Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, first impressions: an autonomy that promises a lot at a very competitive price
The traditional appeal of Xiaomi’s Redmi family of phones is undeniable, especially for offering competent devices in exchange for a discounted price. The company’s strategy seems to be working and convincing the public, which is why last year there were up to four phones within the Redmi Note 9 range, and in 2021 the strategy will be repeated with four terminals included in the new Redmi Note 10. -family .
After testing and analyzing the Redmi Note 10 Pro, it is time to tell you our first impressions with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S. A phone with a highly optimized battery but with more modest specs than its older brother, but at a lower price. In comparison, is cheap expensive? Let’s see.
Showcasing the genetics of your lineage
At the design level, we find very few changes between the Redmi Note 10S and the rest of the phones in the Redmi Note 10 range. In the hand, it’s a large phone with a remarkable chin on the bottom frame and a hole in the screen centered on the top frame. . Despite its large size and considering the large battery, the Redmi Note 10S’s thickness and weight are not exaggerated at all, making it a comfortable phone.
The back is a copy of what we already saw in the Redmi Note 10 Pro, but with better integration of the camera module on the body of the phone. The vertical arrangement of the sensors is repeated, although the main one, which is 64 megapixels and not 108, has a smaller size, so maybe that’s why they managed to prevent the protrusion from being as exaggerated as the one we got in the Pro model.
Everything about the back is shiny, it’s dirty
The back has a glossy finish, fashionable, but overall, the aesthetic is quite simple. Everything that is brilliant is of course dirty too; fingerprints and dust particles easily cover the phone case unless we use it with the transparent silicone cover that comes in the box.
The ports and connectors have the usual setup, with the volume control in the right frame along with the power button, which in turn acts as a fingerprint reader on the side. In the left frame we find the tray, with the possibility to connect two micro SIM cards (in addition to space for a microSD card to expand the storage). At the bottom we have the USB Type C charging port, along with a space for the speaker and another for a 3.5mm jack input, and finally, at the top, we have reserved another space for another speaker
.After seeing the design, let’s take a closer look at the Redmi Note 10S screen, a 6.43-inch AMOLED panel with FullHD + resolution. This set of technology, resolution and diagonal gives very good results, as we have seen on many mobile phones for a while, and the same is happening with this phone.
The display parameters seem to be properly calibrated at the factory and the automatic color scheme works well. But if we are not satisfied, MIUI always gives us several options to be able to configure the parameters of the screen to adapt them to our needs.
But what we missed is that there is a refresh rate of over 60 hertz. With many manufacturers’ tendency to increase it, it’s almost shocking in 2021 to see a phone with these characteristics not having at least a 90Hz refresh rate on its screen, especially considering that the Redmi Note 10 5G does have them. has. .
Despite missing out on that extra fluidity, the screen of this new phone from the Redmi family adapts to what we can expect and can enjoy it without any problems. The answer to our demands is good and we believe it is a good panel to enjoy all multimedia content, even play video games. But if you are a user who mainly seeks fluency in a phone, this Redmi Note 10S may fall a bit short for you.
Clouds and clear if we put it to play at the top
The Mediatek Helio G95 processor is a chip that we have already analyzed in other phones such as the Realme 7 and Realme 8 and it performs its function well, although it seems reasonable to us. The unit we tested comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.2 storage.
Our experience with the Redmi Note 10S has been favorable and we have not had serious problems that affect the normal and usual operation of the phone.
Overall, our experience with the Redmi Note 10S has been favorable and we have not had any serious issues with the normal and usual operation of the phone. The execution of all applications goes without major problems, as well as the rapid switching between some applications and others, although we have noticed a certain lack of fluidity at specific times.
Xiaomi has kept its word to release MIUI 12.5 in the second quarter of the year and the Redmi Note 10S is on the list of the “privileged” to support it. And in this aspect we have good news, because after testing this version of the layer, it seems to us that Xiaomi has done a better optimization with regard to what we have seen before, especially when we have tested it on other phones in the range . Redmi from Note 9.
