Our Opinion

The realme X (4GB RAM) is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme X (4GB RAM) 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro realme X
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Excellence Score
52.2
52.4
Value for Money Score
91.2
85.4
Price ₹ 12,999 onwards ₹ 15,798 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2020 Jul, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.67 inches 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 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 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features Sunshine mode, Night mode, Colour temperature adjustment, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating Eye Care Mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 616
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
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 + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
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: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@960fps, 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/1.7 Aperture; PDAF; Sony IMX 586 Sensor; 1/2.0" Sensor Size, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Super Nightscape, Chroma Boost, Portrait Mode, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/120fps; 720p@960fps, Gyro-EIS
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 Motorised Pop-up Camera, F/2.0 Aperture, 25mm Focal Length (wide), 1/3" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, Sony IMX 471 Sensor, AI Intelligent Beauty, Portrait mode, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM + GSM
Thickness 8.8 mmMedium 9.4 mmThick
Weight 209 gmHeavy 191 gmHeavy
Width 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 76.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 5020 mAh 3765 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, 20W VOOC Flash Charge 3.0
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 In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • 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 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 deliver 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 completely (though, this isn't the fastest charging phone and the Realme 6's 30W charging is much better)
  • The Redmi Note 9 Pro 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
  • Beautiful, 'shimmering' rear (plastic) panel, and a modern, notch-less 6.5-inch OLED screen - easily one of the best looking phones in this price bracket
  • The notch-less display spans almost edge to edge, with a pop-up selfie camera mechanism (which is quite something to have, in this price bracket)
  • Fairly fast in-display fingerprint reader
  • The pop-up camera on the Realme X has a very quick ejection and retraction mechanism, which makes face recognition work pretty seamlessly too
  • Very good 6.5-inch OLED screen - colors are lively, with deep blacks
  • The lack of a notch really helps make the screen appear immersive, and consuming content on the screen is a pleasure
  • ColorOS UI is now much more streamlined than before - there’s also now an app drawer, and a useful shortcut menu accessed by swiping from the sides
  • The gesture navigation is nice and intuitive too
  • Thankfully, it's not ad-strewn either, like some of the recent phones from Xiaomi
  • Very good performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 710 chipset - everything from daily use to high-end games is smooth
  • GPU performance is an especially strong point of the Snapdragon 710, so if you are into gaming, the phone tends to comfortably outperform rivals
  • Very good set of dual rear cameras (48MP+5MP) and front camera (16MP)
  • Good overall image quality in daylight, and fairly good quality in low-light as well
  • Night mode is pretty effective too
  • Very good portraits
  • Pretty great selfies too, from the 16MP front camera
  • Realme’s EIS does a solid job of stabilization during videos at up to 1080p/30fps
  • Support for 4K video recording (without EIS though)
  • Overall, the Realme X is among the best camera setups of this price bracket, comparable to the excellent cameras on the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro
  • The Dolby Atmos-boosted speaker sounds pretty rich and gets fairly loud
  • Good battery life with a 3750 mAh cell - you will comfortably get a day of use, even with heavy usage
  • The class-leading VOOC fast-charging nicely complements the long battery life - it fills a completely depleted battery in 1:18h and it's at the 50% mark 30 minutes into it - which are some excellent numbers
  • The Realme X looks like an incredible value package, no matter how you look at it, and will inevitably disrupt its price bracket in a big way - what you get is top-end specs, a 'full screen' AMOLED display with a pop-up selfie camera, very good performance, an excellent set of cameras, and super fast charging - you can't ask for more
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 still 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 shots
  • 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
  • ColorOS still has some bloatware though, and is not quite as clean/simple as stock Android
Expert Reviews
  1. The Redmi Note 9 Pro offers one of the most reliable experience on a phone at this price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. Best Redmi Note device yet
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. 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 »
  5. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is definitely an impressive option considering the performance and the battery life
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. More polished than before, living up to the high design standards set by Xiaomi
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A Minimalist Jack Of All Trades
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Another stunning crowd-pleaser from Xiaomi
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. 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 »
  10. neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  11. thehindubusinessline.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. A mature, well-rounded smartphone with few flaws and plenty to like about it...easily recommended
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Great value
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. It's clear that a lot of thought has been put into the the Realme X...there is very little to complain about
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Affordable, value for money flagship
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Value for money...A worthy Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy M40 rival
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Premium smartphones get a solid contender...hard not to recommend
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Highly recommended smartphone from us in the sub-Rs 20,000 price range
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A deal you simply cannot resist
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. At this price, you will be hard-pressed to find a better deal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Great value for money phone
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Fiercely good
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A safe recommendation
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Flagship killer’s killer...uniquely positioned device that offers great features without many compromises
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Ticks almost all the boxes..a worthy competitor in the mid-range
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. A beautiful smartphone that delights with its performance, imaging quality and vibrant display
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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