The Note series has always been a great value, with features that were only a step or two ahead of the Redmi series. Concerning the budget, it is commonly thought that you will get huge displays, massive batteries, amazing processors, and similarly impressive cameras with these versions. Xiaomi has this year introduced the Redmi Note 10 series, and the top-end Redmi note 10 Pro Max versions have a sensor with a resolution of 108megapixels. This is the only difference between the Redmi Note 10 Pro and the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max? What is the actual difference we are going to find out in the article?
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max price in India
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max price starts on RS, 18,999 in India, with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, flashing the line between mainstream and premiums. You pay just Rs. 19,999 rather than a little extra for the same 6GB of RAM but double the 128GB capacity, rendering the base version very unreliable. The most costly version actually crosses the Rs. 20,000 mark with Rs. 21,999 for 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM.
If 108-megapixel cameras are not required, Redmi Note 10 Pro is similar in any other aspect and you have to pay Rs. 3,000 less for the same RAM and ROM. The same storage is available in Redmi Note 10 Pro for Rs. 15,999, Rs. 16,999 and Rs. 18,999 respectively. The three colors of both versions are available: Dark Night, Vintage Bronze, and Glacial Blue.
For this generation, Xiaomi has taken a slightly different concept style. The minor touches that the companies collectively call ‘Evol’. Evol design language can be found mostly across the Redmi Note 10 series frames and camera modules. On the front, which is almost just a narrow edge panel and a little integrated front camera right above. This sensor has a very reflective silver ring around it for whatever reason, which is highly annoying in order to minimize the camera’s hole size to a certain degree.
The power button on the side has an integrated fingerprint sensor but is not lower than the regular button. The volume key is right above, and the framework of the device extends a little to fit it. The rear panel is curved on the sides of this bump and formed around it, making it appear really slick.
Mystic Bronze and Glacial Blue have frosted backs, while the edition Dark Night is dazzling. I analyzed both finishes and I considered fingerprints in both cases to be quite troublesome. The frosted glass was still quite slippery but was not enough to trigger concern.
A vivid silver panel underlines the 108-megapixel sensor on the back. The two-tier module itself takes into consideration the thickness of the camera and is reasonably large to match the two low-resolution cameras side by side. This sadly implies that when the handset is lying flat on a table, it is not quite stable or easy to use.
Xiaomi used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and an adhesive protector on the panel. The audio jack is 3.5mm but is a little unusual on the bottom. You’ll even see a speaker cut. The earpiece is used as a second speaker, and the sound will move faster. You often get an infrared (IR) control device. Underneath is a USB Type-C port and the primary speaker. Two Nano-SIM slots and a microSD card slot are at the top.
Water and dust resistance is still nice to see for an IP53 rating. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is a little thinner and lighter than the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max released in 2014 at 8.1mm thick and 192g. You must take into consideration the awkward camera bump of the frame.
Specifications and Software
Without really impressive specs, this will not be a Redmi Note series phone and you could expect some premium touches. However, keep in mind that, aside from the primary rear camera, the Redmi Note 10 Pro costs Rs. 3000 less. You still have the same package. For daily tasks as well as playing games, the Snapdragon 732G SoC must be sufficient and you get up to 8GB of RAM with a storage capacity of 128GB.
The display of the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max has always inspired me. The 6.67-inch Super AMOLED full HD+ screen features a full range of DCI-P3 colors, an overall refresh rate of 120Hz, and HDR10 support. Brightness may be as much as 1200 nits, with minimal blue light emission TUV Rheinland certification. The front-focus hole has a diameter of just 2.96 mm.
There is a battery of 5020mAh, which is available with the supplied adapter to charge up to 33W. Dual LTE, WIFI ac with dual-band, Bluetooth, stereo audio, a Haptic Vibrator, and all common sensors are many specifications. Surprisingly, NavIC is not listed as one of the supported satellite navigation systems, and high-resolution audio codecs are not mentioned. The NFC will be great, too.
As for software, MIUI 12.0.6 is shipped on top of Android 11 by Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. This includes a locked Second Space for personal info, Game Turbo shortcuts, home screen adaptation, and gesture navigation, iOS-like alerts, and quick settings, floating windows, paper-like reading mode, and a customizable Always-on screen.
For years, we have been complaining about the number of ads and advertising content in MIUI, from “Glance” content on the lock screen to frequent updates from some applications. While it is not as heinous as in the past, Xiaomi is committed to completely removing all of this from the upcoming MIUI 12.5. In addition, the bloatware problem may be addressed by encouraging users to uninstall anything but the most important applications.
My review unit ran the safety patch in February 2021, which is all right, but not the latest. Xiaomi has not promised that security patches for the next three years, including one or two Android version updates, should be obtained at least once or twice per year.
The screen of the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is superior. The display of the Super AMOLED is bright and crisp and everything looks slick. Pop colors and black colors are really deep and provide a strong contrast. Three color profiles can be selected and, if you wish, you can manually overlay the color temperature. The video from HDR looks great. The refresh rate is not adaptive and defaults to 60Hz.
The dazzling ring around the frame is the one feature that is attractive to the video experience. The always-on display is very odd since it doesn’t always stay on – you may tap the screen to raise it and it will remain on for a few seconds just to keep the display function. Stereo speakers are also good.
Despite its small size, the fingerprint sensor is still easy to unintentionally touch. A double-tap shortcut may be set up to execute or launch an app. While Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is very easy to handle despite its widescreen, you might want to slip on the included case for better grip. The most annoying thing about the Xiaomi GetApps store and Themes software is promotional notifications and I hope the MIUI 12.5 upgrade comes in the near future.
