Best Redmi Note 10 Review: A Value Workhorse For 2021

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Redmi Note 10: You get the basics, but with some nice extras. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10 family offers more premium features than ever before, and prices have also increased.

Redmi Note has been a huge success in India. Indian buyers love a great deal and are extremely particular about each feature.

A smartphone with a large screen, a fast processor, large RAM and storage that costs less than. It is likely to be successful if it costs less than Rs. 15,000 This is where the Redmi Note 10 steps in.

Redmi Note 10
Redmi Note 10

Priced at Rs. 11,999 (4GB RAM/64GB Storage) and Rs. Redmi Note 10 has a smaller 108-megapixel rear camera than the more expensive Redmi Note 10 Pro Max , but it does not have the same massive RAM as the Redmi Note 10.

The Redmi Note 10’s middle sibling, also a Redmi Note 10, doesn’t have a 120Hz screen. The three devices share many features, but you may be surprised at the total package.

Redmi Note 10 Design

Xiaomi has launched the “Evol” design language, which refreshes the Redmi Note 10 series. The main design element that we notice is the rear camera module, which has very little differentiation, is smartphones. The four lenses are all different in size and are placed in a thick, but rounded, panel about 1mm away from the rear.

If you choose to have the panel repainted in Shadow Black or Frost White, the rest of the panel remains unchanged. However, the Aqua Green colour has a slight gradient. Each one has a matching frame that is flattened at the top and bottom.

To provide a comfortable grip, the rear panel curves at both sides. The matte texture on the rear panel was very pleasing to me. It doesn’t easily get smudged, which is a good sign that the phone looks great even after long periods of use.

The Redmi Note 10’s 6.43-inch screen is very easy to use and hold thanks to its narrow borders. The 8.3mm thickness and weight of 178.8g make it easy to use even with one hand. Redmi Note 10 is easier to use than Redmi Note 9. It’s also more convenient overall, given its features and cost.

The silver ring that surrounds the front camera is embedded in the top-centre portion of the screen is one design element I don’t like. It can be distracting while gaming or watching videos, and is highly reflective.

The fingerprint sensor is integrated into a side-mounted power button. It is quite small and has a regular shape, rather than being slightly recessed. Even though it has a very small surface area, it was quick and easy to use.

Stereo speakers are available on the Redmi Note 10. The top has additional speaker holes, but it seems that Xiaomi is using the earpiece as a speaker. It is weaker than its main speaker.

The top also features the company’s trademark Infrared emitter, which can be used to control appliances. The tray to the left holds two Nano-SIMs as well as a microSD Card. There’s also a 3.5mm audio socket at the bottom, right next to the USB Type C port.

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is used for the screen. A protective adhesive film is also applied. The box also includes a plain plastic case. The most remarkable feature is the IP53 rating, which provides splash and dust resistance. This is a rare attribute at this price point.

Software and specifications for Redmi Note 10, Redmi Note 10.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 678 is the processor of choice in this generation. It is a newly launched higher-mid-range option that improves on the Snapdragon 675. Two Kryo460 Gold CPU cores run at 2.2GHz, compared to 2GHz in the predecessor. It also has six Kryo460 Silver cores that run at 1.7GHz for low-power applications.

You can choose from either 4GB or 6,GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB, or 128GB UFS 2.2 storage, depending on the variant.The 6.43 inch display features a full HD+ resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate.

Brightness can reach 1100nits peak, which is sufficient for YouTube to display HDR videos with boosted lighting. However HDR is not listed in the spec sheet. You can adjust the colour tones or change to Reading Mode, which makes everything look warmer and can reduce eye strain.

Redmi Note 10 comes with a 5000mAh battery. The battery can be charged up to 33W and comes with a USB Type C charger. Dual-band Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth are included. There is also a USB Type-C charger that matches the rating. Xiaomi claims that the Z-axis hapticmotor allows for subtler vibrations.

Redmi Note 10 devices will now come with MIUI 12, based on Android 11. My device was running version 12.0.1. It didn’t receive any security updates beyond the January 20,21 security patch. This is acceptable, but not great.

However, the company promises a major update with MIUI 12.5 soon. The company also promises that you will receive at least quarterly security updates over the next three years, as well as one or two major Android version upgrades. However, this is not a set schedule.

MIUI 12.5’s biggest changes will include the elimination of all advertising notifications, promotional content, lockscreen ads and bloatware. Xiaomi claims it wants to empower users and that nearly all apps can be removed, with the exception of those essentials like the dialler, camera and clock and settings apps. This will be fascinating to see how it plays out.

However, for now, you will have to deal with these annoying issues. Preloaded apps such as Netflix and Facebook, LinkedIn, Zili and Mi Credit can be removed, while others like Mi Pay, Music and ShareMe cannot.

MIUI has a lot more functionality than stock Android. It includes floating windows, a Game Turbo Mode, lots of home screen customization options, gesture navigation and iOS-like UI shortcuts. The Remi Note 10 Pro Max and Pro Max have fewer features and you don’t get the Second Space private profile. There are also fewer creative camera modes.

