5G phones started to become very affordable in the second half of 2020, even in the European market. You actually have several choices if you want to get a 5G-ready phone in the old continent with a low budget. Xiaomi recently announced the Mi 10T Lite 5G with an incredibly affordable price tag, while OPPO launched the Reno4 Z 5G: the first European smartphone with a Dimensity chipset; it is very affordable as well. This is a comparison between cheap 5G phones in which we included the Realme X50 5G too because its street prices are actually very interesting.
|Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G||OPPO Reno4 Z 5G||Realme X50 5G|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||165.4 x 76.8 x 9 mm, 214.5 g||163.8 x 75.5 x 8.1 mm, 184 g||163.8 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm, 202 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), IPS LCD||6.57 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), LTPS IPS LCD||6.57 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), 401 ppi, 20:9 ratio, IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Mediatek Dimensity 800, octa-core 2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, octa-core 2.4 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD dedicated slot||8 GB RAM, 128 GB||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 10, MIUI||Android 10, ColorOS||Android 10, ColorOS|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS|
|CAMERA|| Quad 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP, f/1.9 + f/2.2 + f/2.4 + f/2.4
16 MP f/2.5 front camera
|Quad 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP, f/1.7 + f/2.2 + f/2.4 + f/2.4
Dual 16 + 2 MP f/2.0 + f/2.4 front camera
|Quad 64 + 12 MP + 8 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/3.0, f/2.3 and f/2.4
Dual 16 + 8 MP f/2.0 and f/2.2 front camera
|BATTERY||4820 mAh, fast charging 33W||4000 mAh, fast charging 18W||4200 mAh, Fast charging 30W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, 5G||Dual SIM slot, 5G||Dual SIM slot, 5G|
You can not say that these three handsets are not beautiful phones. They are not the most premium devices out there, but their design is nice. The most beautiful one, at least according to my tastes, is the OPPO Reno4 Z 5G. It has a thinner design and it is even lighter than its rivals, as well as more compact. With the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite you get a glass back, but the overall design is not that great due to that big and rectangle-shaped camera module. The Realme X50 5G sits right in the middle with its minimal look, it has similar dimensions to the OPPO Reno4 Z 5G but it is thicker.
The best display quality is provided by the OPPO Reno4 Z 5G, which sports a slightly better LTPS panel. But we are only talking about marginal differences: in each case, you get an LCD display and a high 120 Hz refresh rate, as well as a Full HD+ resolution. While you get a slightly better daily experience with the Reno4 Z 5G, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite offers the HDR10 certification for better quality on streaming platforms: you do not get this technology with OPPO Reno4 Z 5G and Realme X50 5G. Further, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite features stereo speakers. All of these phones are equipped with side-mounted fingerprint scanners.
Here, it is a hard fight between Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite and Realme X50 5G. The former sports a Snapdragon 750G chipset, while the latter has Snapdragon 765G. The Snapdragon 750G offers better CPU performance, while the 765G has a better GPU. But at the end of the day, Realme X50 5G wins because it offers up to 8 GB of RAM instead of 6 GB, despite the most advanced configuration of the Mi 10T Lite has UFS 2.2 native storage instead of UFS 2.1. However, note that Mi 10T LIte is the only one with expandable storage. Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite, OPPO Reno4 Z 5G, and Realme X50 5G run Android 10 out of the box.
The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite is equipped with a more interesting camera department thanks to its 64 MP main sensor providing a high level of detail. But it loses when it comes to the front camera. OPPO Reno4 Z 5G and Realme X50 5G have very similar camera setups including a 48 MP quad camera and 16 MP dual front camera with a depth sensor.
The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite has the biggest battery, hence the longest battery life. But with the Realme X50 5G you need less time for a full charge because the battery is smaller and it features 30W fast charging technology.
The starting price of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite is €280, Realme X50 5G begins at €350 (but you can actually find it for about €300), and OPPO Reno 4 Z 5G costs €399 in the 8/128 GB configuration. The Mi 10T Lite has the highest value for money, it features the biggest battery, stereo speakers, and it has a pretty nice camera. But you should not underestimate the OPPO Reno4 Z 5G with its sleeker design and nice display.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G
- Wider display
- IR blaster
- Stereo speakers
- Bigger battery
OPPO Reno4 Z 5G
- Dual front snapper
- Great display
- Smallest battery
Realme X50 5G
- Great hardware
- Dual front camera
- Charges faster
- FM radio
- Nothing particular
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