For daily application usage, you won’t have any problems. My review unit had 6GB RAM, and there was no problem with even extreme multitasking. In AnTuTu, the score was 2,71,830 and in his one-and multithreaded studies, Geekbench 5 had 563 and 1,703 points. A score of 1,117 was obtained from the 3DMark Wild Life evaluation and 2,734 from Sling Shot Extreme. T-Rex and Car Chase scenes from GFXBench were respectively 82fps and 17fps. Large games like the call of duty mobile and the Asphalt 9 ran smoothly, but after a minute or two, it gets a little warm in the back of the phone.
The battery of 5020mAh will take you a whole day and take you to the next day. You should only be able to make one charge during a full day while you are playing several games, streaming video, and taking a lot of photographs and videos. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max took 17 hours, 1 minute in our HD video loop test. Until plugged in, it went from nil in 30 minutes to 44 percent and in 60 minutes to 84 percent.
The key 108-megapixel shooter is obviously the star of the series. It is built on the MI 10i dial 21,999 Samsung HM2 sensor, although there are many optical variations, such as f/1.9 and 6p. The sensor will merge 9 0.7um pixels into one 2.1um pixel for an acceptable 12-megapixel resolution. However, this can be overridden by design.
However, the macro camera with a 5-megapixel zoom is just as interesting. You should be able to get macro shots from the far range. In addition, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max has a normal Ultra wide 8-megapixel and a sensor of two-megapixel depth.
In the Camera app, there’s a lot going on and even a few modes are not on the lower end of Redmi Note 10 (Review). In Vlog mode, you can only tap the button many times to pack graphics, background music, and even effects in a single shot. As its names mean, clone and dual modes enable the development of multi-exposition shots and video superpositions from the front and rear cameras. The document, Panorama, Time Lapse, and AI Watermark are other modes.
Some features of the software are odd, including the fact you have to turn to the macro camera in the Settings sub-menu. There’s even a Tilt-Shift filter, which might have been a different model. A very flexible burst slider allows you to choose the number of images and intervals, plus framing and tracking options. The interface could use some enhancement, in particular when cutting out text labels. Fortunately, Xiaomi has opted to no longer put on users’ default a tasteless and obtuse watermark.
With regard to image quality, the primary camera can be seen to be doing a decent job in terms of detail, brightness, and color reproduction. Given the price of this handset, you should be satisfied with the performance. Close-ups do, of course, perform well, but at the default 12-megapixel resolution, even things at distances appear very fine. You will end up with shots that take 20 MB of space on average if you use 108-megapixels mode. Though images will increase a lot until the definition is lost, you cannot really hope to simulate optical zoom in distant objects. Results at maximum resolution appear to be a little less sharp.
As predicted, the wide-angle camera captures smoother, in contrasting images. You may change the depth effect in portrait mode before or after taking a picture, and the results were decent but not very good.
The macro camera I find much more interesting than the primary camera. The difference between the phone and the subject is a little tricky, and no sign on the screen is there as to where you are optimally focused. This resulted in uncomfortable guessing and deceitful outcomes, but better than approaching a subject and hiding it with your own shadow. When the angle was correct and the subject was well-framed, my shots seemed dramatic, precisely the sort of detail and context that makes macro shots so impressive. Perhaps the perfect way to integrate a dedicated macro camera I have used on my smartphone so far.
Night mode will change low-light shots quite a lot, but the detail isn’t perfect, whether it’s on or off. The color tone did not look very realistic, especially in 108-megapixel mode. It was, therefore, harder to focus on the whole resolution correctly. The wide-angle camera captures darker images by default, which were not too bad if there was enough ambient light.
The front camera with a 16-megapixel f/2.45 is good throughout the day but does not assume the most realistic skin tones. Default embellishment is on. Selfie portraits had good edge detection depth of field.
Videos up to 4K are recorded at 30fps. Total HD video stabilizes, but it doesn’t stabilize 4K video. Even with broad-angle full HD footage, the quality is good enough during the daytime. A fair number of details were recorded throughout the night, but colors appear to have become impractical. At full HD there was shimmer, while the 4K recording was very blurry.
Xiaomi usually pitches the Redmi Note Series as all-around, but with a 108-megapixel rear camera, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max needs to directly increase the ante. In addition to the Redmi Note 10 Pro, which is otherwise similar, I am not fully satisfied that the Rs. 3000 premium is worth. While it is ideal for boasting and capturing extremely fine detail in some cases, the overall image quality does not appear to improve significantly. In the same circumstances, it would be useful to consider the key cameras for these two phones side by side.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is, in all other aspects, a really impressive tool, but it makes it more useful to suggest its significantly cheaper twin than this phone itself. The Redmi Note 10 Pro offers all the characteristics of this phone: its screen is very strong, its processing capacity is high, the software must be updated significantly and the interface is very smooth. The life of the battery could have increased, and the sensor might have become troublesome, but these problems can only be experienced very easily.
It is interesting that Xiaomi did not use this phone with a 5G-enabled SoC. With the same RAM and Storage Configurations, the MI 10i (Review) has 5G and more computing ability for only Rs 2,000. If you choose a camera of 108 megapixels, it seems like many people might find it cheaper. The Realme 8 Pro (First Impressions) is introduced and the X7 5G (Review) is in the same range.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max seems to target a rather narrow area if you glance at the industry as a whole. It’s a nice smartphone, but Xiaomi has two other choices that save you some cash or give you a more beefy package for not much more.