Redmi Note 10 Performance

There aren’t many things to be unhappy about, except occasional notifications from spammy apps. Redmi Note 10 is powerful enough to handle everyday tasks and apps. It is also very lightweight and easy to use.

Although the fingerprint sensor works well, I often accidentally unlock the phone by holding it in one hand or picking it up from my pocket. I had to learn to not touch the sensor.
The screen is crisp and bright with rich colours. The screen can be customized, but the reflective ring surrounding the front camera can sometimes be annoying. The always-on display feature is not activated by default and doesn’t always stay on.

You still need to tap the screen to view the battery status, time and notifications. It might be worth switching to the tap-to wake gesture. Redmi Note 10 has Widevine L1 DRM certification, so you can stream high resolution.

Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends ran well at High graphics quality. The phone was not sluggish and did heat up after around 15 minutes. The phone performed well in graphics benchmarks, which is quite good for a budget phone.

3DMark’s Wild Life, and Sling Shot Extreme scores gave me scores of 484 and 1,487 respectively. GFXBench’s Manhattan 3.1 scenes and T-Rex scenes ran at 42fps each. AnTuTu achieved a score of 245,114, while Geekbench’s single and multicore scores were 543 et 1,641 respectively.

The battery life is generally good and should last at least one day without needing to charge it. Even with the heavy usage of streaming one full movie, some music and some Wi-Fi browsing, I was not disappointed. The HD video loop test lasted a respectable 15 hours, 12 minutes. The Redmi Note 10 was charged with its own charger and reached a maximum of 66 percent in 30 mins, and 91 percent in one hour. That’s not bad.

Redmi Note 10 Cameras

The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max’s 108-megapixel primary camera is more impressive than the Redmi Note 10. There’s nothing extraordinary or groundbreaking about the Redmi Note 10 in terms of photography capabilities.

The Redmi Note 10 comes with a 48-megapixel f/1.79 main camera, an 8 megapixel ultrawide camera, and basic macro and depth sensors that companies use to fulfill their “quad camera” marketing requirements on budget phones.

Redmi Note 10 lacks many of its premium siblings’ software features. The Redmi Note 10 does not have dual video modes, dual exposure, clone and dual videos. This could be due to the processor’s smaller speed, but it is still impressive. Record 4K 30fps video and slow-motion capture at 720p up to 960fps.

Daytime performance is good with sufficient sharpness and detail. Exposures are fine and colours pop a bit. Although landscape shots can be acceptable, distant objects may appear a bit blotchy. Close-ups tend to be sharp and detailed, provided the subject isn’t brightly colored.

Red flowers, however, look extremely oversaturated. Portrait mode did a better job blurring out the background to emphasize the subject. Although some detail is lost, portrait shots were noticeably more composed than those taken in standard mode.

Although the quality is less with wide-angle cameras, it can be very useful as edge distortion isn’t too distracting. As you might expect, the macro camera is not suitable for high-quality, reliable results.

Redmi Note 10
Redmi Note 10

Low-light shots can be improved by tapping the shutter button several times to increase the chances of your subject being captured clearly. Although the Redmi Note 10 is able to capture sharp images, I was disappointed by some instances where my subject was blurred or out-of-focus.

If there is enough artificial lighting, objects will look decent enough and colours will display well. Although night mode can increase brightness and balance exposures, the results are dependent on the ambient light and composition of the shot. Even at night, the ultra-wide camera produces very poor results.

Although selfies were good, skin textures and details looked weak at full magnification. By default, beautification is turned on. The selfie portrait mode is well-designed and separates the background clearly.

Video taken in daylight is quite smooth. The 4K resolution can cause colours to become too bright and the tone to be unnaturally warm. The wide-angle camera is able to capture decent detail, but it’s not as crisp.

Even though nighttime is difficult because you can’t move while you record, detail is good even if you stand still. The 4K video looks too warm, and you can feel the jitter when moving. Wide-angle cameras produced wobbly footage that was darker and more detailed.

Verdict

Redmi Note 10 isn’t pushing any new limits for a budget phone. This is somewhat disappointing given how popular it was. Despite this, prices are on the rise and taxes are higher than ever so companies have to be able to deliver big surprises while still keeping costs down. It’s still a competent phone that offers great value in 2021.

It features a striking new design and solid performance for everyday tasks. The main rear camera is competent enough to handle most of the functions. The Redmi Note 10 is distinguished by little touches like the AMOLED display and stereo speakers, as well as the IP53 rating.

Although the promise of clean and annoyance-free software sounds appealing, we will rate this phone based upon our actual experience. It is currently rated at 4.5 out of 5 due to spam and ads. However, if you are reading this after MIUI 12.5, take that into consideration.

The Redmi Note 10 will be competing with the Poco M3 Review, Moto G10 Power & G30, Samsung Galaxy M12 and even the Redmi 9 Power Review, as well as many other recent launches in sub-Rs. 15,000 square feet. Although it isn’t a very exciting phone, it will be very popular in its market.

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