The Redmi Note 9 Pro has simply been launched in India, and its beginning value of Rs. 12,999 is surprisingly low as a result of Xiaomi has made a couple of very fascinating choices when it comes to positioning and options. It is not straightforward to remain forward of the sport, and the Redmi Note 9 Pro goes up in opposition to the formidable Realme 6 and Samsung M30s. Longtime followers of the collection is perhaps shocked at how Xiaomi has truly held again a little bit with this mannequin, since expectations are all the time when a brand new technology of Redmi Note smartphones is introduced.

Earlier fashions, most notably the Redmi Note 8 Pro (Review), have been outlined by their positioning above the usual Redmi collection and the aspirational options they provide. Whereas costs are nonetheless very cheap, Xiaomi has made a behavior of delivering issues that folks might be tempted to spend a little bit more cash on, such giant shows, high-capacity batteries, a number of cameras, premium styling, and class-leading specs.

The tradeoff for that new low value is that the Redmi Note 9 Pro doesn’t provide a lot of in the present day’s most buzzworthy options ­­– a 90Hz show, extraordinarily quick charging, and high-resolution cameras. This telephone is extra about core specs and the general utilization expertise. In an fascinating shuffle, although, a few of these options could be present in a brand new higher-tier gadget, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.

So what’s in a reputation? Does this repositioning imply that the Redmi Note 9 Pro is a disappointment, or can it dwell as much as its illustrious predecessors’ requirements? Let’s discover out.

 

Redmi Note 9 Pro design

By any normal, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is a cumbersome telephone. At 8.8mm thick and 209g in weight, many individuals will discover this gadget cumbersome and unwieldy. That is the place Xiaomi’s new ‘Aura Steadiness’ design philosophy is available in – the corporate says that weight is distributed completely evenly and the outside design is symmetrical to make utilization extra comfy. We discovered one-handed use tough however not inconceivable.

By way of appears, Xiaomi has gone with three comparatively easy colors – Interstellar Black, Glacier White, and Aurora Blue. You will not discover any graidents or patterns right here, although the looks is something however delicate. Our Aurora Blue unit was shiny and vibrant, with a really shiny, reflective rear panel. You will see gentle play throughout the floor when utilizing this telephone, giving the sensation of depth. Fortunately the rear panel is not too slippery, but it surely does decide up fingerprints as quickly as you contact it.

Xiaomi has give you a particular new digital camera bump design which performs into the theme of symmetry. Even the flash is centred beneath the 4 digital camera lenses. This can be a good design contact that can set the Redmi Note 9 collection aside and make this telephone and its siblings recognisable. The digital camera module does stick out fairly a bit although.

The entrance and rear of the Redmi Note 9 Pro are each made utilizing Gorilla Glass 5, whereas the body is polycarbonate. Essentially the most distinctive characteristic on the entrance is in fact the brand new embedded selfie digital camera, which is centred on the high of the display. It’s considerably distracting, and the display’s backlighting is a little bit uneven round it. Apparently, we famous that the image of the Redmi Note 9 Pro on the duvet of its field appears to indicate a smaller gap and slender chin than the gadget truly has. That mentioned, the telephone nonetheless appears fashionable and positively defies expectations for its value class.

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The rear is fabricated from Gorilla Glass 5 and could be very reflective

 

The following fascinating design contact is the side-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is embedded into the ability button. This sits in a slight recess on the correct of the telephone which lined up pretty properly with the thumb of our proper hand. You will discover this inconvenient in case you’re left-handed, and we would counsel registering a number of fingers so you may unlock this telephone whether or not it is in your hand or mendacity on a desk.

Xiaomi says that this strategy was chosen as a result of it is faster than an in-display sensor and extra handy than having one on the again, plus it would not disrupt the design of the rear panel. That is positively a pattern within the funds section proper now, although. We even have to notice that the selection of an LCD display fairly than AMOLED performs into how an in-display sensor could be applied.

The amount buttons are positioned awkwardly above the sensor, and are not straightforward to achieve whereas on a name. On the left, there is a tray with slots for 2 Nano-SIMs and a microSD card. Xiaomi’s trademark infrared emitter is on the highest, and can be utilized to manage a number of dwelling home equipment. There’s the same old USB Sort-C port, 3.5mm audio socket, and speaker on the underside. Many individuals might be joyful to notice that there’s actually a notification and charging LED hidden within the earpiece.

