Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S hands-on review

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The Redmi Note 10S is another smartphone from Xiaomi in the crowded Redmi Note 10 series. This is launched in India amidst three other Redmi Note 10 models including Redmi Note 10, Redmi Note 10 Pro and Redmi Note 10 Pro Max.

The Redmi Note 10S sits between the Redmi Note 10 and the Redmi Note 10 Pro and is largely identical to the Redmi Note 10, but with a better camera and chipset on paper. However, it is closer to the Redmi Note 10 Pro in price than the Redmi Note 10, so the camera and chipset are better at getting you to buy this phone instead of just getting the Pro model. But then again, that may be the plan.

Overview of Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S specifications:

  • Body: 160.5×74.5×8.3mm, 179g; #missing body materials #; IP53, dust and splash protection.
  • Screen: 6.43 “AMOLED, 450 nits (type), 1100 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G95 (12 nm): Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G76 MC4.
  • Memory: 64 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 8 GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
  • OS / software: Android 11, MIUI 12.5.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 64 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 1.97 “, 0.7 um, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2, 118 °, 1 / 4.0 “, 1.12 µm; Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 13 MP, f / 2.5, (wide), 1 / 3.06 “, 1.12 µm.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30/60 / 120fps, 720p @ 960fps; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 33W.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); Infrared port; 3.5 mm jack plug.

The Redmi Note 10S is also the first phone in India to be launched with MIUI 12.5 out of the box. Xiaomi calls this a “temporary” version of 12.5, which means it lacks some of the features of the final release, but we’ll just have to see about that.


The retail box is by no means special. It includes the usual user manuals, a USB-A to USB-C cable for data transfer and charging, a transparent silicone case that is quite difficult to put on and remove, and a charging stone rated at 33W.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10's practical review

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