Redmi Note 10 Review: Ultimate Budget Phone

Redmi Note 10 Review: It’s like clockwork. Xiaomi has been delivering excellent budget phones under the Redmi Note series throughout the years. the corporate recently announced that it’s shipped over 200 million smartphones under this lineup. and therefore the new Redmi Note 10 series looks to require things next level, with the quality Note 10 leading the charge. Starting at just NPR 22,000, this phone offers a vibrant AMOLED display and Snapdragon 678, to call a couple of . Let’s discover more about the Redmi Note 10 during this review.

Redmi Note 10 Specifications:

Body:6.32 x 2.93 x 0.33 inches, 178.8 gm, IP53 dust/water resistant
Display:6.43 Super AMOLED panel, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 1100 nits (peak), 4500000:1 NTSC contrast, 60Hz refresh rate
Resolution:FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 (11nm Mobile Platform)
CPU:Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver)
GPU: Adreno 612
Memory: 4/6GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64/128GB UFS 2.2 storage (expandable)
Software & UI:MIUI 12 on top of Android 11
Rear Camera:Quad-camera;

  • 48MP Sony IMX582, f/1.79 primary lens
  • 8MP Sony IMX355, f/2.2 wideangle lens
  • 2MP, f/2.4 depth sensor
  • 2MP, f/2.4 macro sensor, 4CM
  • LED flash
Front Camera:13MP, f/2.5 lens (punch-hole)
Audio:3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speaker, Hi-Res audio
Security:Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Connectivity:Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Beidou, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
Sensors: 360 Ambient Light, Proximity, E-compass, Accelerometer, Gyro
Battery:5000mAh with 33W charging (33W charger inside the box)
Color options:Frost White, Shadow Black, Aqua Green
Price in Nepal: Rs. 21,999 (4/64GB) | Rs. 22,999 (4/128GB) | Rs. 24,999 (6/128GB)

Redmi Note 10 Review:

Design & Build

  • Glass front, plastic frame/back
  • Lightweight build, “Evol.” design

When I said this phone take things to subsequent level, there aren’t only one or two factors at play here. While the AMOLED screen steals the spotlight, i’m more thankful for the relatively compact design of the Redmi Note 10, to be honest. Coming from the Note 9, it’s 20 grams lighter (179 gm < 199 gm) and tons more ergonomically pleasing to carry .

Redmi Note 10 Design

The phone also features a 3D curved design making it all the easier on the hand. Plus, the buttons are easy to succeed in and provides nice tactile feedback. Yet, the side frames protrude by quite bit which does find yourself feeling a touch weird on an otherwise excellent design.

Mind you, this is often an all-plastic phone and Xiaomi has parted ways with Gorilla Glass protection on the camera module this point around—while its predecessor had Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 on the rear camera setup. Moreover, the camera layout has also seen a fresh overhaul. The bulky layout on the Note 9 that elongated to the fingerprint sensor has been replaced with one that somewhat resembles the camera module on the Redmi K40 series.

Side-mounted fingerprint sensor

The camera bump is pretty minimal and doesn’t wobble much when placed on a flat surface either. Similarly, albeit the phone has an AMOLED display, Xiaomi has chosen a side-mounted fingerprint sensor rather than one inside the display as a cost-cutting measure. This sits almost flat on the proper frame of the phone contrary to the one that’s indented on the Redmi 9 Power. Anyway, it’s pretty responsive and unless your palms are sweaty/wet, it won’t hand over on you.

Redmi Note 10 also gets an upgrade in terms of ingress protection. the corporate has replaced the P2i hydrophobic coating with an IP53 rating.

THIS MEANS THAT THE NOTE 10 IS SAFE FROM DUST OR WATER SPRAYS—BUT NOT A FULL-ON IMMERSION.

Regardless, the Shadow Black variant that I even have with me looks quite nice although it attracts fingerprints and smudges by plenty . If you’re a lover of gradient design, the phone is additionally available in an Aqua Green finish. All of this—from the slim-lightweight design, reworked camera module, to the colour choices falls under Xiaomi’s new design language called “Evol.” And I’m all here for it.

