The Redmi Note 10S carries the same Evol design language we saw on the earlier Redmi Note 10 line-up. The phone is more compact than the Pro models and that’s something I instantly liked. It is sleek, compact, comfortable to hold and catches fingerprint smudges but doesn’t show them easily. There is a triple rear camera module in the top-left corner and Redmi branding at the bottom.
Xiaomi has used a side mounted fingerprint scanner on top of the power button. The right side houses both the volume controls and power buttons. The type-C USB charging port, speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack are at the bottom. The second speaker and IR blaster are on the top.
The phone was launched in three colour options — Deep Sea Blue, Shadow Black, and Frost White. On the front, you get a 6.43-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 60Hz refresh rate, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The hole-punch cut out at the centre looks bigger than the other Redmi Note 10 phones.
All the earlier launched Redmi Note 10 smartphones used Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets but the Redmi Note 10S packs MediaTek’s Helio G95 SoC. It is the company’s 2020 chip for affordable phones. The phone comes in two configurations 6GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage priced at Rs 14,999 and 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage priced at Rs 15,999.
The Redmi Note 10S comes with a quad rear camera setup which includes a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Up front, the Redmi Note 10S is listed to include a 13-megapixel selfie sensor. The main camera is an upgrade on the 48-megapixel primary sensor used on the Redmi Note 10. The camera app is the usual that you get on Xiaomi phones. It has different modes including Photo, Video, Portrait and Pro modes. The other options include Night Mode and 64MP.
The big update on the Redmi Note 10S comes in the form of MIUI 12.5. This is the first smartphone to get Xiaomi’s new custom Android skin in India. Overall, the Redmi Note 10S seems like a decent smartphone which comes with a good design, compact form factor, crisp display and decent cameras.