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Do not buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 if you want a durable smartphone

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 breaks apart easily, as the video below shows. (Image source: Gupta Information System)
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 breaks apart easily, as the video below shows. (Image source: Gupta Information System)
JerryRigEverything has already shown that Xiaomi's inexpensive plastic phones are not built to last, but the Redmi Note 10 has proven to be exceptionally weak. If you plan on picking up the Redmi Note 10, you may want to take some insurance out on it.
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Stress testing smartphones has become incredibly popular in the last few years, not least because of JerryRigEverything. While he is currently shining the limelight on the weaknesses of the ASUS ROG Phone 5, many of Xiaomi's cheaper smartphones have fared poorly on his channel in the past. JerryRigEverything is yet to test the Redmi Note 10, but Gupta Information Systems has. As the photo above suggests, Xiaomi's new mid-range smartphone is not a sturdy one.

Simply, the Redmi Note 10 flexes under the slightest amount of pressure and cracks without too much effort. A few drops killed Gupta Information Systems' device, albeit without compromising the front glass panel. We should stress that the Redmi Note 10 has a plastic chassis, rather than the metal one that ASUS used on the ROG Phone 5. Hence, it should come as no surprise that the Redmi Note 10 flexes and is scratchable.

In saying that, there are many plastic smartphones that do not succumb to being bent. Even Xiaomi has released a few, such as the Pocophone F1. The Redmi Note 10's plastic back seems especially weak though, as few split the way its has. In short, the Redmi Note 10 may not be the smartphone to pick up this year if you treat your devices roughly. 

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Alex Alderson, 2021-03-19 (Update: 2021-03-19)