Affordable smartphones like the Redmi 10 are very popular due to the features that it can offer at an affordable price but is the smartphone good? Well, today, we’re going to discuss the smartphone in our review.  

Design and hardware

I got to give it to Xiaomi. Despite having an affordable price tag for the Xiaomi Redmi 10, they still managed to make the smartphone look pretty good. First, we got here a plastic back with a frosted glass look so whenever you look at it, it does look fine so I applaud Xiaomi for having done that with the smartphone.

The ergonomics of the smartphone is rather good as the curves are excellent in my hand and since this one is plastic, the smartphone feels right when holding it with one hand. At the top of the smartphone is where you can find the IR blaster that you can use for your appliances. A nice addition to the smartphone but I doubt that you would use it that much. Aside from that, you can also see the headphone jack at the top of the smartphone. 

At the side, we can see the volume rocker of the smartphone along with the sleep/wake button that also serves as the fingerprint scanner of the smartphone. It’s fast enough so I’m happy using it and it has no problems at all for me. Below the smartphone is where you can find the USB-C port and then there’s the 18W Charging which is just fine for me for its price tag but I would appreciate if they could improve that one.

Battery life

As for the battery life, the smartphone comes with 5000mAh battery and just like the other Xiaomi smartphones that we’ve reviewed before, the smartphone was able to last 11 hours and 54 minutes on PC Mark Work 2.0 Battery Benchmark which is good enough to last a single day 

Display

For the display, the Redmi 10 employs a large 6.5-inch display with a Full HD+ resolution and then there’s the 90hz refresh rate on the smartphone as well. It’s a welcome upgrade that we have that refresh rate but the colors are just underwhelming on the smartphone. 

The colors aren’t great but the resolution was good on the smartphone. Despite being an affordable smartphone, I am not happy and satisfied with the display quality of the smartphone but thankfully, there’s still the 90Hz refresh rate on this one.

Software and performance

The smartphone features MIUI and it’s fast, responsive, and easy to the eye but the colors of the display makes it a little bit pale and boring. Nonetheless, I still like the MIUI because it was very easy to use and its elements are very easy to understand.

As for the performance, the Helio G88 really didn’t shine when it comes to heavy usage. Yes, the smartphone can do most of the basic tasks, apps and light games but the performance wasn’t as big as I expected. The processor was a little bit better than the Helio G85 but the Helio G90 was miles ahead from the Helio G88. Check out the benchmarks that we got on the smartphone:

As for gaming, the Redmi 10 will be able to run games such as Mobile Legends: Bang Bang without a problem but if you’re planning to play games like Genshin Impact then you might want to have some patience because the game can run on the smartphone but I’m not sure if you’re gonna enjoy the framerates.

Camera

For the camera of the Xiaomi Redmi 10, there’s the quad-camera setup on the smartphone. First, there’s the 50MP main camera along with 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and also a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor. Honestly, the first two cameras mentioned are the important ones and as for the quality that we’re getting in here, the Redmi 10 is surprisingly good for its price. Check out the shots that we got on the smartphone.

The shots that we got are vivid enough and the colors are pretty good on the smartphone. It’s sharper than I expected as well and the dynamic range on the smartphone was good as well. The selfie of the smartphone was surprisingly better than I expected and it’s good especially for its price range. 

Verdict

The Xiaomi Redmi 10 is definitely one of the smartphones that you should look at. The smartphone might be good for its price but I was expecting it to be more powerful and probably a Helio G90 instead of G88 as the Redmi series has been known to be powerful for its budget. I was not satisfied with the display as well, but the camera of the smartphone was good though and it’s one of the best in its range.

The Xiaomi Redmi 10 starts at Php7,590. 

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