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Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 series could get OLED display, MediaTek chip in China

Xiaomi's Redmi Note 9 series for China could see upgrades in the form of an OLED display, new MediaTek chip and smaller battery.

twitter-logo Amritanshu Mukherjee   New Delhi     Last Updated: May 15, 2020  | 12:38 IST

Highlights

  • The Redmi Note 9 is expected to be a 5G device in China.
  • Xiaomi is expected to use a Dimensity 820 chipset for the Redmi Note 9 5G.
  • The Chinese model is also expected to use an OLED display.

This year's Redmi Note 9 series has brought substantial upgrades over the older model. The Redmi Note 9 Pro and its Max variant have gone high with cameras, fast charging and vast displays. Xiaomi, however, has different business strategies for individual markets and for its home market, i.e. China, it plans to go 5G for all its models. Hence, the Redmi Note 9 series for China is expected to see some China-specific upgrades and we have a hint of what it is going to be like.

A new Redmi device has been spotted on Chinese certification website Tenaa and based on the information it has to offer, it seems like the Chinese Redmi Note 9 Pro. Renders of the device show a design familiar to the Redmi Note 9 Pro in India but there are a couple of changes. The display appears to have a waterdrop-style notch instead of the punch-hole cutout found on the Indian model. This seems like a step back from the global model but it is not all bad news.

The listing mentions a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display that uses an OLED panel. This is a major upgrade from the LCD panel on the global model. Xiaomi is also using the OLED panel to its advantage by implementing an in-display fingerprint sensor. The aspect ratio stands at 20:9.

Since the Chinese model has to support 5G, Xiaomi is using a MediaTek Dimensity 800 series chipset, which is most likely going to be a Dimensity 820 chip. The Dimensity 820 is expected to be announced as an overclocked version of the Dimensity 800, retaining its 5G connectivity. Xiaomi is supposed to offer an option of 6GB and 8GB for the RAM along with options to choose between 64GB, 128GB and 256GB for the storage.

Since it is a Redmi Note device, the phone has a microSD card slot for expandable storage. Surprisingly, the battery capacity has been reduced to 4,420mAh, which is almost a 1,000mAh down from the 5020mAh found on the global models. Xiaomi is also going to bundle a 22.5W fast charger in the box.

The listing also mentions the camera on this device, with the main unit being a 48-megapixel camera and the front camera being a 16-megapixel unit.

Chances are that this could end up as the Redmi Note 9 for the Chinese market, given its smaller 6.5-inch footprint. If that is the case, the Chinese version could end up being more powerful than the global version, which uses a MediaTek Helio G85 chip. Xiaomi is expected to bring the Redmi Note 9 to India but which one of these devices becomes the Indian Redmi Note 9 is still a question.

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