What is the MI Note 10

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Xiaomi's middle class has always been a guarantee of high performance at a low price. This is also the case with the new Redmi Note 10 Pro, which scores with a 120 Hertz OLED display, 108 megapixel camera and much more.

Last year, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (test report) convinced across the board, so that we rightly called it the “king of the middle class”. The current model, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, is preparing to defend this title. But it comes to the customer again with a chic design, great OLED display with 120 Hertz, fast chipset and powerful battery. In addition, the camera now offers 108 megapixels - are the innovations enough to really be the king of the middle class again?

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro cannot be filigree due to its large display, but with its 164 x 74.5 x 8.4 millimeters and 193 grams it looks surprisingly handy. This is due, among other things, to the back of the glass with its sides curved towards the edges, which makes the smartphone comfortable to hold. The frame is only made of plastic, but that only becomes apparent at second glance and overall the mid-range device looks high-quality. In addition to the glass back, this is due to the good workmanship, which is noticeable in the very high accuracy of fit and push buttons with short key travel and solid pressure point.

With the exception of the eye-catching camera on the back, the smartphone looks almost staid, but the chrome-framed main lens in particular magically attracts glances - at least more than fingerprints on the glass back. If you do not want to have fat blunders at all, you can use the transparent protective cover included in the scope of delivery. The camera is eye-catching not only because of the chrome, but also because of its protruding length from the housing, but in this case not a positive one. Here, too, the protective cover provides a remedy. This means that the camera protrudes significantly less, even if it is still visible. Even then, lying on the table, it is still a "wobbly candidate". The fingerprint sensor is not in the display, as is usually the case with OLED screens, but in the power button on the right-hand side. That reveals the comparatively low price of the smartphone.

This also applies to a lesser extent to the front. Although it scores with a frame that is sufficiently narrow for the mid-range, it is only slightly wider below the display. Compared to high-priced smartphones, the Redmi Note 10 Pro cannot keep up, however, here the frames around the screen are usually even thinner. Compared to its predecessor, however, the punchhole notch, which is located in the center of the display, has become smaller. It also shimmers noticeably in silver as soon as the screen has been switched off. Speaking of the screen: In contrast to the curved back, it has a straight display surface. For the first time, the Redmi Note 10 Pro has IP certification against dust and water - even if only according to IP53. So it is safe from a downpour after all.

The display of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro offers an almost 6.7-inch OLED display protected by Gorilla Glass 5, which alone is noticeable in this price range. In addition, there is an increased image reproduction frequency of a full 120 Hertz - nobody offers that in this price range. This makes content appear much more fluid than with the standard 60 Hertz. The other values ​​are also convincing. The resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels ensures an image sharpness of almost 400 ppi (pixels per inch), there is nothing to complain about here. The brightness is also very decent for the middle class: 400 cd / m2 in manual and around 640 candela in auto mode, combined with the typical advantages of OLEDs (such as high contrast, intense colors and perfect viewing angle stability) ensure good readability even outdoors.

As always, Xiaomi provides many setting options for the display, including adjustments for color intensity and color temperature, as well as an "always-on display", which is actually not one. It is only visible when you pick up the smartphone or tap on the screen - we don't like that very much. Apart from that, the panel is great and even offers HDR 10.

The eye-catching camera of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro consists of a main camera with 108 megapixels and an aperture of f / 1.9, wide angle with 8 megapixels and f / 2.2, a macro camera with 5 megapixels (f / 2.4) and a depth sensor. Even if you can forget about macro and depth sensors in everyday life, 108 megapixels are an announcement in a mid-range smartphone. Thanks to pixel binning at a ratio of 9: 1, the pictures with the main camera in the factory setting with their 12 megapixels remain manageable, whereas pictures in full resolution sometimes have double-digit MB sizes.