The mid-range category in 2020 witnessed some amazing devices and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 happens to be one of them. With less than $200, you get a smartphone that screams flagship in certain departments.
Xiaomi is becoming stronger and unstoppable, the recent smartphones from the company prove that.
Among the Xiaomi smartphones that are making waves is the Redmi 9 series which we are going to check right here. Before the review, below are the specifications;
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Main Specs
- Android 10.0; MIUI 11
- 3GB RAM or 4GB RAM
- 6.53-inches IPS LCD Display, 1080 x 2340 pixels (395 ppi)
- MediaTek Helio G85 Processor
- Fast Charging (18W Capacity)
- 64GB / 128GB Built-in Storage, with Micro-SD Support
- 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Quad Rear Camera
- 13MP Front Camera
- 5020mAh Non-Removable Li-Po Battery
- Fingerprint Sensor (Rear-Mounted)
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Review
We begin our review with the camera on the Redmi 9 which of course isn’t the best camera setup out there. But for the price you’re paying, it truly is a decent camera.
Starting from the back, we’ve got a quad camera setup. In the main array (from top to bottom) we’ve got the 13MP main lens with an aperture of f/2.2, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 5MP macro lens, and a 2MP shooter just above the flashlight for depth sensing.
The back camera on the Redmi Note 9 is capable of 1080P video recording at 30FPS. And on the front, it’s an 8MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.0 which shoots 1080P videos at 30FPS.
The camera app on the Redmi 9 does come with some cool features. You get HDR on both sides (front and back) plus other modes. The back gives you different shooting modes from macro to bokeh, portrait, and even pro mode for more control.
Pictures do come out great on the 13MP lens. Color reproduction is pretty natural and not too washed out or oversaturated. It is important to note that you can only get good shots in a well-lit environment. There’s no night mode of any kind on the Redmi 9 and low-light shots don’t come out great.
You’ve got to love the ergonomics on the Redmi 9. From the front to the back, you’ve got a beautiful looking device. It’s an all-plastic build with a full-HD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
It comes with a water drop notch which is obtrusive especially during media consumption. But it can be turned off in the settings but this would give the device a weird look. The display on the Redmi Note 9 is a full-HD IPS panel with 400-nits of brightness which isn’t the brightest outdoors.
Unlike most smartphones in the market today, Xiaomi has managed to keep the camera bump level with the back. The lack of protrusion means this device should lie pretty flat on a surface without bumping.
The bottom of the Redmi 9 sees a single firing stereo speaker, the 3.5mm headphone jack, the USB-C port, and the microphone. Overall, this is a good design and some have likened this to the Redmi K30. What do you think?
Unto to battery and I dare say that this is a battery champ for me. One thing you’ve got to love Xiaomi for is that they give lots of features and slam a huge battery to help you fully enjoy these features. And on the Redmi 9, we’ve got a 5020mAh lithium-polymer cell.
I don’t know what the extra 20mAh is for so we can still call this a 5000mAh battery. Now depending on how you use your smartphone, this device should last you a day with a little juice left before charging. Or, you could still get roughly two days if you’re a mild user.
Running heavy games and apps constantly won’t last you for 24 hours. But the device does have an endurance rating of 131 hours which is pretty standard for 5000mAh batteries.
In the box of this device, you get a 10W charger which gets this device to full charge in just over 2 hours and 30 minutes. It however supports 18W fast charging which should give you a 100% in just over 2 hours. Using the Redmi 9 will give you fewer worries when it comes to battery. And yes, it comes with a USB-A to USB-C cable!
Depending on your needs, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 comes in four storage options to suit varying users. They range from the 3GB RAM 32GB ROM variant to the 4GB RAM 64GB variant, and also a 4GB RAM 128GB variant. There’s also a much bigger 6GB RAM 128GB ROM variant for heavy users.
As you should know, they all come at different prices and can still be expanded through an SD card. I’ll recommend two options out of the four. The 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM and the 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM. Both seem a better deal for me in terms of price.
But if you’re on a budget and still want to enjoy the Redmi 9, you’ve got the 32GB ROM variant that comes with 3GB of RAM. Whatever you go for, you should be able to run several apps in the background but expect a slightly different performance from the different variants here.
Many Android users have fallen in love with Xiaomi’s MIUI interface while others still prefer stock Android. What say you? You like the MIUI or you prefer the clean and bloatware-free stock Android, or perhaps you prefer other skins? Let’s hear from you in the comments.
Now on the Redmi 9, we’ve got the Android 10 running on MIUI 11 but expect an upgrade to the latest MIUI 12. You get all the experience of Xiaomi’s custom skin on the 9. You’ve got a system-wide dark mode which is becoming a thing among smartphones these days.
You do get some bloatware for sure. But they can be uninstalled which should free up some space. Android 10 + MIUI seems a good combo but we are still unsure if a “mid-range” Xiaomi device would get an upgrade to the latest Android 11. We never can tell at this point, but until that happens, you’ve got to settle with the 10.
When it comes to performance, I’ll say the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 performs very very good for the price. Its 12nm MediaTek Helio G80 chipset makes this device pretty fast. With a 60Hz refresh rate, going between apps and everyday navigation is okay.
The Octa-core chip which is clocked at 2.0-GHz plus the Mali-G25 GPU makes this device suitable for heavy gaming. You get a similar experience as that of the Snapdragon 660 on here.
On the base model, you can play high graphics games like PUGB and Call of Duty smoothly at medium settings. The full-HD display allows you to choose ‘smooth’ on PUBG. Since it’s a plastic back, meaning the device should get a little warm when gaming.
It’s a decent overall performance from a decent smartphone.
Some additional features that make this device much better and feature-packed. Just so you know, it comes in three colors: Sunset Purple, Carbon Gray, Ocean Green.
The NFC feature which is reserved for mostly flagships has been included in this iteration of the Xiaomi smartphone. This should come in handy especially with the touch to pay.
You also get an IR blaster (Infrared blaster) on the top of this device to use as a TV remote control. There’s no IP certification here so no water/dust proofing. But you can get a pouch or put ON the default case that comes with this device.
PRICE of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
When performance is paired alongside the price, Xiaomi is known for the best value for money. And not just on the Redmi 9, 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 go for?
- 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM ~ $129/N51,000
- 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM ~ $149/N59,000
- 4GB RAM + 128GB ROM ~ $159/N63,000
- 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM ~ $169/N67,000
PS: These are RRP and may likely vary from store to store. And these prices are not for Pro versions.
Where to Buy Xiaomi Redmi 9 Product
If you’re in Nigeria, you can buy Xiaomi Redmi 9 from Jumia, Slot.Ng or konga or any retail store near you. (Check offers for Redmi 9 series on JUMIA)
If you’re in India, China or any other country, you can get Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 from Aliexpress, Banggood or eBay.
I’ll wrap this up by saying that the Redmi 9 isn’t for everyone. Sure, it does pack lots of features here and there but it still lacks in some departments. If you want much better performance, there are other smartphones to check out.
However, you get absolute value for the money you’re paying here and that’s all that matters.
Definitely, Xiaomi Redmi 9 Pro is the best option for you, if you’re a big phone user like me. Watch out for the review.
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