Xiaomi has presented new smartphones. The Redmi Note 10 series includes four models, although some of them differ greatly. From affordable entry-level devices to 5G and top models with 108 megapixel cameras and 120 Hertz screens, smartphones cover a wide range of needs. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON introduces the Redmi Note 10 range from Xiaomi.
The Chinese manufacturer is currently launching new smartphones on the market very quickly. It was only at the beginning of January that the manufacturer presented the Redmi Note 9T, which is one of the immediate predecessors of the Redmi Note 10 series from Xiaomi that is now being presented. Potential buyers have more choice thanks to the fast product replenishment. However, owners of earlier devices could quickly get the impression that their smartphone is out of date.
A number of very different smartphones
With a total of four smartphones, the selection is also relatively large within the new range. It includes the Redmi Note 10S, the Redmi Note 10 with and without 5G and the top model Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro. Despite the very similar designation of the smartphones, their equipment is sometimes very different. All of them have a different camera and are powered by different processors. Finding the right model for your own needs is therefore not easy. For this reason, we have compared the equipment of the Redmi Note 10 series from Xiaomi in a table and also highlight some special features of the different models in the text.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S and Redmi Note 10
If you look at the features of the four new smartphones, you can see that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S and the Redmi Note 10 in particular are similar. Both have the same AMOLED dot display with Full HD + resolution. It has a diagonal of 6.43 inches each, so that both smartphones have the same housing size and weight. Xiaomi has also adopted the 5000 mAh battery with 33 watt fast charging, the 8 megapixel front camera, the sensors and connection options in both devices.
There are also differences, however, and these are mainly in the processor, memory and main camera. With the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, the manufacturer relies on the same quad camera that it already used in the Redmi 9. It consists of a wide angle with 64 megapixels, an ultra wide angle with 8 megapixels and a macro lens and depth sensor with 2 megapixels each. While sensors two to four can also be found in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10, the main sensor has a resolution of only 48 megapixels, which is a little lower. However, both models have functions such as pro time-lapse, slow-motion, night mode and regular time-lapse on board.
The Redmi Note 10 also lags behind the Note 10S in terms of storage. Depending on the model, there is only 4 to 6 GB instead of 6 to 8 GB of RAM. Both smartphones come from the factory with the current Android 11, whereby the system can be protected not only via the fingerprint sensor attached to the side, but also via face unlocking or a PIN.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S is powered by the Mediatek Helio G95, an octa-core chip with a medium performance level. In addition to two powerful Cortex-A76 cores, there are also six weaker, but more efficient Cortex-A55 cores. The performance is therefore completely sufficient for everyday tasks, but a little too weak for higher demands, for example playing more complex games. Power mode is simply missing here. It looks similar with the Snapdragon 678, which works in the Redmi Note 10. It is made up of eight Kryo-460 cores, which, overall, promise a similar performance to the Helio. Both chips have in common that they are neither particularly compact (12 nm or 11 nm) nor support 5G.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 with 5G
If you don’t want to do without 5G, you will only find it in the new series with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G. Overall, however, this smartphone also offers the weakest features. The 6.5-inch display is not as bright as that of the other models, the battery can only be charged with 18 instead of 33 watts, and Xiaomi does not use the ultra-wide angle of the camera. Otherwise it is identical to the Redmi Note 10.
After all, users of the Redmi Note 10 5G will find a display that increases the refresh rate from 30 to a maximum of 90 Hz as required. The memory is identical to that of the Redmi Note 10, so it lags a bit behind the Redmi Note 10S. The same applies to the front camera, which only takes pictures with 8 instead of 13 megapixels. With the Note 10 5G, Xiaomi clearly focuses on the new cellular standard. To ensure support, the manufacturer decided on the Mediatek Dimensity 700 as the processor that brings 5G into the inexpensive mid-range.
Top model in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro range
The first in the series is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, which can be seen in several points in a direct comparison. With its 6.67-inch display with up to 120 Hz, Gorilla Glass 5 and HDR10, it not only has the best screen overall. It also offers the good storage facilities of the Redmi Note 10S.
The quad camera has a high-resolution 108 megapixel main sensor with 9-in-1 binning technology and dual native ISO for particularly fine details and high image dynamics. In addition to the well-known 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle, a tele macro with 5 megapixels and a 2-megapixel depth sensor are also used. Xiaomi offers users of the Pro model functions such as night mode 2.0, which is based on the RAW multi-image algorithm. There is also a pro and a tele macro time-lapse for video recordings.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 732G from Qualcomm. The “G” behind the number stands for the gaming performance, which is made possible, among other things, by a faster graphics card. The chip is manufactured using the 8 nanometer process, which makes it more compact than the two models used in the Redmi Note 10S and Redmi Note 10. This fact, coupled with the slightly higher clock rate, makes the Snapdragon 732G a bit more powerful than the chips mentioned.
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Prices and availability
All four new smartphones were presented for the German market on March 4th. They have been available since March 25th. For the Redmi Note 10 with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, Xiaomi requires an RRP of 199.90 euros. The Redmi Note 10 Pro is a bit more expensive and available in two versions. The version with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage costs 279.90 euros. Those who want 128 GB of storage pay 299.90 euros.