With the pandemic unwinding slowly, Xiaomi and Realme have started vying for the mid-ranged buyer’s attention in India. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, Realme X7 and the Xiaomi Mi 10i are all aimed at people who want mid-ranged but powerful devices. Though the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and Realme X7 don’t have 5G, there is more to these phones. They have multiple cameras, fast processors and gobs of RAM, enough for many to consider these devices instead of buying a flagship-class smartphone. One could argue that the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max has an advantage, given the history of the Redmi series in India, but the Realme X7 and the Mi 10i aren’t insignificant either.
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max vs Realme X7 vs Mi 10i: Price in India
The Realme X7 5G is priced at Rs. 19,999 for the 6GB+128GB variant, while the 8GB+128GB variant of the device is priced at Rs. 21,999. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 10 Pro starts at Rs. 18,999 for the 6GB+64GB variant of the device. You will have to spend Rs. 19,999 for the 6GB+128GB variant and Rs. 21,999 for the 8GB+128GB version of the device.
Lastly, the Xiaomi Mi 10i starts at Rs. 20,999 for the 6GB+64GB variant. You can buy the 6GB+128GB variant of the device at Rs. 21,999 and the 8GB+128GB version for Rs. 23,999.
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max vs Realme X7 vs Mi 10i: Design
From the front, the three smartphones have similar designs. They have edge-to-edge displays, punch-hole cameras and strikingly colourful displays too. But the difference really shows in how the cameras on these devices are placed. While the Redmi Note 10 Pro and Realme X7 both have rectangular camera modules on the back, the sensors are placed in different ways. One could argue that the four sensors on the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max look better, but that’s really up to your personal choice.
Alternatively, if you liked the round camera module on previous OnePlus devices, you may like the Mi 10i more. That module though makes the phone slightly thicker than the other two. Where the Redmi Note 10 Pro and Realme X7 are 8.1mm thick, the Xiaomi Mi 10i measures 9mm in terms of thickness.
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max vs Realme X7 vs Mi 10i: Display
The display is where things get a tad more interesting. While all three phones have FHD+ displays, there’s a difference in size and more importantly, the refresh rates. The Realme X7 falls behind here, with the regular 60Hz display, while the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and the Mi 10i have 120Hz displays, which gamers will definitely prefer. The Realme X7 also has a slightly smaller 6.4-inch display, as compared to the 6.67-inch panels on the other two, though that’s a smaller niggle and won’t really make a difference to general usage.
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max vs Realme X7 vs Mi 10i: Performance
Fears over MediaTek’s chipsets have more or less disappeared over the past few years. So the Realme X7’s Dimensity 800U chipset doesn’t really qualify as a setback for that device. Having said that, most users would prefer the Snapdragon 732G and the Snapdragon 750G, running on the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and the Mi 10i, respectively. Qualcomm’s gaming focus chipsets have usually been quite dependable, both in terms of battery life and performance. It’s hard to argue against the Snapdragon 732G at Rs. 18,999 (for the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max) though. At the slightly higher end, Realme might still struggle against the Mi 10i, thanks to the Snapdragon 750G chipset there.
The good news is that all three smartphones support 5G connectivity, and these three chipsets are new enough to have software support for at least the next 18 months. Of course, final software support will depend on the companies themselves, but if you want your phone to last two years, the three chipsets would suffice.
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max vs Realme X7 vs Mi 10i: Camera
Like the display, the camera is another decider here. Both the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and the Mi 10i have 108MP primary cameras, which alone would put these two phones ahead of the Realme X7. Other than the 108MP cameras, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and the Mi 10i have three other cameras too.
Both the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and the Mi 10i have 8MP ultra-wide cameras, but the macro lens in the Redmi Note has a 5MP sensor against the Mi 10i’s 2MP sensor. The fourth camera, which acts as a depth sensor, also has 2MP resolution on both these devices.
In comparison, the Realme X7 also has four cameras, with a 64MP primary sensor. The ultra-wide, macro and depth cameras on this one resembles the setup on the Mi 10i, with 8MP and two 2MP sensors, respectively.
Realme does have an advantage on the front camera though, putting a 32MP punch hole camera on the front against the 16MP shooters on the other two.
It’s worth noting though that the resolution isn’t what makes the key difference in these devices, so we would really recommend reading a review to see camera samples.
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max vs Realme X7 vs Mi 10i: Battery
From a battery size perspective, the Realme X7 has the smallest 4300 mAh battery. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max sports a 5020 mAh unit, while the Mi 10i has a 4820 mAh battery inside. But as it is with the camera, the size doesn’t necessarily represent battery performance on these devices. Overall battery life should be the same on these smartphones.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and Mi 10i have the same resolution displays and roughly the same size as the Realme X7, but with higher refresh rates. This could consume more battery, while the 60Hz panel on the Realme won’t use as much. That said, the Dimensity 800U chipset’s battery performance may not be as good as the Snapdragon processors on the other two as well.
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max vs Realme X7 vs Mi 10i: Conclusion
For the most part, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, Realme X7 and the Mi 10i are interchangeable smartphones. However, the Xiaomi phones may suit gamers a bit more, thanks to their gaming focused chipsets and high refresh rate displays. On the other hand, the Realme X7 may suit selfie enthusiasts a bit more, but we would really recommend checking out our reviews for deeper insight.
Lastly, while 5G phones aren’t really necessary in India right now, the Mi 10i would make the cut who want to stay ahead of the curve.
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