The Xiaomi Note 9 Pro is the best phone in the Redmi 9 series. It was released on May 5, 2020 and became one of the hottest phones in the year 2020. The android phone is still a great device and highly recommended, just in case you’re surfing the internet for the best phone to buy right now.
But why is the Redmi Note 9 Pro fit in as one of the top 5 best phones by Xiaomi?
You might be curious to know how well the phone performed, why it is recommended by Androidsy team and tons of questions you may have about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro will be covered in the review.
Note that the Redmi Note 9 Pro is an improvement to the Xiaomi Note 9.
But before going into the review, check what the phone is made up;
Key Specification of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
- Main camera: 64MP, 8MP, 5MP, 2MP
- Front camera: 16MP
- Display: 6.67-inch, 1080 × 2400 pixels
- Network: LTE / HSPA / GSM
- RAM: 4GB / 6GB
- Storage: 64GB / 128GB
- Software: Android 10 based on MIUI 12
- CPU/GPU: Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618
- Battery: 5020mAh
- Charging: Fast charging, 30W Global and 18W Indian Version
Okay, let’s talk about the review;
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Review
Obviously, the camera is one of the strongest points of the Redmi Note 9 Pro. But for what it’s worth, you’ve got nothing to complain about here. Xiaomi did a good job here and of course, they’re improving day by day.
And that’s what we see here with the Note 9 Pro. The huge camera array at the rear of this device houses the quad cameras and LED flash. The main camera is 64MP for the global version and 48MP for Indian version. The shooter takes 12MP shots via pixel-binning. We also get an 8MP ultrawide lens, 2MP for depth sensing, and the controversial 5MP macro lens.
Pictures produced from this device are pretty okay and look more natural and clean. They’re a perfect white balance making photos appear unsaturated. In front, we’ve got a 16MP single shooter without flash. This isn’t the best but it sure does take some cool selfies.
Portrait shots are great as well as ultrawide shots. We have a good camera system but things begin to get a little awry when it comes to night shots. Low light photos are not so good. This isn’t much of a deal-breaker as most people rarely take night shots.
At a point, I prefer the Pouvoir 2 Pro 13MP camera for shooting videos or pictures at night instead of this 64MP camera that can’t take a good picture at night.
But, aside from the flash issue which makes it quite bad for night shots, the Redmi Note 9 Pro camera is good.
Xiaomi tends to get the job done when it comes to aesthetics. The Redmi Note 9 Pro proves this with a design that stands out among its peers. So getting things off from the back, we’ve got just the camera array which isn’t the most beautiful out there. It also protrudes by a few centimeters, but it does achieve its primary purpose.
Also at the back, we see the Redmi branding. And at the bottom of the device, you’ve got the USB-C port, 3.5mm jack, and speaker grills. To the right, we’ve got the power button which also doubles as a fingerprint scanner, and the volume rocker keys positioned awkwardly above it. And to the left, the tray which houses the dual nano SIMs and micro SD card.
Moving over to the front, we’re greeted by a 6.67-inch Full HD display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. Colors are pretty vibrant and punchy which should serve you for media consumption and daily use. Xiaomi still sticks to the traditional 60Hz refresh rate in favor of a 90 or 120Hz refresh rate which is gradually becoming a standard.
The department where you get to love the Xiaomi brand is its battery department. It’s got a huge 5020mAh capacity that powers the device. Heavy users will love this as you could get a full day of use.
Depending on how heavy you make use of your device, expect nothing less than 6 hours of on-screen time. To power the device, you’ll be needing an 18W charger (for Indians) or the 30W charger (global) that comes out of the box.
The 30W charger charges the phone to full within 30 – 45 minutes, that’s crazy! The 18W charger in India should get the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro to full charge in just less or over 2 hours.
It’s a good battery system overall that should have been much better with a much faster charger as is seen with most of its competitors. But if you can have this device powered for a day, then sacrificing 45 minutes or 2 hours at night shouldn’t be much of a deal-breaker.
Certainly, there’s nothing wrong with having a 4/6GB RAM device as it’s the standard for OEMs these days. My problem lies with the 64GB base storage which comes with the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Though you can get the 128GB variant for a few extra dollars, it’s high time Xiaomi up their game in this regard.
Thankfully, we’ve got an option for an SD card which should help cushion the effect of low storage options. With apps and games getting bigger each day, the need for more memory is now a concern for many.
So, you have an option to buy either;
- 4/64GB RAM
- 4/128GB RAM
- 6/64GB RAM
- 6/128G RAM
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with Android 10 based on MIUI 11 but can be upgraded to the latest MIUI. Asides from the nifty features and tweak you get, the UI is drab for me. Though a lot of privacy improvements have been added to MIUI 12, the presence of ADs on the different areas of the UI is a turn off for me.
Plus, you are welcomed with tons of bloatware apps. You get to uninstall some if you choose to, but the rest, you’ll have to disable from the settings. Everyone knows MIUI hasn’t been the best, and the tradition continues here. Some do believe that ADs in the UI enable Xiaomi to make money while selling their hardware at a cheaper rate.
Whatever the case may be, if you want a good software experience, then this isn’t a device for you. We only hope that Xiaomi, just like Samsung, improves on the MIUI.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a classic example of ‘performance meeting expectations’. Nothing is outstanding about this device’s performance. Xiaomi has mastered the art of a well-optimized software experience. The Snapdragon 720G is a big improvement from the previous MediaTek SoC used in the Note 8 Pro.
For heavy users and gamers, you’ll have no problems running your favorite apps and games here. This is especially true if you go for the 6GB RAM option even though both are enough. If you’d be using this as your daily driver for a long time, then it’s worth sacrificing a few bucks for the 6GB RAM option.
Price of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
When performance is paired alongside the price, Xiaomi is known for the best value for money. And not just on the Redmi Note 9 Pro, but on all its devices.
Here again, we’ve got a device that gives you so much for such an amazing price. So how much does the Redmi Note 9 Pro go for?
The global price of the phone is $229.
The price of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro in Nigeria is between 130,000 naira to 150,000 and the price in India is 19,000 rupees.
Where to buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro?
- Jumia.com: N147,000
- Konga.com: N130,000
- Flipkart.com: ₹19,000
- Banggood.com: $229
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NOTE: These are RRP and may likely vary from store to store.
CONCLUSION: The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Review
Despite fierce competition, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro still stands out amongst its peers. It’s a device with many good features that would have been better. But we can’t complain when we are getting so much for such an affordable price.
Just in case you need a better (though more expensive) Xiaomi phone rather than this Redmi Note 9 Pro, kindly check out the Xiaomi Mi 10T series, they’re good phones and great improvements to the Redmi series.
We’d love to hear from you, what do you think about this phone if you have it before or you’ll be buying it soon?