Redmi Note 10 Pro Max first impressions: Good and bad

With the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, fans can now buy Xiaomi’s best-selling smartphone line.An early look at the Pro Max can be found here.

When Xiaomi introduced the Redmi Note 10 series last week in India, the Indian tech community lost its mind.This year’s Redmi Note devices offer some of the most popular features at attractive prices, starting at Rs 11,999.On the Pro models, the 120Hz AMOLED display was sufficient to draw customers to the nearest Xiaomi store.Even the camera on the Pro Max model has 108 megapixels!That is more than enough to satisfy Mi fans for the next 365 days.

While the attractive price of the Redmi Note 10 will keep Xiaomi’s cash registers full, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max will be the model for the Redmi Note crowd.It is the most feature-rich Redmi Note device ever sold in India and starts at Rs 18,999.It is similar to the less recent Xiaomi Mi 10i, but instead of focusing on gimmicks, it focuses on the fundamentals.

After setting up my unit of the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max for a few hours, here are my initial impressions.Oh, and it’s so good!)

Design, Build

I don’t recall any models from the illustrious Redmi Note series that were poorly constructed.In point of fact, the initial Redmi Note gadgets set the trends for their respective years.The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max from Xiaomi raises the bar even higher than the Note 9 Pro Max from the previous year.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and the flagship Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro appear identical to me.Even when held, it has a similar feel to the Mi 10T Pro.It is a stunning phone to look at thanks to its premium glass body, meticulously finished camera hump, flattened frame on two sides, and numerous lines and curves.That is commendable considering that the Mi 10T Pro costs Rs. 40,000 and Xiaomi is able to provide the same user experience on a smartphone that costs less than Rs. 20,000.

On the Vintage Bronze (read orange) and Glacial Blue color options, you get frosted glass.The glossy finish (yes, the one that loves smudges) is provided by the Dark Night color variant I own.The gradient finish is beautiful, but the chrome insert around the main camera is very different from the rest of the design.

The front is flat, and the majority of the surface is taken up by a display with a narrow bezel.When compared to the uniform bezels on the other three sides, there is a substantial chin that doesn’t fit.Why has Redmi placed a chrome ring on the selfie camera, like Samsung did?While other manufacturers are busy covering it up, Xiaomi makes the cutout stand out.The highlighted camera didn’t appeal to the majority of non-techie people around me, but if you like bling, you might like it.

The beautiful integration of the fingerprint sensor into a power key that does not make the latter appear to be on steroids was what the majority of them appreciated, though.Even though the button isn’t recessed, it works just like a real fingerprint scanner.The buttons themselves feel good to the touch and appear to last for a long time.I cherished the committed sound system speaker arrangement;Instead of an integrated module for the earpiece, there is a second dedicated loudspeaker that produces the stereo effect.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max has a 5020mAh battery and is relatively thin at 8.1mm.With a total weight of 192 grams, it is well-balanced as well.The Note 10 Pro Max is pleasant to use in my first few hours with it.

Features, Specifications

This year’s Redmi Note series, in my opinion, demonstrates that Xiaomi has earned the Max moniker.The 120Hz AMOLED display and the 108-megapixel main camera are two of the most talked-about features.

AMOLED displays have been a long-standing demand for the Redmi Note, and Xiaomi finally delivered this year.The Redmi Note 10 series’ AMOLED display appears to make no compromises, in contrast to the contentious Mi A3.The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max has an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, which earns it brownie points.Up until the last month, flagship models that cost more than Rs 30,000 were the only ones eligible for this!

Although I am unable to say much more about the display at this time, based on a quick glance, I believe that this is the most significant upgrade to the Redmi Note series this year.The usual advantages of AMOLED, such as sharp image quality, extremely high brightness levels, and highly saturated colors, are all evident.Scrolling appears to be smoother than usual thanks to the 120Hz refresh rate.

The Snapdragon 732G chip that sits beneath that 6.67-inch AMOLED display is not particularly impressive.The Poco X3’s chip is identical to this one.It is a strong enough chipset and by and large “genius” interactive media clients, it has an adequate number of muscles to take the heap and afterward spare some.Even with the feature-rich MIUI 12 operating system installed, the phone has so far been error-free and smooth.Having said that, I anticipated Xiaomi to reserve the Mi 10i’s Snapdragon 750G for the Pro Max.

Please keep in mind that the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max runs Android 11 and MIUI 12.It’s mostly the same MIUI 12 experience as on a Redmi Note 9 Pro or a Mi 10i, and there are no signs of Android 11 here.The Always-On Display feature is available on the AMOLED display, but MIUI 12 restricts the timeout to ten seconds.Theoretically, it is not “always on,” but rather more like Oxygen OS 10’s Ambient Display.

Although I have not yet explored all of the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max’s additional features, there are a few things I should briefly discuss.

The 108-megapixel camera is equipped with the same Samsung HM2 sensor as the main camera on the Xiaomi Mi 10i.Additionally, it shares the Mi 10i’s 2-megapixel depth camera and 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera.This year also sees the introduction of the Note 9 Pro Max’s 5-megapixel macro camera.So far, a few early attempts have shown promise.Keep an eye out for our in-depth take on this.

-The Note 10 Pro Max has an IP53 rating for resistance to dust and water.This indicates that your phone should be able to withstand light rain and humid conditions.

-Due to the early versions of the software on our review unit, the new Z-axis haptic motor is unable to replicate the feedback levels of premium phones like the OnePlus Nord, Mi 10T, and OnePlus 7T.An update on the haptics will be included in our comprehensive review.

-I The 33W wired charging system does live up to its promise of filling the 5020mAh battery in close to an hour (so far), though I have not yet tested the battery life.

First Impressions

The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is, without a doubt, the most feature-rich Redmi Note smartphone I’ve ever used.It looks like no other phone in its price range and is built differently than any other phone.While the 108-megapixel camera compels me to justify the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max’s “Max” moniker, the AMOLED upgrade appears legitimate.

Is the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max really an improvement over the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max from last year?Does it make more sense than the Xiaomi Mi 10i, which is priced similarly?How does it fare in the face of Realme’s and Samsung’s fierce rivalry?In our complete review, we will respond to these inquiries.Remain tuned.

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