Thanks to its huge 6.67-inch display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and a long-lasting 5,020 mAh battery, the Redmi Note 9 Pro comes especially recommended as a multimedia smartphone. Two things in particular though should not bother you from the start: The size and weight of the handset. Even with large hands, it’s difficult to operate the borderless display using only one hand, and balancing the 209-gram device on your little finger isn’t a very pleasant experience, either. In view of the low price, a bit of finger acrobatics or a two-handed operation should be a reasonable trade-off though.
This is because you can buy the Note 9 Pro on the Internet at prices starting from €249.99 ($295). You are able to choose between various memory configurations with 64 GB or 128 GB of internal memory, and between the three colors: Glacier White, Interstellar Grey, and Tropical Green. For this review, the phone was made available in Tropical Green with 64 GB of internal storage.
6.67″ DotDisplay, 2400 x 1080 Pixel screen, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
CPU:Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G Octa-core 2*A77 2.2GHz + 6*A55 1.8GHz, GPU: Adreno 619
MIUI 12 (Base on Android 10 OS) , 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM
Dual Nano SIM card dual standby
Support 5G/4G/3G/GPS/dual-band Wifi/Bluetooth/Type-C/Side-Mounted Fingerprint Sensor/33W Fast Charging/NFC
2G GSM: B2/3/5/8
3G WCDMA: B1/2/5/8
4G FDD LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8, TDD LTE: B34/B38/B39/B40/B41
Redmi Note 9 Pro full Specification
Model: Redmi note 9 Pro 5G
Color: Lake Blue
|System||Operating System: MIUI 12 (Base on Android 10 OS)
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G Octa-core 2.3GHz, GPU: Adreno A618
Expandable Storage: 512GB
|Display||Screen Type: DotDisplay
Screen Size:6.67 inch
Screen Resolution:2400 x 1080 Pixel FHD screen
|Network||Wireless Connectivity: GSM, 3G, 4G, 5G, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth
2G GSM: B2/3/5/8
3G WCDMA: B1/2/5/8
4G FDD LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8, TDD LTE: B34/B38/B39/B40/B41
Bluetooth: Yes, 5.1
WiFi: Yes, a/b/g 2.4G / 5.0G WIFI
|Camera||Camera Type: One front Quad back
Quad Back Camera: 100.0MP 8.0MP 2.0MP 2.0MP
Front Camera: 16.0MP
Video Recording: Yes
|Connectivity||SIM Card Slot: Dual Nano SIM card dual standby
TF Card Slot: Yes
USB Slot: Type-C
Audio Output: Yes (Charging mouth interoperability)
|Media||Video Format: 3GP, MP4, RMVB
Audio Format: WAV, AMR, MP3
Image Format: GIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG
FM Radio: N/A
|Language||English, Traditional/Simplified Chinese|
|Sensor||Ambient light sensors, accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, indicator light, linear motor, infrared remote control, the rear light sensors, ultrasonic distance sensors|
|Additional Features||5G, WIFI, GPS, Bluetooth, Gesture Sensing, Smart Wake, Ebook, Email, Messaging, wallpapers, calendar, calculator, clock, camera, tethering & portable hotspot, Side-Mounted Fingerprint Sensor, fast charge, Type-C, OTA, NFC, etc|
|Battery||Battery Type: Lithium
Capacity: Built-in 4820mAh (Typ)
Standby Time: About 2~3 days
|Dimension & Weight (Main Product)||Dimension: 165.38 x 76.8 x 9.0mm
|Package Contents||1 × Phone
1 × Built-in Battery
1 × Type-C Cable
1 × Eject Pin
1 × Case
1 × User Manual
1 × Power Adapter
Equipment and performance
When the Redmi Note 9 Pro was released in the German market in May 2020, the OnePlus Nord and Pixel 4a were nothing but rumors. But even so, this Xiaomi smartphone stood out with a Snapdragon 720G processor, a full 6 GB of RAM, and a quad-camera setup. The equipment is adequate enough to keep the mid-range smartphone competitive even after a few months.
Because of the rather discreet scaling back in the processor and display departments compared to the Nord, Xiaomi shaved more than €100 and provides you with a trio of cameras – which are more than the Pixel 4a. Fast WLAN AC, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, and a quick charge function also make the Note 9 Pro a strong mid-range smartphone candidate. Armed with NFC, with which you can pay wirelessly via Google Play, and an IR blaster are also included. With the latter, the Note 9 Pro can be used as a remote control for your TV or various Xiaomi products.
