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Redmi Note 10S

The Redmi Note 10S (RN10S) is a new midranger that is part of the all new Redmi Note 10 series. It is a step up from the Redmi Note 10 and it is only available to international markets.


Read: The full Redmi Note 10 line up


If you are in the market for a new phone and you’re wondering if the new RN10S fits the bill, well look no further. We have got you covered.

Body

The Redmi Note 10S is built with a plastic frame which is sandwiched in between two sheets of Gorilla glass 3. The phone feels solid and it weighs 178.8g. It also has an IP53 rating for splash (water) and dust protection. There is also a plastic case in the box too, should you need it.

Display

The display on this phone is a 6.43” Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution. The display has a pixel density of 409ppi and can reach a maximum brightness of 1100 nit. HDR10 for high definition streaming is supported but there is no Widevine L3 support for Netflix here. Protection for the screen is given by a Gorilla glass 3.

SoC, Software & Performance

The Redmi Note 10S has a Mediatek Helio G95 processor which is paired with a Mali G76 MC4 GPU. The Helio G95 is an upper midrange SoC comparable in performance to a Snapdragon 730G. It is an Octa core SoC with two Cortex A76 cores running at 2.05GHz for the heavy tasks and six Cortex A55 cores clocked at 2.0GHz for the light day to day apps. On Geekbench 5.1, this SoC has a performance of 516 (single core) and 1038 (Multi core). On Antutu v8, it has a score of 303,356. This phone can handle anything thrown at it.

The phone ships with MIUI 12 based on Android 11. Some persons have complained about MIUI being a heavy UI but this author thinks that MIUI is one of the best Android UIs out there that boasts a lot of useful features. Some of which are not found on stock Android. This device is also guaranteed at least one full Android update and two years of MIUI updates.

Memory

The RAM variant used here is a LPDDR4x RAM which would guarantee seamless multitasking and app switching. The Internal storage is a UFS 2.2. There is also a dedicated SD card slot which can accept SD cards as high as 512GB.


Read: Storage on Smartphones explained (RAM & Internal memory)


Camera

There is a quad camera setup on board with a 64MP Samsung GW3 main camera for excellent details in photos and shoots 4K (@30fps) and 1080p (@30/60fps) videos as well. The other cameras are an 8MP Ultrawide angle, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The Selfie camera is a 13MP camera which takes decent photos and shoots videos of 1080p (@30fps). The RN10S supports Gyro-Electronic Image Stabilization (Gyro-EIS). If you are looking for Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) then you had better up your budget.



Battery

The battery is a huge 5000mAh and it supports 30W fast charging. There is a 33W charger in the box to help you take advantage of the phone’s fast charging capabilities.

Connectivity & Sensors

This device is 4G LTE enabled and supports Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28 (a & b), 38, 40 and 41. It also supports Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6 out of the box.

There is a side-mounted fingerprint for security which is rather strange considering that it has an AMOLED display. I was hoping for an in-display fingerprint reader. We can also find a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, an accelerometer, a compass, a gyroscope and a notification LED. Finally, there is a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Price and Availability

The 6/64GB variant sells for $229, the 6/128GB sells for $249 while the 8/128GB sells at $279.

The phone goes on sale next month and by then local prices should have been released.


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