- Video review
- Equipment and design
- Performance and Benchmarks
Last year, along with the Redmi Note 10 / 10S / 10 Pro line, which received more or less the same design and the same chips, Xiaomi introduced the Redmi Note 10 5G smartphone, which is sold in our market as Redmi Note 10T, as well as POCO M3 Pro (this clones according to characteristics). The model strongly stands out from the Note 10 series: in terms of a set of cameras, 10/10T/M3 Pro is inferior to even the simplest Redmi Note 10 (and even Redmi Note 8), instead of AMOLED, there is IPS, and instead of Snapdragon, Dimensity. The model is not fresh, but is still very actively sold. Should I buy it when the fresh Redmi Note 11 and POCO M4 failed to live up to expectations? We find out.
Equipment and design
Inside the boxes: USB cable, 22.5W charger, SIM needle, documentation, smoker’s case and, of course, the smartphone itself. The case is actually quite good, with sealed ends, all the necessary slots, without extra slots and with a plug on the USB Type-C connector.
Phones are available in different colors and depending on the color of the back, the texture can be matte or glossy. The design of the Redmi Note 10T and 10 5G is the same, while the POCO M3 Pro features a Samsung-style petal-like camera block with POCO Designed by POCO.
The case is entirely plastic, but rather heavy compared to other models in the series (190 g versus 179 g for Note 10/10S). Most likely, the difference in weight is due to the use of an IPS panel, which requires a separate backlight layer.
By the way, about the display. 6.5″, typical maximum brightness 400 nits, 2400×1080 pixels, 20:9, 405 ppi, 90 Hz. The frequency automatically switches between 30, 50, 60 and 90 Hz. Color inversions, even at the most extreme tilts, are negligible, about this drawback of IPS and there’s nothing to say, but the brightness is, of course, insufficient. Even with auto brightness, a smartphone is unable to glow more than 500 nits, and this is very little in sunny summer weather. But you can be glad that the display is harmless to the eyes. And I liked it more in terms of color reproduction, than the frankly unsuccessful panel chosen for the base Redmi Note 10.
There is no stereo sound in our trinity, only the multimedia speaker is responsible for the emission of music. But there is a 3.5 mm audio jack, which is good news. We didn’t forget about the infrared port for controlling home appliances – this penny module has finally become a Xiaomi brand chip (show me at least one new product from another company, wherever it is). The tray is hybrid: either two nano-SIMs, or nano-SIM + microSD. For biometrics, a fingerprint scanner is offered at the end. It is not as elegantly integrated as the rest of the Redmi Note 10, but it is also very fast and high quality. There is no LED indicator.
The differences in software between different devices on MIUI are minimal and usually relate to differences in the hardware of smartphones, and here I did not find anything unusual.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G / 10T / POCO M3 Pro is equipped with a triple camera, but like Redmi Note 9T ( review ) and POCO M3 ( review ), there is only one useful module. So why do it this way? So, the kit includes a 48-megapixel (-> 12 megapixel) main camera with phase detection autofocus and f / 1.8 aperture and a pair of 2-megapixel plugs: a macro and a depth sensor. Let’s see how it all takes off.
The main camera surprised me to some extent – the pictures are often bright, but not too saturated, with good detail, a minimum of noise and pleasant color reproduction. True, the dynamic range back and forth floats and, in general, the photos leave a feeling of drawing. Night mode does little to help detail, but it does lighten the footage. Even too much, so I advise you to clean up the exposure with your hands.
night mode: auto – manual exposure adjustment
The macro camera is useless, it is better to crop the photo from the main camera. Compared to telemacro modules in other Redmi models, this is really a gag. I don’t even want to talk about the depth sensor.
The front camera is as simple as possible, only 8 megapixels. During the day on the street you can get a good selfie, but in any difficult conditions I do not advise you to count on it. Good for video calls.
In terms of video, I would like to note the effective electronic stabilization, but there are no other strong moments and close. Firstly, the maximum video resolution is 1080p@30fps, which, sorry, is somehow not serious in 2021 (Redmi Note 11, 11S, 11 Pro, 11 Pro 5G with the same resolution in 2022 look even more defiant). Secondly, autofocus does not work perfectly, the sound is also recorded in a somewhat specific way, plus the detailing is lame. With a lack of light, EIS strongly doubles the picture. In general, the video is so-so, like almost all Redmi and POCO.
