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Redmi Note 10 Hands-on review: The Budget Phone we Need

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Redmi Note 10 Hands-on review

Xiaomi officially launched its midrange devices in the Redmi series, this includes the Redmi Note 10 dubbed The AMOLED Explorer, it packs a 6.43-inch AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 678 SoC, and a 48-megapixel quad-camera system.

Redmi Note 10

The Redmi Note 10 comes in two variants the 4GB + 64GB priced at ₱8,490, and the 6GB+128GB version retails at ₱9,990, we got the latter variant, and here's my hands-on review.

Redmi Note 10 Specs

Android 11, MIUI 12
6.43-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display (2400 x 1080 resolution) at 409ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 octa-core processor
Adreno 612 GPU
4GB/6GB LPDDR4x RAM / 64GB/128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage
Expandable via microSD
48MP, ƒ/1.79 wide-angle + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro camera + 2MP depth sensor rear cameras
13MP selfie camera
Stereo speakers, Headphone jack
Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
IP53 Splash-proof tested
Dual SIM, Dual standby
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
5,000mAh battery, 33W fast charging
Colors: Lake Green, Pebble White, Onyx Gray

The Redmi Note 10 is surprisingly light on my hands, it's a well-balanced device at only 179 grams. The back has a nice glossy matte surface and feels nice to touch, but it can easily pick up smudges. It has tapered edges that add to its premium look.

Redmi Note 10

It's available in Lake Green, Pebble White, and Onyx Gray colors and the one I got is the Onyx Gray which is closed to gunmetal color.

Redmi Note 10

There is a triple camera system at the back and the Redmi branding below, the fingerprint sensor is also the power button on the right side together with the volume rocker. On the left side is the SIM slot with two nano-SIM slots and one microSD card slot for additional storage.

Redmi Note 10

There's a nice 6.43-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display, with 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution at 409ppi.

Redmi Note 10

Going to the bottom it has the traditional connection ports, the 3.5 audio jack, type-C port, speaker grille, and microphone. At the top, there is another speaker grille, microphone, and the IR blaster a nifty feature to control home appliances such as TV and Aircon.

The overall design looks refreshing, the color is reflective and it's easy to hold on one hand and does not easily slip easily.

At the front its mainstay is a really nice looking Super AMOLED display with an 83.5% screen-to-body ratio, bezels are visible, especially at the chin part. the punch-hole selfie camera is placed at the center-top of the display.

Redmi Note 10

The display looks amazing and the colors are sharp, while the texture and contrast are also good. With its 20:9 ratio, watching videos and playing games is definitely enjoyable. The max brightness is pretty high and that helps when using it outdoors under direct sunlight.

Redmi Note 10

It features 360° light sensors that automatically adjust the brightness for more comfortable reading. It also has Low blue light certified by SGS it's designed for eye comfort, which is actually easy on the eye and does not strain my eye when this is activated.

Note 10 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 octa-core mobile platform clocked up to 2.3GHz paired with Adreno 612 GPU and comes with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

Redmi Note 10

Snapdragon 678 is designed to deliver reliable performance for dynamic entertainment, both CPU and GPU provide improved gaming, photography, streaming, and more. Plus, the Qualcomm® Hexagon 685 DSP works in tandem with these processors to add smarter, more robust computing while prolonging power even further.

Redmi Note 10

On AnTuTu the Redmi Note 10 got 241,858 scores and on GeekBench it scores 349 on Single-Core and 1298 on multi-core.

When it comes to gaming, the Note 10 performs well in running most of the games I installed, I did notice lag or shutter while playing games like Call of Duty on high settings, Asphalt 9, PUBG, and the graphics intensive Genshin Impact.

Redmi Note 10

Playing Call of Duty: Mobile on high graphics and frame rate settings is not ideal, but it's still playable, to remedy this I set it to medium setting and gameplay is now smooth.

With the 60Hz AMOLED screen and with the dual speakers playing is more immersive and fun and I was able to lock on the game I'm playing.

The Note 10 is equipped with an advanced linear motor, which intelligently converts various sounds and movements into precise vibration effects and I did feel the vibration when playing games, especially action games like Call of Duty.

MIUI interface
Out of the box, it runs on the latest Android 11 with MIUI 12 on top. In terms of aesthetics, it has a nice square with rounded edges default icons, and a nice color scheme. It has a default classic app list, but it can be changed to the app drawer at Home Screen settings which is nice since I like drawer type since it's easy to search for an app I want to use.

Redmi Note 10

It comes is MIUI tools which include the Mi Remote, Screen Recorder, Compass, Share Me, and FM Radio and it also has the complete Google suite of apps and some third-party apps that can be easily uninstalled. Other special features include Game Turbo, Video toolbox, Floating Windows, Second space, and Lite mode.

In terms of storage it eats up around 24GB on system files, so the 64GB variant only has around half of the capacity of storage available for the user, good thing it supports a microSD card for extra storage for other files.

It features a face-unlock and side-mounted fingerprint sensor, both are very quick to unlock the phone, at it's the best implementation of the fingerprint sensor on a smartphone.

One of the main features of the Note 10 is its camera, it sports a quad-camera system with 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor, a 2-megapixel macro lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 48-megapixel main sensor. Upfront there’s a 13-megapixel selfie camera.

Redmi Note 10

Its equipped with Pro time-lapse capabilities, it’s an addition to the previous slow motion, night mode, and regular time-lapse features.

In terms of camera performance, Xiaomi has been consistent over years in making the best in shooting photos and videos and the Note 10 does not disappoint, pictures taken with the main camera look sharp and colors are punchy with great dynamic range considering that this is only a sub 10K smartphone, now that is impressive.

Redmi Note 10

It supports a variety of camera modes such as Pro, Video, Proto, Portrait, Night, 48M, Short Video, Panorama, Documents, Slow Motion, and Time-lapse.

It's capable of up to 4K video recording, and you can even record time-lapse at 40k 30fps, while slow-mo video support 720p up to 960fps.

But due to ongoing Quarantine, I was not able to fully test the Note 10 camera capability since movement outside our place is limited.

Xiaomi was generous to pack the Note 10 with a 5,000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. I got around 7-8 hours of screen time on a full charge using it to play online games, watch videos, update social media accounts, and more game time.

Redmi Note 10

Charging is fast, thanks to its 33W charging feature, it was able to full-up the battery to 50% in just 30-min, and it was full-charge in about 90 minutes.

Slim and lightweight design
Great camera
Impressive battery
Good Performance

Poor haptics
Plastic body
Gaming not smooth

The Redmi Note 10 for its price of only ₱9,990, is one of the best options if you are looking for a featured pack smartphone under the ₱10K price point. The AMOLED screen looks great for watching videos and playing games. The MIUI looks chic and easy to use. It performs well on everyday tasks and has great battery life.

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