Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S review: Note 10s Lowest Price Pakistan 2021
Although 5G support is not important to the Pakistani user right now, it may be needed in the near future. Alas, the Redmi Note 10S cannot be called the most versatile device in its class, considering the average cameras and display. But, we still get a lot of smartphones for relatively little money.
Should you buy? What else does the Xiaomi phone offer? I tried to answer these and other questions in my review.
Characteristics Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
|Screen||6.43 inches AMOLED, 2400 x 1080 resolution, 450 nits (typ.), 1100 nits (peak), 20: 9 aspect ratio, 409 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|CPU||Mediatek Helio G95 (12nm): Octa-core (2 × 2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 + 6 × 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|RAM||6/8 GB LPPDDR4X|
|Inner memory||64/128 GB UFS 2.2, microSDXC support (dedicated slot)|
|System and software||Android 11 with MIUI 12.5|
|Main camera||64-MP, wide-angle, f / 1.8, 26mm, 1 / 1.97-inch, 0.7 μm, PDAF + 8-MP, ultra-wide-angle, f / 2.2, 118˚, 1 / 4.0-inch , 1.12 μm + 2-MP, macro, f / 2.4 + 2-MP, depths, f / 2.4|
|Front camera||13-megapixel wide-angle f / 2.5, 1 / 3.06-inch, 1.12 microns|
|Video||Primary: 4K @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 30/60/120 fps, 720p @ 960 fps; Front: 1080p @ 30 fps|
|Sound and audio||Stereo speakers, 3.5 mm, 24 bit / 192 kHz|
|Communication and connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE, NFC, IrDA, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, USB Type-C 2.0|
|Networks||GSM / HSPA / LTE 2G GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 – SIM 1 and SIM 2 3G HSDPA: 850/900/1700 (AWS) / 1900/2100 4G: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41|
|Sensors||Fingerprint scanner (side), accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, virtual proximity sensing|
|Protection||IP53, water and splash proof|
|Battery||Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable, fast charging 33 W|
|Dimensions and weight||160.5 x 74.5 x 8.3 mm, 179 grams|
|Price||From 38 thousand rupees|
Inside the Box
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S smartphone comes in a regular package that contains:
- USB-A to USB-C cable
- Transparent silicone case
- Charging unit with a power of 33 W
- Documentation and user manual.
Design and appearance
The side frames and body of Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S are made of plastic, and the screen is covered with Gorilla Glass 3.
The case has IP53 protection against water and dust. The front is a flat 6.43-inch AMOLED screen, while the back is slightly rounded. The smartphone weighs 179 grams, with a body thickness of 8.3 mm. The fingerprint scanner is built into the power button, there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the bottom, and the main module with cameras on the back has four lenses.
Although the design of the Redmi Note 10S is unremarkable, the phone looks good. The plastic case is comfortable to hold in your hands, it is lightweight, so it is comfortable to use the device. However, a lot of prints remain on the case, and when pressed, the back panel bends a little. This makes the Note 10S feel a little cheaper than some of the competition, even for its segment.
The screen on the Redmi Note 10S is the same as on the Note 10 – a 6.43-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2400 × 1800 pixels and a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
The maximum brightness reaches 1100 nits, with full coverage of the DCI-P3 space. The 60Hz refresh rate in 2021 seems like a Drawback, even for the budget segment – many competitors have 90Hz.
But, the main problem with the Note 10S screen is different – it automatically tries to increase the detail and contrast of any video. Therefore, the image becomes unnatural and nothing can be done about it.
As in other phones in the series, here we do not have HDR10 support, which somewhat reduces the gadget’s ability to consume content.
Redmi Note 10S cameras
In daylight, the main camera captures pleasing photos with vibrant colors. But, you need to be careful with the AI mode (AI – artificial intelligence), which in some cases creates oversaturated shades, greatly increasing the contrast.
When shooting in the evening, the quality is noticeably reduced. White balance issues appear, such as gray clouds turning blue. Detail in low light also deteriorates, so the resulting images do not look very attractive. I am glad that the Portrait mode is implemented as it should, and the definition of the boundaries of the object is correct.
The front camera has an appearance enhancement mode active by default, which unnaturally highlights and smoothes the skin, however, it can be easily turned off. The phone doesn’t have a telephoto lens, so any zooming is done digitally. Even at 2x magnification, the quality deteriorates markedly, the photos are blurry. You can shoot in 64MP, but the results don’t offer any better detail, you’re just wasting memory.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S runs on Android 11 operating system with MIUI 12.5.2 shell and all services from Google.
Xiaomi has added several standard apps to the system like calculator, QR code scanner, file explorer and Mi Store. The interface here is the same as that of more expensive models like the Mi 11 Ultra. The smartphone works smoothly and stably, there are many settings, when you can reply to messages directly from the notification panel.
But MIUI also has drawbacks: the always-on display is not always active, regardless of the settings. The dark mode is also not implemented in the best way – in some applications it does not work correctly, and due to the darkening of the wallpaper, the display looks dull. However, these issues are not unique to the Redmi Note 10S – they are common to all MIUI smartphones.
At least in version 12.5, energy efficiency has been improved, and many pre-installed applications can be easily removed or hidden. MIUI is heading in the right direction, although MIUI isn’t quite as good as Samsung’s One UI or OnePlus’ OxygenOS yet.
When choosing a processor for the Redmi Note 10S, Xiaomi settled on MediaTek, but not on the Dimensity line with 5G, but on the eight-core Helio G95.
The chipset is helped by 6 or 8 GB of LPPDDR4X RAM and 64/128 GB of internal UFS 2.2 storage. The performance of the smartphone is more than enough for web surfing, social networking and watching videos, without lagging or heating up.
If we talk about tests, then running Geekbench 5, I got a result of 502 points in single-core and 1576 points, in multi-core mode. Alas, the graphics tests did not run, but judging by the results from Geekbench, they should be in line with those of other, competitive smartphones on the Mediatek Helio G95.
If the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S was cheaper, it could be an almost perfect smartphone in terms of value for money in the budget category. The problem is that for 18 thousand you can find a phone with 5G, without the support of which, in a couple of years, you may not be able to do it anymore.
Nevertheless, now the Redmi Note 10S is a pretty good device. The MediaTek Helio G95 processor is not the most powerful, but it can handle any daily tasks and games without any problems. However, the competition in the budget segment is too high, and the lack of 5G may make you regret it after a few years.