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Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite vs POCO X3, which is the best?

We compare two of the most popular Xiaomi mid-range phones: Mi 10 Lite vs POCO X3 NFC.

Saturated, extensive and confusing: three adjectives that perfectly define Xiaomi's mobile catalog, increasingly full of devices with similar characteristics and prices, which make it increasingly difficult to choose an option.

That is why in recent weeks we have proposed compare some of the Xiaomi mobile models most similar we can find. Today, it is the turn of two of the company's most recent and popular mid-range mobiles, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite and POCO X3 NFC.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite vs POCO X3

Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite and POCO X3 NFC, two of Xiaomi's most popular mid-range.

Design and display: similar, but different

For each of these two models, Xiaomi has opted for follow a slightly different path regarding design.

In both cases we are before Terminals constructed of aluminum with a glossy plastic back, which houses a camera system in a somewhat different format in each case.

Its dimensions are similar, with more than 16 centimeters tall in both cases, and weights of 192 and 215 grams in the case of the Mi 10 Lite and POCO X3 respectively. We speak, therefore, of two pretty big phones.

This large size is mainly due to its 6.57 and 6.67 inches diagonal for the Mi 10 Lite and POCO X3 respectively. In both cases we are talking about screens with Full HD + resolution and with a cutout that houses the front camera –notch in the Mi 10 Lite, and a hole in the POCO–.


POCO X3's 120Hz display is reason enough to buy

But there is a big difference in terms of technology used to build the screens. The one in the Mi 10 Lite makes use of AMOLED technology, which offers levels of contrast and brightness higher than those of the POCO. However, unlike the Mi 10 Lite, the POCO X3 stands out for the smoothness of its screen thanks to a refresh rate of 120 Hz, twice that of its relative from the Mi 10 series.

For that reason, it is difficult to choose a clear winner as regards the screen: although the Mi 10 Lite offers somewhat higher image quality, the extra fluidity and smoothness that 120 Hz brings is simply addictive.

Cameras: four cameras on both, more resolution for POCO

The formula used by Xiaomi when developing the cameras for these two phones is also similar: four sensors give life to the main system of each of the terminals, although each with a different configuration.

The Mi 10 Lite integrates a main camera with a more than proven 48 megapixels, supported by a sensor with an 8 megapixel ultra-wide lens. Instead, the POCO bets on a 64 megapixel main sensor and a camera ultra wide angle that increases its resolution to 13 megapixels. In both cases, the sensors are not missing macro and deep 2 megapixels each.

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This is the rear of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite.

On paper, the differences in resolution are clear. On a day-to-day basis, however, we come across two very good cameras capable of offering very worthy results taking into account the range to which the phones correspond. Based on our tests, yes, we believe that the Mi 10 Lite is a step above of the POCO X3 in terms of image processing and night photography.

Regarding the selfies, the POCO again stands out for an extra resolution –20 vs 16 megapixels–, which really it is not an advance regarding image quality: both cameras are good enough enough to capture high-quality self-portraits in most situations.

Battery and performance: a winner in each category

Depending on if you are looking for one scandal autonomy or top-notch performance, you may have to opt for one or the other model.

And it is that the POCO X3, although it has a less powerful processor than that of the Mi 10 Lite, integrates a 5,260 mAh battery, quite a beast that makes the 4,160 mAh battery of the Mi 10 Lite seem small. In addition, the POCO has a fast charging technology that admits a higher power –33W– than that integrated in the Mi 10 Lite –20W–.

The difference in autonomy is very noticeable on a day-to-day basis, the POCO X3 being capable of endure the two days of use barely tousled. The Mi 10 Lite, although it fully complies in this regard, is clearly behind its first cousin.


The back of the POCO X3 with its curious camera.

But when it comes to squeeze capabilities of the devices, the best processor of the Mi 10 Lite it can offer you a better experience than the POCO, thanks to an extra graphic power that the most gamers will undoubtedly take advantage of.

Processor and memory: a different generation Snapdragon heart

Speaking of performance, let's see what are the engines that give life to each model. The POCO X3 mounts the Snapdragon 732G, an evolution of the Snapdragon 730 mounted on terminals such as the Google Pixel 4a, clearly oriented to the mid-range.

On the other hand the Mi 10 Lite opts for the Snapdragon 765G, a more powerful and advanced chip, which we have recently seen in such leading terminals as the Google Pixel 5 or the LG Wing.

There are also some differences when it comes to memory: My 10 Lite arrives with 8 GB of RAM, while POCO is easier to find in your 6GB RAM configuration. In both cases, yes, it is possible to purchase versions of 64 or 128 GB UFS 2.1, although only the POCO X3 gives the possibility of expanding its storage by microSD.

Connectivity: 5G only for one of the models

There's a reason POCO doesn't have the last name 5G as the Mi 10 series model does: The Mi 10 Lite is one of the first Xiaomi mid-range mobiles with 5G connectivity, thanks to the Snapdragon 765G processor.

Therefore, we speak of a terminal better prepared for the future, since unlike POCO it will give the possibility of access new telephone networks whose deployment has already begun in a large part of the countries of the world.

Otherwise, both terminals have Multifunction NFC, USB Type C, infrared emitter, Bluetooth 5.1 and FM radio.

Other features

In addition to all the changes already examined, there are some differences between the two models, one of the clearest being the position and type of fingerprint reader used.

The Mi 10 Lite, thanks to its AMOLED screen, can afford hide the sensor under the front glass, so that the reader is hidden from view. The POCO, on the other hand, brings this sensor to one of its sides, where it shares position with the phone's power button.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite is available in various colors.

To that we must add that, today, The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite has already been updated to Android 11 with MIUI 12, while the POCO X3 will still have to wait a while. In any case, the two models should enjoy similar support for updates.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite vs POCO X3, which is better?

The moment of truth has come: you are thinking of buying one of these two models, but you are not sure which one. At this stage, the differences between the Mi 10 Lite and the POCO X3 NFC should already be clear, and it is not difficult to think that the Mi 10 Lite is a slightly superior model in aspects such as the screen - albeit with nuances -, the design, performance or connectivity.

Of course, you also have to take into account that it is a more expensive model, Since it can be found at a price of about 330 euros, about 100 euros more than the POCO X3 in its variant with 128 GB of storage.

Of what there is no doubt, is that Xiaomi has created a monster with your POCO X3, because the specifications-price ratio of this terminal makes any other mid-range on the market seem expensive considering everything this model offers, and if you choose it, be clear that you will not be wrong.