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Why I switched from the Samsung Galaxy S10 to the Redmi Note 10 Pro changed

Xiaomi Note 10 Redmire Pro Cover
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I've already tested a few mid-range and entry-level smartphones. Last year, the OnePlus Nord, the Poco X3 NFC and the Galaxy A51 particularly stood out for me. But also the Redmi Note 10 Pro is an exciting device, which has now become my daily driver.

Exactly two years ago I started testing smartphones regularly. During this time I was able to select the best of the best smartphones on the marketprobeer - with 100x zoom, 65 watt fast charging, foldable display and mostly with a super fast one Proprocessor. But something has also happened in the lower price segments, where the Redmi Note 10 is also located. You can read in the following column why this smartphone has grown dear to my heart and is now my daily companion.

Display

The grade 10 Pro has a fantastic display for its price. It's big at 6,67 inches, notably 0,5 inches larger than my S10, but I've gotten used to that over the past two years. OLED technology and a 120 Hertz refresh rate are also supported, which only makes the panel better. This is unbeatable in the price range up to 300 euros and feels a lot better than my S10. This also supports OLED, but not 120 Hertz. The display is the best I've seen in a smartphone under 300 euros in the last two years.

Xiaomi Note 10 Redmire Pro Display

The display of the Redmi Note 10 Pro resolves with FullHD+ and supports OLED and 120 Hertz. (Picture: TechnikNews)

Hardware

A Snapdragon 732G is used as the SoC, which is combined in my "Mi Fan Festival Edition" with 8 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of internal memory. This package is a bit weaker than an Exynos 9820. Is this noticeable in everyday life? No, absolutely not. The Exynos has slowed down over time and is now at least as good or bad as the Snapdragon. It remains to be seen whether the SnapdragonProprocessor also slows down over time. I notice small differences in performance in the camera app. Some of the images process a little faster on my S10, but that's not a strong argument for many users. The RAM is identical in both models, but the memory is a bit smaller than in my S10 variant. 128 gigabytes is (currently) sufficient for me. My S10 has slowed down over the years. While the Xiaomi smartphone is a little slower, it also feels faster with the help of the software.

Both devices also have a headphone jack. Since I like to connect a microphone for video recordings with a cable, this is important for me. I will probably miss that in future devices. Just like the microSD slot on both smartphones. The Redmi Note 10 offers a special feature Pro However: An IR blaster for controlling televisions or other devices.

5G is missing as connectivity, but so far that is nothing more than marketing anyway. Unless, of course, you have an 80 euro contract with Telekom or Vodafone and live in a big city. In this case you would be better advised with the Mi 11 Ultra anyway. Otherwise, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1 and GPS are at the start.

Cameras

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is equipped with a 108 megapixel main camera, an 8 megapixel ultra wide-angle camera, a 5 megapixel macro camera and a 2 megapixel camera for depth information. At first glance, this sounds just as good as the cameras of the Galaxy S10s.

Xiaomi Note 10 Redmire Pro Cameras

The cameras of the Redmi Note 10 Pro are high-resolution, but cannot keep up with the S10 (image: TechnikNews)

The Redmi takes good pictures, but they can't quite keep up with the Galaxy S10. But they are doing well, especially for the EIA. The 108 megapixel camera takes good photos, the colors are well coordinated and the sharpness is also convincing. But especially with backlight or objects (such as plants) the images become more spongy.

The ultra-wide-angle and portrait cameras are also more mature on the S10. With the ultra wide-angle camera of the Redmi Note 10 Pro the colors are not that mature and the shadows are too strong. This can possibly be fixed with an update. The macro camera is relatively dim, but the S10 doesn't have one at all. Portraits with the Redmi Note 10 Pro but succeed surprisingly well, especially when recognizing people.

The cameras of the Redmi Note 10 Pro The bottom line is that they can't quite keep up with those of the S10, but the devices also appeal to a completely different target group in terms of the RRP. So the comparison is a little bit unfair.

Accumulator

The main reason for my switch was the battery. The Redmi Note 10 Pro has a 5020 mAh battery, which is recharged with a fast 33 watts via USB-C - Xiaomi offers fast charging and a large battery for the price. After the Note 7, Samsung still doesn't seem to dare to install faster charging and a large battery. That was with the S21 It's better, the S10 was limited to 3400 milliampere hours, which are charged with a maximum of 15 watts. In a direct comparison in particular, there are worlds in between. Xiaomi does not use wireless charging for this. But you generally have to do without that in the middle class, the feature is not installed by any manufacturer.

Xiaomi Note 10 Redmire Pro Loading

The Redmi Note 10 Pro recharges very quickly with 33 watts. (Picture: TechnikNews)

But how is the battery life? I can get along with my S10 for a day at most, even less if I use it a lot. The constant thought of hanging on to the slow charging cable again is crazy. This is on the Redmi Note 10 Pro not the case. A day is easy, in lockdown I can even get through two days without a store. But this is also due to the fact that the wireless network at home is not used much and the focus is not on the smartphone but on the PC. I used the device with 120 Hertz, with 60 Hertz you can certainly use the device for a few more hours.

Software

Samsung's OneUI is my favorite UI and it was difficult to part with. MIUI also offers fast animations, many setting options and has become much clearer in recent years. Samsung promises all of their devices at least three years of software upgrades. Xiaomi only brings an upgrade to Android 12 for its Redmi series, but three MIUI skin updates. MIUI 14 will therefore continue to be based on Android 12. Unfortunately, that's a shame, because many users want to use their smartphone for several years.

Xiaomi Note 10 Redmire Pro Software

The Redmi Note 10 Pro runs on the latest MIUI 12, but will only get an upgrade. (Picture: TechnikNews)

Summary

Why am I now to the Redmi Note 10 Pro changed? Because it gets the basics very right. Super display, good hardware, high-resolution cameras, large battery with short loading times and fast software. Functions such as wireless charging, very good cameras and a longer software update cycle are omitted. This saves you a lot of money.

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Thanks to Xiaomi Germany for providing the Redmi Note 10 for a longer period of time Pro.

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Nils Ahrensmeier

Nils is very interested in mobile devices such as smartphones, wearables and headphones. He has been writing since 2019 TechnikNews - especially news and reviews. In his spare time he plays drums and piano or pursues his hobby, athletics.

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