The Perfect Smartphone? Redmi Note 10 Pro Max Review!

Published on March 21, 2021
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Hey guys harsh here and welcome back to technology xiaomi has been making smartphones for quite some years now we all know that but their number one series over here in india has been redmi note series like by far it has been the most like and love series over here in india the last year they kind of dropped the ball with redmi note 9 pro and note 9 pro max those phones were pretty average and did not appeal to a lot of people out there but there’s always a part xiaomi is back in the game with the redmi note 10 series the best and the most expensive out of this lot is redmi note 10 pro max and i have been using this phone as my daily phone for the past couple of weeks so today let us talk in detail about the redmi note 10 pro max and let us find out whether or not you should go for this phone so sit back relax and have fun we are going to start this conversation by talking about the design and build quality now this is where xiaomi has major changes redmi note 10 pro max is way better in terms of design as compared to last year so up until last year xiaomi was using lcd panels but this time around they moved to amulet all across the board and that’s why all these phones are thinner and lighter as compared to previous generations so lcd displays are thicker and heavier and amoled displays are thinner and lighter as compared to lcd displays so these phones are thin and comfortable to hold in your hand now this is the first time ever that i’ve got a premium phone feeling in a redmi note device so that is a very tough thing to achieve because of the budget restrictions but xiaomi has managed to pull that off and yes i can say that this is a premium phone in terms of design as far as the build quality goes it comes with a glass sandwich design glass on the front and back that is gorilla glass 5 on the front and back now there are three color options that is black bronze and blue bronze and blue have a matte finish and the black one has a glossy finish so i would recommend you to either go with the bronze or blue color because they have a matte finish and they will attract less fingerprints so yeah please keep that in mind now if i had to choose one color i would definitely go with the bronze color it looks absolutely stunning now despite of being thinner and lighter this phone does not ditch the headphone jack it comes with a headphone jack and the output from the headphone jack is excellent so if you have good quality wired earphones you can definitely use them with this phone and you will have a good experience now talking about things that xiaomi retained it also has the ir blaster for example just the other day the batteries in the remote control of my air conditioner just died so i used this phone to control my air conditioner and as i said it’s a very handy feature so air blaster is still there and i am glad about it overall in terms of design and build quality redmi note 10 pro max is a premium smartphone all right moving on let’s talk about the display the redmi note 10 pro max comes with a full hd plus super amoled 120 hertz display with support for hdr 10 and a peak brightness of 1200 nits yes you heard me right a 120 hertz super amoled display for the price of rupees 19 000 wait not even 19 000 it starts at 16 000 rupees with the redmi note 10 pro and that has the exact same display so this is really insane on paper but what about the actual display quality well when it comes to the display quality it is top notch really good colors it hits 100 on the dci p3 color gamut and that’s why you will get accurate colors also it gets bright enough to use in outdoor sunny conditions no problems there also it is amoled that’s why you get those deeper blacks that great contrast ratio and the overall viewing experience is just amazing so if you consume a lot of media on your smartphone like movies on netflix videos on youtube or reels on instagram then you’re gonna love and appreciate this display the display quality itself is top notch so the display quality is excellent but what about the refresh rate so it is 120 hertz and when you go to the settings you will get only two options 60 hertz or 120 hertz you do not get the adaptive sync option where it will automatically change the refresh rate when i asked xiaomi about this they said that the adaptive sync technology is expensive and very difficult to implement on an amulet display that’s why you get only two options 60 hertz or 120 hertz 60 hertz is kind of boring because 120 hertz is very smooth but here’s the thing i have noticed a lot of frame drops on this phone especially on third-party apps so third-party apps like whatsapp twitter or even chrome for that matter when you scroll in these apps you will notice frame drops and they are quite apparent actually now this scenario is not present when you’re scrolling through system apps for example if you’re scrolling through the app drawer or the settings or wherever in the system you will find it to be very smooth but when it comes to third-party apps i noticed a lot of frame drops and i guess that has something to do with the processor so this phone comes with a mid-range snapdragon 732 g processor and maybe that is not being able to handle the 120 hertz to its full potential so yes 120 hertz is cool on paper but in real life it’s not the best out there so if you’re hoping that you’re gonna get like galaxy s21 level 120 hertz then that’s not true you will not get that because of the mid-range processor now talking about the processor yes it does come with a snapdragon 732g and along with that it has a couple of options 6gb or 8gb of lpddr4x ram up to 128 gb of ufs 2.1 storage a dedicated micro sd card slot a 50 20 milliamp hour battery and support for 33 watt fast charging with the charger inside the box so this is a very well balanced phone in terms of specifications so it’s not too powerful and it’s not underpowered either it’s a very good balance if we talk in terms of day-to-day performance i would say it’s ideal for people who do not do a lot of gaming if you want to do a lot of gaming then do not buy this phone because it’s a mid-range processor and will handle normal tasks very good like in terms of normal tasks like checking your email replying to whatsapp messages or just scrolling through instagram all these starts would be handled very easily by the processor but if you want to play pubg for 2 hours 3 hours continuously