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Redmi 10 Prime – All Round Superstar

Redmi 10 Prime is an off-the-shelf smartphone where for 12 to 15 thousand rupees you will get a great device with all the new and advanced features which is an all-around smartphone.

Mi has always been famous for its affordable handsets and for many years they have been dominating the midrange and lower range sections.

The biggest reason for this is that the price they give to users is unmatched. Especially in all the markets where the demand for new advanced feature phones is high, Xiaomi brings their Redmi brand devices which are advanced smartphones at low prices.

Redmi 10 Prime is the successor to the Redmi 9 Prime and claims to have a lot of improvements over its predecessor. This smartphone sports the new MediaTek Helio G88 SoC and boasts a 50-megapixel primary camera.

The Redmi 10 Prime offers a bigger battery, slightly faster charging, a new primary camera, and decent design language over the previous iteration of the device.

Apart from those we also have a 90 Hz adaptive display, 18-watt fast charging and 9-watt reverse charging, hyper engine game technology, dual stereo speakers, expandable RAM feature up to 2 GB, and lots more new and interesting features in this mid-range phone.

Nevertheless, there is an upgrade from the previous model in each section, and considering the base price, we think it’s a value-for-money phone. So in this post let’s find out whether the specs make any sense in real use scenario or not.

Storage and Buying Options:

The Redmi 10 Prime comes in three colors Astral white, Bifrost blue, and Phantom Black, and is available in two different storage and RAM combinations. The base version comes with 4GB RAM and 64Gb internal storage and the 128GB version comes with 6GB RAM.

The RAM type is LPDDR4 and the storage is eMMC 5.1 which is not the top end but gives you a nice experience in general use. You get the expandable card slot for increasing the storage further.

There are many buying options available, you can go directly to mi.com and buy the Redmi 10 Prime, and if you like you can buy from AMAZON or Flipkart. The base 4GB/64GB version is priced at 12499 and the 6GB/128GB at 14499 Indian rupees.

The Specifications:

Display, refresh rate 6.5-inch Full HD Plus Display, 90Hz Adaptive refresh rate, Contrast ratio: 1500:1
Pixel density 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~405 PPI density)
Dimensions 161.2 x 75.6 x 9.6 mm (6.35 x 2.98 x 0.38 in)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Dust and Splashproof
Weight (Grams) 192 g (6.77 oz)
Software Android 11,  MI-UI 12.5
Camera 50MP (main), 8MP (Ultra-angle), 2MP ( Macro), 2MP (Depth)
Front camera 8-megapixel
Video 1080p@30fps, 720p@30fps, and 720p Slomotion@30fps
Processor MediaTek Helio G88 (12nm),

Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G52 MC2

Storage 64 GB and 128GB with eMMC 5.1, USB Type-C 2.0
RAM 4GB or 6GB RAM
Fingerprint reader  Yes, Side-mounted also works as power and screen on/off
Battery Li-Po 6000 mAh
Charging Fast charging 18W, Reverse charging 9W
Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass, IR bluster
Headphone Jack Yes 3.5 mm
Special features 4G-Dual band dual standby, dual stereo speaker, FM radio, Virtual memory
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Bluetooth 5.1, Dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Colors Astral White, Bifrost Blue, Phantom Black
Price    4GB/64GB at ₹ 12499, and 6GB/128GB at ₹14499

Design, Build, and Display:

Here the company has gone with the ‘evol’ inspired design that’s first introduced in the note 10 series however I am not a fan of this glossy Bifrost blue finish which catches fingerprints way too easily.

Redmi does ship a protective case inside the box and Generally, the Redmi cases are a little flimsy but this feels a little more sturdy! So its quality is good and the feat is perfect we don’t have any complaint here.

If you are not a fan of this glossy finish then our suggestion is you should go for the Astral White or Phantom Black because they both have the matte finish and are less prone to fingerprints.

Anyway likewise weighing 192 grams and measuring 9.6 millimeters thick it’s pretty much in line with what other OEMs are offering in this price range and thanks to its fairly even weight distribution you should not have any trouble handling the phone everyday usage.

Moving on there’s a power button on the right which also doubles as a fingerprint scanner and for a budget phone, you will be fairly satisfied with its unlock speed and accuracy.

