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Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G Battery review: Competitive performance

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battery
Charging Time
2 days 22h
Battery life
Charging Time
1h22
80% Charging time
Charging Time
2h29
Full charging time

Released in March 2021, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G comes with many but not all of the same features as its non-5G Redmi Note 10 counterpart. While both come with a 48 MP main camera, the 5G version sports a slightly larger display, albeit one that uses LCD technology vs. the AMOLED screen of the non-5G model; further, the 5G model uses a MediaTek chipset vs. a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset in the non-5G version. We put the Redmi Note 10 5G through the same suite of battery tests as its non-5G sibling; let’s see how well it did.

Key specifications:

  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • 18W charger included
  • 6.5-inch, 1080 x 2400, 90 Hz FHD+ LCD display
  • MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G (7 nm) chipset
  • Tested RAM / storage combination: 4 GB + 64 GB

About DXOMARK Battery tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone battery reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests over a week-long period both indoors and outdoors. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. (See our introductory and how we test articles for more details about our smartphone Battery protocol.)

Test summary

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
78
battery
79
autonomy
63
charging
76
efficiency

Pros

  • Provides more than 2.5 days (70 hours) of autonomy with moderate use
  • Impressive results for power consumption at night and in idle mode
  • Very good on the go performance for calling and camera

Cons

  • Very high consumption during video streaming via 4G and during video playback

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G performed quite well in our battery protocol tests, landing in the top 10 among all devices tested to date. In terms of its performance compared to the non-5G version, the non-5G version is 9 points ahead of its sibling (87 vs. 78), even though both devices achieved comparable scores in Autonomy and Efficiency. Where the 5G version fell down was in Charging, with its non-5G sibling thoroughly besting it in both full charge and quick boost tests, which can be attributed to its significantly bigger charger (33W v 18W). When compared to selected competitors, the Redmi Note 10 5G showed more nuanced results.

The table below shows the battery capacity, charger, display type and resolution, and processor specifications for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 (non-5G version), the Oppo A54 5G (Advanced segment), and the Vivo Y20s (Essential segment).

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Oppo A54 5G

Vivo Y20s

Battery (mAh)

5000

5000 5000

5000

Charger (W)

18W

33W 10W

18W

Display type

LCD

AMOLED LCD

LCD

Resolution

1080 x 2400

1080 x 2400 1080 x 2400

720 x 1600

Processor

MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G

Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G

Qualcomm Snapdragon 460

Autonomy (79)

How long a battery charge lasts depends not only on battery capacity, but also other aspects of the phone’s hardware and software. The DXOMARK Battery autonomy score is composed of three performance sub-scores: (1) Stationary, (2) On the go, and (3) Calibrated use cases. Each sub-score comprises the results of a comprehensive range of tests for measuring autonomy in all kinds of real-life scenarios.

Light Usage
104h
Light
Active: 2h30/day
Moderate Usage
70h
Moderate
Active: 4h/day
Intense Usage
43h
Intense
Active: 7h/day

Thanks to its good autonomy during our typical usage scenario and its impressive performance during idle screen-off tests, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G lands in the top 10 of our autonomy ranking as of this writing — in 6th place, to be specific. That said, both the non-5G Redmi Note 10 and the Oppo A54 5G are also in the top 10 and both are slightly ahead of the Redmi Note 10 5G (in 4th and 5th place, respectively; further, the Vivo device is no slouch in this category either).

The Note 10 5G does a very good job on night current discharge, showing considerably lower consumption than its rivals, including its non-5G sibling. However, it has particularly poor performance during video streaming (via either WiFi or 4G) and video playback.

Stationary

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G

90

104

Wiko Power U30
Best: Wiko Power U30 (104)

A robot housed in a Faraday cage performs a set of touch-based user actions during what we call our “typical usage scenario” (TUS) — making calls, video streaming, etc. — 4 hours of active use over the course of a 16-hour period, plus 8 hours of “sleep.” The robot repeats this set of actions every day until the device runs out of power. 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G showed very good autonomy during a typical usage scenario, achieving a duration of nearly three full days (71 hours 25 minutes),  tying the Vivo Y20s’s time. The non-5G model has just a few seconds less duration, while the Oppo A54 5G’s duration is some two hours shorter.

Typical Usage Scenario discharge curves

On the go

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G

82

96

Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (96)

Using a smartphone on the go takes a toll on autonomy because of extra “hidden” demands, such as the continuous signaling associated with cellphone network selection, for example. DXOMARK Battery experts take the phone outside and perform a precisely defined set of activities while following the same three-hour travel itinerary for each device.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G showed better performance than its Oppo and Vivo rivals for calling and camera use on the go, and had better results for navigation than its non-5G counterpart. However, the non-5G Note 10 was significantly better than its 5G sibling for calling. Both Xiaomi devices and the Oppo showed better autonomy than the Vivo when using social apps on the go.

Estimated autonomy for on the go use cases (full charge)

Calibrated

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G

64

100

Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (100)

For this series of tests, the smartphone returns to the Faraday cage and our robots repeatedly perform actions linked to one specific use case (such as gaming, video streaming, etc.) at a time. Starting from an 80% charge, all devices are tested until they have expended at least 5% of their battery power.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G lands in second place in our database thus far when in idle (screen-off) mode, besting not only its Oppo and Vivo rivals, but also its non-5G counterpart by a considerable margin. With one notable exception, the non-5G model performs much better than the 5G version in every other use case.

