We compared the Redmi Note 9 Pro with the similarly priced Realme 6 and now it is time to look on how the more powerful Redmi Note 9 Pro Max stands against the Realme 6 Pro. The two devices target the same demographic and price-range and are obvious direct competitors. Obviously we will also include the Poco X2 as well as last year’s Redmi Note 8 Pro. The non-Max version did not stand very well, spec-wise, in our last comparison.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Realme 6 Pro vs Poco X2 – Design
The Design of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is identical with the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Just by looking at the phone you won’t be able to distinguish between the two. Not the same thing can be said about the Realme 6 vs the Realme 6 Pro, but that is for another article. Still, the dull back makes the phone not very attractive when placed alongside the Realme 6 Pro and it’s lightning pattern design. Even the Redmi Note 8 Pro from last year had more interesting designs, especially the forest-green variant with its green-to-black gradient. The Poco X2 is also more attractive, even though the circular pattern around the camera is not for everyone.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Realme 6 Pro vs Poco X2 – Specifications
Both the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and the Realme 6 Pro have the same Snapdragon 720G chipset inside, which means performance should be almost identical between the two. It will fall down to software optimizations to give one a leg up the other, but don’t expect any major differences. The Poco X2 has a slightly better Snapdragon 730G CPU, but since the 720G has a bit higher clock speed, performance is about the same between the two. All three phones come with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB to 128GB of internal storage. The Poco X2 also has a 256GB model, for those willing to spend a few extra bucks. The Redmi Note 8 Pro from last year has the Mediatek Helio G90T chipset, but performance is not that different compared to the Note 9 Pro Max.
The screen is one major aspect that differentiates these three phones. All three devices use an IPS LCD panel, but their refresh rate are all over the place. I still find it hard to believe that Redmi did not include a 90Hz panel on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max You do, however, get this on the Realme 6 Pro, without sacrificing resolution. Want even more? The Poco X2 has 120Hz refresh rate and still uses a FullHD+ panel, just like the rest.
Where the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max definitely wins is the battery. Not only does it have the biggest battery from this list, with a 5020mAh capacity, it also supports 33W fast charging. Realme 6 Pro only has a 4200mAh battery and 30W charging and the Poco X2, even though it has a slightly bigger one with 4500mAh, it only manages to charge it using 27W charger. All three smartphones have dual 4G SIM slots, microSD card slot (even though for the Poco X2 you will have to live with only one SIM in this case), FM Radio and a side-mounted fingerprint reader. Realme 6 Pro is the only one that does not have an infrared port, something that is also present on last year’s Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Realme 6 Pro vs Poco X2 – Cameras
All three smartphones have a 64MP main sensor on the back, but the other modules are quite different, so let’s focus on them. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5MP macro-lens camera and a 2MP depth-sensing camera. With the exception of the macro-camera, the Poco X2 has an identical setup. Realme 6 Pro, on the other hand, manages to impress here quite a lot. It is the only one to offer a telephoto camera that is capable of 20x hybrid zoom. It still has an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, but it ditches the depth-sensing one in order to keep the 2MP macro one. Even though the Redmi phone has one single selfie camera, it has a 32MP sensor. Both the Realme 6 Pro and the Poco X2 have dual-sensors on the front. Here, in my opinion, Realme wins over the Poco X2, by having a 16MP+8MP (ultra-wide) camera setup, compared to the 20MP+2MP on the Poco.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Realme 6 Pro vs Poco X2 – Price
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max starts at 14999 rupees and adds 2000 rupees for each bump in specs to 8GB of RAM or 128GB of storage, making the 8GB+128GB version cost 18999 rupees. The Realme 6 Pro does have a base price of 16999 rupees, but the price only increases by 1000 rupees, so the 8GB+128GB model costs exactly the same: 18999 rupees. The Poco X2 starts right between the two, at 15999 rupees, but prices go a bit higher for the top model, at 19999 rupees. You do get 256GB of storage though, so the price is understandable.