Xiaomi has been making smartphones for quite some years now we all know that but their number one series over here in India has been the Redmi note series like by far it has been the most like and love series over here in India the last year they kind of dropped the ball with Redmi note 9 pro and note 9 pro max those phones were pretty average and did not appeal to a lot of people out there but there’s always a part Xiaomi is back in the game with the Redmi note 10 series the best and the most expensive out of this lot is Redmi note 10 pro max. let us talk in detail about the Redmi note 10 pro max and let us find out whether or not you should go for this.
Redmi note 10 pro max is way better in terms of design as compared to last year so up until last year Xiaomi was using LCD panels but this time around they moved to AMOLED all across the board and that’s why all these phones are thinner and lighter as compared to previous generations so LCD displays are thicker and heavier and AMOLED displays are thinner and lighter as compared to LCD displays so these phones are thin and comfortable to hold in your hand.
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
29 March 2021
This is the first time ever that I’ve got a premium phone feeling in a Redmi note device so that is a very tough thing to achieve because of the budget restrictions but Xiaomi has managed to pull that off, and yes, I can say that this is a premium phone in terms of design as far as the build quality goes it comes with a glass sandwich design glass on the front and back that is gorilla glass 5 on the front and back now three color options are black, bronze and blue bronze and blue have a matte finish and the black one has a glossy finish.
So, I would recommend you to either go with the bronze or blue color because they have a matte finish and they will attract fewer fingerprints so please keep that in mind now if I had to choose one color I would definitely go with the bronze color it looks absolutely stunning now despite of being thinner and lighter.This phone does not ditch the headphone jack it comes with a headphone jack and the output from the headphone jack is excellent so if you have good quality wired earphones you can definitely use them with this phone and you will have a good experience.
Now, talking about things that Xiaomi retained it also has the IR blaster for example just the other day the batteries in the remote control of my air conditioner just died so I used this phone to control my air conditioner and as I said it’s a very handy feature so, IR blaster is still there and I am glad about it overall in terms of design and build quality Redmi note 10 pro max is a premium.
The display of the Redmi note 10 pro max comes with a full HD+ super AMOLED 120 hertz display with support for HDR10 and a peak brightness of 1200 Nits. A 120 hertz super AMOLED display for the price of rupees 20,000 wait, not even 20,000 it starts at 16,000 rupees with the Redmi note 10 pro and that has the exact same display.
So, this is really insane on paper but what about the actual display quality well, when it comes to the display quality it is top-notch really good colors it hits 100 on the DCI P3 color gamut and that’s why you will get accurate colors also it gets bright enough to use in outdoor sunny conditions no problems there also it is AMOLED that’s why you get those deeper blacks that great contrast ratio and the overall viewing experience is just amazing. So, if you consume a lot of media on your smartphone like movies on Netflix videos on YouTube or reels on Instagram then you’re going to love and appreciate this display the display quality itself is top-notch so, the display quality is excellent but what about the refresh rate so it is 120 hertz and when you go to the settings you will get only two options 60 hertz or 120 hertz.
You do not get the adaptive sync option where it will automatically change the refresh rate when I asked Xiaomi about this they said that the adaptive sync technology is expensive and very difficult to implement on an AMOLED display that’s why you get only two options 60 hertz or 120 hertz 60 hertz is kind of boring because 120 hertz is very smooth but here’s the thing.
I have noticed a lot of frame drops on this phone especially on third-party apps so third-party apps like WhatsApp, Twitter, or even chrome for that matter when you scroll in these apps you will notice frame drops and they are quite apparent actually now this scenario is not present when you’re scrolling through system apps for example if you’re scrolling through the app drawer or the settings or wherever in the system you will find it to be very smooth but when it comes to third-party apps I noticed a lot of frame drops and I guess that has something to do with the processor.
So, this phone comes with a mid-range snapdragon 732G processor and maybe that is not being able to handle the 120 hertz to its full potential so yes 120 hertz is cool on paper but in real life, it’s not the best out there so, if you’re hoping that you’re going to get like galaxy S21 level 120 hertz then that’s not true you will not get that because of the mid-range processor.
Now talking about the processor yes, it does come with a Snapdragon 732G, and along with that it has a couple of options 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR 4X RAM up to 128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage a dedicated Micro-SD card slot. A 5020 milliamp-hour battery and support for 33-watt fast charging with the charger inside the box so this is a very well-balanced phone in terms of specifications.
So, it’s not too powerful and it’s not underpowered either it’s a very good balanced phone if we talk in terms of day-to-day performance I would say it’s ideal for people who do not do a lot of gaming if you want to do a lot of gaming then do not buy this phone because it’s a mid-range processor and will handle normal tasks very good like in terms of normal tasks like checking your email replying to WhatsApp messages or just scrolling through Instagram all these starts would be handled very easily by the processor.
