Introduction

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.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

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

Model Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
OS version

Android 11

Manufacturer interface

MIUI

Screen size

6.43 inches

Definition

2400 x 1080 pixels

Pixel density

409 dpi

Technology

Super AMOLED

SoC

Helio G95

Graphics Chip (GPU)

ARM Mali-G76 MC4

Random access memory (RAM)

6 GB, 8 GB

Camera (back)

Sensor 1: 64 Mpx
Sensor 2: 8 Mpx
Sensor 3: 2 Mpx
4: 2 Mpx sensor

Camera (front)

8 MP

Video recording

4K @ 30 IPS

Wireless

Wi-Fi 5 (ac)

Bluetooth

5.0

Supported bands

2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)

5G

No

NFC

Yes

Fingerprint sensor

Yes

Ports (inputs / outputs)

USB Type-C

Drums

5000 mAh

Dimensions

74.5 x 160.5 x 8.3mm

Weight

178.8 grams

Colors

Black, White, Gray

Product sheet See the test

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.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

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.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

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?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

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.

Fortnite on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

The small latencies of the Redmi Note 10S on Fortnite do not prevent a nice Top 1 // Source: Frandroid

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.

Model Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S Realme 8
AnTuTu 9 325504 355877
AnTuTu CPU 86829 97435
AnTuTu GPU 98344 100164
AnTuTu MEM 55048 61104
AnTuTu UX 85283 97174
PC Mark 2.0 N / C 9655
PC Mark 3.0 6683 N / C
3DMark Slingshot Extreme N / C 2611
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Graphics N / C 2612
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Physics N / C 2607
3DMark Wild Life N / C 1469
3DMark Wild Life average framerate N / C 8.8 FPS
GFXBench Aztec Vulkan / Metal high (onscreen / offscreen) N / C 11
GFXBench Car Chase (onscreen / offscreen) N / C 18/20 FPS
GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (onscreen / offscreen) N / C 29/33 FPS
Sequential read / write 499 / 369MB / s 527 / 187MB / s
Random read / write 28797/31960 IOPS 38434/44054 IOPS

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