Display

  • 6.43-inches FHD+ Super AMOLED screen
  • 60Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1100 nits peak brightness (Sunlight mode)

If you’ve watched our review of the Redmi Note 9, one among the main complaints that we had with the phone was its display. Compared to its competition at the time, the phone came with a rather mediocre screen. Well, no more. one among the foremost requested features within the Redmi Note series—an AMOLED display has finally debuted.

Redmi Note 10 Display

As a result, Redmi Note 10 is additionally the most cost effective phone to boast an OLED panel. On the contrary, Samsung’s newer releases under this price segment, namely the Galaxy A12 and M12 feature an LCD screen. Well, well, well… how the turn tables.

In its default color profile, I didn’t find the phone’s color reproduction to be as vibrant as I’d expect from an AMOLED display. But switching to the “Saturated” option did the trick on behalf of me . Here, the contents on this 6.43” FHD screen look quite sharp, vibrant, and with excellent black levels. it’s good viewing angles also and that i can’t help but praise Xiaomi for raising the bar in terms of display quality on budget smartphones.

How does this AMOLED screen compare?

For the sake of this review, I even compared it against a few of other phones with AMOLED screens that are far more expensive than the Redmi Note 10 and located that it holds its ground. Keeping it side-by-side against Samsung’s Galaxy M51, the difference is sort of indiscernible. From sharpness to vibrancy, things are neck-and-neck here. Bringing Xiaomi’s own Mi Note 10 Lite into the combination , one can notice how it’s slightly brighter whereas Redmi Note 10 tends to seem a touch underexposed.

Moving on, this display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, which is yet one more downgrade coming from the Redmi Note 9. And honestly, i feel Xiaomi should get a pass during this regard considering everything else. While the professional entries within the lineup choose a smooth 120Hz refresh rate, this one settles for the quality 60Hz panel.

So, gamers might want to spend a touch more for a smoother screen. Nonetheless, its minimal punch-hole cutout with 3.54mm diameter isn’t that obtrusive either and complements the general aesthetics of the phone. Additionally, you furthermore may get the Always-on Display (AoD) feature on the Redmi Note 10. There are multiple presets to settle on from otherwise you can even customize the AoD screen.

Always-on Display needs work

Yet, AoD is half-baked here and works for like 10 seconds after you’ve locked the phone. I’m hopeful Xiaomi will bring a full-fledged Always on Display with the upcoming MIUI 12.5 update pretty soon. Anyway, another highlighting feature of this screen is its peak brightness. consistent with the corporate , Redmi Note 10 can hit a peak brightness of 1100 nits under the daylight mode.

Redmi Note 10 ui

Now, we don’t have a photometer lying around to validate this claim but throughout my usage, outdoor visibility hasn’t been a problem thus far . It also can get pretty dim so you won’t have a drag watching it under the bedsheet. Its Widevine L1 certification means you’ll enjoy HD content from your favorite streaming services too. beat all, the Redmi Note 10 is astounding to seem at for normal usage for content consumption purposes.

Performance

  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 SoC (11nm)
  • 4/6GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64/128GB UFS 2.2 storage (expandable)

Jumping to the performance side of things, the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 678. While it’s a reasonably new chipset, it’s but alittle upgrade over the Snapdragon 675 found in Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro from back in 2019. This has been paired with 4/6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 128GB of UFS 2.2 internal storage. because of its three-card slot, you’ll retain dual-SIM functionality even when inserting an external SD card on the Redmi Note 10.

Redmi Note 10 Design

Our 6/128GB unit has fared well thus far . Apps open up quickly and multitasking is handled well too. The phone is in a position to stay multiple apps within the background to facilitate swiftly switching between them also . For such a famously heavy Android skin, I’m proud of the memory management.

But don’t go overboard by having numerous games and other heavy apps within the background for long because it’ll have you ever relaunch the said app from scratch. MIUI’s aggressive resource management kicks in especially after you’ve locked the screen.

