Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, analysis and opinion

After a few weeks of use, we tell you about our experience and opinion in this analysis of the Redmi Note 10S, Xiaomi's new mid-range mobile that bets on an AMOLED panel, power thanks to the Helio G95, and very good autonomy. However, in some sections, you have to cut to be able to offer the most adjusted price.

Gradually we are completing the Note 10 and Mi 11 family of Redmi and Xiaomi, respectively, and having analyzed the Redmi range stop for this semester, the Redmi Note 10 Pro with its overwhelming AMOLED panel at 120 Hz, it is time to lower a step with this Note 10S.

And it is that Xiaomi continues with its strategy and those mobiles with last name 'S' that are an intermediate step between the round number and the model 'Pro' and we have a Note 10S that drinks a lot from its older brother, although leaving some key features along the way to offer a more competitive price.

In addition, it is an interesting terminal because it fights from you to you both with the Little X3 Pro and with the Note 10 Pro itself, but also against the exponent of the mid-range of realme, an 8 realme that we have analyzed and that is an extremely similar terminal to this Note 10S that we have on our hands.

We'll already make a comparison, in fact, between the two, but now what it's like to tell you about our opinion of the Redmi Note 10S in this analysis.

 Redmi Note 10S
screen6.4" AMOLED Panel | Typical brightness of 450 nits and peak of 1,100 nits | Resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels | 20:9 ratio
processorMediaTek Helio G95
storage128GB UFS 2.2
Main camerasMain 64 Mpx f/1.8 | 8 Mpx f/2.2 wide angle | 2 Mpx f/2.4 macro | Depth of 2 Mpx f/2.4
Front camera13 Mpx f/2.45
battery5,000 mAh | 33W load on the box
operating systemMIUI 12.5 + Android 11
Dimensions and weight160.6 x 74.5 x 8.29 mm | 178.8 grams

It seems more expensive than it is

And let's start by talking about design, as it's what comes through the eyes and really one of the strengths of the Chinese company's terminal. It seems that, at last, Xiaomi has found a brand image that joins, in a way, both the Mi 11 and the Redmi Note 10, and the Little F3.

Some users may find that the camera module (which in this case doesn't stick out too much) and the lines so similar between families, is somewhat redundant, but in the end, it's a movement that makes it clear that everyone belongs to the same generation and that, honestly, I like it.

It is clear that it is something aesthetic and completely subjective, but when you have the Note 10S on your hands, you realize that the set is very well topped and the design is one of the sweet spots of the terminal.

The rear is made of plastic, but with a finish that denotes that Xiaomi has put an interest in the design and that on the other hand, it is most comfortable thanks to curved sides. The entire button is on the right side with the fingerprint reader on the lock button.

On the left side is the dual SIM module and SD expansion, all at the same time it is something that we love and the bottom and top have a flat finish. In the upper frame, we have audio output and a microphone and at the bottom, we find the main speaker, another microphone, the USB-C, and the 3.5 mm jack.

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If we move to the front we have a hole in the middle that measures about 3 mm thick, not being one of the smallest on the market, but that we wouldn't care if it didn't have a circle with a silver finish that makes it stand out with the screen off and that prevents it from justifiable when playing video games or watching videos.

The frames are suitable for the range we are talking about and have a chin, yes, but Redmi continues to strive to create somewhat more discreet chins than those of her direct competition, realme.

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Something very interesting and what Xiaomi is surprised us with this generation is with IP53 certification. We're not going to be able to bathe with the phone, but we have some warranty against splashing and dust.

Good AMOLED with stereo speakers to consume content

And a very well-worn design that is tastefully created is enhanced with a screen that more than meets the vast majority of users, but in which we notice Xiaomi trimming to try to offer a balanced device at as tight a price as possible.

We have an AMOLED panel that has a diagonal of 6.43". It doesn't go into the extra-large size of recent mobiles and, in my opinion, is more than enough to consume content from video games, networks, and YouTube.

The resolution is adequate, with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels and a density of 409 pixels per inch, and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. It's not the most modern or the most fall-resistant protection, but it does protect something else from day-to-day brands. In fact, in these weeks of use, I have the pristine panel.

