Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A80, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

Samsung Galaxy A80  Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Samsung Galaxy A80 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
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Excellence Score
54.3
54.5
Value for Money Score
64.5
78.8
Price ₹ 25,994 onwards ₹ 18,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2019 May, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.7 inches 6.67 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED Sunshine mode, Night mode, Colour temperature adjustment, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 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 + 3D Camera 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/2.0 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), Panorama, HDR 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 48MP + 8MP + 3D Camera 32MP
Secondary Camera Features Rear Motorized Pop-up Camera used as front Camera, 48MP: F/2.0 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), Panorama, 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 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.3 mmThick 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 220 gmHeavy 209 gmHeavy
Width 76.5 mmOk for one-handed use 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 3700 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, 25W Fast Charging Yes, 33W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • High-quality build, metal frame, Gorilla glass front and back
  • Looks great with a large, 6.7-inch uninterrupted display without cut-outs or notches in the front, and a nice glossy glass back
  • Beautiful, immersive, near-bezel-less AMOLED display with high outdoor brightness and exemplary sRGB accuracy
  • Samsung’s One UI is clean and minimal and a huge improvement over previous Samsung software - it is, as of today, one of the best Android UIs out there
  • Powerful performance backed by the new Snapdragon 730G - everything from daily use to gaming is smooth - gaming performance is even a bit better than the similar Snapdragon 730
  • Good triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel main sensor
  • a wide-angle camera
  • and a TOF (time-of-flight) depth sensing camera
  • Photos taken during the day look good, with punchy colors
  • The wide-angle camera also does a decent job with minimal barrel distortion (though details are a bit soft)
  • The TOF sensor helps in producing a more realistic depth-of-field bokeh effect (Samsung’s also developed a video mode that takes advantage of this lens and the results are surprisingly good)
  • These same cameras are of course also used to shoot selfie photos/videos (through a unique pop-up + flipping action) - which means some really excellent selfies (much like the Asus 6Z which also utilizes a common camera set for standard pictures and selfie)
  • Good battery life with a 3700 mAh battery, that can power the device all day with no issue
  • 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]
  • Bulky size
  • Not the most accurate/reliable/fast in-display fingerprint reader
  • No face unlock
  • Having said that, there are many competitors out there from the likes of OnePlus, Asus, and Xiaomi that provide the top-end flagship processors (Snapdragon 855) at this or lower price brackets - so the A80 isn't winning any performance wars
  • Low light images are not that great - the cameras struggle with both noise and poor dynamic range (night mode helps a bit, but not much)
  • Video recording is on the jerky side even with stabilization on (and event that stabilization is only available till 1080p)
  • The popup+flip camera mechanism is on the slow side
  • The popup+flip camera mechanism also seems fragile, with some reports of it starting to fail for a bunch of initial users
  • No stereo speakers - many other phones in this price bracket now offer stereo speakers
  • Overall, the A80 seems like an overpriced phone that will tend to struggle to compete with other "budget flagships" from the likes of OnePlus, Asus, Xiaomi, and Huawei - it falls behind on account of not having a flagship processor, overall middling cameras, a fragile selfie camera system, and an iffy in-display fingerprint reader
  • 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. Tough sell
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s not much reason to pick the A80, at its current price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Baffling pricing, considering the competition
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A tad expensive, but the style quotient will steal the show....intended for the lifestyle crowd
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  5. Very likeable and an ideal companion for those who often watch videos and films on their phones...but price is high for the specs on offer, so shop around if your heart isn't set on a Samsung phone
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  6. Hard to recommend the Galaxy A80, given the competition
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. engadget.com hands-on Read Review »
  8. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  11. pocket-lint.com hands-on 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 »
  9. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
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