There’s no doubt that Redmi has actually been giving us the best value for money in this line-up, and it’s natural to think that you are also going to get that serving or hot and great deal device with the Redmi 10, but, is this actually this case this year? Let’s find out in this review.
Before you dive into the written review, please be aware you can also watch our review of the Xiaomi Redmi 10 on the Oscarmini Youtube channel
In the box, you get the paperwork, as usual, the SIM ejector, a TPU case for the smartphone protection, the smartphone itself, a USB C cable connector, the 18W charger in the box and that’s about all you should get here.
The design this time is a refresh, obviously different from the predecessor. We still get to see the whole rounded corners found on the Redmi 9 and Note 9 series from last year, just to keep that consistent look.
This device is made out of plastic as with other devices in this price range, also a matte finish which is surprisingly a fingerprint magnet too.
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Not to say that you are going get those glossy type of fingerprint smears, but it’s actually there. The camera module is quite huge and definitely lets this smartphone wobble on the table except you apply that TPU case included in the box.
While the left side gives you the dual SIM tray with a dedicated micro SD card slot, you get the volume rocker and power button (which doubles as a fingerprint scanner) at the right side.
The top gives you the headphone jack, IR blaster, secondary mic and one of the stereo speakers, while the next of the stereo speakers is found to the bottom side, alongside the USB C and primary microphone. The design is actually impressive, good looking and we love it.
Display from the Redmi 10 is a 6.5″ IPS LCD panel, with a resolution of 1080×2400, which is Full HD+, you get a corning glass 3 gorilla protection and also, an amazing and buttery smooth 90Hz display. If you had the Redmi 9, you should notice that these devices, aside having same screen size, the Redmi 10 gives a cutout notch and a 90Hz refresh rate which are like the major differences between the two.
Actually, this display is quite vibrant, immersive and does a good job as far as media consumption, coupled with that dual stereo speaker configuration which is shockingly clear and loud.
The one thing we noticed about this display is the poor viewing angles, whenever you are not looking head-on straight to this display, you begin to notice how poor it is. This should be a problem, however, since most times, we look directly at our smartphones.
Performance, Gaming, and Specs
The Redmi 10 comes in 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The software is MiUI 12.5, Android 11 and the MediaTek Helio G88 is the processor that powers the performance and activities on this smartphone, which is actually a better processor than the G80.
The processor is quite powerful for budget smartphones and handles basic mobile computing tasks efficiently. As for gaming, this is quite impressive even when you run top titles or graphically demanding games, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t notice the occasional lags.
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One other aspect we noticed about the Redmi 10 is the memory expansion feature. With this feature, the 4GB RAM unit can become a 6GB RAM smartphone all thanks to the software assigning 2GB from the storage to act as interim RAM if need be, so as to keep more apps in the background. This is quite a cool feature.
With the Redmi 10, you get a 5000mAH battery, coupled with the 18W fast charger from within the smartphone’s box. With this charger, you are can juice the smartphone from 0 to a hundred in about 2 hours right here. Battery life is definitely amazing. Definitely would last you through a day of intense use.
On the camera side of things, you get 5 of them in total, 4 being at the rear and that front facing cutout notch camera at the front. A 50MP main lens, 8MP ultra wide, 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor. The front side houses an 8MP front facing camera.
The notable thing about a lot of Redmi devices is that, for the rear camera, you get good photos as long as you have ample lighting, but the colors are usually not that vibrant, they barely do the kind of saturation addition you get from, let’s say the Samsung phones in this price range.
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From the Redmi 10, photos are not exactly true to life and we wish they could throw out an update that adds in more saturation to the photos. There’s also the night mode feature, which helps a bit for late night photos, we don’t think a really good picture can be taken without adding good lighting. However, the front-facing camera photos are decent and quite useable.
Videos are up to 1080p 30fps, no image stabilization also. It gets the job done, and as with the photos, you get a soft-looking footage.
The Redmi 10, 4GB 128GB variant goes for N90,000, about $160, and the 6GB 128GB variant is N105, 000, about $184.
Conclusion (Should You Buy?)
So for about this price, the other devices that would compete here would be the Samsung Galaxy A22, the Poco M3 Pro 5G and Redmi Note 10, but for this price, we recommend you get the competing devices, even though you would have to pay an extra 10-$20 for those.
We believe the value you get for that extra money is worth every bit of it, instead of having to settle for the Redmi 10 that is basically average. The thing is, if those devices didn’t exist, this would have definitely been worth your money and a perfect device.