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You can tell that it is not the latest model AMOLED and I think it lacks a bit of contrast, but in general, it is a good panel for videos and games and we have some margin of customization thanks to the generous screen settings of MIUI that allows us to change the tone and color balance. Being AMOLED, we have always an active screen with a good dose of customization.

The sensitivity is adequate, but here we have a 60 Hz panel that contrasts with the 120 Hz of its older brother.

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I think it would have been nice, since it is not the standard Note 10, to leave the rate at 90 Hz, as this would allow MIUI to be somewhat smoother than it goes at 60 Hz.

In the case of realme 8, we do not criticize as much the absence of 90 Hz, but it is because the panel was superior in contrast and color and, in addition, realmeUI is a much more optimized layer than MIUI, with smoother transitions and animations, but we will get to that.

Generally speaking, the panel looks good and features, according to Xiaomi, 450 nits of typical brightness and a peak of 1,100 nits. We, as always, have measured it, obtaining an average of 749 luxes maximum with a deviation of 8.4 luxes. It's more than enough for the day-to-day.

With the sound, I don't have any kind of complaint. Yes, it lacks some bass, but the truth is that Xiaomi is doing things very well in this regard. They will be more or less forceful, but they are trying to deliver stereo sound on virtually all of their mobiles.

And, in addition, we have the aforementioned 3.5 mm jack that also allows us to activate an equalizer when we connect headphones.

Helium G95 for good gross performance, but you need MIUI 12.5 adjustments

In 2021 (and since 2020), having a mobile with a MediaTek processor is not a negative thing, much less. Processors have improved a lot in efficiency and yes, they are somewhat more gluttonous than Qualcomm's Snapdragon, but at the level of performance and temperature management, they are very interesting.

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Redmi has opted for the Helio G95, an SoC that in realme know well and that, in this house, seems to us an ideal option to offer terminals at a low price, but with a very good performance. It has an 8-core CPU with two of them at 2.05 GHz and another six to 2 GHz and a single RAM configuration: 6 GB.

The performance in games is very good in virtually any title, although in Genshin Impact we will have some pulls, we can always lower the quality of the graphics to have a smoother experience and in apps of all kinds, the truth is that it is an SoC that behaves very well.

For reference, we leave you the synthetic data of the different benchmarks:

 Redmi Note 10Srealme 8realme 8 ProRedmi Note 10 Pro Oppo Reno 4ZOppo Reindeer 4 ProRedmi Note 9TRedmi Note 9 ProRedmi Note 9S
processorMTK G95MTK G95SD 720GSD 732GDensity 800SD 765Density 800USD 720GSD 720G
Geekbench 4 Single-2.5812.647-2.5252.844-2.6392.638
Geekbench 4 Multi-6.8216.902-8.6967.237-6.9976.978
Geekbench 5 Single517535568-518598601567564
Geekbench 5 Multi1.6681.7171.707-2.1611.7651.7941.7681.709
3D Mark-2.7622.596-3.284--2.4992.466
PC Mark7.72110.0838.9998.1867.7207.8038.7807.7727.473

On the other hand, we have configurations of 64 GB or 128 GB UFS 2.2 that have an adequate speed.

Memory performanceRedmi Note 10Srealme 8realme 8 ProRedmi Note 10 ProRedmi Note 9 ProLittle X3
Sequential writing284.29 MB/s157.31 MB/s167.72 MB/s209.29 MB/s102.88 MB/s200.24 MB/s
Sequential reading437.55 MB/s457.41 MB/s239.25 MB/s415.19 MB/s420.32 MB/s495.76 MB/s
Random writing26.93 MB/s8.33 MB/s14.78 MB/s19.38 MB/s19.29 MB/s14.73 MB/s
Random reading23,26 MB/s13,17 MB/s11,84 MB/s17,25 MB/s14,06 MB/s19,03 MB/s
Copy speed in memoriia5.79 GB/s5.01 GB/s4.89 GB/s4.83 GB/s4.75 GB/s4.76 GB/s

The system, unfortunately, is another song. Xiaomi has a readjustment of versions on its mobiles and, in this case, I have MIUI 12.5.3. Yes, over the months MIUI has evolved and you see an improvement in certain aspects, but the level of optimization is low and when the power of the SoC drops, performance is affected on day-to-day.