then i would not recommend this phone you should go with a phone with a better processor and gpu if you want to play a lot of games but with that being said if you’re a light gamer then you’re going to be okay with this phone my friend naranja has done a very good pubg mobile gameplay review of this phone i will make sure to drop a link to it in the description box below so go ahead and watch that video if you want to know more about the pubg mobile gameplay all in all the snapdragon 732g is excellent for normal tasks and you can do some light gaming as well now we all know that a big part of performance is software this phone comes with miui 12 based on android 11 out of the box i do appreciate that it comes with android 11 out of the box but here’s the thing miui 12 on this phone needs a lot of optimization so it’s still rough around the edges and the prime example of that is the 120 hertz refresh rate it’s not optimized to its full potential and that’s why you see frame drops also the ram management on this phone is kind of bad like redmi note 10 which is a younger brother of this phone has better ram management than the note 10 pro max so yes it definitely needs a lot of optimizations and i’m hoping that xiaomi will push out software updates very soon for this phone so when it comes to the software it is rough around the edges now xiaomi did say that this phone will receive miui 12.5 very soon which is supposed to be a lot cleaner as compared to miui 12. so with miui 12.5 you will be able to uninstall some system apps as well and it will not contain a lot of bloatware so that is what xiaomi is saying so let’s wait for miui 2.5 and i will make a video about it as and when it comes out now i know you guys might be wondering what about the ad situation on this phone so i have not seen any ad so far that is a good sign but i do get notifications from the get apps application so you will have to turn off those notifications they are very irritating and yes i am getting notifications but no ads it is now time to talk about 5g this phone does not support 5g and should this be a concerning point well i would say no 5g is far from ready over here in india we just had a news a couple of days ago that it is going to be delayed further because the infrastructure is not ready so i think considering a 5g phone right now does not make sense because you will change your phone in the next couple of years it is still going to take a lot of time till 5g comes to us so that’s why i think that you should not worry about 5g right now we don’t even get true 4g speeds over here forget about 5g that is just my honest opinion all right this gets me to battery life and charging battery life on this phone has been surprisingly good even with the 120 hertz refresh rate display i was getting somewhere around five and a half to six hours of clean on time which is pretty good so if you’re a heavy user this phone will last you throughout the day and you will have to charge it in the night but if you’re a light user then it will last you for somewhere around one to one and a half days the cherry on the cake over here is fast charging so this phone comes with a 33 watt fast charger inside the box itself which will charge up your phone pretty quickly so for example if you’re late in the morning and you forgot to charge your phone overnight then you can just charge it up for 30 to 35 minutes and you will get enough juice to last throughout the day but you guys might be wondering what about them cameras please talk about the cameras well i have done a dedicated in-depth camera review of this phone just a couple of days back and i would highly recommend you to go ahead and watch that video it will be linked in the description box below so please go ahead and watch that video i put in a lot of effort in that video so please watch it if you want to know about the cameras this gets me to other things first in that category are the speakers this phone comes with a dual stereo speaker setup and how is the quality i would say it’s okay not the best out there but not the worst either i would have loved to see some more clarity in the speakers that is missing and maybe some more volume as well like when you see dual speakers on paper you might think that they will be very loud but that’s not the case they are not very loud and i would have loved to see some more volume in the speakers the second point is the haptic motor the haptic motor on this phone is excellent it’s way better than previous models and i do appreciate the haptic motor a lot so small things like these give you a premium experience with the redmi note 10 pro max when it comes to biometrics this phone comes with a fingerprint sensor which is integrated into the power button and it works like a charm now i know a lot of people would have loved to see an in-display fingerprint sensor under the amulet display but frankly i would prefer a physical fingerprint sensor because of the redmi k20 pro so redmi k20 pro did have an in-display fingerprint sensor which did not work really well so that’s why it is good that it comes with a physical fingerprint sensor it also has face unlock which works like a charm so overall to sum it all up i would say redmi note 10 pro max is a very well balanced phone xiaomi is catering to the masses and they have made a lot of the right choices so an amoled display with 120 hertz refresh rate a snapdragon 732 g a 50 20 milliamp hour battery a 108 megapixel quad camera setup and 33 watt fast charging so they have made a lot of the right choices and they have made a well-balanced phone so is it a perfect smartphone well no no smartphone is perfect and the biggest con of this phone is software so it still comes with miui 12 which is very heavy it is not optimized and xiaomi needs to work on it so i’m hoping that with me ui 12.5 they will fix those issues and then i would say it is close to perfect but still not perfect but nevertheless redmi note 10 pro max is one of the best phones out there under 20 000 rupees and you can definitely buy it you won’t be disappointed i will make sure to drop a link to it in the description box below so this was my full review of the redmi note 10 pro max do let me know if you like this video in the comment section down below if you like this content go ahead and hit that like button and if you haven’t already please subscribe to the channel it would mean the world to me my name is ash punjabi and i’ll see you guys in the next one.
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