Redmi note 9 pro offers the most value of money with excellent hardware and features
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Note 9 Pro Review:
- Decent daylight imaging
- Great Battery Life
- respectable performance
- Sexy Design
- Low light imaging could be better
- too big
- Fingerprint Magnet
- Protruding Camera Modules
Xiaomi is increasing its game for its No.1 selling smartphone Redmi Note series. No one expected that the company would launch the new Redmi Note phone seven months after the launch of the Redmi Note 8 series. With the Redmi Note 9 Pro, Xiaomi is trying to redefine what smartphones can do and we are testing the smartphone to find out if the company has managed to achieve it.
Design and display
The Redmi Note 9 Pro looks nothing like its predecessor and it’s nice to see Xiaomi experimenting with the design of the phone. The smartphone has a glass black with signature Aurora blue color which is a bit shiny for our personal taste but that too is not gaudy. This time around the smartphone seems more premium than ever and could easily be mistaken for mid-budget smartphones. At the back, there is also a protruding square-shaped camera module that houses all sensors. We were not particularly big fans of the protruding camera module and advised us to use the supply case to offset the massive collision. Overall, the design of the smartphone is quite attractive and it is quite low when it comes to any kind of branding.
One thing missing from the back of the Redmi Note phone being a regular feature is the fingerprint sensor. This time Xiaomi has embedded the fingerprint sensor on the power button to maintain a uniform look at the back. We loved the idea and want other smartphone companies to use the same method. An in-display fingerprint sensor is not entirely accurate and fast to unlock the smartphone when you need them and this solution works perfectly. We’ve seen it before on the POCO X2 and love the fact it’s a comeback on the Redmi Note 9 Pro.
In the display department, the Redmi Note 9 Pro features a 6.67-inch IPS LCD display that looks bigger than we thought. The big screen makes it a little difficult to use the phone with one hand. To put things into perspective, I can hold and hold a basketball with one hand. In fact, a big performance isn’t really a big deal if you like watching movies and playing games on your phone. Great to immerse yourself in larger display content but you have to sacrifice a little utility for the larger screen.
The display has a resolution of 2,400x1080p and has great viewing angles for the IPS unit. For budget-friendly phones, we really prefer performance quality and color representation. Of course, it’s not as good as Super AMOLED or AMOLED displays, but they’re also much more expensive. It runs at 60Hz which the processor was expected to do as is not really powerful enough to maintain high refresh rates. This puts unnecessary stress on CPU and battery and to be honest, many games out there don’t support high refresh rates.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G chipset which also has support for the NavIC GPS system. The processor has 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. We are using the 6GB RAM model during our review and did not come to any major issues. Previously, the Play Store had to keep crashing on us, but that was later fixed after an OTA update. While the Snapdragon 720G chipset is more than enough to complete daily tasks, you’ll have to run your games at lower settings for optimal performance. We can easily run PUBG Mobile at medium settings but will notice some frame rate drops when switching to higher settings. While the chipset offers good gaming performance, it doesn’t match the Redmi K200 series. For a budget smartphone, this level of performance was expected, but it’s still impressive for a phone that costs nearly half of the mid-tier phone. Coming to the benchmark score, the Redmi Note 9 Pro scored 568 (single-core) and 1625 (multi-core) on Geekbench 5. In comparison, it is faster than the OnePlus 6T and Poco F1.
In terms of battery life, the Note 9 Pro comes with a 5,020mAh unit that also lasts for about 1.5 days with moderate and heavy usage. We used smartphones for navigation, gaming, video consumption, and web browsing and still couldn’t manage to kill the battery completely. Xiaomi also enabled 18W PD fast charging on the smartphone and it comes with a fast charger out of the box.
Like the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the new iteration also comes with several lenses, including a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 5MP macro camera and 2MP depth camera for Bokeh shots. Looking at the price of the smartphone, the camera gave some great shots. It was able to capture some spectacular 64MP shots, while picture images have noticeably improved from the previous. On the other hand, the macro-lens had a spotty display where it sometimes couldn’t capture details and sometimes couldn’t focus on the subject. However, when it works, you can really turn off shots of themes, but it’s not expected to be as good as the flagship phone.
When used in low light, the Redmi Note 9 Pro doesn’t fare well because the pictures lose most of their details. You can get it to work better when you’re a source of light. Night mode on the Note 9 Pro also needs a little improvement as we found it to work better on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. It just needs a bit more tweaking and hopefully can be improved with an update in the near future.
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The final say
When considering everything on the table, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is a perfect budget-friendly smartphone that will perform well for most people. It doesn’t do a good job of giving photos capable of daylight and can be even better in low light conditions. However, if you are looking for a phone that is not too heavy on the pocket but whatever you expect from the smartphone, the Redmi Note 9 is a solid option to consider for Rs 12,999.