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Within the apps, I have a good experience, but there are times when there are some jerks in the system or in Discover. It's not a bad user experience, much less, but you can tell that the layer is not optimized for this Helio G95.

It might be more polished, yes, but it's not a bad experience, although it stays the spine nailed to know that it could go much more 'fine'. However, and it is to applaud, I think we do not have a proximity sensor as such, but Xiaomi continues to use the gyroscope and ultrasounds, but it works and I have had no problem in calls.

And finally, we have an unlock that is satisfying with both fingerprinting with capacitive sensor and facial unlocking. It is a satisfactory and fast unlocking system thanks to the fluidity of MIUI in this regard, although I have the feeling that it is not how fast it could due to optimization for this processor.

5,000mAh and 60Hz display is a winning combination

Where there is a good optimization job is on the battery. The truth is that I have noticed that, at rest and without the Always-on Display, the terminal consumes very, very little. This little wear at rest is very positive, but if you are going to use the terminal more intensively, you should know that I have had about 8:30 hours of screen on average.

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With my use, I consider it to be a very good autonomy because I have played, I have used many social networks, YouTube, photos, and video games, as well as notifications and updating of different email accounts.

In the synthetic test, we have 8 hours 50 minutes of the screen with the brightness to the maximum, which is not bad at all.

And charging is another strong point thanks to the 33W charger included in the box that allows us to charge 100% in 68 minutes and 50% in just 25 minutes.

At some point, you have to trim and it's the cameras

And we get to the point of analysis of the Redmi Note 10S where you can see that the company has put scissors to be able to offer as low a price as possible while having a very balanced design, performance, battery, and screen.

We have four cameras on our hands, but in practice, we're only going to use two of them and, in addition, the quality of the final photo depends heavily on environmental light conditions.

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About the application, there is not much to comment on, as it is the same as we have on all Xiaomi's this year and its operation is stable and fluid. No news on this aspect and, in fact, they still don't take the macro out of the 'burger' menu.

If we attend to each of the cameras, we have the main one that comes out best-standing thanks to its sensor of 64 megapixels f/1.8. It will allow us to make cuts and in good light conditions, the truth is that it behaves well, with somewhat desaturated colors (typical of the last Xiaomi of this price range) that give margin to retouch in programs like Snapseed.

This second does not have a real utility, since the blur in portrait mode is achieved by software and macro... well, let's say it's a long way from Xiaomi's own telemacro.

We need a good pulse and lots of light and yet it is better to pull with the main one in 64 Mpx mode to make the trim.

I did like the front camera with its 13 megapixel f/2.5 which I think performs a correct selfie with a white balance suitable for the range we are talking about and that allows, again, software portraiting.

At 1.080p60 the thing improves, but there is an obvious loss of definition and we will have to choose whether we want a video with more sharpness or lose that to gain fluency.

You can download the original files through this link.

Power and autonomy as strengths, although for a little longer you have a 'Pro' jump

Companies obviously have to make concessions to offer balanced mobiles, but here we have a terminal that I dare to say, will please anyone looking for power, a good screen and, above all, good autonomy.

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The Helio G95 has shown that, although it has a few months behind it, it is a very solvent SoC in day-to-day tasks, but that it will also know how to entertain us thanks to its good performance in the vast majority of games.

We don't have any complaints about performance in general, but we still notice that MIUI, even if it's 12.5.3, lacks some polishing and I also notice a lack of optimization, which is common in this system, but I think it was accentuated by Qualcomm's Switch of SoC to MediaTek.

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The battery will give us a day and a half of use without a problem and, in addition, we have a 33 W charge, which is still really good and it is something that companies like realme or the different branches of Xiaomi are teaching a lesson to many other companies.

And the cameras, well, they are more justices simply because somewhere you have to cut to be able to keep the price and, above all, to differentiate devices.

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