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Smartphone Reviews, Xiaomi Redmi 10 2021

 So huey gess what just when you think xiaomi has launched its final budget blower of the year oh boy were you wrong it's already spaffed out some of my favorite budget smartphones of the year including the redmi note 10 pro absolutely fantastic able but now it's back again with the redmi 10 one of the most budget friendly efforts of the year so far 179 euros so probably about 170-ish quid here in the uk and as usual a tiny bit of hardware for that budget price so let's whip the redmi 10 on out of the box taking a full on to the hardware and the software and for more on the latest and greatest tech please do pub subscribe and ding that notifications bell cheers.

Xiaomi Redmi 10 review: Design and key features

 so first up what is actually in the box besides of course that redmi 10 well you get a big old beefy power adapter you probably won't be able to guess what this is obligatory quick start guide and yes xiaomi has continued its trend of bundling a condom case with its budget phones and that's your lot so now the star attraction the redmi 10. and i gotta say it may be made of plastic but that is one attractive rear end so the choice of plastic for that back end pretty standard for budget smartphones around this sort of price point it is a glossy finish here on the xiaomi redmi 10 and yes it does seem to pick up a greasy prints and scuffs and dust rather easily got choice the three colors of the redmi 10 great white or this rather stunning blue model it's a kind of a gradient style finish more blue down towards the bottom and then sort of clearer up top you've got this lovely rainbow reflection uh shining off the surface as well when it catches the light very jolly indeed and then if you flip the redmi 10.

 over you've got a gorilla glass 3 display it's actually got a pre-installed screen protector on as well so it's doubly protected from scratches and scuffs not the skinniest bezels around but again pretty standard for this budget price point you've got that centrally positioned selfie cam and then the engine is constructed of course from plastic once again 181 grams the xiaomi redmi 10 is reasonably lightweight as well gotta say i do like the design of it despite the fact you got that smudgy plastic around back looks very smart indeed just gotta give it the occasional buffing up and while the redmi 10 doesn't have an official ip rating for splash resistance or anything like that unlike some rivals like motorola smartphones at this price point it seems absolutely fine just getting a little bit moist as long as you dried off fairly quick and if we poke open the redmi 10s sim tray you'll see that not only do you have space for two sims at the same time you've also got a separate slot for your micro sd memory cards to expand that storage okay so it's time to get this more for all set up and check out the rest of the hardware and that software so redmi 10 setup good to go and as usual it's your standard android 11. 

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Xiaomi Redmi 10 review: Screen

days like the google discover feed present and correct apps tray by default you can drag down that notifications bar or uh with a good bit of xiaomi's own miui 12 launcher slathered lovingly on top and if you're watching uh this video chances are you've got a vague idea at the very least of what miui is all about but essentially you've got a vaguely stock android feel these the usual google apps and widgets and all of that good stuff but also lots of miui 12 bonus bits including for instance the control panel completely shamelessly nicked off of ios but fast access to all of your main toggles and everything else you need you've got face recognition support to back up this edge mounted fingerprint sensor and it's reasonably nippy and seems to recognize me in even fairly dodgy lighting conditions that edge mounted fingerprint sensor also works an absolute charm as you can see they're nice and nippy and responsive again even uh with fairly dry chapped fingers as mine are at the moment from sanitizing about a thousand times a day got lots of nifty gesture controls as well for the fast load naps and the like one of my personal me ui favorite features is the video toolbox which allows you to for instance uh stream a youtube video with the screen hibernate and so you can just listen to an audio book or a podcast that's on there but dun dun dun miui isn't all that in a bag of cheesy chips because there's plenty of annoying little irritations such as the sheer amount of crap where you get shoved on every single xiaomi smartphone block puzzle game be gone jules blast soggy right off tile fun the just piss off all right and on and on it goes tick tock and all this other [ __ ] the touchwood i've been playing with redmi 10.

