News Redmi Note 9 Pro & 9 Pro Max introduced: With new CPU & 5.020 mAh battery

Today the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro Max were officially introduced in India. Even though it has been given the name “Max”, both models are the same size. This is probably intended to replace the Max series that has been tamped into the ground. Whether the mobile phones will be released as Global Version and what is with the “normal” Redmi Note 9 is not known yet. You can find all information in the text.

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) will be introduced in India on March 12th. It is not yet clear, however, whether this will also be the case everywhere else in the world. Does this follow in the footsteps of the Redmi Note 7, which ranks 8th among the most sold smartphones worldwide?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Teaser

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, however, rather reminds of a Huawei Mate 20, as the quad camera is centrally located in a square, with the flash underneath. Both models are available in the same three colorways: Glacier White, Interstellar Black and Aurora Blue. The fingerprint sensor is located on the right side.

Thanks to the new CPU really a beast

The Indian Xiaomi site already advertises with a Beast Processor, Beast Gaming and a Beast Charging. So we can already imagine that the Note 9 Pro will get the nickname 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.

In India the Redmi Note 9 Pro is available with 4 or 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64 or 128 GB UFS 2.1 mass storage. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is available with either 6 or 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM and also 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 at the same time. In addition there are dual-band ac-WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, a 3.5 mm jack and USB-C. There is no talk of NFC. Not all LTE bands are integrated in the Indian version, the frequency band is only available in a possible global version.

Quad camera & huge battery

Besides the processor, the camera is probably one of the most prominent features – in the truest sense of the word. Both versions are equipped with a quad camera. The Redmi Note 9 Pro uses a 48 megapixel main sensor with ƒ/1.7 aperture, an 8 megapixel ultra-wide angle camera with 119° shooting angle, a 5 MP macro sensor and a 2 MP portrait sensor. A 16 megapixel front camera sensor is used on the front.

In contrast, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max uses a 64 megapixel main sensor on the back. On the front, the number of megapixels is doubled: a whole 32 million pixels are supposed to ensure sharp selfies. The cameras are also protected by Gorilla glass in both models.

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 as large as never before in a Redmi Note device. One can hopefully look forward to almost 2.5 days runtime. The Redmi Note 9 Pro can be charged with 18W, the Note 9 Pro Max even with 33W! This is more power than the Xiaomi Mi 10.

Evaluation

Now Xiaomi really mixes it all: Samsung front camera, Apple name (Pro Max), although it’s not even bigger than the normal Pro, and the camera arrangement of the Huawei Mate 20, which leaves a rather insipid taste, even though we’re very happy about the new CPU and the large battery. The camera seems to be simply recycled from the last generation.

In India, the Redmi Note 9 Pro starts at $174, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max at $202. Depending on how much memory you take, it becomes accordingly expensive. If the two devices also come to us in this way, one will probably settle in the similar price segment as the current Redmi Note 8 Pro (approx. $220), the Pro Max would be even more expensive. But we are not yet talking about the normal Redmi Note 9.

Moreover, it is still unclear whether the mobile phone will come to China or Europe in this form. Xiaomi’s activities in India are again somewhat different, not every smartphone published there will reach the other markets in this way. However, the last two Redmi Note devices do, so we are confident.

What do you think of the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max?

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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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