I like the direction that mobile phone companies are going, and taking us with them. Launch after launch of new gadgets, manufacturers are placing in our palms more power than we ever thought would get on mobile phones. I’m talking about those of us who started our phone lives with feature phones and later used smartphones with 2mp cameras. Dark days those 😁
If, at that time, someone told me that in a few short years I would be holding a phone with a 108MP camera I would have laughed them out of town. Or that we would once have 128GB storage and 8GB RAM on a phone.
And yet these, among other superior features, are exactly what I have with me here in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro which I have been using for a bit. Premium looking design, easy on the eye, and most importantly, a high-quality powerful phone. I would go further and say that I really love the Gradient Bronze colour that my piece came in. I had said in an earlier article that “I could totally see myself opting for the Gradient Bronze, with the Pebble White as a close alternative”. Well, here we are with my first choice. A semi glossy Gradient Bronze that is thankfully not a fingerprint magnet.
For every phone I’ve used, there is always that feature that strikes me first and immediately becomes a favourite. For Nokia it is always Zeiss optics. For the Sony Ericsson Xperia which I used ages ago, it was the Bravia visuals. Plus it was so thin I could, and often used it as a bookmark. For the Redmi Note 10, it is the camera and storage. Plus of course the looks.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro does not stop at looks though. Let us get into the gist of the phone.
First off, what is in the box?
The phone, a custom-made silicone back cover, phone literature, warranty card, pin ejector, a Type-C USB cable, and a 33W power adaptor for fast charge. There are also some fun stickers for the Mi Fan 2021 Festival. A custom-made screen protector is already pre-fitted.
Always make sure the phone you are purchasing is sealed.
The phone packs a whopping 108MP back camera, supported by an 8MP ultrawide shooter, a 5MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. These features combine to give the user a rich photography experience and near professional shots. Actually, if one can take time to tinker with the camera settings, there are plenty of features especially on the Pro mode, like ISO, Long Exposure, White Balance, Focal Length, and pre-sets like moving crowd, oil painting and starry sky. These are just a few among many others that can only be discovered and perfected with continuous curiosity.
The selfie camera is 16MP with a Sony sensor and we know that Sony is a household name for great imaging.
I took some photos with the phone, some just around the compound and others somewhere along the Nyeri Nanyuki Higway. Here is a lot of green!
The Redmi Note 10 Pro has a massive 5020mAh battery, with fast charging to boot. We are looking at a 33W Type-C charger which will easily move a phone from 0-100% in under an hour. The peace of mind that comes with fast charge is immense. Knowing that even if your phone is dying, you can charge to almost 50% in just a few minutes and go on with your day.
My experience with the battery use is also quite impressive. With full use, I’m able to comfortably have the phone for a full day without needing a recharge. Mind you I’m always up and about so I tend to tether via phone a lot and that drains battery. I also stream movies and series and play a game here and there. Also, my work is in the digital space and so my phones usually have a lot of work apps and communication. In short, I’m a heavy user.
In the end everyone has different phone habits, so the battery time will vary. Bottom line is that it will carry just about anyone through the day.
One of my favourite features of the Redmi Note 10 Pro is storage. With 128GB ROM and 8GB RAM, the phone has quite a lot to work with even for the most ardent multitasker. These stats give the assurance that running out of space is a thing of the past. So are annoying lags and freezing apps.
With a screen size of 6.67” and a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, the phone has crystal clear display and is an absolute pleasure to use. I stream quite a bit of series and movies and the combination of high resolution video quality and good sound are quite the winner.
For gaming fans, good resolution, good sound, and good memory means that they get to enjoy the speed and high quality of graphics that make gaming what is.
There is a lot about the Redmi Note 10 Pro and I’m still discovering new things as I move along. For now, let us have a quick summary of the immediate features.
- Display: AMOLED, 6.67 inches, 1080 by 2400 pixels
- Platform: Android 11, MIUI 12
- Memory: 128GB ROM/8GB RAM
- Main Camera: Quad 108MP wide, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth
- Selfie Camera: 16MP With Sony sensor
- USB: Type-C
- Battery: 5020 mAh, 33W Fast Charging
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Security: Face unlock, Fingerprint, PIN, Password
This right here is a solid midrange phone retailing at Ksh.31,889/- I think it is worth every cent considering how much of a work horse it is. Redmi Note 10 is a series though and so there are other options, with assorted specs and prices. Have a look below and find what fits your budget.
Redmi Note 10 Pro
- 6GB RAM/64GB storage: Ksh 27,499
- 6GB RAM/128GB storage: Ksh 29,999
- 8GB RAM/128GB storage: Ksh 31,899
Redmi Note 10
- 4GB RAM/64GB storage: Ksh 19, 499
- 4GB RAM/128GB storage: Ksh 21,499
- 6GB RAM/128GB storage: Ksh 23,499/-
I would recommend this brand without hesitation. Go for it.
Have a look at some more photos.