Redmi Note 10: Everything you need to know about Xiaomi’s 2021 budget smartphone

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There’s no denying that Xiaomi has mastered the art of making and selling compelling budget and midrange smartphones that deliver value for your money. The popularity of the Redmi Note and Redmi series of devices, especially in emerging markets in Asia and South America, is a testament to Xiaomi’s success in this segment. In 2021, the company plans to continue this trend with the devices of the Redmi Note 10 series. In this article from the hub, we follow all the important information about the upcoming Redmi Note 10 models from Xiaomi.

This article will be regularly updated as we receive more information about the device. Everything you read here will therefore be listed in reverse chronological order, from most recent to oldest. They will all be listed in a summary list below to help you navigate them more easily.

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February 26: On February 26, Xiaomi India chief Manu Kumar Jain sent a Tweeter revealing the packaging of the Redmi Note 10. In this tweet, he reiterates that the phone will feature a 108MP camera.

Redmi Note 10 Tweeter Camera

Tweet from Manu Kumar Jain on the 108MP camera of the Redmi Note 10 / © Xiaomi

February 25: As hilarious as it sounds, several Indian websites reported on February 25 that the Redmi Note 10 was already sold in select physical offline stores in India. Some people even managed to get the phone and posted videos of the phone. Most of them, since then, have been deleted.

Redmi Note 10 Leak

The Redmi Note 10 was on sale Thursday at a store in South India / © Xiaomi

On the same day, Xiaomi India also confirmed that the Redmi Note 10 (at least the Pro variant) will receive a 108 MP camera.

February 23: An image of the Redmi Note 10’s retail box has appeared online. The image seems to indicate that the Redmi Note 10 will indeed get an AMOLED panel. This contrasts with previous reports which indicated that the company would go for a high refresh rate LCD instead.

On the same day, we received confirmation from Xiaomi India chief Manu Kumar Jain that all Redmi Note 10 series handsets will be powered by Qualcomm processors.

February 20: There will also be a Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

On February 20, reports raised the possibility that Xiaomi would also launch a model called the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. This model, at least from what we now know, sits at the top of the Redmi Note 10 lineup. It is not known at this time if this “Pro Max” variant will only be available in certain markets. For those who don’t know, Xiaomi sold last year’s ‘original’ Redmi Note 9 Pro as the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in India for reasons best known to them. So there is a good chance that the ‘Pro Max’ variant in India will be the normal Redmi Note 9 Pro in other markets, including Europe.

Update (February 16): On February 16, 2021, Xiaomi India chief Manu Kumar Jain announced that the Redmi Note 10 series will be announced worldwide on March 4. also based on another tweet from him. Jain also confirms that March 4 will also mark the international debut of the Redmi Note 10 series. It is not known at this point if the phone will see a simultaneous launch in other markets. Here is a tweet that confirms the new launch date of the Redmi Note 10 series.

Thanks to a recently leaked listing on Amazon India – spotted by people at GizmoChina – there will be four models of the Redmi Note 10 series. It is also relevant to note that the Redmi Note 10 will arrive in India first before other markets.

Anyway, the four models planned for India are

  • Redmi Note 10 4G
  • Redmi Note 10 5G
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro 4G
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G

Since these models are specific to India, and Xiaomi has a habit of locating its devices when they reach other markets, there is a good chance that the devices arriving in the EU will only be 5G variants. Xiaomi has more or less also confirmed that the launch date for the Redmi Note 10 in India is March 10, 2021. We expect the phones to arrive in Europe a few weeks later.

According to MySmartPrice, the Redmi Note 10 Pro will be available in three variants.

  • A basic variant 6 GB + 64 GB
  • An intermediate variant of 6 GB + 128 GB
  • A high-end option of 8 GB + 128 GB

As for the Redmi Note 10, this phone will be offered in two variants.

  • An entry-level variant 4 GB + 64 GB
  • A high-end model of 6 GB + 64 GB

I really hope the 6GB / 6GB variant is wrong because even for an affordable smartphone, giving just 64GB of storage is downright criminal in 2021. Once again, note that these leaks are for the phone-specific variants of the phone. ‘India and that things could change when the Redmi Note 10 hits Europe.

On February 15, Redmi India posted a tweet asking its residents to choose between an AMOLED display (likely 60Hz) or a high-quality 120Hz LCD display. Looks like the company’s social media team were convinced people would choose the highest refresh rate on an AMOLED panel. The results, however, were overwhelmingly in favor of an AMOLED panel. This poll also briefly led to rumors that Xiaomi eventually went for an AMOLED display on one of their budget phones.

However, seeing the overwhelmingly negative response to a 120Hz LCD screen, the company silently deleted the tweet and poll. This was more or less seen as a confirmation that the Redmi Note 10 Pro will not be getting an AMOLED panel and will come with a high refresh rate LCD panel. However, Xiaomi will indeed ship the phone with an AMOLED panel if new rumors are to be believed.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro has already appeared on several certification platforms, including FCC, IMDA, and BIS, where some of its specifications have been leaked. From what we know so far, the phone will likely have a 120Hz IPS LCD panel and will also be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chipset and run Android 11 based on MIUI 12.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is also likely to be powered by a large 5050mAh battery with support for fast charging. Since the Snapdragon 732G does not support 5G, it is most likely the 4G variant of the phone. The 5G variant will most likely be powered by another Snapdragon SoC if it really exists.

When it comes to the Redmi Note 10, Xiaomi seems to have done a good job of keeping its specs from leaking so far. But we’re waiting for more information on this phone as the launch date nears.

Also Read: Redmi Note 9 Pro Review


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