After being shelved for some time, the Redmi Prime sequence resurfaced from the lifeless final 12 months with the Redmi 9 Prime. As soon as thought of the bridge between the quantity sequence and the Be aware sequence, the smartphone got here within the sub Rs. 10,000 class system because the Notes crossed that mark.
One other 12 months has introduced one other Be aware and this 12 months the Redmi Be aware’s value so(a)pink even greater (and retains growing whilst we write), and effectively, this time the brand new Prime crosses the Rs 10,000 barrier to as soon as once more attempt to be the choice for these nonetheless wanting a basic Be aware cellphone, however wanting the bucks for the brand new ones. The Redmi 10 Prime comes with a beginning price ticket of Rs 12,499 which is a serious step up for the Prime sequence however contemplating how cellphone costs, usually, are going up of late, this doesn’t fairly come as a shock. However can this premium-er Prime outline its price ticket? Extra importantly, can it stay a Be aware-able various?
One other Gen Z smartphone
In the case of design, the Redmi 10 Prime follows what’s trending available in the market. The cellphone is all the things you’ll anticipate a smartphone of as we speak’s day and age to appear to be. It comes with a tall show with actually skinny bezels round three sides and with a barely thicker chin. The show can be residence to a punch gap notch that holds the front-facing digicam.
Flip the cellphone and the bling is more likely to blind you. At the very least that’s the case with the silver and blue colour variant. The again of the cellphone is polycarbonate and is a mix of the 2 colours; the shiny metallic silver colour blends into shiny blue colour because it flows down. As a result of the again has a reflective end, it will get smudgy very simply and catches fingerprints in a jiffy.
There’s a barely raised, large rectangular digicam unit on the highest left aspect of the again that homes 4 cameras. The one on the highest covers probably the most area whereas the opposite three and flash sit collectively in measurement concord. The digicam comes with AI CAM branding whereas the Redmi branding sits vertically on the underside left nook of the again.
Slightly slippery, not a present stopper, however as stylish as you want
The feel of the again doesn’t add an excessive amount of grip to the cellphone however does give it a clean really feel in hand. The again of the Redmi 10 Prime additionally curves on the skin and meets the rounded plastic body that sits between the polycarbonate again and glass entrance. The curvy proper aspect of the body is residence to a flat bodily fingerprint scanner that doubles up as a lock/ energy button. On the identical aspect, you can find the quantity rockers whereas the alternative aspect holds the twin SIM card and devoted microSD card tray. The highest and the bottom of the system are flat. The highest carries a 3.5 mm audio jack and a Redmi staple, an IR blaster together with a speaker grille and mic. The bottom additionally carries a mic and speaker grille accompanied by a USB Kind-C port.
The Redmi 10 Prime measures 161.95 x 75.57 x 9.56 mm and weighs 192 grams. Whereas the remainder of the numbers are routine, the burden of the 10 Prime is a little bit spectacular contemplating it comes with a 6,000 mAh battery which is nearly 1,000 mAh greater than its predecessor and but it’s lighter by a 6-gram margin.
All in all, the Redmi Prime 10 has the appears and really feel of a classy system. Put the cellphone down on the desk and it’ll match proper in with Gen Z of smartphones which might be being launched lately. We don’t suppose the cellphone has the flexibility to drop jaws or flip heads however it could actually nonetheless be recognized as a classy system which we predict is nice sufficient at this value level.
The routine activity grasp
The Redmi 10 Prime is the primary cellphone in India to be powered by a MediaTek Helio G88 processor. Launched a few months in the past alongside the MediaTek Helio G96, the Helio G88 comes targeted on smartphone images. The brand new processor was paired with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage in our unit. There’s additionally a Four GB RAM, 64 GB storage variant. The storage on the system might be expanded as much as 512 GB through the use of a microSD card. Together with the storage, the Redmi 10 Prime additionally lets you lengthen your RAM in case you want a little bit further push. You’ll be able to increase 1 GB RAM on the Four GB RAM variant whilst you can increase the RAM as much as 2 GB on the 6 GB RAM variant.
With that configuration, the Redmi 10 Prime is greater than able to dealing with your day by day duties, the cellphone lets you soar from one app to a different with none hesitation. Multitasking can be a breeze on the system. You’ll be able to have a number of apps working within the background however the cellphone wouldn’t present any indicators of slowing while going via day by day chores.
Informal gaming is one other hit issue on the smartphone. We went via rounds after rounds of Subway Surfers and Alto’s Odyssey and the expertise didn’t disappoint us. That mentioned, attempting high-end video games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 on the system may not be as a lot enjoyable. You’ll be able to run them at low settings however they simply don’t ship the identical oomph.
