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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 review: Foldable you can afford

All the burning questions, answered

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When phones with foldable displays became a thing a few years ago — as could be expected from a bleeding-edge tech of any kind — they came with a hefty price tag.

But it’s been three years and finally, they’re starting to become relatively, more affordable. That’s the story of this year’s new Galaxy Z Flip3 — a foldable phone that more people can afford.

But should you rush out to buy one?

Samsung’s newest and cheaper foldable

This is the Galaxy Z Flip3. TL;DR for those who don’t have all the time in the world: It’s slightly redesigned, built with more durable materials, has a new fast 120Hz display on its inside, a larger, more usable cover screen on its outside, and it comes with a cheaper price tag.

Of course, these “cliff notes” don’t tell the whole story of the Flip3. And they don’t particularly answer the question: Why should you buy the Flip3?

Design

I’ve been using the new Flip3 for about a week now, and I’m really digging this two-tone color scheme.

The black contrasts well against this cream finish, or any of the other colors for that matter.

Be it Green…

… or Lavender.

These three color options feature a frame and hinge that have an improved matte finish and color-match the phone. The glass, however, has a glossy finish to it. Very much unlike last year’s mirror finish which was a huge smudge magnet.

If you want a glass with a frosted matte finish, there’s an all-black model also. And if you’re willing to wait three to five weeks, there are special Samsung.com exclusive colors — Grey, White, and Pink. These options are all matte with a black frame and hinge.

While just about the same size, the new Flip3 looks and feels different. The design features flat lines and edges which reflects the current design trend that favors flat versus curvy. The result is a phone that looks more modern and trendy.

So, why should you buy it?

Across all its iterations, I’ve always enjoyed using the Flip. I love having to open it up and also occasionally slamming it shut. And above all, I think the “coolness factor” is going to be the main reason to buy this phone. It’s a bit retro and futuristic at the same time. Definitely the trendiest phone you can buy today.

Size, of course, is also another consideration. When folded shut, it takes up half the space of your usual candybar phone. Perfect for smaller pockets. Or purses.

For me, that’s never been an issue. But I know lots of girlfriends who struggle with tiny pockets, or only want to carry what can fit inside a small purse. This phone solves that.

And then there’s “perks of the form factor”. When folded at a 90-degree angle, the phone props itself up for say, taking photos sans a tripod. Or being able to lay the Flip3 on a pile of books to take Zoom calls like you would on a laptop.

Challenges of the design

Of course, a foldable phone doesn’t come without its challenges. One of which is durability. While the hinge design is still the same, Samsung is using tougher aluminum. It’s also using a different kind of plastic for one of the layers of the display. One that should be more forgiving to the stress of opening and closing it a lot.

I can’t vouch for this improved durability — only time will tell and I will definitely give you feedback maybe next year in my Flip4 review. But for what it’s worth, Samsung is promising 200,000 cycles which translates to opening and closing it 100 times a day for five years.

On top of that, the phone is also water-resistant with an IPX8 rating. Thanks to the internals being coated with some sort of water-repelling protective film.

Although, I still don’t recommend that you take your Flip3 swimming. Take a look at Samsung’s fine print — water damage is not covered by your warranty.

Not a gimmick anymore

Another challenge is giving the phone purpose while in its folded state so the foldable display becomes more than just a gimmick. In 2021, when you have a folding phone, you want it to be as useful and practical when shut as it is when open.

And that’s the biggest improvement to come to the Flip3. Simply put, last year’s front display was too small to be useful. On the Flip3, the cover screen is 1.5 inches diagonally.

That’s enough space for four lines of notifications, and you can also scroll up to read more. That’s also enough space to be able to compose a selfie, and enough to display the time or some other widget.

Samsung has also made this Cover Display more usable, too. For example, swipe up and you can use Samsung Pay. Swipe down and you can adjust brightness or volume. Although, I’d argue getting to the volume button is easier.

That Cover Display

Actually, while we’re on the topic, activating the cover screen can be a bit cumbersome. While you can have the always-on display showing you the time and date (and if there’s an orange, it’s a way to let you know that you have a notification), getting to the actual notification or any of the other Cover Display features requires you to double-tap to wake up the display.

Only after you’ve done that can you swipe to the right to read your notifications. Or to the left to access music controls or the weather. I know the purpose is to prevent accidental taps and unnecessary battery drain, but I wish there were an easier way.

