Presented at the beginning of 2021, the Redmi Note 10 Pro is the new flagship of the famous Xiaomi range that breaks prices. The brand comes back even stronger with a smartphone that incorporates many features of a premium smartphone, but for less than €300. Here is our review of the new flagship killer of the year.
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note range has been the flagship smartphone for those who don’t have a huge budget but still want a high-end taste. These devices are excellent value for money, and probably even the best on the market.
At the beginning of 2021, a new boy appeared: the Redmi Note 10 Pro. Does it have as many arguments as its predecessors? SPOILERS: YES. Here is our review of the Redmi Note 10 Pro.
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Features of the Redmi Note 10 Pro
Before moving on to the Redmi Note 10 Pro test, these are the technical characteristics of the smartphone. Surprisingly, they are quite similar to mid-range and high-end devices. And yet, the device remains below 300 euros. It’s hard to imagine.
|redmi note 10 pro|
|Screen||– 6.67″ Super AMOLED screen
– Full HD+ 1080 x 2400 resolution
– 120Hz refresh rate
– 395 dpi density
– 20:9 aspect ratio
– Gorilla Crystal 5
|Design||– Plastic outline
– Glass back
|SoCs and GPUs||-Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
– Eight cores
-Adreno 618 GPU
|Memory||– 6/8GB of RAM
– 64/128 GB of storage
– MicroSD memory port
|Camera||– 108 MP wide-angle main sensor (1/1.52″, 0.70 µm, ƒ/ 1.9)
– 8 MP ultra wide angle sensor (1/2.8″, 1.14 µm, ƒ/ 2.2)
– 2 MP depth sensor (1.75 µm, ƒ/ 2.4)
– 5 MP macro lens (1/5″, 1.12 µm, ƒ/ 2.4)
– 16 MP front sensor (1/3″, 1.00 µm, ƒ/ 2.45)
|Audio||– Stereo speaker
– 3.5mm jack
|Battery||– 5020mAh battery
– 33W fast charge
|connectivities||– USB Type-C (USB2.0)
– Fingerprint sensor integrated in the unlock button
-GPS, GLONASS, A-GPS
– Wi-Fi 5 (AC)
– 2x nano SIM
– Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, pedometer,
– Light sensor, proximity
|Height and weight||– 164×76.5×8.1mm
– 193 grams
|starting price||– €279 for the 64GB version
– €299 for the 128GB version
|Available date||March 2021|
Design, Screen and Audio
Design-wise, if you’ve used a Redmi Note before, you should be on familiar ground, although Xiaomi appears to have hit a new milestone this year. We find ourselves with a generously sized smartphone with a full front screen cut out in the center to house the front camera.
To this, we discover plastic edges and a matte-looking glass back on which we find the photo block, certainly imposing, but which we find quite well integrated into the whole. Either way, the design oozes solidity, and while the phone may look huge, that not only houses its impressive battery, but also that impressive 6.67-inch AMOLED display.
Yes, you read that right: the Redmi Note 10 Pro, an entry-level phone, does have an AMOLED screen with infinite contrasts and excellent brightness (1,200 nits) with a definition of 2,400 x 1080 pixels. That’s not all: Xiaomi has gone further by equipping this panel with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, a feature that is, however, found in high-end smartphones that sometimes sell for more than € 1,000 more. expensive, like the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Mind you, even the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which starts at €1,259, only offers a refresh rate of… 60 Hz.
Therefore, this is a great advantage when testing the Redmi Note 10 Pro, while the previous models in this range did not really shine with their display quality. Since not only the technical characteristics count, we can affirm that it is a very good bright screen, contrasted with good viewing angles, perfectly legible in the sun and ultra fluid.
However, in our test, we found colors a bit dull right out of the box…compared to an iPhone 12 Pro Max, but we’re clearly not playing on the same court. On the screen, nothing to complain about, it is very good and without competition in this sector.
On the audio side, the Redmi Note 10 Pro benefits from its imposing size that allows it to deliver ample sound even if it lacks a bit of bass. However, stereo restitution is excellent and we’ll soon have to move on to wireless headphones or a good wired headset as we take advantage of a 3.5mm jack, a feature that has now become rare on our smartphones.
Performance, autonomy and software
If the Redmi Note 10 Pro really gives the impression of being a high-end smartphone on the outside, the interior is a bit more modest. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chip, a mid-range processor that’s perfectly capable of handling all daily tasks. It is even suitable for games with good graphics performance thanks to the Adreno 618 on the graphics side.
