Long-term Review of the Redmi 10C after 15 months of Use

Long-Term Review Of The Redmi 10C

Hey there, folks! I’ve been rocking the Redmi 10C for the past 15 months, and I’m excited to share my thoughts on this budget-friendly device with you. If you’re considering getting one and have questions swirling in your head, this post might just have the answers you need. This is a long-term review of the Redmi 10c.

Let’s kick things off with a bit of background. I snagged this device for ₦75,000 in the 4/64GB variant. When I first got it, it was running MIUI 13 based on Android 11 but later received the Android 12 update and MIUI 14 based on Android 13. The rumor mill suggests MIUI 15 might be in the cards, but that’s still up in the air. Now, let’s dive into the specs:

Long-Term Review Of The Redmi 10C

Key Specs:

  • SoC: Snapdragon 680
  • Display: 6.7″ IPS-LCD Display, 720p, 60Hz refresh rate
  • Camera: 50MP (main), 5MP (selfie)
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, VoLTE capable,  USB-C (2.0)
  • Storage: 4GB/64GB

Long-term Review Of The Redmi 10C

Performance:

This phone is powered by the Snapdragon 680 4G, built on a 6nm process. It’s held up remarkably well during my day-to-day use. I’ve got a reputation as a heavy phone user in my family, and the Redmi 10C has taken it all in stride. It hasn’t shown any signs of lag, and MIUI’s performance on this device feels well-optimized. There was a period where certain apps would close when minimized after Android updates, but Xiaomi seems to have ironed out those kinks. The RAM can be expanded via memory extension, though it doesn’t have a noticeable impact on performance. Download speeds are decent with a stable internet connection.

Snapdragon 680 4G

Gaming:

While it’s reported to handle games like PUBG, CODM, and eFootball, don’t expect this device to be a gaming powerhouse, especially if you’re a hardcore gamer. The Adreno 610 graphics and HD+ display mean it’s better suited for lighter to mid-range games. However, I’ve played titles like Brawl Stars, Free Fire, and Grim Valor without encountering any lag or frame rate drops. Your battery won’t drain excessively during these gaming sessions either.

Software:

When I got this device, it was running MIUI 13 based on Android 11 but it has since been updated to MIUI 14 based on Android 13. The software is optimized and fluid with next to no lag. The key selling point of MIUI is its flexibility and customization. The Redmi 10C carries on that legacy as it is very customizable.

MIUI 14, Android 13, Redmi 10C

Cameras:

The Redmi 10C sports a dual-camera setup with a 50MP main camera and a 2MP depth camera. In favorable lighting conditions, the main camera captures decent photos, although you shouldn’t expect mind-blowing shots.

Long-Term Review Of The Redmi 10C

However, it struggles in low light or challenging scenarios, often delivering noisy, blurry, or washed-out images. Keep in mind that the camera’s performance may not remain consistent over time. If you’re a skilled smartphone photographer, you can still snap great pictures with this device. Plus, it supports Gcam, so you’re in luck if you’re like me.

Display:

With a 6.71-inch LCD screen, HD+ resolution, and 268 PPI (pixel density), the screen quality of the Redmi 10C is decent for its price range. It offers good brightness, contrast, and viewing angles. However, it falls short in terms of sharpness and vividness when compared to higher-resolution or AMOLED screens. There’s a noticeable notch at the top and a thick chin at the bottom, which might affect your immersion during video playback or gaming. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, but I’ve noticed some slight discoloration in the corners due to accidental drops. Fortunately, there haven’t been any scratches or cracks.

Battery Life:

Equipped with a substantial 5000mAh battery, the Redmi 10C can easily last a full day with moderate usage or up to 7 hours of continuous gaming. It supports 18W fast charging, which can juice up your phone from 0% to 35% in about an hour. However, it ships with a 10W charger in the box, so you’ll need to invest in a separate fast charger for quicker top-ups. Light users can expect up to 11 hours of screen-on time. Keep in mind that software updates can influence battery life, and some MIUI versions are better optimized than others. With my usage patterns, I still manage to achieve up to 10 hours of screen time.

Heating:

You won’t encounter any major heating issues with the Redmi 10C. Thanks to its 6nm processor, it’s more energy-efficient and less prone to overheating. After extended gaming or heavy use, the phone might get slightly warm, but it doesn’t impact performance or comfort.

Connectivity:

This is a 4G LTE phone with Cat. 13 support. This means that it supports peak download speeds of 390 Mbps as well as VoLTE. There is provision for bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, and 41.

This means that this phone supports all available 4G bands in Nigeria. To round up, there is also Bluetooth 5.1 LE, WiFi 5, a USB C port (USB 2.0, OTG), and GPS.

Conclusion:

The Redmi 10C is a solid budget smartphone that delivers decent performance, gaming capabilities, camera functionality, display quality, and battery life for its price point. It’s a reliable and durable choice for casual users looking for a device that handles everyday tasks smoothly. It’s not perfect, but it gets the job done and has served me well. That, guys, is my Long-term Review of the Redmi 10C.


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2 thoughts on “Long-term Review of the Redmi 10C after 15 months of Use

  1. According to your nice article, how does software updates influence battery life ?

    The Redmi 10c , does it have Android 13 update?

    How much is the price of 4/64 and 4/128 Redmi 10c now in the Nigeria marker ?

    1. Software updates, in an ideal world, mostly helps to maintain battery life. However, the world is not ideal so updates can make battery life worse. Always do research before updating.

      Yes it has Android 13.

      The 4/64 is around 100,000 and the 4/128 is around 120,000

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