I’d go a bit further as to say, I prefer the front screen on the Motorola Razr. It’s larger and even more useful like I can even load apps on the display. I’d like to see even more functionality on the next iteration of this device.

By the way, someone asked on Instagram if you can accept calls when the phone is closed. The answer is yes — the call will show up on the cover screen. And when you swipe to accept, it will activate the Speaker mode.

If you open up the phone, it will stay in Speaker mode unless you change it.

Performance and everyday use

With the phone opened, this phone performs just like any high-end Samsung smartphone. With top-of-the-line specs like a Snapdragon 888 processor, performance will be as expected. Powerful!

Whether you’re just using it for social or for gaming, even the display is now a top-of-the-line 120Hz OLED panel. And now, unlike last year, you get stereo speakers too. So it’s good for content consumption also.

One question I get asked a lot is about the crease. It’s still there — really that’s just the nature of the material and the hinge design. You can definitely feel it. And see it. But it doesn’t really bother me.

If you’re worried about it being distracting when watching movies, don’t worry. You’ll barely notice it’s there.

Cameras

Now let’s talk cameras. The Galaxy Z Flip3 has two on the outside — 12-megapixel wide and ultra-wide-angle cameras. And one 10-megapixel selfie camera on the inside. On paper, the hardware is the same as last year. Meaning, the same cameras and sensors were just carried over.

That said, software improvements will still get you a better picture overall. Of course, I have samples to prove it. I took tons of photos comparing the last year’s flip with the Flip3, and also for the fun of it — versus the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Check it out: Galaxy Z Flip3 vs Z Flip 5G vs S21 Ultra: Camera shootout

But whether you’re using the wide or ultra-wide camera during the day, you won’t notice much of a difference. Except for a much better white balance on the Flip3. The original Flip comes with a yellower hue.

You also get better low-light performance too on the Flip3. And while we’re comparing, this is where the Galaxy S21 Ultra pulls ahead — its camera is still the best on a Samsung phone. On top of that, the S21 Ultra also has a telephoto lens. Meaning, it can take closer shots.

Camera features

Every year, Samsung introduces new camera features too. And the Flip3 gets everything introduced on the S21 series. Portrait Video and Pro Video mode are new.

Night Mode comes to the selfie camera too, and then there’s Single Take Mode. Which is great for when you’re alone and want to take a few frames for Instagram. You can just prop up the phone, start posing, and then have artificial intelligence take a series of photos for you. And what’s impressive is that it does a good job.

Selfies

Previously on the original Flip, you could take photos using the tiny cover screen. But because it was so small, you almost had to compose a shot blindly. Now thanks to the bigger screen, you can take photos easily. Just double press the power button to launch the camera.

You can swipe down on the screen to switch between wide and ultra-wide-angle cameras. And then, what I like to do is just flash my palm to trigger the shutter. Or you can also use the volume up or down buttons.

New on the Flip3 is the ability to also shoot video while the phone is closed. From photo mode, just swipe to the left to switch to video mode. And press one of the volume buttons to begin a recording.

All of this is great and all but I have a complaint. Photos and videos shot this way all come out square. And there’s no setting that allows you to change that. It doesn’t make sense as using these cameras when the phone is open, you can shoot both photos and videos with standard aspect ratios.

Oh, one more thing. There’s an icon that turns on Cover Preview, which basically lets the person you’re taking photos of preview a shot as you’re composing it.

That way, it’s like looking in a mirror to help them find the right pose.

About its battery life…

The Galaxy Z Flip3 lasted about a full day with moderate use. That’s usually two to three hours of screen-on time. I usually charge it in the morning while I’m having breakfast, and the phone lasts till sometime in the middle of the night when I’m sleeping. But it’s usually dead by the time I wake up.

To be honest, that’s NOT enough for a heavy user like me. I understand that it’s an engineering challenge to cram a bigger battery into such limited space. But I would have loved it if the Flip could last much longer. And to call a spade a spade it’s probably the Flip3’s biggest flaw.

Top-ups aren’t extra speedy either since a full charge takes about an hour and a half on average, using Samsung’s 25W USB-C charger. Wireless charging the device takes even longer.

And speaking of wireless charging, if you’ve got the juice to spare, you can also turn on reverse wireless charging. To charge, say your new Galaxy Buds2 or Galaxy Watch4.

