This Valentine Xiaomi Nepal took a sly dig to the “lite” er note and had their shots fired towards the Korean tech giants Here we have prepared an article regarding Redmi K20 pro and Samsung Note 10 Lite. Obviously we all look forward that our daily driver meets our daily requirement and fits right under the budget. So it’s the war between the flagship killer and the “lite” ish version of the Samsung Note 10.
Obviously this is not just a price comparison cause the K20 pro is already a winner there and its recent pre valentine price cut off made it more attractive deal i.e. The market price that was previously Rs. 49,999 has been reduced to Rs. 46999. A massive 3000 rupees off and though the phone is a bit-old on the market, the deal still seems like a good one. Samsung launched its “lite” er note 10 online exclusively via Daraz at a price which the company calls the world’s best price. The phone can cost you just under Rs. 60000 and rightly so the phone can cost roughly around Rs. 72,000 on foreign stores. This is an aggressive move from the Korean phone makers. Kudos to Samsung Nepal……
The K20 Pro has been named as the flagship killer by Xiaomi and truly so it lives up to its name while Note 10 lite is I believe the Note for the masses. It technically does what note does without burning a hole in your pocket but it has its limitations.
If you have enough budget to get one of these phones but confused about getting a fixed decision. Should you be really paying more or settle for the less. Well let’s find out:
Design and Build Quality
Starting with the design, both the smartphones come loaded with interesting design language. Based on the design I personally think Redmi has pulled the rabbit out of the hat with the K20 series. A sturdy looking phone with a premium feels and finish. The body is made up of glass and metal. Coming to the Note 10 lite it is made up with what Samsung calls it “glastic“ (made up with glass and plastic combined) and metal. In my view, “glastic” is just a fancy word for plastic. Samsung claims it to be less prone to scratches but I am not quite sure “glastic” was the right move viewing its price point at which it’s available. Honestly, it feels quite cheap on hand as compared to the glass body of the K20 pro.
The so-called “glastic” is not that much of a fingerprint magnet as compared to the glass back of the K20 pro but the glass can clean easily while the plastic back fails to do so over long use. The K20 pro is provided with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection while the Note 10 “lite” hasn’t mentioned its screen protection type. The Note 10 lite here has provided that “punch hole” camera similar to its premium segments while the K20 pro has gone to the notch-less screen concept with a motorized selfie pop up camera. Both the displays look good and viewing angles are great.
Both phones don’t have water and dust protection rating so they are even in this case. However, the younger note 10 has the edge over the glass body of Redmi over accidental drops (praying that don’t happen). 😛
In summary, K20 feels and looks a lot better than the note 10 lite.
Coming to the display Galaxy Note 10 lite it is equipped with a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O display with a screen resolution of 2400 X 1080 pixels and a 395ppi pixel density. Coming to the K20 pro, it comes with a 6.39 Samsung-made “Horizon “(as Xiaomi calls it or simply Super in other words) AMOLED notch-less display with a screen resolution of 1080 X 2340 pixels and a 403 PPI protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The K20 pro has an excellent brightness and AMOLED panel of 450 nits but can go as high as 640 nits in bright light if you leave it on Auto mode.
Note 10 lite here houses the Super-AMOLED (as the company has different sub-branding for the panels it makes eg the S10 lite had Super-AMOLED plus). Note 10 Lite is a budget approach to the note 10 obviously so we can’t expect to have all the Dynamic AMOLED but a bit disappointed as it didn’t include the panel from the S10 lite as well. This doesn’t mean the display is bad, is a good and bright display reaching up to 622 nits under direct sunlight and up to 400 nits on the manual slider.
So it’s a draw between the devices.
Both the devices run on Android while Note 10 lite houses the stock One UI while the Xiaomi’s own flagship killer run on homegrown MIUI. K20 Pro was launched with Android P out of the box but has recently been upgraded to Android 10 while the note 10 lite has Android 10 out of the box. Both the ONE UI and the MIUI come with a huge bloat-ware. The One UI is a bit impressive than the MIUI when compared side by side but still, it’s about personal preference.
Both the UIs have their perks and shortcomings, what would you prefer the MIUI or the ONE UI??
We live in a world where a cell phone isn’t just used for a call and will continue being that. One of the most deciding factors is the lens it has got under the hood.
The Samsung Note 10 lite is equipped with an orthodox triple-camera setup which is a combination of 12-megapixel dual pixel primary shooter with f/1.7, 27 mm aperture, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4, 52 mm aperture telephoto lens and another 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/2.2, 12mm aperture. It has a 32-megapixel camera on the front with f/2.2, 25 mm aperture for the selfies. With the help of the cameras, It can record 2160p videos at 30/60 fps and 1080p videos up to 240 fps and slow.
