Xiaomi introduces Redmi Note 10 series

Hardly any other manufacturer offers as much performance for the money as Xiaomi. The Chinese company has now introduced new devices that promise a lot of technology despite being mid-range. In addition to AMOLED and high refresh rates, other features are supposed to be part of the game.

Four new smartphones

With the new Note 10 series, AMOLED with a proud 120 Hz makes its way into the Redmi smartphones for the first time. On top of that, Xiaomi relies on a completely new design here. One of the new devices even offers the latest mobile standard 5G. Let’s take a closer look at the other differences between the new additions to Xiaomi’s product lineup.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 and 10s

As the name suggests, the Redmi Note 10 and 10s are the successors of the Redmi Note 9. Contrary to the other trend of successor smartphones, the screen diagonal does not grow here. The display size shrinks to 6.43 inches with the narrower dimensions. Another advantage is the lower weight. Xiaomi does not compromise on the display. Both smartphones feature a high-quality AMOLED panel that is supposed to impress with high contrasts thanks to perfect black levels. The refresh rate is particularly exciting and rather unusual. Thanks to 120 Hz, you do not have to fear annoying jerks when scrolling. Xiaomi protects the display itself with Gorilla Glass 3.

The new design of the devices is also exciting. For example, Xiaomi relies on high-quality plastic for the case, which bends towards the sides. The purpose of the bending is not only optical. On top of that, this design decision is supposed to provide a better grip in the hand. When it comes to the color selection, you can choose between the three versions white, black and green. The S version has a different color choice with blue instead of green. What is already standard for other devices is now also introduced by Xiaomi for the Redmi Note 10 and 10s. Thus, both devices are protected against splashing water according to IP53 certification.

The differences between Note 10 and 10S

While the differences between the two devices have so far been limited to the color scheme, they are a bit more noticeable when it comes to the camera. The Redmi Note 10 has a main camera that resolves with 48 megapixels. In contrast, the Note 10S is a bit more powerful. Xiaomi relies on a camera with 64 megapixels here. The rest of the camera equipment is the same for both devices. The Chinese manufacturer relies on an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a contemporary bokeh sensor with 2 megapixels. A macro camera, which also has a resolution of 2 megapixels, is also on board. A look at the technical specs suggests that this seems to be the same camera system of the Redmi 9.

A processor premiere

There are also differences in the processor area. And these are partly immense. The Redmi Note 10 features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 678. It makes its debut in the Redmi Note 10. Not much can be read from this yet. Since the processor is still brand new, there are no benchmarks yet. However, the performance is supposed to be below the CPU power of the S model. Xiaomi relies on a MediaTek Helio G95 here. In terms of price, it quickly becomes clear that the manufacturer again relies on a very good value for money. The Redmi Note 10 starts at 199 US dollars (4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage). The bigger features cost 229 US dollars (4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage). The Redmi Note 10S starts at an MSRP of 229 US dollars (6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage space). You have to pay $249 for 128 GB of storage. The top model of the Redmi Note 10S offers 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage and costs 279 US dollars. How the prices will turn out in this country, the Chinese technology company wants to announce on March 25.

Enjoyable scope of delivery

Usually, you cannot expect an overly bulging scope of delivery from mid-range smartphones. However, Xiaomi is extremely generous with the Redmi Note 10 and 10S. This is especially true for the charger. The standard scope of delivery already includes a fast charger with a rich 33 watts of power. Considering the large battery with 5,000 mAh, you will probably need it. The slightly more powerful Redmi Note 10S is supposed to be behind the Note 10 in terms of battery runtime. This is probably due to the processor, which should be more energy-efficient in the “normal” Redmi Note 10.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro: Attack on the flagships

The Pro devices of the Redmi Note series have always been among the real best-sellers in the smartphone segment. This was already made clear by the sales figures of the Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Note 9 Pro. Looking at the Note 10 Pro now, Xiaomi seems to want to continue its winning streak. Except for the price, it has little in common with the mid-range. Let’s start with the exterior. Xiaomi has also completely redesigned the case. Compared to the predecessor, it not only weighs less, but also has narrower dimensions.

Unlike the Redmi Note 10 and 10S, however, this does not come with a shrinking of the screen diagonal. The display still measures 6.67 inches. AMOLED and 120 Hz are also on board for the first time in the Pro model. Instead of Gorilla Glass 3, Gorilla Glass 5 is used here. Not only protection against scratches is provided. The Pro version also offers splash water protection according to IP53. A look at the back reveals a chic, clean look thanks to the matte plastic. There are three colors to choose from. Besides black and blue, you can also opt for bronze here.

Powerful camera

In terms of camera, the Pro model surpasses the standard versions by a long way. Here, Xiaomi installs a main camera with a proud 108 megapixels. The powerful Samsung HM2 sensor is also on board. Thus, Xiaomi promises nothing less than better photos than in the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The pixel-binding technology also sounds exciting. A special AI combines nine pixels into one. As a result, the photos are supposed to be brighter. Besides the main camera, an ultra-wide-angle camera with 8 megapixels is also on board. Camera number three and four form a telemacro lens with 5 megapixels and a bokeh sensor with 2 megapixels.

Features on a high level

Under the hood of the Redmi Note 10 Pro is a Snapdragon 732G from Qualcomm. Depending on the features, it is supported by either 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM. Xiaomi charges an MSRP of $279 for the model with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Those who want 128 GB of storage space, on the other hand, have to pay $299. The maximum model comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage at an MSRP of 329 US dollars. Again, we will have to wait until March 25 for more details about the German release. Then, the company wants to announce which editions will be released in this country and at which price.

Redmi Note 10 5G: Mobile standard not yet standard

However, prospective buyers of the new lineup will have to accept a damper. Thus, there is not standard 5G on board the devices. This is quite surprising. Manufacturer Xiaomi recently introduced the Redmi Note 9 5G, which not only has the eponymous mobile standard on board. It also has better features than the upcoming Redmi Note 10 5G. The latter is equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 700. In terms of working memory, Xiaomi relies on 4 GB of RAM with either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. Thus, the new smartphone is slightly weaker than the predecessor in terms of both processor and working memory. Does Xiaomi still improve in this respect? However, the Redmi Note 10 5G has one advantage. NFC is now included. Depending on the selected features, Xiaomi charges 199 or 229 US dollars.


It is also somewhat sobering that you have to do without AMOLED when choosing the 5G version. Instead of the high-contrast and color-brilliant panel of the other versions, Xiaomi relies on classic IPS here. Although this offers stable viewing angles, it will not be able to keep up in other aspects. This also applies to the refresh rate. After all, the maximum refresh rate is 90 Hz. Although it is protected from scratches thanks to Gorilla Glass 3, it is best not to stay near water with the device. The Note 10 5G does not have an IP certification.

Camera weaker than in the predecessor

The camera of the 5G model is also not very convincing. At least when you look at the specs of the predecessor. While the main camera with its 48 megapixels is the same as the predecessor’s, Xiaomi completely omits the ultra-wide-angle lens. In return, the manufacturer adds a macro lens and a bokeh sensor with 2 megapixels each.

Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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