Xiaomi Redmi Note 10: Everything you need to know about Xiaomi’s new budget lineup
After weeks of leaks and rumors, Xiaomi finally lifted the covers off the highly-anticipated Redmi Note 10 lineup today. As expected, the new budget-friendly lineup includes a bunch of devices, starting with the vanilla Redmi Note 10 and going all the way up to the Redmi Note 10 Pro/Pro Max. The devices bring several major upgrades over the Redmi Note 9 series from last year, including high refresh rate AMOLED displays, premium camera hardware, and, in one case, 5G support.
If you’ve been keeping up with our coverage of the Redmi Note 10 series over the last few months, you’d already be familiar with the design and specifications of some of the devices in the lineup. But if you haven’t, here’s everything you need to know about the latest budget-friendly devices from Redmi:
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 series: Variants
Before we talk about the design and specifications, let’s first take a quick look at all the models in the Redmi Note 10 series to clear any confusion created by Xiaomi’s convoluted naming scheme:
The vanilla Redmi Note 10 is the most consistent out of the lot. It’s the same device across all regions, with no hardware or design changes whatsoever. The Redmi Note 10S is pretty much the same as the Redmi Note 10 on the outside, but it features a different SoC, primary camera, and RAM/storage variants. It’s also limited to global markets at the moment, with no word from Xiaomi regarding an India launch.
The Redmi Note 10 5G is a completely different beast altogether, which offers a weird mix of mid-range and entry-level hardware. As you can probably tell from its name, the device features 5G support. This would lead some to believe that it’s a better device than the vanilla Redmi Note 10 as a whole. But that’s definitely not the case. While it does offer a high refresh rate panel with AdaptiveSync support, it isn’t AMOLED like the other models on the lineup. Therefore, it offers an inferior contrast ratio, peak brightness, and color accuracy. On top of that, the device doesn’t offer the same fast charging capabilities as the rest of the devices in the lineup. Much like the Redmi 10S, it’s also limited to global markets.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro is another doozy because Xiaomi is using the moniker for two slightly different devices. The Redmi Note 10 Pro launched globally is the top-of-the-line model, which features a high refresh rate AMOLED display and a 108MP primary camera. But that model has been launched in India as the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. The Redmi Note 10 Pro launched in India is pretty much the same as the Redmi Note 10 Pro launched globally but with a 64MP primary camera.
In case you’re still confused or you didn’t bother reading all that we’ve mentioned above, check the flow chart below for a quick overview.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 series: Specifications
|Specification||Redmi Note 10||Redmi Note 10S (Global only)||Redmi Note 10 5G (Global only)||Redmi Note 10 Pro (India only)||Redmi Note 10 Pro (Global)/Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (India)|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|RAM & Storage|
|Battery & Charging|
|Security||Side-mounted fingerprint scanner||Side-mounted fingerprint scanner||Side-mounted fingerprint scanner||Side-mounted fingerprint scanner||Side-mounted fingerprint scanner|
|Front Camera(s)||13MP, f/2.45||13MP, f/2.45||8MP, f/2.0||16MP, f/2.45||16MP, f/2.45|
|Software||MIUI 12 based on Android 11||MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11||MIUI 12 based on Android 11||MIUI 12 based on Android 11||MIUI 12 based on Android 11|
Although Xiaomi hasn’t made any efforts to improve the naming scheme this year, the company has made some design changes that give the Redmi Note 10 lineup a more consistent look. Maybe a bit too consistent. Unlike the Redmi Note 9 series, all of the new devices feature a left-aligned rectangular camera module design that doesn’t vary too much in size. The Redmi branding on the back panel is also more uniform across the board. However, there are some minute differences that will help you differentiate between the devices in the lineup.
For instance, the Redmi Note 10 and the Note 10S look almost identical but the latter has a silver ring around the primary camera on the back that will help you differentiate between the two. This silver ring expands to engulf two camera modules on the Redmi Note 10 5G, which will help you differentiate it from the other two in case you happen to forget that it has a completely different back panel finish and a triple camera setup.
Both the international and the Indian variant of the Redmi Note 10 Pro feature the aforementioned silver ring around the camera module, despite being slightly different devices. But the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max doesn’t have it, even though it’s the same phone as the international Redmi Note 10 Pro. This makes differentiating between the top two models just by looking at them a whole lot more difficult. Irrespective of that, all the devices in the Redmi Note 10 series look pretty decent.
