Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 review

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Introduction

One of the most popular mid-range series globally, the Redmi Note, recently received an upgrade. We have already reviewed the Redmi Note 10 Pro and found that it is an excellent handset, so it is now time to turn our heads towards vanilla note 10. However, we are talking about the non-5G version here.

We know this sounds confusing and we do not blame you. The Redmi Note 10 lineup is again a bit of a mess when it comes to naming. Luckily for you, we got the better Redmi Note 10, as the 5G model sacrifices many great features in favor of 5G. Instead, the standard Redmi Note 10 focuses on what’s important, and it’s undoubtedly the better value for most users, seeing as how 5G is still not a big thing in most countries.

Overview of Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 specifications:

  • Body: 160.5×74.5×8.3mm, 179g; Gorilla Glass 3 front, plastic back and frame; IP53, dust and splash protection (depending on market / region).
  • Screen: 6.43 “Super AMOLED, 450 nits (type), 1100 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM678 Snapdragon 678 (11 nm): Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver); Adreno 612.
  • Memory: 64 GB 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 6 GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
  • OS / software: Android 11, MIUI 12.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 48 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 2.0 “, 0.8 µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2, 118 °, 1 / 4.0 “, 1.12 µm; Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 13 MP, f / 2.5, (wide), 1 / 3.06 “, 1.12 µm.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30 / 60fps; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 33W, 50% in 25 minutes, 100% in 74 minutes (announced).
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); FM radio, recording; Infrared port; 3.5 mm jack, no NFC.

The non-5G version of Redmi Note 10’s main appeal would be the Super AMOLED screen with high peak brightness, the competent camera setup, the large, fast-charging battery and the stereo speakers. Redmi Note 10 5G on the other hand is content with an IPS panel, it lacks the fast charging technology and the stereo speakers.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 review

And although the Redmi Note 10 skips some of the premium Redmi Note 10 Pro features like the Gorilla Glass 5 build, 120Hz OLED panel and a better 108MP main camera, it has its own reasons for existing. It’s still significantly cheaper (good price segmentation on behalf of Xiaomi), and it’s also compact by today’s standards. The 6.43-inch screen will definitely attract some potential buyers looking for something more portable. It is a rare find these days.

The only pitfall we can see by skimming the specification sheet is the lack of NFC. It’s already in 2021, and even low-end devices are offering NFC because contactless payments are becoming increasingly popular in many markets. Not having a simple NFC antenna can be a potential deal-breaker for a large group of users.

But for those of you who cannot take advantage of 5G connectivity and contactless payments in your country, the Redmi Note 10 may just be the right handset for you. We’re about to see how the all-new Snapdragon 678 SoC performs and how big the rather compact 6.43-inch OLED panel really is. It already sounds like a deal with a starting price of only € 199.

Removing the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

The retail box is by no means special. It includes the usual user manuals, a USB-A to USB-C cable for data transfer and charging, a transparent silicone case that is quite difficult to put on and remove, and a charging stone rated at 33W.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 review

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