Should I buy a Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro?
|Stunning 120Hz AMOLED display||No 5G|
|Long battery life||No OIS|
|Excellent cameras||Huge camera bump|
|Decent performance||MIUI not for everyone|
This is a truly amazing mid-range phone that offers more than you might expect just by looking at the price tag. This is without a doubt the best combination of screen and main camera you can get for £ 250 – you don’t just have to have 5G.
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Full review of Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
The middle class remains a source of smartphone innovation and fierce competition. It is not uncommon to find 120Hz refresh rate, AMOLED display, 5G and even 108Mp in some, but it is rare to combine more than one. Three of these four Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pros cost less than £ 250.
When it comes to the design and “Pro” model of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, it looks very simple, very similar to many other phones today. Well, at least I didn’t go down without explaining myself first. However, you can get it in more interesting Glacier Blue, Gradient Bronze color groups.
This is a very large phone (weighing 193 grams), but there is nothing unusual, and its thickness remains only 8.1 mm, although I can not imagine that this figure includes a camera module. This should be the main point of the design, because it even has two levels.
Downstairs there is a flash and various sensors, and above you can find four cameras. It’s not the most beautiful-looking module around, but I really enjoy the old 35mm camera style with silver around the main module.
Although the face looks beautiful on the table, turn the Redmi Note 10 Pro, which makes it very difficult to use without removing the camera module. The rock between the opposite corners is one of the worst places I’ve come across.
Aside from the “CE” and trash can logos, which spoil the back a bit – this is a common nonsense on my phones – it’s worth noting the more subtle or invisible design features.
It’s great to see the headphone jack above, the stereo speakers (sounds good enough) and the ‘Ark’ fingerprint scanner on the side power button, the place I found works just as well as it did here in the past. Also, I haven’t seen a phone with an IR blaster for a long time.
Xiaomi only says that the front is Corning Gorilla Glass 5, so I think the back is plastic, but the phone still has an IP53 rating that protects it from splashes. The box also includes a transparent silicone sleeve for extra protection.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a great phone. Most Pro devices have a 6.67-inch screen, and the Redmi Note 10 Pro fits the bill.
Like the Poco X3 NFC, key features include 120Hz refresh rate, Full HD + resolution (1080 x 2400) and HDR10 support. But because LCD is not IPS, but AMOLED, you get better viewing angles, sharper colors and better contrast. It is also very bright, with a Spyder X measuring 455 nits.
It’s a beautiful screen and the punch-hole camera at the top is one of the smallest I’ve seen, so it’s practically hidden out of the way for most of the time.
Note that the phone is not set to 120Hz by default, so it’s worth turning this on in settings for a smoother experience. As you’ll learn later, I still have impressive battery life despite using this mod.
The bezels around the screen aren’t the smallest, but that’s all you can expect as this is a mid-range device.
Considering that more expensive devices like the OnePlus Nord are limited to 90Hz and the Pixel 4a 5G is just regular 60Hz, the Redmi Note 10 Pro is very impressive for the asking price. It is one of the best phone screens you will get in the mid range.
Features and Performance
It is one of Qualcomm’s latest mid-range chips, offering good performance but not including 5G to reduce costs. In addition to 5G, it is very similar to the 765G found in various phones with eight cores (six low power and two higher) up to 2.3 GHz and an Adreno 418 GPU.
The model I tested came with 6 GB of RAM, but you can also get the 8 GB model with 128 GB of memory. Otherwise, you’ll get 64 or 128 GB with less memory, so there’s a lot of choice, and if you want to add more, there’s a microSD card slot.
As you can see below, the Redmi Note 10 Pro keeps up with 765G devices, so whether or not 5G is a problem is up to you. Here I used PCMark for Android because our usual comparison apps – Geekbench 5 and GFXBench – didn’t work.
Leaving aside the comparison points, the real world performance of the Redmi Note 10 Pro is very strong. Programs open quickly, and more difficult tasks are relatively easy. It doesn’t even take long to take a 108-megapixel photo and upload it to the camera, which takes us to beautiful photography.
True, the Note 10 Pro has a 108Mp camera for the main sensor. It is supported by 8Mp ultra wide, 5Mp telemachro and 2Mp depth sensor. Given that the latter is a sensor, this is actually a triple installation, but still impressive.
The main sensor is very large and has an aperture of f/1.9. Of course, you won’t often want to take photos in full resolution, but you can. Normally, the Note 10 Pro, according to Xiaomi, uses 9-in-1 pixel binding technology, resulting in stunning detail and a higher dynamic range, along with local ISO technology and 2.1μm “super pixels.”
When taking “normal” photos, the main camera is impressive, and you get 12Mp final images that are more manageable at 4000×3000 pixels than the standard aspect ratio and take up about a quarter of the memory area compared to the full 108Mp.
Xiaomi, which does not have a telephoto lens, relies on this large sensor for zoom moments when you press the ‘2x’ button in the app. The results are at least the same color and dynamic performance as regular images, which is often very good, but can’t compete with a full-fledged telephoto if you really need it.
