, unlike the other two that offer a sensor under the display. Between Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G and Mi Note 10 Lite, on the other hand, I believe that the latter is a bit slower in the recognition of our finger, still being quite accurate. In fact, very often it also depends on how our fingerprint is registered during the configuration phase. A few minor differences are enough to obtain a different result.
I don't say too much about face unlock, just because I find it a system poco practical and safe. During the day, as well as in the evening, I always prefer to rely on the physical sensor which, among other things, is more immediate.
- POCO X3 NFC: LCD da 6.67 "Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) with ratio in 20:9, TÜV Rheinland certified, support HDR10, refresh rate a 120Hz, sampling rate of 240Hz, and protected by a screen Gorilla Glass 5;
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G: AMOLED da 6.57 "Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) with ratio in 20:9, TÜV Rheinland certified, HDR10 + support and protected by a screen Gorilla Glass 5;
- Redmi Note 9 Pro: LCD da 6.67 "Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) with ratio in 20:9, TÜV Rheinland certified, support HDR10 and protected by a screen Gorilla Glass 5;
- Xiaomi MiNote 10 Lite: AMOLED, with curvature 3D, from 6.47 "Full HD + (2340 x 1080 pixels) with ratio in 20:9, TÜV Rheinland certified, support HDR10 and protected by a screen Gorilla Glass 5;
Just place them side by side to understand that we are talking about quite different panels, especially in terms of color. I would say that the dimensions are more or less similar, swaying between 6.47 and 6.67 " and then adopting different solutions regarding the selfie camera, which may like more or less than others. Beyond this, however, it is clear how Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G and Mi Note 10 Lite are characterized by the presence of two AMOLED, even quite similar, which on the one hand show a different brightness and on the other tend to saturate the colors too much. In the other two cases, then with Redmi Note 9 Pro ee POCO X3, the maximum brightness does not reach the levels of an AMOLED but, in a certain respect, they show colors perhaps closer to reality, more balanced. I must also say, however, that on these last two phones the problems of light bleeding are very noticeable, especially around the front camera.
POCO X3 NFC is the only one of these four smartphones to show something more in terms of fluidity, taking advantage of a refresh rate of 120Hz and a sampling rate of the touchscreen of 240Hz.
Hardware & Performance
- POCO X3 NFC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618 GPU, 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64/128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage, expandable via microSD;
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620 GPU, 6/8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64/128/256 GB of UFS 2.1 storage;
- Redmi Note 9 Pro: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618 GPU, 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage expandable via microSD;
- Xiaomi MiNote 10 Lite: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618 GPU, 6/8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64/128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage;
How much variety we have at the hardware level, and this is perhaps the most interesting part of this comparison. I mentioned previously the fluidity shown by POCO X3, which mounts a Snapdragon 732G on board. This, however, I would like to say is almost only apparent, so I decided to lead to 60Hz also this device and to try it on par with all the others. From this perspective, therefore, it is clear that it cannot be made a question of speed during the purchase phase. Which is the fastest? Everyone and nobody. This is to say that in fact, in everyday life, the reactivity of these smartphones is really excellent and the differences, in the end, are not so marked. The chipsets change slightly but the substance remains almost the same. So the Snapdragon 765G of Mi 10 Lite 5G runs practically like the Snapdragon 730G of Mi Note 10 Lite, because in the end we find the real difference on other sectors, such as autonomy.
No problem, therefore, even in viewing videos on YouTube or TV series in streaming, all possessing the Widevine L1 type certification. Also on the gaming side I was quite satisfied, although Mi 10 Lite 5G seems to have something more from the hardware point of view, reproducing better details in game and offering a faster response during gameplay. However, these are small differences that cannot absolutely affect the final evaluation, neither against nor in favor of a particular smartphone.
Xiaomi MiNote 10 Lite:
Notes redmi 9 Pro:
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G:
- POCO X3 NFC: MIUI Global 126.96.36.199 (QJGEUXM), security patch of 01/08/2020;
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G: MIUI Global 188.8.131.52 (QJIEUXM), security patch of 01/08/2020;
- Redmi Note 9 Pro: MIUI Global 184.108.40.206 (QJZEUXM), security patch of 01/07/2020;
- Xiaomi MiNote 10 Lite: MIUI Global 220.127.116.11 (QFNEUXM), security patch of 01/08/2020.
Whether we are talking about MIUI for POCO or Redmi, the substance is always the same. On these four phones we find the same software, namely MIUI. Three of these, then, already mount the MIUI 12, the latest version released by the brand poco some time ago, while MIUI 9 still resides on Redmi Note 11 Pro, obviously waiting to receive this update too. Therefore, it is difficult to put this smartphone on the same level as the others, which at a graphic level, in the care of the animations and in the management of the menus are already a step forward.
- POCO X3 NFC: 64MP (Sony IMX682) f / 1.89, 13MP f / 2.2 119 ° wide angle, 2MP f / 2.4 macro, 2MP depth of field and Single Tone LED flash. Frontally we have a 20MP f / 2.2 sensor;
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G: 48MP f / 1.79, 8MP f / 2.2 120 ° wide angle, 2MP f / 2.4 macro, 2MP depth of field and Dual Tone LED flash. Frontally we have a 16MP f / 2.4 sensor;
- Redmi Note 9 Pro: 64MP f / 1.89, 8MP f / 2.2 119 ° wide angle, 5MP f / 2.4 macro, 2MP depth of field and Single Tone LED flash. Frontally we have a 16MP f / 2.48 sensor;
- Xiaomi MiNote 10 Lite: 64MP (Sony IMX686) f / 1.89, 8MP f / 2.2 119 ° wide angle, 5MP f / 2.4 macro, 2MP depth of field and four LED flashes. Frontally we have a 16MP f / 2.48 sensor.