Where the Redmi Note 5G struggles is with video streaming (both 4G and WiFi) and playback, coming in behind the other three devices in this comparison. It achieves almost same (only so-so) autonomy as the Vivo Y20s when gaming (roughly two hours less than the Oppo A54 5G), but both the Note 10 5G and the Vivo still beat the non-5G model.

Estimated autonomy for calibrated use cases (full charge)

Charging (63)

The DXOMARK Battery charging score is composed of two sub-scores, Full charge and Quick boost. Full charge tests assess the reliability of the battery power gauge; measure how long it takes to charge a battery from 0% to 80% capacity and from 80% to 100%; and measure how long and how much power the battery takes to go from an indicated 100% to an actual full charge. With the phone at different charge levels (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%), Quick boost tests measure the amount of charge the battery receives after being plugged in for 5 minutes. 

Wired
Wired
28%
in 30 min
1h22
0 - 80%
2h29
Full charge

Even though they have the same battery capacity and charging speed, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G showed lower performance than Vivo Y20s during charging tests, thus accounting for the slight difference in overall charging scores (63 vs. 64 points). Both devices are quite a ways ahead of the Oppo A54 5G (55 points), and both are a considerable distance behind the non-5G Redmi Note 10 (80 points), whose 33W charger gives it a distinct advantage.

Power consumption and battery level during full charge

Full charge

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G

59

104

Oppo Find X3 Pro
Best: Oppo Find X3 Pro (104)

The Redmi Note 10 5G takes 1 hour 22 minutes to charge from empty to 80%, and an additional 1 hour 7 minutes to achieve a full charge — a total of 2 hours 29 minutes, which is 30 minutes faster than the Oppo A54 5G and a similar charging time to that of the Vivo Y20s. However, taking only 1 hour 29 minutes to go from zero to a completely full charge, the non-5G Redmi Note 10 leaves the other three devices in the dust in this category.

Time to full charge

Quick boost

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G

67

95

Oppo Find X3 Neo
Best: Oppo Find X3 Neo (95)

By plugging in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G for 5 minutes at less than 50% battery level, users will gain 2 hours 34 minutes — almost the same amount of time as the Vivo Y20s. While this is better than the Oppo A54 5G’s rather dismal performance (well under two hours), it is only half the autonomy that the non-5G model provides under the same circumstances — just a hair over 5 hours.

It takes the Redmi Note 10 5G 1 minute 16 seconds to gain 1% battery level while gaming at low battery (14 seconds slower than Vivo Y20s).

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Oppo A54 5G Vivo Y20s
Autonomy boost (hh:mm) 20%2:30 5:00 1:50 2:45
40%2:34 5:00 1:49 2:36
60%2:37 4:37 1:47 2:32
80%2:37 3:10 1:45 1:45
Percentage boost 20%5.1 %10 %3.7 %5.5 %
40%5.2 %10 %3.7 %5.2 %
60%5.3 %9.2 %3.7 %5.1 %
80%5.3 %6.3 %3.6 %3.5 %
Energy consumed 20%1344 mWh2627 mWh1012 mWh1508 mWh
40%1383 mWh2627 mWh1004 mWh1425 mWh
60%1410 mWh2424 mWh992 mWh1387 mWh
80%1409 mWh1666 mWh971 mWh962 mWh

Efficiency (76)

Our Efficiency score comprises two sub-scores, Charge up and Discharge. Charge up is the efficiency of a full charge (how much energy is drained from the wall outlet vs the energy capacity of the battery, as well as the efficiency of the charger and its residual consumption). Discharge is how much current the smartphone drains from the battery when in use (the ratio of battery capacity over autonomy). Better autonomy with a smaller battery means better efficiency.

Like the non-5G version, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G’s entire charging system is more efficient than that of the Oppo A54 5G and the Vivo Y20s. It lost some points in this category due to high consumption in video streaming, video playback, and gaming.

Charge up

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G

64

82

Oppo Find X3 Neo
Best: Oppo Find X3 Neo (82)

The entire charging system of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G is more efficient than its Oppo and Vivo competitors, and is essentially the same as the non-5G version.

Discharge

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G

83

121

Apple iPhone 12 mini
Best: Apple iPhone 12 mini (121)

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G showed impressive results for night and idle screen-off discharge, with lower consumption than its competitors, including the non-5G version. Its consumption during active hours is almost the same as the other three devices in this comparison.

However, the Note 10 5G had considerably higher consumption than the Oppo A54 5G and non-5G version for video streaming and playback in all modes (4G, WiFi, airplane), and was only marginally better than the Vivo when it came to video playback in airplane mode.

Conclusion

Were it tuned to better manage its consumption during certain specific use cases, such as video streaming and playback, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G would have closer performance results to its non-5G Xiaomi counterpart. But it provides more than 2.5 days of moderate use when starting from a full charge; moreover, its stationary and on the go autonomy performances were nearly identical to the non-5G version’s, and better than its Oppo and Vivo rivals.

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