Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (Max) review

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We have the Redmi Note 10 Pro for review, and this is the global version of the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max – an exclusive model for India. There are only two differences – the Indian version omits NFC and it is not listed as IP53 rated. Here is a direct link to compare the two.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

It’s been exactly one year since the first Redmi Note 9 phones arrived and the updates arrived just as planned. Leading the next generation of affordable mid-rangers, the Redmi Note 10 Pro brings one of the most in-demand fan-favorite features – a 120Hz OLED display.

Xiaomi has offered HRR monitors on the cheap. Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G and several Redmi K30 phones had 120Hz and even 144Hz LCD panels. These devices became quite popular for that reason, and many people, including us, were hoping for an OLED upgrade and that this premium feature would become a standard for the Redmi Note 10 series. Talk about a wish that comes true!

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is based on the limited Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G, also known as the Mi 10i 5G in some markets, both released a few weeks ago. It offers a better HRR OLED screen, but comes with the inferior Snapdragon 732G chip instead of the more premium Snapdragon 750G 5G. The rest is pretty much the same – camera, speakers, battery, fast charging.

In fact, the new Redmi Note 10 Pro may not pack the best mid-range SoC, but it certainly impresses with an interesting quad camera on the back. The main shooter uses a 108MP Samsung sensor, then comes the 8MP ultrawide snapper followed by a 5MP camera with telemacro lens, and finally there is a 2MP depth sensor.

The other interesting bits about the Redmi Note 10 Pro include the dedicated symmetrical speakers – another feature not widely available, even on the most expensive phones (flagships usually prefer hybrid setups). There is also a nice cool battery with a capacity of 5,020 mAh, capable of 33W fast charging, and the corresponding power adapter comes with the phone. Some people will appreciate the presence of NFC, FM radio, IR blaster, a 3.5mm jack and microSD expansion.

Overview of Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro specifications:

  • Body: 164×76.5×8.1mm, 193g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass bag (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame; IP53, dust and splash protection.
  • Screen: 6.67 “AMOLED, HDR10, 120Hz, 450-700 nits (type), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 395ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM7150-AC Snapdragon 732G (8 nm): Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver); Adreno 618.
  • Memory: 64 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 8 GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
  • OS / software: Android 11, MIUI 12.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 108 MP, f / 1.8, 25 mm, 1 / 1.52 “, 0.7 um, PDAF; Ultrawide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2, 118 °, 1 / 4.0 “, 1.12 µm; Macro: 5 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, f / 2.5, (wide), 1 / 3.06 “, 1.0 μm.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30 / 60fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps, gyro-EIS.
  • Battery: 5,020mAh; Fast charging 33W.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); NFC; FM radio; infrared port; 3.5 mm jack plug.

Redmi Note 10 Pro is IP53 rated for dust and water protection – a very nice touch. This means that the phone is dustproof and can withstand light splashes or rain. The phone sounds like an ever-improving proposition with every new feature we spot, so let’s cut and chase this note out of its box.

Unboxing of Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

The Redmi Note 10 Pro comes in a plain paper box, and it packs everything you might need but a pair of headphones. The retail package includes a 33W power adapter and a 3A rated USB-A-to-C cable.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro review

You also get a transparent silicone case with a lid for the USB-C port. And you will find a thin screen protector already applied to the phone screen. We peeled it off; sorry, Xiaomi, it was way too cheap.

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