Redmi Note 10T 5G review
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The Redmi Note 10T 5G review
Xiaomi is already selling four smartphones from the Redmi Note 10 series, and I’m not sure if a fifth was needed or not, but it’s here and we need to talk about it. The Redmi Note 10T 5G is, as the name suggests, Xiaomi’s latest 5G-ready offering. It is also the first to feature the Redmi branding. Interestingly, though, we’ve seen this one before. The phone is a rebranded version of the globally launched Redmi Note 10 5G which was introduced in India as the Poco M3 Pro 5G. It comes with the exact same hardware packed in a different case.
Xiaomi has also priced the Redmi Note 10T 5G which is almost comparable to the Poco M3 Pro 5G. This makes the Redmi Note 10T 5G one of the more affordable 5G smartphones in the country. After using it for a week, I found the Redmi Note 10T to be a good 5G smartphone for beginners, but like any budget 5G device we’ve seen so far, it falls short in some areas.
My review unit came in the Mint Green, with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The screen is protected on the front by Gorilla Glass 3 and it was quite resistant to fingerprints and smudges. The frame of the Redmi Note 10T 5G is made of plastic, while the back panel is made of polycarbonate. The design looks stylish and gives you the impression that it fits in with the rest of the Redmi Note 10 line-up.
The frame of the Redmi Note 10T 5G is made of plastic, while the back panel is made of polycarbonate
However, it lacks the weight and premium feel of a glass back like the rest of the Note 10 series. The polycarbonate back panel does choose up stains and dust within minutes of use. Due to the matte finish, the smudges are not easy to wipe off.
The 3.5mm headphone jack, IR emitter and secondary microphone are located on the top. The primary microphone, Type-C USB port and single speaker are located on the bottom. The left side is mostly clean with just the SIM tray while the right side has the volume rocker and power button, which has a built-in fingerprint reader.
The Redmi Note 10T 5G uses the MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor, which has an integrated 5G modem. This seems to be the go-to processor for budget 5G smartphones in this price range as competitors like the Realme Narzo 30 5G and the Poco M3 Pro 5G also use it. The Redmi Note 10T offers up up to 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM and up up to 128 GB UFS 2.2 storage. Communication standards include dual band Wi-Fi ac, FM radio, Bluetooth 5.1, support for different 5G bands (SA: N1, N3, N40, N77, N78 | NSA: N78) and dual 5G standby. The hybrid dual SIM tray supports a microSD card from up to 1TB at the cost of a second SIM card. The phone has a 5000mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging.
Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.0.3 runs the show with Android 11 as its base. The software ran fairly smoothly on my test device, despite only having 4 GB of RAM, but some of the transparency effects, such as the pull-down notification box, seemed to be disabled. Apps opened and closed instantly and multitasking was a breeze with no signs of slowing down or stuttering animations.i
The Redmi Note 10T 5G has hardware specifications very similar to what the competition offers
MIUI 12.0.3 has plenty of preloaded Xiaomi apps and third-party apps such as Amazon, Facebook, Prime Video, and LinkedIn. These can be removed if not needed. Notifications from the Wallpaper Carousel, Themes app, and GetApps annoyed me a bit, until I turned them off in Settings.
The 6.5-inch full-HD+ LCD screen was sharp and had good viewing angles. It was bright enough to be visible in direct sunlight. I missed having stereo speakers, which would have made for a more immersive gaming and video streaming experience.
In terms of benchmarks, the Redmi Note 10T 5G achieved a below-average AnTuTu score of 2,39964. However, with the rest of the benchmark tests, performance was comparable to others phones powered by the same SoC. The Redmi Note 10T scored 555 and 1,698 respectively in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests.
My user experience was quite fluid and the game performance was maintained up, but with a few hitches. The phone did not warm up up during gaming sessions. Duty: Mobile worked very smoothly at Medium graphics and High frame rate. Touch response was also perfect. On the other hand, Asphalt 9: Legends did not run smoothly on its default graphics setting (called Default). I experienced noticeable stutters during gameplay and some lag if there was a lot of action in the scene. Switching the graphics quality to Performance reduced stuttering by a large margin.
The Redmi Note 10T 5G’s screen was bright enough to handle direct sunlight
With a 5,000 mAh battery and a 7nm processor, I didn’t expect any battery issues, and the Redmi Note 10T 5G lived up to those expectations. With an hour of gaming and video streaming, a few phone calls, lots of messages on WhatsApp, Slack, and two active email accounts, I had 60 percent power left at the end of a workday. This one phone is a solid performer when it comes to battery life. Our HD video battery loop test didn’t disappoint either, with the phone duration 17 hours and 8 minutes.
Charging was a bit slow. A 22.5W charger is included in the box, but this phone is capped at 18W. At this rate, the Redmi Note 10T 5G has managed to get up up to 25 percent in 30 minutes and 50 percent in an hour. It was fully charged in 2 hours and 21 minutes. While this is on par with the competition, it’s quite slow compared to 4G smartphones at the same price point, many of which support 30 or 33W charging.
The Redmi Note 10T 5G has a triple back camera setup, which is similar to what competing smartphones offer. There is a primary camera from 48 megapixels camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor that is only used when portrait mode is activated. Selfie tasks are handled by an 8-megapixel camera.
The Redmi Note 10T 5G has three camera’s at the back
In comparison, Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 10, which is priced lower, offers more variety with an additional 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens camera and the Realme Narzo 30 5G offers a slightly better 16-megapixel selfie camera. The camera interface is intuitive and easy to use, with all major controls at your fingertips.
Photos taken in daylight were bright and saturated, but also overexposed. The level of detail did not meet expectations, the most important being: camera shows flat textures even in brightly lit scenes. Sharpness decreased towards the edges of each frame. The dynamic range was decent at best, but the sheer lack of detail meant dark areas of scenes just looked blurry.
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