But if you want to play PUBG for 2 hours 3 hours continuously then I would not recommend this phone you should go with a phone with a better processor and GPU if you want to play a lot of games but with that being said if you’re a light gamer then you’re going to be okay with this phone. Now we all know that a big part of the performance is software this phone comes with MIUI 12 based on Android 11 out of the box I do appreciate that it comes with android 11 out of the box but here’s the thing MIUI 12 on this phone needs a lot of optimization.
So, it’s still rough around the edges and the prime example of that is the 120-hertz refresh rate it’s not optimized to its full potential and that’s why you see frame drops also the RAM management on this phone is kind of bad like Redmi note 10 which is a younger brother of this phone has better RAM management than the note 10 pro max so yes it definitely needs a lot of optimizations and I’m hoping that Xiaomi will push out software updates very soon for this phone.
Now, Xiaomi did say that this phone will receive MIUI 12.5 very soon which is supposed to be a lot cleaner as compared to MIUI 12. so, with MIUI 12.5 you will be able to uninstall some system apps as well and it will not contain a lot of Bloatware so that is what Xiaomi is saying so, let’s wait for MIUI 12.5 I know you guys might be wondering what about the ad situation on this phone so I have not seen any ad so far that is a good sign but I do get notifications from the app’s so, you will have to turn off those notifications they are very irritating and yes, I am getting notifications but no ads.
Talking about the camera on this one again we have that quad camera on this Redmi note 10 pro max but I would say that 108 megapixels is the main camera on this Redmi note 10 pro max and I have to say the camera performance is good outdoors it does a good job and indoors it does a decent job but guys got to be careful and be realistic about the camera performance and indoor lighting conditions. Yes if you’re not careful in indoor lighting conditions while taking the snap is there a shade you will see that blurriness but again that is to be expected this is not a flagship smartphone that costs 70 or 80 000. let’s be realistic for the price point I would say the camera performance is good. The camera performance is slightly better and the camera is slightly better optimized but again guys don’t expect miracles with the camera in indoor lighting conditions that’s my frank opinion.
Now time to talk about 5G this phone does not support 5G and should this be a concerning point well, I would say no 5G is far from ready over here in India we just had news a couple of days ago that it is going to be delayed further because the infrastructure is not ready
So, I think considering a 5g phone right now does not make sense because you will change your phone in the next couple of years it is still going to take a lot of time till 5g comes to us so that’s why I think that you should not worry about 5g right now we don’t even get true 4g speeds over here forget about 5g that is just my honest opinion.
All right this gets me to battery life and charging battery life on this phone has been surprisingly good even with the 120hertz refresh rate display I was getting somewhere around five and a half to six hours of clean on time which is pretty good so if you’re a heavy user this phone will last you throughout the day and you will have to charge it in the night but if you’re a light user then it will last you for somewhere around one to one and a half days the cherry on the cake over here is fast charging so this phone comes with a 33-watt fast charger inside the box itself which will charge up your phone pretty quickly.
This phone comes with a dual stereo speaker setup and how is the quality I would say it’s okay not the best out there but not the worst either I would have loved to see some more clarity in the speakers that is missing and maybe some more volume as well like when you see dual speakers on paper you might think that they will be very loud but that’s not the case they are not very loud and I would have loved to see some more volume in the speakers.
The second point is the haptic motor on this phone is excellent it’s way better than previous models and I do appreciate the haptic motor a lot so small things like these give you a premium experience with the redmi note 10 pro max when it comes to biometrics this phone comes with a fingerprint sensor which is integrated into the power button and it works like a charm now I know a lot of people would have loved to see an in-display fingerprint sensor under the AMOLED display.
It also has face unlock which works like a charm so overall to sum it all up I would say Redmi note 10 pro max is a very well-balanced phone Xiaomi is catering to the masses and they have made a lot of the right choices so, an AMOLED display with 120-hertz refresh rate a snapdragon 732G a 5020 milliamp-hour battery a 108-megapixel quad-camera setup and 33-watt fast charging so they have made a lot of the right choices and they have made a well-balanced phone.
So is it a perfect smartphone well no. the smartphone is perfect and the biggest con of this phone is software so it still comes with MIUI 12 which is very heavy it is not optimized and Xiaomi needs to work on it so I’m hoping that with MIUI 12.5 they will fix those issues and then it would say it is close to perfect but still not perfect but Redmi note 10 pro max is one of the best phones out there under 20 000 rupees and you can definitely buy it you won’t be disappointed