Before we proceed, I just wanna give you guys a big heads up. I know that 5G isn’t available here in Malaysia yet, and no – I don’t know when 5G is actually going to be available and also affordable.
The Redmi Note 10 5G is literally a mid-range smartphone that you can buy now, which has a low price point to instantly use 5G when it is available.
Okay, so back to the phone. Out of all the 4 different phones in the Redmi Note 10 family, only the Redmi Note 10 5G has a matte finish. I absolutely love this matte finish – it’s stylish and prevents fingerprints, yet hides scratches too.
And before you ask – yes, the Redmi Note 10 5G has a plastic back. I still stand by my point that plastic is more durable and functional compared to glass back phones.
Xiaomi also included a TPU case with the Redmi Note 10 5G, and it also has a built-in plug that covers the USB-C port. It’s a feature that shouldn’t exist – especially for a phone that doesn’t have wireless charging.
If I’m ever buying the Redmi Note 10 5G for my own use, I’ll cut this flap away instantly.
Now on to the screen – the Redmi Note 10 5G has a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with the usual 2400×1080 pixels in resolution. It also has 90Hz refresh rate alongside Adaptive Sync too.
What I did realize is that the colors look flat to the point where I can tell it with my eye instantly. It’s noticeably flatter compared to many other phones we’ve reviewed, and even though I turned on saturated color space and it still looks flat. Still, nothing a little software update can’t fix.
Then, performance. The Redmi Note 10 5G comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset and one of the main reasons why Xiaomi chose this chipset is because of 5G. I gotta say, the Redmi Note 10 5G performs well enough in day-to-day use, and also decent enough for casual gaming. We don’t want to mention what was already said in our Redmi Note 10 5G gaming test video – which you can watch at the top right corner there.
I gotta reiterate – this Dimensity 700 chipset doesn’t produce much heat at all, and it is cool to the touch even after gaming for a long time.
While on that subject, how about the battery life? Well, the Redmi Note 10 5G comes with a 5,000mAh battery and thanks to Adaptive Sync that we’ve mentioned earlier.
Combined with the rather power-efficient Dimensity 700 chipset, the Redmi Note 10 5G can reach more than 16 hours in our battery life test – which means it can last us 2 days throughout one charge.
As for the charger though, Xiaomi stuck in an 18W charger. It takes about 2 hours to charge from 15% to 100% and personally, it’s not a problem since the battery literally lasts for two whole days of usage.
I guess such an extremely good battery life won’t have an issue when we’re using 5G on the Redmi Note 10 5G in the future? And as far as I was told, the Redmi Note 10 5G supports dual SIM 5G support.
The main 48MP camera is actually quite okay. It takes okay pictures all around, but nothing to rave about.
To look at the pictures taken with the Redmi Note 10 5G, watch our review at the top of this review.
For the software side of things – MIUI 12 is as usual. And if you think that MIUI 12.5 is going to fix things and improved compared to MIUI 12, then I’m here to tell you that it won’t. I’ve tried MIUI 12.5 and it still has the same issues as MIUI 12. Nothing is fixed – there’s only a little aesthetics changed and that’s it.
Should you buy the Redmi Note 10 5G?
And all in all, the Redmi Note 10 5G is priced at only RM799. You’ll get 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage, and it’s available in 4 different colors – Chrome Silver, Graphite Gray, Nighttime Blue, and Aurora Green.
So – ultimately, the Redmi Note 10 5G is for those who are looking for a phone at this price point but also want some sort of “futureproofing” and support 5G too.
And hey, if you ever want to upgrade to another phone in the future when 5G comes out – then you can give this phone to your parents – and they get to enjoy 5G without buying another phone.
It’s not particularly a bad phone, it’s just… for the same price, you can get some better other phones, like the POCO X3 NFC. Or even add a little bit to get the POCO X3 Pro.
Getting the Redmi Note 10 5G means that you’re sacrificing some aspects of the phone just for 5G. And 5G can’t even be used.