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Redmi Note 9 Review

Xiaomi made an enormous splash within the Indian market earlier this year with the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. These two smartphones had spectacular specifications at aggressive costs, however the pleasure has been quick lived, as they’ve each turn into dearer now because of rupee-dollar fluctuations and a GST hike. Now, Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 9 which is available in at a sub Rs. 15,000 price. It sports highly effective internals in comparison with its predecessors, however is it good worth for cash? I’m reviewing the brand new Redmi Note 9 to search out out.

Redmi Note 9 design: Same however completely different

Redmi launched its Aura Balance design with the Redmi Note 9 Pro series, and the Redmi Note 9 will get it by default. It appears to be like lots like its siblings, however in contrast to them the Redmi Note 9 doesn’t have a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Instead, it has a extra conventional rear-mounted one, positioned proper beneath the rear camera module.

Xiaomi has matched the color of the fingerprint scanner with the shiny end of the camera module, which makes it onerous to identify from a distance. I favor a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and the one on the Redmi Note 9 is nicely positioned. Xiaomi has launched the smartphone in three colors: Pebble Grey, Arctic White, and Aqua Green. I had an Arctic White unit for this review, and it has a pleasant gradient at the back.

The second massive change on the Redmi Note 9 is the hole-punch display. The front-facing camera is within the higher left nook slightly than within the centre, just like the Redmi Note 9 Pro (Review) and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (Review). The gap is not distracting. If you maintain the cellphone in panorama, likelihood is you will not discover it in any respect. What you’ll discover are the bezels, that are pretty thick, however I might say that that is acceptable at this price level.

Xiaomi has gone with an enormous display for the Redmi Note 9, and so this cellphone wants a slight shuffle within the hand to succeed in the highest with one hand. The energy and quantity buttons are nicely positioned and straightforward to hit. Just like most different Redmi phones, the Note 9 has an IR emitter on the highest. This can be utilized to regulate your tv or air conditioner, and will turn out to be useful.

The cellphone is 8.9mm thick and weighs 199g. It is barely on the heavier aspect in comparison with a few of the different smartphones on this price vary. Xiaomi says it has used a P2i nano-coating on the device with rubber seals on the ports for a little bit of safety from publicity to liquids. The most important cause for the load could possibly be the massive battery that this cellphone packs. Xiaomi has additionally bundled a 22.5W charger within the field (although charging is presently restricted to 18W – extra on that later).

Redmi Note 9 specifications and software program: New {hardware}, usual expertise

The Redmi Note 9 is now the entry level for the Note 9 series, and Xiaomi has picked the MediaTek Helio G85 for this mannequin. It is an octa-core processor with two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2GHz, and 6 Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. For graphics, it has an ARM Mali-G52 GPU clocked at 1GHz.

The Redmi Note 9 has a 6.53-inch display with a full-HD+ decision (1080×2340 pixels) and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for defense. There are three variants of the Redmi Note 9: 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. These variants are priced at Rs. 11,999, Rs, 13,499, and Rs. 14,999 respectively at launch, and I had the highest variant for this review.

The Redmi Note 9 gives expandable storage with a devoted microSD card slot. It has two Nano-SIM slots and helps twin 4G in addition to VoLTE. There’s Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 n, and 4 satellite tv for pc navigation methods. The battery capability is 5,020mAh. The Redmi Note 9 can be able to 9W reverse charging by means of the USB Type-C port.

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In phrases of software program, nothing a lot is new. The Redmi Note 9 runs MIUI 11 on high of Android 10 and my unit had the latest June safety patch. The cellphone does include a good quantity of bloatware preinstalled, and suggests that you just obtain some extra through the setup course of. It additionally exhibits adverts on the lockscreen, an possibility that’s enabled by default, however I disabled it whereas establishing the cellphone. Some of the apps that come preinstalled on the cellphone are Mi Store, Osom Rummy, Helo, Mi Community, Zili, and Mi Pay. Helo and Mi Community have been banned by the Government of India however have been preinstalled on my review unit; these apps didn’t work, although.

The UI is similar to what I’ve gotten used to on different Xiaomi smartphones. You get conventional three-button navigation by default however you possibly can swap this for swipe gestures. There are different helpful features akin to Game Turbo, which clears RAM, offers larger bandwidth precedence to video games working within the foreground, and restricts gesture navigation whereas gaming. It additionally gives the choice to simply accept incoming calls in hands-free mode, and you’ll customise contact response for every sport.

I did see spammy notifications from preinstalled apps akin to Mi Video and Get Apps, and this did dampen the general person expertise.

Redmi Note 9 efficiency: Capable {hardware}

The efficiency of the Redmi Note 9 gave me no cause to complain. The MediaTek Helio G85 is a succesful processor and will deal with my day by day duties simply. App loading times have been acceptable, and with 6GB of RAM, I may change between completely different apps simply.

I discovered the display on the Redmi Note 9 to be first rate. It has good viewing angles and does get vibrant sufficient when required. You additionally get the choice to tweak the color output. However, it is not as punchy because the AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy M21 (Review). I discovered the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner to be fast to unlock the smartphone. Face recognition was additionally quick and handy.

