Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 10S, its latest Redmi smartphone last month in India. Its key features include a 6.43-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with up to 1100 nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, MediaTek Helio G95 processor with 6GB of RAM, quad rear camera setup with 64MP main camera, and a 5000mAh battery with fast charging support. The phone is now available for a starting price of Rs. 14,999. So should you go for this new mid-range phone? We have been using the phone for a while now and here’s our detailed Redmi Note 10S review.

Redmi Note 10S Review

Pros:

  • Bright AMOLED Display
  • Powerful Processor
  • Good Battery Life

Cons:

  • Average Camera
  • Bloatware in UI

Key Specifications

Display 6.43-inch FHD+ (2400×1080) pixels AMOLED, 1100nits brightness, Gorilla Glass 3
Dimensions, and Weight 8.3 mm thick, 178.8 g
Operating System Android 11 with MIUI 12.5
Processor Octa-core, Mediatek Helio G95 (12nm) Up to 2.05GHz, Mali G76 GPU
Rear Camera 64MP + 2MP Macro + 8MP Ultrawide + 2MP Depth
Front Camera 13MP
Battery and Charging 5000mAh, 33W Fast Charger inside the box
Audio, Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0, Dual 4G VoLTE,  3.5mm jack, Stereo Speakers, and USB Type C
Variants and Price in INR 6GB+64GB- 14,999, 6GB+128GB- 15,999

Redmi Note 10S Box Content

The phone comes with all the essentials inside the box. Following are the box contents:

  • 1 unit Redmi Note 10S
  • Mi 33W Fast Charging Adapter
  • USB Type-A to Type C Cable
  • Clear TPU Case
  • SIM Ejector Tool
  • User Manuals

Redmi Note 10S Design & Build Quality

The Redmi Note 10S is the latest edition in Redmi Note 10 series, and it even looks like the Redmi Note 10. The gradient finish looks cool, especially in the new Deep Sea Blue color that we got. Other colors are similar to the Redmi Note 10- Shadow Black and Frost White. The back panel is made of polycarbonate, but that doesn’t make any difference in its looks. The frame is also made out of plastic and it is curved which is also an add-on in terms of looks.

Unlike most smartphones these days, the Redmi Note 10S is a lightweight and slim smartphone, measuring 8.3mm in thickness, and 179g weight respectively. Apart from this, the back is curved along the sides, so the phone is quite comfortable to hold and use even with one hand. The power button integrates a fingerprint scanner and is well-positioned, and so are the volume buttons above.

The camera module has a silver highlight around it which catches the eye. Also, there is not that much camera bump as it looks like in photos, so when you place the phone on a flat surface, it remains flat.

The Redmi Note 10S comes with stereo speakers with speakers at the top and bottom. Also, just like other Redmi smartphones, there is an IR blaster at the top along with the secondary mic. The USB Type-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack are located at the bottom. Interestingly, Redmi Note 10S also comes with an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance, which is a good thing.

Redmi Note 10S Display

The Redmi Note 10S sports a big display that is very bright and offers vibrant colors, thanks to the AMOLED technology. This  6.43-inch AMOLED panel also has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. There are thin bezels on each side, but the bottom chin is a little bit noticeable. At the top, there is a small punch-hole at the center.

The  AMOLED display also comes with a Full-HD+ resolution and offers a peak brightness of 1100 nits. In our testing we found its brightness level at 559LUX, which is quite good, looking at its price point.

So, because of this, the display also offers good viewing angles and it is visible even under sunlight.

The phone also comes with display settings to adjust the color scheme and temperature, and some modes like Reading mode, anti-flicker mode, and Sunlight mode.

Another good feature in terms of the display is the Always-on display. Just like premium phones, you can set a custom image on AOD. Otherwise, there are default screensavers like Analog clocks, Kaleidoscope, and some cool backgrounds. You can also change text color, and select which items to display from battery percentage and notifications.

Hardware, Performance

The Redmi Note 10S packs a powerful MediaTek Helio G95 processor that is paired with 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM. You get two storage options- 64GB and 128GB which is a UFS 2.2 type storage. The phone also has an option for storage expansion with a dedicated microSD slot.

Helio G95 processor is powerful enough for all the normal day-to-day usage. It is clocked at 2.05GHz. The Redmi Note 10S managed to score 330,650 points in the AnTuTu benchmark. The read and write speed of the phone is also good with UFS type of storage.

Gaming Performance

If we talk about the gaming performance of the Redmi Note 10S, it is up to the mark for a mid-range phone as MediaTek’s G95 is a good chipset for gaming. We played Call of Duty Mobile and it was smooth gaming at max frame rates.

