When you have P18,990 to spend on a smartphone, you’ll encounter two phones at that price point — OPPO’s Reno4 and Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 Lite. With a four-month gap between the two, is Xiaomi’s best mid-range offering still a better value purchase or the Reno4 has stolen its place? Let’s find out.
OPPO Reno4 and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite Similarities and Differences
Which is the better buy between the OPPO Reno4 and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite?
Design & Display
Going by their designs, we think that both look more alike than usual. Though both offer that shiny backing, the Reno4 is actually of plastic. Furthermore, its finish on the back is more of matte and faded instead of the highly-reflective Mi Note 10 Lite. But make no mistake, OPPO’s mid-range will definitely feel cheap due to its material. However, we won’t be surprised if most of you prefer that instead of the fragile glass, even if Xiaomi’s phone is using Gorilla Glass 5. But if we have to pick, the Mi Note 10 Lite wins it for us as you get what you pay for, including the metal rail that adds to that classic premium feel.
As for their displays, it’s a different story. Reno4 makes use of Super AMOLED, which is an advanced version of AMOLED. It provides up to 20% more brightness and lower power consumption, with better sun reflection. But when it comes to details, the 1080p display is no different from the 1080p of AMOLED of Mi Note 10 Lite. Both also clocks in at 6.4″, which should make one-hand navigation a bit easier than most phones today. Xiaomi, however, carries extra features such as Gorilla Glass 5 protection, HDR10 playback support, and curved sides. The latter feature may not be impressive to some, as curved displays tend to register accidental palm touches, but it does make the device look more expensive and thinner. Additionally, the pill-shape cutout obstructs more view than a teardrop notch. Either way, the Mi Note 10 Lite still wins this one due to the display’s added capability.
Snapdragon 720G vs Snapdragon 730G – both SoCs are based on an 8nm process node. And while the higher number scheme usually indicates better performance, that’s not the case here anymore. The 730G got announced first in April 2019, followed by the 720G after a few months. They share the same types of cores, but the 720G has a slightly lower clock speed. However, the Adreno GPU gets up to a 15% boost in performance. Based on synthetic benchmarks, the lower clock speed on the 720G showed better numbers vs the 720G. The reason for that is probably of software enhancements. Though there’s a small difference, this won’t vastly improve your day-to-day tasks. In other words, we think you shouldn’t get the Reno4 solely for its performance.
Outside the chipsets, we’re looking at in-display fingerprint scanners for biometric. As usual, OPPO and Xiaomi beat the heck out of Samsung when it comes to accuracy and speed.
While you can never go wrong with either of two, an advantage is an advantage, so Reno4 takes this one.
As seen from the table above, the Mi Note 10 Lite dominates the spec sheet. The larger 64MP sensor is bound to get sharper photos and videos than the 48MP sensor. On top of that, laser AF is present to keep the subject, well, in focus. If you’re looking for a zoom-capable phone, you’re probably going to have a better experience with Xiaomi’s phone. But if you want more AI features such as neon light trail effects and color point, Reno4 offers that from the stock camera app. While you can record up to 960fps@720p slo-mo, Xiaomi lets you record 120fps@1080p for better quality. Though it’s not as slow as 960fps, 120fps is more than enough for what it is.
Reno4 may be featuring a pill-shaped cutout for the selfie camera, but it’s only housing a 32MP sensor. No less, no more. However, it looks more capable than the 16MP sensor of the Mi Note 10 Lite. On top of that, OPPO introduced steady video selfie feature that reduces jitters and shakes when recording.
Whether you’re going for jam-packed camera feature or technical spec sheet is up to you. So for now, we’re giving it a tie.
If you’re looking for the best audio experience, the Mi Note 10 Lite will give you that. Not only there’s an audio jack to use, but support for 24-bit Hi-res playback is present. For Reno4, it offers the basics such as the loudspeaker and the jack. But then again, it falls to review as it’s hard to gauge audio based on spec sheet alone.
Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 Lite trumps the Reno4 in terms of battery capacity. At 5260mAh, that’s more than enough juice to last more than a day. Though Reno4 offers a large 4015mAh battery, the difference between it and Xiaomi is significant. Nevertheless, both feature fast 30W charging. Obviously, Xiaomi takes this one.
Reno4 offers better-looking design and relatively better camera experience than the Mi Note 10 Lite. But getting Xiaomi’s phone means getting more features in other areas like the battery, display, and audio. What’s more, you can get it for as low as P16,990, if you’re willing to live with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. Sadly, you can’t expand that, unlike Reno4. Due to the age of the Mi Note 10 Lite, you’ll encounter promos that let you purchase the device up to P2000 off. That makes the phone a bit easier to buy when comparing it to Reno4.
|Specs||OPPO Reno4||Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite|
|Display||6.4″ FHD+, Super AMOLED, pill-shaped cutout||6.47-inch FHD+ curved AMOLED, HDR10, 430 nits typical|
|Design||plastic body||metal frame, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front, back), splash resistant|
|Dimensions and Weight||160.3 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm, 165g||157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7 mm, 204g|
|CPU/Chipset||Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver) / Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm)||Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver) / Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (8 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 618||Adreno 618|
|Storage||128GB UFS 2.1 with dedicated microSD slot||64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 non-expandable|
|Connectivity & Ports||4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 WiFi ac, GPS, USB-C, audio jack||4G/LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, audio jack, NFC, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive|
|Security||face unlock, in-display scanner||face unlock, in-display fingerprint scanner|
|Audio||mono speaker||mono speakers, 24-bit|
|OS||Android 10, ColorOS 7.2||Android 10, MIUI 11|
|Colors||Galactic Blue, Space Black||Midnight Black, Glacier White, Nebula Purple|
|Price||P18,990||6GB/64GB – P16,990
8GB/128GB – P18,990
|Release Date||August 15, 2020 (Philippines)||June 4, 2020 (Philippines)|