I fell in love with the Redmi as soon as I laid my eyes on it. Featuring a holographic shade, the rear of the Redmi 10 is probably the most beautiful color you’ve ever come across on a phone. It’s silver with tints of the colors of the rainbow! I’ve quite literally never seen such a gorgeous phone before.
The Redmi 10 is definitely an eye-catcher. It sports three unique shades: Carbon Grey, Pebble White, and Sea Blue. I received the phone in the third configuration and absolutely fell in love with it. The phone has a lightweight body weighing only 181g. It is quite slim and has a total thickness of 0.35 inches. Measuring 6.38 by 2.97 inches, the Redmi 10 features a pretty good aspect ratio.
The rear of the phone hosts a huge camera lens enclosure on the top-right with one large lens and three small ones. The bottom-left has the brand name etched onto it. Controls-wise, the Redmi 10 is pretty minimal. It has a charging port and speakers on the bottom, a power button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor and a volume rocker on the right, another speaker and a 3.5mm port on the top and a sim port on its left. You get dual nano-sim ports in the Redmi 10.
One gripe I have with the controls on this phone is the earphone jack being on top. Ergonomically, having a 3.5mm port on the bottom makes sense. This is so that your earphones wire’s length doesn’t get wasted on going on top of the phone. Having the port on the underside of the phone also helps with less issues of earphone tangling. One feature I appreciated in the Redmi 10’s control layout was the speaker grilles being distributed on the top and bottom. This is a great way to make sure the sound is directional and has a stereo-like effect.
If there’s one thing you can count on in this phone, it’s the toughness of its screen. Coated with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the Redmi 10’s screen is designed to endure light to medium falls. I did a quick drop-test on tiled floor, and it remained unaffected. The only possible flaw some people might see in the display is that it is an LCD instead of an OLED.
Alongside greater dynamic ranges and energy efficiency, the unique characteristics of OLED panels allow for significantly fewer layers in the screen matrix. Consequently, OLED screens are typically thinner and lighter in weight than conventional LCDs, but cost significantly more to produce than LCD displays. The use of an LCD display in the Redmi 10 helped towards keeping its cost low. Available at just $169, this phone is too good to be true.
The display features a refresh rate of 90Hz and measures 6.5 inches. Featuring a screen-to-body ratio of 83.4%, the screen’s size has been pretty maxed out with the bezels significantly trimmed down. The screen resolution is 1080×2400 and the screen ratio is 20:9.
The Redmi 10 comes with an Octa-core 2×2.0 GHz processor coupled with a MediaTek Helio chip and the Mali-G52 GPU. Mali-G52 features great energy efficiency that reduces the power consumption and thermal output of a device. Consequently, it supports greater game time among other things. It also sports the MIUI 12.5 OS.
The Redmi 10 comes in three configurations. There’s a 4GB and 64GB version, another that’s 4GB and 128GB and one that’s 6GB and 128GB. I received the last configuration, and my experience with the phone was way better than I expected. I played two of my top-favorite games on it: Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends, and had a blast. The games ran stutter-free, and mind you, both of these games are pretty graphic-intensive. I had up to 33 tabs open at one point, and faced zero issues managing them all. While I can assure you that you can rely on the Redmi 10’s RAM, I can’t say the same about its ROM. That has more to do with what your storage needs are.
The Redmi 10’s battery was another area I was fairly impressed with. It features a 5000mAh fast-charging battery that got too 100% in just a little more than an hour. The phone lasted me an exactly one-and-a-half day on medium usage. With heavy usage, I’m guessing it’ll last a day while light usage can maybe last two days.
The Redmi 10 sports one main wide 50MP camera, with an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth lens. There’s an LED flash, HDR and panorama. It shoots 1080 pixels at 30fps. The front camera on the Redmi 10 is 8MP. The camera results were sharp, clear and focused. I wouldn’t rely on this phone for high-definition videos for professional usage, but for a casual camera, it did a pretty awesome job.
All in all, except for minor gripes here and there, I was more than content with the Redmi 10. It is beautiful, features great speed and has an impressive battery life.
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The Redmi 10 is a stunning phone. It hosts a touch display, great processing capacity and a pretty good camera at an increasingly reasonable price of just $169.