|Display||90Hz AdaptiveSync 6.5” DotDisplay|
|Rear camera||48MP wide-angle camera 2MP macro camera 2MP depth sensor|
|Front camera||8MP front camera|
|Dimension & Weight||161.81mm x 75.34mm 8.92mm 190g|
|Processor||MediaTek Dimensity 700|
|RAM+ROM||LPDDR4X UFS 2.2|
|Audio||3.5mm headphone jack Hi-Res Audio certification|
|Security||Side-mounted fingerprint sensor|
|Charging||5,000mAh (typ) battery Supports 18W wired fast charging|
|Connectivity||5G Dual SIM Multi-functional NFC* IR blaster|
|Available colours||Chrome Silver Graphite Gray Nighttime Blue Aurora Green|
Redmi have just announced their latest smartphones, and I’ve been lucky enough to have spent some time with the Redmi Note 10 5G. There are so many good phones in the midrange market, so how did this one perform? Find out in my Rapid Review.
Build and Design
The Redmi Note 10 5G is available in four colours; Chrome Silver, Graphite Gray, Nighttime Blue, and Aurora Green. The review handset that I had came in graphite grey, and while it looks fine, it doesn’t really stand out like other phones I’ve reviewed recently, for example, the OnePlus 9. That’s not to say that it isn’t a nice looking phone; it’s just a little bland. The front of the phone is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, but the rest of the phone is plastic, and while it feels good in hand and solid enough, the plastic does cheapen it a little.
It’s worth bearing in mind though that this phone only costs around £200. For this price, I can imagine that many people will be able to look past the plastic. Another issue that I found was that the phone’s rear was a bit of a fingerprint magnet. On the side of the phone is a very responsive fingerprint scanner, and you’re able to open your phone very quickly.
The Redmi Note 10 5G has a 90Hz AdaptiveSync, 6.5” DotDisplay. The colours are vibrant and accurate, and the screen was very bright. I was able to read the text in sunlight with no issues. By default, the screen refresh rates set to 60Hz, and there is a noticeable difference when you change it to 90Hz. Scrolling and moving through the menus is a lot smoother at 90Hz. This will, of course, have a slightly negative impact on your battery life, nothing to be too concerned about, though. My only gripe with the display was some text was bold by default. I looked for a setting to change it but couldn’t find it. You can see in the image below what I mean by bold.
With a MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor and 4 GB of Ram, the Redmi Note 10 5G isn’t the fastest phone on the market. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how it handled multitasking. Even with multiple apps open in the background, I didn’t encounter any lag or significant performance issues. In my testing, I was able to play games like PUBG and Call of Duty on medium settings.
The Note 10 5G has a 5,000mAh battery. In my testing, with moderate usage, I was able to get a whole day’s usage out of the battery. Thanks to 18W fast charging, with the included charger, you’re able to top the battery up very quickly. The Note 10 5G doesn’t feature wireless charging, but you wouldn’t expect it to for the price.
One of the biggest advancements in smartphones over the past few years has been cameras. The ability to take good photos with a single click has become the norm nowadays, which can be achieved with the Note 10 5G. You’ll find three capable lenses on the rear of the phone, a 48MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front and centre of the phone, you’ll find the 8MP front camera. Again, this is a more than capable shooter. You can see in the slideshow below that the photos you can take with this phone are more than good enough. The AI mode was a particular standout and was able to determine what was being photographed accurately.
MIUI 12 is Xiaomi’s flavour of Android, and on the whole, it has been a pleasure to use. I find it easier to use gestures to navigate through the menus. The only downside to the UI was that, at times, it felt like there were adverts. For example, in the pre-populated games folder, it gives you a list of promoted apps. This isn’t a big issue, but it just made the UI a little messy. Other aspects of the UI, like notifications, worked really well.
A feature of MIUI 12.5 that I did find useful was floating windows. This allows you to have an app open on top of another one. For example, I could have my Rapid Reviews Discord open with my Twitter account on top.
At £209 for the 4GB+128GB version, and £199 for the 4GB+64GB version, the Redmi Note 10 5G offers incredible value for money, and would be the perfect solution for someone purchasing their first smartphone, or if you’re looking for something with many great features that is not going to break the bank.
Rapid Reviews Rating
3.5 out of 5
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To find out more about the Redmi Note 10 5G, visit the official store page here.