Redmi has finally unveiled its much-awaited Note 9 series in India. This time there’s a change in strategy as Xiaomi did not launch the Redmi Note 9 instead we saw the Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. Traditionally it has been the standard Note & Note Pro phones which now has been replaced by Pro Max branded phone. A first for a Redmi Note series.
Redmi Note 9 Pro & Note 9 Pro Max Design & Specifications.
When it comes to design both the phones follow the same design language, there’s no difference between the two. Xiaomi calls this Aura Balance design, FYI this Aura design was first introduced with Redmi K20 series. Anyway, there’s a punch-hole display with a single selfie camera in the middle, a noticeable chin at the bottom, IR blaster, secondary mic at the top, volume rockers on the left & fingerprint scanner which doubles as a power button on the right & USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack & speaker grill at the bottom.
On the rear, both the devices share the same Square camera module in the middle which houses the quad rear camera setup with a LED flash & there’s the Redmi logo at the bottom. Both the phones have triple-layer Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front, back & on the square-shaped quad-camera module. Also, both thee phones come with P2i splash-proof nano-coating so normal splashes arent gonna hurt much. Moreover, both the phones have a plastic back, not glass.
Now on to the specifications, both the Redmi Note 9, Note 9 Pro Max feature the same 6.67 inch LCD panel with 20:9 aspect ratio & FullHD+ resolution though it comes with standard 60Hz refresh rate which is a bummer as a lot of people were expecting a 90Hz refresh rate, well in the case of “Pro Max” to say the least since recently launched Realme 6 series comes with it. Anyway, both the phone’s font & back are protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
Under the hood, both the handsets are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset & Adreno 618 GPU. Redmi Note 9 is coupled with 4/6GB RAM & 64/128GB internal storage while the Note 9 Pro Max features a 6/8GB RAM & 64/128GB internal storage additionally both the phones have a triple Card slot, 2 Sims and a MicroSD card. Runs on Miui 11 based on Android 10, both the phones come in same three colour options – Aurora Blue, Glacier White and Interstellar Black.
The cameras, though both the Redmi Note 9, Note 9 Pro Max have the same square housing quad-camera setup, the biggest difference between the quad rear cameras is the primary lens and rest of the three camera lens are the same. So the Note 9 Pro has a primary 48MP camera with Samsung GM2 sensor with f/1.79 aperture, a secondary 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 119-degree FOV and an f/2.2 aperture, a 5MP macro lens and finally a 2MP depth for portraits.
On the other hand, Note 9 Pro Max has a primary 64MP camera with Samsung GW1 sensor, a secondary 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 119-degree FOV and an f/2.2 aperture, a 5MP macro lens and finally a 2MP depth for portraits. On the front, Redmi Note 9 Pro has 16MP shooter while the Pro Max features a 32MP selfie shooter.
While both the handsets share the same 5020 battery capacity the difference comes in terms of charging speeds yes, that’s correct as the Note 9 Pro comes with 18W fast charger in the box and on the other hand the Pro Max comes with a 33W fast charger in the box.
Redmi Note 9 Pro & Note 9 Pro Max: Price & Availability.
Note 9 Pro with 4GB/64GB storage variant is priced at RS. 12,999 while the 6GB/128GB storage variant is priced at RS. 15,999. The phone will go on the first sale on the 17th March on Amazon India, Mi.com and discounts & offers will be revealed on 16th March.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max with 6/128GB storage variant is priced at 14,999, the 6GB/128GB storage variant is priced at RS. 16,999 and the top end 8GB/128GB is priced at RS. 18,999. The first sale is on 25th march on Amazon India and Mi.com.