A couple of years ago, the entry-level Redmi “A” series phones were extremely popular because of the value they offered for the price. Take the Redmi 8A as an example. That phone launched in 2019 with features never seen before for a price of ₹6,799. For the price, it had Gorilla Glass 5 protection, a Type-C port, a 12MP Sony IMX3653 sensor with 1.4-micron pixel, and Dual Pixel AF (the same sensor that was on Pixel 3, Poco F1, Zenfone 5Z, etc.), 18W charging, a 5,000mAH battery and more.
Fast forward to today, the Redmi 10A is now here, and this is perhaps one of the worst value for money phones launched by Redmi under the “A” series. The price starts at ₹8,499, and for that price, this phone has the same chip, the same display, the same battery size, the same 10W charging, the same MicroUSB port, and even the same cameras as the last year’s Redmi 9A. The only thing that is new is the fingerprint scanner, and the price as it is increased by ₹1,000 (for the 3GB + 32GB variant).
Design-wise, Redmi 10A has a camera module design inspired by the Narzo 50A since even that phone has the cameras, the logo, and the fingerprint scanner inside the camera housing itself. The body is made of plastic, and there is a display with a notch on the front. The phone also has a noticeably large bottom chin. There is a micro-USB port on the bottom, which is a bummer since we are in 2022, and a phone priced at ₹8,499 has a micro-USB port. Even the two-year-old Redmi 8A had a Type-C port, and that phone was ₹2000 cheaper.
As for the specs, as mentioned above, they are the same as for Redmi 9A. So, there is a 6.53-inch 720p IPS LCD, MediaTek Helio G25 SOC, 3GB/4GB RAM +32GB/64GB storage, a 13MP camera on the rear + a 5MP selfie camera, a 5,000mAh battery, and 10W charging. The phone runs on MIUI 12.5 out of the box, and it is based on Android 11.
Finally, speaking of the pricing, the 3GB + 32GB variant is priced at ₹8,499, whereas the 4GB + 64GB variant is at ₹9,499. The sale starts on the 26th of April, but you should definitely avoid this phone.