Update: February 21, 2021 (11:13 PM ET): Xiaomi is expected to launch the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max alongside the Redmi Note 10 and Note 10 Pro. We’ve updated the rumor hub below with all the latest details.
Original article: February 11, 2021 (8:30 PM ET): The Redmi Note series has long been one of Xiaomi’s most successful smartphone line that doesn’t break the bank. Phones in the series have historically offered a nice design, excellent performance, and unmatched value for money. This is why the next set of Redmi Note phones — the Redmi Note 10 series — are so highly anticipated.
There’s been growing chatter about the Redmi Note 10 series since last November. Xiaomi has also revealed a launch timeline for the phones so we thought now would be the best time to put together everything we know about the lineup.
Redmi Note 10 series name and release date
Redmi Note 9 Pro close up of logo
It’s not hard to predict the name of Xiaomi’s numbered Redmi Note series. Last year, we got a bunch of devices under the Redmi Note 9 banner, and this year we expect the same from the Redmi Note 10 series.
Redmi India has announced that the new phones will debut in the country on March 4, 2021. The company has also created an event page for the launch.
Xiaomi took the previous Redmi Notes global in April and we expect the same launch trajectory for the Redmi Note 10 series.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 March launch announcement
Credit: Redmi India
Redmi Note 10 series specs and features
Redmi 7 close up of logo
The Redmi Note 10 phones have high standards to live up to. Teasers and rumors seem to suggest that they’ll do just that.
According to Xiaomi, the handsets will be its “smoothest ever.” The messaging suggests the series might finally adopt high refresh rate screens. Last year’s Redmi Note 9 Pro and Pro Max continued with 60Hz displays, while competitor Realme 6 Pro had already upgraded to a 90Hz screen.
A leak from the XiaomiUI Telegram channel suggests at least the Redmi Note 10 Pro will finally switch to a 120Hz LCD screen. This was seemingly backed up on February 16, when Redmi India posted a Twitter poll asking users to choose between a 120Hz LCD screen and a standard OLED panel. The OLED option was leading by a landslide before Redmi India deleted the survey, suggesting that votes weren’t going their way.
The XiaomiUI leak also revealed that the Pro model will pack a 64MP primary camera along with ultra-wide, macro, and depth sensors. Its global version is expected to come with NFC, but the phone might skip the feature in India.
Additionally, the Redmi Note 10 Pro is rumored to pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chipset and a 5,050mAh battery.
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Tipster Ishan Agarwal also offered up some info on the three Redmi Note 10 models. His leak suggests the standard Redmi Note 10 will have two variants: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. Meanwhile, the Redmi Note Pro is said to come in three variants: 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage.
At the top end, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is expected to come in 6GB and 8GB RAM models paired with 128GB storage. It’s rumored to be available in Blue, Black, and Bronze color options.
Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 10 series microsite went live in mid February and offered a few more details, although nothing too substantial. Expect the new phones to offer a Snapdragon SoC (no word on the specific chipset), improved haptic feedback, Hi-Res Audio support, Gorilla Glass on the front, and an IP52 rating.
The website also gives us a few peeks at the front of a Redmi Note 10 series device, confirming that it will have a center-mounted punch-hole cutout. Check out an image below.
Redmi Note 10 series punch hole official
Credit: Redmi India/Xiaomi
Otherwise, the website also gives us teasers like a big battery (a no-brainer for the Note series), faster charging, and a lighter, slimmer design.
Not much else is known about the specs of the new Redmi Note 10 series. However, we expect to learn more in the days leading up to the official launch.
Redmi Note 10 series price and competition
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro showing logo
Xiaomi will have to keep the Redmi Note 10 series competitively priced to tackle similar value-for-money offerings from rival Realme. To that end, leaker Ishan Agarwal claimed Xiaomi will offer “pretty aggressive” pricing in India.
Last year, the Redmi Note 9 Pro started retailing at Rs. 12,999 (~$178) for the 4GB model, while the Note 9 Pro Max cost Rs. 16,999 (~$233) for the standard 6GB of RAM version. We expect prices for the Redmi Note 10 series to remain in line with those of its predecessor.
Realme is also expected to announce its Narzo 30 series of phones in India soon. We believe they will take on the Redmi Note 10 series in terms of specifications and pricing. Stablemate Poco also launched the M3 in India recently which competes in the same price bracket.
We’ll have to test these phones to see which of them offer best-in-class performance. Until then, bookmark this page for any future updates about the Redmi Note 10 series.