for a few hours now and i've noticed any sort of little quirky bugs or irksome behavior however while you do have nfc i believe in some regions with the redmi 10 i don't appear to have it on this model uh right here i'm certainly not seeing it in any of the settings or the toggles no wars on the storage front though because you've got 128 gigs i believe you can pick it up in a 64 gig flavor as well and of course that is expandable via microsd now the 6.5 inch ips display seems pretty solid for this sort of price point it is a budget panel of course that is fairly obvious but at least it's a full hd plus panel so the resolution pretty sharp keeps those visuals nice and crisp some fine detail in there when you're browsing your photos and everything colors are pretty punchy as usual despite the fact it's an ips and not an amoled and you can play around with the color scheme as well to sort of tone down the visuals if you like and change the color temperature the viewing angles admit they aren't fantastic the image clarity starts to break up once you tilt the screen away from your face or watching something side by side with another fellow human being might be a bit tricky but on that top brightness certainly uh when you're using the redmi 10 outdoors the clarity stays strong however while on top brightness that screen is absolutely great for outdoors use i have found that the redmi 10's auto brightness functionality not exactly fantastic i've been using the redmi 10.

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Xiaomi Redmi 10 review: Specification

 as my full-time ford for three days now and several times already i've had to manually tweak the brightness because either it's been a little bit too dim while i've been outdoors i couldn't quite see what i was doing otherwise it's been too bright in the evenings and really burning my retinas and that is a problem i've had with several other budget xiaomi smartphones as well so it's not a massive shocker and while it's stuck at 60 hertz refresh by default you can bump it up to 90 hertz if you like and according to xiaomi it is a variable refresh so it can dip down to 45 hertz when the display is not really doing much to conserve battery power let's shift onto the audio and it's a stereo speaker setup here on the xiaomi redmi 10 and both of those speakers are actually mounted on the edge of the device is the audio quality actually any good let's see is well worth celebrating in the obligatory traditional british manner of drinking alcohol until i can no longer feel feelings and it's okay for a budget phone to be perfectly honest uh this top speaker definitely doesn't output at the same sort of level of performance as the bottom speaker it's quite tinny uh and uh quite quiet by comparison top volume you know it should be absolutely fine in a fairly noisy environment clarity is not fantastic but you know it's good enough the main thing is that you've actually got a headphone jack here on the side of the redmi 10 so you can jack in when you want to listen to some music you've got bluetooth five support as well now performance and running the redmi 10 is the mediatek helio g88 chipset uh backed by either four or six gigs of rams it's pretty much the only smartphone around right now that's actually using the g88 and it's most definitely a basic chipset that's for damn sure but so far touchwood everyday life seems to be absolutely fine despite the miui launcher being slathered on top of android that said the geekbench scores are certainly quite low compared with a lot of rivals like for instance the nokia g50 and fellow xiaomi handsets like the redmi note 10s.

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Xiaomi Redmi 10 review: Performance and battery life

 but of course for this sort of price you can't expect the moon on a stick and if you just want to do a bit of web browsing messaging media streaming should do the job and now because i'm always curious as to how these smartphones perform with a good bit of gaming action i'm gonna get my ass handed to me by a bunch of [ __ ] 12 year olds on call of duty and unsurprisingly those graphic settings are rather limited here on the redmi 10 as you can see they're the highest you can bump the graphics quality is medium and then high for the frame rate and yeah the good news is that despite the fact that you are quite limited on the performance front this six giga ram model absolutely blazed through call of duty mobile no worries the frame rate stayed pretty consistent even when i bumped up to that mighty medium graphics detail setting throughout the match that i played i certainly didn't notice any you know serious jitters or stumbles that would have impacted the gameplay and given me even less of a chance than i already have with my booze adult reactions and knackered old arthritic hands the screen is nice and responsive as well so no issues on that front so yeah certainly if you want to do just a bit of light gaming on call of duty pub g etc no worries oh and the fun didn't even begin to heat up uh after 10 minutes of gaming either so norway is there that's not really a surprise as the mediatek helio g88 is supposed to be pretty energy efficient and energy efficient this smartphone certainly is as well it's got a 5 000 milliamp capacity batteries it's pretty spacious to begin with but even then i was still impressed with what i saw some days i was finishing with around 40 to 50 battery life still remaining and that's with a good bit of media stream and plenty.

