Redmi Note10S Review: We will examine the performance of the Redmi Note 10S in real-life and tell you if it is worth your money.
Since the launch of the first Redmi Note smartphone in 2014, the Redmi Note series has been a popular budget smartphone range in India.
The company also recently launched the Redmi Note 10S, which I find confusing. Redmi Note 10s is priced at Rs 14,999. This is only Rs 1,000 less than the Redmi Note 10 Pro which is at Rs 15,999.
Since I’ve been using the device for a while, I am trying to determine if it is worth the money. Or should you spend Rs 1,000 more and get the Pro version instead. This review will cover my experiences with the Redmi Note 10S, and answer your question about whether this device should be your primary smartphone.
Redmi Note10S: Design Review
The Redmi Note 10S has a slim design that feels very light in the hand. It’s easy to use and comfortable. It looks very similar to the Redmi Note 10. This isn’t bad. Xiaomi’s new Redmi Note is more stylish than the rest, which is a positive point.
Although I don’t like the plastic frame and back panel on this phone, others might. It depends on what you want your smartphone to look like. Personally, I would prefer a metal frame from Xiaomi.
Although I like the matte back panel, it has a little bit of flexibility when you press down on the centre. This is something we’ve seen on phones in this price range, and Xiaomi is no different. It is amazing to see the camera module protected with a glass shell at this price.
The IR blaster is located at the top of the edge. This feature is a great addition to any smartphone. The secondary microphone and stereo speaker are also found on the top edge. The volume rockers and power buttons are located at the right edge.
The SIM tray is on the left side. The power button doubles as the fingerprint scanner, which I prefer to the in-display ones. The bottom edge also houses the USB Type-C port as well as the primary microphone, and the primary stereo speaker. The 3.5mm headphone socket is also included.
The look of the quad-camera module in the Redmi Note 10 is very similar. The Deep Sea Blue variant I received to review is my preference over the Black or White options. It makes the device seem more expensive than it is.
Redmi Note10S Review: Display
Redmi Note 10S has a 6.43 inch full HD+ AMOLED screen with a peak brightness of 1100 and a resolution of 2340×1080 Pixels. This display is very good in indoor and outdoor environments. It’s bright and clear.
The AMOLED panel makes blacks look deeper than other panels. It also makes colours feel very appealing. Redmi has created a very appealing colour profile for this display panel in order to make it shine.
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display. This ensures that you have some security. I didn’t like the 60Hz panel over the 90Hz panel. This makes content consumption and user experience much more smoother.
The display was overall very good, except for the slow refresh rate. It was great for watching Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and other streaming services.
The gaming experience is also excellent. It is one of the best smartphone displays that I have ever used, especially considering the price.
Redmi Note10S: Performance Review
The Redmi Note 10S’s performance isn’t something I expected to be lacking, especially considering the Redmi Note 10’s handling of pressure during our review. The Redmi Note 10S certainly did not disappoint.
The device performed well while being used for calls, browsing social networking apps, clicking photos and watching videos.
During my multitasking test, there were 48 tabs open in Chrome, 32 in Opera browser, 38 Firefox, and 28 Brave. There were also 18 apps running in background.
Switching between browser tabs and apps at the same time allowed me to exert a lot pressure on the phone, which is amazing for a phone this expensive.
The device stopped most tabs from being opened and prevented around 12 other apps from running in the background. The device didn’t hang or restart despite being under so much pressure. This is a good sign, I believe.
It was very easy to use the device for basic games such as Crossy Road, City Takeover, and Among Us. There were no stutters. This was to be expected.
The best games are those that have heavier games such as Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends. Shadow Fight 4 is the most enjoyable.
To my surprise, there were no major lags or stutters in all games. Although there were moments when the device tried too hard to catch up with me, I found the gaming experience quite enjoyable.
Note: Although the phone got warm during intense gaming sessions, it was still manageable.
Redmi Note10S: Software Review
Xiaomi is listening to customers and has made MIUI 12.5 more user-friendly than the previous version.
MIUI 12 was easy to use. MIUI 12.5 is intuitive and offers many features such as the ability to hide system applications, Super wallpapers, privacy-focused settings, and much more. The software allows you to personalize the interface, making it feel more personal than generic.
Redmi Note10S: Battery Review
Redmi Note 10S comes with a 5,000mAh battery that can provide two days of use for light gaming, browsing, social media, and taking photos. With heavy gaming and Netflix, I was able to get an entire day of battery. The in-box charger was able to fully charge the device within just one and a quarter hours, from zero to 100.
Redmi Note10S Review: Cameras
Redmi Note 10S features a quad-camera setup. It includes a 64-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor. A 2-megapixel macro lens is also included.
The primary sensor captured images were sharp and vivid in good lighting conditions. The images were even more attractive when shot in 64-megapixel mode. You won’t miss any shot because the shutter works fast.
The phone’s low light photography is not great and it performs poorly for the price. There was a lot noise and grain in the photos. These low-light photos looked dull. Although night mode helped to brighten the photos, it didn’t do much.
Images taken with the ultra-wide angle sensor were vibrant and detailed under good lighting. Low light results were comparable to the primary wide angle sensor. The macro lens was not as good as I expected. Xiaomi should have gotten rid of it.
The Redmi Note 10S’s camera performance is comparable to other phones in the same price range. Although the device can capture great shots in good light, it does not perform well in low-light conditions. The depth sensor and macro lens could also have been left out.
In good lighting conditions, the front camera can take decent images. The images may appear a little too exposed if the light source is only one angle. Night photography using the front camera for night is not recommended.
Redmi Note10S Review: Verdict
The Redmi Note 10S phone is fast and looks great. It is however Rs 1,000 less than the Redmi Note 10 Pro. The Redmi Note 10 Pro has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732 SoC. It also features a 120Hz refresh rate LCD and many other great features.
I recommend spending Rs 1,000 more to get a better phone, such as the Redmi Note 10 Pro. If you have a limited budget, the Redmi Note 10S is an option.
Also read: Redmi 9 Power Review