As far as other design choices and build materials are concerned, all the phones feature a side-mounted fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button on the right edge, a volume rocker right above it, and a USB Type-C port at the bottom. The Redmi Note 10 5G is the only device in the lineup that doesn’t feature a Z-axis vibration motor, dual stereo speakers with High-Res Audio certification, and an IP53 rating. But all phones do come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and an IR blaster. The top-of-the-line Redmi Note 10 Pro Max/Redmi Note 10 Pro (Global) also features a frosted glass back.
Redmi Note 10 & Note 10S
The Redmi Note 10 and Note 10S feature the same 6.43-inch AMOLED DotDisplay with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and a 60Hz refresh rate. The display features a centered hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera, a peak brightness of 1,100nits, and a 4,500,000:1 contrast ratio. It also offers 100% DCI-P3 coverage, Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and minimal bezels on all sides.
Redmi Note 10 5G
The Redmi Note 10 5G, on the other hand, features a 6.5-inch DotDisplay with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, an adaptive refresh rate of up to 90Hz (30Hz/50Hz/60Hz/90Hz), and a 1,500:1 contrast ratio. Unlike the other devices in the lineup, it offers a peak brightness of just 500nits. However, it does include a centered hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera and Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Redmi Note 10 Pro & Note 10 Pro Max
The Redmi Note 10 Pro (India/Global) and the Note 10 Pro Max feature the same 6.67-inch AMOLED DotDisplay, which has a centered hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera. The display offers a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, a refresh rate of 120Hz, 240Hz touch sampling rate, and a 4,500,000:1 contrast ratio. It has a peak brightness of 1,200nits, offers 100% DCI-P3 coverage, and it’s even HDR10 certified. On top of that, the display comes with SGS Eye Care Display certification and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
SoC, RAM, and Storage
The vanilla Redmi Note 10 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 678 chip, which packs an Adreno 612 GPU. The SoC is coupled with up to 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage. While the Redmi Note 10S looks exactly the same as the regular Note 10 on the outside, it isn’t the same on the inside. The device packs a MediaTek Helio G95 chip and a Mali-G76 GPU instead of the Snapdragon SoC. It also comes with higher RAM and storage, starting at 6GB/64GB and going up to 8GB/128GB.
The Redmi Note 10 5G is, once again, an outlier. It packs MediaTek’s Dimensity 700 chip, which features a Mali-G57 GPU. It’s available in three RAM/storage configurations, starting at 4GB/64GB and going up to 6GB/128GB. The Redmi Note 10 Pro and the Note 10 Pro Max feature the same Snapdragon 732G SoC, irrespective of the region. The SoC packs an Adreno 618 GPU and it’s coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of onboard storage. The devices will be available in three storage variants, starting at 6GB/64GB.
Xiaomi has confirmed that the Redmi Note 10 series devices launched in India feature a triple SIM card tray, with a dedicated microSD card slot for expansion. All three devices support microSD cards up to 512GB in size.
All phones in the Redmi Note 10 lineup feature quad-camera setups on the back, except for the Redmi Note 10 5G. The 5G-capable device has a triple camera setup instead. While there are some similarities in the camera setup on all devices, it would be best for us to look at them individually to avoid any confusion.
Let’s start with the Redmi Note 10. It has a 48MP f/1.79 primary camera, an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera with a 188° FoV, a 2MP f/2.4 macro camera, and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. The Redmi Note 10S packs a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW3 f/1.79 primary camera, but it has the same 8MP+2MP+2MP setup as the regular variant. The Redmi Note 10 5G features a 48MP f/1.79 primary camera, a 2MP f/2.4 macro camera, and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor.
The Indian variant of the Redmi Note 10 Pro features a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW3 f/1.79 primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera with a 118° FoV, a 5MP f/2.4 telemacro camera with auto-focus and 2x zoom, and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. The international variant of the Redmi Note 10 Pro, which is known as the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in India, packs a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 f/1.9 primary camera with 9-in-1 pixel binning, an 8MP ultra-wide camera with a 118° FoV, a 5MP f/2.4 telemacro camera with auto-focus and 2x zoom, and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor.
Over on the front, the differences between the camera setups on the devices aren’t as confusing. The Redmi Note 10 and the Note 10S feature a 13MP f/2.45 selfie shooter, the Redmi Note 10 5G features an 8MP f/2.0 sensor, and the Redmi Note 10 Pro/Pro Max feature a 16MP f/2.45 sensor.
