Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review

Redmi note 9 pro

 SUMMARY

 PERFORMANCE 
Snapdragon 720G
 STORAGE
64 GB
 CAMERA
48+8+5+2 MP
 BATTERY
5020 mAh
 DISPLAY
l6l.67" (16.84cm)
 RAM
4 Gb
 LAUNCH DATE IN INDIA
March 17m2020 (Official)

KEY SPECS

 FRONT CAMERA
16 MP
 BATTERY
5020 mAh
 PROCESSOR
Qualcomm Snapdragon
DISPLAY
6.67 inches
 RAM
48+8+5+2
 REAR CAMERA



 SPECIAL FEATURE

 OTHER SENSORS
Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
 FINGERPRINT SENSOR POSITION
Side
 FINGERPRINT SENSOR
Yes

 GENERAL

 QUICK CHARGING
Yes
 OS
Android v10 (Q)
 SIM SLOTS
Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
 MOEL
Redmi Note 9 Pro
 LAUNCH DATE
March 17, 2020
 CUSTOM UI
MIUI
 BRAND 
 SIM SIZE
SIM1: Nano SIM2: Nano
 NETWORK 
4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
 FINGERPRINT
Yes

 MULTIMEDIA

 AUDIO JACK
3.5mm
 LOUDSPEAKER
Yes

 PERFORMANCE

 CHIPSET
Qualcomm Snapdragon
 GRAPHICS
 PROCESSOR
Octa-core (2.3 GHz, Dual-core, Kryo 465 + 1.8 GHz, Hexa Core, Kryo 465)
 ARCHITECTURE
64 Bit
 RAM
4 GB

 DESIGN

BUILT MATERIAL
Back: Gorilla Glass
 THICKNESS
8.8 mm
 WIDTH
76.6 mm
 WEIGHT
209 grams
 WATERPROOF
Yes Splashproof
 HEIGHT
165.7 mm
 COLOUR
Aurora Blue, Glacier White, Interstellar Black

 DISPLAY

 DISPLAY TYPE
IPS DISPLAY
 ASPECT RATIO
20:9
 BEZELLESS DISPLAY
Yes with punch-hole display
 PIXEL DENSITY
395 ppi
 SCREEN GLASS
Corning Gorilla Glass v5
 SCREEN BODY RATIO
84.62%
 SCREEN SIZE
6.67 inches
 RESOLUTION
1080 X 2400 pixels
 TOUCH SCREEN
Yes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch

 STORAGE

 INTERNAL STORAGE
64-GB
 USB OTG SUPPORT
Yes
 EXPANDABLE MEMORY
Yes Up to 512 GB

 CAMERA

 SETTING
Single
 CAMERA FEATURES
Exposure compensation, ISO control 
 IMAGE RESOLUTION 
10 x Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
 SENSORS
CMOS image sensor, ISOCELL Plus
 AUTOFOCUS
Yes Phase Detection autofocus
 SHOOTING MOODS
Continuous Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
 RESOLUTION
16 MP Primary Camera 
 PHYSICAL APERTURE
F 1.79
 FLASH
Yes LED Flash
 VIDEO RECORDING
1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps, 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
 CAMERA SETUP


 BATTERY

 REMOVAL BATTERY
No
 STANDBY TIME
Up to 492 Hours (2G)
 TYPE
Up to 29 Hours (2G)
 QUICK CHARGING
Li-Polymer
 CAPACITY
Yes Fast, 18W
 TALKTIME
5020 mAh

 NETWORK CONNECTIVITY

 WIFI
Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, ac/b/n, MIMO
 WIFI FEATURES
Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
 BLUETOOTH
Yes, v5.0
 VOLTE
Yes
 USB TYPE C 
Yes (Doesn't support micro-USB)
 USB CONNECTIVITY
Mass storage device, USB Charging
 NFC 
No
 NETWORK SUPPORT
4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
 SIM 1
4G Bands: TD-LTE 2300 )band 40)/ 2500 (band 41) FD-LTE 2100 (band 1)/ 1800(band 3)/900(Band 8)/ 2100/850/900 MHz 2G Bands: GSM 1800/1900/850/900 MHz GPRS: Available EDGE:Available
 GPS
Yes With A-GPS, GLONASS
 SIM SIZE
4G Bands: TD-LTE 2300 )band 40)/ 2500 (band 41) FD-LTE 2100 (band 1)/ 1800(band 3)/900(Band 8)/ 2100/850/900 MHz 2G Bands: GSM 1800/1900/850/900 MHz GPRS: Available EDGE:Available
 SIM 2
SIM: Nano, SIM: Nano

