Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Oppo F15 (8GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

Oppo F15 (8GB RAM)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Oppo F15 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
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Excellence Score
38.1
54.5
Value for Money Score
68.2
78.8
Price ₹ 17,990 onwards ₹ 18,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2020 May, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.67 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A Sunshine mode, Night mode, Colour temperature adjustment, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.1 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P70Ranked #51 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 618
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide); 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 1/5" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size (Dedicated macro camera), 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 1/5" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size; Depth sensor, HDR, Panorama, EIS 64MP: f/1.9 aperture; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 119° Field-of-view; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60/120fps; [email protected], EIS, Ultra Nightscape mode, AI scene detection, Smart ultra-wide angle mode, Ultra wide-angle edge distortion correction, AI Beautify, Burst mode, Tilt-shift, Level display, Custom watermark, Pro mode, Portrait mode background blur adjustment, Studio Lighting, Panorama mode, AI high resolution photos
Secondary Camera 16MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, HDR Panorama selfie, Palm shutter, AI silhouette detection, Wide-angle distortion correction, HDR, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Age recognition, AI Beautify, AI feature adjustment, AI makeup, AI portrait mode, AI scene detection, AI studio lighting
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 172 gmMedium 209 gmHeavy
Width 73.3 mmOk for one-handed use 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5020 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 20W VOOC Flash Charge 3.0: 50% in 30 min Yes, 33W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20.0W Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Slick, beautiful, eye-catching gradient finish on the back (though the back is laminated plastic and not glass)
  • Fairly slim and light for a phone with such a large display
  • Oppo F15's in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock work very well - face unlock even works well in dimly lit places
  • Very good 6.4-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch and Gorilla Glass 5 protection - the colours are good, so is the sharpness - videos look sharp, with punchy colours, and the viewing angles are quite wide
  • Display gets adequately bright and is legible even under sunlight
  • You can watch Netflix and Prime in crisp HD resolution as Oppo F15 comes with Widevine L1 support
  • ColorOS is fairly streamlined, and packs fast animations that help the phone feel snappy - there are of course several add-on features too, compared to what you would get in stock Android
  • Decent performance with the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC (similar to Snapdragon 660) - day-to-day operations are smooth and you can even play games like PUBG Mobile on 'Medium' graphics setting
  • Thermal performance is good too - the phone doesn't overheat when using the cameras extensively or even playing games
  • Good quad-camera setup at the rear - 48MP primary + 8MP wide-angle + 2MP depth sensor + 2MP monochrome sensor
  • The primary camera shoots oversampled 12-megapixel stills - in daylight, it captures fairly detailed landscape shots, colours are vivid, detail is good, and there's little to no noise in darker areas
  • The wide-angle camera has autofocus, so stills taken have good detail, close-ups are sharp and detailed too - and if you get really close to your subject with the wide-angle camera, you'll be able to get good macro shots
  • Portrait mode works decently well with human subjects and you can adjust the level of blur before taking the shot - edge detection is decent and image quality is good, when shooting under good light
  • 16-megapixel selfie camera manages some pretty good-looking stills in daylight - skin textures are smoothen a bit but HDR works well and colours are well represented - with good amounts of artificial light around, it manages to get pleasing enough selfies even at night
  • Video quality is decent and there is stabilisation when shooting using the primary camera
  • The mono speaker gets fairly loud
  • Battery life is pretty solid, backed by the 4000 mAh cell - will easily last a day and half with moderate use
  • The Oppo F15 charges pretty quickly too with the supplied 20W Charger, about 88 percent in an hour
  • Overall, Oppo F15 is a decent smartphone - it looks good, and it impresses particularly with its slimness, light weight, and good display
  • Fresh, bright and vibrant design, with a very shiny, reflective rear panel - you'll see light play across the surface when using this phone, giving the feeling of depth
  • The distinctive new camera bump design plays into the theme of symmetry - this is a nice design touch that sets the Redmi Note 9 series apart and make this phone and its siblings recognisable
  • The front of the phone looks modern and definitely defies expectations for its price category
  • Fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power key and it is extremely fast at unlocking the phone
  • Xiaomi's trademark infrared emitter is on the top, and can be used to control several home appliances
  • There's also a notification and charging LED hidden in the earpiece, a rarity to find in modern smartphones
  • Bright, crisp and large 6.67-inch IPS display with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio - the panel delivers punchy and vibrant colours and the large screen work nicely for consuming videos and games
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a lot of customisation/theming options - there’s ample features for power users - from gestures to the ability to switch around button layouts as well as a robust home screen customisation experience, you can really make the phone your own
