The last time I held a Xiaomi phone was when I worked at an electronics retail company around 4 years ago but I have a couple of Mi products at home that I regularly use. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10s is a huge leap from what I am familiar with.
Redmi Note 10s is a budget mid-range phone with incredible specs and performance. To start off it comes with a premium design. A large 6.43” FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay.4″ AMOLED display that comes with a small notch where the 13MP front cam is placed.
The look is similar to the Redmi Note 10s but thinner and less prone to prints because of the frosted design. The quad-camera setup does not protrude much unlike other cameras. Inside the box, it comes with a power brick and a type-c cable for both data and charging. A silicone case is also present together with the usual papers and a SIM ejector pin. I would have wanted an earphone to go with but that probably is asking too much because Xiaomi is trying to keep the price managed. Besides, people prefer to get separate wireless earphones or TWS.
The top and bottom are where the loudspeakers are placed. The top also has the IR blaster which I use with remote control apps and a microphone. The bottom is where your type-c charging port is and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Both top and bottom are flat with curves on the edges (reminds me of my ancient Nokia phone).
On the left is the SIM tray which can hold two SIM cards and a MicroSD card if you feel that 128GB storage isn’t enough. On the right side is the power button which also works as a fingerprint scanner and the volume rocker. The power button/fingerprint scanner is fast and a huge convenience because I don’t like typing a pon every time I need to access my phone. Although face unlock is available as well, wearing a facemask doesn’t help.
Let’s talk about the rear camera a bit, all four of them. Leading the group is a 64MP camera with an aperture of f/1.7 with a phase detection autofocus. Supporting the main camera is an 8MP (ultra-wide) sensor with f/2.2, a 2MP (macro) sensor with f/2.4, and a 2MP (depth) sensor for your portraits and bokeh.
I took the camera outside while doing errands. What I like about it is that it was able to produce colors even on a gloomy day.
Color performance is still great even in low light situations and it still captures a lot of details.
Under the hood, the Redmi Note 10S is powered by a MediaTek Helio G95 chipset which was designed for a better gaming experience. Its has a 5,000mAh battery that surprisingly charges in a snap because of the 33W fast charging capability.
Xiaomi has been known phones that are value for money. They like to add as much features as possible and keep the price within their range and the Redmi Note 10S did not disappoint. For PHP11,800, it’s worth every penny.
I would have wanted a higher screen refresh rate as a bonus because it’s where the competition is heading. It’s no longer about megapixels, large screens, or batteries.