Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (4GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone, but the realme 6i (4GB RAM) 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 Pro (4GB RAM, 128GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (4GB RAM, 128GB)  realme 6i (4GB RAM) 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro realme 6i
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Excellence Score
44.8
41.9
Value for Money Score
83.5
85.2
Price ₹ 14,499 onwards ₹ 12,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 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 6.67 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
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 90Hz Refresh Rate, 120Hz touch-sensing
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.05 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G90TRanked #22 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Mali-G76 MC4
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 + 5MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) 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, 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 48MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" 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, Video: [email protected]/60/120fps, 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 16MP 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, Portrait Mode, Time-lapse, Panoramic view, AI Beauty, HDR, Face-Recognition, Filter, Bokeh Effect Control
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 8.8 mmMedium 9.6 mmThick
Weight 209 gmHeavy 191 gmHeavy
Width 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 74.8 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating) Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 5020 mAh 4300 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, 30W Flash Charge
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 20.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Fresh, bright and vibrant design, with a gleaming, 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 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
  • Fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power key, 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 up to heavy 3D gaming, with no trouble whatsoever, multitasking is also smooth and trouble-free
  • 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 much higher quality shots than from most other 2MP macro cameras
  • The 16MP front camera is fairly good in the daytime as well as at night - details are good, and portrait shots had nicely blurred backgrounds
  • 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
  • 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 6's 30W charging is much better)
  • The Redmi Note 9 Pro which succeeds at delivering value, a decent camera, class-leading internals and beautiful design for the low price is certainly tempting - if flat-out performance at a low price is what you want, the Redmi Note 9 Pro delivers the best bang-for-the-buck
  • Pristine design - the Realme 6i has a gradient finish with multiple streaks running down the back, converging at the bottom centre - it shines when light hits it, giving the phone a premium look
  • Trendy, modern hole-punch design at the front, which isn't very common at this price point
  • The Realme 6i has a rounded, curvy back that makes it ergonomic to hold
  • The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is quick and accurate
  • Face unlock is super quick and combined with raise-to-wake feature, makes for a seamless unlocking experience
  • Good, large 6.5 inches full-HD+ IPS display with thin bezels and new punch-hole camera - the colours and peak brightness of the screen are good
  • The display has a 90Hz refresh rate which helps the smartphone deliver a smooth experience - games that support 90Hz displays, like Alto's Odyssey, are particularly enjoyable to play
  • Software is one area where Realme has taken a big leap, the Realme UI 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
  • Super snappy performance with the powerful MediaTek Helio G90T - the day to day tasks are a breeze on this phone, applications open quickly, RAM management is quite good, and multitasking is also handled well - the phone breezes through medium and high-level graphic-intensive games like PUBG, which runs smoothly
  • Good quad-camera setup at the back consisting of a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP Ultra-wide angle camera, a 2MP monochrome camera, and a 2MP macro camera
  • The primary camera is the same as on the Narzo 10 and produces identical shots - in daylight it turns out detailed images with good colour reproduction
  • The wide-angle camera is decent and offer a wide field of view which comes handy in tight places and capturing more area - warping on the edges is taken care of decently through software (though, the quality isn't as good as the primary sensor)
  • In low light, the camera takes good-looking shots - the Night Mode does a much better job in low light by stitching together multiple frames delivering a brighter overall result, shots taken with Night Mode have significantly better details (however, the quality dips slightly in low-light)
  • Selfies shot with the Realme 6i have good detail, and beautification is enabled by default, photos are good enough to be shared on social media - you can take portrait shots, panoramas and even time-lapse videos with the front camera
  • The new black and white monochrome lens helps take great monochrome portraits - this lens helps the main sensor grab a wider spectrum of greys, hence adding more richness and texture to portrait shots
  • Battery life on the Realme 6i is quite good with the 4300 mAh cell, manages to go on for over a day and a half before needing to be plugged in
  • The 30W fast charging is unheard of at this price and that too with bundled charger in the box - the phone gets to 65 per cent in 30 minutes and took a little over an hour to charge completely
  • The Realme 6i is a power-packed phone that's one of the most exciting offerings in its price segment - with exciting features like a 90Hz display and 30W fast charging, it is one of the best smartphones money can buy in this price segment - the Helio G90T is a great performer, the quad-camera setup offers versatility, and Realme's UI is quite good too
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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 continues to pack a lot of bloat though - you get many pre-installed applications with wide-ranging requirements for user permissions
  • 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 6 which offer better cameras at this price
  • However, the Realme 6 out-specs the Redmi Note 9 Pro with its high refresh-rate 90Hz display panel, as well as the inclusion of a 64MP camera that genuinely takes better images, and the phone supports faster 30W charging as well
  • A bit thick at 9.6mm
  • The rear panel isn't glass, and could pick up minor scuffs and scratches (though, it's more durable and light-weight)
  • There are still several pre-loaded apps however - though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled
  • The macro lens doesn't excel at what it is supposed to do, the detailing of the images is low because of the meagre 2MP resolution (though, it help take closer shots of smaller subjects)
Expert Reviews
  1. A phone to easily recommend
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Redmi Note 9 Pro offers one of the most reliable experience on a phone at this price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is very likeable for its overall style, and the specifications are very impressive
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Great Value, Excellent battery life
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Best Redmi Note device yet
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. If flat-out performance at a low price is what you want, the Redmi Note 9 Pro still delivers the best bang-for-the-buck
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is definitely an impressive option considering the performance and the battery life
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. More polished than before, living up to the high design standards set by Xiaomi
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Good performer
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Another stunning crowd-pleaser from Xiaomi
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a typical Note, it is very good at just about everything it does, rather than being the best in a few
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A Minimalist Jack Of All Trades
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. thehindubusinessline.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  15. The battery life champion of 2020
    androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Realme 6i is an interesting new choice for anyone looking for good hardware and features on a tight budget
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. What the realme 6 should have been
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. An affordable, performance-oriented mid-range device done right
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Realme 6i is more or less Realme 6, but with a much sweeter price tag
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. If high-end gaming is your bread-and-butter expectation, go for the Realme 6i
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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