(Pocket-lint) – Xiaomi budget off-shoot, Redmi, is set to launch its 2021 flagship series – the Redmi Note 10 and Note 10 Pro – in early March 2021.
After official confirmation of the launch date, here’s what else we know about the expected phones – from rumours through to official confirmation – all wrapped up in the one place.
- 4 March 2021 launch event confirmed
Xiaomi’s Global VP confirmed in a Tweet that the Redmi Note 10 would launch in March – with confirmation via Redmi’s channels that it will be on 4 March.
Expectation is that the on-sale date will follow imminently after, with India being the first country with product available.
- Redmi Note 10 & Note 10 Pro expected
- Note 10 Pro Max variant possible
- Colours: Blue, Black, Bronze
- IP52 protection confirmed
- Side-mount fingerprint
As is typical of the series, we expect a Note 10 and Note 10 Pro to be announced in tandem – but there’s also rumour that a Note 10 Max will feature alongside that duo. This was the case with the Redmi Note 9 series (which also had a fourth model, the 9S – but there’s no mention of a 10S right now).
An official retail box has leaked of the Note 10 Pro, so that model is a given, with the suggestion that there will be three colour variants will be available – the same as the trio of devices on the retail box shows.
The official Xiaomi site, where the Redmi Note 10 is teased ahead of its full unveil, confirms that there will be Gorilla Glass protection on the front, along with IP52 protection from dust and water – whether that means for all models in the series, however, isn’t yet clear.
- Note 10 : 6.57-inch LCD
- Note 10 Pro: 6.67-inch OLED (120Hz)
- Note 10 Pro Max: TBC, but larger display
- Brightest display of a Redmi phone to date
And so to the main event: the screen. Which is where, according to rumours, all three potential Note 10 devices will differ.
The entry-level Note 10 will be LCD based; the Note 10 Pro is said to feature AMOLED in a slightly larger panel; while the Note 10 Pro Max is expected to be larger still – although there’s very little evidence to go on in the case of the last.
There’s talk of 120Hz fast refresh rate, too, but whether this is for all models – both LCD and OLED – also isn’t yet clear.
In terms of official announcements, however, Xiaomi’s Global VP confirmed in a Tweet that the screen will be as bright as the iPhone 12 Pro. That, as the accompanying infographic shows, makes for “[the] Brightest Display on a Redmi Note. Ever.” Again, however, we doubt that’ll be the case for every display – given the variance of LCD and AMOLED use.
- Confirmed: All models to use Qualcomm Snapdragon platform
- Rumour: Qualcomm Snapdragon 762 platform expected
- Battery: 5,050mAh; fast-charging [33W rumoured]
- Hi-Res Audio support
Rajen Vagadia, VP & President at Qualcomm India, confirmed in a Tweeted video that the Redmi Note 10 will utilise Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform, saying that the phones “will feature some of the best performing processor[s]”.
That doesn’t go as far to explain what to expect under the hood – but the current rumour is the SD762 for the entry-level model and a higher-grade 700-series selection for the Pro and above. Don’t expect 800-series to be found here, as you may find in the higher-spec Redmi K40 (which is the Chinese variant).
In terms of longevity, rumour suggests a battery capacity over 5,000mAh will keep things ticking along with ease, especially when paired with Xiaomi’s MIUI software and the selected Qualcomm processor. Fast-charging is specified on the official Xiaomi India page, but no specific data given – it’s rumoured to be 33W though.
- Note 10: Triple rear (48 or 64-megapixel main(?), 8MP wide-angle, 2MP depth)
- Note 10 Pro: Quad rear (108MP main(?), 8MP wide-angle, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
- Note 10 Pro Max: Quad rear expected, as per Pro(?)
The biggest reveal of the cameras thus far is that box shot of the Note 10 Pro. It clearly defines four rear cameras, which were originally thought to be a 64-megapixel main, 8MP wide-angle, and pair of 2MP sensors for depth and macro.
However, as the earlier Note 9 Pro had a 5-megapixel macro sensor it seemed to spell an error – we would expect this returns for the Note 10 Pro, rather than the lower-resolution version outlined. Furthermore, Xiaomi’s Global VP has Tweeted that the camera has evolved series on series – suggesting, but not specifically spelling out, that the Note 10 Pro is likely to have a 108-megapixel sensor.
This isn’t necessarily the universal approach to all models, however, as the entry-level Note 10 is rumoured to have a triple rear unit, while the Note 10 Pro Max is the most likely to feature an additional feature to separate it from the Pro model. If, that is, a Max model will even appear at this stage.
Redmi Note 10 rumours: What’s the story so far?
Here’s a rundown of all the leaks, rumours and official confirmations surrounding the Redmi Note 10 thus far.
24 February 2021: 108-megapixel camera suggested
Xiaomi Global VP, Manu Kumar Jain, suggests the camera evolution will bring 108MP to the Pro model.
What’s next with #RedmiNote10 series? RT & tell me your guess.
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) February 24, 2021
23 February 2021: Qualcomm Snapdragon confirmed for Redmi Note 10
Xiaomi Global VP, Manu Kumar Jain, confirmed on Twitter that the company was partnering with Qualcomm to bring the best “mid-premium” Snapdragon processors to the Redmi Note 10 range.
Launching on 4.3.21.
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) February 23, 2021
22 February 2021: Render and retail box for Redmi Note 10 leak
GSM Arena published some renders of the Redmi Note 10 and its retail box, showing off the design.
20 February 2021: Redmi Note 10 Pro Max colours, RAM and storage leak
91 Mobiles reported that leaker Ishan Agarwal told the site the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max would come in three colour variants and two models, one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and the other with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage.
19 February 2021: Xiaomi’s VP says screen will be as bright as iPhone 12 Pro
Xiaomi’s Global VP, Manu Kumar Jain, tweeted that the Redmi Note 10 would have the brightest display, comparing it to the iPhone 12 Pro.
Not just bright, but the brightest display EVER on a #RedmiNote!
As bright as _ _ 12 Pro! Any guesses? #RedmiNote10 series is launching in 4/3/21!
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) February 19, 2021
10 February 2021: Confirmed – Redmi Note 10 coming this March
Xiaomi’s Global VP confirms the month for launch in a tweet.
Writing by Mike Lowe. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.