Redmi Note 10 series experience: a thousand yuan machine born in “addition”

For a long time, mobile phone manufacturers have been constantly adding "additions" to their flagship mobile phones.

new technology? plus!

New hardware? plus!

new function? plus!

In the face of their own thousand yuan machines, they often do "subtraction" to form positioning differences between different products.

But Redmi's Note series may be an exception.

Since the first generation of Redmi Note in 2014, this series has been deeply rooted in people's hearts with its high cost performance. What Redmi is thinking about seems to be how to "add" a thousand yuan machine within a limited budget. In the era of the proliferation of copycats, Redmi added a 5.5-inch fully fitted IPS screen and 4G network to thousands of yuan machine users, and brought them MIUI, a rare and valuable operating system.

Now that 7 years have passed, the Redmi Note 10 series has also been released. What has it added for users?

▲The first generation of Redmi Note

Back cover design

When I first used this Redmi Note 10 Pro, it gave me a sense of deja vu, but at that time I couldn't find the reason, so I looked down.

It has three colors: star yarn (black), moon soul (white), magic blue (green). Among them, moon soul and magic blue adopt the three-dimensional grating technology . Redmi uses three-dimensional textures to create a sense of regular and orderly lines on the back shell.

The one in my hand is phantom cyan. According to Redmi, the inspiration for phantom cyan comes from the cyan blue waves. The light hits the back cover, and after the reflection and refraction of the three-dimensional texture, it presents a rich dynamic texture. At the same time, the fine lines also provide a wonderful touch to the palm, just like the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lei Jun Signature Edition.

I slapped my head: "Xiaomi 11 Lei Jun's signature version?" Yes, the Note 10 Pro with stereo grating technology feels very similar to the Xiaomi 11 with Lei's signature. This time it can be seen on Redmi products. To this kind of craft, presumably Xiaomi is already familiar with it.

▲Redmi Note 10 Pro

▲Xiaomi 11 Lei Jun Signature Edition

Screen and fingerprint experience

Coming to the screen, the 6.6-inch screen supports 120Hz. This configuration is no longer amazing today, but Redmi has such a feature.

Redmi claims that Note 10 Pro supports "6 gears", with a total of six gears from 30Hz to 120Hz. The system can automatically adjust the screen refresh rate according to different usage scenarios. Specifically, when you swipe Weibo, it will use a 120Hz refresh rate to ensure smooth sliding, and when watching a common 30- or 24-frame video, the refresh rate will be maintained at 30Hz to improve battery life.

Surprisingly, Redmi equipped the Note 10 Pro with a Corning Gorilla Victus glass, which is the same as the Xiaomi Mi 11. It has improved scratch resistance. It seems that it is not just the back cover, but also the front panel.

The fly in the ointment is that this is an LCD screen, so it is inevitable that there will be insufficient brightness and dark edges . Its maximum brightness is only 450nit , and the experience is not good when used in the sun. But on the whole, it can be said to be worthy of its price, and its flaws are not concealed.

▲Redmi Note 10 Pro performs poorly in the sun

Like the Redmi K40 series, Note 10 Pro also uses a side fingerprint design. The fingerprint recognition module is integrated into the power button on the side. It can be unlocked when you press the power button, which is very convenient.

Different from the K40 series, Redmi uses a "curved fingerprint" design on the Note 10 Pro. Through this design, Redmi increases the area of ​​fingerprint recognition, thereby improving the accuracy of fingerprint recognition. As far as my current experience is concerned, I have not encountered recognition errors or unrecognized situations.

What's interesting is that this button also supports the "snap button" function. You can call up the camera, payment code, health code, etc. with two taps, but this function needs to wait for Redmi's subsequent OTA update.

▲Redmi Note 10 Pro's fingerprint recognition button


Different users have different understandings of the word "enough".

Some people think that it is "sufficient" if it can run smoothly in daily life; others think that it is "sufficient" if it can provide him with a smooth game experience, and the "sufficient" of this Redmi Note 10 Pro belongs to the latter By.

It is equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 1100 processor and uses an architecture of 4 large A78 cores and 4 small A55 cores. Using AnTuTu to run multiple runs, the highest score can reach 660,000 points. So what is its actual performance?

