Just one week after the Realme 6 series went on sale, its arch rival Xiaomi today updated the Redmi Note portfolio. In India, the Redmi Note 9 Pro was introduced at an online-only event. The device is the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s replacement. A centre punch-hole display, square camera bump, latest Snapdragon 700-series CPU, and a sizable battery are some of its highlights.
Redmi Note 9 Pro: Specs and Features
The Redmi Note 9 Pro maintains its Aura design ethos but streamlines things a little with the Aura Balance design on board this smartphone. You’ll receive a plain, gleaming rear panel with Gorilla Glass 5 protection and little else. The square camera module and LED flash are now housed in a new rectangle configuration. Because of the enormous square camera bump, the smartphone will undoubtedly rock on the table. On the side, there is a physical fingerprint sensor that also serves as the power button.
Regarding the front, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is the first Redmi phone to be sold in India with a punch-hole cutout. It has a Gorilla Glass 5 protected 6.67-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD panel with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. Now, one feature that we would have liked to have seen on the Note 9 Pro instead of a typical 60Hz panel is a faster refresh rate display. You do receive a 120Hz touch sampling rate, which is acceptable.
The second smartphone to debut in India with the new Snapdragon 720G CPU is the Redmi Note 9 Pro. If you’re curious how the Snapdragon 720G compares to the Snapdragon 730G, you can read all about it right here. Its opponent, the Realme 6 Pro, was the first.
The SoC is coupled with up to 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage, the latter of which may be increased to 512GB using the built-in microSD card slot. The Redmi Note 9 Pro ships with MIUI 11, an Android 10-based operating system.
The decrease from a 64MP primary sensor to a 48MP primary sensor is one of the Redmi Note 9 Pro’s most unexpected adjustments for users. Yes, the quad-camera system on the Note 9 Pro is powered by a brand-new 48MP (f/1.79) Samsung ISOCELL GM2 sensor. It includes a 2MP depth sensor, a 5P macro lens with autofocus, and an 8MP ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field of view.
Your selfie demands should be met by the 16MP camera located in the centred punch-hole cutout. Numerous new camera capabilities are included, such as Night mode 2.0, 1080p macro films, Movie mode, slow-motion selfie, and Pro colour mode (same as Realme s Chroma Boost offers vivid saturation and high contrast). The Pro camera mode has received an upgrade and can now shoot LOG video at up to 4K resolution at 30 frames per second with histogram and focus and exposure peaking.
A large 5,020mAh battery and an 18W fast-charger are included with the Redmi Note 9 Pro. A single bottom-firing speaker, a 3.5mm audio connector, and a USB Type-C connection are all present on the gadget. Additionally, it comes pre-configured to support Bluetooth 5.0, NavIC, and 802.11/ac (Wi-Fi 5).
Price and Availability
The base 4GB+64GB Redmi Note 9 Pro variant is priced at Rs. 12,999, while the 6GB+128GB variant is priced at Rs. 15,999. Three lovely colour options—Aurora Blue, Glacier White, and Interstellar Black—will be offered for it.
The smartphone will only be available for purchase on Amazon and the Mi website beginning on March 17. They are additionally available offline at Mi Home and Mi Studio locations.