Xiaomi Redmi Be aware 10S Evaluation: No 5G, No Deal

“Temptingly low cost, the Xiaomi Redmi Be aware 10S will get the fundamentals proper, however for slightly more cash you should purchase a telephone that can final you longer.”


  • Lengthy battery life
  • Sturdy building


  • No 5G for future-proofing

The Xiaomi Redmi Be aware 10S is an efficient smartphone, however it’s additionally proof of simply how essential it’s to think about longevity when deciding which mannequin to purchase, whatever the worth. Though it’s a powerful worth when discounted, as it’s when this evaluation was written, at full worth you may get a greater, longer-lasting 5G telephone for not far more cash.

5G is probably not for you immediately, however it could be tomorrow, and also you’d must improve from the Redmi Be aware 10S to get it. I’ve spent some high quality time with the telephone to find if it’s price taking the chance.


The Redmi Be aware 10S has a plastic body and a plastic rear panel, with Gorilla Glass over the display screen, plus an IP53 splash and mud resistance ranking. The 6.43-inch AMOLED display screen is flat whereas the rear is barely curved, and the entire thing weighs 178 grams and is 8.3mm thick. There’s a fingerprint scanner within the energy key on the facet of the telephone, a 3.5mm headphone jack on the underside, and 4 cameras within the module on the again.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S seen from the back.
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It’s not a remarkable-looking smartphone, however it’s removed from unattractive with a couple of standout design touches I actually like, akin to the usage of clear plastic for the digital camera module which makes it seem slimmer. The plastic physique offers grip and provides lightness, plus it’s comfy to carry for prolonged intervals of time, however it does get coated in messy fingerprints — on the entrance and the again — and the again panel has some disagreeable flex to it when pressed.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S seen from the front.
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For this reason the Redmi Be aware 10S is so price-sensitive. It’s clearly not a premium smartphone, however it edges awfully near being slightly too low cost. Nobody actually needs to pay a lot for a telephone that sounds hole when tapped, and the Redmi Be aware 10S does. It’s a low-cost smartphone constructed on a finances, however this gained’t matter an excessive amount of when you can safe one for a low worth.

Digital camera

The principle digital camera has 64-megapixels and an f/1.8 aperture, plus Part Detection Autofocus, and it’s alongside an 8MP, f/2.2 wide-angle digital camera, plus a 2MP depth and 2MP macro digital camera. It’s not unhealthy. In good out of doors situations, it takes well-balanced pictures with a beautiful splash of coloration, supplied you’re cautious with the “AI” mode. Generally it will possibly actually improve an image, however in different conditions it will possibly heavy-handedly up the colour, enhance the distinction, and course of the picture to the place it doesn’t look pure. It’s a chance which one you get, sadly.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S camera module.
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In tougher lighting the digital camera’s white steadiness suffers, and stormy clouds flip extra blue than gray or black. Out of doors photographs additionally lose some visible pleasure and element when the ambient gentle is low. The Portrait mode is efficient and edge recognition is nice. The selfie digital camera has a level of beautification energetic by default, so it lightens and smooths your pores and skin, however it may be deactivated simply.

If you may get the Redmi Be aware 10S on the proper worth the digital camera gained’t disappoint, however spend just a bit extra and you may get telephones with significantly better cameras.


Xiaomi selected MediaTek as its accomplice on the Redmi Be aware 10S, however it didn’t go for a Dimensity chip so as to add 5G. As a substitute, the telephone makes use of a MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core chip with both 6GB or 8GB of RAM. My evaluation mannequin has 6GB of RAM. Utilizing the telephone for basic functions, like Twitter and Instagram, internet searching, some YouTube, and informal video games it’s high-quality and doesn’t get sizzling or endure from slowdown.

Game being played on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S.
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I’ve performed a whole lot of Asphalt 9: Legends throughout my time with the telephone. I didn’t alter the default graphics settings and noticed solely the very occasional pause in the course of the motion. It by no means grew to become bothersome, and the telephone by no means grew to become too sizzling. It’s an amazing little telephone for informal gaming.

It’s an amazing little telephone for informal gaming

I just like the 2400 x 1080 AMOLED display screen and the video expertise too. It’s shiny sufficient that I haven’t had points seeing it outdoors in daylight, though I do miss a excessive refresh price. There are stereo audio system on the telephone too, making watching video far more enjoyable than you typically discover on telephones at this worth, however they don’t present a lot bass.

The fingerprint sensor on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S.
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There’s no 5G onboard, which does have an effect on the longevity of the telephone as whilst you might not need the quick information connection now, you might subsequent 12 months. It does have NFC for Google Pay and dual-SIM assist, plus a microSD card slot too. I additionally just like the fingerprint sensor, which is effectively positioned within the energy key and fast to reply.

