Xiaomi introduced a whole lineup of smartphones into the Redmi family of devices recently and here in Malaysia, we have the Redmi Note 10 and the Redmi Note 10 Pro. They’re both pretty similar to each other but with distinctions between them.
So, in today’s review, let’s just speedrun through the differences through our 6 important points of a smartphone.
Let’s start off with the design. The Redmi Note 10 and the Redmi Note 10 Pro both look more or less the same, honestly. They both have similar shapes and sizes, but the Redmi Note 10 is slightly thicker but narrower whereby the Redmi Note 10 is thinner but wider. It’s subtle but when I hold it in my hands, I can immediately tell the difference.
They both have the same design language – and since we have them both in the same color, they both… look identical. But, the Redmi Note 10 Pro has a very… big gap between the words “ultra” and “premium” at the camera cutout. To me, it looks like a perfect place for sensor – especially laser autofocus – but turns out, it’s just a black piece of nothing.
Also, the words “ultra premium” are just tacky.
And while we’re here, let’s talk about the cameras. Let’s start off with the specs – they both have four cameras but only 3 of them can be used to take pictures. Seriously, depth sensors shouldn’t be a thing anymore.
To have a look at all the camera samples taken with both these phones, watch our video at the top of this review.
Now comes the screen. They’re both Super AMOLED and while the local announcements only mentioned “AMOLED”, Xiaomi did indeed told us that they’re just calling it differently. They’re all Super AMOLED screens.
But, there is a difference. The Redmi Note 10 has a smaller 6.43-inch screen and runs at 60Hz, whereby the Redmi Note 10 Pro has a 6.67-inch screen running at 120Hz. Both of them are 1080p in resolution too.
To me, they both look fine in terms of colors and brightness, honestly.
Now to utilize that high refresh rate, you’ll need some proper specs to run it smoothly. That is why the Redmi Note 10 Pro comes with a Snapdragon 732G chipset with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage.
As for the Redmi Note 10, it comes with only a Snapdragon 678 chipset with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage.
If you wanna know how they both perform, we have individual videos showing their gaming performance in 3 different games.
Honestly speaking, the Redmi Note 10 is definitely not enough to handle games. The Redmi Note 10 Pro though, it’s actually quite decent.
Now, for the battery. They both come with a 5,000mAh battery but because of the difference in specs, the battery life is affected heavily. So, at about the same brightness, I ran PCMark 10 battery life test on both of these phones – twice on the Redmi Note 10 Pro because once at 60Hz and another at 120Hz.
From what we know, the Redmi Note 10 is a champion in battery life because it’s only at 60Hz refresh rate and also has a relatively low-powered chipset.
But, the Redmi Note 10 Pro lasted slightly less than the Redmi Note 10 but once it goes 120Hz, the battery life just dips hard.
As for the charging time, they’re both took about the same time since they’re both using 5,000mAh and support the same 33W proprietary charging standard. It also comes included in the box, by the way.
As for software – I’m not even gonna talk about it much here. They both are running on Android 11 with MIUI 12 skin on top, and the overall user experience is still the same as any other phones running on MIUI. If you want to learn more about MIUI 12, then check out our Mi 11 review instead because we talk more about it there.
So, after speedrunning through all 6 aspects of these two smartphones, here’s what I have to say. The Redmi Note 10 starts at RM799 and its most notable feature is the AMOLED screen. Other than that, it’s a pretty meh phone – especially with that chipset. In comparison, the POCO X3 NFC is also at RM799 but comes with a much more powerful chipset and 120Hz refresh rate, but with an IPS LCD screen. If you’re picky about what screen a phone is using – then get the Redmi Note 10.
But, if you want a balanced experience with balanced gaming performance, a pretty good photography experience, and also a 120Hz AMOLED screen, then the Redmi Note 10 Pro is here for you – starting at RM999.
Yes, I know, this phone is more expensive than the POCO X3 Pro but the POCO X3 Pro focuses solely on performance and not so much on the cameras. Also, the POCO X3 Pro uses an IPS LCD screen – and that means you can get the Redmi Note 10 Pro for a 120Hz Super AMOLED screen at more or less the same price point but at the cost of performance.
So that’s it, the decision is yours to make. I really can’t recommend one over the other since there’s only a fine line dividing the Redmi Note 10 and the POCO X3 NFC, and then another fine line between the Redmi Note 10 Pro and the POCO X3 Pro.
Different people have different needs, and that’s why you’ll have to make the decision yourself.