Xiaomi has finished properly when it comes to design, and the Redmi Note 9 Pro does really feel recent with out truly altering an excessive amount of for a telephone on this section. There’s additionally a P2i coating for splash resistance, although in fact no correct waterproofing.

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The fingerprint sensor is embedded into the ability button on the correct

 

Redmi Note 9 Pro specs and software program

Redmi Note collection telephones sometimes have spectacular specs, and Xiaomi has gone with a bigger display and battery than ever earlier than. You get a 6.67-inch full-HD+ (1080×2400-pixel) display which has a tall facet ratio to accommodate the entrance digital camera. What may shock many followers who comply with present traits, as a result of it’s a normal 60Hz panel and would not have a 90Hz refresh price like another just lately launched units, most notably the Realme 6 (Review).

Xiaomi claims that there aren’t many apps that reap the benefits of a excessive refresh price, individuals cannot actually inform the distinction, it is not well worth the battery life tradeoff, and the Snapdragon 720G SoC is not highly effective sufficient. We do not essentially agree with all these factors, however we do should keep in mind that some compromises are to be anticipated at Rs. 12,999.

The 5020mAh battery can also be fascinating. Xiaomi claims 29 hours of VoLTE calling and 14 hours of gaming per cost. You get an 18W charger within the field – sooner charging is reserved for the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.

The Snapdragon 720G is a contemporary SoC with two high-performance 2.3GHz cores and 6 power-efficient 1.8GHz cores, all manufactured on an 8nm course of which is claimed to end in larger energy effectivity and decrease warmth dissipation. Consumers will word that the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s help for Amazon’s Alexa alongside Google Assistant has been dropped – Xiaomi tells us that this relied on particular capabilities of the MediaTek processor used for the earlier mannequin.

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There’s an IR emitter on the highest, and the speaker, Sort-C, and three.5mm ports on the underside

 

Xiaomi has famous that that is the primary time we’re seeing a 7xx-series Snapdragon processor in a Redmi Note collection gadget at this value. It is a predictable transfer contemplating the arms race producers are in, however calls into query Qualcomm’s technique of launching the 7xx-series as a premium tier to offset the downward migration of the 6xx-series.

You will get the Redmi Note 9 Pro with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for Rs. 12,999, or with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for Rs. 15,999. It is fascinating to notice that when the Redmi Note 8 Pro had launched six months in the past, Xiaomi had highlighted how 6GB of RAM was the minimal quantity on provide. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max gives you 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage at Rs. 14,999, and can also be the one possibility if you wish to step as much as 8GB. The truth that these two sibling fashions overlap may trigger some confusion out there.

Different highlights embody NavIC help together with normal GPS, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, and all the usual sensors. Together with the 18W charger and USB Sort-C cable, you get solely a SIM eject device and plastic case within the field together with this telephone – the blue and white variants will ship with a transparent case whereas the black one will get a smoky translucent one.

MIUI 11 runs on high of Android 10, and our evaluation unit had the February safety patch. Sadly, bloatware and promotional content material stay components of Xiaomi’s enterprise technique. The corporate does say that customers can take away and/or disable a few of these options however we did see plenty of spammy notifications.

There is no app drawer, however you do get some stage of UI customisation. Swiping up on the homescreen launches the MI browser which additionally permits you to seek for put in apps. That is considerably handy however we want we may reassign this shortcut. There is a Darkish Mode, downloadable UI themes, and Google’s Digital Wellbeing settings. You may clone apps and retailer delicate information in a Second Area for privateness, and sort fast replies to messages from inside the notification popups for some apps.

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The rear digital camera cluster has an attention-grabbing design

 

Redmi Note 9 Pro efficiency and battery life

At this level, with the form of {hardware} used at even the low finish of the market, there is not a lot that may be mentioned about on a regular basis utilization. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is greater than highly effective sufficient to deal with something from fundamental calls and messaging all the way in which as much as heavy 3D gaming, with no hassle by any means. Multitasking was additionally clean and trouble-free. In case you’re used to the next show refresh price you may discover that lacking, however most individuals should not actually thoughts – apart from the sensation of lacking out on one thing.

