XiaomiRedmi’s Redmi launched the Redmi Note 10S and Redmi Watch in India on Thursday. While the Redmi Note 10S is a redesign Redmi Note 10 With an updated MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, MIUI 12.5 software and a more powerful 64MP main camera, Redmi Watch is Redmi’s first smartwatch in the country. The price of the Redmi Note 10S India starts at Rs 14,999 and will be available from May 18th. Redmi Watch will be available from May 25 for Rs 3,999.
The Redmi Note 10S is notably the fourth phone of the Redmi Note 10 series and locations between the Redmi Note 10 and the Redmi Note 10 Pro. This is basically the Redmi Note 10 with a different processor, a main camera and a “minimum” of 6GB of RAM – something Xiaomi seems to be putting forward. For context, the Note 10 comes with 4 GB of RAM by default and reaches 6 GB.
Another flagship feature of the Note 10S seems to be the software. It is the first Xiaomi phone in India to come with MIUI 12.5 out of the box, although it is not the final version. Xiaomi calls it “provisional” MIUI 12.5. It has all the key elements related to performance and efficiency, but does not include its selection feature, which is the ability to uninstall and remove a lot of preloaded apps. The phone will get it soon via an OTA update. Xiaomi previously claimed that MIUI 12.5 is better than iOS 14.5 and Samsung’s latest One UI with less first-party bloatware.
As for the Redmi watch, it is Redmi’s second wearable fitness device in India after the Redmi Band. While still not a full-fledged smartwatch, given its low price tag and slightly better spec sheet, it’s a no-brainer for anyone looking to upgrade. At its price, the Redmi Watch will compete with a slew of Amazfit devices, and there are already quite a few in India.
Redmi Note 10S, Redmi Watch price, availability
Redmi Note 10S was launched in India at a price of Rs 14,999 for the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The 6GB / 128GB variant of the phone was launched at Rs 15,999. It will be available for purchase on Mi.com, Amazon, Mi Home and Mi Studio stock May 18.
Redmi Watch launched at Rs 3,999 and will be available on Mi.com, Flipkart, Mi Homes and Mi Studios from May 25.
Redmi Note 10S, specifications, features of the Redmi watch
The Note 10S has a 6.43-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display that can, at least in theory, peak at 1100 nits like the Note 10. There is no HDR support or high refresh rate. as the Note 10 Pro / Note 10 Pro Max. For protection it has Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Design and construction materials have been removed as is from Note 10 although there is a new blue colourway that is exclusive to this model. There is a side fingerprint reader for biometrics. To complete the package, two speakers and high-resolution audio support.
Under the hood, the phone has an 8-core 12nm Helio G95 SoC with up to 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 128GB of USF2.2 storage (expandable). For photography, it has a four-camera setup with a primary 64MP (sensor not specified since Xiaomi relies on multiple vendors), an 8MP ultra-wide angle and two 2MP cameras, one for depth and another for macros. Up front, it has a 13MP camera. The Note 10S additionally has a 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging.
Redmi Watch has a 1.4 inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 320 × 320 pixels and a brightness of 480 nits. There is an ambient light sensor in the smartwatch to automatically adjust the brightness based on your surroundings, although there is no always-on feature (which is understandable at this price). The option to wake up to wake up is available. The watch can be personalized with more than 200 dials (accessible from the Xiaomi Wear app). The body is made of plastic and comes in three colors: ivory, black and blue. It is 5ATM certified. The bracelets are user-swappable with Xiaomi offering a choice of ivory, black, blue and olive options.
The big plus is the support for GPS and GLONASS which means you can leave your smartphone at home and the Redmi Watch can keep a log of your runs and jogs with parameters like calories burned. during workouts. Speaking of which, it comes with 11 sports modes including cricket, walking, cycling, trekking, outdoor running, treadmill, pool swimming, and freestyle. The watch also has sensors to track continuous heart rate (at intervals of up to 30 minutes) and can alert you to irregular fluctuations. Sleep tracking and guided breathing are also available. There is no SpO2 sensor.
Like any other fitness watch at its price, the Redmi watch will also allow you to show notifications and silence or reject calls even if it can’t answer. There is also no built-in speaker and microphone. You cannot install any apps on it because there is no App Store support. Xiaomi hasn’t opened up the platform for third-party fitness services like Strava yet, which means its own Wear app is your only option for gathering all the data.
The 230mAh battery inside the Redmi watch is designed to provide up to 10 days of use on a single charge – charging is via a POGO pin charger.