It’s a fact: the Xiaomi has been obtaining expressive results with its Redmi family. Now, the tenth generation of the line shows how much the company is willing to fight for the intermediate category, delivering significant advances to fans. O Redmi Note 10 Pro it has everything you’d expect from a mid-range cell phone in 2021: AMOLED screen with 120 Hz refresh rate, quad camera, with 108 megapixel main camera, 5.020 mAh battery and water protection.
Launched abroad in March 2021 with aggressive prices, the device has already been made official in Brazil by DL Eletrônicos with prices starting at R$ 3,299. Does it make sense to pay for all this? Over the past few weeks, I’ve rated the Redmi Note 10 Pro at 6GB RAM and 128GB internal space configuration, and I share my experience using it in this review.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro review in video
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Visually, there is a tendency for premium intermediates to be similar to top-of-the-line brands, just look at the Galaxy A72 and see how much it resembles the Galaxy Note 20. Xiaomi worked with a similar strategy and managed to design a phone with a more footprint high-end, at the same time, it brings some features that we usually find on cheaper phones.
It’s a curious combination that, in the end, makes a lot of sense and puts this device ahead of the competition — you’ll understand why. The Redmi Note 10 Pro has a glass back with Gorilla Glass 5 protection, which we usually find in expensive models. It offers IP53 certification, splash water protection. It is an important differential, but inferior to the Galaxy A52 and A72, rivals that leave the factory with IP67.
I tested the gray version (or Onyx Gray, as Xiaomi calls it). In my opinion, it’s a nice color, but it’s not as pretty as blue, and especially bronze, which marks this generation of the Redmi line. It weighs 193 grams and it is worth remembering that the Redmi Note 9 Pro, with the same 5.020 mAh battery, registers 209 grams, which shows that Xiaomi has worked hard to design a more compact phone.
The plastic sides are very thin and the 8.1mm thickness results in an excellent grip. They house the volume buttons and the on/off button, also used as a fingerprint reader, with a very satisfactory unlock response. And, as you may have noticed, no dedicated button for Google Assistant, a shortcut that has been appearing a lot on devices in this category. I also draw attention to the flat ends, which bring the headphone jack, USB-C connection, stereo speakers and infrared sensor, an increasingly rare item, and which makes it possible to control TVs, air conditioners, TV sets. top box, among others.
screen and sound
The display takes a significant leap from Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9S. The panel is now 6.67 inches AMOLED with Full HD+ resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels), while the aspect ratio is 20:9. The mid-range boasts intense brightness, excellent contrasts, deep black and decent viewing angles. And, like the Moto G60, it offers a 120 Hz refresh rate for smoother navigation.
Playing Asphalt 9, Call of Duty and browsing through the system, I didn’t feel limitations on the screen. The device has a frontal utilization of around 85.6%. The edges are slightly thin and the hole at the top, which houses the 16-megapixel selfie camera, is very discreet, which also contributes to a better immersion in movies, series and games. In short, for an intermediary, the screen is really fantastic.
Stereo speakers are designed for mobile gaming audiences. One speaker is at the top of the device next to the 3.5mm jack, and the other is positioned at the bottom, next to the USB-C connection. When it comes to quality, the audio isn’t as sharp as the iPhone 11’s system, which delivers true immersion without headphones. Even so, it can be highlighted taking into account the category of this Xiaomi.
By default, Redmi Note 10 Pro comes with Android 11 along with MIUI 12, which, in my opinion, is the best interface for Android after Samsung’s One UI. The icons are pretty and well positioned; the app drawer has categories with communication, entertainment, photography and more; and the quick access bar shines in the organization. Just like Realme UI, you can duplicate your favorite apps thanks to the native cloner. It is possible, for example, to have two WhatsApp apps installed on the device.
While I was testing the model, Xiaomi released MIUI 12.5, which brought good news in terms of privacy and usability, such as the separation between the control center and notifications area, resulting in a more clean and organized space. The “Themes” app, although it has some unwanted ads, has beautiful wallpapers and other features for you to enjoy.
Similar to the Mi 10T Pro, the stepladder module that houses the Redmi Note 10 Pro’s cameras is more ostentatious and helps to convey that impression of a premium device. Like the Moto G60, Xiaomi’s mid-range has a 108-megapixel main camera with f/1.9 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultrawide (f/2.2), 5-megapixel macro (f/2.4) and a 2-megapixel depth sensor (f/2.2).
The photographic set of this intermediary is very exciting and during the tests it was possible to notice that the software works a lot to improve the result. The main lens produces images with impeccable definition, the level of detail is satisfactory and, like Samsung, Xiaomi raises the saturation but doesn’t exaggerate. Post-processing also changes the brightness, making the photo clearer, which I like. And as I expected, the night mode even struggles, but the lack of sharpness still harms the photograph and you can have a nice image at specific times.
The depth sensor, responsible for the blur, again shows the software’s performance during the capture. When I logged the trunk (below), the camera app gave me a preview of an overexposed photo and I expected a botched crop. We can see that it wasn’t quite like that, after post-processing kicks in. Despite the flaw in the lower left corner, the result, as a whole, is sufficient.