I want to tell you first of the interface of theapplication camera, which is virtually identical on all four smartphones, with some minor differences only on POCO X3 NFC and Redmi Note 9 Pro. Beyond this aspect, however, the functions are the same.
Taking a look at the shots, therefore, I must say that it is very complicated to decree an absolute winner, also because in my opinion there is not. In daytime photos, in optimal light conditions, they perform well and have no particular noteworthy defects, although the Mi 10 Lite gives the only one to show colder colors than the other competitors. Wins POCO X3, however, with regard to the quality returned by the 13MP wide-angle camera, which undoubtedly manages to capture more details and offer a quality, overall, better. Since there is also a macro mode, then, I tried to exploit it on all four smartphones, noting how Redmi Note 9 Pro and Mi Note 10 Lite are able to offer better quality, with a greater number of details. What has behaved worse, from this point of view, is Mi 10 Lite, which as you can see is absolutely not up to it.
In the night shots the differences are really minimal, mostly dictated by the different chromatic scale used by the software. Mi Note 10 Lite, then, is the one that most of all uses the software to fix some details of the image, but sometimes giving photos a little too fake. Almost nothing changes, then, with the Night Mode, which on all models manages to return an overall more captivating image. Mi 10 Lite, therefore, is what perhaps convinced me a little less or that, let's say, disappointed me the most. However, I leave you some comparatives below, so that you can actually take a look at the photos.
Audio & Connectivity
From an audio quality standpoint, I must say that POCO X3NFC, once again, it differs from the others. Here, in fact, they find space well two speakers, which therefore offer a unique stereo effect of its kind. The other three devices have a single case, so they inevitably rank a step below this phone, while still offering pretty good volume and no distortion even at maximum volume. Most likely we find the same hardware component on Mi 10 Lite, Mi Note 10 Lite and Redmi Note 9 Pro, because the differences are minimal anyway.
Below is a brief recap of all the technical features relating to connectivity:
- POCO X3 NFC: dual SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / A-GPS / Glonass / Beidou / Galileo, IR sensor, FM radio, NFC and 3.5mm jack input;
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G: dual SIM 4G LTE, 5G only on a single SIM, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / A-GPS / Glonass / Beidou / Galileo, IR sensor, FM radio, NFC and 3.5mm jack input;
- Redmi Note 9 Pro: dual SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / A-GPS / Glonass / Beidou / Galileo, IR sensor, FM radio, NFC and 3.5mm jack input;
- Xiaomi MiNote 10 Lite: dual SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / A-GPS / Glonass / Beidou / Galileo, IR sensor, FM radio, NFC and 3.5mm jack input.
I have not yet encountered any problems with the Wi-Fi in these days of using Redmi Note 9 Pro. So I can confidently tell you that, when everything works, the performance is excellent on all four smartphones. The one that in the most critical points of the house has responded a little better than the others is Mi Note 10 Lite, but in optimal conditions the execution speeds are the same. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G, then, is the only one, as you may have guessed to travel in 5G, but not yet having a SIM capable of exploiting this network, I cannot actually tell you how it works.
There are, however, some small bugs, both on MIUI 11 and on MIUI 12. So, some problems with the proximity sensor I have also detected on Mi 10 Lite and Mi Note 10 Lite, as well as some other software side smudging, which involved all four smartphones in this comparison.
- POCO X3 NFC: 5.160 mAh. 33W power supply;
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G: 4.160 mAh. 20W power supply;
- Redmi Note 9 Pro: 5.020 mAh. 33W power supply;
- Xiaomi MiNote 10 Lite: 5.260 mAh. 30W power supply.
Obviously on the autonomy side we find different batteries on these smartphones. Despite this, they all allow you to arrive safely until the evening, after a normal working day, with at least 15/20% of remaining battery. I had no problem getting over the 6 hours on screen turned on, even when I used the smartphone more intensively, mainly under the data network. From this point of view, therefore, Xiaomi is confirmed as one of the most reliable companies. Obviously, the same goes for Mi 10 Lite which, in fact, is the one with the smallest battery.
Prices & Conclusions
At the price level we are abundantly below the 250 euro, with Redmi Note 9 Pro which is currently also available at 199 euros. Therefore, they all navigate within this range, proposing themselves as some of the best solutions in this area. Among all, therefore, I can tell you that Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G is what disappointed me most, failing to meet my photographic needs and, even if only slightly, in terms of performance.
What really deserves to be considered is Xiaomi MiNote 10 Lite, but only in case you are looking for a device with a premium design and quite handy. Not that in terms of performance it is scandalous, on the contrary. He is probably one of the best in this area too, but he has to contend with POCO X3NFC which sometimes is offered at an even lower selling price. I believe, therefore, that this choice also depends on your needs and on your pockets, but I would equally focus on these last two products.