The Redmi 10 prime is also among the most affordable phones to feature a dedicated stereo speaker setup however the output from the top speaker is rather faint and is often overshadowed by the one at the bottom. There is no issue with the proximity sensor on this phone unlike the widely reported cases with the Redmi Note 10 series.

Apart from that, we have the volume rocker on the right and the sim card tray on the left. Bottom we have a secondary mic, and a USB type C port. On top, we have a primary mic, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an IR bluster.

On the front, we’re greeted with a 6.5-inch full HD IPS display protected by Coning’s gorilla glass 3. Sadly it’s not an AMOLED panel but it does bring a 90hz refresh rate which makes scrolling through the UI a fairly smooth experience.

Xiaomi says that this screen can toggle between 45 and 90 hertz on its own. Our tests conclude that it dials down to 60 hertz in some native apps like file manager camera and when streaming videos but contrary to the company’s official claim I haven’t been able to verify if the Redmi 10 prime ever switches to 45 hertz.

When viewing static content it did not work while reading articles on chrome viewing images or even when sitting idly by the home screen.

On the other hand for an LCD screen the colors and viewing angles are quite good here I did not have any problem with its brightness as well as expected the phone certainly fails to maintain top-notch visibility outdoors but it remains usable.

Plus this display is also Widevine L1 certified meaning that you can stream HD content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming platforms.

New Chipset for smooth Performance:

As for the performance, I would say that it’s on par with the competition and don’t expect a blazing superfast experience as they advertised it.

Here the Redmi 10 Prime comes with MediaTek’s latest Helio G88 chipset which might sound like a big upgrade but compared to its predecessor the Helio G80 on the Redmi 9 prime this only brings a higher clock GPU and everything remains almost identical.

The Helio G88 is a 12nm Octa-core processor where two Cortex -A75 cores are clocked at 2.0 GHz and the remaining six Cortex A55 cores are clocked at 1.8 GHz. The GPU here is Mali-G52 MC2.

Anyway, this chipset is plenty powerful for day-to-day tasks and even some light gaming heavy multitasking does take a toll here resulting in noticeable stutters but that’s not what the Redmi 10 prime is designed to handle.

The PUBG mobile defaults at balance graphics and ultra frame rates under this we did not notice a considerable drop in performance although the phone does get a little warm after a while, similarly Call of Duty mobile is playable at medium graphics and high frame rates.

Thankfully Redmi 10 prime even brings 90 fps gaming in a handful of titles including Critical ops where the smoother gaming experience is quite enjoyable. But unfortunately, there is no dedicated gyroscope here and its software substitute is not that effective when gaming.

If you’re looking for smooth scrolling and want to play all sorts of games then choose the 6GB version because the 4GB version ok for general use but sometimes feels less responsive. The 6GB RAM variant was quick to load apps, and multitasking between apps was easy.

In the AnTuTu benchmark, the phone managed 245,744 points. It managed 8,375 in PCMark Work 3.0, while in Geekbench 5, it scored 365 and 1,174 in the single-core and multi-core tests respectively.

Xiaomi claims that the Mediatek Hyper-engine 2.0 brings more fluid operation in gaming and features like intelligent multi-network prediction help in seamless performance in congested areas, Rapid response brings low latency and high touch response, and resource management balances CPU/GPU in an intensive moment.

Overall in this price range, you get a good experience and for general use apps, opening and memory management is not going to be an issue.

50 Megapixel Quad-Camera Array:

As for the optics the Redmi 10 Prime features a quad-camera setup at the back led by a 50-megapixel primary lens, this is followed by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide and a couple of 2-megapixel sensors for macro and depth sensing.

Although the sensor is unknown the 50 MP, f/1.8 aperture has phase detection autofocus, 8 MP, f/2.2 wide-angle camera has a 120˚ field of view, a pair of 2 MP macro and depth sensors both having the f/2.4 aperture.

Upfront you’ll find an 8-megapixel selfie shooter here the photos from the primary camera have a certain level of unnatural sharpening while the colors look a bit muted too in contrast to images from the ultra-wide-angle sensor come off more lively but again they are void of details.

Moving on the portrait images do tone down the sharpening by a bit although the edge detection is not that great and the background exposure management is also a hit or miss case for most of the time with our unit.

Here are some camera samples for you to judge…

The nighttime and low light shots are not that exciting either the details are soft and the overall image looks grainy, turning on the night mode does not improve things by much either except for adding brightness to the pictures and trying to maintain exposure.

