Redmi Note 9 Price in India, Specifications, Review - All You Need

Karamchand Rameshwar - Mar 06, 2021

Redmi Note 9 Price in India, Specifications, Review - All You Need

With the arrival of the Redmi Note 10 series, is the Redmi Note 9 still a good pick going by its Rs. 10,999 starting price?

The Redmi Note 9 series has three models, including Note 9, Note 9 Pro, and Note 9 Pro Max, of which Note 9 is the most affordable offering in the lineup. Compared to similar products of other brands such as Galaxy A20s and Oppo A31, the Redmi Note 9's configuration is still very impressive, a characteristic that Xiaomi has maintained for the Note line for years. However, if compared with two siblings in the lineup, the most-affordable Redmi Note 9 comes with many changes to match the price.

With the arrival of the Redmi Note 10 series, is the Redmi Note 9 still a good pick?

Redmi Note 9: Price in India

The Redmi Note 9 price in India is slashed by Rs. 1,000 in comparison to when it was first launched in the country. Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 10 price in India starts at Rs. 11,999 for the same 4GB + 64GB variant.

  • 4GB RAM + 64GB storage: Rs. 10,999
  • 4GB RAM + 128GB storage: Rs. 12,999
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB storage: Rs. 13,999

Redmi Note 9 Display: Not so good under direct sunlight

Redmi Note 9 has a 6.53-inch screen, slightly smaller than the 6.67-inch size of the two more-premium products. The screen resolution is still Full-HD + with a pixel density of 395 PPI. This is a big plus of the phone when most products in the same price range usually only have HD + resolution.

Redmi Note 9 Display
Other than outdoor usage, the Redmi Note 9 display is good in the price range.

The screen is equipped with Gorilla Glass 5. Xiaomi offers users three color modes: automatic, saturated, and standard like AMOLED screens. In particular, the two modes Automatic and Natural color display with high accuracy, while saturation mode will push the color a little more. In addition to colors, this phone also has 3 color temperature options: default, warm, and cool.

In the default mode, the display shows natural colors and the viewing angle is quite wide. However, the maximum brightness of the screen is not as high as the Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max. So when taking photos or using your phone outdoors, you will find the screen a bit dark and difficult to see. This screen also does not support HDR like the two siblings.

Redmi Note 9 Performance: Comfortable for basic tasks, not powerful enough to play heavy games smoothly

This is the first smartphone to use Mediatek's new Helio G85 chip. This chip is a slight upgrade to the graphics performance (GPU) of Helio G80. The Helio G85 has 2 high-performance Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2GHz and 6 energy-efficient Cortex-A555 clocked at 1.8GHz. The integrated graphics chip, Mali-G52, has a clock speed of 1GHz, slightly higher than the GPU on Helio G80 (950MHz). Along with Helio G85, the Note 9 comes in 3 / 4GB RAM and 64/ 128GB versions.

Redmi Note 9 Back
Redmi Note 9 performance is sufficient for day-to-day tasks and light to medium games.

On benchmarking apps, the 3GB RAM version of the device was tested and reached about 190,708 points on the Antutu v8.3.6, not too much difference compared to the Note 9 Pro (220,321 points). However, the GPU graphics benchmark of the handset is significantly lower than that of Snapdragon 720G on Note 9 Pro.

PUBG Mobile is not an easy challenge with the Redmi Note 9. Selecting high graphics quality, the game is unlocked at 40 fps but while playing, the fps mainly fluctuates between 29-30. According to Gamebench, the Redmi Note 9's frame stability is 82%.

Call of Duty Mobile limits itself to "low" image quality options and the "average" number of frames per second. When on the game screen, the number of frames per second is mostly over 50.

In general, the hardware configuration of the Redmi Note 9 can allow users to play heavy games but is not as smooth and stable as the Redmi Note 9 Pro. However, it is reasonable considering the price of Rs. 10,900. Besides gaming, the processor is stable for daily use.

Redmi Note 9 Cameras: Great Quality At The Price Point

Redmi Note 9 has a rear 4-camera cluster consisting of a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP secondary camera for portrait shots. On the front, the device has a 13MP camera for taking selfies. According to the app, the Redmi Note 9's 48MP main camera uses Samsung's ISOCELL GM1 sensor, which is older than the 48MP ISOCELL GM2 sensor on the Redmi Note 9 Pro.

Redmi Note 9 Cameras
48MP quad rear cameras.

By default, the main camera takes photos at 12MP resolution. You can also shoot at 48MP resolution. However, the difference between the 12MP and 48MP photos is not significantly different. Meanwhile, 48MP photos have a longer processing time and heavier image sizes. So for normal use, I recommend shooting in the default 12MP mode.

In terms of quality, photos taken from the main camera and wide-angle camera can be said to be good considering the price of the device. The image is quite detailed and the range of brightness is quite wide, the colors have a natural tendency. However, photos taken from both the main and wide-angle cameras share a common feature: the contrast and color saturation are not high. Turning on or off the AI ​​context recognition mode didn't change much.

Redmi Note 9 Camera Sample 3

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Redmi Note 9 Camera Sample 1

Redmi Note 9 Camera Sample 2

Redmi Note 9 Battery Life: Last Long And Charge Fast

The battery is a strength of all three products of the Redmi Note 9 series. The battery has a capacity of 5,020 mAh and supports 18W fast charging like the Note 9 Pro. In our battery test, watching movies, surfing the web, and playing games, the usage time of Note 9 is not much different than that of Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max despite having a different and less-powerful chipset. 

The phone's full charge time is 30 minutes longer than the Redmi Note 9 Pro which also supports 18W fast charging but uses Qualcomm's fast charging technology. Specifically, the Redmi Note 9 takes up to 2:40 minutes to fully charge the battery with the included charger, of which the first half-hour charges 25% and 1 hour is about 46%.

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