[HOT] : Redmi 10 test: a smartphone at a mini price, but too fair to convince Part two

Ultimately, we have a pretty average screen. We will point out the insufficient light, which really handicaps the user on the outside. On the other hand, we welcome the respect of the colors in standard mode, as well as the well calibrated temperature. This is the mode that should be chosen for a better experience. The saturated mode offers better contrast, of course, but at the cost of a display that draws too much towards the blue (but you can always adjust the temperature in the options).

The audio part, for its part, is not brilliant. The smartphone has two speakers, one on the lower edge, one on the upper edge. If they are well placed, which avoids putting the palm on them in game or watching video, there is an almost total absence of stereo (one of the outputs is even much less powerful than the other). Unpleasant distortion is also felt at high volumes. Short, the Redmi 10 is far from being a success on this point and it will be necessary to favor listening with headphones. Pity.

A VERY LITTLE POWERFUL REDMI 10, THAT ROWS AND FREEZE

The Redmi 10 is an entry-level smartphone. Therefore, we do not expect it to rise to the level of the top players in the market, but to provide at least a satisfying experience. It is equipped with a processor designed by MediaTek, the very recent Helio G88 (engraved in 12 nm), designed precisely for this kind of product. It is supported by 4 GB of RAM and has 64 or 128 GB of storage. For this test, Xiaomi lent us the 64 GB version. Note that this smartphone is not compatible with 5G networks. After our series of benchmarks, the results obtained were somewhat disappointing. Here we have one of the least powerful smartphones tested by us. Only the Gigaset GS110, aka the Lidl Phone, did worse. To give you an idea, this smartphone is half as powerful as a OnePlus Nord N10 5G, which had not already convinced us on this point.

The consequence of such a lack of power is greatly felt in use. If we don’t get to extremes like with the Lidl Phone (which was just shameful) we still find great weakness in fluency. Application openings often take long seconds. When several are launched at the same time, the whole terminal is lagging behind. Best of all, we happened to have some freezes. The smartphone freezes in full use and you have to wait a long time before seeing it come back to the menu on its own (closing everything in the process). We obviously pushed the vice to launch Genshin Impact, the most greedy game on the PlayStore. The miHoYo title works with minimal graphics, sure, but it comes at the cost of a lot of jerks and slowdowns. The Redmi 10 is simply not not made for that. At least the SoC doesn’t get too hot under the fingers.

In short, a smartphone that clearly lacks fishing. That’s enough for very limited use, like calls, a bit of social media, GPS, or checking email, but that’s it. By pushing it a little, you will quickly reach its limits. So we quickly feel cramped.

EMUI, THE EFFECTIVE OVERLAYER FROM XIAOMI

The Redmi 10 is equipped with Android 11. Xiaomi obliges, we find the MIUI 12.5 overlay, the latest to date. It brings a pleasant experience and is easy to use. The settings menus are a model of clarity. For example, small diagrams show you what changes when you switch your screen from 60Hz to 90Hz. Likewise, the interface that tells you the size of the storage takes the form of a cell that fills with a liquid. virtual representation of your data. It’s simple, efficient, well thought out.

If you’ve used a Xiaomi smartphone before, you won’t be in uncharted waters. We always have an ultra customizable overlay, simple to use and which brings some peculiarities compared to others. For example, the applications are organized by theme in the dedicated drawer and the lock screens are dynamic and interactive. We appreciate the fact that some mistakes of the past have been corrected. We think of silent mode, much easier to activate than before.

This overcoat is not free from defects. It is quite heavy, which coupled with this little powerful processor can lead to jerks and crashes, we saw it above. Let us add that the native applications are numerous and duplicate those of Google. These applications are also parasitized by advertisements. Just open Themes to see ads extolling the merits of other software. It’s hard to swallow on a product bought full pot, even at this price. Another flaw, related to the design this time, the notifications pane and the drop-down menu are two different things. By swiping the finger down, we don’t have the same whether we do it to the left of the punch or to the right. We are therefore often wrong. Annoying.

Finally, note that MIUI 12.5 normally offers a very extensive Always-On-Display mode, but it will be necessary to do without on this Redmi 10. Its LCD screen does not allow it to offer this kind of service. It’s not much of a surprise, but it’s worth pointing out. In short, so we have a good overcoat, not perfect, but pleasant to use. Here, the problem comes more from the processor than from the software part.

A CAMERA THAT DOES NOT MAKE A MIRACLE

Xiaomi relies heavily on its camera to attract the buyer to this Redmi 10. The module on the back could almost pass for that of a mid-range or even high-end phone, at least in terms of design. It is equipped with four sensors: a main 50 megapixel (f / 1.8), an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle (f / 2.2), a 2-megapixel macro sensor (f / 2.4) and a 2-megapixel depth sensor (f / 2.4).

The main photo sensor is acceptable for this price. He offers satisfying shots outdoors, even if there is some weakness in the management of lights and colors. The legibility of the details is however there (the packed Arc de Triomphe is a perfect subject for that). Interior photos display the same flaws and qualities.

The ultra wide angle sensor does not work miracles, with much less precise shots, in addition to distorting straight lines. The depth sensor fulfills its contract without shining. Note the presence of an X10 digital zoom which only delivers unusable results.

Macro mode is not really the strong point of the Xiaomi Redmi 10. The smartphone is indeed struggling to transcribe a correct image as well as its details. It will only be good to share your meal photos on Instagram, but forget about it for precision photos.

The night mode is an act of presence, only slightly improving the photos. The same goes for portrait mode.

Finally, note that the sensor is not very responsive when it comes to taking stock. It will take patience to take a moving subject, such as an animal or a child.

The video, for its part, is satisfied with the minimum, since the Redmi 10 can film in 1080p at 30 FPS maximum. In short, a camera which is not catastrophic, but which really satisfies only thanks to its main sensor. We are still far, very far from the initial promise of a “camera of unparalleled performance”. The Redmi Note 10, at almost the same price, beats it flat.

CORRECT AUTONOMY, BUT FAST CHARGING FAR FROM BEING FAST

The Redmi 10 is equipped a 5000 mAh battery. We can therefore hope for good autonomy. It’s the case. At 90 Hz and 100% battery life in the morning, we reached between 45 and 50% at bedtime, with normal use (a bit of social networks, photos, games, etc.). We got to 0% in the late afternoon the next day. It’s correct. By setting the screen to 60 Hz, we lasted two full days.

The Redmi 10 offers fast charging of 18 Watts. This recharge is fast only in name, since we measured a recharge from 1 to 100% in two hours all battery. It’s slow. You should not therefore hope to recharge your smartphone “quickly” before leaving for the evening.

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