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Redmi Note 9 Pro Global Version now available for $279.99

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is now available in the first shops. At the moment you can get the smartphone with 6/64 GB for $279.99 at Geekbuying. The larger 6/128 GB version costs $326.99. Unlike the Note 9S, the Note 9 Pro has NFC, 30W charging instead of 18W and a 64 MP main sensor on the camera.

The probably most popular smartphone series from Xiaomi is getting a new generation. After the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro, the new Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has already been introduced in India and is now following for the global market. What are the differences to the already released Redmi Note 9S? Does this follow in the footsteps of the popular Redmi Note 8 Pro?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Teaser

Technical data

Display 6,67″ IPS LC-Display with 2400 x 1080p, Gorilla glass 5
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Octa-Core @2.3 GHz
Graphics chip Qualcomm Adreno 618
Working memory 6 GB
Internal memory 64/128 GB
Main camera 64 MP + 8 MP wide angle + 2 MP depth sensor + 5 MP macro camera
Front camera 16 MP
Battery 5.020 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 30W, 33W charger included
Connectivity LTE Band 1,3,5,7,8,20, WLAN AC, GPS/GLONASS/BDS, Bluetooth 5, Dual SIM, NFC
Features Fingerprint Sensor | USB Type-C | Face Unlock | Headphone Jack | IR-Blaster
Operating system MIUI 11, Android 10
Dimensions / Weight

Xiaomi mixes Apple, Samsung & Huawei

Even though Xiaomi claims that the Redmi Note 9 Pro and 9 Pro Max have the largest display in the Redmi range, both models have to share this space with the Redmi K30. A 6.67 inch display is also used in the Note devices, although both models fortunately have a Full HD+ resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. Redmi relies on an LC display, i.e. an IPS panel with a brightness of 450 nit. The panel is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

The Redmi Note series is not particularly innovative and generally uses the latest mainstream design. Thus, this generation is oriented towards Samsung and uses the same central hole punch notch that is also found in the Samsung Galaxy A51, for example.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro unfortunately doesn’t have an official IP rating, but seems to be protected against splash water.

The rear side reminds more of a Huawei Mate 20 or even the Redmi Note 9S. The quad camera is in fact centrally located in a square, underneath which is the flash. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is available in three colorways: Glacier White, Interstellar Black and Tropical Green. Contrary to the Indian version, the back is a little different here. The lower part has a different structure and is almost “hatched”, which gives a better grip.

The fingerprint sensor finds its place on the right side and also serves as a power button, similar to the Honor 9X Pro.

Redmi Note 9 Pro fingerprint sensor

Thanks to the new CPU really a beast

As previously suspected, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 processor is plugged onto the board. The Octa-Core CPU offers a lot of power and consists of a dual-core cluster with 2.3 GHz clock frequency and a 1.8 GHz hexa-core cluster. It is located in the upper midrange and should make a clear performance difference to the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The processor is also located in the Realme 6 Pro and is used here for both models.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is available with 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM and either 64 or 128 GB UFS 2.1 mass storage. The internal memory can be expanded by microSD card.

For this purpose Redmi uses a Dual-SIM slot plus memory expansion. So two Nano-SIM cards and one microSD card can be used simultaneously. In addition there are Dual-Band ac-WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, a 3.5 mm jack and USB-C. Unlike the Redmi Note 9S, the Pro version is also equipped with NFC. Like almost every Xiaomi smartphone, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is also equipped with the MIUI 11 operating system.

Quad camera & huge battery

Next to the processor, the camera is probably one of the – in the truest sense of the word – outstanding features. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is equipped with a quad camera. It uses a 64 megapixel main sensor with ƒ/1.7 aperture, an 8 megapixel ultra-wide angle camera with 119° angle of view, a 5 MP macro sensor and a 2 MP portrait sensor. A 16 megapixel front camera sensor is used on the front. Except for the main sensor, this is the same equipment as in the Redmi Note 9S.

But the most important criterion of the Redmi Note series is probably the battery. With a capacity of 5,020 mAh, it turns out to be bigger than ever before in a Redmi Note device. One can hopefully look forward to a runtime of almost 2.5 days. While the Redmi Note 9S charges with 18W, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max even charges with 30W! There is even a 33W charger included.

Evaluation

There are few, but partly decisive differences between the Redmi Note 9S and the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Since the same CPU is used in both devices, the difference is even smaller. While you can probably ignore the difference between 64 and 48 MP main sensor, integrated NFC and faster 30W charging may be more important differences.

This could also have been integrated into the Redmi Note 9S, minimizing the confusion. In the midrange, however, it will be difficult for the competition to top this hardware for the price.

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My special interests are smartphones from China and I am always keen to discover new smartphone accessories like smartwatches and headphones. 

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    07.04.20 um 14:49

    Mia

    Wow when I thought I seen everything, this beauty come in to play. Amazing

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