The phone got a little warm on the upper half, near the camera module, but it was not that “hot”, even after more than 30 minutes of gaming. We did not try any other game as of now, but we are sure this phone can run all the games, including the heavy ones without much trouble.

Software and UI

The Redmi Note 10S is running on MIUI 12.5 on top of Android 11, so basically it is the first Xiaomi smartphone with the latest MIUI version in India. The addition of Android 11 adds some features to MIUI and this version of MIUI 12.5 will also get more features with the stable release. As of now, there are some new features including privacy features, new notification sounds, and some cross-border connecting features.

Apart from this, the new UI comes with many already installed apps like Amazon, Facebook, Zili, Netflix, Messenger, Truecaller, etc. You can uninstall all these apps at any time. Apart from this, there is an app vault at the left swipe on the home screen which has those annoying recommendations, advanced tools, popular games, etc. You can also remove these from settings.

Camera Performance

Coming to the camera performance, the Redmi Note 10S sports a quad-camera setup with a 64-megapixel primary camera. There is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. There is a 13-megapixel selfie camera.

Talking about camera performance, the phone captures colors accurately most of the time, especially when the lighting is right. The 64MP mode is not much different than the normal mode except for it offers some good detailing in pictures. But who wants a 20MB picture clogging up their memory?

Coming to the portrait mode, the edge detection is good but not that perfect. In some cases, it’s visible that the phone has failed to detect the perfect edge of the object. The background blur is good and colors are also not much affected in this mode.

The camera also has a night mode for low-light pictures, which does perform better in some cases. This mode clicks clearer shots even at night and only artificial lights are there.

For videos, there are all usual modes including slow motion, time-lapse. There is also a short video mode as well as a document scanner in the camera.

Coming to the front camera, the phone clicks social-media-worthy pictures from the front camera. It has beautification mode activated by default which can not be very appealing for all. However, you can turn this off. The selfie camera also has a portrait mode which blurs out backgrounds just perfectly.

Camera Samples

Battery and Charging

Redmi Note 10S packs a massive 5000mAh battery which has become common these days in most Android phones. This much size is usually capable of delivering more than one day of usage very easily on a single charge if you are not a heavy user. So did Redmi Note 10S in our testing, also, it did not show any sudden battery drain.

If we talk about charging, Xiaomi has been offering a 33W charger in the Redmi Note 10S box which can charge its big battery at a good rate. The fast charger took the smartphone from zero to 40 percent in thirty minutes and to 100 percent in approx 80 minutes.

Redmi Note 10S Speakers

As mentioned above, the phone comes with stereo speakers with one speaker at the top and one at the bottom. So, in terms of audio, it offers loud and less distorted sound quality. So, while watching movies or playing games, you will feel the real difference in sound. In our testing, we found its audio levels at 100 decibels. It also supports Hi-Res certified audio.

Connectivity and Others

The Redmi Note 10S comes with all the usual and necessary connectivity options like Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, dual 4G VoLTE, and VoWiFi. The phone can use two Nano-SIMs and as mentioned both can be 4G. Also, it has a 3.5mm headphone jack for connecting wired headphones, and you can also control your TV or AC remotely with its IR blaster.

Common Queries

Q. Do earphones come inside the Redmi Note 10S box?

A. No, earphones are not there in the box.

Q. Does Redmi Note 10S comes with a fast charger in the box?

A. Yes. Redmi Note 10S comes with a 33W fast charger in the box.

Q. Does Redmi Note 10S have a dedicated SD card slot?

A. Yes, it comes with a dedicated SD card slot, so you can 2 Sim cards and 1 SD card at once.

Q. Can I use two 4G (Jio) SIM cards on Redmi Note 10S?

A. Yes, you can use two 4G SIM cards at the same time as it supports the Dual VoLTE feature.

Q. Can I remote control my TV, and AC with Redmi Note 10S?

A. Yes, Redmi Note 10S comes with an IR blaster that allows you to control some appliances like AC, TV.

Q. Does Redmi Note 10S support WiFi calling?

A. Yes, Redmi Note 10S supports VoWiFi or WiFi calling feature.

Redmi Note 10S Review: Conclusion

With features like an AMOLED screen, 64MP Quad camera, and  5000mAh battery with a fast charger, Redmi Note 10S appears to be a good package at its price. However, at just Rs 1,000 more, you can also get a Redmi Note 10 Pro which comes with a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 732 processor, a 120Hz refresh rate display, as well as a better selfie camera. However, if you have a very strict budget that doesn’t allow extra 1000 bucks, then Redmi Note 10S can be a good choice for you.

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