Redmi Note 10 did not win the voters in our weekly poll, its siblings proved to be a bit more popular. That said, many people are following the phone closely as it appears from our trend chart – the phone has been in the top 3 for the last few days.
Note 10 became available a few days ago, it starts at $ 200 for the base on the 4/64 GB model. There are also 4/128 GB and 6/128 GB versions that make up $ 280. In India, the prices range from INR 12,000 to INR 14,000 (although this is with a discount in effect).
Redmi Note 10 (left) and Redmi Note 10 Pro (right)
We have already reviewed the Redmi Note 10 Pro (Max) and we came away impressed. It’s not a perfect phone, but its price makes it good value for money. And this is the best shot that vanilla note 10 has to reach big sales figures.
First, the Pro costs $ 300, so the price difference is quite remarkable. But you lose a lot of what made the Pro special – the high refresh rate screen with HDR and 108 MP main camera. There is still a lot to like about the phone.
The Redmi Note 10 is more compact due to its 6.43 ”screen. It’s not a small phone by any means, but 6.5 ”is a tipping point for some. And it’s still a Super AMOLED panel, so we expect good picture quality, even without HDR10 support.
6.43 “Super AMOLED screen, 1,080 x 2,400 px resolution, 450 nits typical brightness, Gorilla Glass 3
Then there is the Snapdragon 678 chipset. It’s an 11 nm part, so it’s lagging behind in terms of energy efficiency. The CPU side of things is okay, but we’m worried the GPU is too slow for gaming (even at 60 fps). If you play games, there may be better phones in this price range – a Realme 6S, if you can find one near you, offers a better gaming experience despite being a year old at this point.
Snapdragon 678: 11 nm, 2x 2.2 GHz Kryo 460 Gold + 6x 1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver, Adreno 612 GPU
The chipset also lacks 5G, which is becoming an increasingly important consideration when buying a new phone, even in the $ 200 segment. At least Xiaomi knew better than to annoy fans by dropping the microSD connector or the 3.5mm headphone connector.
3.5 mm headphone jack on the bottom • Triple card slot with a dedicated slot for a microSD card
The rather large 5,000 mAh battery may prove to be a highlight in the phone. The Pro model certainly impressed with its 118-hour endurance rating (and the same capacity). Vanilla Note 10 does not have to feed a 120 Hz screen, but it is inhibited by the aging 11 nm chipset. Still, if this gets 100+ hours, we will be happy. Especially since the 33W charger can handle 0-50% in a little less than half an hour.
A Galaxy M21 offers a similar 6.4 ”Super AMOLED screen and an even larger 6,000 mAh battery, even when charged with an ice-cold 15W. Still, if battery life is a priority, it’s worth looking into. The M21 also has a similar camera, though its chipset is not impressive.
In any case, the camera is the last thing we wanted to talk about before we dived into the review process. “It’s okay” is the best thing we can say about it. It has a drive of the mill 48 MP sensor in the main module which will not take impressive night shots or offer good quality zoom. Next to it is an 8 MP ultra wide angle camera, the same as on the Pro, which should be pretty good (however, different chipsets process images differently, so we still do a full test).
There are plenty of alternatives to consider in this price range – and only a few dozen of them are other Xiaomi-made phones. Will Redmi Note 10 be lost in the crowd? Not if it shows the display and battery tests, the camera should also do better than the specifications suggest.