But let’s be honest: With so little battery capacity available, I’m not going to do any of that. Even in a pinch.

Accessories to enjoy

By the way, in case it still needs to be pointed out in 2021, there’s no charger in the box. If you want an unboxing, check this video. But long story short, you basically get a phone and a cable. That’s it.

Guess that’s a good jump-off point to what else you can get for your Flip3. Apart from the 25W charger which comes in white and black and can be had for US$ 19.99, I’m really excited about Samsung’s lineup of cases. There’s a fancy Aramid Cover, a Leather Cover which is what I bought last year, and a Clear Cover.

But what I really like are the new Silicone Cover with Ring and Silicone Cover with Strap.

They’re both trendy and stylish and are useful because both give you a way to securely hold on to your phone. These cases are US$ 39.99 per piece.

Is the Galaxy Z Flip3 your GadgetMatch?

As always, if you own last year’s Flip then the most financially responsible thing to do is wait at least another year before you upgrade. But if you’ve been holding off — just waiting for the right time to snag a folding phone. Then now’s a definitely good time, if US$ 999 for you is affordable.

But is the Galaxy Z Flip3 really worth it? I think so. This phone, for me, is many things. A conversation starter. A cool and trendy gadget. A bite out of the future.

As you all know, I carry an iPhone in one pocket and an Android in the other. And for most of last year — the Flip was my Android phone of choice. And this year’s Flip3 will most likely claim that coveted pocket space. It might not be perfect — battery life for one needs some work. And cameras could be even better.

But there’s something about the Flip3 that keeps me coming back for more. And that je ne sais quoi cannot be denied. I have a feeling this is going to be a very popular phone this year. It’s definitely one worthy of the GadgetMatch Seal of Approval.

WATCH: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Review: Flip or Flop?


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realme GT Master Edition: Not a ‘disruptor’

But it’s still a damn good smartphone

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realme GT Master Edition

The realme GT Master Edition is a fine piece of tech. Spending roughly around 10 days with it, I can say it’s a pretty good midranger overall. So, this review is gonna be short and… I was tempted to say sweet, but I don’t think that’s the taste I’ll leave you with.

I’m going to jump right ahead to pricing. It’s always been one of realme’s strengths; offering great value products. That means you get a little more than what you pay for.

I’m gonna slap on the specs here once more so you can reference it as I babble about my time with the phone.

  • Display — 6.43″ AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
  • RAM — 8GB + up to 5GB DRE (Dynamic RAM Extension)
  • Storage — 128GB and 256GB
  • Battery — 4,300mAh, Dual-cell design, 65W SuperDart charging
  • Rear Cameras — 64MP f/1.8 main camera, 8MP f/2.3 119° ultra-wide lens, 2MP f/2.4 macro lens
  • Selfie Camera — 32MP
  • OS — Android 11, realme UI 2.0
  • Color Options — Voyager Grey, Daybreak Blue

Price and availability

The realme GT Master Edition comes in two colors — Voyager Grey and Daybreak Blue. And two variants: one in 8GB+128GB and another in 8GB+256GB. Here are the pricing and pre-order details:

Lazada Exclusive 

  • 8+128GB — PhP 18,990
    • September 24 (Whole day flash sale) — PhP 17,490 (PhP 1,500 discount)
  • 8+256 GB — PhP 21,990
    • September 24 (Whole day flash sale) — PhP 19,990 (PhP 2,000 discount)

Offline Pre-Order details:

  • September 24 – October 1 (with free realme Smart Scale)
    • 8+256GB — PhP 21,990
    • Claiming: October 2 & October 3

It’s right around the ballpark of my personal favorite midranger/sub-flagship — the OnePlus Nord 2 — a phone I was generally happy with.

Build quality and design 

I had already expressed my opinion on the realme GT Master Edition’s design in the Unboxing and First Impressions article. TLDR:

  • The concave vegan leather feels great
  • I appreciate the travel/suitcase theme
  • Not particularly fond of the the designer’s signature (I even mulled over slapping TWICE stickers on it but decided otherwise)

I thought the size was perfect at first. Phones like this that have a 6.43” display are typically the ones I feel are in the sweet spot of not too big and not too small. However, after further use, I felt it could have used a little more chunk.

