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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (4GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone than the realme 7i 64GB, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (4GB RAM, 128GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (4GB RAM, 128GB)  realme 7i 64GB 
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Excellence Score
35.9
34.7
Value for Money Score
80.6
80.5
Price ₹ 12,684 onwards ₹ 11,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2020 Oct, 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 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 90 HzHigh
Display Features Sunshine mode, Night mode, Colour temperature adjustment, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio G85Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 662Ranked #46 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G52 MC2 Adreno 610
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 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 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 64MP: f/1.8 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.3 aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; 22mm Focal Length; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: B/W Sensor; f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, EIS, Super NightScape, Panoramic view, Expert mode, Time-lapse, Portrait mode, HDR, Ultra wide mode, Ultra macro mode, AI scene recognition, AI Beauty, Filter, Chroma Boost, Slow Motion, Bokeh Effect Control
Secondary Camera 13MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features 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 f/2.1 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 128 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.9 mmMedium 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 199 gmHeavy 188 gmMedium
Width 77.2 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.5 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 5020 mAh 5000 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 Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 9W Reverse Charging; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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)
  • Trendy rear design - the Realme 7i features a similar design as other Realme 7 series phones, the glossy back creates some interesting patterns when light hits it
  • The front too looks similar with a hole-punch and thin bezels all around
  • Face unlock and the side-mounted fingerprint sensor are quick
  • The Realme 7i gets a vibrant 6.5 inches IPS LCD - the 90 Hz refresh rate is a class leading feature
  • The 90Hz refresh rate makes for smoother scrolling and animations
  • Software on the Realme phones is much improved since the company switched to Realme UI, it is easy to use - it is also packed with features such as Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, Dark Mode, and Riding Mode among others - there are some exciting and useful features like Realme Dual-Mode Audio, which allows you to connect a Bluetooth and a wired headset at the same time to listen to music on the smartphone
  • Average, inconsistent performance from the Snapdragon 662 - regular tasks such as scrolling, opening apps, texting is fine for a phone, but it is inconsistent, stuttering animations and delayed app load times bugs the overall performance
  • Good quad cameras at the back - the main unit boasts a 64MP sensor, with an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP micro and a 2MP depth sensor - this setup is similar to the one on the Realme 7 and in real-world scenarios, it performs similarly
  • The daylight photos from the main sensor preserve the natural colour and have good exposure - it exhibits improved dynamic range, with better details compared to the Realme 6 - the new sensor is slightly better than the old one in the Realme 6
  • The ultra-wide camera captures a wider perspective but details and colours are weaker compared to the main sensor as expected
  • Portrait shots generally look good, and you get the option to adjust the background blur before shooting
  • Low light photos look cleaner too, with less grain - shots captured using Night mode look more pleasing, compared to what the Realme 6 can produce
  • The 16MP camera can take decent selfies - the selfie portrait mode is useful as it manages to correctly crop out the background, and there's also Night mode for bright selfies even in the dark
  • Overall, the cameras on the Realme 7i are a bit improved than the previous gen, which always a good thing
  • Very good battery life from the 5000 mAh battery - even with medium to heavy usage, it will get you a day and half of runtime on one charge
  • Decent fast charging - the 18W fast charger fills up the big battery in just over 2 hours
  • The Realme 7i is a good smartphone, considering all the features and specifications it offers at its price - the 90Hz display is appealing, on top of that, Realme has thrown in a 64-megapixel camera, which none of its rivals feature
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • The plastic material doesn’t feel solid, it catch scratches easily - additionally, it loves dust and fingerprint smudges
  • The Realme 7i is on the heavier side weighing at 188 gms
  • Sunlight legibility is poor
  • Resolutions on the lower side at HD+, phones like Redmi Note 9 offer Full HD+ display at similar price
  • There are still several pre-loaded apps however (though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled)
  • The 2MP macro camera is not great, and even photos taken in broad daylight look quite poor
  • However, the Redmi Note 9 is a more well-rounded package at the same price, there's also the Motorola Moto G9 which offers better overall experience (stock Android), superior battery life and decent cameras
Expert Reviews
  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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  13. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. It is a decent phone but the Realme 6i is a much better deal
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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