INTRODUCTION

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series has been the best-selling series of smartphones in India, bringing a number of the foremost iconic budget powerhouses we’ve ever seen. watching them, it’s easy to know why they have been so well-received — big displays, decent performance, and reliable batteries, seemingly nailing the essential necessities that buyers search for. With the Redmi Note 9 Pro series, Xiaomi is getting to move up the worth ladder to supply a more premium experience.

We don’t know if this is often because its direct competitor did something similar with its pricing strategy, or if it's to accommodate a rather affordable “Redmi Note 9” within the lineup within the future. it's an enormous shift because the sub-Rs 20,000 market is one among the foremost sensitive price segments within the Indian smartphone industry. They succeed the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which was announced in August with strides in terms of the performance, battery capacities, and display sizes. Interestingly, those remain to be the key areas of improvement with the Redmi Note 9 Pro, almost as if Xiaomi has found out what aspects matter the foremost. Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review

Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification

Inside The Box


Inside the box, you will get an 18W charger, a USB cable, a transparent smooth back cover, an instruction guide, and of-course you will get the phone. The box casing is average as you get in all the smartphones. Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review

Redmi Note 9 Pro Charger

Design

Xiaomi’s smartphone designs have matured by great lengths in recent years, going from uninspiring metal backs to high-end glass sandwiches. The Redmi Note 9 Pro may be a refinement to the new Aura design, which aimed to bring more balance and simple use to the combination. The result's a hefty phone with a unibody glass design that appears better than what the worth tag may suggest. 

Yes, the camera bump protrudes out considerably, but it doesn’t rock much while it’s on a table, presumably due to the square 2 x 2 camera layout rather than the lenses being during a line across the spine. apart from the camera island, the rear is pretty minimal and fashionable with no other eyesores. Notably, both the rear and therefore the cameras are covered by Gorilla Glass 5. There’s also a small lip around the lenses to avoid scratching. It’s also one among the foremost pronounced camera bumps on any recent smartphone. Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review

While the move to a premium finish is appreciated, there's no denying that this is often an enormous and heavy phone. While it does bring a much bigger display and battery to justify that stature (more thereon ahead), you’ll have a tough time fitting it in your pocket. Even while gaming or using the phone with one hand, the constant supination is certain to tire your wrists. Other inherent big phone problems, like an inability to use it single-handedly or difficulty in reaching the quantity rocker, also are experienced here. The back is additionally expectedly slippery, which gets aggravated thanks to the sheer size of the phone. it'll start gliding off any surface you place it on. Thankfully, a silicone case is included within the box. Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review

DISPLAY

Big displays are a neighborhood of the Redmi Note series’ DNA from the get, with each generation overshadowing the last. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is not any different. Spanning 6.67-inches across, it’s the most important display ever seen on the series, with a good taller ratio. Viewing videos or playing games on this bigger canvas may be a lot more enjoyable and immersive. 

Redmi Note 9 Pro Rear camera view

It’s an LCD panel with a resolution of two,400 x 1,080, leading to a facet ratio of 20:9. The max brightness is simply about adequate, but stronger outdoor sunlight can definitely overpower it. Because it's an LCD, the blacks and contrast levels are far away from perfect, and you’ll probably mistake the blacks for greys. the colour rendition otherwise is pretty spot-on, a minimum of when viewed from head-on. 

We did notice occasional light bleeding and non-uniformity across the display, especially when viewing darker content. Not very prominent and straightforward to overlook. This was predominantly towards the edges and therefore the notch. However, this seems to be an isolated issue and not one that anyone else reported in order that it might be a defect with our early model. 

