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Best Redmi 10 Prime Phantom ​2021

Redmi 10 Prime Phantom ​2021 Review

The Redmi 10 Prime starts at Rs 12,499 will have to be paid for the base variant in India, in which 4GB RAM and 64GB storage will be available in this variant. 14,499 for the higher variant which will have a higher variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, Redmi 10 Prime is offered in Bifrost Blue, Astral White and Phantom Black colours. Its sale will start from 7 September.

The Redmi 10 Prime looks attractive like a current-gen Xiaomi phone as it adopts the ‘Evol’ design language popularized by the Redmi Note 10 series. It has a large 6.5-inch display, plastic frame and polycarbonate back. First of all, we talk about the display – in this you will get a full-HD + panel with 90Hz refresh rate. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is present on the top for protection. Turn on the smartphone and you will notice that the display has a thick chin and a hole in the top for the 8-megapixel selfie camera. I found the display to have good viewing angles and it was quite bright indoors.

The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is easy to reach

The side-mounted fingerprint scanner has now become quite common on budget smartphones, and is present on the Redmi 10 Prime as well. It is present on the right side of the phone and it is very easy to reach. You’ll find the volume buttons just above it, and it might take a bit of stretching to reach them. On the left side of the frame is the SIM tray which can accommodate two nano-SIMs and a microSD card.

Xiaomi has curved the frame which makes this phone very comfortable to hold. The phones are flat from top to bottom, and reminded me of the Redmi 9 Power (Review). You find dual speakers in the Redmi 10 Prime review, one of which is present at the top with an IR emitter and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also a second speaker, primary microphone and USB Type-C port at the bottom of the phone.

The Redmi 10 Prime sports a quad camera module at the back, which protrudes slightly on the phone. The phone packs four cameras, with the primary one being a 50-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture. An 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor are also present.

I have Bifrost Blue color variant of Redmi 10 Prime which looks good but gets fingerprints easily. I often have to wipe it down with a cloth to maintain its shiny finish. At 192g, you will definitely notice the weight and looks of this smartphone.

The quad-camera setup on the Redmi 10 Prime

You will get 6,000mAh in Xiaomi Redmi 10 Prime phone. It is capable of 18W fast charging and comes with a 22.5W charger.

Talking about the hardware of the phone, you get MediaTek Helio G88 SoC which is a new processor at this price. The phone is available in two variants: 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. Xiaomi has implemented a feature it calls Extendable RAM on the Redmi 10 Prime, which uses a much smaller portion of the storage as additional RAM – 1GB on the base low variant and 2GB on the higher one.

In terms of the software used, Redmi 10 Prime runs on MIUI 12.5 on top of Android 11. My unit had the July Android security patch. The Redmi 10 Prime comes with several preinstalled applications including Netflix, Amazon, GetApps Mi Pay, and some Google apps. Xiaomi says that some of its preinstalled apps can also be uninstalled, and I’ll check that out throughout the review.

Redmi 10 Prime feels like an upgrade from its predecessor. However, in recent times the competition among phones has also intensified. Redmi 10 Prime is also a bit more expensive than its predecessor. In terms of looks, it may attract different audiences. The price of Xiaomi puts the Redmi 10 Prime closer to the Realme Narzo 30 (Review) which costs Rs 1000 more but offers better hardware.

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