The Redmi Note 10S is a smartphone that looks a lot like the base model in this line from Xiaomi. It claims to improve the photo experience and performance. Here is our test.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S is a smartphone that largely incorporates the technical characteristics of the model from which it is inspired, the classic Redmi Note 10. Thus, in this test, we will not dwell on the common points between the two devices, but rather on the elements that differentiate them: the photo and the chip.
To put it another way, we will try to understand whether the letter at the end of “Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S” is a beneficial addition or not for the user.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10STechnical sheet
This test was carried out with a model loaned by the brand.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10SDesign
In terms of design, the Redmi Note 10S has the same features as the classic Redmi Note 10. We therefore have a rather light smartphone (178.8 grams), with the same dimensions, the same front face and the same quadruple photo module in the upper left corner at the back.
The basic model was already fairly classic and this is not where the situation changes since the formula is strictly the same: no risk taking or wrong note. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S will appeal to you aesthetically if the basic version already appeals to you.
Note that the fingerprint reader is on the right edge, that there is a USB-C port and a 3.5 mm jack. Also, the fingerprints are still present.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10SScreen
In addition to an identical look, there is also an identical screen. So on the program: a 6.43-inch panel, Full HD +, AMOLED and 60 Hz.
For entry-level, very good visual comfort is still there. You will enjoy here a good maximum brightness, an excellent contrast and a large variety of rather well calibrated colors.
We just don’t regret the lack of a higher refresh rate.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10SSoftware
No surprise, it’s still the MIUI 12 home interface based on Android 11 that takes care of the software experience on this Redmi Note 10S.
We therefore find the famous control center whose style is ostensibly reminiscent of iOS, the plethora of customizations as well as the annoying antivirus that launches by default to unnecessarily scan freshly installed applications – he takes the opportunity especially to display advertising sometimes.
The latest security patch is getting a little dated: we are publishing this article in July and the update is in early May. As for SVoD platforms, no problem on the horizon. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S is entitled to Widevine L1 DRM.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10SPhoto
In the photo, we especially remember that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S has a main sensor of 64 megapixels (instead of the 48 mpx of the basic model).
Is there a real improvement in the photo?
Well yes. The 64 megapixel mode, on the other hand, brings real added value when activated. In the example below, we can see how much more finely drawn the mosaic or the leaves of the tree in the lower left. There are a lot less artifacts in the image.
Night mode is more disappointing. If it tries to light up the dark scene in front of you, it will tend to inject a lot of noise into it and alter the colorimetry.
More generally, the main photo sensor does the job well, without impressing more than that. By day, the details are well transcribed, as are the colors, but the dynamics could be managed a little better. In low-light photos, we feel a high level of noise, but the Redmi Note 10S does well to remain faithful to the scene immortalized.
Then, the 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and the macro and depth cameras of 2 megapixels each offer the same performance as on the classic model.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10SPerformances
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S has a MediaTek Helio G95 within it. This is a different chip from the Snapdragon 678 that powers the classic Redmi Note 10, but, on paper, we weren’t really expecting any feats.
Hence our little surprise when we discovered that the Redmi Note 10S runs Fortnite with high quality for graphics. In comparison, the classic version of the device did not go beyond the “low” level on this parameter during our test. It pleases the eyes. However, the 30 fps is really not always stable.
A sudden movement of the camera, an eventful action… We quickly find ourselves with small stops in the image which interfere with the fluidity. The game is still relatively pleasant though. By switching to medium or low level graphics, these concerns largely disappear.
On the benchmarks, unfortunately we were not able to compare it with the Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro due to problems encountered on GFXBench and 3DMark – this is becoming a habit on Xiaomi smartphones -, but also because the first two devices have been tested with AnTuTu 8. However, the platform is now at version 9. Difficult to compare the scores.
We therefore measured the Redmi Note 10S to Realme 8 equipped with the same chip. Alas, even if the battle is interesting, the Redmi Note 10S does less well than its opponent on these tests. In everyday life, this difference observed on these technical tests is probably not felt too much.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10SDrums
The 5,000mAh battery doesn’t disappoint here. The change in SoC of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S compared to the Redmi Note 10 does not affect the very high endurance of the device. With a score of 3:36 p.m. on our personalized test protocol, this smartphone has everything you need to reassure all day long.
The phone comes with a 33W charger that recovers 100% of the battery in about an hour and fifteen minutes. If you don’t have much time, half an hour is enough to regain 50% energy.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10SNetwork and communication
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S may have some difficulty masking the noise around you and it also compresses the voice a bit. Overall, however, this remains correctly audible.
The smartphone also benefits from all the French 4G frequency bands. However, one of its greatest strengths is its NFC compatibility for mobile payments. On this point, the Redmi Note 10S has a significant advantage over the Redmi Note 10.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10SPrice and release date
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S exists in two versions which differ in storage capacity:
- 6/64 GB at 199.90 euros;
- 6/128 GB at 249.90 euros.
The phone is therefore more expensive than the base model, but more affordable than the Pro version.