After actual testing, Redmi Note 10 Pro was able to stabilize at 90 frames when running "Glory of the King", and there was no lag in one round, which can fully meet the game needs of players.

▲Redmi Note 10 Pro is stable when running "King of Glory"

In terms of storage, Note 10 Pro uses a LPDDR4X + dual-channel UFS3.1 configuration, with sequential read and write speeds up to 1800MB/s. In addition, Redmi also mentioned that after the OTA upgrade, it can realize the memory expansion function. The system can call part of the flash memory space as memory according to actual needs, and can increase the available memory space by up to 3GB.

Don’t underestimate this 3GB. Adding the commonly used apps such as WeChat, NetEase Cloud Music, Weibo, QQ, Blibili, Douyin, and Taobao, it takes up only 2.7GB of memory space. This feature is very useful for “too lazy to clear the background for severe patients”. friendly.

Charging speed

Good battery life has always been the "traditional art" of the Redmi Note series, and this time is no exception.

Redmi equipped the Note 10 Pro with a large 5000mAh battery and increased the maximum charging power from 33W to 67W.

The official claimed that it takes 42 minutes to recharge this 5000mAh battery, and it can be recharged in 55 minutes even if it is charged while playing "Glory of the King". After my actual test, the time to charge from 0 to 100% is 53 minutes and 22 seconds. Although there is a discrepancy with the official data, this result is not bad.

At the same time, you don't have to worry about its heat, and the VC liquid-cooled three-dimensional heat dissipation system it is equipped with can also ensure that it will not "fever". Due to the serious epidemic situation in Guangzhou recently, I can only work from home. I don’t have a thermal imager and other equipment on hand. I can only feel the temperature of it when it is charging through my "fine" palm. Well, it's about the same temperature as the bath water, which is far from "hot".

▲The VC liquid-cooled three-dimensional cooling system of Redmi Note 10 Pro

Sound and camera performance

The speaker is also one of the upgrade points of the Note 10 Pro. Redmi brings it dual speakers certified by JBL audio, supporting Dolby decoding, Dolby Atmos audio, intelligent scene enhancement and other Dolby audio technologies.

Redmi claims that with this intelligent scene enhancement, the system can intelligently judge the sound characteristics of the current scene based on the audio stream, thereby enhancing the expressiveness of the sound. For example, when playing "Peace Elite", the system will specifically optimize the sound of gunshots and footsteps, but from my experience, the perception is not strong.

Dual speakers are really rare at this price. As far as the actual sense of hearing is concerned, the stereo performance of the Note 10 Pro is indeed remarkable. However, the sound field is slightly smaller, and the resolution is slightly insufficient. When listening to some bands, it will be a little "buggy", but the advantage is that the loudness is large enough. I hope that the next generation of products will be improved.

For this thousand yuan bucket machine, the only thing that makes me feel a little dissatisfied is its camera performance.

Note 10 Pro is equipped with a three-camera system. The main camera with 6400W pixels is in a daytime environment with sufficient light. The color reproduction of the sky is accurate and the overall tolerance is high. There will be no over-sharpening marks in the distant buildings and the dark details of the leaves. I also have reservations, and the performance is pretty good.

▲Redmi Note 10 Pro main photo proof

▲Redmi Note 10 Pro main photo proof

But at night, its performance is more average.

As far as the actual proofs are concerned, although its four-in-one pixel technology has improved the brightness of the screen to a certain extent, the highlights are not well suppressed and a bit overflowing. When zoomed in, the noise control in the sky is not in place. Even the nearby buildings have a strong sense of smearing, and the details are seriously lost.

▲Redmi Note 10 Pro main photo proof

In addition to the main camera, Note 10 Pro is also equipped with an 8-megapixel 120° ultra-wide-angle lens and a macro lens that supports 4cm focusing, but the filming effect is not ideal. The ultra-wide-angle film is greenish overall, and the edges of the picture are blurred and severely distorted. It can only be said that it is better than nothing.

▲Super wide-angle proofs

Although it shouldn't require too much for a thousand yuan phone, I believe that taking pictures will be the focus of the next-generation Redmi Note upgrade.

