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Preview: The Redmi Note 9 Pro series

By ASHISH NARSALE
March 19, 2020 12:20 IST
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Ashish Narsale/Rediff.com gives you the lowdown on the latest Redmi phones in the market.

IMAGE: The Redmi Note 9 Pro series. All Photographs: Kind courtesy Mi.com
 

Xiaomi has launched new additions its popular Note series -- the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and Redmi Note Pro.

The Chinese phone giant is known to equip its smartphones with top-notch features and specifications while keeping the price lower than its competitors.

Let's find out how much of a challenge these two phones will offer the hotsellers in their bracket.

Design and Display

Both the phones measure 6.52” tall and 3.01” wide.

They have a 6.67” LCD screen with FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution.

The front camera is embedded in a small hole cut in the display that's located at the top centre; Xaiomi calls it the DOTDisplay.

Their in-front screen, curved back and quad camera setup in the rear are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The body is treated with P2i nano coating technology to protect it against accidental splashes of water. But I would not suggest relying too heavily on that since the coating will wear away with day-to-day usage.

The phones use a side mounted fingerprint sensor, a rather ergonomic thought.

IMAGE: The quad camera.

Camera

Both phones have a quad camera setup at the back.

The main camera in the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a 64MP sensor with an aperture of f/1.89, whereas the Redmi Note 9 Pro has a 48MP sensor camera with an aperture of f/1.79.

Both the main cameras use the four-in-one pixel binning technology to increase light sensitivity and take clearer pictures.

The remaining cameras in the quad setup are the same for both phones.

There is an 8MP sensor ultra-wide angle camera with a 119 degrees field of view (FOV) and f/2.2 aperture.

Next is the 5MP macro camera, with which one can shoot macro photo from as close as 2cm.

The last is the 2MP depth sensor camera for the background blur or bokeh effect in portraits photos.

For video, the cameras can shoot up to 4K at 30fps and slow motion up to 720p at 960fps.

The front camera on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has 32MP sensor, whereas the Redmi Note 9 Pro has a 16MP sensor.

IMAGE: The phones are available in Glacier White, Interstellar Black and Aurora Blue colours.

Hardware

The phones are embedded with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 720G System on Chip (SoC) built on 8 nm process technology; thus, it is expected to have good power efficiency.

The graphics are supported by the embedded Adreno 618 GPU that should play games like PUBG mobile, Arena of Valor, Shadow Fight 3, Asphalt 8: Airborne e.t.c smoothly at optimal settings.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is available in three RAM + ROM variants -- 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB -- priced at Rs 14,999, Rs 16,999 and Rs 18,999 respectively.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is available in two RAM + ROM variants -- 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB -- priced at Rs 12,999 and Rs 15,999 respectively.

In addition, the phones also support memory expansion via a dedicated memory card slot provided along with dual SIM slots.

And yes, they retain the 3.5mm audio port and the popular IR blaster sensor, which allows your phone to be used as a universal remote control.

Battery

The phones derive their power from the 5020mAh embedded battery.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max supports 33W fast charging whereas the Redmi Note 9 Pro supports a 18W fast charging via the Type-C port.

Verdict

There isn't much difference between Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and Redmi Note Pro except the cameras and charging capability of the phones.

If you are looking for a good camera phone with a great battery life and premium look, the Redmi Note 9 Pro series is worth the price.

 

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