Redmi Note 10 Pro, Realme 7 Pro, Galaxy M32, and more: specifications wishlist for next-generation mid-range smartphones

Highlights
  • The wish list includes Samsung Galaxy M32, Redmi Note 10 Pro, Realme 7 Pro, and POCO X3
  • We have compiled the list of improvements we would like to see on the successor models to popular existing mid-range phones

While Xiaomi was ruling the mid-range bracket a couple of years ago, it received competition last year from the likes of Samsung and Realme in this segment. Nowadays, the competition is so intense that it is hard to even recommend one phone to anyone as smartphones by these brands offer a different set of features to customers and different models are suitable to different needs. If we take into account all features and specifications, four smartphones stand out from the rest – Redmi Note 9 Pro (review), Realme 6 Pro (review), Samsung Galaxy M31 (review), and POCO X2 (review). Considering there is still room for improvement on all these models, we decided to make a wishlist of features and specifications we would love to see on the successors to these phones, i.e. Redmi Note 10 Pro, Realme 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy M32, and POCO X3. No, we don’t have the confirmation on these phone names yet but let’s keep these as placeholder names for now.

As we do not have even leaks or rumours about these phones, the wishlist is purely based on the specifications of the predecessor models to these phones. Also, we have tried to be as realistic as possible with these expectations. Without wasting any time, let’s get right into the wishlist for the next generation of mid-range smartphones:

Redmi Note 10 Pro

Redmi Note 9 Pro impressed us in most departments and rightly so, the handset manages to tick most of the key areas when it comes to user needs on a daily basis. However, as we pointed out in a review, we were left ever so slightly disappointed by the regular 60Hz display panel on the phone. We also pointed out that the handset featured a slower charging speed (18W) than its competitors in the price segment. This means, the specifications we wish to be included on the Redmi Note 10 Pro are:

  • A higher refresh rate display: We would prefer the Redmi Note 10 Pro to have a 90Hz or 120Hz display rather than the generic 60Hz panel.
  • Faster charging: Support for 30W fast charging or higher would make life much easier for users.
  • Removal of excessive bloatware and ads: Most users prefer a clean user interface with very few pre-installed apps, we will have to see if the brand will eventually change its approach in this regard. Some users also complained that ‘Disable ads’ feature in the MIUI 11 is not effective enough. We would like for the brand to ensure this is not the case with the next iteration of the phone’s UI. 

Realme 7 Pro

Realme 6 Pro has been one of the most popular phones in this category and as the handset manages to offer a high refresh rate display in this category is indeed commendable. Now, Realme 6 Pro manages to offer some really good features but just like other phones on this list, there is still room for improvement here. The high refresh rate display, as you might expect, drains the battery really fast and the software on the phone constantly bothers users with spam notifications. Therefore, the improvements we would like to see on Realme 7 Pro over the Realme 6 Pro are:

  • 120Hz AMOLED display: If POCO can give us a 120Hz display in this price segment, we can surely expect Realme to do the same.
  • Bigger battery: As we want a 120Hz display on the phone, the brand will have to include a bigger battery on the phone as otherwise it will become difficult for the phone to provide backup for even one day.
  • Remove spam notifications: Software on the Realme 7 Pro should get rid of spam notifications as the user experience is constantly bogged down by these unnecessary and intrusive pop-up ads.
  • Water-repellent coating: This one hardly needs any explanation.

Samsung Galaxy M32

One of the masterstrokes from the South Korean brand, Samsung Galaxy M31 offers excellent battery life and a brilliant AMOLED display. While it was impossible to say just a few years back, Samsung has really improved its software game and the brand’s mid-range phones are definitely benefitting as a result. Considering that M31s leaks are here already, we will be skipping directly to our wishlist for Galaxy M32. Here are a few things that can make the Galaxy M31’s follow-up an even more irresistible offering than the earlier models from the series:

  • Infinity-O display: While it might not be the perfect solution for offering the best non-intrusive viewing experience, Infinity-O display would definitely be a massive improvement over the Infinity-U display design, which looks dated at this point and time.
  • Processor: Another improvement that we need to see will be in the processor department, while Exynos 9611 is not a total slouch, we would prefer to see a more powerful chipsets on Samsung’s next offering in the series.
  • Fingerprint sensor: We would prefer for the phone to have an in-display or side-mounted fingerprint sensor as these are widely considered to be more convenient than the rear-mounted module.
  • Gorilla Glass 5 and P2i nano-coating: Galaxy M31 comes with a Gorilla Glass 3 protection and without a P2i nano-coating. We would definitely like to see an improvement in these departments on the Galaxy M32.

POCO X3

POCO X2 is still the most affordable phone with a display that supports 120Hz refresh rate in the market months after its launch and this is definitely a commendable feat. The image quality offered by the primary camera setup manages to impress in most lighting situations, which is again something that we don’t get to see all that often. However, these are the points that will help POCO X3 become an even better phone than its predecessor:

  • AMOLED display: While the 120Hz display is one of the most exciting things about the POCO X2, the experience is slightly marred by the fact that the phone doesn’t offer an AMOLED panel. We would definitely like the brand to go ahead with an AMOLED panel instead of an LCD on the POCO X3.
  • Processor: We would also like to see an improved processor on the handset as driving higher frame rates without any drops would require no compromises on this front.