Xiaomi has demonstrated for several years in markets like Europe that it is able to offer a quality price on its mobiles that few companies can replicate. This changed slightly in the high end with the increase in the price of the Mi 10 models. Of course, we saw a correction in the Mi 11.
Xiaomi Mi 11 analysis: a double success in our opinion
We have taken an in-depth analysis of Xiaomi’s new top-of-the-range mobile, the new Xiaomi MI 11 which comes with a great price and better features.
But Xiaomi’s strong arm in our country is the mid-range, a place where the Redmi Note family has shone strongly. It is this family that today released members with Los Redmi Note 10 Series.
We were able to spend a week using the most powerful model announced, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, and we are satisfied with its characteristics … and one of its absences. Yes that’s it.
Features Redmi Note 10 Pro
- Processor: Snapdragon 732G.
- 6 GB + 128 GB
- Expansion by microSD cards up to 512 GB.
- Processor: Snapdragon 732G.
- Dimension: 6.67 inches.
- Type: OLED.
- Resolution: FHD + (2400 x 1080).
- Aspect ratio: 20: 9.
- 108 Mpx main sensor.
- Ultra wide angle of 8 Mpx.
- 5 Mpx macro sensor.
- 2 Mpx depth sensor.
- 16 Mpx front camera.
- Capacity: 5000 mAh.
- Fast charge: 33 W with charger included.
- Other: Headset socket, NFC, independent dual SIM and micro SD, infrared port, side fingerprint sensor, haptic vibration motor.
- Dimensions: 164 x 76.5 x 8.1 mm.
- Weight: 193 grams.
Elegant and sober, a good step forward in design
Although Xiaomi never wanted the Redmi Note to be a benchmark in terms of design, it should be noted that it attaches more and more importance to it. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro is a sober and elegant mobile that attracts attention with a unique camera module and a very beautiful rear.
Obviously, most people will put on a case, but it doesn’t look like a fragile phone at all.
On the front, its screen stands out, with a hole for the front camera and bezels a little thicker than we would like, but within the norm.
Perimeter we have what is expected, a tray with three slots for dualSIM and microSD, power and volume buttons, infrared emitter, two microphones, USB charging port … and two speakers.
Power is not an issue and neither is connectivity
Normally on a mobile we highlight its fucking strengths but we want to start this section by praising one absence: 5G.
Xiaomi has opted for a current processor, the Snapdragon 732G, a very solvent mid-range chipset which has the downside? if it is not compatible with the latest generation connectivity. This means that some may reject it, but for us it is a success.
What 5G brings today is not something that justifies the increase in the prices of many mobiles. It may make more sense to implement it in the high end, but in the midrange it is completely unnecessary.
Thus, it is not known whether the choice of this processor lowers the final cost of the terminal, but it can be assumed that this is the case when looking at the prices of similar models with 5G.
Performance wise, we were able to use all the apps and games we wanted without a hitch and although we did occasionally see some kind of lag in the interface, it’s nothing strange in this lineup. of products.
MIUI is still a bit heavy layer but the 6 GB of RAM of the model we tested and the 128 GB of memory seem to us to be correct. Also, if we want to expand the internal storage, we can do it with a microSD, which has its own slot. There are two more for SIM cards.
We must devote a paragraph to sound. Xiaomi has implemented two speakers on this mobile, one on each lower, upper and lower side, a decision that we have already found to be the correct one in the Xiaomi Mi 11 and that we are happy to see here.
In addition, the maximum volume is extremely high and although the sound quality does not reach that of the high-end models, in this section it is well above its direct rivals.
When it comes to connectivity, we are faced with the perfect midrange. We have bluetooth 5.1, dual band 802.11ac WiFi, infrared, NFC for mobile payments, memory card slot as we mentioned… and even FM radio. Not a complaint.
Increase the screen level a lot
For some time, Samsung had better positioned its mid-range among users who appreciated the quality of the screens. The reason was that on many occasions I have gone for OLED panels over LCD panels from other brands such as Xiaomi.
With the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro this changes since it is the first Redmi Note of the brand th at uses an OLED screen, with what this implies in terms of representation of the color black, saturation or battery saving.
