Xiaomi mi note 10 pro smartphone review


The Redmi Note 10 Pro balances features and price in a way that’s almost too good to be true

ByRichard Priday19 April 2021

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Our Verdict

The Redmày cảnh báo 10 Pro offers everything from quad rear cameras to a display with a high refresh rate in a $250 package. Unfortunately, U.S. users can’t buy this phone, so the Google Pixel 4a remains a better option.

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Starting price: £249Display: 6.67-inch AMOLED FHD (2400 x 1080)Refresh rate: 60Hz/120HzRear cameras: 108MPhường main (f/1.9), 8MPhường ultrawide (f/2.2), 5MPhường telemacro (f/2.4), 2MP depth (f/2.4)Front camera: 16MP. (f/2.45)Chipset: SnapLong 732GRAM: 6GB/8GBStorage: 64GB/128GB with microSD slotBattery: 5,0đôi mươi mAhCharging: 33W wiredOperating system: Android 11 with MIUI 12Size: 6.45 x 3.01 x 0.32 inches (164 x 76.5 x 8.1 mm)Weight: 6.8 ounces (193g)Water/dust resistance: IP53

Bargain hunters shouldn’t overlook the Redmi cảnh báo 10 Pro. Although the mã sản phẩm name makes this device like an off-brvà Samsung handmix, this budget-priced phablet offers some of the most desirable features on a điện thoại thông minh while managing to lớn undercut major rivals such as the OnePlus Nord N10 5G or the Google Pixel 4a.

The Redmày lưu ý 10 Pro features excellent specs across the board, from its 120Hz display to lớn its 108MPhường main camera. The only real exception is the phone’s chipmix, which lacks the oomph missing from similarly priced budget handsets.

U.S. shoppers won’t be able to enjoy the Redmày cảnh báo 10 Pro’s stellar value. But in parts of the world where this phone is available, the Redngươi cảnh báo 10 Pro vaults to the top of the best cheap phones các mục.

Redngươi chú ý 10 Pro review: Price and release date

If you’re in the U.K., you can buy the Redngươi chú ý 10 Pro right now for £249. That only gets you the basic Model with 6GB of RAM & 64GB of storage. If you want 6GB/128GB instead, that’s £269.

In the U.S., there’s no way to buy the Note 10 Pro, owing to the government’s ongoing dispute with Redmi’s parent company Xiaomi. Nothing is stopping you from importing this phone, but for this price, you’re better off picking a phone that is already available in American stores such as the OnePlus Nord N10 5G.

Redngươi Note 10 Pro review: Design

“What a weird phối of textures.” That was the first thing I thought when I saw the cảnh báo 10 Pro. The color of the glass baông xã doesn’t quite work with the metal sides, which is made even worse by the different color và texture of the top & bottom edges of the phone. Add lớn that the stepped camera blochồng with metal surround, và Redmi’s phone feels too busy for my taste.

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For colors, you can choose Glacier Blue, Gradient Bronze & Onyx Grey (the color of my review unit). The bronze is my favorite option, both because it’s a good-looking hue that’s unusual among mỏi smartphones; it’s also got a matte texture. The Gray looks nice out of the box, but its glossy bachồng proves lớn be a nightmare when it comes khổng lồ picking up fingerprints.

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At least the cảnh báo 10 Pro is comfy khổng lồ hold. You’d expect a handphối of this form size lớn feel unwieldy, but the sub-7-ounce weight and the curved bachồng panel make it nice to hold and use.

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The Redmi lưu ý 10 Pro is IP53 rated for water/dust resistance. In real terms, that means dust may enter the phone but won"t interfere with its operation. The phone can withst& a spray of water, but don’t drop it into a sink or pool.

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Redmi lưu ý 10 Pro review: Display

With a 6.67-inch display, the Redngươi chú ý 10 Pro delivers a lot of screen for your money. That panel also has a 120Hz maximum refresh rate, the same rate you’ll see in much more expensive flagship phones, and an acceptable FHD resolution. Put together, these display features almost justify the cost of the phone on their own.

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One word about the Note 10 Pro’s refresh rate: it’s static, with options for 60Hz & 120Hz only. While a variable rate lượt thích the kind found on the Samsung Galaxy S21 or OnePlus 9 Pro would have sầu been nice, that’s too big an ask for a phone this inexpensive sầu.

Watching the new trailer for Fast & Furious 9, the unbelievable action that defines the series seemed right at trang chủ on the lưu ý 10 Pro’s screen, with the explosions & shiny, brightly colored cars all looking particularly exciting on the large display. That said, the screen’s not the brighdemo, even though it’s rated for 1,200 nits by Redmày itself, which made it hard to lớn watch any videos in direct sunlight.

Redmi lưu ý 10 Pro review: Cameras

Flip over the Redmi Note 10 Pro, và you’ll see four cameras, the highlight being the 108MPhường main camera, which is the same resolution found on the $1,200 Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. That lens is joined by an 8MP ultrawide angle camera, a 5MPhường telemacro lens và a 2MPhường. depth sensor. There’s also one camera up front, a 16MP selfie cam located within a punch-hole cutout.

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To assess the abilities of these cameras, I compared the Redmi lưu ý 10 Pro’s shots to lớn the Motorola Mokhổng lồ g10. Motorola’s budget Model also has five sầu total cameras (48MPhường main, 8MPhường ultrawide, 2MP macro, 2MP depth & 8MPhường selfie), which all serve the same purpose as those on the lưu ý 10 Pro, but for about £1trăng tròn cheaper.

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This first image compares the two phones’ main sensors with a view over the Lower Pond at Waterlow Park in North London. The Redmi has an easy victory here by offering a brighter shot than the one captured by the Mokhổng lồ.