The macro camera on the other hand lacks autofocus and the output from the 2-megapixel sensor is just passable
nevertheless, selfies from this 8-megapixel front camera come out usable though but again edge detection on portrait selfies is not very good.

When it comes to videos the Redmi 10 prime can only record up to 1080p 30 fps videos and there is no image stabilization of any sort here so the footages turn out rather shaky.

MiUi 12.5 Inside:

You get MIUI 12.5 out of the box, which is based on Android 11. You also get July’s security patch. Interestingly, while setting up the phone, we didn’t see many ads so that was a welcome surprise! They’ve limited the ads but not completely removed them.

While it comes pre-loaded with a bunch of Xiaomi apps you can now uninstall most of them. But Mi-specific apps like Mi credit, Amazon, Facebook, Prime Video, LinkedIn, and Netflix are still there whether you like it or not, and if you’re a lover of clean and simple UI then you feel this Ui is a bit heavy.

A heavy Ui means it gets many services running in the background and takes more ram than stock Android but on a positive note, you get many customization and utility tools under one roof.

You can opt to split the notification shade into two parts swiping from the upper left corner will show you all of your arrived notifications while swiping on the opposite side will open the control center with your options and toggles.

Besides several Google and Xiaomi tools, only a handful of third-party apps are preinstalled: Users who don’t need Facebook, WPS Office, LinkedIn, eBay, or Netflix can uninstall them all. Of the 128 GB of storage space on our test device, about 108 GB was still available out of the box.

Xiaomi’s gesture navigation system is among the best out there. It employs the usual actions – swipe up for Home, swipe up and hold for Recents, swipe from the sides to go back – but with a simple twist that Google has yet to learn. You get a Google dialer & Google messaging app in the OS.

This phone also has virtual memory (extended RAM). If you buy the 4GB variant, you’ll get an additional 1GB of RAM. And with the 6GB variant, you’ll get 2GB of additional RAM (a total of 8GB). I don’t know how useful it is. But it’s there.

Battery Life and Charging:

Finally talking about its battery life I would say that it’s quite good with a massive 6000mah battery it should easily last over a day under normal usage. For general and light use the device lasts almost two full days.

The Monster 6000 milliampere battery and along with that, it seems the adaptive refresh rate does a nice job to help save energy. The custom MIUI software added some tweaks and that helps the battery to last longer.

For fueling it up Redmi has included a 22.5-watt charger inside the box even though the phone can only accept 18 watts of power at best with the included charger you’ll have to wait about 2.5 hours for a full charge.

There is also support for 9W reverse charging, so you can use this phone as a power bank to top up other devices. And you can enjoy long hours of multimedia and gaming sessions and don’t have to worry about battery life.

Other features:

  • The Redmi 10 Prime is a dual-SIM device and has support for 4G as well as VoLTE on both SIMs. It also has a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion.
  • There is a 3.5 mm headphone jack for plugging all your favorite wired headsets and for speakers there is two one at the top and one bottom.
  • For unlocking the phone there is a side-mounted fingerprint reader rather than an under-display one it doubles as the power button and is extremely fast and responsive.
  • The phone retains IR bluster to control a range of smart devices with just a click and has an FM radio for listening to all the popular stations.
  • The corrosion-proof ports stay away from the dust and splash-proof coating helps the phone from accidental drops of water.
  • In terms of connectivity, the Redmi 10 Prime supports Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, and satellite navigation systems like GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and BDS.

Should you Buy it?

As I said before, the Redmi 10 Prime is a perfect device for those looking for a great-looking stylish phone between 12,000 and 15,000, with all the new features, a good 50 MP camera, and a big 6000 mAh battery.

But so in all its big headlines, you should not forget that although everything here is being offered to you in a budget range, in terms of quality, it can never be compared with mid-range or premium phones.

The Redmi 10 Prime boasts better hardware than the Redmi 9 Prime but commands a higher price as well. The specs you can expect from a budget Redmi device such as a large battery, decent performance, and a high utility display, though the shooting prowess does leave one wanting.

Redmi has gone a little overboard in terms of pricing of this one and looking at the overall value it delivers the Redmi 10 prime is hard to recommend so we rather suggest getting the Redmi Note 10S by adding a little extra cash since it brings a much more powerful chipset and AMOLED display faster charging and even better cameras.

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