Xiaomi has built a reputation for delivering quality products at low prices, and their Redmi series is following with the new Redmi Note 10 series phones that pack incredible specs at a very low price.
The Redmi Note 10 offers a quad-camera array with a 48MP main camera headlining it, a 5,000mAh battery that supports 33W wired fast charging and 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage. Seems like any other midrange phone right? Well, yes, but guess what?
The price starts at just S$249 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option. That’s cheaper than almost any other midrange phone out there, and it’s definitely a steal. If you’re looking for a spare phone, you’ll definitely have to add this to your list of options. If you need a bit more RAM, the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option will cost S$269.
The Redmi Note 10 will be available in Singapore on Xiaomi’s official stores on Lazada as well as at authorised retailers and Mi Stores from 8 March onwards.
Upgrading from that a little, we have the Redmi Note 10S, which uses a MediaTek Helio G95 processor instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, has a 64MP main camera and the RAM inside is either 6GB or 8GB. It’s an option for users who might use their phone a little more intensely and need that extra 2GB of RAM.
There’s no information yet about whether the Note 10S will be coming to Singapore.
At the top of the Note 10 series is where things get weird, and where I feel that Redmi made some mistakes. There are two models here, the Redmi Note 10 Pro and the Redmi Note 10 5G. Normally, brands would combine these two phones, but Redmi has somehow decided to do two phones and as a result, the Note 10 5G is a very uncompelling model.
The Redmi Note 10 5G has a tri-camera array with a 48MP main camera, runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor, has a 5,000mAh battery that only supports 18W wired fast charging and comes with only 4GB or 6GB of RAM. Sure, you get 5G capabilities, but the specs of the phone just aren’t great.
Using 5G networks drain a lot of battery, and with only 18W fast charging, you might find yourself requiring a couple of charges throughout the day just to keep your phone alive. It feels less powerful even than the base Note 10 and it’s such a pity. The one good point about this phone is that it has a 90Hz display, so it might be a decent phone for gaming on the go with a 5G network connection if available.
5G support has typically been a feature reserved for the “flagship” phone of the series, but the Note 10 5G is anything but the flagship and it really is puzzling why they’ve decided to go this route.
It’s not confirmed yet whether the Note 10 5G will come to Singapore as well.
We come to the big brother of the series, the Redmi Note 10 Pro, and it’s a fantastic deal. It has a quad-camera setup with a 108MP main camera, the Snapdragon 732G chipset, a 5,020mAh battery with 33W wired fast charging, and the best part, a 120Hz AMOLED display. There’s also 6GB or 8GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage, but the value that Redmi is offering with this phone is just incredible when you consider that the price tag starts at S$369 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option and will be S$399 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro is nowhere near a true flagship phone, but it could be the “flagship” of the midrange and low-end phones. The Note 10 Pro will be available in Singapore on Xiaomi’s official stores on Lazada as well as at authorised retailers and Mi Stores from 20 March onwards.
Written by Cheryl Tan