Redmi Note Pro Max: Are high-resolution cameras worth the extra cost? Redmi Note has been a symbol of value.
It offers features that are at least a step above the Redmi series, but still affordable enough to most people. These models have a lot of potential, with a large screen, big battery, powerful processor and stunning cameras.
This gives them a little bit of aspirational appeal, especially considering their price range. Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 10 series this year.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, which has a 108-megapixel camera, is its top-of-the-line model. It is the only difference in the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and Redmi Note 10 Pro. But does this make sense for a mainstream smartphone? We will find out.
Redmi Note Pro Max price in India
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max blurs the line between mainstream pricing and premium. It starts at Rs. India’s price for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant is 18,999. Only Rs. 19,999 is required to purchase the variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage. You pay only Rs. 19,999 for the same 6GB RAM, but twice the storage at 128GB.
This makes the base variant seem rather pointless. The most expensive variant crosses the Rs. The most expensive variant costs Rs. 20,000 and is the first to cross the Rs. 21,999 for 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro, which is identical to the Redmi Note 10 Pro in every way and costs Rs. For the same amount of RAM and storage, you will pay Rs. 3,000 more 15,999, Rs. 15,999, Rs. 16,999 and Rs. Both models come in three colors: Glacial Blue, Dark Night, and Vintage Bronze.
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max Design
This generation is a departure for Xiaomi. You can see the small details that the company calls its “Evol” design language primarily around the frame and camera modules on the Redmi Note 10 series.
The front is almost identical, with a narrow border and a small embedded front camera at the top. The camera has a very shiny, silver ring around the lens. This is distracting and can be counterproductive to the goal of shrinking the hole.
The side power button has an embedded fingerprint sensor, but it isn’t recessed. It is also not larger than a regular button. The volume rocker can be found above the power button. To accommodate these buttons, the phone’s frame is slightly thicker. This bulge is covered by a glass panel at the rear. It’s curved on the sides and molded around it, giving it a sleek look.
Mystic bronze and Glacial blue have frosted backs. The Dark Night option is glossy. Both finishes were easy to test and fingerprints weren’t too bad in either case. Frosted glass was also a bit more slippery than normal, but not enough for me to be concerned.
Bright silver panels highlight the 108-megapixel rear camera. To account for the module’s thickness, the module has a two-tier design. It is large enough to hold the two low resolution cameras right next to each other. This does not make the phone stable or easy to use if it is lying flat on a desk.
The front of the Xiaomi Mi Mix has Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and an adhesive screen protector has been applied. It has a 3.5mm audio connector, but it is on the top, which is unusual. A speaker cutout is also included.
This allows sound to travel more efficiently and the earpiece can be used as an additional speaker. An infrared emitter is also included for controlling appliances. The primary speaker and a USB Type C port are located at the bottom. On the left, you’ll find two Nano-SIM slots and space for a microSD Card.
It has an IP53 rating, which means it is water and dust resistant. This is always a good thing to see. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max measures 8.1mm thick by 192g and is slightly lighter than the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (Review), however, you need to take into account the awkward camera bulge.
Software and specifications for Redmi Note Pro Max
You can expect some premium touches and impressive specs from this Redmi Note phone. The Redmi Note 10 Pro offers exactly the same package, but the primary rear camera costs Rs. You will pay 3,000 less. You get 8GB RAM and 128GB storage with the Snapdragon 732G SoC. This should be sufficient for daily tasks as well gaming.
The screen on the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is amazing. This 6.67-inch Super AMOLED panel is full HD+ and has a 120Hz refresh rate. It also supports HDR10. The brightness is up to 1200nits and the panel has TUV Rheinland certification for low-blue light emission. The hole for front camera is just 2.96mm in diameter.
The included adapter can charge the phone up to 33W and a 5020mAh battery. The specifications include dual-band Wi Fi ac, Bluetooth and stereo speakers. Surprisingly, NavIC doesn’t appear to be listed among the supported satellite navigation system. There’s also no mention of high resolution Bluetooth audio codecs. NFC would have been a nice addition.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max comes with MIUI 12.0.6, which is Android 11’s software. There are many features and customizations available, including a locked second space for private data, Game Turbo shortcuts and home screen customisations. It also supports iOS-style gestures to show notifications or quick settings. You can also use floating windows and Reading Mode, which has a paper-like texture.
For years, we’ve been complaining about the excessive amount of promotional and advertising content in MIUI. This includes the “Glance” content on the lockscreen as well as constant notifications from certain applications. It’s not as bad as it used to be, but Xiaomi promises that the new MIUI 12.5 will eliminate all of this. Users will also be able to uninstall unnecessary apps with the upcoming MIUI 12.5
My review unit was running February 2021 security patches, which are okay but not the most current. Xiaomi has not yet promised that users will receive security updates at least once a quarter over the next three-years, along with one or two Android version upgrades.
Redmi Note Pro Max Performance
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max’s display quality is what really sets it apart. Super AMOLED panels are bright and clear, with everything looking smooth. The colours pop well and the blacks are very deep which makes for great contrast.
There are three color profiles available. You can also manually change the colour temperature. HDR video looks great. The default refresh rate of 60Hz is used.
The only thing that makes the video experience less enjoyable is the shiny ring surrounding the front camera. It’s a little odd that the always-on screen doesn’t stay on all the time. You have to tap it to bring it up. The screen only stays on for a few seconds so it is functionally identical to your lock screen. It’s nice to have stereo speakers. However, sound quality is not very good and bass is lacking.
