Redmi note 10 review: the people's phone

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Stunning, elegant designAll-day battery lifeSpeedy 33W chargingMain camera delivers the goodsIP53 rating

Redmày Note 10

The Redmày lưu ý 10 focuses on the everyday experience over raw performance. The main camera delivers, the build quality is excellent, & the classy thiết kế stands out aao ước its more gaudy contemporaries. The negatives that are here are offset by the low price, making the Redmi chú ý 10 an easy recommendation for almost anyone looking for a no-nonsense budget điện thoại thông minh.

The Redmi cảnh báo series spearheaded the commodification of high-spec smartphones. This is particularly true in India where, for a time, genuine competition was non-existent. However, that’s not the case anymore. Realme, in particular, has been pushing baông xã on Xiaomi’s monopoly with a steady release schedule of power-packed alternatives.

Enter the Redmi cảnh báo 10 — a thorough rethinking of the Xiaongươi sub-brand’s beloved budget smartphone.

The Redngươi chú ý 10 is a significant nâng cấp in aesthetics & build chất lượng compared to lớn its predecessors, yet it also maintains all the key tenets that make the series popular. In Android Authority‘s Redmi lưu ý 10 reviews, we’ll see if a revamped thiết kế is enough khổng lồ secure the company’s lead in the segment for another year.


About this Redmi lưu ý 10 review: I used the Redmày chú ý 10 for eight days running MIUI 12.0.1 on Android 11. The Redngươi chú ý 10 Review unit was provided khổng lồ Android Authority by Xiaomày India for this review.

Redmi chú ý 10 (4GB/64GB): Rs. 11,999Redmi Note 10 (4GB/128GB): €199/£199Redmày Note 10 (6GB/128GB): Rs. 13,999The Redmi lưu ý 10 enters the highly competitive sầu budget điện thoại thông minh segment where it is going up against very svào alternatives in India và across Europe. The phone is bringing a fresh look that takes a lot from the top-kết thúc Redmày cảnh báo 10 Pro (or Note 10 Pro Max in India). It’s available in three different colors — Shadow Black, Frost White, và Aqua Green.

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In addition khổng lồ the new kiến thiết, the phone brings with it a spanking new SnapLong 678 processor & 33W fast charging tư vấn. These additions come together to make the Redmày Note 10 a surprisingly well-rounded package, but it’s going up against phones lượt thích the Poco X3 và Realme 8 that have sầu already scoped out a svào following.

There’s something to be said about Xiaomi’s constant iterations with kiến thiết. Gradients are passé, và the Redmi Note 10 ushers in a design language that is supremely clean, & chic.

The Redngươi cảnh báo 10 eschews the glass bachồng for plastic owing to lớn its budget positioning but nowhere does it look or feel cheap. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that this is the best-looking phone in the budget segment, despite the plastic mid-frame & back panel. There’s no sign of flex and the matte finish looks gorgeous — especially in White. Elsewhere, the camera isl& doesn’t st& too proud of the frame, và the dual-tone finish adds lớn the pleasing aesthetics.

Like most Redmi phones, the button layout & port selection are more than adequate for the money. Of note is a USB-C port & a 3.5milimet audio jaông chồng, as well as stereo speakers.

The speakers stood out to lớn me for the overall volume as well as the well-balanced setup. There’s not much bass, but that’s lớn be expected at this price. More importantly, vocals tkết thúc khổng lồ distort at the top 20% of the volume. Anything below that will vì just fine.

The Redmi Note 10 also has an IP53 rating for splash resistance — a rare & very welcome addition at this price point.

I lượt thích that Xiaomi has opted for side-mounted fingerprint scanners for much of its current mid-range portfolio. These tkết thúc khổng lồ be a lot more reliable than cheap in-display scanners. That continues to be the case here, & I had no issues at all during my time with the phone. The side-mounted scanner successfully unlocked the phone each & every time.

The switch over khổng lồ an OLED panel on the front has done wonders for this year’s standard Redngươi lưu ý phone. The Redmày cảnh báo 10 packs a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ screen that looks glorious. It’s also protected by Gorilla Glass 3 for scratch resistance.

The lack of a high refresh rate panel is questionable at a glance. After all, other budget phones like the Poteo X3 have started pushing 120Hz refresh rates. However, many of these devices ship with IPS LCD displays instead of the high-unique AMOLED you get with the Redmày lưu ý 10. We’re still a ways from getting a high refresh rate AMOLED panel in this category, and the one here should please most users even at 60Hz.

The display has excellent contrast và saturation levels with a very accurate tuning with the natural premix activated. Claimed brightness levels go as high as 1100nits, though I found that to lớn be inaccurate. In my testing, I found the display lớn peak at about 650 nits which is still more than sufficient for outdoor viewing. The only real caveat here is the laông chồng of HDR support.

Overall, the Redmày chú ý 10 shows that Xiaomày means business, and unlượt thích some competing phones, it is willing khổng lồ go the extra mile khổng lồ deliver quality and polish in the design stakes.

The Redmày lưu ý 10 is the first phone lớn use the SnapLong 678 chipset; an incremental update over the long in the tooth SnapLong 675. It’s basically the same chipset, but with a higher cloông chồng speed, and as such performance improvements are expected to lớn be minimal at best.

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If pure performance is what you’re after, the Redngươi cảnh báo 10 might not be the best option for you. Phones lượt thích the Poteo X3 with its Snaprồng 732G easily exceed it in benchmarks. This is particularly noticeable while gaming where the Note 10 doesn’t do all that well with graphics maxed out. While games lượt thích điện thoại tư vấn of Duty: sản phẩm điện thoại run just fine with the graphics turned up, the phone warms up noticeably. I’d recommend reducing the graphics settings or sticking to lớn low-kết thúc games here.