Similarly K20 pro also has a triple camera setup which is comprised of a 48-megapixel primary shooter with f/1.8, 26mm aperture, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/2.4, 53mm aperture and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide lens with an f/2.4, 12mm aperture and motorized pop-up 20-megapixel f/2.2 aperture lens for the selfies. It can record 2160p videos at 30/60 fps and 1080p videos up to 240 fps and record slow videos up to 960 fps.
I found the Camera from the One UI more user-friendly and provides more features and truly impressed how it is perfectly suited for the camera setup for the “lite” er Note whereas the K20 pro’s camera app is less impressive with poor photo processing and doesn’t justify the Sony IMX on the back.
Samsung surprisingly has adapted its camera capabilities from its older siblings and provide a note 10 like photos from the cameras whereas K20 pro is a bit far from the competition in regards to the camera. It lags majorly on the night photography and in the daylight as well the camera is subpar compared to that of the Note 10 lite camera. On the other hand, the photos from the Note 10 lite is quite impressive providing proper colours, noise performance is also up to the high Samsung standard.
Though K20 pro has a promising camera on paper, Samsung here has a stronghold over the camera department.
Coming to performance it gets interesting, K20 Pro has the flagship chipset from the year 2019 the Snapdragon 855 and Adreno 640 GPU, making it the cheapest SD855 on the market while its recent 3000 rupees cutoff makes the deal even more attractive. Whereas the Note 10 lite houses the homegrown but old Exynos 9810 chipset with a Mali-G72 MP18 GPU. It is not that old but the chipset is from the S9 times so performance isn’t an issue here but the Snapdragon 855 is a tad bit faster and snappy compared to the Exynos 9810.
Looking at performance based on Geekbench 5.1 the K20 pro sores 2732 multi-core and 744 on the single-core whereas the Note 10 lite scores 2027 on the multi-core and 688 on the single-core. (the higher the better).
And based on AnTuTu 8 Redmi K20 Pro sits proudly on 437823 where the Note 10 lite falls as far behind as 341212. (the higher the better).
The Redmi K20 Pro is backed with an 8GB RAM and 256 GB storage (UFS 2.1) and no additional storage option whereas the Note 10 Lite is backed by 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage (UFS 2.1) with a shared SIM slot for memory expansion.
Both the devices handle the high- end games pretty well and a fair muti-app running capabilities but keeping the phones side by side the Korean tech giants comes second to the Chinese tech giants over performance.
Battery and Power
Xiaomi Redmi K20 pro is powered by 4000mAh Li-ion battery. It supports Quick Charge and the supplied 18W in-the-box charger fills about 50% in about 30 mins. Galaxy Note 10 lite, however, sets the record for the battery capacity in the Note family at 4500mAh even slightly beating the holder Note 10+. It is bundled with a 25 W charger that gets from flat to full in about 100 minutes. Here charging speed is same in both the devices but that 500mAh more battery has the edge.
Housing a two-year-old processor can be a stress for the battery but the Note 10 lite has the edge over the K20 Pro.
Coming to Special features both the phones are equipped with a bottom facing speakers, USB Type-C connectors, and YES! -a headphone jack. Both the phone comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner and K20 pro have a motorized selfie popup whereas the Note 10 Lite is equipped with the best Samsung has to offer for a phone –The S pen. You can’t expect the S-pen to be the flagship-grade as it lacks gyro capabilities like the Note 10 but still, it’s notable that Samsung is offering a premium feature: the S-Pen on the lower budget variant. K20 Pro has included a full immersive non-notched option in the front which is worth noting and the experience is truly a good one.
Summing up Samsung Galaxy Note 10 lite vs. Redmi K20 Pro, both the smartphones are a good pick but K20 pro has edge over the Note 10 lite on the performance and the hardware section whereas Note 10 lite stars in the camera segment and probably a better battery. However, the major difference is the S-Pen experience which Samsung has to offer in the price segment. You can call it an S9 of today with an S-Pen.
So, if you are looking for a bang-on value for money experience, I suggest you go for the Redmi K20 Pro, you won’t be disappointed with the price you paid for it. And if money isn’t an issue and wants a flagship feature: the S-pen and the “Samsung” brand trust and value, you will have to pay 13,000 more than the K20 Pro to get it.
What would you prefer please update us in the comment section…….