Redmi isn’t too late to the 5G game, but the competition’s already done with its first wave of launches leaving the Note 10T in an unclear position.
- The Redmi Note 10T 5G has a MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor
- It has a 5,000mAh battery and it supports 18W charging
- The Redmi Note 10T 5G’s back panel and frame are made of plastic
When you think of Redmi smartphones, you expect them to pack in every feature under the sun, at affordable prices. So far, Xiaomi has done a good job of this with the Redmi Note 10 series, offering immense value compared to the competition.
With 5G still in the testing phase in India, it isn’t clear when next-generation networks will go live, so there is a bit of uncertainty when it comes to investing in a 5G smartphone, especially in the budget segment since cutbacks have to be made in other areas.
Xiaomi has followed that logic, while nearly all other brands have promoted 5G even if that meant reducing some features… until now.
That’s because Xiaomi has launched its version of an affordable 5G smartphone, and it’s called the Redmi Note 10T 5G.
The Redmi Note 10T 5G is known as the Redmi Note 10 5G in China, where it was announced in May this year. Xiaomi seems to have delayed the launch of this variant in India till after the rest of the Note 10 series. Now that it’s finally here, there seems to be nothing special about it.
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10T 5G is priced at Rs 13,999 in India for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. There is a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant as well, which is priced at Rs 15,999.
The pricing isn’t special, given that both variants are priced at par with the Poco M3 Pro 5G and Realme Narzo 30 5G (which is available only with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for Rs 15,999). Buyers can choose between four finishes – Chromium White, Graphite Black, Metallic Blue, and Mint Green. I had the phone in Mint Green.
The Redmi Note 10T 5G has a relatively slim body and weighs 193g. Its design isn’t as attention-grabbing as those of the Narzo 30 5G or the Poco M3 Pro 5G, but Xiaomi’s subtle approach, with a matte-finished back, does look and feel quite premium.
What dampens this impression is how smudged the plastic back gets within two minutes of picking this phone up. Thankfully, the Gorilla Glass 3 panel on the front is quite the opposite.