Our Opinion

The realme X2 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (6GB RAM, 64GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then realme X2 (4GB RAM, 64GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (6GB RAM, 64GB)  realme X2 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max realme XT 730G
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Excellence Score
52.6
53.1
Value for Money Score
83.2
81.8
Price ₹ 16,999 onwards ₹ 17,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2020 Dec, 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 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 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
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 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #18 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 618
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 64MP + 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, 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: 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 64MP: 1/1.72" Sensor Size; Samsung GW1 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; EIS, 8MP: 119° Wide-angle Camera; F/2.25 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: Macro Camera; 4cm Shooting Distance, AI HDR, AI beauty, AI scene recognition, Chrome boost, Super nightscape, Filter mode, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse
Secondary Camera 32MP 32MP
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 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.8 mmMedium 8.6 mmMedium
Weight 209 gmHeavy 182 gmMedium
Width 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.2 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 4000 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, 30W VOOC Flash Charge
Included Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; 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
  • 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
  • Beautiful, attractive, premium glass design (Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back), with a modern gradient finish at the back - identical to the Realme XT
  • The phone is also marginally smaller than the Realme X and is lighter too at 183 grams, which gives it a very balanced in-hand feel
  • The glass on the back is of the glossy kind, but it barely registers any fingerprints or smudges and it isn’t very reflective
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is snappy (the fastest in this price bracket), as is the facial recognition
  • Excellent 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080x2340) Super AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch - again same as as the Realme XT - it has vibrant colours, deep blacks, good sunlight legibility, and good viewing angles - one of the best displays of this price range
  • Also comes with Widevine L1 standard, which means videos on platforms like Netflix and Prime can be seen in crisp HD resolution
  • ColorOS is fairly streamlined, and packs fast animations that help the phone feel snappy - there are of course several add-on features too, compared to what you would get in stock Android
  • The UI also isn’t ad-strewn as recent Xiaomi phones have tended to be
  • Excellent, butter smooth performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 730G (15% faster than the Snapdragon 730 in graphics performance), which makes the Realme X2 one of the best-performing phones in this price range, especially for gaming - even ahead of the Redmi K20 in benchmarks - the Realme X2 breezes through pretty much any task you throw at it and is also an excellent smartphone to game on - even heavy games like PUBG Mobile, COD Mobile run consistently smooth
  • Very good quad-camera setup at the rear - 64MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor
  • The primary 64MP camera works (by default) on a 4-in-1 pixel binning technology that combines four 16MP shots to offer one bright and detailed photo
  • The primary camera capture some really attractive photos in daylight, offering good brightness and clarity - with HDR enabled, the camera offers a wide dynamic range
  • The ultra-wide-angle camera comes in handy if you want to capture a wider frame of view or want a different perspective on the subject (but there is some noise even in daylight conditions)
  • The camera also supports Nightscape (Night mode), which comes in handy in low-light conditions, and helps improve picture clarity
  • The Realme X2 also does a very good job when using Portrait mode - edge detection is excellent thanks to the dedicated 2-megapixel depth sensor and details are crisp
  • Good video recording quality - image quality is good, and there is also stabilisation at 1080p (but not at 4k) - video bokeh feature also works very well and it can maintain a very accurate edge detection with busier backgrounds (low light video recording could have been better though)
  • Very good selfies from the 32MP front camera - it captures very good portrait selfies with crisp edges and background properly blurred - there is also night mode for selfies and it works pretty well
  • Overall, Realme X2 has one of the best cameras under 20k category, arguably right behind the Redmi Note 8 Pro & Redmi K20
  • Good speaker - verbal audio sounds clear enough even in max volume, and the audio is loud enough for you to hear the phone ring from another room
  • Good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • There is super-fast, class-leading 30W VOOC 4.0 fast charging support - you can charge up the Realme X2 from 0 to 100% in an hour with the supplied charger
  • Realme has yet again managed to craft an excellent package with the Realme X2, especially if you want to do heavy gaming - Realme’s strategy of bring high-end features like the 30W VOOC Charging & in-display fingerprint sensor to a mid-range phone makes the Realme X2 a very compelling phone to buy
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
  • There is, as usual, some bloatware that comes pre-installed (but most of it can be uninstalled)
  • The macro lens is ordinary - you will be able to get really close to the subject, but detail levels in the images are low
  • Having said that, the competition is neck-to-neck - there is Redmi K20 which offers a full notch-less display, even more polished design and slightly better camera at a similar price (at the cost of slower 'fast' charging) - and if you are on a tight budget, the cheaper Redmi Note 8 Pro is also a very good option as long as you don’t care about the AMOLED display and an in-display fingerprint sensor
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. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. An easy recommendation, and we can't really think of a reason why you shouldn't get the X2
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Superb all-rounder at this price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Value-for-money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Realme has yet again managed to craft a compelling package...impressive performance at an affordable price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Beating Xiaomi at its own game...a prime example of just how good customers have it in the mid-range segment
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A very good affordable phone that outguns most of the opposition with its exemplary hardware, if not its software
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Good overall package
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Realme X2 is a smart buy if you want a good gaming device with a long battery life and fast charging
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A brilliant phone at an affordable price
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. Power-packed smartphone of the season
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Realme X2 is a midrange phone that ticks all the right boxes
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The best phone under Rs 20,000
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A complete package and under Rs 20,000, it's one of the best deals you can find today
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. It will boil down to personal preference, but rest assured, you cannot go wrong with either of the two smartphones - Realme X2 or Redmi K20 - both are excellent
    themrphone.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Staggering value for money
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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