In fact, we say this because when analyzing the Redmi Note 10 Pro, we are still experiencing recurring lag and jerks, something that we have not noticed in the Redmi Note 10S at this point, with a few exceptions, as we noted. Perhaps the 6 GB of RAM is somewhat reasonable for bringing all MIUI resources to perfection.
In addition, the 60 Hz limits the experience with demanding video games, such as the ‘Asphalt 9’. Therefore it is a relatively powerful phone, but in terms of performance it is quite decent, especially if we are very demanding users.
In terms of biometrics, the Redmi Note 10S looks very good, with a very fast fingerprint reader on the side that works by placing our finger on the button. The same thing happens with facial recognition, which quickly unlocks the terminal as long as there’s a minimal amount of light in the room we’re in.
Settle to the approved fair in photography
The camera is the part that the vast majority of today’s mid-range phones have to improve. It is also true that for less than 300 euros you cannot be too demanding, in fact, here the Redmi Note 10S fits: if you want high-quality photos, your camera may not be the best.
The camera suite consists of a 64 megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens, which is combined with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with a 118-degree field of view lens. These two cameras come with a common package of a 2 megapixel sensor with a macro lens and another 2 megapixel sensor for depth, which adds little to the whole but is a very popular combination in most mid-range phones. . But we better let the results speak, at least those of this contact.
In general, we see that the dynamic range is considerably reduced, both in HDR and in automatic mode. There are apparently simple recordings that do not turn out well in terms of detail and dynamic range. To tell the truth, the images obtained are a bit below expectations when you consider the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite (which has a very similar set of cameras). In terms of white balance and colorimetry it seems of course correct.
The HDR helps restore the dynamic range, but it is too aggressive. You have to decide whether you want to save a sky and exaggerate the contours or keep the automaton. The macro camera is beyond expectations: it allows for close-up photos without being “a lifesaver”, unless we are looking for something very specific. These cameras have tiny sensors that tend to give photos with too much contrast and saturation depending on the conditions, and it’s something we see here too.
The wide-angle lens remains consistent with the norm for the good and the less good. And the good news is that there doesn’t seem to be an exaggerated curvature of the curvature.
The front camera suffers a bit from the same lack of dynamic range and lacks some detail, although it gives realistic results and we don’t see any exaggeration of contrast or saturation. Of course, backlighting doesn’t seem to save the exposure of the photo very well and can burn the images in some cases.
Very good feelings with autonomy
One of the sections in which the Redmi Note 10S stands out the most is in the battery, not only because it has a capacity of 5,000 mAh, but because we think it is very well optimized . With the screen off and without using the phone (for example, for 8 hours at night), the battery does not wear down even 5%.
But above all we say it because when using the mobile normally, the level of battery decline is ridiculous. The phone came to me with 60% of the battery charged and I started doing all the tests with it: downloading applications, performance tests, surfing the Internet, watching videos, social networks, taking photos, playing video games … And 9 hours later the phone had only worn out 30%.
Although we have to test it in depth, we find very positive data for this Redmi Note 10S, which suggests that it does not consume too many resources. So far we have experienced that its battery can be used perfectly for a day and a half or even two , without the need to charge it.
This phone also has support for 33W fast charging , which can be used thanks to the charger that comes with the device in its box. Charging time from 0 to 100% is approximately one hour and 20 minutes
Competition on your doorstep
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S is being presented as one more alternative within the gigantic mid-range mobile phone showcase that is currently prevailing in the market. This model offers a set that is rather tight on specifications, but it can be more than enough for those who don’t need excellence in their pocket, and especially remember not to put too much money out of it for their purchase.
At a price starting at 269.99 euros, the Redmi Note 10S has its on-screen strengths and a large, well-optimized battery that favors its purchase. Less favorable are the performance and camera sections, which are somewhat decent even for a mid-range device.
So, this S model is Redmi Note 10 Pro or other phones with a more ambitious set, such as the new POCO X3 Pro or POCO F3 that rise half to the high range in terms of processor. But having said that, the value for money seems to be good.