Redmi Note 10: THE Mid-Range Smartphone to Beat (Only PHP 9,990)

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To our readers who have been asking advice on which smartphone to buy within a 10k budget, my top-of-mind recommendation would be the Redmi Note 10 based on its premium specs, price, and current popularity. There’s no doubt that Xiaomi is now one of the leading smartphone brands in our local market for it has established itself as a brand that delivers great value by offering premium specs not often seen in other brands. In my opinion, they’re a brand that simply knows what people (especially millennials) need and deserve – premium specs with great value… as simple as that.

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Anyways, the Redmi Note 10 was launched only last March here in the Philippines by global technology leader Xiaomi and was immediately hailed as the choice for millennials because of its camera and specs. It is also dubbed as The AMOLED Explorer for it features remarkable colors, deep blacks, and eye-searing contrast ratios similar to the ones found in more expensive smartphones. Redmi Note 10 continues Xiaomi’s commitment to providing the latest smartphone advancements to all and redefining the mid-range king in the industry.

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Here’s why the Redmi Note 10 is so irresistible… Imagine, for the price of only PHP 9,990, you get a smartphone that has a/an:


Super AMOLED Display with Dual Speakers

The Redmi Note 10 is as exciting to look at as it is to use because it features a 6.43” FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay. Wow, having an AMOLED screen on a smartphone below the 10k category is something really cool! It’s a great improvement since AMOLED screens aren’t commonly found in this price category.

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Its balanced, bezel-less display achieves an impressive 20:9 aspect ratio. It also has dual speakers that can be found on both the top and bottom of the device, offering a more immersive sound experience for the user. Great for daily binge-watching, listening to favorite beats and mobile gaming.

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I tried watching Netflix on the Redmi Note 10  and to be honest, it didn’t feel like I was using a  below 10K phone because the viewing experience was highly satisfying thanks to its AMOLED DotDisplay. I also didn’t experience much eye strain since the screen was super clear and the colors were vivid.


Quad Camera Set-up

It has a 48MP  main camera, 8MP ultra-wide angle camera for group shots, 2MP macro camera for close-ups, and a 2MP depth sensor for supporting portraits. It now also features Pro time-lapse capabilities- an addition to the previous slow motion, night mode, and regular time-lapse features. The Redmi Note 10’s new Pro time-lapse mode works in adverse lighting conditions so users can shoot quality time-lapse images any time of day or night.

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For night shooters, Redmi Note 10’s features improved Night Mode, which automatically adjusts and enhances color and exposure to produce incredible night images with perfectly balanced contrast.

I enjoyed using the Redmi Note 10 on my recent photowalk since the phone itself was light to carry and its shape was comfortable to hold. I actually miss using a phone like this. I love how slim it is and slips through my pocket easily. As for the photo and video quality, it produces sharp decent shots although I noticed the autofocus takes a bit of time. I hope Xiaomi can do some improvements with this feature soon. Although I do like the fact that it intelligently selects the best distance to ensure that my macro shots were sharp. It may not have the features found on a flagship phone camera but it definitely won’t disappoint you on your day-to-day camwhoring needs like your daily “woke-up-like-this” selfies or filming yourself to join the latest TikTok dance trend.

Here are some sample shots straight out of the camera

8MP Ultra Wide Mode

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48 MP Main Camera


2MP Macro Mode

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HDR mode


Night Mode

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My overall camera experience was very pleasant as I was able to produce decent photos no matter the lighting condition. It makes an ideal point-and-shoot camera even if you have no background in photography at all.  Of course, I do recommend users to at least learn basic lessons on framing/composition and to shoot in the morning or afternoon to get the best light possible to produce sharper, more detailed shots. In terms of colors, I liked how they look natural and not oversaturated especially when I took shots of the flower bouquet. The purples and pinks were vivid yet soft and even the lines on the petals were also sharp and well detailed.

Improved Design

The Redmi Note 10 boasts of a lot of improvements with its design including an Arc side fingerprint sensor, 33W fast charging, a 360-degree light sensor setup, and immersive dual speakers.

Its front body is made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass making it difficult to damage against drops or scratches, giving you the confidence you need in your day-to-day use.

As mentioned earlier, I also love its size and how slim it is because it’s so comfortable to hold and easy to carry.

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The Redmi Note 10 also comes in three head-turning colors – Onyx Gray, Pebble White, and the exclusive Lake Green. Personally, I really love the Lake Green!


Powerful Performance with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 678

The Redmi Note 10 is Powered by the brand-new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 678 chipset – a quick, snappy everyday processor that will easily power through all your daily uses. Whether use it for work, content creating, gaming, etc, the Redmi Note 10 is ready to take on anything life can throw at it.


Dependable Battery and fast charging

The 11nm process technology of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 678 chipset allows for lower power consumption while its giant 5,000mAh battery keeps the device juiced up even during periods of extended heavy usage. And in case you run out of juice, Redmi Note 10 has a blazingly fast 33W wired charging feature – nearly 2x more powerful than the previous generation.

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From the 6.43” FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay, Quad Camera Set-up, improved Design, the brand-new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 678 chipset, 5,000mAh battery, blazingly fast 33W wired charging feature and a whole lot more with a price of only PHP 9,990 …  how can one say no to this?

Overall with my experience with the Redmi Note 10 so far has been satisfying. The top features I love would be its AMOLED DotDisplay because it keeps me glued to the screen for hours, its slim design, impressive camera performance and that 5000mAh battery that supports me in my day-to-day digital needs. It’s really a steal for P9,990! Truly, the mid-range phone to beat!

The  Redmi Note 10 is currently available in all Authorized Mi Stores as well as in their online flagship stores on both Lazada and Shopee.


For more information, visit Xiaomi’s official website and information portal at, or follow their official Facebook or Instagram pages for their latest updates.