Without the included silicone-ish case, the phone gradually felt tiny in my hands. But I refused to use it with the case because it takes away from that fantastic leather feel. Perhaps they could have added another component or two to add some chunk and heft. Although, that may have pushed the price up which would betray realme’s whole “disrupt” approach.

That said, it’s not entirely unsatisfactory. And how it feels in your hand will vary differently from mine. One thing’s for sure, most people will love the concave vegan leather back. It’s a material rarely seen in this category and realme deserves props for having the balls to include it here.

Bloaty much

One thing I thoroughly disliked about the version of realme UI on the realme GT Master Edition is the incredible amount of bloat on the thing. You know how pre-installed apps take up some of the first home screen and maybe a little bit of the second page of the home screen. Well, this one took over half of the second page. That’s too much.

realme GT Master Edition

Sure, you have staples like Facebook, Messenger, and Netflix installed. But for every single one of those you get crap folders like Hey Fun, Hot Games, and Hot Apps. Yes, you can remove them, but it’s just inconvenient.

Speaking of inconvenient, that’s the only word I can think of to describe the App Market. Yes, it’s the same one found on some OPPO phones. It’s a hassle to have to go to the Google Play Store to install an app, but then have that same app go through the App Market for some security check before you can launch it.

I tried to figure out how to remove that extra App Market layer but eventually lost patience. This might be a minor inconvenience for some, but it is an inconvenience, nevertheless.

realme GT Master Edition

What sucks most is that these weren’t present in previous realme devices we reviewed. The realme UI is relatively clean, so this amount of bloat was a bit of a shock to my system.

Smooth despite the annoyance

I don’t want to leave you with the impression that I hated my time with the realme GT Master Edition. Despite the largely annoying additions when you fire up the device, it remains pretty smooth for whatever you want to do with it.

For me, that’s some casual browsing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as mindlessly scrolling on TikTok before bedtime. I didn’t really do any work tasks on it other than using chat apps for coordinating with teammates and external partners.

realme GT Master Edition

STAYC’s “Stereotype” is stuck in my head

Of course, I also snuck in some Netflix time in there for good measure.

realme GT Master Edition

I’ve been busy so I haven’t caught up to Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

Most of my game time was also spent playing Marvel Future Revolution — which is the only other game on mobile I can tolerate other than Call of Duty: Mobile.

realme GT Master Edition

Glad to find another mobile game I can somewhat enjoy

I usually play after having lunch or breakfast to finish a mission plus a few sidequests. That takes about 20-30 minutes. The phone performed admirably while displaying fantastic graphics. It did heat up but nowhere near an alarming point.

It can go up as high as 120Hz for the refresh rate, but my personal recommendation is to stick with the default adaptive setting. This way, the phone will identify the best refresh rate for each app and will help conserve battery life.

realme GT Master Edition

realme UI looks just like ColorOS mildly reskinned

Speaking of battery life, this one’s right around what you would expect as well. It can last up to a day and a half for light to moderate usage, and one day for moderate to heavy usage.

Cameras, image processing is fantastic

Most realme midrangers have pretty good cameras. In fact, I even convinced one of my friends to buy a realme phone simply by showing a few sample photos. The realme GT Master Edition is no different. So I’m gonna do the same thing and just drop some samples here.

Food photos

Portrait

Filters 

Night

Indoors

Zoom 

Daylight

I don’t really have much to say in this section. I’m not the type who over analyzes the photo output. What I do know is that you’ll have a generally pleasant time snapping with the realme GT Master Edition.

It captures a good amount of detail, the image processing isn’t too aggressive, and the zoom performed so much better than I expected. Just be wary about using certain features in low light situations. For example, Portrait mode, that’s best when you have plenty of natural light.

If realme is selling you on this phone’s sheer photography prowess, it has every right to do so. It delivers as advertised.

Is this your GadgetMatch? 

realme GT Master Edition

I wouldn’t call the realme GT Master Edition a disruptor, but it’s certainly one of the best devices in this category. My only real gripe is the bloatware but other than that, it’s pretty excellent considering price and performance.

realme could have taken a few steps to make sure this is a 100 percent easy recommendation. But even as it is now, it’s still a product worth your consideration if you’re in the market for a capable smartphone.

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Apple 2021 iPad mini Unboxing and Review

Is this the iPad for you?

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After two years, Apple has finally changed the look of the iPad mini!

Gone are the thick bezels and home button in favor of a trendy fullscreen look a la iPad Pro and iPad Air.