  • Class-leading performance for the price backed by the snappy Snapdragon 720G - the Redmi Note 9 Pro is more than powerful enough to handle anything from basic calls and messaging all the way up to heavy 3D gaming, with no trouble whatsoever, multitasking is also smooth and trouble-free
  • Good quad camera at the back - a 64MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • Daylight shots from the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max turn out quite well - photos look sharp and the details are good - phone automatically enables HDR in appropriate situations
  • The Ultra-wide camera on the device offers a wider field of view with good quality images - wide-angle correction is implemented which prevents barrel distortion
  • Xiaomi has done a particularly good job at optimising the portrait mode and the phone does a fantastic job at edge-detection, creating a natural-looking blur
  • Macro camera is good for extreme close-ups - it captures very good details in good lighting conditions - the resolution is also higher at 5-megapixels than what you usually get from other smartphones
  • In low-light, the phone manages to keep noise under control and offer good images - with Night Mode enabled, the phone combines multiple exposures, the output is sharper, with much better detail, and objects in the shadows are more visible
  • The 32MP front camera is good - in daylight, you get sharp selfies - there is a portrait mode for the selfie camera as well, and it does manage to accurately separate the background from the subject
  • Video recording is decent as long as there's good light (though, in low-light the phone struggles to stabilise the footage and creates a shimmer effect)
  • Overall, it has one of the best camera performances in this price segment
  • Very good battery life with the 5020 mAh battery - with ordinary use, the Redmi Note 9 Pro easily lasts through a full day and nearly half of the second day before needing a recharge
  • Excellent fast charging with the 33W fast charger in the box, takes nearly an hours to fill the phone completely, which is one of the fastest for this price
  • The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is almost identical to it's younger sibling the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the only exceptions being the better cameras and faster charging - and if you value these features, it's worth spending the extra bucks on the Max
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Oppo F15 is a tall phone - it's not the easiest phone to fit into a pocket
  • There is, as usual, some bloatware that comes pre-installed (but most of it can be uninstalled)
  • While the chip offers decent performance, this chip is typically expected in phones closer to the Rs. 10, 000 mark (such as the Realme 3) - the Oppo F15 feels underpowered, considering that the Realme X2 and Redmi K20 offer Qualcomm's superior Snapdragon 730 series SoCs at the same price
  • Selfie portrait mode doesn't work too well, unfortunately, whether it's day or night
  • There are few caveats here, like there's no option to shoot at the full 48-megapixel resolution - other features such as super-steady video and the ability to use Night mode for the selfie camera are also absent
  • In low light, image quality from both primary & wide-angle camera is average, details are weaker and there is visible noise in the darker regions - the ‘Night' mode helps brighten up scenes but the details don't improve much
  • No 4K video recording, which most of its competitors support
  • In low-light, video quality is noticeably worse with poor details and a persistent shimmer in the footage even with slight movement
  • Overall, camera performance could have been better, as two of its main competitors, the Realme X2 & the Redmi K20 offer better image quality
  • However, at this price, you're better off with either the Realme X2 or the Redmi K20 - both of which offer much better performance, even more premium build quality, and even more modern designs
  • At 8.8mm thick and 209g in weight, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is bulky and unwieldy
  • It is a standard 60Hz panel and doesn't have a high refresh rate - this is a missed opportunity that puts the Redmi Note 9 Pro on the back foot compared to its peers
  • It still continues to pack a lot of bloat though - you get many pre-installed applications with wide-ranging requirements for user permissions
  • However, if you are looking for a higher refresh display, you can consider the POCO X2 or the Realme 6, other specs are very similar
Expert Reviews
  1. A good-looking smartphone...but feels underpowered compared to its main rivals
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Considering it as a whole package, the device is a bit overpriced
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Oppo F15 has only one thing going for it – design and feel
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Oppo F15 is a good phone that faces formidable competition, making it just too hard to recommend
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Oppo F15 is a good-looking smartphone... but, feels quite under-powered
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A decent smartphone for the price, but there's a lot of competition out there
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Oppo F15 is a great phone.. however, the Realme X2 and Redmi K20 at similar or lower prices offer much more bang for the buck
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Looking at the competition, the Oppo F15 doesn't pack in the right features to stand out
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Looks good, has a great battery, but it's no powerhouse
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is powerful, offers great battery life and packs in good cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Incredible camera, satisfactory performance
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Note 9 Pro Max is highly impressive... but the competition is tough
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
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