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When we first heard about the Redmi Note 10S, we were confused as to why Redmi needed the fourth device in the Note 10 series, which covered the budget to mid-range smartphone segment pretty well with the existing three devices. The fact that the Redmi Note 10S starts at just Rs 1,000 lower than the Redmi Note 10 Pro made its existence even more questionable.

We have now spent about a week with the Redmi Note 10 S and here’s what we think about it, starting with a quick look at its specifications.

 specs: 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen | MediaTek Helio G95 SoC | 64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP rear camera + 13MP front camera | 6GB RAM | 64/128GB storage | 5,000mAh battery + 33W fast charging |

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 Features

Battery Life5,000mA
Camera64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP rear camera + 13MP front camera
Charger33W fast charging

Redmi Note 10 S review: What’s not good?

There isn’t a lot the Redmi Note 10S does wrong. However, if we were nitpicking, the phone could have implemented a higher-refresh-rate display for those of us looking for that smooth scrolling action. The two 2MP sensors don’t really offer much. Perhaps a higher-resolution ultrawide sensor would have made this a more well-rounded rear camera setup. The front camera is simply too poor for anything beyond a few casual selfies and video calls.  The phone has launched with what Redmi calls an ‘interim build’ of MIUI 12.5, Xiaomi’s latest skin. But the update doesn’t include MIUI 12.5’s biggest feature at the moment and that is the ability to uninstall non-core system apps. Users who get the Redmi Note 10S will still have to wait for a later update that should bring this functionality.