Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (4GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime 128GB is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (4GB RAM, 128GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime 128GB  Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (4GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
35.6
38.3
Value for Money Score
85.2
84.0
Price ₹ 10,989 onwards ₹ 12,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Jul, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.53 inches 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode Sunshine mode, Night mode, Colour temperature adjustment, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek Helio G80Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G85Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G52 MC2 Mali-G52 MC2
RAM 4 GB 4 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 13MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 28mm Focal Length; 1/3.1" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 118-degree Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Lens, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 1/2.25" 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, 2MP: 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 8MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 4.0, Portrait mode, HDR, Screen Flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Palm shutter 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 Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes (Wireless) Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.1 mmThick 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 198 gmHeavy 199 gmHeavy
Width 77.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 77.2 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 5020 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 Fast Charging Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 22.5W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration 9W Reverse Charging; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Striking, shade shifting rear design - the Redmi 9 Prime's looks similar to the more expensive Poco X2 with its quad-camera arrangement in a circular patch
  • The front is the routine, dew-drop notch with decent bezels
  • The fingerprint scanner is on the back and it is fast and reliable
  • The textured back of the Redmi 9 feels great in the hand and provides excellent grip
  • Sharp, vibrant, and vivid 6.53-inch full HD+ IPS display - keeping the price-point of the phone in mind, Redmi 9 Prime offers a pretty good display
  • MIUI 11 is as feature rich as ever, the overall interface on the phone is quite smooth and user friendly - Android 10 is running beneath all the jazz
  • Very good performance from the new MediaTek G80 chipset (similar to the Snapdragon 712) - the phone smoothly handles day-to-day task with ease and heavy games like PUBG Mobile run reasonably well
  • Decent quad-camera setup - a 13MP main, an 8MP ultra-wide, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The photos from the main camera are good for this budget class
  • The ultra-wide camera is among the better ones at this price and captures more of the scene easily
  • The macro camera puts out decent close-ups if you get the distance right with its fixed focus lens
  • The portraits are detailed, and the blur is convincing thanks to the dedicated depth sensor
  • Decent selfies from the 8MP front camera - portrait mode is available for selfies too, and it is as competent as a single fixed-focus camera can be
  • Excellent battery life with the 5020 mAh cell - with regular use, the Redmi 9 Prime easily lasts through two days of use
  • Redmi 9 Prime is a great option for people looking for a phone with decent gaming performance, good display, and solid battery life at an affordable price
  • Fresh, bright and vibrant design, with a gleaming, reflective rear panel - the design here is very similar to that of the Note 9 Pro’s with the back is now made of polycarbonate
  • The distinctive camera bump design plays into the theme of symmetry - this is a beautiful design touch that sets the Redmi Note 9 series apart and makes this phone and its siblings recognisable
  • The front of the phone looks modern and defies expectations for its price category - the hole-punch is now on the left unlike the other 2 Note phones that have it in the center
  • Fingerprint sensor is moved to the back, and it is swift at unlocking the phone
  • Xiaomi's trademark infrared emitter is on the top and can be used to control several home appliances
  • Crisp, vivid and bright 6.53-inch IPS display with a tall aspect ratio - the panel delivers punchy and vibrant colours and the large screen work nicely for consuming videos and games
  • The display also gets sufficiently bright for outdoors use
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a lot of customisation/theming options - there are 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 make the phone your own
  • Good performance for the price powered by the respectable new MediaTek G85 SOC - the day-to-day tasks on the Redmi Note 9 feel light and effortless and it can run heavy 3D games like PUBG at low or medium settings
  • Decent quad cameras for the price - a 48MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • In daylight, the primary camera takes reasonably good shots - Xiaomi has opted for a very natural-looking colour science, the colour temperature and white balance are spot-on which is very good to see, and the dynamic range isn't too bad either (though, there is a certain softness to images, which can be fixed with a software update)
  • The ultra-wide-angle mode works well to capture a wide frame without much effort, and the quality is decent
  • 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
  • The macro camera delivers good quality shots than from most other 2MP macro cameras because of the autofocus
  • The 13MP front camera is fairly good in the daytime as well as at night - details are crisp, and portrait shots have nicely blurred backgrounds, which can be pre-adjusted
  • Very good battery life with the 5020 mAh battery - with ordinary use, the Redmi Note 9 easily lasts through a full day and nearly half of the second day before needing a recharge
  • Decent fast charging with the 18W fast charger in the box, takes nearly 2 hours to fill the phone (though this isn't the fastest charging phone and the Realme 6i's 30W charging is much better)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The display has average sunlight legibility and you’d have to keep the brightness all the way up for more clarity
  • It packs in plenty of bloatware, so you can get strange notifications and ads, which is annoying
  • Average low-light photos, the camera struggles to get the exposure right
  • Charging is a bit slow - the 10W charger included in the box tops up the Redmi 9 Prime in 2 hours and 48 minutes
  • At 8.9mm thick and 199g in weight, the Redmi Note 9 is a bit bulky and unwieldy
  • It continues to pack a lot of bloat though - you get many pre-installed applications with wide-ranging requirements for user permissions
  • The gaming performance is a downgrade from other Note 9 series phones, you'd be better off with phones like Redmi Note 9 Pro or Redmi 6i if you want a phone for heavy gaming
  • Low light photography is average, images are grainy with digital artefacts and splotches creating a nearly unusable shot
  • Overall, this is not the best camera setup at this price and this time Realme has done a better job which with its Realme 6i which offer better cameras at this price
  • The Realme 6i out-specs the Redmi Note 9 at every corner, be it high refresh-rate 90Hz display panel, or the supported faster 30W charging as well as the much better MediaTek G90T SOC, at just marginally higher price - Realme 6i is an all-round better deal
Expert Reviews
  1. The Redmi 9 Prime is an excellent budget phone that seems easy to recommend
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It's hard to find a better phone at this price point
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The full-HD+ display and the big battery give this phone an edge over the competition
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Redmi 9 Prime strikes a good balance between style, battery, and performance
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Redmi 9 Prime's performance for its price point is very Note-worthy!
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you are a gamer on a tight budget, Redmi 9 Prime makes for a value for money package
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. Hard to recommend, because of the alternatives like the Realme 6i
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Decent value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you want to get a balanced performance for the price, the Redmi Note 9 is a good option, though better options exist
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A Note For The Not-So-Heavy Users
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
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