This 6.7 inch screen has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 px and is compatible with HDR10 technology. In addition, it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
But the most striking is its refresh rate. Xiaomi hit 120Hz, bringing this display closer to that of much more expensive models like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. The touch response rate is not as high as in the high-end models, remaining at 240Hz.
It stands out for its brightness, with maximum slows between 450 and 700 under normal conditions but reaching 1200 in an extremely punctual manner. Still, these are numbers we don’t see in the mid-range.
108 Mpx released in the Redmi Note
The MPx war has been going on for several years but it is only so far that the Redmi Note have entered it, at least at the highest level. It is the first model in the family to use a 108 MP main sensor.
Normally we will use pixel clustering to take photos that are smaller in size, lower resolution but with more detail, especially in scenes with difficult lighting conditions. By merging 9 pixels into 1, we will have more usable 12 Mpx photos.
The dynamic range is sometimes a bit low and the contrast a bit high, losing some detail in dark areas. This is accentuated in the wide angle, which in terms of colorimetry behaves the same as the main sensor, but doesn’t have as much detail when using an 8MP sensor.
The third sensor, a macro, offers high resolution but much improved edge cropping, which contrasts with the good detail obtained in the foreground. We also see this problem with cropping in portraits, in the most complex areas.
The 16-megapixel front camera gives us very high details, but a dynamic range that can be improved, especially in the background, getting something to burn the highlights.
At night, the quality declined although it remained at a certain level. This can be seen a lot in the macro, although it is not the sensor that interests us the most. In the normal sensor, the quality is a little more maintained and even respects the lights, especially if we activate the night mode. Of course, it goes down to the wide angle.
Night video recording is quite passable, with more or less controlled shaking, but the optical stabilizer is projected on high. On the front, the electronic stabilizer works quite well and surprised us positively.
Due to the processor, we find that taking photos is not as fast as on other models. The mobile captures well, but it takes about two seconds to display the image on the screen after processing it. This happened to us with the 108 Mpx shot but also with the normal 12 Mpx shot.
Excellent battery, good fast charge
This model maintains the 5,000mAh battery that we’ve seen in other models in the family. This is something that is appreciated now that the screen can consume more power. The fast charge is given by a 33W charger we have in the box.
In the first battery test we set the screen refresh rate to 120Hz. We took pictures, played games, and listened to podcasts. We have passed 5 hours of screen time with 25 hours of total battery life.
In the second battery test We changed the refresh rate to 60Hz, we used the mobile a lot outdoors to guide us with Google Maps, take photos and send and receive WhatsApp. We have reached 6.5 hours of screen time with 21 hours of total battery life.
In the third battery testWe reduced the screen refresh rate to 120Hz. We used the cell phone under normal circumstances, but without demanding use like GPS or gaming. We have reached 6 hours of screen time with 24 hours of total battery life.
Android 11, MIUI 12 and some drawbacks
It’s the company’s first mid-range model that comes with Android 11 as standard, a version that MIUI 12 runs on. This is relevant because there are some functions of the Xiaomi Mi 11 that we don’t have, like the awesome wallpapers. The reason is that these features come from MIUI 12.5, a version that this model does not yet have.
About Android 11 and MIUI 12 we talked at length in a video review which you can see below because the experience is the same.
We continue to think that Xiaomi needs to improve some aspects, as we discussed in the video, and it is rare that MIUI 12.5 is not standard in this terminal, when we saw that it is already available in other models. marketed in Europe.
Also, in one of the battery tests we saw how the display and the usage hours counter were reset by mistake, and it was not possible to recover the data. Xiaomi still has a lot of work to do here.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro will be a new benchmark in the mid-range
Xiaomi continues to be one of the benchmark brands in Europe, both for its image and its prices. However, there is more and more competition and there are more alternatives.
This is where the mobile we are reviewing today, the Redmi Note 10, comes in. Xiaomi has improved one of the key aspects, the screen, in a pretty powerful way. In addition, the good work is maintained in terms of memory, performance, camera and battery.
The photographic section also meets expectations, although it is not something that stands out from other options from other brands. With the lack of 5G which we don’t see as a problem, few users are willing to pay more for it, and more if we move away from the high end.
In the absence of analysis of other variables of the Redmi Note 10 family, this model can be a benchmark in the price range in which it is located.
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