I also tried out the phones’ night modes with these sensors with a view of Tufnell Park Underground station. Here it’s a more even comparison, but the Redmi’s image has kept the bloom from the street lamp in better check. That allows you lớn appreciate the dark sky better, making it my favorite of the two photos.

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For a test of the ultrawide sensors on both phones, I stood beneath this tree with White blossoms for my shots. We see the same difference between the two images that we did with the main cameras; the Mokhổng lồ g10 providing an acceptable shot, but the Redngươi offering a more attractive sầu, brighter one.

This macro camera face-off is an easy win for the Redmi. It uses the same 5MPhường telemacro camera that the Xiaomày Mi 11 does, a sensor that got me lớn praise Xiaomi for doing macro shots right. The built-in magnification lets Redmi’s camera get a much clearer shot of this key, while the Moto’s struggles to deliver a similar amount of detail because of its smaller 2MPhường sensor.

The depth sensor on both phones is used lớn add portrait effects lớn shots such as this one of me standing in my backyard. With both phones phối lớn their highest bokeh setting, the Redngươi and Moto lớn deliver good blurring, except the cảnh báo 10 Pro also offers nicer colors & some attractive light spots.

Our final shot compares two selfies in front of a tree baông xã at Waterlow Park. This is too cthua to gọi since the Moto’s warmer color temperature makes for an inviting image in the same way that the extra detail of the Redmi’s higher resolution shot does.

These comparisons show how spending just £1trăng tròn more on your phone can result in much better photography. The Redmi likely wouldn’t stvà up to lớn a flagship-cấp độ phone in a face-off lượt thích this, but it’s again shown just how much unique hardware it offers for the asking price.

Redmày chú ý 10 Pro review: Performance

The Note 10 Pro contains a SnapLong 732G chipmix, and 6GB or 8GB RAM. My review unit had 6GB RAM, so it won’t have the best possible performance that the Note 10 Pro line can offer.

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Results from the Geekbench 5 benchmarking ứng dụng included a single-core average of 421 points & a multicore average of 1,521 for the Redngươi lưu ý 10 Pro. That beats the Moto g10’s single-core and multi-core scores of 247 and 1,330, respectively. It doesn’t quite meet the Google Pixel 4a’s 551 và 1,647 results.

Running the 3DMark Wild Life graphics benchmark ứng dụng, the Redngươi achieved a score of 1,112 points with a 6.7fps average frame rate. That’s far better than the Mokhổng lồ g10 (250 1.5fps), but these still aren’t particularly mighty results.

These scores made sense once I booted up Asphalt 9: Legends. There was little anti-aliasing around the edge of the cars, making them look weirdly blocky. I also noticed the background suddenly popping in at some points, a sure sign of a chipphối that’s struggling lớn keep up. The only redeeming features were the frame rate, which thanks to lớn the 120Hz display was smooth and reliable, and the powerful sound from the phone’s stereo speakers.

Redngươi cảnh báo 10 Pro review: Battery và charging

There’s a huge 5,0trăng tròn mAh battery in the chú ý 10 Pro, particularly for a phone of this price. Running down the battery using a particularly long playdanh sách of YouTube videos played over WiFi, it took just over eight hours khổng lồ get the phone from 45% full to empty. Assuming it drains at a consistent rate when full, that makes for around 18 hours total of video clip playbaông xã, which should translate for plenty of juice for your everyday tasks.

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To charge the cảnh báo 10 Pro, Redmi bundles in a 33W fast charger in the box. This powers the phone from empty khổng lồ 27% in 15 minutes, to 56% in 30 minutes and to lớn 100% in 65 minutes. It’s faster than a lot of phones, both around its price point and beyond. The comparably cheap Motorola Moto G nguồn (2021) fills its 5,000 mAh battery to 22% in half an hour, using a 10W charger. Meanwhile the gold standard for cheap phones, the Google Pixel 4a, makes it to lớn 1/2 in 30 minutes with an 18W charger and a considerably smaller 3,140 mAh battery.

Redmày Note 10 Pro review: Software

Since the Redmày brand is part of Xiaongươi, the cảnh báo 10 Pro gets khổng lồ use MIUI 12, the company’s spin on Android 11. It’s attractive enough khổng lồ use và is relatively light on bloatware, but lacks a few special features.

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For example, the Mi 11 was capable of opening apps in floating windows on top of another phầm mềm, a handy feature that the Note 10 Pro can’t manage. The new phone also lacks the split notification shade that shows only your notifications or quiông xã settings depending on which side of the display you swipe down on. Perhaps this is something Xiaomi will eventually roll out to Redmi devices, but it seems unfair khổng lồ have software features lượt thích these but withhold them from users with cheaper handsets.

You still have a few toys lớn play with though. Redngươi offers a customizable always-on display and the choice of using an tiện ích drawer or trang chính screens only lớn store all your apps. They’re welcome but are so comtháng on other Android phones that they don’t curry the Redmi any extra favor.

Redngươi chú ý 10 Pro review: Verdict

Redngươi has produced the best kind of cheap phones with the lưu ý 10 Pro — the kind that makes you question why so many people spover $1,000 or more for flagship phones when you can have so much of what you want for far less money.

The lưu ý 10 Pro ticks almost every box when it comes to desirable hardware, but doesn’t paông chồng enough processing power lớn be a fully formed flagship killer. It makes an excellent choice for cash-strapped users who primarily use their phones for photos, thanks to its effective assortment of cameras, or streaming, because of the large 120Hz display.

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You can get better all-rounders in the budget market, such as Google’s reliable Pixel 4a, for not much more money, và of course, there’s no easy way to lớn overcome the fact Redmi phones are not sold in the U.S. But if the price drops further or Xiaongươi is allowed bachồng into lớn American stores, this is a phone you’d be foolish to lớn not kiểm tra out.

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