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Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Realme 6 Pro Specs Comparison – Is 90Hz Worth It?

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Two of the most anticipated mid-range phones in 2020 are the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and Realme 6 Pro. If you’re looking for the best bang-for-the-buck device, look no further than these two. This year, Realme has the upper hand due to the faster display, however, is that enough to overlook the other features of Redmi?

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and Realme 6 Pro Similarities and Differences

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Redmi Note 9 Pro
Advantages of Redmi Note 9 Pro MaxAdvantages of Realme 6 ProSimilarities
  • 2MP depth lens (main)

  • 32MP selfie camera

  • Infrared port

  • 5020mAh battery

  • 33W fast charging

  • three colors (Aurora Blue, Glacier White, Interstellar Black)
  • 90Hz refresh rate

  • 12MP telephoto lens

  • 16MP + 8MP selfie cameras

  • 24-bit audio

  • Bluetooth 5.1

  • NFC(region dependent)
  • glass-plastic-glass build

  • Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)

  • splash resistance

  • 6.6" IPS LCD FHD+

  • Android 10

  • Snapdragon 720G

  • up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage

  • 64MP quad-cameras

  • audio jack

  • USB-C

  • side-mounted fingerprint scanner

  • fast charging

  • dedicated microSD slot
  • Which is the better buy between the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and Realme 6 Pro?

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    Design and Display

    Like most smartphones today, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max didn’t bother standing out from the crowd. Although it comes in three colors, the glossy finish still means fingerprint slugfest. In the case of Realme 6 Pro, not a lot of people will like the thunderous design on the back, however, it does make the device unique compared to others. We appreciate the glass-plastic-glass build here, along with the support for splash resistance on both devices. Even with the unique camera module of the Redmi device, we have to give props to Realme here with its courageous design thus making it the winner in this department.

    Switching to the displays, we have the same 6.6″ IPS LCD FHD+ panels. Both can easily reach around 450nits which should be visible enough under broad daylight. While HDR playback has yet to arrive on neither device, Realme 6 Pro has the upper hand thanks to the 90Hz refresh rate. Fast refresh rates have been the trend in 2020, rendering faster animations that make the device feels snappier. While it does consume more battery life, it’s still a fun feature to have. However, the pill-shape cutout might be distracting to some users than the centered-pinhole on the Redmi device. But obviously, Realme 6 Pro wins the display category.

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    Performance

    There’s no contest here given we’re comparing Snapdragon 720G chipsets. Both are capable of handling demanding apps and games, especially when paired with 8GB RAM. This means the difference will go down to MIUI 11 vs Realme UI; both based on Android 10. You can read our thoughts about it in our Redmi Note 9 vs Realme 6i comparison.

    Outside processing prowess, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max still offers an infrared port for when you need to control your smart TV and other supported devices. On the flip end, Realme 6 Pro has support for the latest Bluetooth 5.1 standard and NFC in some regions. To keep the cost to a minimum, the fingerprint scanners are on the right-hand side. With both devices being capable daily drivers, we have to give this one a tie.

    Cameras

     Redmi Note 9 Pro MaxRealme 6 Pro
    Main Cameras48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF

    8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm

    5 MP, f/2.4, (macro), 1.12µm

    2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)

    video recording up to FHD@30fps with EIS
    48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2.25″, 0.8µm, PDAF

    8 MP, f/2.3, 13mm (ultrawide)

    2 MP, f/2.4, (macro), 1/5.0″, 1.75µm

    2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)

    video recording up to FHD@30fps with EIS
    Selfie Cameras13 MP, (wide), 1.0µm 

    video recording up to FHD @ 30fps
    16 MP, f/2.0

    video recording up to FHD @ 30fps

    Inside the best bang-for-the-buck phones in 2020 are 64MP main cameras, specifically the Samsung GW1 sensor. Technically speaking, the sensor output 26mm photos at f1.8 with 4-in-1 pixel binning. As a result, you’re getting 16MP equivalent photos, however, you can still use the full 48MP mode on the camera app. As for the supporting lenses, the Redmi Note 9 Pro’s ultrawide, macro, and depth lenses are less versatile than the telephoto, ultrawide, and macro of Realme 6 Pro. Realme’s device is capable of delivering 2x optical zoom and up to 20x digital zoom. The versatility continues to the selfie cameras, as the pill-shaped cutout houses a 16MP sensor and an 8MP ultrawide. With that said, Realme 6 Pro wins the camera department.