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is additionally the primary within the family to maneuver to a punch-hole notch, a feature that had previously been reserved for costlier devices. Without stepping into the talk of which type of a notch is best, we might a bit like to say that it's not the littlest we've seen, and seems to be placed just a touch less than most other devices that it's uncomfortable and stretches the status bar with it. once more, it’s easy to overlook, especially if you’re not comparing it to another high-end device. Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review

Just like the rear, the display is additionally covered by Gorilla Glass 5. within the month that we’ve been using the phone without a case, there has not been one scratch or ding across the front or the rear, even after multiple drops and slides. Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review

While the display isn’t terrible in any aspect, it falls behind the competition in one key aspect: refresh rate. We understand that it's incorrect to expect that at this price, but we’re talking about the foremost competitive segment of smartphones in India, where one spec can tilt the result the opposite way. The Redmi Note 9 Pro’s direct competitors, the Realme 6 and therefore the Poco X2 both offer higher refresh rates at almost an equivalent price. It’s not a necessity but goes an extended way in exhibiting a smoother interface.

PERFORMANCE

Performance has never really been a problem on these mid-rangers, and therefore the Redmi Note 9 Pro is not any exception. it's powered by the new Snapdragon 720G chipset and is one among the primary smartphones within the world to sport it. It comprises of two high-performance Kryo Gold cores and 6 high-efficiency Kryo Silver cores. The Adreno 618 takes care of the graphics. 


It marks the return of the Redmi Note series to Qualcomm’s camp after flirting with MediaTek last year. While the Helio G90T was great at gaming, it had its bouts of heating and chugged on the battery. On the flip side, the 8nm Snapdragon 720G strikes a gorgeous balance between performance and battery life. It does fall behind in GPU-driven tasks like gaming, but in almost every other scenario, we are watching a champion here. 

For regular usage, including bouncing between apps, social media, et al., the phone did not continue. there have been no real stutters or unusually long loading times that we could notice. If anything, we’d suggest staying far away from the 4GB RAM variant, because the OS usually eats up the bulk of it. On our 6GB variant, memory management was amicable. It seems to well optimized for MIUI too. Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review

This chipset also brings NavIC capabilities to the combination, which is ISRO’s indigenous navigation system. it's said to be faster to lock on and more accurate than the others. 

GAMING

Gaming on the Redmi Note 9 Pro was a reasonably enjoyable experience, due to the widely consistent and smooth gameplay. On heavier games like PUBG Mobile, we were always at around 40-45 fps. It must be noted that the MediaTek Helio G90T was ready to touch the 60 fps threshold thanks to its beefier GPU. Additionally, we faced no signs of overheating either. 

Redmi Note 9 Pro pubg graphic setting

The big display does provide a much bigger viewing experience with ample space for the controls to be moved to the side. Sadly, the only mono downward-firing speaker is nothing to ride home about and can be muffled rather easily. The headphone jack remains around to form up for that. 

SOFTWARE

Software skins on Xiaomi phones are the purpose of contention for years. Running MIUI 11 supported Android 10, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is probably going to be an entry point for several into this ecosystem. Here’s what you would like to understand: visually, it’s very far away from stock Android. Functionally, it can do almost everything, if less. 

Customization options are plentiful and granular, and its own Theme story also features a vast collection if you’re into that stuff. The free content isn’t regrettable either. there's no app drawer by default, so all of your apps will spill onto the house screens, à la iOS. A system-wide dark mode is out there too, just don’t expect it to blow you away as an OLED display would. There’s plenty of pre-installed apps, some useful, some questionable. 

One of the primary things we’d implore you to try to do is close up notifications of all the bloatware apps. Not only are they irritating, but they also occasionally put out NSFW content. Disabling them means you simply get the notifications from the apps you put in — just how Android notifications should be. Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review

Even though MIUI carries plenty of additional baggage, it never really appeared to hamper or struggle to stay up. What we did notice were a lot of bugs. We were testing a pre-production unit with early software, so your mileage may vary. the subsequent are the more prominent ones that we received. The camera app would often not function, throwing a “couldn’t hook up with the camera” error (fixed after clearing app data). The gallery can sometimes take longer to load, with folders like Recents not getting refreshed sometimes. On equivalent lines, battery usage stats wouldn't load even after minutes of waiting. Clicking on Twitter notifications would just open the app normally, and to not the tweet we were trying to succeed in. Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review


All of those are likely to be fixed via minor tweaks or future software updates and are definitely not deal breakers. But they were prominent enough for us to say. We haven’t encountered many others with an equivalent issue, so retail units could be resistant to these.

