Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Vivo S1 Pro, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

Vivo S1 Pro  Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Vivo S1 Pro Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
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Excellence Score
37.3
54.5
Value for Money Score
66.2
78.8
Price ₹ 18,990 onwards ₹ 18,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2020 May, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.38 inches 6.67 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 404 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, 2.5D Curved Glass Sunshine mode, Night mode, Colour temperature adjustment, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #45 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 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; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide); 1/4" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size (Macro camera), 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, AI Portrait Lighting, AI Super Wide Angle, Bokeh and Shot Re-Focus, Super Macro, Super Night Mode, Live Photo, AR Stickers, AI Portrait Framing, AI Scene Identification, Ultra Wide Video, Slo-Mo, Time Lapse 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 32MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR, AI Face Beauty, Filters, AI Portrait Lighting, Group Selfie (Panorama), Super Night Selfie, Live Photo, AR Stickers, Watermark, Mirror Selfie 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.7 mmMedium 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 187 gmMedium 209 gmHeavy
Width 75.2 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 4500 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, 18W Dual-Engine Fast Charging Yes, 33W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W 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 UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Jazzy, eye-catching back panel design with gradient finish and the unique diamond-shaped camera module
  • The slim profile of the camera module barely protrudes from the back
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor works well
  • Face unlock is present too, which is reliable (though, not as quick as on the other phones at this price level)
  • Vivid, crisp 6.38-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display - the colours are also very punchy thanks to the AMOLED panel, and text and icons are adequately sharp
  • The display gets very bright, making it easily legible even under direct sunlight
  • Widevine L1 DRM certified - you can watch Netflix and Prime in crisp HD resolution
  • Funtouch OS based on Android 9 Pie looks very similar to iOS, and is pretty feature packed
  • Decent performance powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 - it handles multitasking well and regular usage is smooth
  • Decent set of quad rear cameras - 48MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth camera
  • Close-ups are good, with good bokeh and details in objects
  • In bokeh mode, the Vivo S1 Pro's depth camera does a decent job of detecting edges, and blurs out the right areas - colours and details are also good
  • The macro camera is also handy at times, and lets you get very close to the subjects
  • Very good 32MP selfie camera - it captures detailed photos when shooting under ideal light - results are fairly good even when shooting against the light
  • The Vivo S1 Pro packs in a 4500 mAh battery, which easily lasts for 2 days of moderate use
  • Overall, the Vivo S1 Pro is a decent pick if all you want is a stylish design, good battery life, and a punchy 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]
  • The Vivo S1 Pro feels a little chunky at 8.68mm thick
  • The back isn't glass, as Vivo still uses laminated plastic
  • Having said that, the interface is unnecessarily complicated - swipe-up gesture to access system shortcuts is confusing, since it's in the notification shade in stock or other Android UIs
  • There's a lot of bloatware preinstalled on the Vivo S1 Pro (though the third-party apps can be removed)
  • Heavy games such as PUBG Mobile however struggle to run at a smooth frame rate even at the Low graphics preset
  • This isn't a bad processor, but it's typically now found in phones closer to the Rs. 10, 000 mark, such as the Realme 5i
  • In daylight, the primary camera manage to capture average-looking landscape shots - images lack depth, objects at the sides of the frame also have a bit of grain - HDR kicks in when needed, but the end result isn't always very good - some images have a very cool, bluish hue to them, which look unnatural
  • The wide-angle camera offered a nice perspective, but colours weren't very accurate
  • Low-light photos are just strictly average - focusing is a lot slower in the dark, and it takes a second or two longer to save each photo - there's no dedicated night shooting mode either
  • No option for a background bokeh effect with the front camera
  • Videos can only be recorded at up to 1080p, which is not great, especially at this price - there's no stabilisation either, which is a big letdown
  • Low-light video is not very good, from both primary & ultra-wide lens - has lots of grain as well as weak details
  • Overall, rear cameras are nothing special - you will get better outcomes with the Realme X2 or the Redmi K20
  • The single speaker doesn't get too loud and the sound is a little tinny
  • Vivo uses its Dual Engine Fast Charge feature, but the 18W charger isn't the fastest - charging the phone completely takes about two and a half hours
  • If you'd prefer a more well-rounded phone though, we suggest looking at offerings from Realme and Xiaomi instead, such as the Realme X2 and the Redmi K20, which have much more powerful SoCs
  • 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. Not a bad pick if all you want is a stylish design, good battery life, and a punchy display....If you'd prefer a more well-rounded phone though, we suggest looking at offerings from Realme and Xiaomi instead
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  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
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