Battery & Charging
Battery capacity and fast charging capabilities on the Redmi Note 10 lineup are also quite consistent, with the Note 10 5G being the only outlier. Both the Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10S pack 5,000mAh batteries that support 33W wired fast charging with the included charger. The Redmi Note 10 Pro and the Note 10 Pro Max feature 5,020mAh batteries that offer the same 33W fast charging capabilities with the included charger.
The Redmi Note 10 5G, however, features a 5,000mAh battery that only supports 18W wired fast charging. It comes with a 22.5W fast charger in the box. Xiaomi claims that users will be able to charge their Redmi Note 10 devices up to 50% in under 30 minutes with the included 33W fast charger. As you’d expect, this doesn’t apply to the Redmi Note 10 5G.
As far as connectivity options are concerned, all phones in the lineup come with a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an IR blaster. All devices, except the vanilla Redmi Note 10, also come with NFC. However, none of the models launched in India include this feature. The devices also come with dual-SIM trays, with the Note 10 5G offering 5G (SA/NSA) dual-standby capabilities and the rest limited to 4G. The phones also feature Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
All phones in the Redmi Note 10 lineup run Android 11 out of the box, but only the Redmi Note 10S comes with Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 12.5 update. The rest are still limited to MIUI 12, but Xiaomi has confirmed that their MIUI 12.5 update is already in the works and it should reach users in the coming weeks. In case you aren’t familiar with MIUI 12.5, check out the section below for a detailed changelog of everything new in the latest MIUI release:
MIUI 12.5 changelog
- New: Response to gestures is now instant
- New: With 20 times more rendering power, there are now few limited to what you can see on your screen.
- New: With custom device model adjustments, any phone becomes faster after the upgrade.
- Optimization: MIUI became lighter, faster, and more durable.
- System Animations:
- New: A new animation framework renders movement more realistically.
- New: New UI design is focused on visualization and making your interaction with the device more lifelike.
- System Sounds:
- New: Nature mix is a new exciting way of creating your own notification sound system.
- New: Hundreds of system sounds that represent animals from all around the world.
- New: Stereo system sounds.
- Super Wallpapers:
- New: Mount Siguniang super wallpaper.
- Privacy Protection:
- New: Now you can see what apps access your clipboard and control access.
- New: Using approximate location adds up points to privacy protection.
- New: You can now manage sensitive permissions and related app behavior independently.
- New: The behavior of web pages is also tracked now, which helps you to block unwanted and malicious actions.
- New: Now it’s up to you who and when can track your online behavior.
- New: All apps now come with a security statement from GetApps.
- New: Privacy risk scanner.
- New: Control which apps access and delete items from your Gallery.
- New: A comprehensive overview of all sensitive permissions.
- New: You’ll be notified whenever high-risk permissions are used and will be able to block the corresponding actions.
- Optimization: An all-new privacy protection page.
- New: Compose mind maps with complex structures.
- New: New tools for doodling and sketching.
- New: Press and hold a sketch to adjust the strokes automatically.
- New: A gesture shortcut now allows you to create notes, tasks, and excerpts anywhere.
- New: Excerpts save texts, URLs, and images to Notes in a few simple taps.
- New: Dynamix layouts make bring the typography in Notes to a new level.
- All-new Notes.
- You can combine your phone and computer into a single working station.
- You can view MIUI notifications and open phone apps on your computer.
- Apps from your phone can be handed off to your computer.
- The items copied on a phone can now be pasted on the computer and vice versa.
- Photos and screenshots from a mobile device can be instantly used on a computer.
- Web pages can be seamlessly handed over from one device to another.
- You can transfer files to your mobile device using the “MIUI+” panel on your computer.
- New “File Manager” and “Notes” for computers.
- Floating Windows:
- New: Instant messengers now support floating windows.
- New: Floating windows can be quickly replaced with fullscreen versions of the apps.
- New: App flashcards show key info when apps are displayed as floating windows.
- Learn more about new features in “Special features”.
- Xiaomi Health:
- New: You can measure your heart rate using the camera now.
- New: Start recording running, walking, and cycling workouts manually, and enjoy lots of online workout classes.
- Optimization: Automatic workout recognition is much more accurate now.
- Home screen:
- New: “Ripples” animation for downloading apps.
- New: “Burst” animation for uninstalling apps.
- New: New design for app folders.
- New: A vertical layout for Recents.
- New: The aspect ratio is adjusted to the external monitor automatically during casting.
- New: The audio of the app that’s being cast in a floating window is separated from other audio.
- Xiaomi Cloud:
- New: Password manager allows you to store passwords in the cloud.
- New: You can share device location with other people in your family sharing group.
- New: Location information can be recorded automatically before the device powers off.
