Xiaomi‘s recently launched Redmi Note 9 is a low-profile version of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max that rivals the low-budget mid-range smartphones, with prices starting at Rs 11,999 for the base variant. A quick overview of product specs The Redmi Note 9 features 48 quad-MP cameras, a 12nm MediaTek Helio G85 processor, and a large 5020mAh battery. The Redmi Note 9 series is the company’s ninth generation of smartphones; the Redmi Note 9 is the successor to last year’s Redmi Note 9 priced at Rs 8. But is it worth the price? Is he up against competitors? Here’s our Redmi Note 9 review.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Specifications
- Afficher: 6,53-inch Full HD+ display with 2340 × 1080 pixel resolution, 450 nits brightness, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
- Logiciel: MIUI 10 based on Android 11
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front), splash resistant (P2i coating)
- CPU: 12nm MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core SoC
- Memory: 4 GB or 6 GB LPPDDR4X RAM
- Storage: 64 GB + 128 GB UFS 2.1, expandable up to 512 GB with microSD card
- Rear camera: Quad camera, 48 MP rear camera with Samsung GM1 sensor, f/1,79 aperture + 8 MP 118° ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2,2 aperture + 2 MP macro lens + 2 MP depth sensor
- Selfie camera: 13 MP, f/2,25 aperture
- Others: fingerprint sensor, infrared sensor
- Connectivity Options: Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2,4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS and USB Type-C port
- Colors: Aqua, Arctic White and Pebble Grey
- BATTERIE: 5020mAh, 22,5W fast charge
- Grand Prix: Rs 11 (999GB + 4GB), Rs 64 (13GB + 499GB), Rs 4 (128GB + 14GB)
- Availability: Through online and offline stores on March 24
Design, Display and Construction
The Redmi Note 9 features Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and a glossy polycarbonate design on the back. This smartphone series usually has a polycarbonate design, and glass is unlikely to be used on the back.
Much like its predecessor, the physical fingerprint scanner is on the back rather than mounted to the side of the power button like the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. There are hardly any design differences compared to the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max; the quad-camera design looks like this.
On the front, you’ll find a 6,53-inch Full HD+ IPS DotDisplay screen with a screen for the selfie camera. The Redmi Note 9 series is the first to adopt a punch-hole design, which is also the trend of current smartphones.
At the bottom, the phone has a USB Type-C port, speakers, a 3.5mm jack, and a microphone. You’ll find an infrared sensor and another microphone for noise cancellation. You’ll find a power button and volume controls on the right, while the left has a three-slot SIM tray.
Software and User Interface
The Redmi Note 9 runs on the latest MIUI 10 based on Android 11. Suppose you’re familiar with Xiaomi’s MIUI. In that case, you can see a lot of features and customizations in the new MIUI 11, from dark mode to user interface customization, phone packs.” icons, themes, new sounds, and a redesigned interface. Speaking of UI performance, the UI works well on initial use.
The fingerprint scanner works fine, we didn’t have any problems, and it works very similarly to its processor, the Redmi Note 8. No complaints about the scanner.
To learn more about MIUI 11, read previous reviews of Redmi phones running MIUI software.
Hardware, Performance, and Gaming
Under the hood, the phone is powered by an 85nm MediaTek Helio G12 octa-core chip, unlike its top variant, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, which uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. The phone comes with up to 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage, expandable via a microSD card.
Redmi Note 9 comes in three variants; one with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB is the highest variant priced at Rs 14,999, the second with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage is priced at Rs 13,499, the second is priced at Rs 11 with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The latter is the base variant with 999 GB of RAM and 999 GB of storage priced at Rs 999.
Choose the 712GB Snapdragon 6 or above mobile phone. You can find it at this price, but this price has formed a competition with the predecessor Redmi Note 8 Pro. It can be said that it is a close opponent who challenges the MediaTek Helio G90T.
On top of that, rivals like realme Narzo 10 offer a little less CPU on paper, it’s Helio G80 (realme Narzo 10) vs. Helio G85 (Redmi Note 9), but you can hardly see anything in the real-time Performance difference. The Redmi Note 9 also competes with Samsung’s M-series smartphone, the Galaxy M21.
If you’re not a hardcore gamer, the Redmi Note 9 could be a good casual gaming rig for most users. The gaming performance of the Redmi Note 9 is good enough for this price point unless you ask for more performance from its GPU.
PUBG Mobile and other games are said to run at medium to high graphics settings, matching the performance of the Helio G80 and Helio G90T. To set the graphics to a higher value, you can choose a better GPU (the Snapdragon 618G or the Adreno 730 on the Snapdragon 720G).
The Redmi Note 9 offers four cameras; the 48 MP f/1.79 is the main rear camera using the Samsung GM1 sensor, while the other three are 118-degree 8 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 2 MP macro. And 2 MP depth sensors. There is a standard 13 MP f/2,25 camera on the front.
The interface comes with 48MP mode, portrait mode, slow motion, short video, wide-angle video, night scene, panorama, Pro, and Pro color, AI mode, HDR, macro, time interval, Google lens, document, tilt-shift, movie screen, Macro video. It seems to be a rare feature.
The camera specs on paper look good enough to compete with the competition; however, when it comes to camera features, the Redmi Note 9 lacks lag in 4K video recording, 1080p 60fps, and quality, overall camera in the segment.
48 MP sounds good for the price, although the predecessor used one with the same megapixels. The mid-range segment is flooded with smartphones with 48 MP cameras, and if you go a little higher in this segment, you can find 64 MP cameras like Samsung Galaxy M31, realme X2, and more.
The camera setup is pretty much the same as when you compared it to the Redmi Note 8, and you can expect the same camera quality. A few software changes were added to the phone to improve image quality; however, there was no significant difference in how low-budget mid-range phones performed within their capabilities. Check out the camera samples taken from the Redmi Note 9.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 camera example
Also good is its battery life; the phone has enough power to last a day and a half; it packs a 5mAh battery that supports 020, 22,5 W fast charging. Battery life looks impressive at this price point, and it’s better than its predecessor, the Redmi Note 8. More power means it has a better battery backup, and you should get more than one. Decent autonomy.
Speaking of fast charging technology, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a 33W fast charge, and the Redmi Note 9 has a fast charge of 22.5W. At this time, the charging limit of the Redmi Note 9 is 18W. Because of the software lock, an update will be launched soon to allow Redmi The Note 22,5 has a charging capacity of 9W.
The Redmi Note 9 series is slightly different; the Redmi Note 8 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, while the Redmi Note 9 uses a MediaTek Helio chip. What has changed is the design, performance, and battery life, and the rest appears to be the same as its predecessor.
Notably, the design now uses a P2i nanocoating, which means the phone is splash-resistant and can withstand splashes (but not submersion). The performance boost isn’t very significant, but for one thing, the MediaTek Helio G85 is closely related to the Helio G8T on last year’s Redmi Note 90 Pro. The battery life is impressive for this price; however, the 5020mAh supports 22.5W fast charging.
If we compare its 128GB RAM and 14,999GB storage version priced at Rs 6, it is beaten by its new Korean rival, the Samsung Galaxy M6000, with its AMOLED display, 21mAh battery, and best camera. Also, the Redmi Note 8 is priced at Rs 9,999, while the Redmi Note 9 is priced at Rs 11,999, which is about a 16% higher price difference. Unless you’re on a tight budget, you can make the ultimate Research other options such as the Samsung Galaxy M21 before deciding.