Xiaomi announced the arrival of its latest smartphone in the Redmi series in late April 2020 – Redmi Note 9. A flagship in its own series, the Note 9 exceeds expectations and performance compared to its predecessors. Here’s all you need to know about this high-performance device.
Design and Features
Redmi Note 9 has a unique design with its four-sided curved glass. The backside features a rear-mounted fingerprint and several sensors such as the proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, acceleration sensor, gyroscope, digital compass, and IR blaster. The phone has two microphones, one on the top and the another on the bottom edge along with a 3mm headphone jack, USB type – C port, and a speaker. On the sides, it has got a power button, volume up/down button, IR blaster and a slot for the SIM card.
The smartphone features a 6.53-inch Dot Display that supports reading mode up to 2.0, 450nit brightness, TÜV Rheinland low blue light certification, and a colour contrast ratio of 1500:1. It is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 in the front is a fully operated using screen gestures as there are no buttons on the screen. The display is also protected with splash-proof nano-coating, something that many devices in this price segment do not offer.
Processor and Performance
Powered by the latest OS system, Android 10, MIUI 11, the device sports the latest MTK Helio G85 high-performance octa-core processor and can deliver up to 2.0 GHz speed. Redmi Note 9 is equipped with the MediaTek Hyper Engine that runs its GPU at up to 1000 Mhz, and the MTK Helio G85 processor ensures one can enjoy a sustainable performance even when it comes to heavy-duty gaming. On the other hand, its octa-core helps in easing the processor to conserve battery life and deliver maximum juice.
The Redmi Note 9 sports an AI Quad Camera system that is equipped with a 48-megapixel primary camera with 1/2” sensor that is able to produce some incredible high-resolution photos. The system’s 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera is supported with 118° field of view with 1/4” sensor size – this certainly helped us capture more ground. The 2-megapixel Macro camera on this system is auto-focused at 2cm-10cm with an aperture speed of f/2.4. Lastly, there’s a 2-megapixel depth camera with 1/5” sensor size that helps the camera identify the object between two lenses to be seen as one, just like the human eye.
The 13-megapixel front camera, along with its unique features like panorama selfie, portrait selfies, palm shutter, front camera HDR face recognition, and AI silhouette detection AI Beautify is excellent for the growing selfie-loving population.
We absolutely loved how massive this phone’s battery is – it is powered by a large Li-Po 5020 mAh battery that can easily last over a day and a half of routine usage. It supports 18W fast charging and also comes with up to 9W (Max) wired reverse charging ability.
All in all, we feel that one can get a lot for their money from the Redmi Note 9, with its impressive hardware and design, and power that beats many rivals operating in this price segment. However, we do feel that the camera might be a little bit of an oversell. Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 is a capable handset worth considering.
- The battery offers plenty of power
- Premium looking design
- Awesome battery life
- Value for money
- The automatic display brightness control can get a bit random
- Speakers don’t provide great sound quality