Redmi note 10s 5000Mah Battery Mobile review
The Redmi Note 10S is a more powerful version of the Redmi Note 10 that was launched in March this year. Redmi Note 10 is a good smartphone that has scored a good score in our review. Xiaomi claims that the Redmi Note 10 has a different processor, using more RAM and a good primary camera sensor with a higher resolution to push the price up a bit. Should you pay premium for Redmi Note 10S or spend this money elsewhere? I put the Redmi Note 10S through my tests to find out.
Redmi Note 10S price in India 2021
The Redmi Note 10S is more premium than the Redmi Note 10 (Review) and is available in two variants. The base variant has 64GB storage and 6GB RAM and is priced at Rs. 14,999. 128GB storage The higher variant with 6GB RAM is priced at Rs. 15,999.
Redmi Note 10S design
Both the Redmi Note 10S and the Redmi Note 10 are similar in appearance, making it impossible to differentiate between the two, unless you find the new model in its exclusive Deep Sea Blue colour. The gradient finish that is present in this new variant looks fresh. Just like the Redmi Note 10 phone, the Note 10S is also available in colors like Frost White and Shadow Black.
The Redmi Note 10S is a slim smartphone, measuring 8.29mm, and weighing 179 grams. The polycarbonate back side is also curved which makes it comfortable to hold. The camera module is on the left side at the back and it is not too protruding. Silver highlights have been given to draw attention to the new 64-megapixel primary camera.
Redmi Note 10S
Redmi Note 10S sports a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with Corning Glass 3 for protection. You will see a big camera hole at the top of the phone. The display has thin bezels on the sides while its chin is quite thick. The frame of Redmi Note 10S is made of plastic. It is curved on the sides, and is relatively flat at the bottom and top.
The phone’s power button also houses an integrated capacitive fingerprint scanner and is located on the right side of the phone along with the volume buttons. The Redmi Note 10S also has stereo speakers along with speakers at the bottom and top. The IR emitter usually seen on Redmi smartphones is at the top along with the secondary microphone. The 3.5mm headphone jack and USB Type-C port are placed at the bottom.
You get water resistance and IP53 dust on the Redmi Note 10S which is not very common in this price range either. You’ll also notice a rubber flange on all sides of the SIM tray to help prevent water from getting into the device. The battery capacity remains unchanged compared to the Redmi Note 10 at 5,000mAh. You get a 33W charger in the box which is a good considering the price of this smartphone.
Redmi Note 10S specifications and software
The Redmi Note 10 is powered by a much more powerful MediaTek Helio G95 processor compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 678. The processor is also paired with 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and you get to choose between 64GB and 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage. There is also a dedicated slot for storage.
The Redmi Note 10S also sports an AMOLED display with full-HD+ resolution and a peak brightness of 1100 nits. It has good viewing angles and was legible in sunlight. You can also adjust the color and color temperature of the display to suit your needs. The Redmi Note 10S also supports Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, VoLTE and VoWiFi. It is a dual-SIM device and can support two Nano-SIMs.
Xiaomi ships the Redmi Note 10S with MIUI 12.5, making it the first smartphone to run the latest version of MIUI. The UI runs on top of Android 11 and my unit had this April Android security patch. The Redmi Note 10S was still running the interim version of MIUI 12.5 during the review period, and according to the company more features will be added soon. During setup the phone asked for permission to enable Glance for Mi, a wallpaper carousel service which I declined because it shows sponsored content. The phone offers a lot of preinstalled apps but I can remove most of them, which is a good option. I also received promotional notifications from GetApps and Themes app while using the smartphone.
Redmi Note 10S performance and battery life
The Redmi Note 10S phone performs very well and shows no signs of slowing down during the review period. There is 6GB of RAM which helps in making multitasking a lot easier. I found the AMOLED display to have decent viewing angles, and it gets quite bright when outdoors. The stereo speakers are a neat addition and help enhance the video watching experience on the Redmi Note 10S. The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is easy to reach and unlocks the smartphone quickly.
Call of Duty Mobile has run fine without any problems. It defaults to the High preset for graphics as well as frame rate. The game is playable at these settings without any degradation in performance and I haven’t noticed any interruptions during the gameplay. After playing for 10 minutes, I noticed that the battery level dropped by just 3 percent, and the phone was a bit warm.
The 5,000MAH battery in Redmi Note 10S is capable of delivering good battery life. I can easily use the smartphone for more than a day on a single charge. I haven’t noticed any unusual battery drain either. In our HD video test, the phone managed to last for 17 hours and 26 minutes, which is also a good score. Xiaomi bundles a 33Watt charger in the box, which took the smartphone from zero to 40 percent in thirty minutes and to 67 percent in an hour.
Redmi Note 10S cameras
Redmi Note 10S has the same quad-camera setup as Redmi Note 10, except that the resolution of the primary camera sensor is also slightly higher. Talking about the camera, it has a 64-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide There is also an angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It also has a 13-megapixel shooter for selfies.
Most of the different shooting modes in Xiaomi’s camera app are well-crafted, making it easy to pick the one you want. Sadly, even enabling macro mode still requires multiple taps. The camera app also has AI and gives you a quick toggle for it.
Photos taken with the Redmi Note 10S in broad daylight were average and looked oversharp. Nearby objects had good detail but distant objects appeared blurry. Photos shot at full 64-megapixel resolution also had relatively little detail and weren’t as sharp as pixel-binned ones. With the ultra-wide angle camera, you can capture a wider shot but details weren’t as good, and there was noticeable distortion at the edges.
Low-light shots appeared flat, and distant objects looked grainy. The phone managed to keep noise under control, but the photo shots I’ve seen at this price weren’t the best either. With Night Mode enabled, photo quality was a bit sharper and shots had slightly finer details. The ultra-wide angle camera also fails to take good shots at night and is only used for daylight scenarios.