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Redmi Note 9 vs Samsung Galaxy M21: A quick comparison of two budget smartphones

Ankita Chakravarti     July 20, 2020

Xiaomi has unveiled the Redmi Note 9 in India in an online-only event. The Redmi Note 9 is the third smartphone in the Note 9 series after the Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro. The smartphone has been priced at Rs 11,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, whereas the 6GB and 128GB variant is priced at Rs 14,999. At a similar price point, Samsung offers the Galaxy M21, which also provides similar specifications and features.

The Redmi Note 9 targets the budget audience and has been launched at a fairly competitive price. The same can be said about the Samsung Galaxy M21, which arrived in March this year.

So how does the newest offering by Xiaomi compares to the Samsung Galaxy M21? Let's take a quick look.

Redmi Note 9 vs Samsung Galaxy M21: Specifications

The Redmi Note 9 features a 6.53-inch full-HD+ display with a resolution of 1,080x2,340 pixels. It has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone is powered by octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 SoC which is paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128 GB.

The Samsung Galaxy M21, on the other hand, features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9611 chipset paired with up to 6GB of RAM.

In terms of battery, the Redmi Note 9 houses a 5,020mAh battery with support for 22W fast charging. It also supports 9W reverse charging. The Samsung Galaxy M21 houses a massive 6000mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging that ensures 3X speed as compared to the normal charging.

Redmi Note 9 vs Samsung Galaxy M21: Camera

The Redmi Note 9 sports a quad-camera setup on the rear which comprises a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-mega pixel depth sensor. On the front, the smartphone features a 13-megapixel camera for selfies.

The Samsung Galaxy M21 features a triple camera setup on the rear as opposed to Redmi Note 9's quad-camera setup. The camera module includes a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel lens, and a 5-megapixel lens. On the front, it features a 20 megapixel for selfies.

Redmi Note 9 vs Samsung Galaxy M21: Price

The Redmi Note 9 is priced at Rs 11,999 for the 4GB and 64 storage variant. For the 6GB and 128 storage variants, it costs Rs 14,999. There is also a 4GB and 128GB variant that hasn't received a price tag yet. It comes in three different color options including Aqua Green, Arctic White, and Pebble Grey. The Redmi Note 9 will go on sale in India via Amazon on July 24 at 12 noon.

Coming to the Samsung Galaxy M21, the smartphone has been around in the market for quite some time now. The Galaxy M21 is offered in two memory variants including the 4GB+64GB and the 6GB+128GB variants. The smartphone is available for Rs 13,999 for the 4GB/64GB variant while the 6GB+128GB variant costs Rs 15,999.

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