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Redmi Note 9 vs Realme Narzo 10: Who has the best specifications for Rs 11,999?

The Redmi Note 9 has freshly been launched in India for Rs 11,999 but there is another candidate that is as much strong, in the specifications department.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | July 20, 2020 | Updated 14:00 IST


  • Redmi Note 9 has been launched in India for Rs 11,999.
  • It has a strong rival in the form of Realme Narzo 10, which sells for Rs 11,999.
  • Both the smartphones have nearly the same specifications.

Redmi Note 9 is the latest smartphone to have entered the crowded sub-Rs 15,000 market of India. The biggest appeal of the smartphone is the 48-megapixel quad-camera setup that will allow it to attack the rivals in the price segment. The competition to the Redmi Note 9 majorly includes the Realme Narzo 10, which was launched back in May. There are similarities between the two smartphones as many as there are differences, which will make it difficult for customers to choose between the two.

Both Redmi Note 9 and Realme Narzo 10 cost Rs 11,999, which means the comparison now depends on the specifications and design of the smartphones. They belong to the budget segment, which has other smartphones too with a similar sheet of specifications and rivals the Redmi Note 9 directly, but the Realme Narzo stands out for ticking the maximum number of boxes against the Redmi Note 9. We are going to compare the two smartphones so that you have a better understanding of which one you can go for when you are spending those Rs 11,999 on a smartphone.

Redmi Note 9 vs Realme Narzo 10

Display: The Redmi Note 9 has a 6.53-inch display with a Full-HD+ LCD display while the Narzo 10 has a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD display. The former's display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 while the Realme's phone has Gorilla Glass 3 shielding the display. The Narzo 10 touts a maximum brightness of 480 nits while the Redmi Note 9 can emit brightness as high as 450 nits. These units mean the Narzo 10 display can get brighter than the Redmi Note 9 display.

Processor: The Redmi Note 9 has an octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 processor while the Narzo 10 has a MediaTek Helio G80 processor. The Helio G85 has a 12-nanometre architecture using Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 cores -- same as what the Helio G80 has. There is a Mali-G52 GPU on both the smartphones, as well. So, theoretically, both processors are nearly the same specifications-wise and should not vary in terms of performance either.

Cameras: Both Redmi Note 9 and Realme Narzo 10 have a similar set of cameras, although with under-the-hood changes that might not result majorly in the real-world performance. Both have a 48-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultrawide sensor, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel fourth sensor -- with a B&W on the Narzo 10 and portrait mode capability on the Redmi Note 9. While we are yet to test out the Redmi Note 9 cameras, the Narzo 10 cameras performed really well for us and justify its price.

Battery: One of the most crucial (and bare-essential) features that you have to keep in mind before buying a phone is the battery life a smartphone offers. The Redmi Note 9 has a 5020mAh battery with 18W fast charging while the Narzo 10 has a 5000mAh battery with the same 18W fast charging. Both smartphones also support reverse charging, but its speed is 18W on Redmi Note 9. So, the Redmi Note 9 is better by a small margin in the battery department.

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