- The Redmi Note 9 Pro starts from Rs 12,999 in India.
- The Note 9 Pro gets a massive upgrade in battery, chipset and display.
- Xiaomi is using the 48-megapixel Samsung GW2 sensor on the Note 9 Pro.
The world is braving the coronavirus epidemic but for smartphone lovers, the world hasn't shut down. Last week, Xiaomi launched its newer Redmi Note 9 series in India and unlike before, the company brought out the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. Both these phones are massive upgrades compared to the Redmi Note 8 series phones from a few months ago, with promising improvements in the camera and battery sections. However, the Redmi Note 9 Pro has gone on sale today for the first time.
As with all Redmi Note series devices, you can expect the phone to be sold out within minutes and getting your hands-on on a new unit might be a struggle for the next few months. Even though the Max is where Xiaomi has given all the bells and whistles, the Pro is the one which is more accessible to everyone and will more likely make better sense for the value-conscious buyers.
Xiaomi has put up two variants on sale in India. The base variant now comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and it will cost you Rs 12,999. The top-end variant gets 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and it will set you back by Rs 15,999. Xiaomi is currently putting up all the colour variants for sale.
Although you have the specifications available everywhere, you would want to know more about it before you buy it. Since we are using the Redmi Note 9 Pro for a few days, we can tell you a few things about this phone.
Redmi Note 9 Pro: 5 things to know before you buy it
-The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a massive phone by every means and most of that has to do with the big display. The Redmi Note 9 Pro gets a massive 6.67-inch IPS LCD display with 1080p resolution. Xiaomi has got rid of the notch and gone for a punch-hole cutout to place the selfie camera in its rightful position. The display is bright and vivid but sunlight legibility isn't great. The 20:9 aspect ratio makes the big display slightly easier to fit in hands.
-Another massive upgrade that comes to the Redmi Note series with this phone is the battery capacity. The Note 9 Pro gets a 5020mAh battery, which is the biggest battery Xiaomi has put in a Redmi Note device. Xiaomi promises up to two days of battery life in our usage so far, the phone goes along for two days on moderate usage involving texting, YouTube streaming, photography and music streaming. With gaming, you can expect the battery life to drop slightly.
-The new Snapdragon 720G chipset is closer to the Snapdragon 730G in real-world performance. In everyday usage, the phone doesn't show signs of lag or stutter. Xiaomi's MIUI 11 has been optimised well to keep the processes smooth. Graphics intensive games such as PUBG MOBILE and Call of Duty Mobile are also expected to run in high graphics.
-The camera performance has improved noticeably over the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The 48-megapixel main camera looks like a downgrade on paper but this is the newer Samsung GW2 sensor and it is said to capture colours better. In our usage so far, the camera has managed to put on a good show, with improved low light performance and better clarity as well as dynamic range in daylight. Hence, you get more colourful and clear pictures. The new 5-megapixel macro camera also churns out more useable pictures.
-Xiaomi has made some qualitative improvements across the board. There's a Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and back. The vibration motor has been upgraded too and that has improved the haptics massively. However, it's still not on par with what you experience on a OnePlus or iPhone.