Performance and Benchmarks
The hardware behind the POCO M3 Pro is the very popular MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G chipset. It’s somewhat surprising to see it here, as the Redmi Note 9 5G was based on the Dimensity 800U, which is positioned a class above, but nonetheless. Throttling is fine if you choose the right mode. Look at three screenshots of the CPU Throttling Test:
With the graphical throttling test, everything is fine: the fall is within the margin of error (5 points for 1106 points). But in games, not everything is so great. More precisely, like most smartphones in this price category, it does an excellent job with almost any game – I checked World of Tanks: Blitz, Into the Dead 2, The Ants and Shadowgun Legends. But here Genshin Impact puts the smartphone completely in a stupor – even at the minimum, the frame rate regularly drops, although, unlike the POCO M3, you can play on the M3 Pro. But, however, if you do not need demanding games, you will not encounter any performance problems. I didn’t notice any terrible heating either, the only thing that confused me was that the phone often heats up in standby mode.
The battery is pretty much the only thing the Redmi Note 10T has in common with other smartphones in the series: 5000 mAh. Despite the 22.5-W charging included, the smartphone accepts no more than 18 watts. But you know, a small margin is better than putting a 15W charger in the box with a 25W smartphone. A full charge takes about 100 minutes (for 10-20-30-40-50-60-80-100 minutes it was 16-27-38-49-58-68-86-97%), the discharge is noticeably longer (of course! ). For two hours of video, the smartphone lost 16% of the charge, for an hour in the game – 18% (tested with 90 Hz and maximum brightness, but without sound).
Suddenly: this is no worse than Redmi Note 10 and 10 Pro with AMOLED screens. Yes, there is 120 Hz and higher brightness, but damn it, marketers sang so much to us about the energy efficiency of organic LEDs – and where is it? In general, especially in combination with the 7nm chipset, Redmi Note 10 5G gives an awesome level of autonomy, offering at least 7-8 hours of screen time during two days of active use. When I tested autonomy, I had to discharge it to zero quickly – it didn’t work out, and now I am finishing the review before going to bed.
Smartphones have many versions with different amounts of memory, I had the most basic one – 4 GB of RAM + 64 GB of ROM. Not much, but during testing I did not have any problems due to lack of memory. Communications: Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1 LE, FM radio, infrared, NFC. Yes, NFC was brought into this model, which for some reason is not in the regular Redmi Note 10, and that’s great! The GPS doesn’t work very well (slow cold start, not the best accuracy) and I tend to chalk it up to MediaTek – satellite nav problems have plagued Taiwanese chipsets throughout their history.
Redmi Note 10T and POCO M3 Pro are released under different brands, but they are clones. At prices in Russia, they were bred very elegantly. As of June 2022, the price is as follows:
- POCO M3 Pro 4/64 GB – 17,990 rubles;
- Redmi Note 10T 4/128 GB – 18,990 rubles;
- POCO M3 Pro 6/128 GB – 19,990 rubles.
“What amount of memory is needed – take that smartphone,” Xiaomi tells us, as it were. And I won’t tell you the official Russian price of Redmi Note 10 5G, since this is a phone for Europe. But I’ll tell you where you can find Xiaomi smartphones much cheaper than official prices – with the help of our telegram group Discounts and Promotions , which has already been chosen by more than 40,000 users.
Compared to the base Redmi Note 10, today’s hero (or heroes?) has a better main camera, NFC and no PWM display. The Redmi Note 10 model offers a high screen brightness and a wide-angle camera, which this model (10T, Poco M3 Pro, 10 5G) lacks. This, it seems, was fixed in Redmi Note 11 and POCO M4 Pro (aka Note 11S), but the current “redmiks” and “pocophones” have their own nuances.
To be frank, for official prices in the region of 20 thousand rubles, none of these phones can be recommended for purchase, and you also need to be careful with the Note 11 and POCO M4 series ( article with differences ). In general, the models can not be called bad. Just for the price they should be much more democratic. Our discount group should help you with this. Join!
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