Redmi Note 10S Review: Is It Worth Your Money?

Redmi Note 10S Review
Redmi Note 10S Review: Is It Worth Your Money?

Android smartphone brands offer a range of phones with different specifications and different price points. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10s is a budget phone that doesn’t skimp on performance.

The Redmi Note 10S is the latest phone in the Redmi Note series from Xiaomi. If you’re looking for a budget phone that offers a good balance of features and performance, the Redmi Note 10S is a good choice. 

This is an Android One phone powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor. It has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It also has a face unlock feature and a 48-megapixel selfie camera.

The Redmi Note 10S, as its name implies, is Xiaomi’s latest budget phone with an 18.7:9 LCD. It’s a successor to the Redmi Note 9, which was an incremental update on the Redmi Note 8. 

We’ve had the Note 10S for several weeks now and have used it as our primary device, so we thought it would be a good idea to share our thoughts.

The Redmi Note 10S

The Redmi Note 10S, the cheapest smartphone in Xiaomi's lineup, is yet another budget phone with a notch display and an impressive camera. While most of the company's Redmi smartphones offer AI features, the Redmi Note 10S comes with face unlock for security and an improved camera for a sub Rs. 15,000 price tag. We got our hands on the Redmi Note 10S to review its camera and overall performance. 

Let's find out if the Redmi Note 10S is worth your money. The Redmi Note 10S is priced at Rs. 9,999 for the 4GB RAM variant and Rs. 11,999 for the 6GB RAM variant. 

The phone will be available via Flipkart and, while the company will also be bringing it to Mi Home stores and the Mi Preferred Partner stores in various cities.

➤ Design

Xiaomi made some crucial design changes to their previous smartphones and the design will stand out with Redmi Note 5. The new Redmi phone comes with a full metal body design, new notch design for 18:9 aspect ratio screen. 

The antenna band is positioned on the top side of the smartphone. Redmi Note 6 Pro also sports the same full metal body design with impressive design. The Redmi Note 6 Pro has a 6.26-inch display with FHD+ 2160 x 1080 pixels screen resolution. 

The phone has 2.5D curved glass design with FHD+ Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The company has changed the display from the predecessor to the new 18:9 aspect ratio with a notch at the top. The company has also added an infrared blaster on top. The device is also expected to offer Face Unlock feature.

➤ Display

The main highlight of the Redmi Note series is its display. Redmi Note smartphones offer stunning good screen-to-body ratio. The Redmi Note 7 is the latest handset that's based on an iPhone X-like notch display. 

On the other hand, the Redmi Note 8 has an extremely thin bezel on the top along with a slightly thicker chin, which also houses the selfie camera. Both the smartphones have an HD+ screen with 2.5D curved glass on top. 

They also offer Gorilla Glass protection on top. In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7 have a horizontally placed vertically placed in-display fingerprint sensor on the front, just like the Vivo V11 Pro and Nokia 7 Plus. 

As a result, these phones offer a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, but it might not be a deal breaker for some.

➤ Performance

Redmi Note 7 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor paired with Adreno 512 GPU for graphics performance. While other phones in this price range feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, the Redmi Note 7 offers better performance than the rest. 

Even the Galaxy J8 and Realme 2 Pro lack any notable improvements in terms of gaming performance. 

The Redmi Note 7 smartphone offers a dual camera setup with 12MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor, both with Samsung sensor. The Note 7's camera is tuned for artificial intelligence (AI) for the bokeh effect and Bokeh HDR mode, and the results are rather good. 

The AI also comes handy in terms of adjusting the colours in different lighting conditions, as well as auto-manipulation of the scene.

➤ Battery

Redmi Note 5 Pro is the first Redmi smartphone to have a 4,000mAh battery. While this is great on paper, it just can't deliver when you're pushing the phone to the maximum. 

It delivers a full day of juice with around 4 hours of screen-on time with moderate usage. In comparison, the Xiaomi Mi A2 does not disappoint. It manages to run for a day with around 5 hours of screen-on time. 

It's really a toss-up between the two. Camera This is one area where both the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 6 Pro might fall flat. At least in the sub-Rs. 20,000 price segment, you're not going to find a feature-rich phone with dual cameras. 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro features dual 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear cameras with an LED flash module.

➤ Camera

The Redmi Note 10S has a dual camera setup on the back with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The Redmi Note 10S also comes with AI features which will offer excellent photography experience in the low light scenarios. 

On the front, the handset has a single 20-megapixel camera that comes with an aperture of f/2.0 for selfies. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S comes with a 4,000mAh battery, while the Redmi Note 10 has a 4,000mAh battery as well, and both the smartphones are rated as power-packed by Xiaomi. 

This is the first Redmi smartphone that comes with Quick Charge 4+ fast charging support. The smartphone is backed by a high-quality metal body. Price and Availability The Redmi Note 10S costs Rs.

➤ Audio

In the recently-launched Redmi Note 10, Xiaomi has employed the proprietary aptX support which is a very high-quality audio codec for the most secure wireless Bluetooth streaming. 

The new Redmi Note 10 uses aptX Bluetooth 4.2 technology which means it supports all compatible wireless earphones and speakers, which was not the case with the older model, which only supported Bluetooth 4.1, and the new Mi 9. 

The connectivity options offered by the new Redmi phone also include dual VoLTE (LTE + TDD), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, and FM Radio. Also, the speakers are embedded in the front earpiece and both the device and the earpiece have speaker holes. 

The main earpiece has a True-Tone speaker design, where the speaker grills face on the top and bottom of the earpiece.

➤ Software

Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro were launched with MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat. In the Redmi Note 5 series, Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 5A with MIUI 9.3 based on Android Oreo. 

As it is a budget device, the phone offers MIUI 9.3 out-of-the-box, and there is no word on an Android P update for the phone. As of now, Redmi Note 5 has received the Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10 update in India. 

The company is expected to bring the Android Pie based MIUI 11 in the country in the coming months. In-Display Fingerprint Scanner The highlight of the phone is the in-display fingerprint scanner that is placed at the front-center, leaving no space on the rear. 

This is a new trend among mid-range phones and other brands are following this one.


The Redmi Note series has always been about the camera, screen and battery performance. With the launch of Redmi Note 10S, the brand's aim is to position it as a power-packed smartphone under Rs. 15,000 price-mark. 

Thanks to the recent launches in the budget segment, the price segment has become quite competitive in India. The launch of the Redmi Note 10S comes as an answer to the offers, bundles and offline availability of the VivoNEX, Oppo A7 and Realme 1. 

On the whole, the Redmi Note 10S should give a tough fight to its competitors in the budget segment. The smartphone comes with a higher screen to body ratio which makes it look stylish. 

Do you think Redmi Note 10S will be able to stand up against its rivals in the budget segment? Share your views by commenting below.

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