Smartphone duel – OnePlus Nord vs Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite – the digital

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The OnePlus Nord and Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite compete in the field of 5G compatibility at an affordable price. Offered at € 399 in their basic versions, they include very similar equipment.

Characteristics

Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G OnePlus North
Dimensions 163.7 x 74.8 x 7.9 mm 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
Weight 192 g 184 g
Screen diagonal 6.57 inches 6.44 inches
Screen definition 2400 x 1080 px 1080 x 2340 px
Resolution 401 dpi 408 dpi
Screen type Amoled Amoled
Part of the screen on the surface 85.46% 88.12%
Mobile chip Snapdragon 765G 5G Snapdragon 765G 5G
Processor Kryo 475 – 2.4 GHz Kryo 475 – 2.4 GHz
Number of cores 8 8
Integrated GPU (iGPU) Adreno 620 Adreno 620
Random access memory (RAM) 8 GB 8 GB
Internal memory 128 GB 128 GB
Memory card No No
Battery capacity 4160 mAh 4115 mAh
Photo sensor 48 MP 48 MP
Front photo sensor 16 MP 32 MP
Video capture 4K 4K
Operating System (OS) Android Android
OS version tested 10 10
Connectivity Usb-c Usb-c
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Wi-Fi type Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth type 5.0 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
4G (LTE) Yes Yes
5G Yes Yes
Dual-sim Yes Yes
SIM card format Nano Nano
Sealing type No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Removable battery No No
4G frequency bands B20 (800), B3 (1800), B7 (2600), B28 (700), B1 (2100) B20 (800), B3 (1800), B7 (2600), B28 (700), B1 (2100)
Induction charge No
Shockproof No
Jack plug Yes No
Module Photo 1 48 Mpx, wide-angle, 26 mm; f / 1.8 48 Mpx, wide-angle, 26 mm; f / 1.8
Module Photo 2 8 Mpx, ultra wide angle, 15 mm; f / 2.2 8 MP, ultra wide angle, f / 2.3
Module Photo 3 2 Mpx, macro, f / 2.4 ,,
Module Photo 4 ,, ,,
eSim No

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DESIGN AND ERGONOMICS: NULL MATCH

The aesthetics of a mobile are a matter of personal taste, but ergonomics are less so. Those who like smartphones with small dimensions might be seduced by the size of the OnePlus Nord (158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm / 184 g) rather than that of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite (163.7 x 74, 8 x 7.9 mm / 192 g), larger. Neither cell phone has water resistance certifications or support for microSD cards. The Mi 10 Lite has a handy 3.5mm mini-jack, something that the OnePlus Nord does not offer.

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On the left, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite. On the right, the OnePlus North.

Both smartphones offer a glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), but that of the Mi 10 Lite is much messier and slippery, while plastic strapping covers both products. The philosophy differs in the installation of photo blocks: at OnePlus, it is a very classic vertical block, while at Xiaomi, we opt for a rectangular block like a hob. It’s the same up front: a double-punched porthole for the North and a centered teardrop notch for the Mi 10 Lite.

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On the left, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite. On the right, the OnePlus North.

Finally, both devices host an under-screen fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC.

SCREEN: XIAOMI MI 10 LITE

Very nice duel between these two smartphones in terms of screen. Despite the great abilities of the North, it is the Mi 10 Lite that wins by a short head. Xiaomi's terminal offers higher brightness, a delta E of only 1.5 (compared to 1.7 in the North) and a reflection rate of only 44%. The North does not, however, deserve it, because it is also very well calibrated. We can blame it for a slightly high minimum brightness (4.3 cd / m² against 2.4 cd / m²) and a higher reflection rate (52%).

Too bad, because this screen has a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which the Mi 10 Lite does not. The two otherwise offer a similar definition of 1080 x 2400 pixels for a resolution of just over 400 dpi.

PERFORMANCE: TIE

The OnePlus Nord and Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite both opt for a Snapdragon 765G chipset that powers many mid-range devices. On each of these mobiles, this SoC is very effective. It is possible to run greedy games and perform heavy tasks. Difficult to distinguish here a winner.

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PHOTO: XIAOMI MI 10 LITE

The Nord and Mi 10 Lite feature a fairly similar photo block, consisting of four modules. There is a wide-angle, an ultra-wide-angle, macro and depth lenses. Here is a summary of the different photo modules offered by the two smartphones.

OnePlus North Xiaomi mi 10 lite
Main: 48 megapixels Main: 48 megapixels
Ultra wide-angle: 8 megapixels Ultra wide-angle: 8 megapixels
Macro: 2 megapixels Macro: 12 megapixels
Time of Flight (depth): 5 megapixels Time of Flight: 2 megapixels

Main module

The Mi 10 Lite and the OnePlus North each have their flaws and qualities. Xiaomi's mobile, for example, doesn't have very good white balance management, even during the day. Conversely, the OnePlus North offers fairly accurate color management. Regarding the details of the images, the Mi 10 Lite offers a more precise rendering, which seems to confirm better management of the pixel binning.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite (26mm eq, f / 1.8, ISO 71, 1/50)
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OnePlus Nord (26mm eq, f / 1.8, ISO 160, 1/60)

At night, the OnePlus North wins with more detailed images and despite significant electronic noise. This is an interesting way to manage images since they are primarily intended for viewing on a smartphone, without any particular need for enlargement.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite (26mm eq, f / 1.8, ISO 4994, 1/14)
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OnePlus Nord (26mm eq, f / 1.8, ISO 6400, 1/7)

Ultra wide-angle module

OnePlus could have won by taking more care of its ultra wide-angle module. But that of the Mi 10 Lite is frankly more convincing thanks to more detailed, sharper and more colorful images.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite (f / 2.2, ISO 85, 1/50)
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OnePlus Nord (f / 2.2, ISO 160, 1/60)

AUTONOMY: XIAOMI MI 10 LITE

This is surely the category where this duel is the least close. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite is indeed much more enduring than the OnePlus North. The Mi 10 Lite thus has an autonomy of 20 h 6 min while the North reaches 16 h 21 min. This difference can be explained in particular by the use of a smaller battery on the Nord, which displays 4,115 mAh when the Mi 10 Lite offers 4,160 mAh. It can thus be said that the Mi 10 Lite benefits from a more efficient energy management.

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On the charge side, the OnePlus Nord gains full autonomy in 60 minutes, while the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite takes 86 minutes to perform this task.

VERDICT: XIAOMI MI 10 LITE

At an equivalent price, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite leaves the OnePlus North no chance. Both offer a very good screen, similar performance and virtually identical ergonomics. But the Mi 10 Lite is more gifted in photography and its autonomy is much higher.

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