Talking about MIUI, Redmi Note 10 runs on Android 11-based MIUI 12.0.1 out-of-the-box. As you’d expect, the visual overhauls Google introduced within the newest version of Android are almost non-existent here. Even the revamped power menu with quick access to your AIoT devices is nowhere to be found. And in fact , there are ads. There’s no “one-click” choice to disable system-wide ads but with a few of clicks and a few of clicks there, you’ll disable ads in MIUI.

Google-heavy MIUI

By default, apps on the house screen are arranged iOS-style. But if you’re like me who prefers the normal app drawer implementation, you’ll change it from the settings. I also like how swiping to the left launches Google Discover card.

Talking about Google, Xiaomi also ships a few of Google-made apps like Phone, Messages, and Chrome by default. Typing on this thing has been bliss thus far too, which is because of its z-axis vibration motor. Let’s take a glance at some benchmark scores:

Redmi Note 10Redmi 9 Power
AndrobenchSeq. Read503.1 MB/s513.27 MB/s
Seq. Write266.26 MB/s202.95 MB/s
AnTuTu v8Total237386183351
CPU9459670713
GPU4165534880
Memory5084841178
UX5028736580
Geekbench 5CPU (Single Core)537315
CPU (Multi-Core)15381362
Compute (OpenCL)416373
PCMark (Work 2.0 Performance)78876097
3DMark (Wild Life)480371

Can I game on this phone?

Besides regular usage, I tested out a few of demanding games too. you’ll tweak the graphics up to Balanced graphics and Ultra frame rate in PUBG Mobile. In these settings, the gameplay was perfectly fine with no lags or stutters. After around 16 minutes, the CPU temperature rose to 39-degree which isn’t that bad.

Redmi Note 10 Gaming

On the opposite hand, Call of Duty Mobile reaches up to High graphics and Max frame rates. With anti-aliasing and ragdoll turned on, I noticed a couple of stutters every now then . So I switched down the graphics to Medium and turned off other graphics enhancements while keeping the frame rate to Max. and that i found that this is often the simplest setting to play COD on the Redmi Note 10.

Similarly, I also played Genshin Impact at Low graphics quality and 30 fps. the sport ran smoothly initially but after about half-hour approximately , once the phone starts heating up, there’s a clear drop by frame rate. Relatively less demanding games like Injustice 2 and Clash Royale are playable with none stutters or choppy frame rate.

Cameras

  • Quad-camera setup at the back
  • (48MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, 2MP depth)
  • 13MP selfie camera inside the punch-hole cutout

Redmi Note 10 Back Cameras

Time to speak about the cameras. Unlike the 108MP sensor on the Note 10 Pro Max, the quality Note 10 makes do with a 48MP Sony IMX582 primary camera. Then there’s an 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. For this review, I compared the cameras of the Redmi Note 10 against that of the Redmi 9 Power which features a similar setup also .

Normal Images

Starting with the traditional images, the 2 phones differ mostly in terms of color science.

While the Note 10 shoots quite warm photos, Redmi 9 Power settles for comparatively more natural-looking images.

Besides this, the previous churns out more details and sharper images while photos from 9 Power look hazy and lacking in contrast. In certain instances, Redmi Note 10’s photos are overexposed. Similarly, we also noticed how it attains over-sharpening to catch up on noise reduction.

Wideangle Images

Moving to the ultra-wide shots, the Note 10 brings down the hotter hue to a more digestible level.

In comparison, its images have better details and dynamic range on most occasions and are less grainy too. But in certain instances, the Redmi 9 Power can deliver better highlights and exposure.

Portrait Images

Getting to the portrait images, here too the photos from Redmi Note 10 look warm whereas Redmi 9 Power features a relatively cooler hue.

The ones from 9 Power have a touch high saturation too although they’re equal in terms of edge detection.

Macro Images

The macro shots, as you’d imagine, are nothing to write down home about.

Both phones are unable to shoot instagrammable photos although those from Note 10 are relatively sharper. They differ significantly in terms of color science also .

Nighttime Images

Regular nighttime images are way better on the Redmi Note 10 too.

It wins in terms of sharpness, exposure control, and maintaining highlights. Turning on Night Mode, the 9 Power excessively minimizes the exposure making the photos look quite dark.

On the contrary, night mode shots from Note 10 retain better sharpness.