Multitasking is also no problem for the Snapdragon 720G chipset. A YouTube video could be played parallel to other apps in the review without any jerkiness or long loading times. The Redmi Note 9 Pro makes use of its 6 GB of RAM, where the processor’s performance is supposed to be especially beneficial for the Xiaomi camera’s artificial intelligence.
The back of the Redmi Note 9 Pro is armed with a rather noticeable bulge that houses a quartet of cameras. The glass and plastic elements are located in the middle and are just wide enough so that the smartphone does not rock back and forth excessively whenever it is placed flat on its back on a table. Even more interesting is this: what is inside the camera has proven to be rather impressive in terms of results and characteristics.
Redmi Note 9 Pro – Camera equipment
|Main camera||Ultra wide-angle||Macro camera||depth sensor|
|Resolution||64 megapixels||8 megapixels||5 megapixels||2 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/1,72 inch||1/4 inch||1/5 inch||1/5 inch|
|Lens elements||6||5||not reported||not reported|
|Field of vision / focal length||79.8 degrees||119 degrees||not reported||not reported|
The Redmi Note 9 Pro masters the interaction of its four cameras extremely well. I especially liked the clearly arranged and noble camera app, which shines with many clever details. If you hold your mobile phone with the camera pointing downwards, for example, an arrow shows you the current orientation. With modes for AI photography, 64 megapixels, night photography, panoramic photos, and a very extensive professional mode, Xiaomi provides everything that belongs in a current camera smartphone.
With its 5,020 mAh capacity, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro’s battery capacity is larger than that of some tablets. This provides for an all-day action device in real-life usage, and then some. The manufacturer itself states this with up to 33 hours for calls, up to 16 hours for navigation, and up to 13 hours for gaming. All of those claimed results do seem realistic in practice.
In daily use, you seldom drive for 15 ½ hours from Berlin to Rome on a single full battery, and with this large battery, you can basically go for broke. If you charge the phone every night, you should not have any problems with a dead battery during the entire next day. If you are on the road for two days, you can use the phone for two days while exercising caution. Xiaomi includes a 30-watt power supply with a quick-charging function for the large battery. In our review, the smartphone recharged by up to 50 percent within a matter of 20 minutes. This is especially useful for everyday use just in case you happen to be a heavy phone user for that particular day.
No IP certification
With the great workmanship, I was a little surprised that the Note 9 Pro does not come with any IP certification. Hence, it is not guaranteed that dust and water will not penetrate the smartphone in your daily use. This is possibly due to the 3.5 mm headphone port, which is always a hurdle for manufacturers when it comes to sealing it against water and dust. However, the lack of protection against water and dust is not uncommon in the price range.
Even the considerably more expensive OnePlus Nord only grants protection against light rain and no IP certification. As the workmanship of the Redmi Note 9 Pro is rather high for its price point, I personally would have no qualms about taking a call in the rain – although I would not do so in the middle of a thunderstorm.
What is very disappointing in this smartphone that is almost perfect for multimedia applications would be the miserable mono loudspeaker. This speaker fires a very flat sound out of the smartphone’s bottom segment through five cut-out circles that are located in the bottom right corner of the smartphone’s housing. Thereby, this smartphone is lacking in its audio capability, especially when it comes to bass and clarity in the treble range. For system cues and ringtones, this is wholly sufficient, but with music, there is simply no atmosphere. To rub salt into the wound, the sound quality of YouTube videos and mobile games is even lower.
It is the placement of the loudspeaker that becomes a real pain. Horizontally, you could always cover the recesses on the bottom with the palm of your hand and then the volume decreases by about 80 percent. As a solution, you have to hold the heavy smartphone in uncomfortable positions or connect it via Bluetooth to speakers or headphones.
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With the Redmi Note 9 Pro, Xiaomi proves that the manufacturer already has a lot of experience in the mid-range segment. The return to an LCD display with only a 60 Hertz refresh rate and the use of a somewhat older processor reduces cost without customers being confronted with serious stumbling blocks. Mobile games run satisfactorily and with a few halos on the bright LCD screen, most customers will be able to live with its shortcomings.
It is nice to note that Xiaomi has invested the saved production costs into useful features. A huge battery and a camera system that can deliver decent results with any lens are far more useful in everyday life compared to a display with a 120 Hz refresh rate or a certain coolness factor that includes a seamless plastic housing.