The fingerprint sensor is small and easy to use, but it works well. To launch an app or perform an action, you can set up a double tap shortcut. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max’s large screen is easy to use, although you may want to put on the case included for greater grip. The only problem is the promotional notifications from Xiaomi’s GetApps and Themes apps. I hope that the MIUI 12.5 update will soon arrive.
Everyday apps will work fine. My review unit had 6GB RAM so heavy multitasking was not an issue. AnTuTu gave me a score of 2,718,830, while Geekbench 5 scored 563 and 1,703 respectively in the single- and multithreaded tests.
The score for the 3DMark Wild Life test was 1,118 and the score for Sling Shot Extreme was 2,734. GFXBench’s Car Chase and T-Rex scenes ran at 82fps, 17fps, respectively. The phone’s back heat can get uncomfortable after a while, even though heavy games like Asphalt 9: Legends and Call of Duty Mobile ran smoothly.
You can use the 5020mAh battery for a full day, with some left over for the morning. You should be able to use the battery for a full day even if you stream media, play many games, or take lots of photos and videos. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max was able to last 17 hours and 1 minute in our HD video loop test. It reached a maximum of 44 percent when plugged into its bundled charger. This was followed by a total of 84 percent in 60 seconds.
Redmi Note Pro Max Cameras
The main camera, which has a 108-megapixel resolution, is obviously the star of the show. The main camera is based on the same Samsung HM2 sensor that the Mi 10i uses, but it has some different optics, including an f/1.9 aperture, and a 6P lens. This camera will combine nine 0.7um pixels into one, 2.1um pixel by default. However, you can change this.
The 5-megapixel macro camera boasts a 2X magnification. This will allow you to take macro shots farther away than normal. Redmi Note 10 Pro Max also features a standard 8-megapixel ultrawide camera and depth sensor.
Camera app has a lot to offer, including some features that are not available on the Redmi Note 10. You can combine graphics, background music, effects, and other elements into one clip by using Vlog mode.
Simply tap the shutter button a few more times. Dual and Clone modes let you take multi-exposure photos and overlay video from both the rear and front cameras. Other modes include Panorama, AI Watermark, Time Lapse and Document.
Some aspects of the app can be a bit odd. For example, you need to go to a Settings menu to access the macro camera. Tilt Shift filters can also be found here. You can choose between a number of shots and an interval.
There are also options for object tracking and framing. The UI could be improved, particularly in the way that text labels are cut off. Xiaomi has decided to not impose a tasteless, obtrusive branded logo watermark on users by default.
The primary camera is excellent when it comes to colour reproduction, detail, exposure and color reproduction. Given the price, you should be satisfied with the results. Although close-ups are the best, objects from a distance can look quite good at the default 12-megapixel resolution. You’ll get 20MB of space if you use the 108-megapixel option.
Although you can magnify photos more without losing detail, it is not possible to crop distant objects to simulate optical Zoom. The full resolution results are less sharp.
As expected, the wide-angle camera captures duller images with lower contrast. Portrait mode allows you to adjust the depth effect prior or after taking a photo. The results were acceptable, but not exceptional.
The macro camera was even more fascinating to me than the primary. It can be difficult to determine the distance between your subject and the phone. There is no indicator on the screen when the focus has been achieved.
It was a lot of guesswork, and it didn’t work out as well as the more traditional method of covering a subject with the shadow of your phone. My macro shots turned out stunning, with the perfect focus and the subject well framed. This is probably the best use of a dedicated macro-camera that I have seen on a smartphone.
Even though night mode can make a big difference in low-light shots it doesn’t really improve detail. The colour tone was not natural looking, especially at 108-megapixel resolution. It was also difficult to focus at full resolution. Although the wide-angle camera captures darker, duller shots, they are actually quite acceptable if there is enough ambient light.
Although the 16-megapixel front camera f/2.45 is good in daytime, don’t expect natural-looking skin tones. By default, beautification is enabled. Selfie portraits have a good depth of field and accurate edge detection.
Video recording speeds up to 4K at 30fps. Full-HD video can be stabilized, but 4K video cannot. Even with full-HD wide-angle video, the quality is acceptable. Even though there was a lot of detail captured at night, the colours were often blown up to ridiculous levels. Full-HD video had shimmer, but 4K video was extremely shaky.
Xiaomi often refers to its Redmi Note Series as all-rounders. However, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is clearly a more powerful device with its 108-megapixel rear-facing camera. This is not a great deal, but I doubt it. The Redmi Note 10 Pro is identical to it, but this costs a 3,000 more than the Redmi Note 10 Pro.
It’s great for bragging and in certain situations you may want to capture fine detail. However, the overall camera quality does not seem to be affected. It will be fascinating to compare the main cameras of these phones in similar conditions.The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max Max is compelling in all other aspects.
This makes it even more compelling to recommend its much less expensive sibling, rather than the phone itself. The Redmi Note 10 Pro has all the same strengths as the Redmi Note 10 Pro: the screen is excellent, the software is up to date, and the design is great.
Although the battery life could be better and the fingerprint sensor could become irritating, these are minor issues that can be easily overlooked.
It is interesting to note that Xiaomi did not use a 5G-capable SoC in this phone. Review: The Mi 10i does have 5G and more processing power, but it costs Rs. With the same three RAM and storage options, it costs 2,000 more.
This seems to be a better choice for those who want the 108-megapixel camera. Realme also recently launched the Realme 8 Pro (First Impressions), while the X7 5G is under review.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max appears to be addressing a very narrow niche when you take a look at the entire market. While it’s a great phone and a good value, there are two options from Xiaomi. They will either save you money or offer a better overall package that is less expensive.
Also read: Redmi Note 10 Review