The Redmi Note, one of the world’s most successful mid-range series, received an update recently. We’ve already looked at the Redmi Note 10 Pro and considered it to be a great unit, so now it’s time to look at the daily Note 10. Here, though, we’re about the non-5G variant.
We understand that this is perplexing, and we understand. When it comes to branding, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 lineup is once again a jumble. Fortunately for you, we got the better Redmi Note 10, as the 5G edition loses a lot of helpful functionality in order to support 5G. Instead, the basic Redmi Note 10 concentrates on the basics, and it’s arguably the best value for most consumers, considering that 5G isn’t yet generally accessible in most regions.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 specs at a glance:
- Body: 160.5×74.5×8.3mm, 179g; Gorilla Glass 3 front, plastic back and frame; IP53, dust and splash protection (market/region dependent).
- Display: 6.43″ Super AMOLED, 450 nits (typ), 1100 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SDM678 Snapdragon 678 (11 nm): Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver); Adreno 612.
- Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
- OS/Software: Android 11, MIUI 12.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚, 1/4.0″, 1.12µm; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
- Front camera: 13 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 1/3.06″, 1.12µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected], [email protected]/60fps; Front camera: [email protected]
- Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 33W, 50% in 25 min, 100% in 74 min (advertised).
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); FM radio, recording; Infrared port; 3.5mm jack, No NFC.
The Super AMOLED screen with high peak brightness, the professional camera system, the large, fast-charging battery, and the stereo loudspeakers are the key attractions of the non-5G version of the Redmi Note 10. The Redmi Note 10 5G, on the other hand, makes do with an IPS display and foregoes smooth charging and stereo speakers.
Even though it lacks some of the premium Redmi Note 10 Pro’s specs, such as Gorilla Glass 5, a 120Hz OLED screen, and a stronger 108MP main camera, the Redmi Note 10 serves a purpose. It’s still a lot cheaper (excellent price segmentation on Xiaomi’s part), and it’s still very small by today’s standards. The 6.43-inch screen would undoubtedly appeal to some consumers searching for a more compact device. This days, that’s a remarkable find.
The only flaw we can see from a cursory glance at the specifications sheet is the absence of NFC. Since contactless payments are becoming increasingly common in many countries, even low-end devices now support NFC. For a wide number of people, the absence of a basic NFC antenna may be a deal-breaker.
However, if you live in a world where 5G access and contactless payments aren’t available, the Redmi Note 10 could be the right phone for you. We’re about to find out how well the Snapdragon 678 SoC does, as well as how good the 6.43-inch OLED screen is. With a starting price of €199, it still looks like a great deal.