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I ran a few benchmarks on the Redmi Note 9 to see how the MediaTek Helio G85 fares in comparison with the opposite processors. In Antutu, the Redmi Note 9 returned 200,489 which places it near the Realme Narzo 10 (Review), which is priced equally. In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core checks, it scored 356 and 1,325 factors respectively. It additionally managed 38fps, 14fps, and 8fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex, Manhattan 3.1, and Car Chase graphics benchmarks respectively.

The Redmi Note 9 may run video games akin to PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends with none points. In PUBG Mobile, the cellphone defaulted to the Medium settings however I may bump it as much as High with out an excessive amount of of a drop in efficiency. However, the cellphone received heat to the contact after enjoying for 20 minutes. I additionally seen almost a 10 % battery drop throughout this time. Asphalt 9 ran on the default settings, and I solely seen occasional stutter on just a few tracks.

I discovered the battery lifetime of the Redmi Note 9 to be fairly good. It may simply transcend a day and a half earlier than needing to be plugged in. Even in case you are a heavy person, the 5,020mAh battery ought to last you over a day. It managed to last for 15 hours, 45 minutes in our HD video loop take a look at.

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The marketed Wattage of the charger included with the Redmi Note 9 has precipitated a minor controversy within the days following its launch. The Redmi Note 9 comes with a 22.5W charger within the field, however the device is presently capped at 18W for charging. Xiaomi advised Gadgets 360 that the Redmi Note 9 presently has a “software lock” on how a lot energy it would pull in, and that it wants additional lab and subject testing which hasn’t been doable due to the lockdown. Xiaomi says it plans to launch a software program update sooner or later that can permit the Redmi Note 9 to cost at 22.5W.

Currently, the cellphone costs to 29 % in 30 minutes and 60 % in an hour. Charging the device utterly takes a bit of over two hours. This ought to go down if or when Xiaomi unlocks the total charging velocity.

Redmi Note 9 cameras: Not so good at night time

The Redmi Note 9 has a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel major camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, it has a 13-megapixel camera within the entrance. The camera app is similar to what I’ve seen on different Redmi phones.

Apart from the standard taking pictures modes, the app has a Pro mode for each photos in addition to video, which helps you to manually management completely different parameters. It additionally has a Document mode that permits you to crop photos and convert them to Black and White proper from the viewfinder. With apps akin to Camscanner banned, this can turn out to be useful.

The Redmi Note 9 makes use of AI, which is fast to detect the content material of scenes and set the camera up accordingly. In daylight, the cellphone delivers good photographs, and textual content at a distance is legible on zooming in. However, the AI tends to sharpen photos a bit an excessive amount of for my liking. Photos taken on the full 48-megapixel decision had higher details and weren’t sharpened as a lot. There was a noticeable drop in high quality in photos taken with the wide-angle camera.

For close-ups, the AI was fast to recognise the topic, however sometimes had bother with focus. Photos have been crisp and had a pure bokeh impact. There is a Pro Colour possibility that bumps up the distinction within the output. The macro camera helps you to get very near a topic and manages a crisp shot in beneficial light.

Portrait mode managed good separation between the topic and background. Edge detection was additionally excellent. I could not discover a option to set the extent of blur earlier than taking a shot, however the device did permit me to regulate the extent of beautification.

In low light, the output was first rate, however advantageous grain was seen on zooming in. The camera app managed to keep noise down. It takes longer to save lots of a shot in Night Mode, forcing you to carry still for that time, however there was barely any distinction in high quality when utilizing it.

Selfies taken in daylight have been crisp and had good details. You can take portrait photographs utilizing the selfie camera as nicely, however right here I could not set the extent of blur. The Redmi Note 9 did handle good edge detection. The high quality dipped in low light.

Video recording tops out at 1080p for the first shooter. The Redmi Note 9 managed first rate output, and did stabilise footage nicely. In low light, there was a noticeable shimmer, because the cellphone tried to stabilise footage.

I discovered the camera efficiency of the Redmi Note 9 to be good in daylight, but it surely was strictly common in low light.


The Redmi Note 9 begins at Rs. 11,999 in India which is lots larger than the Redmi Note 8 (Review), which had managed to fit in under the Rs. 10,000 mark. The latest GST hikes and the weaker Rupee are said to be the primary causes behind the upper pricing. The base variant of the Redmi Note 9 does offer first rate worth with its full-HD+ display, highly effective MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, and 4GB of RAM. It additionally delivers good battery life because of the massive 5,020mAh battery.

However, I can not say the identical in regards to the top-end variant I reviewed. At Rs. 14,999, it competes with some highly effective phones within the sub-Rs 15,000 phase such because the Realme 6 (Review), Poco M2 Pro (Review), and even the Redmi Note 9 Pro (Review). These fashions offer improved efficiency and higher features than the Redmi Note 9, making this variant a bit of onerous to advocate.


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