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The Redmi Note 10S is yet another addition to the Redmi Note 10 family of devices. I don’t know what number of addition this is, but I think this is one of the better phones in the family for its price.

Okay, this is a fairly simple phone, honestly. So, let’s talk about it.

Starting off with the design, this is a very glossy plastic back phone. I honestly think that Xiaomi should just use the Redmi Note 10 5G’s matte back instead because that looks and feels so much better than this glossy back.

Redmi Note 10S

Then the screen. It’s a 6.43-inch AMOLED screen with 2400×1080 pixels and 60Hz refresh rate. Nothing particularly good or wrong with this screen, honestly. It looks fine to me.
I know many people will complain about the 60Hz refresh rate but for its price – that’s what you get.

Redmi Note 10S

For the performance side of things, I think it’s okay. The Helio G95 is performing amazingly well here. We did our gaming test on the Redmi Note 10S which you can check out here – those games that I usually play – they run really well on this phone.

The cameras. There are a total of 4 different cameras on the Redmi Note 10S but I’ll say only two of them are usable. Both the main camera and the ultrawide angle cameras are… not particularly bad but always underexposes the pictures.

To see all the pictures taken with the Redmi Note 10S, watch our video at the top of this review.

Redmi Note 10S

I also used the Redmi Note 10S to record a timelapse of these little plants growing. I just wanted to record about a night’s worth of footage. And the camera app itself got killed when nearing its 6th-hour mark. This happened twice.

Now comes the software – I gotta talk about the new MIUI 12.5 here. I originally wanted to make a separate video about it but hey, MIUI 12.5 is pretty much just a facelift on top of MIUI 12.

Redmi Note 10S

There are a few differences aesthetically but in terms of user experience, it’s still the same as MIUI 12 and it’s still bad and buggy. You can check out our Mi 11 and Mi 11 Ultra reviews for the full story.

And yes, the Redmi Note 10S still has the 30fps screen recording limit just like the Mi 11 Ultra. It’s bad. I don’t know why they didn’t fix such a big oversight.

Then, the battery. 5,000mAh battery and it lasts for a very long time in our battery life test – so one day of intense use is not an issue for this phone. As for the charging time, it takes about 75 minutes to get from 15% to 100%. That is using Xiaomi’s own proprietary 33W charger that comes in the box, by the way.

Should you buy the Redmi Note 10S?

Finally – for the price. At RM899, it’s still a phone that offers better value than the Redmi Note 10 5G, in our opinion. However, for only yet another RM100 more, you get the POCO X3 Pro (review). At least with the POCO X3 Pro, you get the Snapdragon 860 chipset which is leaps and bounds better than the Redmi Note 10S in terms of performance, but the cameras will be about the same as what the Redmi Note 10S has.

I just think that within the Redmi Note 10 family of devices (there are a lot of them), then the Redmi Note 10S is one of the better-valued ones. But looking at the bigger picture, the Redmi Note 10S is just weirdly positioned.

At this price point, you do get an AMOLED screen, and that’s about it.

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