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Weekly poll: the Redmi 10 has many upgrades, but will it have many buyers?


Aug 29, 2021

The Redmi 10 is now available online and can be shipped to various countries. There’s also a Redmi 10 Prime coming to India on September 3 and we strongly suspect that’s just the local name of the Redmi 10. Alright, who wants one? Before you answer, a bit of introduction is in order.

This is the most advanced “plain” Redmi so far. It is the first in the series to have a high refresh rate screen, a 6.5” 1080p+ LCD panel running at 90Hz. Though given the price range, the 1080p+ part is perhaps more impressive than the 90Hz part – we’ve been seeing a lot of 720p+ phones recently, for example the new Galaxy M32 5G and new Moto G50 5G.

It also has a 50MP main camera. Xiaomi is mum on the sensor size, so it’s certainly not huge and the chipset limits it to 1080p video capture. Still, it is paired with an 8MP ultrawide module on the back and an 8MP selfie camera. Again, not bad for the price. We’re doing a full review, so we’ll have more to share about the camera soon.

And the rest of the phone too. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio G88 chipset (12nm, two A75 cores at 2.0GHz and Mali-G52 MC2 GPU), with 4GB of RAM (with a 6GB option), 64GB eMMC storage (a 128GB version is also available), a dedicated microSD slot and Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 out of the box.

It also supports 18W charging for its 5,000 mAh battery and comes bundled with a 22.5W charger that can be used for your other gadgets too. For entertainment, there are stereo speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack. All in all, it is a major step up from last year’s Redmi 9.

Finally, the Redmi 10 targets a price point of €130-€170 for the base model (4/64 GB), depending on where in the world you are. But at that price it has some stiff competition.

Let’s look at rival Realme 8 first, which can be found at the same price in Europe. It trades the 90Hz refresh rate for an HDR10 Super AMOLED display. And it has a Helio G95 chipset, meaning it can record 4K video with its 64MP main cam. And its 5,000 mAh battery charges faster at 30W.

Realme 8 • Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G • Realme 8 5G

If you care about 5G, for roughly the same money you can get a Poco M3 Pro 5G with a Dimensity 700 chipset. It loses the ultrawide camera, but is otherwise fairly similar to the Redmi, down to the 6.5” 90Hz 1080p+ LCD and 5,000mAh battery with 18W charging. The same goes for the Realme 8 5G.

Time to vote – if you are in the market for a sub-€200 phone, will you pick up a Redmi 10 or do you have your sights set on something else?

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