Today, Redmi in an online event launched its budget Redmi Note 9 Globally alongside the Redmi Note 9S, which is essentially (Note 9 Pro) in India & Note 9 Pro, which is (Note 9 Pro Max) in India, so don’t get confused by the change of names (Different market different names).
Redmi Note 9 is the successor of last year’s Redmi Note 8. Though the regular Note 9 did not launch alongside the Note 9, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in Indian market but it launched globally today, interesting nonetheless.
Redmi Note 9 shares the same design language as Redmi Note 9S, Note 9 Pro but there are some differences, first being the Punch-hole placement, which has shifted to top left corner of the display instead of in centre in the case of its other siblings, second being the fingerprint sensor which has now shifted to the back of the device just below the rear cameras instead of the side on the other two Note devices and the third being that the handset has a polycarbonate back instead of glass.
As for the specs, Note 9 features a 6.53 inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The device is the World’s first phone to be powered by MediaTek Helio G85 as the name shows this SOC falls between G80 & G90 in terms of performance and there’s a 21% increase in performance compared to Note 8’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 665. Redmi Note 9 Global is coupled with 3/4GB RAM & 64/128GB of internal storage. Runs on MIUI 11 on top of Android 10 and there’s a dedicated MicroSD card slot. The handset comes in three colour options – Forest Green, Polar White and Midnight Gray.
Talking about the cameras, Redmi Note 9 has Quad rear camera setup at the back includes a 48MP Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor, a secondary 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lense & 2MP depth sensor and there’s a 13MP camera at the front.
The handset has a 5020mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, which is the same as the other two Note devices though there’s 22.5W charger in the box and has NFC which is only available in the global market but not in the markets like India.