The Redmi Note series from Xiaomi is one of the most popular series that the Indian smartphone market leader has to bring to the table. Consistently, the Redmi Note series gets updated twice with new offerings and with one commonality — powerful specifications and competitive price.
This year’s offering — Redmi Note 9 Pro — doesn’t appear any different. Touted as the ‘performance monster’ by Xiaomi, the cellphone packs impressive specs on paper — Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, 48MP quad-camera setup, 5020mAh battery and more.
DESIGN & DISPLAY
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro both look wonderful and modern. The Note 9 sports a 6.5-inch LCD with a small punch hole for the selfie camera at the display’s upper left-hand side. The bezels are relatively thin, and the chin is additionally unnoticeable. Despite being LCD and not AMOLED, the display offers bright colours and good viewing experience. The back of the Redmi Note 9 is made of plastic, and it does feel slightly less premium. Nonetheless, the colour of our unit, Polar White, makes up for the plastic feel with a fashionable touch, transitioning from white to light blue to light pink towards the bottom.
CAMERA & AUDIO
The main cameras on both the Redmi Note 9 and the Redmi Note 9 Pro deliver great photographs with moderately accurate colours for this price range. Note 9’s colours tend to be more on the warmer side, slightly unrealistic. We also noticed that the Note 9 Pro produces better detail in its photographs.
The two phones have great ultra-wide shots, and the macro shots on both the Redmi Note 9 and the Redmi Note 9 Pro turn out okay as well. Note 9 slightly alters the colours, making them a bit more saturated than they are in reality, while the Note 9 Pro keeps them more realistic. The digital zoom on both phones is quite similar; however, Note 9 Pro manages to deliver slightly more details and a sharper image overall. Portrait mode is satisfactory. The background is nicely blurred while the subject is focused. Also, the Redmi Note 9 Pro delivers more realistic-looking colours, while the Redmi Note 9 again slightly oversaturated the colours.
SOFTWARE & PERFORMANCE
The Note 9 Pro comes with Android 10 and Xiaomi’s custom Android skin, MIUI 11, out of the box. The software runs smoothly, and we enjoy the touches Xiaomi added to the Android experience here and there. MIUI 11 offers an intuitive interface, and we like the way the recent apps are organised in two columns.
One perspective that could be slightly confusing with MIUI 11 on the Redmi Note 9 and the Note 9 Pro is lock screen notifications. Both phones would sometimes show notifications on the lock screen, and other times won’t.
FINGERPRINT SENSORS AND FACE UNLOCK
The Redmi Note 9 Pro support both face unlock and fingerprint unlock features. The Face Unlock in both smartphones is done via a 2D image taken with the selfie camera, so it is not the most secure alternative.
Xiaomi has stayed faithful to its obligation on long-lasting battery life. It comes with giant, 5,020mAh battery cells which impressed us with more than 14 hours of browsing in our thorough battery test. With moderate to heavy use, the big battery should last you a day – and certainly more if you’re a light smartphone user. The Redmi Note 9 Pro scored 10 hours and 56 minutes in our 3D gaming test, which means that if you decide to play the whole day, you should still have some juice left in the evening.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro spotlights on delivering a value-for-money experience. While the competition pushes the boundaries with specs, and price, the Redmi Note 9 Pro sticks to its formula of bringing great performance and good-enough imaging to a price point that is within the reach of most buyers. It is obtainable on banggood.com for US$269.00 only.