The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro offers solid performance and excellent battery life at a surprisingly great price. Its camera is only befitting a high-end phone, offering 4K video capture. The processor is strong for gaming, and you get some of the best speakers around. Not only does the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro deliver on paper, but also in the real world. While there are a few shortcomings here and there, it’s quickly risen to the top of the list of unbeatable budget phones of 2021.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro: Price and Availability
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro smartphone is already out and is available in stores near you. If you’re in the U.K., the basic model with 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage goes for £249. If you prefer bigger storage space, you can opt for the 6GB RAM/128GB for £269.
U.S. customers may have to wait a little longer given the government’s ongoing dispute with the parent company, Xiaomi. While you can import the phone, you’ll be better off buying a phone that’s already available in American stores, like OnePlus Nord N10 5G.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro: Display and Design
Straight out of the box, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro looks pretty good for the price, with its combination of plastic and glass. It comes with several cool finishes: Gradient Bronze, Onyx Gray, and Glacier Blue. The display is protected by a Gorilla Glass 5 with a thin bezel on the front.
One of the most conspicuous features is the punch hole camera located right in the center of the upper display. While it’s smaller than what you’d find in most recent handsets, it has a silvery, shiny ring that can catch the light. This can be quite distracting at times.
The rear is made of plastic, but it doesn’t look like the budget type. While the material catches fingerprints as if it were glass, at least it’s easy to wipe clean. The phone comes with a protruding camera bump at the rear. Since you’ll normally have the phone in your hand (obviously), the camera enclosure may make it uncomfortable for some people.
The 6.67-inch AMOLED display delivers a lot for a budget phone. The panel has a 120Hz maximum refresh rate, which is the same rate you’d get on more expensive flagship phones. It has a 1080×2400 resolution, which is acceptable in this day. Users will enjoy clear, crisp images and videos on the phone’s screen.
The phone’s fingerprint scanner is rather neatly integrated and quite fast. You can also use face unlock via the front-facing camera. Headphone users will be glad to know that Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro comes with the standard 3.5mm jack.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro: Battery and Performance
If you’re a gamer or always on the road, you won’t be needing much charging with the 5,200mAh battery of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro handset. It can easily go for two full days without recharging, depending on how you use it. One thing to note is that using the phone at higher refresh rates will consume more power. Firing up the phone for the first time reverts to a 60Hz display refresh rate, which on moderate use, you’ll have around 35-45 percent charge left by bedtime. When you switch to 120Hz, the phone handles it quite impressively, with a 30-35 percent charge still remaining by bedtime.
The battery supports a 33W fast charging, which takes the phone from zero to 55 percent in just half an hour. The battery’s large capacity is only a part of its longevity. The processor and software make the other part. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G gives the phone its fast performance while limiting overheating. Plus, the phone doesn’t come with 5G to grind the processor down.
The SD732 chipset is powerful to handle multiple apps, including games, without any lags. Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 software, which is skinned over the top of Google’s Android 11 operating system enhances the phone’s performance even further.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro: Cameras
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro features what it calls a quad rear setup. However, that’s a bit of a stretch since the depth sensor isn’t useful at all. The highlight of the cameras is the 108MP main camera, which is similar to the one found on the $1,200 Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. The camera’s performance is quite impressive, and even in the dark, the results are quite remarkable. It processes more color and more data, giving you sharper-looking low-res shots.
You also get an 8MP ultrawide angle camera, a 5MP telemacro lens, which gives the background a wonderfully blurry bokeh effect. There’s also a 2MP depth sensor.
But there are limitations. There’s no optical image stabilization, which means if your hands are shaky, the results will not be as great.
At the front, you get a 16MP Sony IMX471 selfie camera, which is used in the OnePlus 7T. It has a great resolution and gives images more details. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro can shoot 4K videos, 30 frames per second. However, the lack of image stabilization can limit video capturing when walking.