If you really want to cut something in the shot, it is better to use the 108Mp mode. You just have to remember to switch to it.
The weak point of the main camera is in indoor areas with artificial lighting or less lighting at night. Here, the performance is a bit more grainy, albeit a little grainy and a little out of focus. Night Mode 2.0 is on par with its competitors, as you can shoot with some detail instead of anything, but it can’t compete with the software on Pixel 4a phones.
No OIS (optical image stabilization) helps, and of course not for video. Video can be captured up to 4K at 30 frames per second, but still looks beautifully clear and colorful on the phone’s screen at 1080p. Digital stabilization is enough, but only if you really stop.
Returning to photography, the ultra-wide selection is mid-range and certainly not the same level of performance as the main sensor, but it’s there when you need it for decent results.
Typically, I’m not a fan of macros on phones, as they often cause a loss of space, but the Note 10 Pros is quite impressive. Compared to the usual 2Mp, this is 5Mp, and with a little patience you can draw beautiful close-up plans. Not under “more” in the camera program, aspect ratio, timer, etc. It took me a while to figure out how to access it because it is in the settings with.
The front has a typical 16Mp camera that offers quality selfies and includes portrait mode. I’ve found some floral-type effects that will blur the background for you, but my hair has had a hard time deciding where to start the background.
Overall, I was very impressed with the camera results you can see in the gallery below.
Battery & Charging
Large phones with mid-range components make the perfect combination to ensure long battery life, and that’s what the Redmi Note 10 Pro has to offer.
Its size means that it has a large 5020 mAh inside, and I saw that the phone continues to work even when the screen is set to 120Hz. After 48 hours of using my phone the most on the weekends, 45% of the juice is left.
I’m generally a very light user, but even those who use the phone for more gaming and media consumption than me will find that it lasts for two days. The PCMark battery test for Android lasted 10 hours and 53 minutes, slightly behind its competitors, but not to worry.
When you find the Redmi Note 10 Pro down, charging is faster with a 33W charger with the built-in charger. If we start as completely dead, it can increase the phone to 27% after 15 minutes and 59% after 30 minutes.
The latter combines perfectly with the Poco X3 and surprisingly, you don’t get wireless charging here.
The software is often where Chinese phones fall, and that’s a bit the case with the Redmi Note 10 Pro, but not as bad as I’m afraid compared to previous phones.
The phone works with MIUI 12 based on Android 11, so you get the latest OS, this is a good start.
In general, the interface works very smoothly and everything is where you expect. Here are just a few annoying things to add and a few things to add.
As a fan of the Android Foundation on phones like the Pixel 4a, MIUI is relatively busy and childish in the big, basic color genre. I like that you can drag the notification panel down from anywhere on the screen, but there are a lot of quick settings.
There are several pre-installed apps like Netflix, LinkedIn, Amazon Shopping, Facebook, TikTok and eBay, and apps that are promoted when you open the “more apps” folder. Fortunately, you can delete them all quickly.
I don’t even need to start a random message instead of the notifications on the lock screen that say “always believe something great will happen” (in full).
Fortunately, this is Android, so if you get nervous, it’s easy enough to replace most of them. It takes some time to find out where some settings are made and get some things the way you want them.
Price and availability
We don’t have UK prices for the full series of Redmi Note 10, but we can tell you that this Pro model starts at just £249, or $279. The regular Note 10 is not officially available in the UK, but the 10S and 10 5G models are the other two (cheaper) options.
Here are the full details of the three Pro SKUs
- 6/64GB – £249/$279
- 6/128GB – £269/$299
- 8/128GB – $329
The Redmi Note 10 Pro is available in the official Mi store and on Amazon, with initial sales prices between £219 and £249 if purchased between April 13-15.
When you compare the OnePlus Nord at £ 379 and the Google Pixel 4a at £349, the prices are staggering. The main competitors here are the £ 299 Realme X50 5G and the £279 Realme 7 Pro, and the Realme 8 Pro will soon go on sale with its 108Mp camera.
Check out the full list of the best mid-range phones and the best budget phones to see what’s out there, as the Redmi Note 10 Pro models fit into both price categories, depending on which one you choose.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro is one of the best phones you can buy at this price, Xiaomi offers exceptional value for money.
The highlights here start with an amazing display offering AMOLED technology and a 120Hz refresh rate, and continue with an excellent camera set. The headphone is 108Mp, supported by a reasonable ultra-wide and surprisingly good telemachine.
The lack of a telephoto lens may bother you, but if you want, you can shoot at full 108Mp, then cut it. I would prefer OIS to improve video and low light performance. Still incredible for the price.
There are also small pleasures such as headphone jack, Arc fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers and even an IR blaster. Battery life is also strong, and Xiaomi’s box includes a 33W charger.
Well, the key features to ensure smooth performance depend on the Snapdragon 732G. However, the Redmi Note 10 Pro does not support 5G, which could violate the agreement.
MIUI also has the disadvantage of having an extremely sophisticated interface that is not as bright and easy to use as its competitors – although with some adjustments you can make it better than standard.