In addition, Note 10 Pro also has highlights such as NFC3.0, X-axis linear motor, infrared remote control, Wi-Fi 6, etc., especially this X-axis linear motor. From my experience in the past few days, MIUI 12.5 has excellent animations. Coupled with the right vibration of the linear motor, the improvement of the user experience is huge.

Selling price

Finally, returning to its price, after understanding the configuration and experience of Note 10 Pro, its price can be said to be the most surprising:

The 6GB+128GB version is priced at 1599 yuan;
The 8GB+128GB version is priced at 1799 yuan;
The 8GB+256GB version is priced at 1999 yuan.

About Redmi Note 10

After talking about Redmi Note 10 Pro, let's briefly talk about its "little brother"-Redmi Note 10. Compared with its "big brother", Note 10 is a bit weaker in configuration.

▲Redmi Note 10

The first is performance: the processor has changed from Dimensity 1100 to Dimensity 700, and the flash memory has changed from UFS 3.1 to UFS 2.2.

The second is the experience: the super wide-angle lens and the macro lens are removed, and a 200W pixel portrait lens is replaced; the screen refresh rate is reduced from 120Hz to 90Hz; the maximum charging power is changed from 67W to 18W; the dual speakers are also removed.

But this Note 10 still has good competitiveness, which is reflected in its price:

4GB+128GB version, priced at 1099 yuan;
The 6GB+128GB version is priced at 1199 yuan;
The 8GB+128GB version is priced at 1399 yuan;
The 8GB+256GB version is priced at 1599 yuan.

One last little surprise

In addition to mobile phones, Redmi also brought us a small surprise. It extends the cost-effective road to true wireless noise-cancelling headphones.

AirDots 3 Pro is Redmi's first true wireless noise-cancelling headset. The initial price is only 299 yuan, and the retail version is 349 yuan.

But when I got started, I discovered that its texture is not like a 100-yuan noise reduction headset. The skin-like coating on the surface gives it a very smooth feel and feels very comfortable.

But sometimes too slippery is not a good thing, especially for the charging case of TWS earphones

Due to the relatively large volume of the box itself, coupled with the round shape and slippery coating, the lid cannot be opened easily with one hand.

But the excellent quality of AirDots 3 Pro really surprises me.

The first is the main noise reduction. AirDots 3 Pro has a noise reduction depth of up to 35dB and supports "AI adaptive noise reduction". It can be in two modes of light (15dB) and deep (35dB) according to the size of the environmental noise. Automatic switching.

During the time I was experiencing the product, I wore it for commuting to and from get off work. It did a good job for AirPods Pro, isolating the noise of the subway from my ears, so that when I took it off, I unexpectedly discovered that I was not wearing AirPods Pro today.

In addition, you can turn on a function called "Adaptive Chat" in the Xiaoai classmates app. After it is turned on, when the headset detects that you are talking, it will automatically switch to transparent mode.

Of course, if you want to switch manually, long press either side of the headset for two seconds.

In terms of battery life, it seems to inherit the tradition of Redmi phones. Official data shows that a single headset has 6 hours of battery life, and when used with the charging box, it will have up to 28 hours of battery life.

In my experience of as long as a week, I haven't charged it yet. If you, like me, only use noise-canceling headphones when commuting, then its endurance performance will surely satisfy you.

Thousand Yuan machine born in "addition"

According to data from the Penguin Think Tank, in my country's third, fourth, and fifth-tier cities, the proportion of users with a purchase budget of less than RMB 2,000 has reached 44.6%. This shows that, compared to the expensive flagship phones that were born in the "addition", an easy-to-use and affordable thousand-yuan phone is a more real and wider demand.

However, in third- and fourth-tier cities, manufacturers often use information asymmetry to sell products that are cheap enough but not good enough to customers. This is unreasonable.

Now that Xiaomi is hitting the high-end with MIX FOLD, the mission of "a good product that touches people's hearts and is at a good price" falls on Redmi's shoulders, and the Redmi Note 10 Pro born in "addition" is undoubtedly the best of this sentence Good performance.

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