The screen is the star


Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series is a very famous line in the world of affordable phones. Today, the company launched the latest generation – the Note 10 series – worldwide. It also launched the same series in India with a slight rebranding in the names.

Although there are several phones in this series, I will mainly focus on the Redmi Note 10 Pro – the model known as the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in India.

It is the highest variant in the series with a 6.67-inch Full HD AMOLED with a refresh rate of 120 Hz – a first for Xiaomi in this series. Last year, the Chinese tech giant launched the Poco X2 with a 120Hz refresh rate display at just $ 225.

I have been using the Redmi Note 10 Pro for over 72 hours. But before I tell you about my first impression of the phone, let’s take a look at its impressive spec sheet.


  • Screen: 6.67-inch FullHD AMOLED display
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
  • RAM: 6 GB / 8 GB
  • Internal storage: 64GB / 128GB (UFS 2.2 type storage; flagship phones usually get faster UFS 3.1 type storage)
  • Rear camera: 108-megapixel wide sensor with f / 1.9 aperture + 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f / 2.2 aperture + 5-megapixel telemacro sensor with f / 2.4 aperture + 2-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f / 2 aperture , 4
  • Front camera: 16 megapixel sensor with f / 2.45 aperture
  • Drums: 5,020 mAh
  • Software: MIUI 12 based on Android 11

First impressions: design and display

The moment I picked up the phone from the box, I felt how thin and light it was. Just for comparison, it’s 16 grams lighter and 0.7mm thinner than the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Now these numbers may not seem significant at first, it makes a substantial difference in the way you hold the phone. So much the better, Xiaomi.

On the back of the phone, the company upgraded the camera module to a rectangular corner slot from a square module placed in the center of its predecessor. The fingerprint reader stays mounted on the side and I generally find it more convenient to unlock the phone than an under-screen solution.