Software program

The telephone has Android 11 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5.2 interface excessive. It comes with Google Play and all the same old Google providers, plus quite a lot of Xiaomi’s personal apps akin to a calculator, a QR code scanner, a file supervisor, and the Mi Retailer app retailer. It’s an identical in appears to the model on Xiaomi’s costlier telephones just like the Mi 11 Extremely, and it runs easily and stably right here. It’s customizable, the notifications will be interacted with within the notification shade, and I’ve discovered it to be dependable.

There are some annoyances although. The All the time-on display screen isn’t at all times on in any respect, it doesn’t matter what settings I exploit, and as an alternative lights up when a notification arrives or with a double-tap of the display screen. The Darkish Mode is haphazard with app assist, leading to some apps not displaying correctly, and I dislike the best way it dims the wallpaper by default too, because it makes the telephone uninteresting to take a look at.

The All the time-on display screen isn’t at all times on in any respect, it doesn’t matter what settings I exploit

None of this stuff are actually distinctive to the Redmi Be aware 10S and have an effect on all MIUI telephones. Model 12.5 put in on the Redmi Be aware 10S does appear to have improved vitality effectivity although, and most of the pre-installed apps will be both hidden or uninstalled, one thing not at all times out there in earlier variations of MIUI. I by no means thoughts utilizing MIUI as I count on these idiosyncrasies, however Xiaomi’s Android software program remains to be much less satisfying to make use of than Samsung’s One UI and OnePlus’s OxygenOS.


Turning the Redmi Be aware 10S off in a single day noticed the 5,000mAh battery final for 3 days with basic use, and that features utilizing the digital camera, social networking, a video name and some voice calls, and different fundamental telephone duties. Use the telephone extra closely and it’ll nonetheless final two days with no downside. The battery life is an actual sturdy level, however high-intensity duties can drain it rapidly. An hour of YouTube video at excessive decision takes not less than 15% of the battery life, for instance.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S from the bottom.
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A 33W quick charger is included within the field, which Xiaomi claims delivers 54% of cost in half-hour.

Value and availability

The Xiaomi Redmi Be aware 10S is just not formally offered within the U.S. however will be imported. It’s out there now by Xiaomi’s official on-line retailer within the U.Ok., the place at full worth it prices 229 British kilos, which is about $320. Nonetheless, on the time of writing it’s discounted to 179 kilos, or about $250.

Our Take

If you may get the Xiaomi Redmi Be aware 10S for the bottom worth, it’s worth smartphone for individuals who gained’t be demanding an excessive amount of of it, or have any expectation to make use of 5G. It delivers sturdy efficiency in your cash, with display screen and lengthy and battery life. The MediaTek Helio G95 processor isn’t the most recent, however it’s highly effective sufficient for on a regular basis use and for informal gaming too. Even the digital camera is appropriate in the fitting situations.

It delivers sturdy efficiency in your cash, with display screen and lengthy and battery life

Nonetheless, the shortage of 5G is an issue. Low cost 5G telephones are plentiful immediately, they usually don’t all price far more than the Redmi Be aware 10S. Chances are you’ll not be capable to get 5G in your space immediately, however you might subsequent month or subsequent 12 months, and upgrading your telephone to get it at the moment isn’t crucial when you select correctly immediately. For those who can afford to get (or have the time to save lots of slightly extra) a 5G telephone now, it is going to completely be price it in the long term, and that takes the Redmi Be aware 10S out of the working.

Is there a greater various?

Sure. For those who’re within the U.S. however don’t need to import the Redmi Be aware 10S and have about $250 to spend, we advocate the $200 Motorola Moto G Energy (2021) if 5G isn’t your factor, or check out the $300 OnePlus Nord N10 5G or the $280 Samsung Galaxy A32 5G whether it is. Every has its strengths and weaknesses, however two have 5G, offering some future-proofing.

Within the U.Ok. we’d advocate spending slightly extra to get the OnePlus Nord CE 5G, which prices 299 kilos. The software program is best, it comes with 5G for the longer term, has IP67 water resistance, and is the same as, or higher than, the Redmi Be aware 10S in most different areas too. Additionally, check out the Realme 8 5G, which additionally has 5G from MediaTek’s Dimensity 700 chip, and prices 200 kilos.

How lengthy will it final?

The plastic physique and IP53 splash and mud resistance ranking ought to give the Redmi Be aware 10S a powerful probability of surviving some reasonably tough remedy. It is a 4G LTE telephone and doesn’t include a 5G modem, which suggests if you wish to attempt the quick information connection sooner or later you’ll have to change your telephone.

Do you have to purchase one?

No. You may get a telephone with higher software program, and that can last more, by spending just a bit more cash.

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