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In 2021, Xiaomi’s Redmi sub-brand produced a slew of Redmi Note 10 series phones, including the Redmi Note 10, Note 10S, Note 10 5G, Note 10 Pro, Note 10 Pro for China, and Note 10 Pro for India. All these variants are affordable mid-rangers with premium features staying true to the Redmi line.
With the Redmi Note 10 Japan Edition, the brand is now bringing another model to the lineup. This is simply a Redmi Note 10 5G with a few significant changes.
The Snapdragon 480 5G chipset replaces the inexpensive Dimensity 700 5G SoC in the regular 5G model of the Redmi Note 10. The Qualcomm processor has an Adreno 619 GPU instead of the Mediatek chip’s Mali-G57 MC2 graphics, while the two chipsets have a fairly identical CPU arrangement (2x Cortex-A76 and 6x Cortex-A55).
Another significant upgrade is the Redmi Note 10 Japan Edition’s water and dust resistance, which is rated at IP68. Splash resistance had already been spotted on low-cost Xiaomi phones, but this is the first time we’ve seen a full-fledged IP68 designation. Finally, the phone has a 4,800mAh battery vs the 5,000mAh battery of the Redmi Note 10 5G.
A 6.5-inch 90Hz LCD panel (FHD+), 18W wired charging, a 48MP+2MP+2MP back camera system, an 8MP camera in a center-mounted punch-hole cutout, IR blaster, 3.5mm jack and side-mounted fingerprint scanner appear to be the only differences between the two phones. Both devices have the capability to carry out everyday tasks such as file switch.
Expected Price Range
Pricing has yet to be announced, however, Japanese customers should expect a 4GB/64GB variant at launch. We’d place the Redmi Note 10 Japan Edition in the same pricing range as the ordinary Redmi Note 10 5G, which launched at $199.
Overall, the Redmi Note 10 is an impressive device for a budget phone. It has upgraded specs from its predcessors hence we are looking forward to some vast improvement. We’ll have to wait for the release to fully test out the phone.