The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S starts at Rs. 14,999 in India.
Xiaomi had recently unveiled it’s Redmi Note 10, Note 10 Pro, and Note 10 Pro Max in India in March. Redmi Note 10S is priced Rs. 14,999 in India
Redmi Note 10S is the fourth under the Redmi Note 10 series. The series includes the Redmi Note 10, Redmi Note 10 Pro and Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. A few weeks back, the Redmi Note 10S was already launched in Europe featuring a MediaTek Helio G95 SoC.
Key specifications (In Europe)
- 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel
- Drop-notch cutout
- MediaTek Helio G95 SoC
- Quad-camera array
- 64 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP
- 13 MP
- 6 / 64 GB | 6 / 128 GB
- MIUI 12, Android 11
- 5,000 mAh battery | 33W fast charging
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S sports a 6.43-inch FHD+ 60Hz AMOLED panel with 83.5% screen-to-body ratio, 409 ppi density and 1100 nits peak brightness. The panel covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, features a 4,500,000:1 contrast ratio, and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 layer.
The back panel is made from plastic though it does look like Glass and metal in the photos. It is IP53 splash resistance certified.
The main aspect of a smartphone is it’s performance. The role of a chipset is not just limited to gaming and other heavy tasks. It plays a major role in the processing of an image as well. The processing work that happens behind the screen for a fraction of seconds is all the function of the chipset.
The Redmi Note 10S has the MediaTek Helio G95 chipset which is a reasonable good performance chipset. Based on 12nm process, the Octa-core processor though is not much battery efficient, it does the required work neatly.
Gaming can be done, though it is not a gaming-centric device. PUBG, ASPHALT 9 can be played with little frame-drops and stutters which is common at this price point.
OS and UI
The MIUI is the most criticized smartphone UI. The main reason being the creepy ads and notifications which are very annoying. Though there is a option to block ads, it doesn’t function completely well. There are a bunch of pre-installed applications, most of which can be uninstalled through a click.
The main issue that every Mi user faces is the downgrading performance after successive updates. While updates are meant to improve the device capability and strength, it is not the case with Mi smartphones. With every new Xiaomi smartphone launching, the company tries more to degrade the quality of their old phones through software updates. This is a marketing strategy to force users to buy a new smartphone. The main fact why people prefer Xiaomi is due to their low-price high-spec devices.
An important to be noted is that while companies like Samsung constantly provide software updates, both Android updates and OneUI updates, Xiaomi does not do so. It provides it’s MIUI updates regularly while the Android OS underneath remains the same (no update). Even the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra with a price tag of Rs.70k provides only one Android update but 4 years of MIUI updates.
As for cameras, there are four of them on the rear and a single 13MP selfie shooter in the water-drop cut-out at the top center of the screen. The quad array at the back boasts a 64 MP f/1.9 primary sensor, a 8 MP Ultrawide angle lens and a depth and macro sensor counting 2MP each. The 2MP sensors does add to the design and the beauty of the phone. Other than that do not expect much from them.
The rear camera records 4K30 fpswhile the front camera records only 1080@30 fps.
Memory and Storage Configuration
The Redmi Note 10S is priced the following for their corresponding configurations.
- 6GB + 64GB – ₹14,999 ($204)
- 6GB + 128GB – ₹15,999 ($217)
The RAM type is LPDDR4X and the storage type is the older UFS 2.2 storage.
Connectivity features include the following
- Dual-SIM, 4G
- Dual-band Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 5.0,
- A-GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS, BeiDou).
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S has dual-stereo speakers with the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S packs a 5,000mAh large battery with 33W fast charging.
Under the hood, the sensors included are side-mounted fingerprint sensor, z-axis linear vibration motor, infrared sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass, 360° ambient light sensor and gyroscope