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Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S Battery test: Decent autonomy and good efficiency

This device has been retested in the latest version of our protocol. Overall, sub-scores and attributes are up to date. For detailed information, check the What’s New article

Released in March 2021, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S is in our Essential (under $200) category. It sports a multi-cam setup with a 64 MP main camera and stereo speakers, among other features. Let’s take a look at the kind of battery experience you can expect from it, based on our comprehensive Battery protocol tests.

Key specifications:

  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • 33W charger
  • 6.43-inch, 1080 x 2400, 60 Hz OLED display
  • Mediatek Helio G95 (12 nm) chipset
  • Tested RAM / storage combination: 6 GB + 64 GB

About DXOMARK Battery tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone battery reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests over a week-long period both indoors and outdoors. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. (See our introductory and how we test articles for more details about our smartphone Battery protocol.)

Test summary


Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.

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Key performances

Charging Time
2 days 13h
Battery life
Charging Time
80% Charging time
Charging Time
Full charging time
Quick Boost
4h27 autonomy
after 5-minute charge
Please be aware that beyond this point, we have not modified the initial test results. While data and products remain fully comparable, you might encounter mentions and references to the previous scores.


  • Well-balanced device
  • More than 2.5 days of autonomy
  • Reaches an 80% charge in only 52 minutes


  • Weak on-the-go performance
  • When gauge first shows 100%, battery is only 92.9% charged

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S comes with a better chipset, a more powerful charger, an FHD vs HD screen, and more RAM than its rivals in this comparison, the Realme C21 and the Vivo Y20s, also in the Essential category. The table below shows the battery capacity, charger, display type and resolution, and processor specifications for all three devices.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

Realme C21

Vivo Y20s

Battery (mAh)








Display type





1080 x 2400

720 x 1600

720 x 1600


 Mediatek Helio G95 12 nm

Mediatek Helio G35 12 nm

Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 11 nm

Autonomy (78)

How long a battery charge lasts depends not only on battery capacity, but also other aspects of the phone’s hardware and software. The DXOMARK Battery autonomy score is composed of three performance sub-scores: (1) Stationary, (2) On the go, and (3) Calibrated use cases. Each sub-score comprises the results of a comprehensive range of tests for measuring autonomy in all kinds of real-life scenarios.

Light Usage
Light Usage
Active: 2h30/day
Moderate Usage
Moderate Usage
Active: 4h/day
Intense Usage
Intense Usage
Active: 7h/day

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s autonomy performance is slightly above average for this segment


Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S



Vivo Y72 5G
Best: Vivo Y72 5G (104)

A robot housed in a Faraday cage performs a set of touch-based user actions during what we call our “typical usage scenario” (TUS) — making calls, video streaming, etc. — 4 hours of active use over the course of a 16-hour period, plus 8 hours of “sleep.” The robot repeats this set of actions every day until the device runs out of power. 

The Redmi Note 10S lasted almost 3 days during our TUS testing, outlasted by the Vivo Y20s, which also did better at night management.

Typical Usage Scenario discharge curves

On the go

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Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (96)

Using a smartphone on the go takes a toll on autonomy because of extra “hidden” demands, such as the continuous signaling associated with cellphone network selection, for example. DXOMARK Battery experts take the phone outside and perform a precisely defined set of activities while following the same three-hour travel itinerary for each device.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S put in a weak performance in all our on the go tests, with below-average results for a device in its price range, and coming in last among its rivals for call, navigation, and camera.

Autonomy for on the go use cases (full charge)


Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S



Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (100)

For this series of tests, the smartphone returns to the Faraday cage and our robots repeatedly perform actions linked to one specific use case (such as gaming, video streaming, etc.) at a time. Starting from an 80% charge, all devices are tested until they have expended at least 5% of their battery power.

The Redmi Note 10S beats its rivals in here, showing decent idle time management, impressive performance for 4G  video streaming, and above-average results for all calibrated tests.

Autonomy for calibrated use cases (full charge)

Charging (77)

The DXOMARK Battery charging score is composed of two sub-scores, Full charge and Quick boost. Full charge tests assess the reliability of the battery power gauge; measure how long it takes to charge a battery from 0% to 80% capacity and from 80% to 100%; and measure how long and how much power the battery takes to go from an indicated 100% to an actual full charge. With the phone at different charge levels (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%), Quick boost tests measure the amount of charge the battery receives after being plugged in for 5 minutes. 

in 30 min
0 - 80%
Full charge
Power consumption and battery level during full charge

Thanks to its 33W charger, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S easily comes in first among its competitors here.

Full charge

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Black Shark 5 Pro
Best: Black Shark 5 Pro (121)

It takes the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S 52 minutes to go from empty to an 80% charge, and 1 hour 30 minutes to fully charge. It takes the Realme (10W charger) 3 hours 07 minutes and the Vivo (18W charger) 2 hours 28 minutes to achieve a full charge.

One drawback for the Xiaomi device is that when its gauge first displays 100%, it’s actually only 92.9% full, requiring another 22 minutes to fully charge.

Time to full charge

Quick boost

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Realme GT Neo 3
Best: Realme GT Neo 3 (111)

Users who plug in the Redmi Note 10S for 5 minutes will gain an average of 4 hours 27 minutes of autonomy, which is 3 hours more than the Realme and 2 hours more than the Vivo.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S Realme C21 Vivo Y20s
Autonomy boost (hh:mm) 20%4:36 1:25 2:45
40%4:21 1:27 2:36
60%4:15 1:29 2:32
80%2:54 1:20 1:45
Percentage boost 20%9.5 %3.7 %5.5 %
40%9 %3.7 %5.2 %
60%8.8 %3.8 %5.1 %
80%6 %3.4 %3.5 %
Energy consumed 20%2373 mWh1049 mWh1508 mWh
40%2250 mWh1063 mWh1425 mWh
60%2197 mWh1087 mWh1387 mWh
80%1496 mWh981 mWh962 mWh

Efficiency (90)

Our Efficiency score comprises two sub-scores, Charge up and Discharge. Charge up is the efficiency of a full charge (how much energy is drained from the wall outlet vs the energy capacity of the battery, as well as the efficiency of the charger and its residual consumption). Discharge is how much current the smartphone drains from the battery when in use (the ratio of battery capacity over autonomy). Better autonomy with a smaller battery means better efficiency.

Charge up

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Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro
Best: Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro (105)

The Redmi Note 10S has the best results for a device in this segment to date, with an efficient adapter and better efficiency than either the Realme or the Vivo. Further, its residual consumption when plugged in is very low (again, the best result in its segment); however, its residual consumption when the phone is unplugged below average (but still better than its rivals).


Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S



Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro (121)

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S is far ahead of its competitors for discharge efficiency.


The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S is very well-balanced and one of the best devices you can buy if you are looking for decent specs for a low price.

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