Xiaomi has struck again with the Redmi Note 10 Pro – at least when it comes to the price-performance ratio on paper.
Nevertheless, will the cheap smartphone from China succeed to convince you with its 108 MP camera and the 120 Hz display? This is exactly the question we are investigating in this Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro review.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Review: conclusion
TechGiig rating: 7.8 / 10
Xiaomi has built a real price-performance hit with the Redmi Note 10 Pro. The fast and bright display was particularly impressive during our test. The performance is good, the 108 MP camera takes decent photos and the large battery makes it easy to get through the day.
It is clear that Xiaomi did not reserve its efforts on the choice of materials and workmanship. The triple SIM slot is also a great feature. There you can insert two SIM cards and an additional memory card. Samsung recently rationalized this style with the Galaxy A52.
Nevertheless, you also have to consider making some compromises with the Redmi Note 10 Pro. The smartphone doesn’t always feel as fast as it should feel with the 120 Hz display. The battery life is good, but not great, as you might expect from a 5,000 mAh battery. The camera’s 108 MP sensor is convincing, but you have to pay attention to the lighting conditions. Otherwise, it quickly becomes noticeable that the optical image stabilization is missing. The zoom is also not optimal without a telephoto lens.
Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro convinced me in the test. At a price of about $350 you have to make some compromises, but these are absolutely manageable with this smartphone.
- 120 Hertz display
- Battery life
- 3.5 mm jack connection
- Dual SIM and memory expansion
- IR transmitter
- weight and height
- No OIS on the camera
- No 5G modem
- Fingerprint sensor
Design and workmanship
Visually, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro is really impressive. Although it is offered at a price of well under $400, it looks like a premium cell phone.
If you pick up the device for the first time, you will be surprised. The glossy back feels more valuable than you might expect at first. The frame is made of plastic, but it doesn’t look cheap.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro weighs an impressive 193 grams, but since the battery is 5020 mAh and the display measures 6.67 inches diagonally, that’s absolutely fine.
One-handed operation is still possible with large hands. I used two hands for the most part because of the slippery back. However, a cover is included; which gets the problem of the slippery back out of the way.
The camera on the back clearly protrudes from the case. Hence, when you put the Redmi Note 10 Pro on the table, it tends to wobble a little.
Otherwise, there is nothing to complain about. You have a 3.5 mm jack connection, a USB-C port, and even an IR transmitter; which turns the smartphone into a remote control.
The processing quality of our test device is convincing in every aspect. The phone doesn’t feel cheap at all, unlike previous Redmi devices.
With the fingerprint sensor attached to the side, I just didn’t get warm during the entire test period. Xiaomi installed this on the right side.
Basically, I have no problem with the position, however, the button with the sensor hardly protrudes from the housing, so that it is difficult to feel the position. Nevertheless, the fingerprint sensor works very well.
Display and speakers
Xiaomi has installed a 6.67-inch AMOLED display in the Redmi Note 10 Pro; which has a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels and supports 120 Hz.
The 120 Hz are not activated at the factory. So if you want to exploit the full potential of the display, you have to switch the option on manually, otherwise, you will be traveling at 60 Hz.
The display is fundamentally convincing. Colors appear powerful when you switch on the saturated mode.
In the preset automatic mode, where the colors are based on the environment, everything looks a bit slack for an OLED display. Here you have to orientate yourself according to your own preferences.
The brightness of the panel is very good for the price range. Except for the fact that the brightness sensor works a bit slowly and cautiously. I often had to adjust the brightness upwards because the display was too dark for me in many situations.
Although the Redmi Note 10 Pro is cheap, Xiaomi has built-in stereo speakers. The sound is okay considering the price.
Of course, like almost every cell phone, you want more bass and volume, but you can listen to music and watch YouTube videos without any problems.
I was particularly impressed by its volume. Some smartphones are as loud as the Redmi Note 10 Pro at half volume. I didn’t dare turn it up completely.
Performance and software
In the first few days with the Redmi Note 10 Pro, I was a bit disappointed. The display supports 120 Hz, but the smartphone did not feel as fast as one would expect with this characteristic.
The display is not quite fluid, especially when scrolling in the Chrome browser and in some other situations.
Perhaps my expectations in this price range are a bit too high, but its direct competitor, the Galaxy A52 (5G) with a 120 Hz display, felt faster.
However, I hardly ever felt this disadvantage in games, only when I switched to another app did I get stuttering again. Xiaomi definitely still has room for improvement here.
It is quite possible that a more powerful processor would have helped. Xiaomi uses the Snapdragon 732G instead of the Snapdragon 750G.
I got the Redmi Note 10 Pro with MIUI 12. In the last few days, I was able to install MIUI 12.5 with a trick.
Basically, I have to admit that I hadn’t tested a Xiaomi phone for a long time and was therefore curious to see how the software had developed. You can still tell here and there that Xiaomi is based on Apple and iOS. This has advantages and disadvantages. Some points still do not seem completely thought out.
As with every smartphone, I wanted to change the time at which the display goes to sleep. You can usually find this option under Settings and Display. Not so with Xiaomi, namely an additional item “Always-on display and lock screen” has been created where you can change this setting.
What for? Why can’t I change this under Display like with any other manufacturer, but have to integrate such a long option in the settings? There are quite a few examples of this. I have the feeling that Xiaomi wanted to simplify the settings but finally made them unnecessarily complicated. Less is more here.
The always-on display does not do justice to the name of the Redmi Note 10 Pro. It is not always active, no matter what you set.
Nevertheless, you get a good operating system based on Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 on the Redmi Note 10 Pro. I didn’t feel the speed boost that should come with MIUI 12.5 compared to MIUI 12 in a direct comparison.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro camera test
Although the Redmi Note 10 Pro is cheap, Xiaomi has built in a 108 MP camera which takes great pictures in good lighting conditions.
If it gets darker and the shutter lag increases, you’ll need to have a steady hand to always get sharp results, as there is no optical image stabilization. This is also clearly noticeable when recording a video.
The image stabilization is missing here. A telephoto lens is also missing. Instead, you are given a macro and depth sensor. This unnecessarily restricts the intended use. Every digital enlargement deteriorates the image quality.
In short, the camera produces good pictures with super wide angles. But you have to pay attention to the lighting conditions.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro: battery life
Xiaomi installed a 5,020 mAh battery in the Redmi Note 10 Pro, which can be quickly recharged with a maximum of 33 watts via cable.
There is no wireless charging function and you shouldn’t expect it in this price range.
The battery life is okay. It took me through the day under normal use and still had a small reserve of 20 percent.
With such a large battery and processor, I would have expected more. But I also understand that the 120 Hz mode and bright display draw a lot of energy.
Ratings and technical data
TechGiig test evaluation in detail: Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
|category||Rating (max. 10)|
|Processing, feel, and design||9|
|Telephony and audio||8|
|Battery and everyday life||7|
Specifications: Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
|operating system||Android 11, MIUI 12 (12.5)|
|Display||6.67-inch AMOLED DotDisplay / 2,400 x 1,080 pixels / 395 ppi / 120 Hz|
|processor||Snapdragon 732G (2.3 GHz)|
|Internal memory||128 GB (+ MicroSD)|
|camera||108 MP wide angle / 8 MP ultra wide angle camera / 5 MP tele macro camera / 2 MP depth sensor|
|battery pack||5020 mAh|