The Redmi Note 10S is a slightly more powerful version of the Redmi Note 10 and both these devices are identical to look at. It has a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Redmi Note 10S has stereo speakers and an IR emitter that’s not common on budget smartphones.
The Note 10S packs a MediaTek Helio G95 along with 6GB/8GB of RAM, and you get to choose between 64GB and 128GB storage options. It runs MIUI 12.5 on top of Android 11. It does have a fair amount of preinstalled apps that occasionally push spammy notifications. The Note 10S has a 5,000mAh battery and comes with a 33W charger in the box.
Xiaomi offers a quad-camera setup on the Redmi Note 10S with a 64-megapixel primary sensor. Daylight shots were average but oversharpened and distant objects appeared blotchy. Close-up and macro shots fared better. Low light shots appeared flat and grainy but had some improvements with Night mode. Overall, the Redmi Note 10S is worth buying over the Redmi Note 10 only for its improved performance.