Ergonomically, this is not the best telephone to make use of, as we have mentioned. The massive display does work properly for movies and video games, however the measurement and placement of the digital camera bump make holding the Redmi Note 9 Pro in panorama whereas enjoying video games just a bit uncomfortable. Holding it as much as take lengthy calls may additionally get fatiguing. The side-mounted fingerprint sensor and face recognition had been each fast and efficient in our expertise.

The display in all fairness shiny and crisp. Colors do look vibrant, and there are some changes within the Settings app if you wish to play with them. We did discover the digital camera gap a little bit distracting when watching movies full-screen. Some apps are designed to masks notches on the high of the display with a black band, and these may must be up to date to account for the dimensions and placement of digital camera holes just like the one on this telephone. We weren’t very impressed with the speaker although – sound was loud, however harsh and tinny.

As for benchmarks, there have been no surprises. The Snapdragon 720G does provide class-leading efficiency for a funds telephone. We noticed scores of 279,978 in AnTuTu in addition to 568 and 1,761 in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core checks respectively. 3DMark gave us 3,665 factors in its Slingshot Limitless take a look at, and GFXBench’s Manhattan 3.1 and Automobile Chase recreation simulations ran at 27fps and 15fps respectively.

PUBG Cell defaulted to the Top quality preset. We performed a couple of rounds for about 20 minutes and located that the Redmi Note 9 Pro did get a little bit heat, opposite to Xiaomi’s claims. The telephone by no means bought too uncomfortable however we did not wish to play for an excessive amount of longer. Graphics had been constantly clean although, and gameplay was pleasing. Asphalt 9: Legends did not give us any hassle both.

We had been keen to check this telephone’s battery. With peculiar use, we had been very happy to see the Redmi Note 9 Pro simply lasting by way of a full day and almost half of the second day earlier than needing a recharge. Throughout this time we performed some video games, streamed video, and took plenty of pictures and movies. Our HD loop video take a look at ran for 16 hours, 2 minutes which is nice however not as nice as we had been anticipating, contemplating that some opponents on this area can boast of scores that cross 20 hours.

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The Redmi Note 9 Pro has slots for 2 Nano-SIMs and a microSD card

 

Redmi Note 9 Pro cameras

The squared-off digital camera bump on the rear may additionally shock some Redmi Note collection followers. The first shooter has a 48-megapixel decision and f/1.79 aperture, and makes use of the brand new Samsung Isocell GM2 sensor. You do not get a 64-megapixel digital camera just like the one on the Redmi Note 8 Pro or different latest value-segment telephones. That is primarily a results of the Redmi Note 9 Pro addressing a decrease market tier with its decrease costs – you do get a 64-megapixel digital camera with the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.

Subsequent to it you may discover an 8-megapixel wide-angle digital camera, which is fairly normal for this value stage. The two-megapixel depth sensor within the decrease row can also be fundamental and commonplace. What’s fascinating is the truth that the macro digital camera has a 5-megapixel decision, which must be a pleasant bump up from the barely-useful 2-megapixel ones we have seen in most telephones of late.

Xiaomi boasts of an improved Evening Mode, tremendous part detection autofocus, and a color profile optimised for Indian tastes. Video could be recorded at 4K 30fps or 1080p at 60fps. 720p slow-mo recording goes as much as 960fps. One in all this telephone’s major goal audiences is video content material creators, particularly TikTok customers, so there is a Quick Video mode with a 15-second cutoff. You too can shoot video utilizing the macro digital camera, or save RAW 8-bit footage for exterior processing.

Redmi Note 9 Pro daytime digital camera samples (faucet to see full measurement)

 

 

The entrance digital camera has a 16-megapixel decision, and as soon as once more the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max presents a step as much as 32 megapixels. Sluggish-mo as much as 120fps is feasible as properly. There’s AI beautification which is on by default.

The digital camera app is simple for essentially the most half, however there are some quirks. For example, you need to open a submenu to search out the Macro digital camera icon. There are 0.6x, 1x and 2x zoom selectors proper above the shutter button – the primary two change between the wide-angle and normal cameras, however the zoom is all digital. As ordinary, we needed to manually disable Xiaomi’s promoting watermark on pictures.