- New: Convert images to PDF.
- Mi Carrier Services:
- New: You can manage multiple SIM cards now.
- New: A more convenient way to move a cursor using the scrollbar.
- New: Function buttons support switching between languages and keyboards.
- New: You can press and hold the function buttons to access more features.
- New: Custom themes for keyboards.
- New: Font weight adjustment options for third party fonts.
- Optimization: Personalization features for system wallpapers, animations, and sounds.
- New: Wallpaper customization in the lite mode.
- Optimization: Redesigned Incognito mode.
- Optimization: Pages load much faster now.
- Mi Family:
- New: You can manage multiple SIM cards now.
- Optimization: Revamped device control center.
- Optimization: Local search results are sorted automatically now.
- Optimization: All-new design.
Along with the aforementioned changes, Xiaomi has announced that it’s working on additional improvements for the Indian market. With these upcoming changes, Xiaomi plans to cut down on monetization activities and pre-installed bloatware, which has been a major point of concern for users in India.
Although MIUI on the Redmi Note 10 series will come with the usual array of Xiaomi apps, the company will finally let users uninstall non-essential apps, like the stock weather, calculator, and calendar apps.
Shortly after launching the new Redmi Note 10 lineup, Xiaomi released the kernel source code for the vanilla Redmi Note 10. You can review/download the kernel source code from the link below.
We have opened up forums for the Redmi Note 10 and the Redmi Note 10 Pro to promote discussion and third-party development for the devices. You can head over to the forums by following the links below and stay up to date on the latest developments.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 series: Pricing & Availability
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 series is priced as follows:
|1.||Redmi Note 10:|
|1.1.||4GB + 64GB||–||$199||₹11,999|
|1.2.||4GB + 128GB||–||$229||–|
|1.3.||6GB + 128GB||–||–||₹13,999|
|2.||Redmi Note 10S:|
|2.1.||6GB + 64GB||–||$229||–|
|2.2.||6GB + 128GB||–||$249||–|
|2.3.||8GB + 128GB||–||$279||–|
|3.||Redmi Note 10 5G:|
|3.1.||4GB + 64GB||–||$199||–|
|3.2.||4GB + 128GB||–||$229||–|
|4.||Redmi Note 10 Pro:|
|4.1.||6GB + 64GB||–||–||₹15,999|
|4.2.||6GB + 128GB||–||–||₹16,999|
|4.3.||8GB + 128GB||–||–||₹18,999|
|5.||Redmi Note 10 Pro (Global):|
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (India):
|5.1.||6GB + 64GB||–||$279||₹18,999|
|5.2.||6GB + 128GB||–||$299||₹19,999|
|5.3.||8GB + 128GB||–||$329||₹21,999|
In India, the Redmi Note 10 will be available in three colorways — Shadow Black, Frost White, and Aqua Green — and it will go on sale starting from March 16th via Xiaomi’s website, Amazon.in, and other offline retailers. The Note 10 Pro will also be available in three colorways — Vintage Bronze, Glacial Blue, and Dark Night — and it will go on sale starting from March 17th via the same channels. Finally, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max will go on sale starting from March 18th via Xiaomi’s website, Amazon, and other offline retailers. It will also be available in three color variants — Vintage Bronze, Glacial Blue, and Dark Night.
Early buyers will be eligible for a host of launch offers, you can find more details about them on Xiaomi’s website. Along with the devices, Xiaomi has also launched a tempered glass screen protector, called Mi Protective Glass. Xiaomi will announce the availability details for the Redmi Note 10 series in Europe via its regional social media channels in the coming days. However, the company has revealed that the Redmi Note 10 and Note 10 Pro (Global) will be available at a discounted price on March 8th and March 9th via Aliexpress.
- The Redmi Note 10 is the latest budget-friendly offering in Xiaomi's popular Redmi Note lineup. It packs a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, a 48MP quad-camera setup, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 678 chip. It also features a massive 5,000mAh battery, and it runs MIUI 12 based on Android 11 out of the box.
- The Redmi Note 10 Pro is a slightly more powerful version of the vanilla Redmi Note 10, featuring a larger 6.67-inch AMOLED display, a 64MP quad-camera setup, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 732G chip. It also features a massive 5,020mAh battery, and runs MIUI 12 based on Android 11 out of the box.
- The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is the most feature rich device in the new Redmi Note 10 lineup. It packs a 108MP quad-camera setup, a brilliant 6.67-inch AMOLED display, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 732G chip. It also packs a 5,020mAh battery and runs MIUI 12 out of the box.