The Redmi Note 10 stands out in the budget category

With the recently launched Redmi Note 10 series, Xiaomi hopes to strengthen its position in India, after a year-long epidemic that saw China’s product drop to second place in Q3 2020 for the first time in two years.

The Redmi Note 10 series includes three new smartphones – the Redmi Note 10 (starts at ₹ 11,999), the Redmi Note 10 Pro (starts at, 15,999) and the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (starts at 18,999).

Here is our review of the Redmi Note 10:

Display

The Redmi Note 10 has a 6.43-inch AMOLED screen with a refreshing 60Hz resolution and 2400x1080p resolution. The screen looks a little tad next to the 6.67-inch Micromax IN Note 1 screen, which can feel like a slight decrease for moviegoers and gamers. However, the Xiaomi phone screen looks brighter and handles colours much better than most of its rivals, making movie playback more enjoyable, despite the smaller screen.

Design

Xiaomi has taken its design with a few notes on new smartphones. The Redmi Note 10 looks slim (8.3mm), feels great premium and has a really non-bezel screen. It is also available in other eye colour options such as aqua green and frost white. At 178g, it sounds simple, compact and easily controllable with one hand.

The fingerprint sensor is integrated with the power button and whether it looks smaller than the in-display or rear-facing sensor facing the fingers, it is accurate and fast to turn on the phone.

Among its competitors, we liked the design of the Nokia 5.4. It has flat edges, weighs just 181gm, fits snugly in the palm of the hand and also has attractive colour options.

Performance

The Redmi Note 10 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 chipset with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It is not as powerful as the chipset used on the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, but the performance difference is not noticeable in everyday activities. Apparently, it is not limited to hard gambling and we have seen lags while playing PES 2021 in the highest drawings.

Battery support is impressive. The 5,000mAh battery lasts longer than a full day of comfort.

Camera

Quad cameras are becoming more common in budget smartphones these days. The Redmi Note 10 camera setup includes a 2MP macro sensor, an 8MP ultra wide-angle sensor, a 2MP depth sensor and a 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor. Macro shots look very clean. The 48 MP camera is a great smartphone. It has managed to get a lot of bright colour details compared to its other closest competitors like Nokia 5.4. However, like most budget phones it is lacking in low light performance.

The selfie camera was able to produce beautiful light and colour brightness. The details are not so impressive.

The decision

The Redmi Note 10 is a solid addition to the less than 15k segment, where it competes with the likes of Nokia 5.4 (₹ 13,999) and Micromax IN Note 1 (₹ 11,499). While competitors have excellent features such as the stock-free stock UI for Android and a larger screen in the event of a Micromax phone, the Redmi Note 10 ranks above their camera performance and display quality.

If you don”™t care about the clutter that comes with MIUI, the Redmi Note 10 is a smartphone to consider in the budget section.

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