The Redmi Note 10 has the most humble specs in this year’s Note 10 series lineup. It doesn’t have the 108MP camera and 120Hz refresh rate, but it does offer solid features, which will be the most important to any buyer of the budget segment. It has a large battery, fast charging support, a good camera and processor, along with a large enough screen. Here is our review of the Redmi Note 10.
Redmi Note 10: What is good?
The Redmi Note 10 has a slightly smaller 6.43-inch screen compared to the Pro variants, which have a 6.67-inch screen. While this variant also has an AMOLED display, the refresh rate remains at 60Hz. Overall, the phone is more compact compared to the Pro Max and fits comfortably in the palm of my hands.
It is a lighter and easier to use device compared to some of the larger phones that have become common. Many users will appreciate this aspect of the design. While the camera sticks out at the back, it is not as prominent as on the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. The end result is that the device sits flat on its back and is much more stable. The fingerprint scanner is embedded within the power button and works precisely to unlock the device in seconds.
The Redmi Note 10 has an excellent display for the asking price. Whether gaming or watching Netflix, the screen does its job well. In sunlight, it is legible and works well. When I took photos with the phone in sunlight, the screen worked fine, although it is a bit reflective. But this is a phone that starts at just Rs 10,000. I also saw ‘Call My Agent’ on this phone at night in my room and the screen was never harsh.
The phone runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 processor along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, although the basic variant starts at 4GB + 64GB. The phone’s performance was smooth during my one-week use. Whether it was social media apps like YouTube, WhatsApp, or Facebook, or games like Mars, Two Dots, Asphalt 9, they all worked without a hitch.
The Redmi Note 10 runs MIUI 12 based on Android 11. Yes, it is annoying that Redmi still sends notifications for its own GetApps store and tries to pre-install many applications when you configure the phone. Fortunately, when MIUI 12.5 is released, users will be able to completely remove many of Xiaomi’s pre-installed apps.
The Redmi Note 10’s camera may not have the big 64MP or 108MP sensor, but it’s still pretty solid considering the price. The 48MP camera can capture more details if you choose to click that mode, though remember that it makes images heavier and will take up more space on your phone. In general, the images are pleasant with good color reproduction and many details.
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Night mode will definitely brighten the image, although it has trouble with focus in some cases. Portrait mode works very well, as long as you have enough lighting and the person remains stable. The camera performance on this device is solid for the most part.
The Redmi Note 10’s battery is 5000 mAh and it is good to see that Xiaomi combines it with a 33W fast charger. You could easily bring the phone to 100 percent in just over an hour, and the size of the battery means it will easily last more than a day, even with the most intense use.
Redmi Note 10: What’s not so good?
The macro camera still struggles and I could see that it couldn’t preserve color accuracy in some cases, especially when I got too close to the subject. Getting a sharp macro turned out to be a challenge, and this is definitely one aspect of the camera that I didn’t enjoy.
The ultra-wide camera on the Redmi Note 10 isn’t that impressive either. You can really see the difference in image quality compared to the main camera when shooting at ultra wide angle.
Redmi Note 10: verdict
The Redmi Note 10 performs well for its starting price of Rs 10,999. If you are in the market for a phone in the Rs 10,000 mark, this is definitely one of the best options you can consider.
Yes, it may not have some of the fancier specs, which its Pro variants tout, but unless you have the need and a budget for them, I’d say this gets the job done. The Redmi Note will be more than adequate for most users, who want a reliable phone without spending too much.