Having a smaller form factor doesn’t mean it’s less powerful. While not as powerful as the M1 iPad Pro, the new iPad mini still has an A15 Bionic that’s similar to the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro series. It surely is a step ahead over last year’s iPad Air.

It may not have the most advanced Face ID system, but Touch ID still lives on — now found on its power button.

But are these features enough to make you buy one? Or do you still want the bigger screen of the iPad Air?

Head over to our 2021 iPad mini review to know which iPad is your GadgetMatch.

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Redmi 10 review: Page out of a premium playbook

That 50-megapixel shooter is the saving grace

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Budget phones used to be just budget phones. They used to lack groundbreaking features to make your experience seamless. And you’ll need to shell out a lot of cash just to get a decent phone that actually works. But I was speaking about budget phones from around five years ago.

In 2021, smartphone companies are reinventing what it means to have an entry-level handset. Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi, which has been leading the segment for a few years now, seems to set the course again on a new range of affordable smartphones.

Meet the Redmi 10 — the successor to its popular Redmi 9 — offering premium-like design and smart features but with a price tag that you can easily reach.

Finally looking like its siblings

The Redmi 10 rehashed its looks, looking differently than its predecessor. It employed the same design language found on other Redmi and Xiaomi smartphones, which was a trend started by Samsung — trickling down from its flagship to the more affordable Galaxy A series.

Somehow, it’s working since the Redmi 10 looks sleeker and it can be quite difficult to tell the difference compared to the Redmi Note 10 Pro. And even the Xiaomi 10T Pro. Unless, of course, you’re a tech junkie and a Xiaomi fan. But that’s probably the case when you have the Carbon Gray color option.

Nonetheless, the Redmi 10 in Carbon Gray looks neutral yet sleek with its frosted glass-looking back which is just actually plastic. But it makes up for being lightweight so it doesn’t put a strain on your hands for endless scrolling on TikTok. Just a heads-up, though. Carbon Gray is a smudge-magnet so you need to slap a clear case on — which comes in the box.

Moving to its frame and details, it’s also made of plastic but it comes with sweet, round edges and flat sides. Which I appreciate because the era of curved phones is now in my past.

SIM tray

The left side houses the SIM tray while the volume rockers and the power button doubling as a fingerprint scanner are found on the right.

Power button/fingerprint scanner and volume rockers

Speaking of which, gliding your fingers across the scanner will prompt it to read your fingerprint easily — but it takes a second to boot the phone.

On the top side of the frame, you can find a stereo speaker, IR blaster, and the well-loved 3.5mm audio jack.

On the bottom side are the other loudspeaker and a USB-C port.

Performing quite well for your needs

Let’s talk about the design again, but on the front panel of the phone. The Redmi 10 sports a 6.5-inch IPS LCD panel with 2400×1800 resolution. It’s adorned with thinner bezels equal on all sides except the chin. The punch-hole cutout seems bigger than other smartphones employing the same approach, too.

Despite the front design that clearly indicates it’s still a budget phone, the magic lies behind it. The Redmi 10 comes with the latest MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11. Having said that, you can expect that even if you have an entry-level device, Xiaomi will still supply you with core Android updates.

It also has a 90Hz refresh rate — which seems to be a staple to most smartphones. People are always clamoring about higher refresh rates for their gaming needs, and to be “in”. It also comes with AdaptiveSync, which adjusts the refresh rate depending on the content being viewed.

When you watch on Netflix, or if you play online games, AdaptiveSync will adjust accordingly. So you don’t have to worry about the battery life that easily drains when using a higher refresh rate. But then again, the Redmi 10 sports a 5,000mAh battery. It lasted me a day of heavy use and lasted up to three days when I put it on standby.

Although, my only problem would be its max 18W capacity when it comes to “fast” charging. So the 22.5W charging brick included won’t be of any help. It takes more than an hour to fill the juice, making it your cue to detach from your phone for a little while.

The dealbreakers

I only played Mobile Legends: Bang Bang on the Redmi 10 since it’s the only mobile game I play right now. I put it into the highest settings possible, in which case it performed decently.

However, I experienced the same type of drag I had when I used the Infinix Note 10 Pro. There was a noticeable delay — which lasts for one to two seconds — when toggling buttons and switching scenes inside the game. The delay still occurs even if you change to the lowest setting possible.

