Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the realme Narzo 10, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (6GB RAM, 128GB)  realme Narzo 10 
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Excellence Score
58.2
36.8
Value for Money Score
86.2
84.1
Price ₹ 17,999 onwards ₹ 11,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2020 May, 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 6.52 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 269 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 60 HzStandard
Display Features Sunshine mode, Night mode, Colour temperature adjustment, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G80Ranked #28 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Mali-G52 MC2
RAM 6 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 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 64MP: f/1.9 aperture; 1/1.72" 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 N/A
Secondary Camera 32MP 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 N/A
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 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 mmThick
Weight 209 gmHeavy 195 gmHeavy
Width 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.4 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 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, 33W Fast Charging Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
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
  • Good quad camera at the back - a 64MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • Daylight shots from the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max turn out quite well - photos look sharp and the details are good - phone automatically enables HDR in appropriate situations
  • The Ultra-wide camera on the device offers a wider field of view with good quality images - wide-angle correction is implemented which prevents barrel distortion
  • 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
  • Macro camera is good for extreme close-ups - it captures very good details in good lighting conditions - the resolution is also higher at 5-megapixels than what you usually get from other smartphones
  • In low-light, the phone manages to keep noise under control and offer good images - with Night Mode enabled, the phone combines multiple exposures, the output is sharper, with much better detail, and objects in the shadows are more visible
  • The 32MP front camera is good - in daylight, you get sharp selfies - there is a portrait mode for the selfie camera as well, and it does manage to accurately separate the background from the subject
  • Video recording is decent as long as there's good light (though, in low-light the phone struggles to stabilise the footage and creates a shimmer effect)
  • Overall, it has one of the best camera performances in this price segment
  • 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
  • Excellent fast charging with the 33W fast charger in the box, takes nearly an hours to fill the phone completely, which is one of the fastest for this price
  • The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is almost identical to it's younger sibling the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the only exceptions being the better cameras and faster charging - and if you value these features, it's worth spending the extra bucks on the Max
  • Fresh, sophisticated and premium-looking rear design - it features a pattern of vertical pinstripes down the rear that seem to shift from side to side when you move the phone around under the light
  • Front looks slick with a dewdrop notch at the top
  • It's relatively easy to use and live with because of its tall and narrow footprint
  • The fingerprint reader is on the back and performs well
  • Large 6.5-inch HD+ display - it's crisp enough for gaming and video streaming
  • 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 Game Space, Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, Dark Mode, and Riding Mode among others
  • 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 at the back - a 48MP primary camera, a 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor
  • Shots with primary camera, under bright sunlight have lots of detail and exposures are well balanced - it works well for casual photography
  • The ultra-wide-angle camera delivers fairly decent shots and captures more of the scene in the frame, as long as there is good lighting
  • The portrait mode works well with well defined subjects and natural looking bokeh
  • The selfie camera is decent - it also takes quite good portraits
  • Excellent battery life with the 5000 mAh battery - it easily lasts for 2 days of moderate use
  • Decent fast charging with the supplied 18W charger - it fills the phone's battery to the brim in about 2 hours
  • The Narzo 10 is a very strong contender if your priority is performance and battery life, and for its target audience, which are gamers, these are the things that matter
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
  • However, if you are looking for a higher refresh display, you can consider the POCO X2 or the Realme 6, other specs are very similar
  • A bit thick at 9mm and relatively hefty at 199g
  • Competition offers better displays with FHD+ resolution
  • The display isn't particularly bright and could be a problem to use in direct sunlight
  • There are still a number of pre-loaded apps however - though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled
  • Low-light photography is just average, as expected from a budget phone
  • Macros are blotchy and rough, with the limited resolution, this camera should be used more for fun than anything else
  • However, if you can spend a little more, you might want to consider the Realme 6 and the Redmi Note 9 Pro instead, as they offer much better performance and cameras
Expert Reviews
  1. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is powerful, offers great battery life and packs in good cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Incredible camera, satisfactory performance
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Note 9 Pro Max is highly impressive... but the competition is tough
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. The Narzo 10 is a very strong contender for the price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A decent gaming-centric smartphone for youngsters on a tight budget
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Another budget option for buyers
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Realme Narzo 10 is good budget smartphone which delivers stable performance
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Realme Nazro 10 is a budget smartphone that ticks most of the boxes, except a better screen
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A solid offering for the price
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
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