[HOT] : Redmi 10 test: a smartphone at a mini price, but too fair to convince Part one
- Well calibrated screen in standard mode
- Autonomy correct
- A 90Hz screen
WE LIKE LESS
- A crying lack of power
- Camera that does not keep its promises
- Design cheap
- Fast recharging not at all fast
Xiaomi returns to the entry-level market with the Redmi 10, a smartphone sold at 179 euros. For this price, we obviously have a product that does not sparkle, but does it offer a satisfactory experience? Answer in this test.
With its Redmi Note 10, Xiaomi had struck a big blow a few months ago. The Chinese brand has indeed offered the best quality / price ratio on the market. The first model started at 199 euros. A case. But Xiaomi wants to go even further with the Redmi 10. This new smartphone wants to seduce the consumer with a price of 179 euros. An attractive price, certainly, but which also suggests a more limited experience. Is this really the case?
When it comes to selling its Redmi 10, Xiaomi is not going four ways. The brand praises the merits of a “camera with unparalleled performance” as well “What a high-end experience” thanks to its 90 Hz screen. Beautiful promises. Is the Redmi 10 the new entry-level king or has Xiaomi really cut back too much on capacity to come up with a convincing product? We will see it right away.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Redmi 10 is already sold on the official Xiaomi website and at partner resellers. It is offered in two versions: the first contains 64 GB of memory and is sold 179 euros. For the 128 GB version, you will have to spend 199 euros (the price of a Note 10). The smartphone is available in three colors in both configurations. Note that this is not the cheapest product from Xiaomi, since this place goes to the Redmi Note 8 2021 edition, displayed at 159 euros.
MODEST TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS
For this price, do not expect a thunderbolt. Still, the Redmi 10 has several interesting things to offer. What intrigues the most when looking at the technical sheet, this is the photo module. This is composed of four sensors, including a main one of 50 megapixels.
|Screen||IPS LCD 6,5″
|Chipset||MediaTek Helio G88|
|Storage||64 + 128 Go
MicroSD slot up to 512 GB
|Main sensor||50MP, f/1.8
8MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
2MP macro, f/2.4
2MP depth sensor, f/2.4
|Front sensor||8 MP, f / 2.0|
|Biometrics||Side fingerprint scanner|
Inside we find a modest MediaTek Helio G88 processor. So don’t expect a monster of power. Regarding the screen, Xiaomi relies on a 6.5-inch IPS LCD panel which has the particularity of having a refresh rate of 90 Hz. An interesting feature at this price. Finally, for autonomy we have a 5000 mAh battery with a fast charge of 18 watts. We must not lie to each other, we do not have a tempting technical sheet here. However, let’s not judge the menu until we have tasted the main course. We will now determine if this Redmi 10 offers a correct experience for a mini price.
A LITTLE CHEAP, BUT EFFECTIVE DESIGN
Xiaomi goes straight to the point with this Redmi 10. No frills or frills in this smartphone. It is available in three colors: white, blue and gray. Here we have the gray version, which is a bit sad, let’s face it. In hand, the terminal is pleasant to handle thanks to its very balanced weight. On the scale, it is 180 grams, which is in the current average. On the other hand, it is a bit thick with its 9 mm thickness.
We have a full plastic shell. Even if the back offers rather interesting reflections, the “cheap” aspect is there. The only consolation is that it is not too prone to fingerprints. We will also notice the rounded aspect of this rear cover, a design code a little outdated in 2021. The Redmi mention is engraved in the plastic, just like the somewhat unsightly legal notices.
The photo module, inspired by that of the Redmi Note 10, slightly spring from the bonnet, which makes the phone a little wobbly when placed on its back. It’s not a big deal, but it’s always worth pointing out.
The slices are also made of plastic. On the right side, we find the volume button, as well as the one dedicated to the ignition. The latter also serves as a fingerprint sensor. It is well placed and works perfectly. We haven’t had a single failure in a week of testing. What to compensate for the absence (logic) of sensor under the screen.
On the other side, we have the hatch for two nano SIM cards as well as for a microSD card (up to 512 GB). Two loudspeakers are present on the upper and lower edges. There is also a Jack port. Its absence would have been surprising for a terminal sold at this price.
Finally, concerning the screen, it comes out slightly from the shell and displays very thick edges. This does not prevent the screen / front ratio from exceeding 90%. A minimum today * i. The punch for the front camera (8 megapixels) is located at the top center and is discreet. Nothing to report on this side.
Design level, the Redmi 10 therefore fulfills its contract without shining. It does not avoid the “cheap” aspect, and this because of the plastic used, which could put off some. We are not in front of a statutory object, but simply usual. However, it is not unpleasant to handle.
A SCREEN THAT LACKS BRIGHTNESS
Xiaomi had equipped its Redmi Note 10 with an AMOLED screen, a real asset for this price segment. For this Redmi 10, the manufacturer had to make concessions. We must therefore say goodbye to AMOLED for an IPS LCD panel less attractive. This does not mean that the screen is bad, far from it.
The Redmi 10 has a 6.5-inch screen with a definition of 2400 x 1080 pixels. Its particularity is to offer a refresh rate of 90 Hz. If we do not reach the comfort of a 120 Hz screen, this framerate still brings a much more pleasant use than the classic 60 Hz. Note that this rate is adaptive to 45, 60 and 90 Hz, which means that it automatically drops if you don’t need it, such as when watching videos or reading. What to save a little battery.
We analyzed the screen using our probe. You should know that in the parameters, we have access to three modes. The saturated mode, the standard mode as well as the intense mode, which automatically juggles between the other two according to the use. Note that in all three modes, it is possible to adjust the color temperature to your liking. For the purposes of our test, we performed the measurements with this default temperature.
In standard mode we have a contrast of 1280: 1. It’s a bit tight and the blacks look washed out. It is on this precise point that we lose the most compared to AMOLED, which offers infinite contrast. On the other hand, respect for colors is present, with an average delta E of 1.4 (below 3 being very good). There are simply some dull greens and reds, but nothing dramatic. The color temperature is almost perfect, at 6400K (or close to 6500K of the video standard). On a white display, the screen does not look blue or red. Finally, the maximum brightness leaves something to be desired, at 380 cd / m². This means that outside, on a sunny day, readability will be very limited … A big flaw.
In saturated mode, the contrast is a bit better since it rises to 1500 :1. As for the colors, this mode makes them fluorescent to flatter the user’s retina (Delta E of 3.3), even if we remain in the realm of the acceptable. If the brightness is better than in standard mode, (at 415 cd / m²) it is not yet sufficient to convince. Other fault, the temperature rises to 7700K. The screen therefore draws a lot towards blue. This is obvious when you juggle the two modes.