I’m starting to think that it’s a similar theme for budget phones, but it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker especially when you consistently play in the budget segment.

And even with a Helio G88 processor, the phone heats up a little while you’re playing mid-game. Nonetheless, it still performs decently as expected out of an entry-level handset. To expect more from it is just asking too much — there’s a Redmi Note 10 Pro if you want better performance at an easily reachable price tag.

The Redmi 10 comes in various configurations depending on your country: 4GB/64GB, 4GB/128GB, and 6GB/128GB. It has expandable storage through a dedicated microSD card slot.

What worries me is that the internal storage uses an eMMC 5.1 chip, not the UFS. So the reading and writing of data is slower and might wear out over time. Translation: slowed down performance after considerable updates.

So if you’re thinking of multitasking and using this phone for work, I’d advise you not to. Use it casually so you can make it last longer.

Specs

Processor

MediaTek Helio G88

Configuration

4GB/64GB, 4GB/128GB, and 6GB/128GB

Battery

5000mAh + 18W charging

OS

Android 11, MIUI 12.5

Front camera

8MP

Rear camera

50MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP

Display

6.5” FHD+ IPS LCD

90Hz refresh rate

2460×1080 resolution

Dimension

162 x 75.5 x 8.9 mm

50-megapixel goodness?

It’s rare for an entry-level smartphone to have a high megapixel count. In a way, the Redmi 10 is raising the bar for smartphones in the budget segment. After all, it delivers a quad-camera system: a 50-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro shooter, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, it has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter.

For most people, this kind of camera setup works. So we took a few samples to see if the Redmi 10 can cover the bases.

For regular shots, the Redmi 10 takes decent captures both indoors and outdoors. As long as it comes with sufficient lighting. When taking backlit shots, the Redmi 10 doesn’t post-process and keeps shadows dark.

When using the ultra wide-angle lens, the Redmi 10 struggles with exposure and highlights both day and night.

Food photos aren’t tasty-looking due to their lack of vibrance, even if you use the AI Cam. To make it look even more appetizing, I used the 2X optical zoom to capture more details and take better flat lays.

Cutouts are okay whether auto shots at night or even the portrait mode. Except photos don’t look as detailed as they should.

The same goes for shots taken at night using auto mode and night mode.

Of course, we took samples using the 50-megapixel shooter. It did well during daytime shots, retaining as many details as it can but compromises when it comes to color accuracy. At night, on the other hand, still struggles with exposure and highlights — a noticeable flaw for a supposedly great quad-camera system.

Moving on to selfies, its 8-megapixel front shooter pads a slight beautification to its photos even if you turn off its beauty mode. Color balance also varies depending on the lighting condition.

In a way, it delivers how it’s supposed to. If anything, a filter wouldn’t hurt if you want to correct the color balance of the photos. There are built-in presets, but you can never go wrong with Instagram filters!

Is this your BudgetMatch?

There are things to love about the Redmi 10, and there are things that might raise some red flags. Depending on your needs, the Redmi 10 can cover the base and perform decently as expected of an entry-level smartphone. It’s got a sleeker look, a 50-megapixel shooter that you can show off, a 90Hz refresh rate — all at an affordable price tag.

But if you’re asking for it to do more, then you’re way better off choosing something else. For nearly the same price, there’s the POCO M3. For those who need better performance for all-around use, add a few more bucks and you can get the Redmi Note 10 Pro.

On another note, the realme 8 5G is also a good alternative granted you can increase your budget by a tad. It has similar features — a 90Hz refresh rate, same display and panel, same battery, and charging capability. But more importantly, it has 5G connectivity which helps for future-proofing.

Frankly, the Redmi 9T appears so much better it feels like this one’s a downgrade. The only salvation for the Redmi 10 is that it’s got a better look, smarter features, and it has a 50-megapixel shooter compared to the alternatives mentioned.

If all your needs are covered, then this could be your BudgetMatch. But to most people, the Redmi 10 falls short especially when it comes to that eMMC 5.1 storage — when most smartphones are using UFS already.

The Redmi 10 retails for PhP 7,590 for the 4GB+64GB variant, and PhP 8,590 for the 6GB+128GB variant. It comes in three colors: Carbon Gray, Pebble White, Sea Blue. It’s available for purchase at Xiaomi’s official stores and authorized retailers.

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