Samsung Galaxy A22 vs Redmi Note 10
There are a ton of budget smartphones available for purchase and the OEMs are not relenting in churning out multiple variants of a budget device just so they can cover all possible market needs but this in a way has made the market over-saturated with a sea of devices, and it has become difficult to choose one device out of the myriad of devices out there. But worry not, that’s where this video comes in. In this video I’ll be taking a look at two devices in the budget market that I consider good all-rounders and you should be considering if you’re on a budget. I’m talking about the Samsung Galaxy A22 and the Redmi Note 10. Two very decent smartphones that are quite difficult to ignore if you’re on a budget but need some level of awesome.
Specifications, Build and Features
Both phones have glass fronts, plastic frames and plastic backs. With the Redmi sporting gorilla glass 3 in front while the A22 sports Gorilla glass 5 in front. This gives the Samsung a bit of an edge over the Redmi in terms of scratch resistance and durability.
You get a USB 2.0 Type C port, a 3.5mm headphone port, speaker grilles and a microphone at the bottom of both phones, on the left you have the sim trays. Both phones sport dual Nano SIM bays and also support for expandable storage using a micro SD card. At the top the Samsung Galaxy A22 sports just a noise cancellation microphone, which the Redmi also has, but the Redmi also includes a second external speaker, and an IR blaster. Both phones have their volume rockers and power buttons which also serves as a fingerprint readers on the right side of the phone. Camera placements are exactly the same on both phones, but the A22 uses a dew drop camera notch for the selfie cam, while the redmi uses a center cutout. Both phones use a camera island on the top left of the backside of the devices.
They both feel almost exactly the same. Glossy back plates and plastic sides. Overall they feel solid, compact and have almost the same dimensions. So for build quality here it’s a tie.
Both phones sport 6.4inch Super AMOLED Screens, with the Samsung’s screen refreshing at 90Hz while the Note 10 refreshes at 60Hz. The A22 has a slightly higher peak brightness at 600nits while the Redmi maxes out at 450 nits, they both sport 20:9 aspect ratios and up till this point the Samsung has basically better specs on the screen but….. The Redmi beats out the Samsung in the resolution department with a higher 1080×2400 resolution while the Galaxy A22 rocks a 720×1600 resolution. So for displays here it’s subjective, some people may prefer a higher resolution, while some others may prefer higher brightness and a smoother display. That being said, both screens have vibrant pictures and they are quite colorful I must say, Very deep blacks and viewing angles are great.
Holding both phones side by side and using the same wallpapers, the colors look practically the same although the Redmi screen is a tab bit cooler than the Samsung. But for quality, it looks overall crisper on the Redmi over the Galaxy A22.
Processor, storage and Memory
For the processors the Samsung Rocks the MediaTek Helio G80 based on a 12nm process with a Mali G52 GPU, while the Redmi Note 10 rocks a Snapdragon 678 Processor with an Adreno 612 GPU. They’re both 8 core CPUs and are both 64bit processors.
Both phones come with 4 or 6Gigs of LPDDR4 RAM, and both phones have three variants with differing storage options, One comes with 4Gig RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage and there’s a third option with 6Gigs of RAM and 256GB of storage. Although I don’t think we have this third option available here in Nigeria.
Both phones come with Android 11 out of the box with the Galaxy A22 having OneUI 3.1 skin and the Redmi Note 10 sporting Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 skin. On what skin is better is totally subjective and totally up to each person but they’re both solid skins, mostly clean and fluid. Both have very impressive dark modes, satisfying animations and beautiful icon sets. Settings page on both phones are also clean and well laid out. Overall these phones are on par software-wise.
Battery and Performance
Both devices have 5000mah batteries. The Redmi supports up to 33w fast charging while the Samsung does up to 15watts of fast charging.
From my usage, both phones typically last a day of moderate to heavy use and you’d find yourself charging these phones just once a day.
As for performance both phones perform at par, with the Samsung Galaxy A22 gain a slight edge over the Redmi. But this is a very slight speed difference in opening apps and you’d only see this if you have both phones side by side. These are budget devices so speed and performance are ok. Don’t expect anything super smooth. Also thanks to the 90hz refresh rate display the Samsung seem slightly smoother than the Redmi.
Both phones have 13MP wide angle selfie cameras and they both shoot video at 1080p@30FPS. And at the back, both phones also sport the same combination of a 48MP main wide angle, an 8MP Ultra-wide, a 2MP Macro and a 2MP depth sensing camera array. They also both shoot at 1080@30FPS, while the Redmi takes it one step higher by allowing shoot videos also at 4k@30FPS.
These phones are practically the same in terms of their picture quality and I have no complaints. Images from these cameras are almost identical.
So what’s the verdict here? Look these phones are incredible similar and the only things that separate them are the display resolution, fluidity and software experience as for everything else, you’re pretty much getting the same deal. Will I recommend these phone, if you’re on a budget of 100k and below, well yes, these are some of the better devices out there for that price range.
The Samsung Galaxy A22 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage will set you back N89,100 which converts to $185 and the 4+128GB option will set you back N97,600 which converts to $203. Pitching this against the Redmi Note 10 we have three variants, a 4+64GB option which costs N77,500 which converts to $161, a 4+128GB Option which costs N88,500 ($184) and the third and last variant with 6Gigs of RAM and 128GB storage which is going for N97,900 ($204).
So the Redmi has a more compelling pricing but they’re overall similar in term of pricing and features and which one you choose to get is up to your love for the brand and your pocket.
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