Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Announced along with its big siblings in the Indian smartphone market, Note 10 Pro And Note 10 Pro Max (Review). I’m already impressed with the performance of the Note 10 Benchmarks and gaming comparison I’ve done before. The highlight of the device is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 chipset, impressive design language and class-leading AMOLED panel. In this review of the Redmi Note 10 it is time to disassemble all aspects of the device.
Looking for the best deal under Rs 15,000? Then Redmi Note 10 is your top choice. It packs in all the right materials like great performance, capable processor, excellent cameras and a permanent battery. Software aside, the Redmi Note 10 simply wiped out competition, at least from Realme’s camp as we see it.
Which is good
- The EVOL design in the Redmi Note 10 series really won me over. The soft matte-plastic finish on the back is very easy on the eyes. The small curves on the sides for a comfortable grip on the palm blend gently with the sloping and glossy metal frame. I really like the pearlescent-looking frost white color scheme, which is immune from fingerprints. The quad-camera layout is almost flush on the back and is similar to the Positioning Pro versions. Surprisingly the 3.5mm headphone jack, with hi-res certification, is at the bottom, which is definitely a good position compared to the top (as seen on the Pro Max). The build quality feels solid and solid, yet the phone feels very light in the hand (178 g). In addition, the company has provided an IP52 rating for dust and water resistance. The Redmi Note 10 is clearly visible and looks like a device that can demand a lot more price than its sticker price. Xiaomi has not cut any corners with the phone design and so far I am going to say that the Redmi Note 10 is the best looking budget phone I have ever kept.
- Unlike the older Galaxy M21, the only phone that offers an AMOLED screen in the segment under Rs 15,000 is the Redmi Note 10. Like the Pro Siblings, the regular Redmi Note 10 is also FHD + (2,400 x 1,080) Panel a 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 wide color gamut, and minuscule punch hole at the top. While the 6.4-inch display is limited to 60Hz in terms of refresh rate, the color accuracy and dynamic range are impeccable. You can customize color profiles at any time, but I think the default settings are suitable for any type of view. HDR10 does not make sense from a verification device, but Wide Wine L1 gives you access to HD content on OTT platforms. The Redmi Note 10 has a screen brightness of almost 1100 nits, which makes the open view in harsh sunlight a piece of cake.
- Xiaomi used the 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor for the primary camera in the quad-camera setup of the Redmi Note 10. The rest of the sensors include an 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro shooter and a 2MP depth sensor. The company has been in line with its camera performance for years and it has clearly even reached the Note 10. When looking at pictures taken using the phone, the colors look bright and punchy with a hint of oversaturation. The dynamic range is excellent for a budget smartphone that gets the lens sky blues even in cloudy weather. The brightly lit scenes have details and the sensor handles the exposure well. Color temperatures are well maintained with an ultra-wide sensor.
- Night photography is good on the Note 10, though I like the focus to be a little faster. You get exclusive night mode, which works wonderfully in retaining shadows and makes considerable exposure to the subject. The selfie camera is a 13MP shooter that focuses on making the face much higher, yet it maintains a consistent dynamic range. Skin tones hit or miss, but the portrait mode is great.
- Performance-wise, you get the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 chipset, which is made using an 11nm fabrication process and uses Cortex A75 and A55 cores at 2.2GHz and 2GHz, respectively. On top of that you also get the new Adreno 612 GPU with 800MHz clock speed. I covered the gaming and benchmarks of the phone Here in this comparison. In short, CPU-intensive tasks are very well organized and include running multiple applications side by side or switching through multiple Chrome tabs. UFS 2.2 storage provides faster read and write speeds, while the 6GB RAM variant helps run some applications in the background.
- The side fingerprint reader and face unlock work well. You’ll also get stereo speakers, which feel the best, though you can’t expect too much for the price. The earpiece quality and microphone worked as expected and I had no problem with Geo’s 4G connectivity in the Noida circle.
- The phone based on Android 11 will be shipped with MIUI 12.
- You get a 5,000 mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. Having a standard 90Hz refresh rate panel makes the phone last much longer. Getting to work one day is not a problem at all. In fact, I got 6-7 hours of screen-on-time. The battery loop test also gave back 27 hours, which was within acceptable range. Thanks to the 33W charging speed, the phone can juice up to 50 percent battery levels in half an hour, with a full charge in 90 minutes.
Not so good
There aren’t a lot of things I dislike about the Redmi Note 10, because the device has crossed its Tini and its I well dotted, so to speak. However, no phone is perfect and some elements look like niggles.
- I have already heard my concern with the MIUI 12 software regarding the amount of bloat preloaded in the UI. Xiaomi has significantly reduced this with a number of additional apps that can be uninstalled, but I would like to at least include an app drawer in Xiaomi.
- At a base price of Rs 11,999 you get 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version which looks a little basic today and in the age.
- With every tapping on the screen the motor has a Georging sound, leaving the haptics somewhat desirable.
- During low-light photography, exposure cannot be controlled manually via a slider, which is common on most smartphones. The sensor should focus on one area after a long press and even then the slider will sometimes not appear.
- The 2MP macro sensor is high enough for padding the camera system. Its output Pro Max does not have much prominent detail, but the focus distance is also 4 cm.
If I have any complaints about the Redmi Note 10, here are a few small tips from what I would most consider a flawless device. Even with some software glitches that are hard to ignore, Xiaomi has delivered the best budget smartphone I have seen in a while. A + design? Check. Excellent cameras? Check. Processing prowess? Check. Do you need a battery? Check. Excellent AMOLED panel? Check. It is very difficult for me to recommend another smartphone under the Rs 15,000 bracket. The Redmi Note 10 is budget perfection, and the ball is now on the real court to provide a worthy competitor.
Editor Rating: 4/5
- Best class performance
- The cameras are great
- Excellent design
- Faster performance
- MIUI 12 requires some work
- Macro shooter is not enough
- Poor haptics
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