Redmi 10 Prime is the successor to the Redmi 9 Prime and claims to have a lot of improvements over its predecessor. This smartphone sports the new MediaTek Helio G88 SoC and has a 50 megapixel main camera. However, this all comes at a higher price: the Redmi 10 Prime starts at Rs. 12,499, higher than the launch price of the Redmi 9 Prime. Is the new Redmi 10 Prime worth the price it commands or should you look elsewhere? I put the Redmi 10 Prime to the test to find out.
Redmi 10 Prime price in India
The Redmi 10 Prime is offered from Rs. 12,499 in India for the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. You can go for the higher variant, which costs Rs. 14,499 for 6GB RAM and 128GB. GB of storage. There are three color options for the Redmi 10 Prime: Bifrost Blue, Astral White, and Phantom Black.
Redmi 10 Prime design
Xiaomi has stayed true to the ‘Evol’ design language that it debuted with the Redmi Note 10 series. This design gives the Redmi 10 Prime a familiar look. The smartphone has a large 6.5-inch screen with visible borders all around. There is a hole for the selfie camera just in the center towards the top of the screen. The hole is quite large and some people might find it distracting. Xiaomi made the frame out of plastic and it is rounded to make it easier to grip the device.
The Redmi 10 Prime has a side fingerprint scanner built into the power button on the right side. You will find the volume buttons above. I needed a stretch to reach the volume buttons, although the fingerprint reader was easy to touch. The left side only has the SIM tray. Just like the Redmi 9 Prime, the top and bottom of the frame are flat. The top features a 3.5mm headphone jack, infrared emitter, and speaker holes, while the USB Type-C port, main microphone, and speaker are on the bottom.
The back panel is also plastic. The camera module houses four cameras and protrudes slightly, causing the device to tip over when held on a flat surface. I had the Blue Bifrost color variant which has a nice gradient pattern on the back, but its glossy finish made it a fingerprint magnet. I had to wipe the back frequently so that it didn’t leave any marks.
Redmi 10 Prime specifications
The Redmi 10 Prime is one of the very few current smartphones powered by the MediaTek Helio G88 SoC. Xiaomi paired it with 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM depending on which variant you choose. These variants offer 64 GB and 128 GB of storage respectively. You now have the option to use part of the storage to expand the 1GB RAM on the base variant while the top variant allows 2GB.
The 6.5-inch screen has Full HD + resolution with a refresh rate of 90Hz and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display is set to 60Hz by default, but you can change it to 90Hz in Settings. ‘display. Xiaomi says the smartphone uses an adaptive refresh rate and can drop to 45Hz when screen content is static, 60Hz when streaming video, and 90Hz when scrolling or playing, to optimize power consumption. ‘energy.
Xiaomi used a large 6000mAh battery for the Redmi 10 Prime. You get a 22.5W charger in the box but the device is only capable of charging at 18W. 9W reverse charging is also supported, so you can use this phone as a bank. power supply to charge other devices. The Redmi 10 Prime is a dual SIM device and supports 4G as well as VoLTE on both SIM cards. It also has a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band Wi-Fi, and four satellite navigation systems.
You’re getting MIUI 12.5 on Android 11, and my unit was running the July Android Security Patch. There are a number of apps preinstalled on the smartphone, such as Amazon, Facebook, Prime Video, LinkedIn, Mi Credit, and Netflix. These apps can be uninstalled, which is a step in the right direction for Xiaomi. GetApps, an alternative to the Play Store, is also preinstalled and sent out a few push notifications during the review period. The user interface of the Redmi 10 Prime is easy to use and the menu scrolling seemed smooth. Some of the other Xiaomi features like Game Turbo, Second Space, Lite Mode which we have seen on previous devices can also be found here.
Redmi 10 Prime performance
The Redmi 10 Prime has a good display that’s bright enough for indoor use, in my experience. The stereo speakers are powerful and make watching videos and playing games a little more engaging. The sound is hollow at higher volumes but it is acceptable at this price. I found the side fingerprint reader to unlock the device quickly, requiring only one attempt most of the time.
I had the 6GB RAM variant which loaded apps quickly and multitasking between apps was easy. I performed benchmark tests to see how the Redmi 10 Prime performed. In the AnTuTu benchmark, the phone managed 245,744 points. It managed 8,375 in PCMark Work 3.0, while in Geekbench 5 it scored 365 and 1,174 in single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. The Redmi 10 Prime also handled 40 fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex test and 8.6 fps in the Car Chase test.
I played BGMI (Battegrounds Mobile India) on the Redmi 10 Prime, and the default setting was HD and High for graphics and frame rate respectively. The game was playable with these settings and I didn’t notice any lag or stuttering. After about 30 minutes the phone felt slightly warm to the touch and showed 9% battery discharge.
The large 6000mAh battery is large enough to endure over a day and a half of use without any issues. In our HD video loop test, the phone ran for 16 hours and 24 minutes. Charging using the supplied 18W charger allowed the smartphone to go to 24% in 30 minutes and 50% in an hour.
Redmi 10 Prime cameras
The Redmi 10 Prime consists of a four-camera setup consisting of a 50-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a depth sensor of 2 megapixels. The camera app is pretty much unchanged from what we’ve seen on recent Xiaomi phones. There are quick toggles for HDR as well as AI, and there’s a Pro mode that gives you full control over the settings.
Most of the photos I took with the Redmi 10 Prime were on an overcast day. The photos taken during the day were correct with average detail. These were too sharp and didn’t appeal to me much. The edges of the frames were also slightly grainy. With the ultra wide-angle camera you can shoot a wider frame, but I found the output to be a drop in quality compared to the main sensor. The output also had a slight distortion around the edges.
The close-ups showed good detail and the AI, when activated, would quickly detect what the smartphone was pointed at. The colors were quite precise and the phone could tell the difference between the subject and the background to produce an effect of depth. The portraits had good edge detection and the phone could effectively blur the background. You also have the option to set the blur level before taking a photo. The macros had decent detail, but I found myself adjusting the frame to prevent the phone’s shadow from falling on the subject while shooting. The output is limited to 2 megapixels.
The performance of the camera in low light was strictly average. The plans looked grim and the details were lacking. With AI enabled, there is a slight performance improvement but nothing drastic. Night mode produces slightly brighter images but still lacks the best detail.
Selfies taken with the 8-megapixel front camera were acceptable in daylight. The output also seemed refined, with blacks aggressively increased. The portraits had good edge detection and the phone handled adequate background blur in daylight. Low-light selfies taken under a street light turned out to be below average, while others taken with a brighter light source nearby were okay.
Video recording reaches 1080p for the main camera as well as the selfie shooter. Images were not stabilized well when shooting in daylight or at night.
The Redmi 10 Prime boasts of better hardware than the Redmi 9 Prime but also commands a higher price tag. Although it offers better performance than its predecessor, the cameras are lacking. You get a high refresh rate panel and a big 6,000mAh battery that should benefit casual users. At its starting price of Rs. 12,499, this phone will have to compete with the Realme 8i which has better specs on paper (we’ll review it soon). The more expensive variant of the Redmi 10 Prime sells for around the same price as the Redmi Note 10S (Review) and Redmi 10T 5G (Review), both of which offer better hardware.