Scoring on sight, sound and safety
Gaming additionally brings to the fore two key options of the cellphone – its show and sound. The Redmi 10 Prime comes with a 6.5 inch tall full HD+ show with a 90 Hz adaptive refresh fee, a rarity at this value. This implies the cellphone mechanically switches between 45 Hz, 60 Hz and 90 Hz relying on the necessity of the duty at hand, saving you from having to manually change the refresh fee, saving battery within the course of. The show of the cellphone is vibrant and punchy and whereas it isn’t AMOLED (which is now making its approach into the phase), it’s positively an excellent show for watching content material.
The Redmi 10 Prime additionally brings twin audio system to the desk, with one speaker on the highest of the cellphone whereas the opposite is current on the bottom. This provides a surround-sound-like impact to its audio output. The audio usually is loud on each audio system and over earphones however doesn’t have an excessive amount of physique to it. However nonetheless mixed with the show, it makes this an excellent system for anybody who loves to observe quite a lot of content material on their gadgets.
The bodily fingerprint scanner on the aspect works like a allure (we love its location, we want to stress as soon as once more), unlocking the cellphone virtually on the prompt you relaxation your finger on it. Name connectivity was fairly good as effectively. The cellphone doesn’t include help for 5G networks which could make it much less future-proof than others within the eyes of some people (though we nonetheless don’t have any particulars of 5G availability), however at this value level, we don’t suppose 5G makes a distinction.
Redmi goes into 50 MP digicam land…and does effectively!
The Redmi 10 Prime comes with a quad-camera setup on the again and a single front-facing digicam. The first digicam association consists of a 50-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultrawide sensor, a 2-megapixel macro sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
It’s the primary sensor that’s the star of the Redi 10 Prime digicam present. It delivers some beautiful photos in well-lit circumstances and is likely one of the few telephones within the class that manages to breed colours very near how they really are. Most smartphones underneath Rs 15,000 are inclined to butcher the stability and oversaturate colours. We had been additionally impressed by the quantity of element the principle sensor managed to seize (once more, in well-lit circumstances). Even the photographs we took out of transferring automobiles turned out filled with particulars which had been fairly spectacular.
The principle sensor can be fast to focus and in addition handles shadows effectively and creates a definite depth between shadows and topic. The cellphone brings HDR and AI mode that may spruce issues up for individuals who like their images to have that further colour kick.
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That mentioned, dimming the lights even a little bit doesn’t sit effectively with the Redmi 10 Prime’s digicam. The output takes a serious hit when it comes to element and to compensate for the shortage of sunshine, the digicam typically tries to spruce up colours which don’t assist its trigger on the finish. Not when you zoom into the photographs.
A macro shock (good), a selfie shock too (not so good)
The 8-megapixel ultrawide sensor on the cellphone is sadly not as spectacular as the principle sensor. Even after colour calibration claims between the principle sensor and the ultrawide sensor from Redmi, there was a visual distinction between the colour output of the principle and ultrawide cameras, which is disappointing.
The two-megapixel macro sensor on the cellphone is nonetheless a pleasing shock. Whereas these “2-megapixel” snappers are normally simply proven ponies that aren’t able to doing a lot on most cellphone cameras, the macro lens on the Redmi 10 Prime really delivered some beautiful outcomes with nice depth of discipline that highlighted the topic very well. What’s extra, we didn’t need to commute attempting to get the topic in focus – simply pointing from an in depth sufficient distance did the job.
The opposite 2-megapixel sensor is your common joe. It generally will get the portraits proper with completely blurred background and outlined edges whereas different instances it might blur the perimeters of the topic together with the background. Movies on the 10 Prime are fairly respectable as effectively. The outcomes provide ample element though the colour will get a tad saturated generally. Ok for social networks.
Saying “adequate for social networks” just isn’t that straightforward for the 8-megapixel digicam on the entrance of the cellphone, which is a little bit of a letdown. It delivers washed-out and grainy selfies. Some can nearly cross for social media however we actually anticipated higher these days.
A battery mammoth that prices others too
One of the spectacular numbers on the Redmi 10 Prime is the 6,000 mAh battery. That’s about 1,000 mAh greater than what the cellphone’s predecessor was providing, which itself was fairly an enormous quantity. And it isn’t actually about numbers. The Redmi 10 Prime can final you for greater than a day and a half on a single cost on regular utilization (we’re assuming you received’t go loopy enjoying video games and snapping pics). You’ll be able to even push it to 2 days if you’re cautious sufficient.