To place it, it is a processor somewhat superior to the Snapdragon 730G that notably equips Google’s Pixel 4a. However, it does give the smartphone some small flaws that are not yet present but could be if you want to keep it for a long time.
This SoC no longer includes a 5G modem. This is not binding at the time of this writing. However, the generalization of 5G and the new uses it will bring is inevitable in the coming years. In 2 or 3 years, when 5G is well established, this could lead you to change your smartphone.
Likewise, the performance of the Snapdragon 732G, although very decent so far, could also start to be fair in several years. In short: the Redmi Note 10 Pro will probably not enjoy exceptional longevity. But if, however, you don’t care about 5G and your uses are still pretty basic, the rest of the setup should be more than enough for you.
The previous Redmi Notes were champions in terms of autonomy and this number 10 is in the same line. In the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro we take advantage of an impressive 5,020 mAh battery, which supports fast charging at 33W (wired).
In fact, with its AMOLED screen and Snapdragon 732G chip, the smartphone takes advantage of this impressive reserve of energy to offer frankly impressive autonomy. It will easily last the day, even with heavy use and you can even make it last 2 full days with a little more moderate use. At this price, it’s excellent.
To wrap up the software part of this test, we take advantage of this Redmi Note 10 Pro running Android 11 and Xiaomi’s home overlay, MIUI 12. For more details on the new features brought by this latest major iteration of the interface software from Xiaomi, we invite you to consult our full handling of MIUI 12. In short, we find it frankly successful.
Even if we find great iOS tunes here and there, MIUI 12 makes it easier to navigate on a Xiaomi smartphone, and even more so on this Redmi Note 10 Pro and its 120 Hz panel by bringing many very successful animations. There are also new privacy settings, floating windows, a new app drawer, and a revamped dark mode.
However, in the Redmi Note range, Xiaomi has an unfortunate tendency to install default apps, like mobile games in particular. Yes, of course, you can uninstall them, it can be a bit annoying when you start using the smartphone.
Photo and video
The Redmi Note 10 Pro wants to impose itself in photography in the entry-level sector with no less than four sensors: a wide angle acting as the main sensor of 108 MP (1/1.52″, 0.70 µm, ƒ/1 .9), an 8 MP ultra wide angle (1/2.8″, 1.14 µm, ƒ/2.2), a 2 MP depth sensor (1.75 µm, ƒ/ 2.4) and finally, a 5 MP macro lens (1/5″, 1.12 µm, ƒ/ 2.4). At the front, housed in a punch, there is a single 16 MP sensor (1/3″, 1.00 µm, ƒ/ 2.45), which offers quite decent shots, even if the strong point of the smartphone is in the back part. back.
The main sensor and its 108 MP cleverly combine 9-in-1 binning (for 12 MP image output) and dual native ISO technologies, as well as greater dynamic range by offering a wide range of possible retouching. There are multiple creative modes, starting with Portrait enhanced thanks to the depth sensor, but also a Night Mode 2.0 powered by the RAW multi-image algorithm, allowing you to capture images even in low-light environments.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro also offers time-lapse and tele-macro shooting, as well as photo clone, video clone, and long exposure modes. We had some fun with how to replace the sky in a photo, with frankly amazing results. By zooming in on the image a bit, we quickly spot the deception, but for posting on social media, it’s perfect and your subscribers will see nothing but fire!
In fact, during our test of the Redmi Note 10 Pro, we found it quite convincing in the photo. It is far from the high-end smartphones of the competition, but Xiaomi has clearly taken a great leap forward with its new Redmi Note, while its predecessors fished precisely at this level.
In well-lit environments, the Redmi Note 10 Pro delivers pleasingly detailed shots, with fairly accurate colours. The development was also reliable and the videos (up to 4K at 30fps) are also quite successful. The 108 MP sensor is logically doing better than the others, but the ultra wide angle is not left out, with shots that remain usable even when the light is dim.
The macro sensor, for its part, is intended for a single type of use that seems a bit anecdotal to us. In general, it is frankly successful, even if we regret the absence of a telephoto lens, and therefore we will have to make do with a digital zoom that quickly shows its limits after the X2. Xiaomi has still raised the bar compared to previous smartphones in this range.
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Where to buy the Redmi Note 10 Pro?
The new Redmi Note 10 Pro is available from March 2021 at all major e-retailers. However, in the last year, the action has failed. Due to a global semiconductor breakdown, the Redmi Note 10 Pro was practically nowhere to be found throughout 2021. In 2022, Xiaomi seems to have partially solved the problem. That said, it wouldn’t be surprising if it sold out, especially at 299 euros.
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