However, it’s a different story in day-to-day use. The chipphối holds its own, và I rarely faced any issues. MIUI 12 is well optimized & feature-rich. Other than a few stray micro stutters during UI navigation, I didn’t notice any major bugs or issues like we’ve sầu seen with some implementations of MIUI. Additionally, Xiaomi has cut down on the notification & ad spam which is definitely a plus point.

It’s clear that Xiaomày is aiming for a mass-market audience over all-out performance here, và that works just fine. The Redmày Note 10 is a well-rounded phone with performance that is satisfactory for day-to-day use và a bit of gaming thrown in.

A 5,000 mAh battery is table stakes for the budget segment, & the Redmày Note 10 sticks khổng lồ the norm. As far as battery performance goes, it’s more than enough. The Redngươi chú ý 10 can easily last a full day of use with enough left over lớn get you a fair bit inkhổng lồ the next. With moderate use involving a few calls, social media use, and casual browsing, I got about seven hours of screen on time on average.

The Redmi chú ý 10 stands out for its fast charging speeds. The chú ý 10 certainly isn’t the first to lớn offer fast charging but it’s a great addition lớn have sầu nonetheless. It took about 75 minutes to fully charge the phone, but a half an hour charge gets it khổng lồ 66% which should be enough for a full day of normal use. There isn’t any wireless charging tư vấn, but that’s khổng lồ be expected at this price.

While the rest of the điện thoại thông minh package pushes the gamut in all the right ways, Xiaomi has stuông xã to its tried and tested camera array for the Redmi lưu ý 10. The cài đặt includes a 48MP.. primary camera, an 8MPhường ultra-wide shooter, a 2MP. monochrome sensor, và a 2MP macro camera. It’s a pretty straightforward affair.

Out và about in broad daylight, Xiaomày has got image quality sorted. The 48MP sensor is a tried & tested module for the company, & it shows. Images veer towards a natural look with just the right amount of contrast to lớn make the colors pop. Noise levels are in control, và there are sufficient details even in the shadows.

The phone doesn’t have sầu the best HDR performance I’ve come across, and that’s noticeable in how it can often burn out highlights. It’s far from bad though.

I was pleasantly surprised by the indoor image chất lượng as well. Noise levels do go up a bit, but it’s a very usable shot. Dynamic range suffers indoors, & you end up losing out on details in darker regions.

Meanwhile, the ultra-wide camera takes passable images, but 8MPhường isn’t going to afford you a lot of resolution to crop in. There’s also the matter of trắng balance variance between the main & ultra-wide cameras. The issue about dynamic range? Yeah, that gets noticeably worse on the ultra-wide sensor.

Macro photos from the Redngươi cảnh báo 10 are impressive in that they certainly let you get up cthua with the subject. That said, the 2MPhường resolution doesn’t really bởi the shots justice. Moreover, Xiaomi is doing a whole lot of post-processing to lớn make the images look clearer. This can produce some odd-looking results as in the case of the flower above. I’d have liked to lớn see Xiaomi’s excellent telemacro implementation here.

Finally, the 13MPhường front camera captures very good shots with minimal skin retouching & excellent detail. The Redmi lưu ý 10 is capable of capturing 4K video at 30fps, and I observed color reproduction lớn be a bit dull when compared to lớn the vibrant still images.

SpecsRedmi chú ý 10
Display6.43 inches Super AMOLEDFHD+60Hz
ChipsetQualcomm Snaprồng 678
GPUAdreno 612
Battery5,000mAhUSB-C33W charging
CamerasRear:48MP standard8MPhường. Ultra-wide2MP.. macro2MP.. depth sensorFront:13MP
Fingerprint sensorSide-mounted
SoftwareMIUIAndroid 11
ColorsFrost WhiteShadow BlackAqua Green
Dimensions và weight160.46 x 74.5 x 8.29mm178.8g

The Redngươi cảnh báo 10 is a trang chính run for Xiaomày. It focuses on all the right things and offers up a well-polished, value-centric experience. But it certainly isn’t the only option on the market.

The Poteo X3 is one alternative that gives you more power, a high refresh (albeit LCD) panel, & a much larger 6,000mAh battery for a bit more money. If you want to lớn go cheaper, the Poteo M3 is a fantastic entry-cấp độ device with an eye-catching kiến thiết, though you bởi vì sacrifice on the camera.

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There’s also the Realme 8 that brings a bit more power under the hood as well as a better-performing primary camera, though it lacks a lot of the polish you get with the Redngươi.

For those in Europe, the OnePlus Nord N100 is another potential rival that offers great battery life and the Oxygene OS skin. However, the cameras & performance leave a little lớn be desired.

The Redmày lưu ý 10 is one of those rare occasions when a phone ticks practically all the boxes — not just in specs but also in execution. The phone looks great, packs an excellent display, good enough performance, and cameras that deliver. What more can you really ask for the money?

A prime competitor is the Realme 8 that packs similar specs, & slightly better image processing. However, the Realme 8’s design is polarizing to say the least. Likewise, Realme UI still lacks the polish to lớn make it an all-out winner.

The Redmi chú ý 10 is an easy recommendation for almost anyone looking for a no-nonsense điện thoại thông minh. The budget king is baông xã.

Priced starting Rs. 11,999 (~$163) for the base 64GB storage variant in India or €199/£199 for the standard 128GB Mã Sản Phẩm available in Europe, the Redmi chú ý 10 is a great entry-level choice for any smartphone buyer. The phone isn’t catering lớn users who just want the maximum power for their money. The Redmi cảnh báo 10 is designed for anyone who needs a reliable phone for normal everyday use, & a well-rounded experience that it delivers in spades.