Luckily, different manufacturers launch their phones in different price ranges. In this way, all budgets have room and we find a balanced terminal without the need to overspend. But let’s imagine that we have 400 euros and we want to spend them on a new mobile. Two terminals will raise their hands for you to buy them: the new Pixel 4a and Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G. The decision will not be easy …
We are facing two very different bets, everything has to be said, but that does not mean that the purchase decision will be easy. The prices of both terminals are very similar, but there are important differences and advantages of one mobile over another that we will have to take into account. We have to start from the premise that the Pixel 4a is a terminal that brings the pure Android experience closer like no other device, while the Xiaomi mobile is one more in its immense and incessant number of launches.
Screen and dimensions
If you look at the size of the screens and you are one of those who are looking forward to the return of compact mobiles, the Pixel 4a is your device thanks to its 5.8 inches, that has OLED technology and a FullHD + resolution. He Mi 10 Lite 5G meanwhile goes up to 6.57 inchs with the same FullHD + resolution. The screen ratio is also different, reaching 19.5: 9 on the Pixel and 20: 9 on the Xiaomi device.
There is a difference that is an advantage for the Mi 10 Lite, and it is its protection by Gorilla Glass 5, against Gorilla Glass 3 protection of the Pixel 4a. Xiaomi also achieves a more accomplished screen / body ratio with 85.1% versus 83.3% for the Pixel.
Due to its size the Pixel 4a is a feather with its 142 grams, although it is thicker than the Mi 10 Lite 5G with its 8.2 millimeters. Xiaomi’s mobile reaches 7.9 millimeters and weighs 192 grams. In this case we have to applaud Xiaomi since having a much larger battery, as we will see later, it can maintain an acceptable thickness.
Snapdragon very different
When we lift the hood of both terminals we see what is one of the great differences between both terminals. He Pixel 4a integrates the Snapdragon 730, which directly leaves you out of 5G connectivity. If I had climbed a step, maybe I could have tied with the Mi 10 Lite that integrates the Snapdragon 765G. Integrating a lower chip, in addition to a relative lower performance, also means that the graphics chip is more modest, we see it with the Adreno 618 GPU of the Pixel compared to the Adreno 620 GPU of the Xiaomi.
In both cases we have versions of up to 128 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM. In addition, and to the shame of many, this internal memory cannot be expanded by microSD cards. Interestingly, both have the UFS 2.1 reading standard, which despite not being the fastest on the market, guarantees good performance in reading and writing the system, which is perceived in the installation or opening of applications and files.
Cameras: more is better?
When we turn the two devices around, it gives us the feeling of being years away from one terminal to another. However, Google continues to boast of “no more is better” so it has only integrated a 12 megapixel sensor on the Pixel 4a. However, it has DualPixel technology and many of the functions of its older brothers and devices with a higher price range. Google ensures that the night photos will be impeccable, and can even perform astrophotography.
For his part, My 10 Lite 5G has a 48 megapixel main sensor, an 8 megapixel wide angle and 2 megapixel macro and depth sensors. In this case it has a double LED flash. The front sensor of this terminal is 16 megapixels, doubling the 8 megapixels that the Pixel 4a offers. The truth is that Google has already shown on other occasions that more does not have to mean better and that a single sensor can achieve better results than mobiles that are packed with megapixels or number of sensors.
In the connections section, only the Mi 10 Lite offers compatibility with 5G networks, but both maintain elements that are still highly valued such as the 3.5 mm headphone jack. They also have NFC or Bluetooth 5.1 However, we found two differences in favor of Google and it is the integration of the USB 3.1 standard against the Xiaomi USB 2.0 standard. The Pixel has a rear fingerprint sensor while the Mi 10 integrates it on the screen.
Android 10 on both
Both terminals have Android 10, but with the difference of the pure experience on the Pixel 4a, and pure MIUI layer on the Xiaomi. In addition, the Pixel user knows for sure that he has guaranteed operating system updates for at least two years, while the uncertainty with Xiaomi is always in the air, as users of the Mi Mix 3 5G may well corroborate.
Battery and fast charge
We fly to a key section such as the battery. The Pixel 4a will spend less on the screen, it is true and hence its battery reaches 3,140 mAh. The Mi 10 Lite 5G does the same but with a 4,160 mAh battery. The Pixel has technology 18W fast charging compared to 20W for the Mi 10 Lite 5G.
Both terminals could have tied for price, if it were not for the Pixel 4a is worth in Spain 389 euros. We say this because incomprehensibly, it costs 349 euros in other EU countries such as France or Germany, which is precisely the price from which the Mi 10 Lite 5G starts. Its most powerful variant with 128 GB It goes up to 399 euros.