Redmi Note 10T5G Review: Although the Redmi Note 10 5G is a good starter smartphone for 5G, it’s not in the same price range as other smartphones with better features.
When it was launched in March, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10 series seemed very straightforward. The Redmi Note 10 series phones did not feature 5G. This was a little surprising considering the lack of conclusive news on 5G networks being available. Six months later, the situation hasn’t changed much.
Still waiting for an operator’s confirmation on when the first 5G network would be operational. We have seen more 5G smartphones at a lower price, such as the Narzo 30 5G by Realme, the Narzo 30 Pro 5G Review, and the Poco M3 Pro 5G from Poco, enter the market.
Xiaomi is now launching its budget 5G smartphone. Although the Redmi Note 10T may be a little late in the game, a closer inspection of the specifications reveals that it is very similar to other 5G smartphones. Important information to be noted is that the original price of Rs 13.999 was no longer applicable and the device now starts at Rs. 14,499
After using it for about a week, the Redmi Note 10T was a decent 5G smartphone. However, as with all budget 5G devices, there are some shortcomings.
Redmi Note 10T5G Price & Variants
Redmi Note 10T 5G comes in two storage and RAM variants. The Redmi Note 10T 5G comes in two RAM options: the first has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It is available at Rs. 14,499.
The second variant has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and is priced at Rs. 16,499. Both versions are available in four finishes: Chromium white, Graphite Black and Metallic Blue.
Redmi Note 10T 5G Design
My review unit was in Mint Green with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display from fingerprints and smudges. The frame of the Redmi Note 10T 5G is made out of plastic and the back panel from polycarbonate. It looks elegant and blends in well with the Redmi Note 10’s other features.
It lacks the premium feel and weight of a glass back as the Note 10 series. After a few minutes, the polycarbonate back panel can pick up dust and smudges. Because of its matte finish, smudges are difficult to wipe off.
The top contains the 3.5mm headphone Jack, IR emitter, and secondary microphone. The bottom contains the primary mic, Type C USB port, single speaker, and single microphone. The SIM tray is on the left, with the rest of the components visible. On the right, you will find the volume rocker, power button, and embedded fingerprint reader.
Software & Specifications for Redmi Note 10T5G Redmi Note 10T5G
Redmi Note 10T5G runs the MediaTek Dimensity 700 CPU, which includes an integrated 5G modem. It seems to be the most popular processor for budget 5G smartphones at this price point, as competitors like the Realme Narzo 30 5G or the Poco M3 Pro 5G use it.
Redmi Note 10T has up to 6GB LPDDR4X RAM, and up to 128GB UFS 2.2 storage. NSA: N78), and dual 5G standby. A hybrid dual-SIM tray can hold a microSD card up to 1TB for the price of a second SIM. It has a 5000mAh battery that can be charged at 18W.
Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.0.3 runs Android 11 as its basis. My review unit had only 4GB of RAM. However, the software ran very smoothly. Some transparency effects such as the pull-down notifications tray seemed to have been disabled. Multitasking was easy and fast. There were no lags or stuttering animations.
MIUI 12.0.3 comes preloaded with many Xiaomi-branded apps, as well as third-party apps like Amazon, Prime Video, and LinkedIn. If not required, these apps can be uninstalled. I was annoyed by notifications from Wallpaper Carousel and Themes apps but eventually turned them off in Settings.
Redmi Note 10T5G Performance & Battery lifetime
The full-HD+ LCD 6.5-inch was sharp and offered good viewing angles. It was visible in direct sunlight and bright enough. Stereo speakers would have allowed for more immersive video streaming and gaming.
The benchmark score for the Redmi Note 10T 5G was below average at 2,39,964. The performance of the other benchmark tests was comparable to phones with the same SoC. Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests gave the Redmi Note 10T scores of 555 and 1,698 respectively.
My experience with the phone was fluid and my gaming performance was good, although there were some hiccups. During gaming, the phone didn’t heat up. Call of Duty Mobile was smooth at medium graphics and high frame rates. The touch response was also spot on.
