Redmi Note 9 Pro 128 GB; a review

2020 has been a year packed with back-to-back Redmi smartphone launches. Right from Redmi K30 and K30 Pro to Redmi Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max, we have seen the Xiaomi phones in a new light. The Redmi Note series is quite known for its smooth performance, long-lasting battery life and a dynamic display that makes tasks easy with the large screen. 

If buying a smartphone containing high-end features within a limited budget ever been your wish, Redmi Note 9 Pro can fulfil it to a certain extent. As of today, we are well aware that apart from Redmi Note 9 Pro, the advanced version of Redmi Note 9 Pro Max serves a better function. So, would it be a wise choice to buy Pro over Max; or maybe not? This article briefly puts forth the Plus points and Drawbacks of Redmi Note 9 Pro and its worth for the money you pay. 

Redmi Note 9 Pro overview

The two 128 GB variants are available with 4 GB and 6 GB RAM and come in an array of stunning colours like Champagne Gold, Aurora Blue, Glacier White and Interstellar Black. A 6.67 inch FHD+ Dot Display, a powerful 5020mAh Battery powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 G Octa-Core processor make this mid-end smartphone an amazing device. Not to forget the 48MP AI Quad camera that captures the detail and beauty in each frame. 

Note 9 pro has been praised for its battery life that supports hours of gaming and usage. Performance and Camera are fairly good. When compared to Redmi Note 9, Note 9 Pro is slightly larger and heavier. Note 9 comes with a mediate Helio G85 unit while pro comes with a Snapdragon 720 G unit which has better CPU architecture and clock speed. Camera, resolution and some minor features also vary in these models. 

Specifications 

Redmi Note 9 Pro has a C type charging Port. This device comes with a 5th generation AI engine that enhances features of smart camera, video and audio, and AI-enabled gaming experience. 

PriceRs. 16,999
Battery5020mAh
RAM4 / 6 GB
Storage128 GB
Front Camera16 MP
Rear Camera48 + 8 + 5 + 2 + 2 MP
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 720G
OSMIUI 11
Display6.67 inch FHD+
Resolution1080 x 2400
Weight209 grams
Sim slotsSupports dual sim. Triple slot tray

The Plus Points

  • The fingerprint sensor mounted at the side edge of the smartphone steals the design spotlight. 
  • 18 W Fast charging makes phone use for longer hours possible only by charging it for a short span. 
  • The Triple Corning Gorilla Glass has made possible an 80% of no-damage rate when dropped from a height of 1.60 metres. 
  • While most standard phones are on the verge of excluding the 3.5mm audio jack, this series retains it. 
  • The P2i splash-proof nano-coating makes the phone free from spill and splash damage. 
  • A whopping 512 GB expandable storage facility can help you make the phone a real storehouse of all your memories, files and documents.

Along with these little special points about the device, its design and camera need special mention. 

Design

This model brings with an inherent sense of symmetry and something named as the ‘Aura Balance design’. Smooth edges, blend of fashion and functionality, and premium feel are the start points. Imagine an Aurora blue phone with a glass front and back and the brilliant reflection of light off its surface. Yes, that’s kind of Aura that the phone speaks of. As good as the style factor is, so also is the safety factor, owing to the better version of Corning glass. The rear quad camera is placed top-centrally, with the flash placed symmetrically below the camera, in the centre. 

Camera

The Camera features like Slow-motion recording, and clarity for video recordings are developed specifically for video content creators. The Night camera and Autofocus are other best features. The wide-angle and standard set of quad cameras help you capture nooks and corners of each frame in great detail with the background blur, studio lighting and pro mode.

The Drawbacks

  • Overheating with a few minutes of usage was noted in a few devices.
  • Phone lagging was reported after only a few hours of usage and gaming. 

It is interesting to note that Design and Camera have components of advantages and disadvantages in them. 

Design

While the overall appearance of the model is pretty good, this phone is bulky, weighing around 209 grams, and is wide and long making it slightly inconvenient for single-handed use. 

Camera

The lenses and sensors have great functionality. But the software component could let you down. Things like artificial beautification, exposure, tones, and captures in low-light scenes are not up to the mark, although certain of these things can be manipulated through manual settings. 

Final Points 

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max when compared to Redmi Note 9 Pro, has nearly the same specifications but with higher Megapixel Rear and Front cameras, and some better integrated minute working features. Moreover, the cost difference between these two models is merely a thousand or two. At that rate, Redmi Note 9 Pro is the better deal. Online shopping portals have started the open sale of this model as of 17th September 2020, and customers no longer need to wait for the weekly flash sales to purchase the device. 

For those looking for a cheaper deal, wait for a little until this model is out for sale in the refurbished market, and grab deals at low costs!


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