Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime 64GB is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (6GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime 64GB!

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime 64GB  Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (6GB RAM) 
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Excellence Score
30.6
24.1
Value for Money Score
84.3
59.8
Price ₹ 8,859 onwards ₹ 12,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Nov, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.53 inches 6.26 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
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 IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek Helio G80Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G52 MC2 Adreno 509
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP 12MP + 5MP
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 12MP: 1.4um Pixel Size; F/1.9 Aperture; Dual Pixel Autofocus, 5MP: 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture, Enhanced Low-light Photography, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face Recognition, EIS for Video Recording, Dynamic Bokeh
Secondary Camera 8MP 20MP + 2MP
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 20MP: 1.8um Pixel Size; F/2.0 Aperture, 2MP: 1.75um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, AI Portrait Selfie, Selfie timer, Face recognition
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 9.1 mmThick 8.2 mmMedium
Weight 198 gmHeavy 182 gmMedium
Width 77.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 76.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant Yes, P2i Water Repellent
Battery Capacity 5020 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 390 hrs
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 Quick Charge 3.0
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Video Playback Time: 15hr, Gameplay Time: 9hr, Audio Playback Time: 190hr
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Dual VoLTE; 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
  • Sturdy, tried-and-tested design
  • Curved back makes it comfortable to hold
  • Water-resistant P2i coating, similar to the Poco F1
  • Excellent, large, 'notch' display - it has superb contrast, good brightness levels, and tiny bezels - one of the best displays you will get in this price bracket
  • MIUI is one of the better, more refined, and more optimised Android UIs around, and is packed with many features and customisation options
  • There is also an option to switch to fullscreen navigation gestures instead of the on-screen Android navigation buttons
  • Solid mid-range performance - backed by the Snapdragon 636 which is still very good for the class
  • Excellent set of dual rear cameras at the back, which improve upon the already very good cameras of the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • The rear cameras perform well regardless of the conditions you’re shooting in - Low light, artificial light, portrait shots, landscapes, it’s got you all covered
  • Very good set of dual cameras on the front as well - selfies taken with the Redmi Note 6 Pro have good details, and the edge detection in portrait mode is good too
  • Overall, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is now arguably the best camera experience under Rs. 20, 000
  • Excellent battery life with a 4000mAH battery pack
  • Has an interesting Wi-Fi pass through feature that lets your phone act as a Wi-Fi repeater
  • Thoughtful anti-rust coating inside 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB port
  • The Redmi Note 6 Pro again ticks all the right boxes for a best-seller in its class and price segment, continuing a tradition of the Redmi Note line in terms of excellent value for money
  • If you want a very good all-rounder with best camera in the mid-range, you need to look no further
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
  • The power and the volume buttons are both on the right - the power button is easy to hit, but the volume buttons need a bit of a stretch to reach
  • While the design is sturdy, it's also now a bit boring, with a lot of great looking phones now available in the budget segment
  • One of the issues with MIUI in recent times has been the annoying ads in MI's own apps, and that still continues with the Redmi Note 6 Pro (these can be disabled but it's a complicated procedure)
  • If you are a heavy gamer though, then the Redmi Note 6 Pro is no longer the best performer for it's price segment (like the Redmi Note 5 Pro was) - you will want to look at the Mi A2 or Realme 2 Pro instead
  • Video recording on the Redmi Note 6 Pro is decent but maxes out at 1080p which is a bit disappointing, considering that other smartphones in this price range are capable of 4K video recording
  • The phone also has support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 but Xiaomi only ships a 10W charger in the box - you will need to buy a quick charger separately to enable fast charging
  • Uses the outdated microUSB port, instead of a modern USB-C port
  • Having said that though, it's not quite a clear, outright winner as the Redmi Note 5 Pro was, simply because of the much tougher competition in this segment now - there is the Realme 2 Pro (has a much better take on how a notch should look like, and is more powerful with a SD660), the Xiaomi Mi A2 (No notch, Android One, all-metal design, SD660), Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (better battery, arguably better value for money), and the Motorola One Power (Android One, better battery) - so all in all, there are lots of good choices around
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 is one of the best phones in the price bracket
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Redmi 9 Prime strikes a good balance between style, battery, and performance
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Redmi 9 Prime's performance for its price point is very Note-worthy!
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. 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 »
  8. Redmi 9 Prime promises a lot of power with its MediaTek Helio G80 SoC and impressive camera performance all on a tight budget
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. The Redmi Note 6 Pro ticks all the right boxes for a best-seller in its class..But it's not the only one
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Makes a great impression
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Xiaomi has improved slightly on a product (Redmi Note 5 Pro) that was already good
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Offers exceptional value for money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. It’s still offers good value for your money...though it is no longer a leader in the mid-range segment like the Redmi Note 5 Pro was
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you are in a market looking for a smartphone in this price bracket, the Redmi Note 6 Pro should definitely be in your list
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. With the feature-rich Redmi Note 6 Pro, Xiaomi once again reaffirms as the true leader of the mid-range phone market of India
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Redmi Note 6 Pro certainly does not boast of the best hardware at the price...But it’s the camera alone that makes the phone worth buying.
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
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