The Redmi note 10s is not for those who want a phone for the future because despite releasing at a time when the world is ready to embrace 5G, the Chinese phone is a 4G device only. The low price is indeed attractive, but the limited longevity because of the dated connectivity puts it at a disadvantage. It’s a good smartphone ensuring good value for money, but it might be only on paper. Before the release of the 10S phone, Redmi had covered almost the entire range of budget phones to the mid-range ones with the three earlier models, and the addition of the fourth phone in that range could leave people confused. However, the good-looking phone feels great in hand, and the looks are as attractive as the earlier phones in the range.
Redmi Note 10s – Design
The phone has a plastic rear panel, and the plastic frame has a Gorilla Glass cover on the screen and comes with an IP53 rating that indicates it is dust and splash-resistant. Although the phone has a slightly curved rear, it sports a flat AMOLED display, and the 8.3 mm thick phone weighs 178 grams. The power key is on the side of the phone and has a fingerprint scanner, and there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the bottom. The phone has four cameras at the back. Although you might not find the Xiaomi Redmi note 10s intensely attractive, it has its own attractions due to some deft touches in the design, like the slim and compact appearance due to the plastic used for the camera module.
The plastic body is easy to grip and makes it lightweight comfortable for using the phone for an extended time. But you have to bear fingerprints all over the body when using the phone. The flexing of the back panel when pressed gives an unpleasant feeling.
The camera setup consists of the main 64 MP camera with f1/8 aperture with Phase Detection Autofocus, an 8 MP wide-angle camera with f2.2 aperture, and a third 2 MP micro camera with 2 MP depth. When the outdoor conditions are good, the camera only captures balanced photos in lovely colors if you are careful with the AI mode. A skilled handling of the AI mode helps capture fantastic images, but any feature mismanagement can spoil your photo sessions. However, the camera underperforms in difficult lighting conditions, especially in low ambient light. However, the camera is good if you look at the price because you get what you pay for.
The Xiaomi Redmi note 10s uses a MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core chip with 6GB or 8 GB of RAM that nicely support daily use for general purpose like web browsing, chatting on Twitter or Instagram, viewing videos on YouTube, and playing some basic video games like Asphalt 9. The video experience is satisfactory on the 2400 x 1080 AMOLED screen.
Considering an average 12 hour per day use, the Redmi note 10s battery (5000mAh) should last for three days on a single charge.