Redmi Note 9 Pro daytime digital camera samples: normal (above) and wide-angle (beneath)  (faucet to see full measurement)

 

 

Beginning with daytime pictures, we discovered the first digital camera to be moderately good, but it surely would not break any new floor when it comes to high quality or flexibility. Shut-ups seemed good and particulars had been clear in foreground topics. Distant objects had been additionally properly represented if there was ample gentle and textures weren’t too complicated. The wide-angle digital camera is not too dangerous, however high quality positively suffers. Regardless of promising distortion correction, there’s nonetheless some pretty apparent warping on the sides of frames.

The 5-megapixel macro digital camera does ship a lot larger high quality pictures than we have seen from most different macro cameras, and the digital camera app makes it apparent while you’re holding the telephone on the appropriate distance to lock focus. A lot of our makes an attempt nonetheless come out trying boring although, usually with washed-out colors and poorly balanced exposures.

Redmi Note 9 Pro daytime macro digital camera pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

 

Redmi Note 9 Pro daytime portrait mode digital camera pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

 

At night time, we discovered the Redmi Note 9 Pro’s major digital camera to be good if there was plenty of synthetic gentle round, in any other case particulars had been misplaced. Low-light landscapes had been unimpressive. The wide-angle digital camera delivered murky outcomes, however we did not count on an excessive amount of from it. Evening mode was surprisingly ineffective – it did assist steadiness darkish scenes with shiny lights that will in any other case simply be overexposed blotches, but it surely did not do something in any respect for pictures of topics at nighttime, which different telephones are able to enhancing.

The entrance digital camera is pretty good within the daytime in addition to at night time, however we did not just like the aggressive beautification which made faces look synthetic. Particulars had been good within the daytime in addition to at night time, and portrait pictures had properly blurred backgrounds.

Redmi Note 9 Pro low-light digital camera samples (faucet to see full measurement)

 

 

Video shot at 1080p seemed advantageous, with good stabilisation. Our solely criticism was that our take a look at footage was a little bit overexposed. At 4K, colors went fully out of whack and our pattern pictures had an overwhelming, unnatural pink tone. The shimmer impact was fairly dangerous at night time when taking pictures at 1080p. The identical state of affairs was evident at night time – 1080p footage was not usable if we had been shifting, however we managed to seize usable footage if we stood nonetheless.

Verdict

With over 100 million models offered, the Redmi Note 9 Pro has an enormous legacy to dwell as much as. For its value, the bottom variant is a wonderful possibility, and raises the bar when it comes to options and efficiency. Nevertheless, this telephone is extra of an improve to the Redmi Note 8 (Review) than the Redmi Note 8 Pro (Review), as its identify may counsel, and that is going to be a little bit complicated for patrons.

We just like the Redmi Note 9 Pro for its total model, and it may simply stand subsequent to full-priced flagships from 5 – 6 years in the past. The specs are very spectacular and we had only a few complaints when utilizing this telephone for day-to-day duties in addition to basic leisure. The first digital camera is a letdown although, particularly in low gentle. We additionally discovered this telephone a bit too cumbersome for our liking.

All through this evaluation, we have referenced the higher-end Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, as a result of because it seems, Xiaomi has interleaved the costs of its variants in order that step one up from the bottom Redmi Note 9 Pro priced at Rs. 12,999 is definitely the sibling mannequin. For Rs. 14,999, you get higher entrance and rear cameras, extra RAM, and sooner charging. The Rs. 15,999 variant of the usual Redmi Note 9 Pro is priced even larger, just for extra storage. Nevertheless, you get the comparatively poorer characteristic set, making this explicit variant very onerous to suggest. The lineup appears way more convoluted and complicated than it must be – and there is now affirmation of a brand new Redmi Note 9S which could or won’t come to India.

Whereas it is onerous to see the worth within the 6GB+128GB model of the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the 4GB+64GB model has been launched at an unimaginable value. We hope to see Xiaomi enhance issues on the digital camera entrance by way of software program updates. If that occurs, this telephone may very well be very, very onerous to beat.


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