Whether you like it or not, 5G phones are starting to populate the market. And in exchange for getting a futureproofed device, you either have to spend more for it or settle for a less powerful chipset. In the case of Moto G 5G Plus and Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
We know that Moto’s new product is already the most affordable 5G phone in the country at Php16,990. However, we’re also expecting Mi 10T Lite to bring the fight at around the same price tag.
That said, which is the better phone if ever the two will meet on the market?
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Design & Display
Thanks to 5G and big batteries, both phones are chunky devices, with the Mi 10T Lite weighing more at 214.5g. Despite its heftier build, we appreciate the fact that it’s using Gorilla Glass 5 on both back and front as opposed to the all-plastic build of Moto G 5G Plus. As a result, Xiaomi’s device will feel “more premium” when using it.
Design-wise, neither of the two really stand out. But, we have to admit that Xiaomi’s Atlantic Blue, Pearl Gray, and Rose Gold Beach colors are more exciting than Moto’s sole Blue model.
As much as we want the lighter phone here, Mi 10T Lite leads the way thanks to more color options and a more durable build.
The displays don’t differ that much as we’re looking at an uncomfortable 6.6″ diagonal screens, with Moto G 5G Plus only being slight bigger at 6.7″. Though both are using FHD+ IPS LCD panels with HDR10 support, Xiaomi’s refresh rate is faster at 120Hz. On the flip end, Moto’s 90Hz is fast enough for nearly anyone to see the difference between it and 60Hz. Additionally, it’s using LTPS to save more battery.
Quality-wise, neither of the two can go as bright nor as colorful as an AMOLED. However, the Mi 10T Lite is more resistive to shatters and scratches than Moto G 5G Plus, due to Gorilla Glass 5. Thus, making it the winner in this category.
Snapdragon 765 vs Snapdragon 750 – Moto G 5G Plus is rocking an older chipset in the Snapdragon 765. Albeit the fact, it’s still the closest mid-range chipset to a flagship like the Snapdragon 865. What’s more, Moto Philippines decided to pair it with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. This gives any user the flexibility to keep more tasks in the background. What’s even better is the fact Moto uses near-stock Android UI, ensuring smooth performance and little-to-no bloatware out of the box.
As for the Mi 10T Lite, the newer Snapdragon 750 closes the gap between 730G and 765G. Some benchmarks show that its CPU is nearly as powerful as the latter chipset. You do have to take note that there’s only a 6GB RAM model for the device, along with either 64GB or 128GB storage. This could pose a problem for anyone planning to keep the phone for at least a year as newer Android versions tend to use more RAM to enable new features.
Nevertheless, both are 5G-enabled and plentiful enough to play some of the most popular and graphics-intensive games. However, this is the first time, in recent memory, that Xiaomi got bested in the performance spec sheet as we declare Moto G 5G Plus the winner in this round.
For the most part, the camera experience is the same, thanks to the provided wide, ultrawide, macro, and depth package. The Mi 10T Lite, however, has the advantage when it comes to better overall quality as it uses a larger and newer 64MP sensor. This is opposed to the older yet still capable 48MP of the Moto G 5G Plus. But, it’s a good thing that both are capable of recording up to 4K@30fps, with EIS in tow for smoother footage.
When it comes to selfie cameras, however, Moto G 5G Plus takes the lead. In addition to the 16MP main selfie camera, there’s an 8MP ultrawide for groupies. Sure it doesn’t output the best quality of the two, but ultrawide selfies are still rare in smartphones in 2020.
It’s practically a toss-up for the two devices when it comes to cameras. It’s up to you whether you prioritize capturing what you see or yourself.
If you value good audio quality in a smartphone, the Mi 10T Lite provides just that thanks to its stereo speakers and 24-bit playback support. Compared with Moto G 5G Plus, the sound quality is fuller, louder, and just plain better. With that in mind, Xiaomi’s device wins.
For longevity, we expect Moto G 5G Plus to last longer on a full charge due to its 5000mAh capacity and power-conscious 90Hz display. In exchange for that is a slightly longer charging time with the 20W fast-charging brick. But if you prefer faster top-ups, Mi 10T Lite already packs 33W for its smaller (but still plenty) 4820mAh battery.
Much like the cameras, it’s up to you to decide whether to go for longevity or charging time.
For Php16,990 — Moto G 5G Plus offers faster performance with stock Android experience, bigger RAM and (sometimes) storage, a fast but power-conscious display, and a large battery that can last up to two days comfortably.
As of writing, that makes Moto’s newest phone the best value 5G phone in the country. It’s now up for Xiaomi to decide how it’s going to price the Mi 10T Lite. Our hunch points out to replacing the base model of the Mi Note 10 Lite which retails for Php16,990 as well. However, the company can always undercut the competition just like it always does with the competition.
|Specs||Moto G 5G Plus||Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite|
|Display||6.7″ FHD+ LTPS IPS LCD 90Hz HDR10||6.67-inch FHD+ IPS LCD, HDR10, 120Hz|
|Design||all-polycarbonate body||plastic frame, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front, back)|
|Dimensions and Weight||168 x 74 x 9 mm, 207 g||165.4 x 76.8 x 9 mm, 214.5g|
|CPU/Chipset||Octa-core (1×2.3 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
/ Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765 (7 nm)
|Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 570) / Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750 5G (8 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 620||Adreno 619|
|Storage||128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via dedicated microSD slot||64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via dedicated microSD slot|
|Connectivity & Ports||5G, LTE, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi ac, GPS, USB-C, NFC, Audio jack||5G, LTE, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi ac, GPS, USB-C, NFC, Audio jack, Infrared port|
|Security||face unlock, side-mounted fingerprint scanner||face unlock, side-mounted fingerprint scanner|
|Audio||mono speaker||stereo speakers, 24-bit|
|OS||Android 10 with Moto UI||Android 10, MIUI 12|
|Colors||Blue||Atlantic Blue, Pearl Gray, Rose Gold Beach|
|Price||Php16,990||starts at €279(~Php15,800)|
|Release Date||September 2020 (US), December 2020 (Philippines)||September 2020 (Global), TBD (Philippines)|