|Redmi Note 9 Pro Image source: Twitter|
Xiaomi has led the Indian smartphone market without interruption for almost three years. From last quarter, Xiaomi grew from strong sales of phones in the Redmi series and offline expansion in the country. Without a doubt, the Redmi Note series has been instrumental in this growth and popularity. Since 2018 Xiaomi has been following a bi-annual update cycle for its smartphones to meet the growing demands of markets like India. The Redmi Note 8 series launched in China in August last year, and its successor is now ready for launch. Citing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Xiaomi is presenting the Redmi Note 9 series through an online launch event from India.
|Redmi Note 9 Pro Image source: Twitter|
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is the second device released by Xiaomi today. In terms of design and display, the Note 9 Pro is identical to the Note 9 Pro Max, but there are some differences under the hood.
Also, The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. There are 4GB, and 6GB RAM variants and the fact that there is no 8GB RAM variant suggests that the Note 9 Pro might succeed with the Redmi Note 8 (our review) instead of the earlier Pro variant, even if Xiaomi claims otherwise. The 4GB and 6GB RAM variants combine with 64GB and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage options. There is a dedicated microSD card slot that supports expansion cards with storage capacities of up to 512 GB.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro features the 48MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM2 primary camera. All the other cameras on the back are identical to the Note 9 Pro Max. Compared to the Max, the Note 9 Pro features a 16MP on-screen selfie camera.
Bokelicious portraits are a given with #RedmiNote9Pro‘s 2MP depth sensor, for images that are studio quality!
— Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) March 12, 2020
The Note 9 Pro also features a 5,020 mAh battery, but only supports 18W fast charging.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
Xiaomi now presents a new “Pro Max” series that will be on top of the Redmi Note series. The nickname “Max” is also a tribute to the classic Mi Max series that included the first Xiaomi phablets.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with a radical design change over the Redmi Note 8 Pro (review). There is now a square camera module on the back with four cameras, but not a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Instead, Redmi is using a side mount sensor for biometric authentication. The perforation cutout on the front also gives a new appeal to the new Redmi Note series. Unlike the POCO X2 (Redmi K30 4G in China), there is only one camera, although the screen is the same size.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max continues to grace a glass sandwich design, with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the back, as well as on the 6.67-inch Full HD + IPS LCD screen. Furthermore, the quad-camera settings are also protected by Gorilla Glass.
Unlike the recently released Realme 6 Pro, the display refresh rate of the Note 9 Pro Max is restricted to 60Hz.
Xiaomi and Redmi phones launched over the past year came with dazzling back panels and color gradients. Instead, the company has opted for calming color options for the Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max. Xiaomi calls this the “aura balance design,” and there are three color variants for the phone: Interstellar Black, Aurora Blue, and Glacier White.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max will feature a flagship-grade haptic response engine. The “z-axis” vibration motor is perpendicular to the screen surface and has dedicated vibration profiles for a large number of user inputs. Furthermore, the smartphone continues to be equipped with a 3.5mm audio jack and an IR blaster.
In terms of cameras, the quad setup includes a 64MP Samsung GW1 primary sensor with a 6P lens setup, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. The wide-angle camera supports 119º wide FOV but has a fixed focus. By contrast, the 5MP macro camera supports autofocus for more details. Also, the hole-punch camera on the front has a resolution of 32MP.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max features RAW photography support and a Color Pro mode that automatically adjusts parameters in the RAW shot. In terms of videos, it supports 4K video recording at 30 fps and a dedicated mode for 21: 9 cinematic capture.
Internally, there are some expected changes. After a fizgig with MediaTek G90T on the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Xiaomi is taking a route back to Qualcomm and is the first Redmi Note device to feature a Snapdragon 7xx series SoC, i.e., the latest Snapdragon 720G chipset. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max will come with at least 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and will also be available in an 8GB variant. The phone comes with up to 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage and a dedicated microSD card slot.
In terms of connectivity, the Snapdragon 720G enables two × 2 MIMO for LTE and Wi-Fi. For navigation, the chipset supports dual-frequency GNSS in India and will also help India’s location satellite – NavIC.
The smartphone also comes with a larger battery compared to both: the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro. In fact, this is the largest battery in a Redmi device. It features a 5,020 mAh battery and supports 33W fast charging, and the quick charger will be included inside the box.
That’s a wrap! BIGGEST ever #Redmi launch! 🤩
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) March 12, 2020
Price and availability
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max will be available in three variants for the following prices:
Rs: 6GB + 64GB: ₹ 14,999 (~ $ 200)
Rs: 6GB + 128GB: ₹ 16,999 (~ $ 230)
Rs: 8GB + 128GB: ₹ 18,999 (~ $ 255)
The two variants of the Redmi Note 9 Pro will be available at the following prices:
Rs: 4GB + 64GB: ₹ 12,999
Rs: 6GB + 128GB: ₹ 15,999
The Redmi Note 9 Pro will be available through Mi.com, Amazon India, and all Mi stores from March 17, while the Note 9 Pro Max will be available from March 25 through the same portals.