The more the releases follow one another, the more the Redmi range takes pleasure in democratizing “premium” functionalities, in the not-so-distant past in any case, on entry-level products. And again given the prices displayed, are we using the correct denomination?
Available in 3 colors (Carbon Gray, Navy Blue and Pebble White) and in two versions, 4 + 64 Go and 4 + 128 Go, for respectively 179 € and 199 €, the Redmi 10 would rather be an “entry level”. Especially since Xiaomi is never stingy with “flash” promotional offers to boost the sale of its new models, so much so that by being a little alert, we can further lower the price.
And yet, when you look at the technical sheet of the latter, there is something to rub your eyes. 6.5-inch FHD + screen, adaptive 90Hz refresh rate, 50-megapixel main sensor, 5000mAh battery, dual stereo speakers… So what’s the catch?
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Design, the “stencil” philosophy
As already mentioned in previous tests, on this type of smartphone the design is, it seems, not a major priority. Not that this one is botched or missed, but rather say that it saves the slightest originality. Suddenly, we often have the impression, with a few minor details, that most of the brand’s phones below the 250 euros mark are more or less alike. This Redmi 10 is no exception to the rule.
Although an imposing hair in hand (161.95 x 75.53 x 8.92 mm), its size does not mean heavy (181 g). On the front, the screen is framed by black borders which are far from discreet, especially on the bottom. On the back, the matte plastic finish, mimicking frosted glass, doesn’t take too much fingerprints, but sometimes turns out to be a bit slippery, especially when used with one hand. Located in the left corner, the photo block is large, unsurprisingly, since it houses four modules. On the other hand, we would have done well without the black extension with the inscription “AI-CAM Photography System” … To end this tour of the owner, the Redmi 10 offers a fingerprint sensor, housed on the power button which is quite responsive, a USB-C port and a jack.
To enjoy multimedia, its screen does not disappoint
Let’s say it right off the bat, this Redmi 10 will be the perfect ally for YouTube and Netflix bulimics, addicts to social networks and web browsing in general. Its large LCD panel in 20: 9 aspect ratio of 6.5 inches FHD + (2400 × 1080) is really pleasant to use for these activities. Especially since the smartphone is also adorned with an adaptive refresh rate, 60 or 90 Hz depending on the content viewed. And to drive the point home, it offers stereo speakers, which is quite rare for this price range.
Positioned on the edges, you will have to be careful not to block them in landscape mode if you are not using Bluetooth headphones. The technique is simply to put the smartphone on the top of your hands, which is done very easily and without hindrance given the large size of the mobile and its reduced weight. Even at high power, the speakers do not sizzle, treble distortion remains minimal, the sound is clear, although sometimes the bass appears a bit flat. In short, a compelling audio experience.
The Redmi 10 is the first smartphone with the Mediatek Helio G88 SoC, which we receive as a test at the editorial office. This chip will gradually take over from the Helio G85 on first-price smartphones. In terms of pure performance, the evolution seems minimal to us after two weeks of use. Nothing surprising after checking, since the G88 uses the same CPU base as its predecessor.
Suddenly, the Redmi 10 collects basic uses (web browsing, social networks, e-mail …), but really begins to stammer when asked too quickly or too long. Especially since its 4 GB of RAM does not help it too much. To keep it roughly tame, be sure to close background apps on a regular basis. Otherwise you will experience jerks, slowdowns and you will sometimes have the unpleasant experience of seeing the screen freeze for a few seconds when exiting an application. Frustrating.
Logically, it will be necessary to ignore 3D games or resource-intensive applications. However for basic 2D games, it will do if it is not in the red battery level. Below 20%, it showed a lot of slowness on our part of Evoland 2.
So what’s the use of making a mess around this Helio G88 chip? The novelty is elsewhere. Unlike the G85, this new SoC can run Full HD + screens at 90 Hz, it consumes less energy and is able to use photo sensors above 48 Mpx. Said thus, we better understand certain aspects of the technical sheet of this Redmi 10.
Enduring, but (very) long to recharge
A bad habit on entry-level smartphones. On the one hand, they cannot run applications that consume too much energy, suddenly they logically display more than decent autonomy if the battery capacity is there. On the other hand, they have all the trouble in the world to recharge.
We check it here again. Despite using Netflix for a full episode of “Squid Game” with 60% brightness, despite playing for half an hour on Evoland 2 in transport and despite occasional use of Spotify and intensive social media, he succeeded. to take more than a day and a half. Conclusion, he is generous in his efforts.
On the other hand, for recharging, it is far from displaying a stellar speed. Xiaomi may well highlight its 18 W fast charging, it took us almost 2h12 minutes to bring it back to 100% and after 30 minutes it was barely showing 27% battery power. Conclusion, he is weak in his recovery.
Photo, his weapon of mass seduction
To seduce the technological layman, Xiaomi covers its Redmi 10 with a photo module with four lenses on the back.
- A wide-angle : main sensor of 48 MP, f / 1.8;
- An ultra wide-angle : 8 MP sensor, f / 1.8;
- A macro lens de 2 MP, f / 2,4;
- A depth sensor of 2 MP, f2.4.
We will skip the last two. Indeed, if you are used to our tests, you already know what we think about it. Macro sensors are unnecessary and depth sensors, especially when they are so modest, marginally improve the quality of portraits. Especially since a good algorithm would be able to do the same.
In good light conditions, it’s hard to fault the main sensor for anything. The colors are faithfully transcribed, the management of shadow areas is clear and flawless and even the halos of light are well mastered. Frankly, we are impressed.
In a lower light situation, it doesn’t disappoint too much either. The photo of the Cathedrals of Reims shows that even in gray weather, the photo does not lose detail.
The only problem is that managing the autofocus in low light is sometimes erratic. Take the example of the three photos of the Carnegie library, still in Reims. When focusing on the sky, all of the bottom elements darken, especially at the edges. If the focus is on the bookshelf, the sky becomes overexposed. Referring to the autofocus, the result becomes acceptable, but in return the sky, which was a deeper blue with some clouds, loses its naturalness.
The ultra-angle sensor is doing it with honors. It manages to keep a sufficient level of detail, but on the other hand it sometimes distorts the colors. Strange.
As soon as the brightness is scarce, use the “Night” mode directly. Indeed, the latter is really effective for a smartphone of this price. Already, it is fast, barely 3 seconds, which prevents us from playing too long at 1,2,3 sun when taking pictures. Then, it improves the dynamic range overall. Finally, the details gain in finesse in certain areas of the shot.
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Our opinion on the Xiaomi Redmi 10
After two weeks of use, the Redmi 10 does not take us by surprise since it says, roughly, what it does. It sports a well-calibrated screen, a pretty good camera and a beefy battery life, all for a price that can hardly be made sweeter. Too bad he is so struggling in terms of his power and that he recharges like a snail.
In the end, its design alone sums up our overall impression. “No frills”, “honorable but without originality”, “average”, “like many others”. Clone of many other, more or less, smartphones of the Redmi range, it ultimately does not make immeasurable mistakes. He just has the bad luck not to float in the bloated offer of Xiaomi. Morality. By dragging prices down while inflating technical data sheets, the user logically becomes more and more demanding.
Xiaomi Redmi 10
Autonomy and recharging
- A balanced camera
- A well calibrated screen
- A pleasant audio experience
- Correct autonomy
We like less
- Power to absent subscribers
- A bedridden recharge
- A too common design