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Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro review: our opinion –

Xiaomi’s successful lineup has been renewed at the start of 2021 and the Redmi Note 10 Pro is its most expensive proposal with a price set at € 299. The formula is very aggressive: 120 Hz AMOLED screen, quadruple photo sensor articulated around a 108 megapixel main module, 33W fast charge and 5020 mAh battery. Let’s see if this smartphone has the shoulders to compete with its direct competitors.

A classic and efficient design

The new generation Pro model refines and now displays dimensions of 164 x 76.5 x 8.1 mm for a weight of 193 g against 165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm and 209 g. It remains a mastodon but easier to handle than its predecessor despite its slippery back and sensitive to fingerprints.

Quite classic, the design of the Redmi Note 10 Pro is inspired by Mid 11 with a similarly styled photo block and a punched (flat) screen. The level of finishes offered by Xiaomi on this price range is always so excellent. The borders surrounding the display are relatively thin and the bubble is discreet. We thus benefit a suitable size / screen ratio, guarantor of an immersive visual experience.

The physical keys are positioned on the right edge and the ignition button also acts as a fingerprint reader. The set is perfectly placed for right-handed and left-handed people. We appreciate the presence of a mini-jack port on the top which is next to a first speaker. The second is located under the chin of the device and coexists with a USB-C port. The drawer on the left can accommodate two SIM cards and a microSD card.

An excellent screen

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro gives us the pleasure of sporting a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display. We take advantage of a beautiful light, sufficient to view any type of content outdoors under a blazing sun. The color rendering is not as faithful as on a high-end smartphone but overall, the “Saturated” mode displays an honest transcription and a very good coverage of the sRGB and DCI-P3 spaces despite a slight appetite for blue. To correct this small defect, opt for the “Standard” mode but it will be the warm colors that will be highlighted. When the “Auto” mode is on, the white balance is set according to the ambient light. You can also manually adjust the colorimetry through the palette.

The screen of the Redmi Note 10 Pro enjoys a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz. You know the music, we gain fluidity thanks to this feature. This frequency is not adaptive, so you have the choice between 120Hz and 60Hz.

Ga Ga stereo

Stereo makes its debut on the Redmi range and on the Redmi Note 10 Pro which has two speakers attached to the top and bottom of the chassis. This part offers good spatialization and a powerful sound but stingy in bass. For more intimate listening, you can connect a wired or Bluetooth headset to the mini-jack, more generous in the bass. Note that the Redmi Note 10 Pro is certified Hi-Res audio.

Good performance

Just like the classic Redmi Note 10, the Redmi Note 10 Pro trusts Qualcomm and enjoys a Snapdragon 732G. The device is therefore not 5G compatible unlike the Redmi Note 10 5G.

As a reminder, the Note 9 Pro benefits from a 720G. On benchmarks as in practice, the updated configuration of the Redmi Note 10 Pro – also supplemented by 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable internal memory – shows substantially identical performance. Xiaomi’s smartphone will therefore be suitable for mobile users who are used to increasing the number of tabs.

AnTuTu, Geekbench, 3D Mark and PC Mark

Players will have to accept some concessions if their favorite titles are Call of Duty Mobile, Fortnite or Genshin Impact. It will indeed be necessary to be satisfied of an average graphic quality to maintain a suitable fluidity on these games which require a lot of resources. The Redmi Note 10 Pro continues to rely on the GPU Adreno 618 of its predecessor.

MIUI 12, the overcoat that improves like good wine

At the time of writing, the Redmi Note 10 Pro is running under MIUI 12.0.10. Xiaomi’s house overlay applies to the latest version of Google’s OS, Android 11. We have already experimented with the Chinese manufacturer’s interface, which has been deployed on several of its terminals since June 2020.

Floating windows, second space, drawer mode, simplified mode, icon size, choice of notification center, MIUI 12 allows us to be agile in the organization of display. The menu structure is more airy for better readability of the whole.

Nevertheless, some negative points should be highlighted. Xiaomi continues to offer the services of its in-house antivirus by default and pre-installs many applications. Fortunately, it is possible to do without.

108 megapixels, is the better the enemy of the good?

A quartet of photo sensors is installed on the back of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro. On the menu, we find:

  • A 108 megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens open at f / 1.9
  • An 8-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens (118 °) open at f / 2.2
  • A 5 megapixel sensor with macro lens open at f / 2.4
  • A 2-megapixel depth sensor with an aperture of f / 2.4

The main sensor is signed Samsung. This is the ISOCELL HM2, a module capable of producing 12 megapixel images by combining 9 pixels in 1. The quality of the shots taken in this definition in broad daylight is very satisfactory.. The exposure is excellent, the colors are vibrant and we enjoy a fairly good sharpness.

The shots in 108 megapixel mode are not lacking in detail – logical you will tell us – but the white balance leans towards yellow. We will therefore favor the shoot with pixel binning for a more accurate colorimetry in these conditions.

12 Mpx on the left, 108 Mpx on the right

Although our night images are a bit noisy, they are still usable. We particularly appreciate the good management of the highlights. Very useful, the night mode allows to obtain even cleaner results.

The transition from wide angle to ultra wide angle is smooth. The latter is effective by offering homogeneous and slightly distorted renderings on the edges. Avoid using it in the dark.


Xiaomi dedicates a sensor to macro mode. With a definition of 5 megapixels, it achieves precise photos provided you are a minimum patient and capture a subject well exposed.

Another sensor offers its services for portrait mode. It isolates the subject well from the background and applies a slight bokeh effect which we like a lot.

On the front side, the Redmi Note 10 Pro welcomes a 16 megapixel sensor combined with an open lens at f / 2.5. This module appeals outdoors and under daylight – however, beware of overexposure – but disappoints once night has fallen by falling into the trap of smoothing.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro can shoot in 4K at 30 frames per second.

Good autonomy, fast charging

Armed with a battery of 5020 mAh, Xiaomi’s smartphone turns off after a day and a half or two days depending on your type of use. We revolve around 15-16 hours by alternating basic tasks (messages, social networks, video streaming) and energy-intensive tasks (gaming, taking photos and videos) with the 120 Hz mode activated. An honorable autonomy for a smartphone equipped with many high-end features.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is accompanied by a charger 33W. Its battery will require 1h10 of your time to fully recharge.

A point on the competition

Few of the competitors manage to overshadow Xiaomi’s entry-level terminals. But a new challenger by the name of realme has been occupying the same ground for some time with equally aggressive proposals. Its latest, the realme 8 Pro (€ 299), also relies on a main module of 108 megapixels and an OLED screen (with a refresh rate blocked at 60 Hz). If its battery has a capacity of 4500 mAh, it supports a charge of 50W. Finally, it embeds a Snapdragon 720G like the Redmi Note 9 Pro.

Conclusion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro has almost everything to please : a good AMOLED screen and 120 Hz for an ultra-smooth experience, a technical configuration that does the job, an effective photo part even in low light thanks to its excellent main sensor and its night mode, an attractive autonomy and a really fast charge . The smartphone is not 5G compatible but at this price, it is difficult to hold it against it. If we had to recommend a phone below 300 euros, it would be him and not another.

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