Redmi 10 review – The new economic proposal from Xiaomi is simply called Redmi 10 and is proposed as a smartphone with two high-sounding features for one price below 200 euros. The first is the main photo sensor, from 50 megapixel, the second is the display i 90 Hz di refresh rate. On these figures, there are two possibilities: either it is a best buy, or they are simply red herrings. Let’s find out within this review.
Unboxing of Redmi 10
The sales package includes the bare essentials. In addition to Redmi 10, we find the 22.5 watt charger (although the smartphone supports up to 18W), the micro USB cable, a couple of manuals and the pin for the SIM cart. No protective film, not even pre-applied, and no silicone cover. On the other hand, for this price it is difficult to ask for more.
Redmi 10 video review
Design & Ergonomics
The aesthetic aspect counts relatively on a low-end smartphone, if there is an area on which a brand can limit its spending this is precisely on materials and appearance in general. The design all in all, however, is not bad and the coloring itself reminds the iconic lines of the Redmi brand, however the plastic material with which it is equipped at the rear is really very cheap to the touch, in addition to getting easily dirty with fingerprints.
From the front we immediately encounter the most painful note of this product: the screen. On paper it looked like a classic low-end LCD from the Xiaomi house of decent quality, from 6.5 inches with FHD resolution and even 90 Hz refresh rate. In practice one of the worst if not the worst LCD seen this year with very little contrast, washed out colors and a very limited viewing angle: it is sufficient to tilt it a few degrees to lose important levels of brightness, as well as vary the colors.
The 90Hz refresh rate should then give a feeling of greater fluidity in the animations, however the hardware with which it is equipped cannot keep up with it and the continuous lag of the interface make this feature practically vain, visible and appreciable only in the scrolling of the menus.
The fingerprint sensor is placed on the side power button but the recognition and relative unlocking of the screen takes more than 1 second. The only positive note is the reliability in the recognition so it does not miss a beat.
On one aspect, however, this Redmi 10 it is much better than many other Xiaomi products: the proximity sensor. In fact, the optical sensor is back, placed on the frame, and obviously it works properly, we hope that this is a good omen for all the next products of the house.
Another and last positive aspect of Redmi 10 is the audio in the speaker with the stereo effect guaranteed by the main speaker and the ear capsule, which among other things has a dedicated grid on the top to make the audio come out better, however c ‘is a small imbalance in favor of the lower one, in terms of audio volume.
Like all smartphones Redmi, also this Redmi 10 presents the MIUI in the most recent version or 12.5 on base Android 11. For those who know the products of the house, the software is complete with all the various features present on the cheaper products such as the Turbo videogames, the video tools, the pop-up windows and the Lite mode, in addition of course to the themes to customize a to your liking the software or the management of notifications with the new double screen panel based on whether you open the curtain from the left or right side or perform a horizontal swipe.
The functions are therefore not lacking, what is mainly missing is the fluidity and reactivity, certainly due in part to the heaviness of the software, in part to the limited hardware equipment.
The beating heart of this smartphone is the MediaTek Helio G88 and is flanked by 4 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of internal memory expandable via MicroSD. In addition to the low-end processor, even the memories are anything but recent, of the eMMC 5.1 type now more than obsolete and which feed the handicaps of this product.
It takes at least a couple of seconds, maybe even three, to open even the less complex applications, and if you usually switch quickly from one app to another you will also notice the tendency of the smartphone to forcibly close applications to free up the RAM memory.
On call, reception is not bad at all but if you plan to have long conversations arm yourself with patience, the ear capsule has a slightly muffled and not perfectly clear sound so it can be a bit boring. It does not support 5G connectivity but stops at 4G while WiFi is dual band and Bluetooth 5.1.
However, on the upper part there is the infrared transmitter to control other devices from a distance and the 3.5 mm audio port to connect wired headphones.
The rear cameras are 4 but the ones that matter are simply two. Here Redmi looks for the wow effect with a 50 megapixel sensor, or the main one, flanked by an ultra wide-angle sensor and then a macro and a depth sensor, both of 2 megapixels.
- 50 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF
- 8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚ (ultrawide)
- 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
- 2 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
The photographic quality unfortunately is not really at home, perhaps the new sensor needs optimization but at the moment we are on a very poor level with unconvincing photos in all lighting conditions. The judgment is also the same for ultra wide-angle photography, which by the way is 8 megapixel and consequently suffers even more when the ambient light fails. Instead, the last two sensors are useless.
The judgment also remains unchanged for the front camera, also 8 megapixel, and in the videos: it is possible to record them at 720p or 1080p, in both cases at 30 frames per second, no more.
Battery & Autonomy
If there is one thing that Redmi 10 can boast of doing well, that is autonomy, thanks to its good battery 5.000 mAh, with support for fast charging at 18W. Even with demanding use we have always managed to reach about two days of autonomy.
In numerous terms, you can get to eight hours of screen in a single day, a very satisfying result.
Redmi 10 is available on the GoBoo website at a price of around 170 Euros. As you may have guessed from this review, l’purchasing this product is strongly discouraged, especially at these figures where it clashes with real ones best buy also of the same house. The Poco M3 Pro 5G, for example, surpasses this in every respect Redmi 10 and the price is practically the same: it offers a higher quality display, better photographs, stabilized videos albeit digitally, similar autonomy and even 5G connectivity. With this smartphone in circulation, the Redmi 10 absolutely loses sense, unless it will soon be offered for less than 100 euros.
In short, it is a decidedly wrong price positioning also because it competes directly with other much more valid products such as Realme 8 5G, Poco X3 Pro or again Motorola Moto G 5G Plus.