In India, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max comes in three variants. The starting 6GB+64GB configuration variant carries a price tag of Rs 18,999, the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant costs Rs 19,999, and the top-end 8GB RAM model retails at Rs 21,999. It comes in Dark Night, Glacial Blue and Vintage Bronze colours. We used Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in Vintage Bronze colour variant and the Dark Night for some time. Checkout our full review of the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max below to find out what's good and what's not.
Design and Display
To start with, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max flaunts a new design, something what Xiaomi calls the ‘Evol’ design. In our opinion, the device does look premium thanks to the glass back panel and a unique hue (especially Vintage Bronze). Also, the new rectangular-shaped camera module placed on the top right corner of the back, gives the device a unique premium look.
The volume and power buttons are positioned on the right edge of the phone. The power button also doubles up as the fingerprint sensor. The top body houses a 3.5mm headphone jack, Type-C USB charging port is at the bottom while the dual speakers are on either side.
These are genuinely loud stereo-speakers. The SIM tray on the left has two Nano-SIM slots and a separate microSD card slot. Best part of Note series devices is its IR blaster for me. You can find this IR blaster placed at the top of the frame to help users directly control TVs, set-top-boxes and more with the device.
Coming to the display, the Note 10 Pro Max features a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080×2400 pixels and an aspect ratio of 20:9. There is an option to choose between 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rates. Despite the Super AMOLED panel, the device does not have an under-display fingerprint scanner. There is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the right that doubles as a power button. The display works well and even in bright sunlight, one won't have any trouble using it.
The screen is set to a 60Hz refresh rate out of the box and needs to be manually changed to 120Hz refresh rate from display settings. There is no adaptive or dynamic refresh rate feature here. Therefore, the screen works at either 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rate.
The overall display performance is good for the price. During the review, it was a treat to watch web series as well as YouTube content on the AMOLED panel.
Performance review and MIUI 12:
Underneath the hood, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor (which does not support 5G). The device comes with up to 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and up to 128GB UFS 2.2 storage to choose from.
During the review, we played games like COD Mobile and the phone handled it smoothly without any lag. During daily usage, there were no issues with social media apps, multimedia tasks or any general performance. The smartphone comes with the MIUI 12 based on Android 11 and Xiaomi promises a dramatic overhaul is coming soon with MIUI 12.5. The upcoming MIUI 12.5 update will improve things drastically and will also make most of the additional apps un-installable. Something you should definitely keep an eye on. That said, ads are still there and you can't do anything about it.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max comes with a quad-camera setup featuring a 108MP primary camera, 8MP Ultrawide lens, 5MP Super-Macro and a 2MP depth sensor. The cameras have a good dynamic range and the images have a good level of detailing all over in different light conditions. I found the colour reproduction in daylight shots to be a little saturate but still satisfactory.
There is a dedicated night mode for low-light imaging and it works fine in most cases, as long as you keep the phone steady. That said, the phone oversaturate colours a little in low light scenarios.
The MIUI camera app has been enhanced to suit new age social media creators, with features such as Night mode 2.0, VLOG mode, Dual video, Pro Video mode, Magic Clone, Long exposure mode and much more. Vlog mode lets you package graphics, background music, and even effects into a single clip. Clone and Dual modes, as their names suggest, let you create multi-exposure shots and superimpose video from the front and rear cameras, respectively. The other modes include Document, Panorama, Time Lapse, and AI Watermark.
Talking about the front camera, the device offers a 16MP sensor in a tiniest punch-hole cutout measuring a mere 2.96mm in diameter. The selfie portraits come out nice in daylight but struggles in night. I'd say it is just about a decent selfie camera but don't expect much from it.
Battery performance and charging:
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max features a massive 5,020mAh battery and it easily lasts for more than a day. I feel it can also last upto two days for elderly people with minimal usage like WhatsApp and calling. Xiaomi has really put up a good show with Note 10 Pro Max with a 33W in-box fast charger that fuels the device from zero to 59 percent in flat 30 minutes. Also, the MIUI 12's battery management doesn't let the battery drain during gaming or continuous video watching.
Should you buy Redmi Note 10 Pro Max?
No doubt, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is far ahead of its competitors in the mid-price segment. The device offers a great display and an industry-leading camera along with good multitasking performance. In my opinion, this smartphone is decent value for money in its price range but I feel it could have been a near perfect device if there was 5G support onboard. You could have easily ignored OnePlus Nord for the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max.
Overall, if you are looking to buy a smartphone under 20K with latest and greatest hardware then the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max should be on your list. For those still on a Redmi 7, Redmi 8 or even the older Redmi Note 6 Pro, 5 Pro, then the Note 10 Pro max is a must upgrade.