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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max hands-on preview: An ambitious mid-ranger

By Prakhar Khanna March 8, 2021, 10:00 am
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max preview

With the Redmi Note 10 Pro (global, Note 10 Pro Max in India) Xiaomi is picking features from its flagships and offering them in the mid-range segment. The latest Redmi device features a 108MP camera, a Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and a design that could put some flagships to shame. “They must be charging a fortune for that,” you’d say, but it’s not the case. Surprisingly, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max starts at INR 19,000 / $279 (global). I’ve been using it for the past three days, and here’s my Redmi Note 10 Pro Max hands-on preview.

Redmi Note 10 Pro MAx back colors

The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max features a glass back with curved sides. Xiaomi is calling it the “Evol” design. It comes in three color options of Dark Night, Vintage Bronze and Glacial Blue. We received the first two colors. The Black is glossy and attracts fingerprints, which can be wiped away with ease. On the other hand, the Vintage Bronze color is unique and looks gorgeous.


The in-hand feel is flagship-grade

It is comfortable to hold and operate with one hand despite the screen being north of 6.5-inches. It’s a big phone but doesn’t feel like a solid brick in the hand. Xiaomi managed to shave-off some weight from the predecessor, and the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max weighs 192 grams. It is comparably lighter than some phones of the same size.

Redmi Note 10 Pro MAx camera module

There is a rectangular camera module on the back, which houses four cameras. It sports a two-stepped design. The primary 108MP sensor gets a large silver border while the rest of the cameras are stacked within the black island. On the right edge, you’ll find the usual volume rockers and the power button, which doubles as a fingerprint scanner. It is quick, and I’ve had no issues thus far. You also get a double-tap gesture on the power button that you can program to trigger the Google Assistant, pull down the notifications shade, turn on the torch, among other things.

Yay! A headphone jack

At the top lies the 3.5mm audio jack, second speaker grille, and an IR blaster. I’m very glad that they included the headphone jack as I listen to music on my AKG K371 that offers a significant sound boost in wired form. The device offers IP53 rating for water and dust resistance. 

Xiaomi is going all-out with the display

Turning over the phone, you are greeted by a 6.67-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display that offers a 120HZ refresh rate. Notably, it is not dynamic like the Mi 10i, but I’m very happy with the consistent performance (more on that in the full review). Xiaomi has gone all-out with the display as it offers 1200nits peak brightness, 100 percent DCI-P3 wide color gamut support, and TÜV Rheinland certification for low blue light emission.

Redmi Note 10 Pro Max punch-hole cutout

On the top lies a 16MP selfie shooter in one of the tiniest punch-hole cutouts in the segment. It comes with a pre-applied plastic screen protector, which I managed to scratch within my short duration with the phone. The display lies under the protection of Gorilla Glass 5.

On the performance front, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chipset. I’m yet to put it through thorough use, and haven’t played any games yet. However, it should be enough for the device. That said, we’ll test the performance in our full review. The Snapdragon 732G SoC means you get no 5G support. And, for a country like India, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker. Xiaomi is offering LPDDR4X RAM, UFS 2.2 storage, and a 5,020mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. 

Redmi Note 10 Pro Max back

The 108MP camera is a first in this segment

Coming to the optics, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max sports a quad rear camera setup. It is led by a whopping 108MP sensor, which is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 5MP macro shooter, which is touted to offer “super macro” capabilities. Xiaomi says it has used a macro lens with 2X zoom. Theoretically, it should allow you to capture macro shots even from a distance. Oh, and, the cameras are plenty versatile! Here are some camera samples:

The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max runs MIUI 12 based on Android 11. It will be upgraded to MIUI 12.5 in the coming months. It would allow you to remove all the bloatware that you don’t use. So far, I haven’t received any ads apart from the GetApps app.

After our Redmi Note 10 Pro Max hands-on preview, I can safely says that it is shaping up to be a promising device. I’ll go in-depth in my upcoming review later this week. Stay tuned! Also, comment down below if you have any questions.


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