Xiaomi’s new Redmi 10 is a budget-friendly device with a Helio G88 SoC and a 90Hz display

Xiaomi’s new Redmi 10 is a budget-friendly device with a Helio G88 SoC and a 90Hz display

Update 1 (08/18/2021 @ 04:22 PM ET): After a premature announcement last week, Xiaomi has officially taken the wraps off the Redmi 10, a budget smartphone with some impressive specs. The article below has been updated with the confirmed pricing details.

In August last year, Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi launched the Redmi 9. The MediaTek Helio G35-powered budget-friendly device was among the most popular phones last year, and it took the top spot in the budget category in various markets. Redmi has now unveiled its successor — the Redmi 10 — and it packs some great hardware for a budget device.

Xiaomi Redmi 10: Specifications

SpecificationXiaomi Redmi 10
Dimensions & Weight
  • 161.95 x 75.53 x 8.92mm
  • 181g
Display
  • 6.5-inch FHD+ DotDisplay
  • 2400 x 1080
  • 90Hz refresh rate with adaptive sync (45/60/90Hz)
SoCMediaTek Helio G88
RAM & Storage
  • 4GB + 64GB
  • 4GB + 128GB
  • 6GB + 128GB
Battery & Charging
  • 5,000mAh
  • 18W wired fast charging
  • 9W wired reverse charging
  • 22.5W charger included
Security
  • Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • AI face unlock
Rear Camera(s)
  • Primary: 50MP
  • Ultra-wide: 8MP
  • Macro: 2MP
  • Depth sensor: 2MP
Front Camera(s)8MP
Port(s)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
AudioSingle bottom-firing speaker
Connectivity
  • 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
SoftwareMIUI 12.5 based on Android 11
Colors
  • Carbon gray
  • Pebble white
  • Sea blue

The Redmi 10 is a huge step up from its predecessor. It features a 6.5-inch FHD+ display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and a 90Hz refresh rate. It also comes with adaptive sync support, meaning that it can switch between 45Hz, 60Hz, and 90Hz based on the content displayed. The phone packs MediaTek’s Helio G88 chip coupled with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Sea blue Redmi 10 front and back

For photography, Redmi has packed a quad-camera setup on the Redmi 10. It consists of a 50MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Over on the front, the device features an 8MP selfie shooter.

The Redmi 10 is backed by a 5,000mAh battery, which is typical of budget Redmi phones. It supports 18W wired fast charging with the included charger, and it even offers 9W reverse wired charging support. In terms of ports, the phone features a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The device also features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and a single bottom-firing speaker. On the software front, the Redmi 10 runs MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11.

Pricing & Availability

The Redmi 10 will be available in three RAM/storage variants — 4GB+64GB, 4GB+128GB, and 6GB+128GB — for $179, $199, and $219 respectively. Buyers will get three color options to choose from — Carbon Gray, Pebble White, and Sea Blue. All devices will be available through the company’s official sales channels starting Friday, August 20th.

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Pranob Mehrotra
Pranob Mehrotra

A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.