Today Redmi launched the new Note 9 series of smartphones to take on Realme and their series 6. Apparently there is no Note 9 (at least for now), but we do get a Redmi Note 9 Pro as well as a Note 9 Pro Max. Both devices offer great performance considering the price and there is little difference between the two models, with the exception of photography skills. Let’s take a look at what these devices have to offer.
Both models have the same look-and-feel as well as physical dimensions. The internals are also almost identical, with both the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max being powered by the Snapdragon 720G chipset. You get 64GB or 128GB of internal storage for both variants and a dedicate microSD card slot in case you need extra storage. The Pro model comes with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and the Pro Max has 6GB or 8GB. Both phones have a 6.67″ FullHD LCD screen with 1080×2400 resolution and a small punch-hole camera in the middle. Sadly, you won’t be getting a high refresh rate screen as you do on the Poco X2 or even the Realme 6.
What you do get are excellent cameras. Both smartphones have a quad-camera array on the back positioned in a square pattern, but the combination of sensors is slightly different. The Redmi Note 9 Pro has a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide lens camera, a 2MP depth-sensing one and a 5MP macro. The Redmi Note 9 Pro bumps the main sensor to 64MP, but everything else remains the same. Yes, there is no telephoto lens so there is no optical zoom available. On the front of the phone, you will find a 16MP selfie camera for the Pro model and a 32MP sensor on the Pro Max.
Both the Redmi Note 9 Pro as well as the Pro Max come with a 5020mAh battery with support for fast charging up to 18W and 32W respectively, with a fast charger being included in the box. Other features offered are dual 4G SIM slots, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS (including India’s NavIC), FM Radio, Bluetooth 5, infrared port and a side-mounted fingerprint reader. You also get a 3.5mm audio jack, something that is becoming a rare breed nowadays. You also get splash and dust protection with P2i nano-coating.
Now let’s talk pricing since this is where the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max shine. The 4GB+64GB model for the Pro version will be available for 12999 rupees (~$174) and the 6GB+128GB version will set you back an extra 3000 rupees (~$214 in total). The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is slightly more expensive, with the 6GB+64GB being sold for 14999 rupees (~200), the 6GB+128GB for 16999 (~$228) and the 8GB+128GB model will be available at 18999 rupees (~$255). At this price, they are in direct competition with the Realme 6 and the Realme 6 Pro.