of messaging bit of camera player all that good stuff even with a lot of skyping and some really heavy usage i still found i had at least 25 to 30 by the time i staggered to bed so even the most demanding of users should be more than satisfied by the xiaomi redmi 10 while just more casual users should be able to get two full days of use between charges although the uh fast charging is only 18 watts so not particularly fast at all you will have to basically plug it in for a couple of hours to get close to full bear in mind also that mediatek helio g88 chipset does not have a built-in 5g modem so no 5g support here on the redmi 10 if you want that you'll have to look at some of xiaomi's other smartphones they generally have 5g in the name to kind of give you a bit of a helping hand otherwise there's likes the nokia g50 which just launched as well now last up for this xiaomi redmi 10 unboxing.

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Xiaomi Redmi 10 review: Cameras

 before i go and drown myself in a bathtub full of beer let's have a look at the camera tech and we've got here is a quad lens setup and this is spearheaded by a 50 megapixel primary camera sensor the xiaomi camera ui will look very very familiar if you've used a xiaomi smartphone in recent times you can quickly and easily jump between that 50 meg primary sensor and the 8 megapixel ultrawide angle shooter like so and yeah you've got xiaomi's usual ai shenanigans on here as well but i tend to leave that switched off as i find that the results tend to be a bit artificial with that turned on as i mentioned before i've been using the xiaomi redmi 10 for a few days now and i'm definitely impressed by the camera it's a solid budget shooter capturing respectable amounts of detail in every shot and the center is definitely perturbed by stronger lights you will find the occasional saturated pick when you're shooting outdoors and in more ambient light there is blown with some very mobile subjects but otherwise my test photos all came out well and it's exactly what i would expect from a budget smartphone the redmi 10s night mode doesn't really do much at all you get a slight boost in brightness but no greater clarity as for the ultra wide angle shooter well that's fine for getting a different view of the action and it even works reasonably well in lower light the final two lenses here on the xiaomi redmi 10 don't get too excited because it's a two megapixel depth sensor and a two megapixel macro lens rc if you want to you can uh dive in and get a really up close personal shot with uh with whatever and you've got all of the usual uh bonus bits on here of course portrait mode which can add a bokeh style background effect which you can tweak there's a pro mode where you can piddle about with the various camera settings you can also shoot at the maximum 50 megapixel resolution if you like there is also a dedicated 50 megapixel mode here in the more section under the usual night mode slow motion time lapse all of that good stuff and if you do want to shoot a bit of video with your disembodied mannequin head well the redmi 10 is rather limited as you can see there tops off at full hd at 30 frames per second there's no 60 fps option there's certainly no 4k it's the one of the limitations unfortunately of that helio g88 and last up if you want to take selfies well there is a selfie cam and it's absolutely fine again as long as you're not trying to shoot against a bright sky or do anything uh remarkably silly like that then you'll get respectable enough results and there you have it my pretties that in a nutshell is.

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Xiaomi Redmi 10 review: Price 

 the xiaomi redmi 10 budget smartphone as i say should be hit in europe imminently for around 179 euros so it doesn't seem to bring anything particularly new or fresh to the budget smartphone mix but it's a solid enough all rounder decent enough camera tech respectable performance strong battery life a good enough display you got the headphone jack the expandable storage uh no 5g is one of the only complaints so what do you guys recommend to hear your own thoughts in the xiaomi redmi 10 down below please do poke subscribe and dig that notifications bell for more on the latest and greatest tech a bathtub of beer awaits me so i will bugger off now love you

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