Redmi Note 9 Pro
The Redmi Note 9 Pro has just been released in India and its starting price of Rs. 12,999 is shockingly low, thanks to Xiaomi’s clever positioning and feature choices. It’s not easy to keep up with the competition, as the Redmi Note 9 Pro is up against the Realme 6 and Samsung M30s. Long-time fans of the series may be shocked to learn that Xiaomi has pulled back a little with this model, given the high expectations that normally accompany the announcement of a new generation of Redmi Note smartphones.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Overview
The Redmi Note 9 Pro offers a cheaper starting price than its predecessors, but it lacks many of the current features you’d expect. It features a 6.67-inch LCD screen with a 60Hz refresh rate and a top-mounted hole-punch front camera. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor is quite powerful for this price range. A 5020mAh battery is included, as well as support for 18W rapid charging.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a strong device that will make everyday tasks run smoothly. The screen is wide and clear, which makes games and movies seem great. There are two options to choose from: one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and the other with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Overall, the 48-megapixel primary camera was a letdown, especially in low light. A wide-angle camera with 8 megapixels, a macro camera with 5 megapixels, and a depth sensor with 2 megapixels are also included. A 16-megapixel selfie camera is located on the front of the phone.
Balance is key in design.
Xiaomi has been promoting its all-new Aura Balance design direction for the past year. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a direct continuation of the design language that was first launched with the Note 7 Pro and subsequently refined with the Note 8 Pro. The phone’s rear panel has to be the most distinctive and unique design aspect. The gradient is gone, replaced by a wonderfully glossy Gorilla Glass 5 pane. It’s a shame, because despite the several revisions on similar design concepts, the phone manages to stand out.
The camera module is centrally positioned, as it is in the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Instead of being arranged vertically, all four sensors are contained within a raised rectangular piece, with the flash located beneath it. The elevated module looks great on the phone, though it did grab on my pants pocket a little.
The transition to a side-mounted fingerprint reader is a significant adjustment this time around. It’s built inside the power key, and I found it to be lightning-fast when it came to unlocking the phone. Even with a single hand, the button is intuitively situated and very easy to reach. The unsegmented volume rocker, on the other hand, is counterintuitive. It’s very high up, making reaching it practically difficult without using two hands or sliding the phone around uncomfortably.
Along the bottom side, you’ll discover a USB-C port as well as a headphone jack. On the left, there’s a twin nano-SIM card port as well as a microSD card slot for memory expansion. Yes, there is an IR blaster on the top of the phone. Things are less different in the front. A 6.67-inch display with a larger 20:9 aspect ratio and a camera cutout for the front-facing camera is available. The panel delivers vibrant colors at the default setting, and the resolution remains Full HD+. The phone, however, lacks a high refresh rate panel when compared to its stablemate, the Poco X2, and competition, the Realme 6 Pro. While the advantages of a 90Hz or even 120Hz panel on a mid-range phone are disputed, there’s no denying that it’s a missed opportunity that puts the Redmi Note 9 Pro behind its competitors.
Overall, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is a conservative yet enjoyable step forward in terms of design. However, I have a problem with the phone’s sheer weight. With a weight of 209 grams, the Note 9 Pro can be difficult to handle for lengthy periods of time. No, the phone isn’t water-resistant. It does, however, have a P2i coating, which should provide some splash protection.
Adequacy of performance: excellent
Xiaomi has returned to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform with the Redmi Note 9 Pro. The Note 8 Pro had a Mediatek Helio G90T processor, however this time the phone has a Snapdragon 720G. The chipset has two Kryo 465 Gold cores and six Kryo 465 Silver cores. In addition, the visuals are handled by an Adreno 618 GPU.
Day-to-day performance is more than satisfactory, as it is with practically any mid-ranger these days. MIUI works well with the hardware and provides a sleek, smooth experience. There is no lag or stutter, and neither did we expect it. RAM may or may not be an issue, depending on the model you choose. I would encourage gamers to avoid the phone’s cheapest model, which has only 4GB of RAM. In fact, if you expect to keep the phone for a few years, it wouldn’t be the ideal decision from a future-proofing standpoint.
The Snapdragon 720G, although being a mid-range chipset, is more than capable of running any program or game you throw at it. I was able to play PUBG with the graphics pushed up to 11 without experiencing any stuttering.
Large battery with a slow charging time
Xiaomi was the first to introduce big 4,000mAh batteries to smartphones, and the Note 9 Pro takes it a step further. This time, the phone features a 5,020mAh battery, which is more than enough for a full day of heavy use. When we put the phone through Android Authority’s own battery test, which repeats the Speed Test G torture test, the phone lasted a respectable 6 hours and 22 minutes. To put it mildly, you won’t be putting the phone through that type of abuse all day. Unfortunately, charging speeds are limited to 18W, and fully charging the battery took 140 minutes.
Software: It’s all the same to me.
Xiaomi keeps hardware prices low in part by including software services and advertisements in the operating system. Things on the Note 9 Pro, which runs MIUI 11 on top of Android 10, are the same as they’ve always been, for better or worse.
MIUI, at its best, includes a plethora of features and modifications straight out of the box. There are a number of interesting improvements here if you aren’t too particular about a stock Android-like experience, from being able to tune gestures, add themes, and create rotating lock-screen backgrounds to adding a competent file manager and software to rapidly exchange files between other users.
However, the sheer number of third-party apps included is a turnoff. With each new update, the number of apps included seems to grow, and not all of them can be deleted. When you add in the spam in the notification bar, it quickly falls short of the experience you’d expect from a new phone. You can disable most of these apps in the settings, but this is not something that should be expected from the majority of users.
The company has made a number of upgrades since its introduction. This covers the February and March security fixes. Standard features such as system performance and stability improvements are also included in the updates.
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Xiaomi released a new MIUI version in May 2020 that included the May Android security patch but no extra features. Xiaomi deserves credit for being swift to release security fixes. With the June security patch, the firm began rolling out MIUI 188.8.131.52.OJWINXM in early July 2020. There were no further features introduced. The business released the all-new MIUI 12 upgrade with September security patches later in September 2020. While it is still based on Android 10, it adds a slew of new features, including a revamped control center, improved privacy controls, new animations, and more.
Xiaomi has been steadily updating the Redmi Note 9 Pro’s software, and as of June 2021, the phone has received MIUI 12.0.5, which includes the May Android security patch. The Xiaomi Cloud app is also included in the upgrade.