Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (Max) review

GSMArena Team, 04 March 2021.

A 6.67" 120Hz OLED screen

The screen has seen the biggest upgrade since the Redmi Note 9 series. The new Redmi Note 10 Pro keeps the size familiar - it's the usual 6.67" we've grown to like on the Notes, but now it features a more premium 120Hz OLED panel.

The screen resolution is the standard 1,080 x 2,400 pixels or 395ppi. There is a small punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera, but the snapper isn't exactly centered in the said hole. Well, it is what it is.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro review

The screen is protected by a piece of Gorilla Glass 5. You also get a thin protective film applied in the factory, although we weren't fond of it as it wasn't aligned that well out of the box.

The new screen supports 60Hz and 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. It also has a touch-sensing layer that works with 240Hz sampling rate, and the screen does feel nicely smooth and super responsive.

There is also HDR10 certification, and combined with the Widevine L1 DRM support, you can squeeze the maximum quality of any streaming service.

Let's talk about the adaptive refresh rate. You can choose between 60Hz and 120Hz screen options called Standard and Medium refresh rates. The 120Hz option works dynamically, but it's not as dynamic as Samsung's AMOLEDs. The Redmi Note 10 Pro screen is always showing 120fps throughout the UI and all system apps, but it reverts to 60Hz when the picture is static for battery-saving reasons.

Other than that - the screen is working in 120Hz for supported apps, and 60Hz in Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, the default Mi Video player, and some games.

Xiaomi is advertising a maximum auto-brightness of 700 nits (typical), manual of 450 nits, or 1200nits (peak) when watching HDR content.

We can confirm the 700nits brightness, 725 nits to be specific - when the screen is set to Auto-Brightness or when you turn the Sunlight Boost in Manual Brightness Mode. Otherwise, the maximum brightness at the end of the brightness slider is 457 nits - once again, as promised.

The mentioned peak brightness of 1200 nits is just that - peak brightness - with just a small part of the screen occupied by content - likely when you are playing back HDR video.

We also measured the minimum brightness at point white, and it is just 2.3 nits!

Display test 100% brightness
Black,cd/m2 White,cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro 0 457
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (Max Auto) 0 725
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 0.355 456 1285:1
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (Max Auto) 0.487 616 1265:1
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 0.337 413 1226:1
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T (Max Auto) 0.412 471 1143:1
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 0.347 460 1326:1
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Max Auto) 0.486 640 1317:1
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC 0.354 460 1299:1
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC (Max Auto) 0.515 631 1225:1
Realme 7 Pro 0 459
Realme 7 Pro (Max Auto) 0 585
Realme 7 0.31 457 1474:1
Realme 7 (Max Auto) 0.374 526 1406:1
Realme 7 5G 0.376 484 1287:1
Realme 7 5G (Max Auto) 0.667 571 856:1
Xiaomi Redmi 9 0.202 328 1624:1
Xiaomi Redmi 9 (Max Auto) 0.253 426 1684:1
Samsung Galaxy A51 0 413
Samsung Galaxy A51 (Max Auto) 0 636
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G 0 410
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G (Max Auto) 0 642

Xiaomi offers three predefined Color presets - Auto, Saturated, Standard - each representing a specific color space.

The Auto option is tuned to reproduce Wide Color Gamut content faithfully, but it also adjusts the colors to correspond to your current lighting (like Apple's True Tone). In normal daylight conditions in our office, we measured an average deltaE of 4.1 and a maximum deviation of 7.7 against the DCI-P3 color space - meaning a good calibration though with bluish-white and gray hues. If you opt for the Warm color temperature preset when in Auto Mode, you'd get an average deltaE of 2.4 and a maximum deviation of 4 - and that's an excellent calibration.

The Standard setting corresponds to sRGB, and we also recorded an average deltaE of 1.3 for the color accuracy - a perfect one.

Finally, the Saturated mode makes the colors pop, and they are no longer as accurate to DCI-P3.

Battery life

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is powered by large 5,020mAh battery - more than enough for a device of such caliber and hardware, and we expect it to ace our tests.

And it did! The Redmi Note 10 Pro posted an excellent battery endurance rating of 118 hours. It did great on both screen-on tests. We ran the video test at 60Hz as it turned out that all popular video apps, including the default Mi Video app, use 60Hz refresh rate

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating denotes how long the battery charge will last you if you use the device for an hour of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. More details can be found here.

All test results shown are achieved under the highest screen refresh rate mode. You can adjust the endurance rating formula manually so it matches better your own usage in our all-time battery test results chart where you can also find all phones we've tested.

Charging speed

The Redmi Note 10 Pro ships with a 33W adapter and a 3A-rated USB-C cable. We've seen this combo on the Poco X3 NFC already, so we know it is indeed a fast one.

So, the bundled charger gets you from flat to 50% in exactly 30 minutes.

30min charging test (from 0%)

  • Realme 7 Pro
    94%
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G
    68%
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
    63%
  • Realme 7
    58%
  • Poco X3 NFC
    55%
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
    50%
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
    39%
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T
    33%
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
    30%
  • Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
    27%

An hour on the charger replenishes 89% of the battery, while a full charge requires exactly 81 minutes.

Time to full charge (from 0%)

  • Realme 7 Pro
    0:37h
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G
    0:58h
  • Realme 7
    1:05h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
    1:11h
  • Poco X3 NFC
    1:15h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
    1:21h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T
    1:50h
  • Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
    2:01h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
    2:15h

Unfortunately, there is no option for reverse battery charging.

Stereo speakers

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro has what it seems to be a proper stereo speakers setup. There are two grilles on the opposite ends of the phone, and we can hear balanced sound from there. We can't be sure if the top speaker also acts as an earpiece or if there is a dedicated one somewhere in there, but the important thing is that both speakers seems to be equal and they sound alright.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro review

The Redmi Note 10 Pro offers Very Good loudness. The setup provides good enough mid and high tones, but it seems to be lacking in bass.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

Reader comments

  • Uma

Yes for explain no

Is there information about MIUI 13 relase in Europe??

  • Dude

Yeah That's a thing on all variants, other Xiaomi do let you leave it on indefinitely but not this one for some god forsaken reason.