The cellphone comes filled with a 22.5W quick charger within the field however helps 18W quick charging, which really just isn’t too spectacular contemplating the hovering Watt numbers that we’re seeing these days. The cellphone takes about 2.5 hours to go from zero to 100 which is definitely a bit a lot by trendy requirements, however the cellphone does give you lengthy battery life to compensate for the lengthy charging time. The cellphone additionally affords 9W reverse charging which implies you possibly can really cost one other gadget with it and use it as an influence financial institution. And that may be really very useful.
An easier, fluent, cleaner MIUI
The Redmi 10 Prime runs on MIUI 12.5 and comes with Android 11 out of the field.
Prior to now, Xiaomi has been closely criticized for having advertisements in its UI. The model has labored in the direction of altering that within the latest updates and MIUI 12.5 has been one other step in the identical path. With the MIUI 12.5, Xiaomi has in the reduction of on bloatware and has even minimized the variety of system apps that come bundled with a Xiaomi cellphone.
Whereas we have now all the time appreciated the neat features and options that MIUI brings, the random advertisements had been an issue. That downside appeared to have been solved on the 10 Prime. You get the useful options, minus the annoying advertisements, and people who do pop up might be simply disabled too. The pores and skin additionally feels a lot easier, fluent and light-weight which is once more an enormous plus.
A Prime choice for these lacking the “outdated” Be aware
Priced at Rs 12,499 for the Four GB/ 64 GB variant and Rs 14,499 for the 6 GB/ 128 GB variant, the Redmi 10 Prime really comes throughout as a really promising system that delivers on multiple entrance. It delivers on conventional Prime fronts like battery life and an excellent show and this time provides a really spectacular (if inconsistent) digicam to the combination. And naturally, it once more comes with a price ticket that places it in a zone of its personal (though it’s costlier than up to now).
The Realme Narzo 30 at Rs 13,499 would possibly pose a slight problem with its Helio G95 chip however it has a smaller battery (though it does cost quicker) and its digicam is a degree under this one. The Moto G30 does deliver a comparable digicam, inventory Android and Snapdragon 662 chip to the battle at Rs 10,999, however its show despite having a 90 Hz refresh fee too, is barely an HD+ one and its battery is 5000 mAh.
Satirically, the largest problem posed to the Redmi 10 Prime would possibly come from its brother from the identical different, the Poco M3, which brings a big show (with a traditional refresh fee although), respectable cameras, a Snapdragon 662 processor and a 6000 mAh battery at Rs 11,999 for a 6 GB/ 64 GB variant. Truthfully, we have no idea whether or not there can be too many takers for the 6 GB/ 128 GB variant of the Redmi 10 Prime, as one can get a Redmi Note 10 at a lower cost. The Realme 8 additionally comes into the hanging distance at that value. However at its beginning value of Rs 12,499, the Redmi 10 Prime is in an excellent place with only a few actual contenders.
Redmi has been very sensible with the 10 Prime pricing. Because it strikes the Be aware forward within the value sport, it has introduced within the 10 Prime to fill in that hole, leaving no value bracket underneath its stronghold weak. The model is easily making this transition the place it’s transferring the Be aware sequence nearer to Rs.15,000 and transferring it away from the Rs 10Ok Be aware value which had been its trademark. It’s good for on a regular basis use and whereas it doesn’t smash benchmarks, it’s a strong, dependable performer, whether or not it involves watching content material, social networking, capturing photos and even enjoying some fundamental titles. That is precisely what the bottom Redmi Be aware was once all about. That makes the Redmi Prime the brand new base Redmi Be aware available in the market, in all however identify – it’s your on a regular basis cellphone.
And if that doesn’t let you know how good the Redmi 10 Prime is, nothing will.
- Good show with an adaptive refresh fee
- Lengthy battery life
- Good digicam efficiency in well-lit circumstances
- The macro digicam performs effectively
- Easy performer for on a regular basis use
- Inconsistent digicam output
- Poor selfie digicam
- Takes a very long time to cost
- Will not be apt for high-end gaming
|Construct & Design|
The Redmi 10 Prime comes as a successor of the Redmi 9 Prime which was launched final 12 months. Whereas the Redmi 9 Prime had targeted primarily on battery efficiency and a tall show, the brand new Prime has additionally added some digicam muscle to the combination as it’s the first Redmi system in India to come back with a 50-megapixel primary sensor.