The sub-Rs. The 15,000 smartphone segment has been full of new releases for some time. One look and you’ll be inundated with options to choose from, including several from multiple manufacturers. In all this commotion, Xiaomi is pushing the Redmi 10 Prime, a successor to the Redmi 9 Prime, to cement its position in this segment. So how good is Redmi 10 Prime and what does it offer to help you stand out? I managed to spend some time with this smartphone and here are my first impressions.
Redmi 10 Prime Price in India
Redmi 10 Prime starts at Rs. 12,499 in India for the basic variant which has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There is also a superior variant, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, priced at Rs. 14,499. Redmi 10 Prime is offered in Bifrost Blue, Astral White and Phantom Black. It will go on sale from September 7th.
The Redmi 10 Prime looks unmistakably like a current-generation Xiaomi phone as it adopts the ‘Evol’ design language popularized by the Redmi Note 10 series. It has a large 6.5-inch screen, a plastic frame and a back. of polycarbonate. Let’s talk about the screen first – you get a full-HD+ panel with a 90Hz refresh rate. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top for protection. Turn on the smartphone and you’ll notice that the screen has a thick chin and a hole at the top for the 8 megapixel selfie camera. I found the screen to have decent viewing angles and was clear enough indoors.
Side-mounted fingerprint readers are now quite common on budget smartphones, and the Redmi 10 Prime has them too. It is located on the right hand side and is easily accessible. You’ll find the volume buttons right above it, and it may take a little more effort to reach them. On the left side of the frame is the SIM tray which contains two Nano-SIMs and a microSD card.
Xiaomi has curved the bezel along the sides, which makes this phone comfortable to hold. The top and bottom parts of the frame are flat and reminded me of Redmi 9 Power (Review). You have two speakers on the Redmi 10 Prime, one of which is on top along with an infrared emitter and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The bottom contains the other speaker, main microphone and USB Type-C port.
The Redmi 10 Prime has a quad camera module on the back, which protrudes slightly. This phone has four cameras, the main one having a 50 megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.8. There is also an 8 megapixel wide angle camera, a 2 megapixel macro camera and a 2 megapixel depth sensor.
I had the Bifrost Blue color variant of the Redmi 10 Prime which looks good, but it also took fingerprints quite easily. I had to clean the back frequently to preserve its glossy finish. At 192g, you will definitely notice the weight of this smartphone.
Xiaomi chose a 6,000 mAh battery for the Redmi 10 Prime. It is capable of quickly charging 18W and you get a 22.5W charger in the box. The Redmi 10 Prime is also capable of 9W reverse charging.
Coming to hardware, you get the MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, which is a new processor in this price segment. The phone is available in two variants: 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. Xiaomi implemented a feature they call extensible RAM in the Redmi 10 Prime, which uses a small portion of the storage as additional RAM – 1GB in the base variant and 2GB in the superior.
On the software front, the Redmi 10 Prime runs MIUI 12.5 on top of Android 11. My unit had the July Android security patch. Redmi 10 Prime comes with several apps pre-installed, including Amazon, Netflix, Mi Pay, GetApps and some Google apps. Xiaomi says that some of their pre-installed apps can now be uninstalled, and I’ll check that out during the full review.
The Redmi 10 Prime looks like an update on all fronts over its predecessor, the Redmi 9 Prime. However, competition has also accelerated lately. Redmi 10 Prime is a little more expensive than its predecessor and may appeal to a different audience. Xiaomi’s price puts the Redmi 10 Prime closer to the Realme Narzo 30 (review), which costs Rs.1000 more but offers better hardware. Is Redmi 10 Prime better than Narzo 30? Does the Redmi 10 Prime get a place for itself in the sub-Rs. 15,000 segments? Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for the full review and find out.