Xiaomi debuts Redmi Note 10 series to rewrite the rules of budget segment

by Jeremy

Xiaomi has today launched a whole lineup of budget smartphones under the Redmi Note family. The latest offerings from the Chinese company include the Redmi Note 10 Pro, Redmi Note 10, Redmi Note 10, and the Redmi Note 10 5G. The new phones bring a lot of firsts for the Redmi Note series, such as a 120Hz Super AMOLED display, a 108MP camera, and support for 5G. Additionally, all four devices run Android 11 out of the box. The smartphones will be made available soon.

Fresh design, impressive internals, and a characteristically aggressive asking price

Starting with the design, Xiaomi appears to have gone back to the drawing board, giving the rear camera isle across the Redmi Note 10 portfolio a fresh identity compared to their predecessors. However, the four new phones also share a few design traits: a center-aligned circular hole-punch for the selfie camera, a fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button on the side, and some bright colors on the rear panel with a splash of gradient aesthetics.

Redmi Note 10 Pro

At the top of the series sits the Redmi Note 10 Pro (Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in India), which offers a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. Inside, you’ll find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G SoC paired with up to 8 gigs of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. The lights are kept on by a 5,020mAh battery that can be topped off at 33W.

A 108MP camera, 120Hz Super AMOLED display and support for 33W fast charging

You’ll find a 108MP primary snapper in the camera department, assisted by an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 5MP telemacro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the Redmi Note 10 Pro offers a 16MP selfie shooter. The phone starts at $279 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant and goes up to $329 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model. It will be up for grabs in three colors – Onyx Gray, Glacier Blue, and Gradient Bronze.

Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10S

These two phones share a lot of their innards, down to their dimensions. These two devices offer a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a more modest 60Hz display. The hole-punch on the front houses a 13MP selfie camera, and there are four cameras at the back that include an 8MP ultra-wide-angle snapper and a couple of 2MP cameras for macro photography and depth sensing. The Redmi Note 10S has a higher resolution 64MP primary camera, while the vanilla Redmi Note 10 packs a 48MP primary snapper.

Another difference between the two is the choice of processor. Xiaomi has equipped the Redmi Note 10S with MediaTek Helio G95 SoC with eight gigs of RAM and 128GB internal storage. In comparison, the Redmi Note 10 relies on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 processor ticking alongside six gigs of LPDDR4X RAM and the same storage capacity.

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