Xiaomi today launched the Redmi Note 9 smartphone in India. It is successor to last year’s Redmi Note 8 and comes with some improvements. Interestingly, Redmi Note 9 is the first phone in India with MediaTek’s latest Helio G85 processor. The company claims that it has 21% performance improvement over Redmi Note 8 which gets Snapdragon 665.
If we talk about other key specs of Redmi Note 9, it has a 6.53-inch Full HD+ display, up to 6GB of RAM, Android 10 with MIUI 11, 48-megapixel primary rear camera, 13-megapixel front camera, and a 5020mAh battery with a 22.5W fast charger.
Let’s find out if you should buy this new phone from Xiaomi India or not!
Redmi Note 9 Full Specs
Glass Back Design
The Redmi Note 9 has a 3D curved glass back that is called an Aura Balance design and comes in Pebble Grey, Arctic White, and Aqua Green colors. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone has a splash-resistant P2i coating on its body.
Dimensions of the phone are 162.38×77.2×8.95mm and its weight is 199g. Upfront, the phone has a small punch-hole in the display.
Full HD+ Display
The smartphone sports a 6.53-inch Full HD+(2340 × 1080 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It has 450+ nits brightness, as per the company.
Helio G85 Processor
The device is powered by a new MediaTek Helio G85 12nm processor. The octa-core chipset has 2x 2GHz Cortex-A75 cores and 6x 2GHz Cortex-A55 cores. It is paired with up to 1000MHz ARM Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU.
For memory, it has up to 6GB LPPDDR4x RAM and up to 128GB eMMC 5.1 storage, which is also expandable up to 512GB with microSD.
The smartphone runs on the latest Android 10 with MIUI 11.
48MP Quad Cameras
In terms of optics, it has a quad rear camera setup that has a 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor with f/1.79 aperture, PDAF, EIS, 0.8μm pixel, an 8MP 118° ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor.
There is a 13MP front camera with f/2.25 aperture for selfies.
Battery & Fast Charging
The phone packs a 5020mAh battery. Interestingly, it comes with a 22.5W fast charger in the box. The phone also supports 9w reverse charging.
Connectivity features are triple card slot (nano + nano + microSD), dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C.
Price & Availability
Redmi Note 9 price in India starts at Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB+64GB storage version. Its 4GB+128GB version costs Rs. 13,499 and the top-end 6GB+128GB version is priced at Rs. 14,999.
The phone will go on sale from Amazon India and Mi.com and offline starting from July 24.
Should You Buy Redmi Note 9?
If we take a look at this price there is Realme’s Narzo 10, in which we get a plastic body, HD+ display with an old notch design, and a slightly less powerful chipset. So, in my opinion, thus Redmi Note 9 becomes a great choice for Rs. 12,000. In fact, you can also consider this if you are planning to buy a phone with Rs. 15,000 budget.