At ultrawide, I felt the quality dropped a little bit, but it was still ahead of the competition. First point to note, this camera does not generate the grain we are used to seeing in most devices with this lens and there is only a low distortion at the edges, almost imperceptible. Second point, she repeats the recipe of the main 108 MP: good level of brightness, the colors are intense and the shadows are not so “dark”.
The macro camera stands out for its definition, contrast and texture. You can see a very well done cut and a beautiful blur when the lighting is favorable. This camera allowed me to explore a lot of creativity, a rare experience since many cell phones offer meager 2 megapixels. Definitely, the macro here is one of the best I’ve tested so far.
The selfie lens, fortunately, values the natural; it doesn’t try to make the skin too soft and the saturation is slightly lower. Outdoors, I’ve noticed that exposure control isn’t as precise, but at least the subject in the foreground doesn’t suffer from lack of sharpness and detail.
In recording, Redmi Note 10 Pro’s main camera can produce videos in up to 4K at 30fps. Overall, I liked the quality, but the stabilization deserved a little more care from Xiaomi, mainly because this phone already comes with the content production proposal. The front end also suffered a low: it only records in 720p at 30fps or 1080p at 30fps. At full resolution, the result is just ok, especially since there is too much grain in the background, even when shooting outdoors.
Hardware and battery
In hardware, comes the Snapdragon 720G and enters the Snapdragon 732G, successor chip to the 730G, which also equips Poco X3 and the Mi 11 Lite. With a gamer footprint, I already praised this processor in the Moto G60 review and reaffirm my analysis. It’s not a high-end, no 5G compatibility, but it should meet the needs of a slightly stricter consumer. In this version analyzed by Techblog, the 732G works together with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal space.
In everyday life, popular apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Spotify don’t take long to open and navigation is fluid, especially with the 120 Hz rate. In the litmus test, with more than 15 apps open, I felt that the performance dropped considerably when I installed an app from the Play Store. In games, Asphalt 9 runs smoothly with reduced details. At the most, it is possible to notice a small drop in frame rate. PUBG and Call of Duty were also executed without bottlenecks.
As for the battery, the Note 10 Pro is equipped with a 5.020 mAh cell and a 33 watt fast charger is included in the box. To test consumption, I watched 2 hours of Netflix, 1 hour of YouTube, 1 hour browsing social networks and ended up with 15 minutes of Asphalt 9 with the details at the most. The device was all the time connected to Wi-Fi at 5 GHz, with the screen brightness at maximum and in 120 Hz mode. The percentage dropped from 100 and stayed at 55, after these activities. So a very satisfactory result. As for power, the fast charger makes the Redmi Note 10 Pro reach its full charge in 1h21min, plus a very good performance.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro: is it worth it?
The Redmi Note 10 Pro gives me everything I’d like to see in a mid-range device in 2021. It’s clear here that Xiaomi listened to its customers and delivered everything they wanted to see in the Redmi line in 2021. The Note 10 Pro gets it right in the very well elaborated look, in the secure photographic set, in the AMOLED panel, which is great for streaming videos and games, and the Snapdragon 732G is that processor capable of pleasing different usage profiles.
But competition is great and the current scenario requires challenges. DL Electronics asks for R$ 3,400 for this tested version, while the Galaxy S20 FE with Snapdragon 865 is found for R$ 2,500. The Galaxy A72, another important rival, which arrived costing almost R$ 4 thousand, is already available for up to R$ 2 thousand, while I was producing this review. The Poco X3 Pro, equipped with an IPS LCD screen and Snapdragon 860 processor, appears for R$ 1,800 in retail. After all that, I must say that DL needs to be aggressive in prices to attract consumers and even avoid imports.
I could even recommend the Redmi Note 10S, with MediaTek Helio G95, but the official prices don’t help either. In short, the Redmi Note 10 Pro is all that; it’s a great mid-range cell phone from 2021, but, analyzing the June 2021 scenario, I can conclude that it’s only worth investing in it when the official representative reduces this R$3,400. It’s a smartphone for you to keep an eye on.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
- Excellent AMOLED panel, with strong brightness and beautiful contrasts
- User will enjoy all of the device’s cameras
- It has stereo speakers for better immersion
- Good performance with Snapdragon 732G
- Comes with a 33 watt fast charger
- DL price keeps consumers away
- Screen: 6.67-inch AMOLED with Full HD+ resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels), 120 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch sampling rate;
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G and Adreno 618 GPU;
- RAM: 6GB;
- Storage: 64GB and 128GB, expandable via microSD memory card;
- Quad rear camera:
- main: 108 megapixels (f/1.9);
- depth: 2 megapixels (f/2.4);
- ultrawide: 8 megapixels (f/2.2);
- telemacro: 5 megapixels (f/2.4)
- Frontal camera: 16 megapixels (f/2.45);
- Drums: 5,020 mAh with 33 watt fast charger;
- Operational system: Android 11 + MIUI 12.5;
- Connectivity: 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, USB-C and 3.5mm headphone jack;
- More: Fingerprint reader on the side and facial unlocking;
- Colors: Vintage Bronze, Glacial Blue, Dark Night;
- Dimensions: 164 x 76.5 x 8.1 mm;
- Weight: 192 grams.