Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  +2 variations

price₹ 14,999 onwards

launchJul, 2020

44.9

excellence score

82.6

value for money score

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Design

  • 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
  • At 8.9mm thick and 199g in weight, the Redmi Note 9 is a bit bulky and unwieldy

Display

  • 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

Software

  • 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
  • It continues to pack a lot of bloat though - you get many pre-installed applications with wide-ranging requirements for user permissions

Performance

  • 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
  • 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

Camera

  • 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
  • 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

Battery

  • 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)

Verdict

  • 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

Expert Reviews

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  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
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (6GB RAM, 128GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.53 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignPunch Hole
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
  • Sunshine mode
  • Night mode
  • Colour temperature adjustment
  • Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sensors
  • Infrared Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2 GHz, Octa Core, MediaTek Helio G85Ranked #29 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G52 MC2
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity5020 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 18W Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight199 gmHeavy
Thickness8.9 mmMedium
Width77.2 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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: 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
Secondary Camera13MP
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
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
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Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Water ResistantYes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
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  • 9W Reverse Charging

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