Selfie Images

Redmi Note 10 Front Camera

Coming to the front, Redmi Note 10’s 13MP selfie camera gives out better details compared to the 8MP sensor on Redmi 9 Power.

While the latter’s photos look more vibrant, they need soft details and a rather reddish tint.

Portrait selfies are similar also and these phones are almost identical in terms of edge detection.

Videography

Here, the Redmi Note 10 may be a clear winner on the video front. Comparing both phones’ 1080p/30fps footages, the one from Redmi 9 Power is over-saturated, over-exposed, and unstable. But, videos from Note 10 look way better and stable too, because of EIS. The phone also can record 1080p/60fps and 4K/30fps videos but only the previous lives up to the “good-enough” category.

vs Realme 8

While scripting this review of the Redmi Note 10, I also received our unit of the new Realme 8 and clicked a couple of samples to ascertain they compare.

From my preliminary test, I found that standard images from the Realme 8 have high contrast with boosted black levels which makes the photos look more vibrant. When it involves details, things look quite similar though.

Battery

  • 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging

Getting to the battery side of things, Redmi Note 10 gets its juice from an enormous 5000mAh battery. during a busy day where I’d kept the screen brightness to 80-90% with half an hour approximately of GPS usage, photo/video shoot, and heavy gaming, i used to be ready to net out a powerful 7 hours and 17 minutes of screen-on-time.

Redmi-Note-10-Charger

Likewise, under relatively lax usage, I managed to urge up to eight .5 hours of battery endurance. So, if you’re trying to find a phone which will power through your day, the Redmi Note 10 is a superb bet. Charging up the device is equally impressive—albeit falling in need of Xiaomi’s official claims.

With its 33W fast charging support, the corporate says that the phone are able to do 67% juice in half-hour while filling up completely in only 74 minutes.

Testing the charging speed

Oh, the 33W charger is provided within the box, by the way. Thank you, Xiaomi. Regardless, in two charge cycles during the review, I noticed that Redmi Note 10 was charging at a speed slower than what Xiaomi states. So, I used the Satechi USB-C electric meter Tester (capable of measuring up to 65W) to see if the phone is really getting 33W of power at any given instance.

I plugged within the charger at 1% and at no point during the method did I record the charger deliver 33W power—with the very best level settling to around 28.94W (8.85V, 3.27A). needless to say , this was within the early stage of charging the phone and that we know that it can’t hit the 33W mark afterward . After half-hour , Redmi Note 10 climbed to 54% while reaching 67% after 39 minutes. Under our test, the phone hit 100% only after 1 hour and 22 minutes.

On the contrary, GSMArena reports that their unit managed to verify Xiaomi’s charging speed claims so we’re a touch confused on what’s happening here. It can’t be due to the difference in our Indian retail unit vs their global retail unit, can it? On a side note, the decimal charging animation within the lock screen looks really cool.

Audio

  • Stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio certified

Redmi Note 10’s audio quality is pretty impressive too. You’re getting a stereo speaker setup with Hi-Res audio which gets plenty loud. Compared to Redmi 9 Power’s dual speakers, the sound quality is nearly an equivalent . I did notice that Note 10 was ready to deliver more composed audio at full volume while the opposite sounds a touch muffled.

But dialing down the loudness to 70-80%, I couldn’t notice a difference between the 2 phones’ speakers. In terms of details in dynamic content, there’s obviously not much to expect here. Still and every one , Redmi Note 10 may be a great content consumption device due to its AMOLED display and respectable audio setup. Phone calls sound clear too, but i need to say that even without turning on the speaker, the audio is loud enough to be audible by people around you. So, I kept the quantity level at 40-50% for the simplest result.

Conclusion

To conclude this review, the Redmi Note 10 elevates the budget smartphone industry by offering something the competition simply hasn’t been ready to . It’s got an ergonomic, lightweight design, a vibrant AMOLED display, decent cameras, and a stellar battery life. Plus, Snapdragon 678’s performance isn’t half bad either. With all this, i might definitely recommend the Redmi Note 10 to anyone trying to find a smartphone under the NPR 22K bracket .

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