BIOMETRICS

The power button doubles as a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and is placed during a natural position. it's a lively scanner and may wake the device too. There’s a little learning curve related to it, as there'll be instances when the display will get unlocked once you want to lock it and the other way around. 

AUDIO

The loudspeaker on the Redmi Note 9 Pro, while clear, has very low output levels. we frequently found ourselves cupping our hand round the bottom, even while indoors. Thankfully, it does support audio over USB Type-C also because of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Output via earphones was good. 



CAMERA

Its predecessor was one among the primary budget smartphones to sport a 64MP camera. The Redmi Note 9 Pro, however, goes back to a 48MP image sensor, this point implementing the 1/2-inch Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM2 sensor, at an f/1.8 aperture. An 8MP ultra-wide sensor follows, with a 13mm equivalent field-of-view, and an f/2.2 lens. A 5MP macro shooter and a depth sensor bring the tally up to four cameras. 

Primary camera results were better than we expected with accurate colors, temperature, and decent dynamic range. However, they break down fast once you try cropping in, even at the 48MP resolution. The noise was apparent in many shots, and therefore the Night mode did little to enhance that. Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review

The ultrawide shooter is additionally great but faces the standard dynamic range and detail limitations. Matters got even worse in lower light. 

The Redmi Note 9 Pro has one among our favorite manual modes on any current smartphone. Not only are the standard toggles present, but those are often used for the secondary and tertiary camera also. All of them carry over to videos too. High-end features like focus peaking and exposure warning are great additions. 

BATTERY LIFE

Long and reliable battery life has always been a spiel of the Redmi Note series. The Note 9 Pro takes it to the subsequent level, with a huge 5,020mAh battery. Paired with MIUI 11’s frugal nature and therefore the 8nm processor, it now claims the title for the simplest battery life we’ve seen on a smartphone this season.

On almost a day of using the device as our primary driver, we might end days with over 30% juice left. The screen-on-time was usually over the ten hours mark, which only a few phones are ready to offer consistently. Even adding an hour or two of heavy gaming barely changed that. only for the battery life alone, we might pick the Redmi Note 9 Pro over many other phones. 

It also made us forgive how slow the charging is. The included 18W Type-C charger takes on the brink of 2.5 hours to travel from empty to full. Understandable considering the dimensions of the battery. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with a faster 33W charger and will take significantly lesser time at refueling. Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review

VERDICT

The sub Rs 20K segment of India is that the best one, with Redmi, Realme, and Poco often surprising us. during a comparison between the three, the Redmi Note 9 Pro holds its own in aspects like battery life, performance, reliability, and built. If it had a better refresh rate display, it might be the simplest phone to recommend. Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review

But that omission brings us to the purpose that the Redmi Note 9 Pro series looks like the foremost conservative Redmi Note phones during a while. There’s no next generation high-resolution cameras, 90 or 120Hz display, no crazy fast charging or eye-catching approaches to the style. Mind you, none of these are deal-breakers, and therefore the Note 9 Pro may be a killer deal for the worth. 

It’s almost like Redmi has found its footing and knows what must be prioritized to supply an alluring phone for the Indian market. It translates into an equally enjoyable and balanced experience, but the lead against its competitors is quickly closing. For a segment pioneered and ruled by Xiaomi for years, we've even higher expectations for the subsequent iteration. Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification and Review

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  1. While the move to a premium finish is appreciated, there's no denying that this is often an enormous and heavy phone. While it does bring a much bigger display and battery to justify that stature (more thereon ahead), you’ll have a tough time fitting it in your pocket. Even while gaming or using the phone with one hand, the constant supination is certain to tire your wrists.
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