The new Redmi 10. It’s the company’s entry-level smartphone that’s actually quite a good phone. This review is not going to be long anyway since this is a rather simple phone – so let’s get into it.
So the Redmi 10. Let’s talk about the design first as I think Xiaomi finally made an entry-level phone that not only looks good but feels good too. That matte finish is similar to the Redmi Note 10 5G, and I really like touching it. It will still catch some fingerprints but nothing too major.
The matte finish is available in two colors – Carbon Grey, Pebble White, but the Sea Blue color is only available in a glossy finish.
One thing that is especially jarring to me is the camera cutout. That cutout is already big, but there’s another black outline that further accentuates and enlarges the cutout. Gotta include words like “AI-cam photography system”, am I right?
That aside, the phone does come with a total of 4 different cameras at the back, but we’re only going to focus on two of them.
To have a look at all the pictures taken by the Redmi 10, watch our video at the top of this page. But, we’ll show you how the macro camera compares to the main 50MP camera.
Okay, how about the performance then? Well, the Redmi 10 comes with the MediaTek Helio G88 chipset. It’s not a particularly powerful chipset but can definitely play some games like Genshin Impact at the lowest graphical settings with some stuttering. Both PUBG Mobile and COD Mobile runs fine, though. The phone doesn’t get extremely hot or overheat too.
We also did a gaming test for the Redmi 10 – so check it out down below. That MediaTek Helio G88 is a really powerful chipset, honestly.
And this chipset isn’t particularly power-hungry, and that 5,000mAh battery can last for a day with no problems. As for the charger, the Redmi 10 comes with a 22.5W charger but the phone only accepts a maximum of 18W.
The charging speed is pretty decent as it takes about two hours to charge 15% to 100% battery. Not a problem since I charge my phones overnight with a 10W charger anyway.
It still runs MIUI 12.5 and we talked about it way too much in our previous reviews. So I don’t want to repeat myself here. So far, it still looks and feels like any other phones with MIUI 12.5 and that’s about it.
Before I forget – the screen. This phone is using a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels – and it also supports up to 90Hz refresh rate. It also comes with AdaptiveSync to lower the refresh rate to 45Hz while viewing static elements.
So far, I’m okay with the screen overall – but I need to point out that massive selfie camera cutout. It’s massive – so massive that the cutout size is the first thing that I realized when I turned on the phone. And the screen protector’s cutout for that selfie camera is even larger.
Should you buy the Redmi 10?
So, at the end of the day – the Redmi 10. There are a few things that I like about this phone – like having a stereo speaker setup and also an IR blaster – which I find myself using often to control all sorts of appliances around the house, including the camera that I use to take pictures and videos.
Packed with that 5,000mAh battery and pretty decent performance overall, it all boils down to the price.
The Redmi 10 comes in two different variants:
- 4GB RAM + 64GB storage @ RM649
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage at RM749
By looking at the price, I think we found ourselves the budget king of the year 2021. It’s a great phone for study-from-home and work-from-home situations while also capable of some photography and gaming in between.