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Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Smartphone Review

Xiaomi has introduced the Redmi Note 10 smartphone series and we're putting the king of the series, the Redmi Note 10 Pro, to the test to find out just how much Xiaomi has upped the ante in terms of camera quality on a mid-range smartphone.


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Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
 

Quick Verdict

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro is set to be less than half the price of some premium smartphones yet if someone handed the smartphone to you without revealing what the brand is, you'd probably think it's a lot more expensive than its price will be. It looks great, it's easy to use and the images it produces are good. Colours are accurate, detail is sharp and all of the cameras perform well. Yes, zoom quality could be improved and so could low-light performance but overall, we were impressed with the camera and the price could certainly make you consider purchasing the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro.

+ Pros

  • Price
  • Great display
  • Good battery
  • All cameras perform well
  • 3.5mm headphone jack and good stereo sound
  • IP53-rated 
  • Looks great
  • Good image quality 

- Cons

  • Low light performance could be better
  • No night mode when using the ultra-wide lens
  • Electronic Image Stabilisation only for 1080p
  • Portrait aperture mode sometimes had display issues
  • No 5G

 

It's been a year since Xiaomi released the Redmi Note 9 smartphone line-up and right on cue, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro is the leader of the pack in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Smartphone Series which also introduces the Redmi Note 10S and Redmi Note 10 5G to the UK. 

Xiaomi say the Redmi Note 10 series brings innovation at a reasonable price with the Pro version 'upping the ante for mobile photography' in-particularly so we're looking forward to seeing if the Redmi Note 10 Pro can stand up to the hype and produce images we're impressed with. 

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is available in the UK priced at £249 (6+64GB) and £269 (6+128GB). 

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Features

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
 

On the Redmi Note 10 Pro, you get a quad-camera with a 108MP f/1.9 main wide-angle camera, 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 5MP f/2.4 telemacro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front is a 16MP f/2.4 camera that's built into the 6.67-inch AMOLED 120Hz DotDisplay. A 5020mAh battery is built-in along with a 3.5mm headphone jack, dual speakers, Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor, fingerprint sensor on the side and RAM/ROM options of 6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB. It's IP 53 Splash-proof tested and is slightly smaller and lighter than the Note 9 Pro. 

Key Features

  • 108MP quad-camera:
    • 108MP f/1.9 wide-angle camera
    • 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera
    • 5MP f/2.4 telemacro camera with AF
    • 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
  • 16MP f/2.45 front camera
  • 6.67" DotDisplay 
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dimensions: 164mm × 76.5mm × 8.1mm
  • Weight: 193g
  • IP 53 Splash-proof tested
  • Colours: Onyx Gray, Glacier Blue, Gradient Bronze
  • 5020mAh battery (with fast charging)

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Handling

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

 

When you first pick the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro up, it fits the hand well and thanks to the curved edges of the frame, it feels comfortable to hold. Buttons fall just in the right place for one-handed use but you can't reach the very top of the screen with your thumb (a problem we have with most long/tall smartphones nowadays). However, for some reason, it does feel a little top-heavy. We're not sure if it's the rectangular camera unit found top right that does this but there's certainly more weight towards the top of the smartphone. If you like to know the actual dimensions, the Note 10 Pro is slightly smaller than the Note 9 Pro measuring 164mm × 76.5mm × 8.1mm and it's also a little bit lighter at 193g. 

A big plus point of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 is that it has an IP rating of IP53 which makes it splash-proof but don't be dunking it in a sink anytime soon. It's also dust-protected.  The free silicone case that's bundled with the smartphone has a cover for the USB port to further enhance its protection and it also stops the curved rear glass from getting covered in fingerprints and smudges which appear quickly and spoil the overall look of the smartphone. The case also stops the smartphone from sliding off surfaces which it has a tendency to do so be careful. The high-shine the rear glass offers does make the Redmi Note 10 look a lot more expensive than it is and we like the matt touches found at the top/bottom of the device that provide subtle accents. The luxury feel continues on the front with Gorilla Glass 5 featuring in the screen but the frame is made of plastic, one of the areas you see the mid-range savings coming in. There's also a small black bezel around the display. As for the display itself, it's bright, colours are accurate and you won't have any problems viewing the screen outdoors. 

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
 

On the right side, you find the volume rocker and power button which features a fingerprint reader then over on the left are the SIM/memory card tray. Having the ability to extend storage with a microSD card is always welcomed and there's space for 2 SIM cards, too. There's a USB port on the bottom along with a headphone jack (which will please some) and stereo speakers (top/bottom). 

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
 

On the back is the rather large camera unit that looks very different from other camera unit designs seen on smartphones. It protrudes from the smartphone body quite a bit so rocks when on a desk as it can't sit flush. We've not yet decided if we like it but it does house a wide range of cameras, all of which are useful. 

 

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The main camera is equipped with dual native ISO which allows for a higher dynamic range in images that have more detail, improved tones and better noise control. There's also a new Night mode 2.0 that's designed to reduce noise and improve the sharpness of low light images. Both of these features will be something we'll be looking closer at in the performance section of the review. 

Features found in the camera app include AI Portrait Mode, Long Exposure Mode, Pro Time-Lapse and some fun video tools such as dual video and video clones so you can play multiple parts in one frame. The camera app is very similar to other camera apps available with a shutter button at the bottom, main camera modes just above this and a few other tools at the top which include AI and HDR functions to help improve picture quality with very little effort. 

There's a portrait mode which you can also use creatively to capture shots of objects you want to introduce bokeh backgrounds to. You can control the aperture on a slider but it's a bit hit and miss with some shots looking great and others having clipping issues. The on-screen representation of how the final image will look isn't always that accurate either and could be quicker to respond when changing options. 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 has a quad-camera set-up with a 108MP main camera, ultra-wide option, a telemacro lens and a depth sensor. The main camera is the only one that supports Night Mode. When using the telemacro lens, you get access to AF and up to 10X zoom but anything past 2X is digital. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Cameras At A Glance:

  • 108MP f/1.9
  • 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera
  • 5MP f/2.4 telemacro camera with AF and 10x hybrid zoom
  • 2MP f/2.4depth sensor

 

Battery life - The battery is impressive at 5020mAh and easily lasted a full day of use which included capturing photos/video. Wired fast charging is available but you can't use wireless charging options. 

Geekbench 5 Scores - The phone didn't allow us to run benchmark tests. 

 


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Comments


14 Mar 2021 1:59PM
Xiaomi Redmi Note 1t Pro Digital filters' explanation is awful
nclark 12 9 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2021 4:34PM
If it hasn't got a stylus it's not a Note, just trading on the real thing's name.

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