So as Xiaomi says, “the legend continues” with the Redmi Note 9(P7,990) and Redmi Note 9 Pro(P12,490). If you’re wondering what makes the two affordable mid-range phones special, aside from their competitive prices, here are their best features that you should know.
Best Features of Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro
Chipsets Made for Smooth Gaming on a Budget
Redmi Note 9 is the first phone to feature MediaTek’s all-new Helio G85 chipset. While most of the spec sheet is similar to the older Helio G80, the Mali-G52 MC2 is clocked slightly higher at 1000MHz, providing a boost in gaming. The chipset is also the reason why the phone managed to retail at a very low cost.
In the case of Redmi Note 9 Pro, it has a more efficient performer in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G. The “G” denotes “gaming” and not 5G, just so we’re clear. Having it built on the 8nm node means power efficiency and thermal management are better.
Large Batteries with Fast Charging
In 2020, it’s normal for phones to come with fast charging technologies and large batteries. But in the case of these two devices, we’re looking at 5020mAh which is one of the biggest capacities in a phone right now. Redmi Note 9 comes with 18W fast charging and can easily replenish its large tank in less than two hours. However, Redmi Note 9 Pro takes it further with its 30W charging brick for faster top-ups (less than an hour).
Xiaomi has always been proud of the symmetrical design of the Redmi Note 9 series. The non-Pro model comes in Aurora Blue, Glacier White, and Interstellar Black. All three features smooth surfaces with matte-like finishes on the back for that premium feel. On the other end, the Pro model takes it a bit further with Gorilla Glass 5-protected backing in a two-tone finish for the Tropical Green variant. A third of the back has this textured finish that adds some twisting design element while the Glacier White and Interstellar Gray come in the single-toned smooth finish. On top of all that, they get splash resistance coating.
Purchasing a Redmi Note 9 device also means purchasing a capable phone camera. Alongside AI, you can get crisp photos on the 48MP f1.8 sensor of the Redmi Note 9. It’s already assisted by 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth. You can record up to 1080p@30fps which is the same recording resolution when using the 13MP selfie camera housed within DotDisplay.
Step up your photography and videography game with the 64MP quad-cameras of the Redmi Note 9 Pro. The same lenses are found here as well, except for a better 5MP macro lens. You can record up to 4K@30fps which provides very detailed videos. In terms of the 16MP selfie camera, you can record at 1080p but with the option to go up to 120fps for that slo-mo effect.
While AI handles the post-processing of every subject, whether they are landscapes or faces, you also don’t have to worry about low-light photos looking potato, thanks to dedicated Night Mode within the camera app.
This year, there’s no room for notches. Instead, phones are using pinholes or hole punches to make the viewing experience a bit more pleasing. As part of the symmetry in design, Redmi Note 9 Pro has its DotDisplay at the top-center and relatively small size. On the other hand, Redmi Note 9 has its DotDisplay at the top-left corner of the screen which makes it less obtrusive when watching in fullscreen mode.
Quality-wise, you’re getting a large, crisp, and color-accurate panels in the FHD+ IPS LCDs. Carrying HDR certification, the peak brightness can go up to 500nits. Expect better protection against scratches as well, thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass 5.