    READ: Realme 6 Pro vs Poco X2 Specs Comparison – Can Xiaomi Still Win It All?

    Audio

    Neither of the two feature stereo speakers, so expect decent audio quality. Luckily, the headphone jack is still present. But Realme 6 Pro has the advantage of playing hi-res audio file tracks for a better listening experience.

    Battery and Charging

    If you want the longer-lasting phone, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is the way to go. Not only it has the bigger battery at 5020mAh, but the 60Hz refresh rate doesn’t consume as much as the 90Hz display. You can also fast charge the battery at a speedy 33W which gets you up to 50% in 30 minutes. Realme 6 Pro may have a smaller 4300mAh battery capacity but it’s a capable one-day device if you apply battery management. Should you run out of battery in the middle of the day, 30W VOOC 4.0 replenishes the tank in just 57 minutes.

    Verdict

    Neither of the two is available in the Philippines but both are already priced in India. You can see the breakdown below but expect the prices to go up once they arrive locally:

    • Redmi Note 9 Pro Max – 6GB/64GB – INR 14,999 (~P10,300)
    • Redmi Note 9 Pro Max – 6GB/128GB – INR 16,999 (~P11,700)
    • Redmi Note 9 Pro Max – 8GB/128GB – INR 18,999 (~P13,000)
    • Realme 6 Pro – 6GB/64GB – INR 16,999(~P11,700)
    • Realme 6 Pro – 6GB/128GB – INR 17,999(~P12,400)
    • Realme 6 Pro – 8GB/128GB – INR 18,999(~P13,000)

    We recommend getting the top model for the best experience, especially with the extra storage headroom. But as a tech enthusiast, I wouldn’t hesitate to get the Realme 6 Pro in this comparison. Even with the shorter battery life, I always have fast-charging in my arsenal and I enjoy scrolling through a buttery-smooth 90Hz display. While I understand that most people wouldn’t see the difference nor even bother with the effects of 90Hz, the versatile cameras of Realme 6 Pro will entice you to choose this device over the Redmi competitor. Hopefully, both phones arrive in the Philippines with reasonable price tags.

    READ: Why You Should (and Shouldn’t) Buy the iPhone SE 2020

    Specs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Realme 6 Pro
    Display 6.67″ FHD+ IPS LCD, 450nits, centered-pinhole cutout 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD, 480nits, 90Hz, 120Hz touch rate, pill-shaped cutout
    Design splash-resistant, Gorilla Glass 5 (back and front) splash-resistant, Gorilla Glass 5 (back and front)
    Dimensions and Weight 165.5 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm , 209 g 163.8 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm, 202g
    CPU/Chipset Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver) / Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm) Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver) / Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm)
    GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 618
    RAM 6GB/8GB 6GB/8GB
    Storage 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 with dedicated microSD slot of up to 256GB 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 with dedicated microSD slot of up to 256GB
    Main Camera
    • 64 MP, f/1.9, (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF
    • 8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
    • 5 MP, f/2.4, (macro), 1.12µm
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
    • video recording up to FHD@30fps with EIS
    • 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF
    • 12 MP, f/2.5, 54mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
    • 8 MP, f/2.3, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, 22mm (macro), 1/5.0″, 1.75µm
    • video recording up to FHD@30fps with EIS
    Selfie Camera
    • 32 MP, (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm
    • video recording up to FHD @ 30fps
    • 16 MP, f/2.1, 26mm (wide), 1/3.1″, 1.0µm
    • 8 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
    • video recording up to FHD @ 30fps
    Connectivity & Ports LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi ac, GPS, audio jack, USB-C, Infrared port LTE, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi ac, GPS, audio jack, USB-C, NFC(region dependent)
    Security face unlock, side-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner face unlock, side-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner
    Battery 5020mAh 33W fast charging – 50% in 30 mins 4300mAh 30W VOOC 4.0 – 100% in 57 mins
    Audio mono speakers mono speakers, 24-bit
    OS Android 10.0; MIUI 11 Android 10 with Realme UI
    Colors Aurora Blue, Glacier White, Interstellar Black Lightning Blue, Lightning Orange
    Price INR 14,999 (~P10,300) and INR 18,999 (~P13,000) INR 16,999(~P11,700) and INR 18,999(~P13,000)
    Release Date March 2020 (India), TBD (Philippines) March 2020 (India), TBD (Philippines)

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