Asphalt 9: Legends, on the other hand, did not run smoothly when the default graphics settings (called Default) were used. There was noticeable stuttering in gameplay, and some lag when there was a lot of action. The stuttering was significantly reduced by switching to Performance graphics quality.
The Redmi Note 10T5G’s 5,000mAh battery and 7nm processing power didn’t cause any problems. After an hour of video streaming and gaming, some calls, lots of messaging on WhatsApp and Slack, and two active email accounts, my battery was still 60% at the end. The phone’s battery life is excellent. The phone lasted 17 hours and 8 seconds in our HD video loop test.
The charging was slow. The box contains a 22.5W charger, but the phone’s maximum current draw is 18W. The Redmi Note 10T 5G was able to charge at this speed, reaching 25 percent in just 30 minutes and 50 percent within an hour. It was fully charged in just 2 hours 21 minutes.
Although it is comparable to the competition, this charging time is still quite slow when compared with 4G smartphones of the same price, many of which can charge at 30W or 33W.
Redmi Note 10T 5G Cameras
Redmi Note 10T 5G features a triple rear camera system, which is very similar to other smartphones. The primary camera is 48 megapixels, the macro camera is 2 megapixels, and the depth sensor is 2 megapixels. This depth sensor is only activated when Portrait mode is enabled. An 8-megapixel camera handles selfie duties.
Redmi Note 10 by Xiaomi, which is less expensive, has more options with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and the Realme Narzo 30 5G, which offers a slightly better 16-megapixel selfie camera. The interface of the camera is intuitive and simple to use. All controls are just a tap away.
Photos taken in daylight were bright and saturated but also overexposed. The primary camera showed flat textures in brightly lit scenes, but the detail was not up to expectations. The sharpness of each frame decreased towards the edges. The dynamic range was average at best. However, the lack of detail made darker scenes look blurry.
The rear camera produced better portrait photos with better detail and color. Mixed results were obtained with the selfie camera. Unfavorable lighting conditions, such as when the camera was placed against a window or other dark surfaces, caused some unusual noises in the frames.
Outdoor selfies were brighter but flatter. Portrait mode was able to reduce noise, produce slightly better results and have better contrast. However, backgrounds looked too exposed.
Macro photos were oversaturated in abnormal colors compared to the actual scene. A photo of the same subject that was taken with the primary camera looked sharper and was easier to use when cropped.
Low light performance was also very poor. Auto mode saw a drop in detail, and Night mode saw a decline in detail. Low-light selfies turned out flat and had below-average detail. Portrait mode increased contrast, and software gave photos a sense of depth.
Video recording on the Redmi Note 10T5G is at 1080p 30fps, just like the competition. Although videos were well stabilized with good dynamic range and sharpness, they did not have the same level of sharpness. Low light videos looked blurry and the noise level would increase the moment I pointed the camera at an object with low lighting.
Budget smartphones are often lacking in certain areas. Your decision to buy a 5G budget smartphone will depend on which brand you choose and what software you use. Redmi Note 10T5G, Realme Narzo 30, 5G (Review), and Poco M3 Pro5G (Review), all have similar hardware at comparable prices.
These are the three options you should consider if 5G is something you need for your next smartphone upgrade. Keep in mind that Redmi 10T 5G’s camera performance and price are a little below average. 14,499.
For an additional Rs. For Rs. 1,500 more, you get a slightly better 16-megapixel camera with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage version of the Poco M3 Pro 5G, it is slightly cheaper at Rs 13,999.
If you’re okay with a 4G smartphone there are plenty of options with better hardware and features like Super AMOLED displays and stereo speakers.
Also Read: Best Redmi Note10s Review
Redmi Note 10T : SPECS
- Display: 6.50-inch
- Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 700
- Front Camera: 8-megapixel
- Rear Camera: 48-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64GB
- Battery Capacity: 5000mAh
- OS: Android 11
- Resolution: 1080×2400 pixels