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Redmi Note 10 Unboxing and First Impressions

We take a look at the new sub PHP 10K from Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi, the Redmi Note 10.
Redmi Note 10 Unboxing and First Impressions
Redmi Note 10 arrives in PH!

Initially launched in India and then launched globally a few hours later, the new Redmi Note 10 finally arrives in the Philippines.

Key features include the large 6.43-inch AMOLED display with up to 1,100 nit brightness, Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 SoC, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB UFS 2.2, and 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

In the Philippines, the Redmi Note 10 starts at just PHP 8,490.

Let's dive in!


Outer packaging
Outer packaging

The Global version of the Redmi Note 10 comes in a white outer box with the render of the smartphone in front and with the Mi logo on the top right side.
Inside the box
Inside the box

Inside the box is the Redmi Note 10, SIM ejector tool, USB Type-A to USB-C cable, 33W wall charger, and silicone transparent case.

There is no included quick start guide or warranty documentation included in our review unit. These documents could be present in the PH retail version.

Build Quality/Design

Back side

At the back of the Redmi Note10 are a glasstic panel with the Redmi branding, regulatory information, and the rear camera module.

Attractive build and design, no doubt!

This glasstic panel looks like glass from far away and up close, what gave it away is the feel when touching the panel. It is also one of the more fingerprint magnets we've ever encountered. 
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In front is the aforementioned 6.43-inch AMOLED panel that can go up to 1,100 nit brightness. The bezels are slim though the chin bezel is thicker than the top and the side bezels. On the upper middle part of the screen is the punch hole that houses the selfie camera.

It is protected by Corning's Corilla Glass 3. Oh, by the way, the phone also has an IP53 for protection against dust and water splashes.

Out of the box, the picture quality of the display is sharp, detailed, and vibrant while the text is crisp.
Top and bottom side
Top and bottom side

On top is the top firing speaker, microphone port, an IR blaster while at the bottom is the 3.5mm audio jack, microphone port, USB Type-C port, and bottom-firing speaker.

Stereo speakers and HiFi audio via 3.5 mm jack under PHP 10K!

The Redmi Note 10 is unique in having proper stereo speakers.
Left and right
Left and right

On the left is the SIM tray that houses two nano-SIM cards and one microSD card slot while on the right side is the volume rocker and the fingerprint scanner that doubles as the power button.
camera app
camera app

It features a 48MP f/1.79 main camera, 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 2MP macro camera, and 2MP depth sensor while in front is a 13MP f/2.5 selfie camera.

Running the show is Android 11 with MIUI 12 on top. The included camera app features the following modes: Photo, Video, Pro, Portrait, Night, Short Video, Slow Motion, Documents, 48MP mode, Time-lapse, and Panorama.

The Pro mode allows for controls of ISO (100-3200), Shutter Speed (1/4000 to 30 secs), EV (+-4), White Balance, and Lens change.

Redmi Note 10 Specs

Display: 6.43-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 protected Super AMOLED screen w/ FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 409 ppi
CPU: 2.2GHz 11nm Snapdragon 678 octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 612 GPU
ROM: 64GB/128GB UFS 2.2 expandable via microSD card slot up to 512GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 48MP f/1.79 w/ PDAF + 8MP f/2.2 118-degree ultra-wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 13MP f/2.45
Battery: 5,000mAh w/ 33W fast charging
OS: Android 11 w/ MIUI 12
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.1, FM Radio, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, pressure
Others: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor, face unlock, IR Blaster, IP53 water splash resistance, stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio, dual-mic, USB-C, Colors: Onyx Gray, Pebble White, Lake Green
Dimensions: 160.46 x 74.5 x 8.29 mm
Weight: 178.8 g
Price: PHP 8,490 (4GB/64GB), PHP 9,990 (6GB/128GB)

As of the moment

As of the moment
As of the moment

In the Philippines, the Redmi Note 10 will come in 4GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB variants and will start at PHP 8,490. Seeing and holding the phone in-person surprised us because it looks and feels like a more expensive phone.

The AMOLED display is also eye-catching as aside from the bright maximum brightness, the colors are vibrant and the blacks are deep.

Overall, our first impressions of the new Redmi Note 10 is strong. Redmi continues to bring value for money devices and we can't way to run our full slew of tests on it.

Stay tuned for our full review that will come soon!

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