Today, we are going to evaluate Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro for you and talk about our experiences. When we reviewed the Redmi Note 8 Pro last year, we said it was the best price/performance model of that period. Redmi Note 8 Pro, which offers extremely ambitious features for its price, is still a more remarkable model, but of course there are newer models now. One of them is now Note 9 Pro. Of course, many things in Note 9 Pro are revamped, but some things have taken over from its predecessor as well. Now what are these, let’s start to examine more closely.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Design
Redmi Note 9 Pro is a phone that looks beautiful with its design. A split design has been made on the back surface. While the upper part is covered with a solid color, we see that an embroidered pattern is preferred at the bottom. On the phone, where the Aurora design concept continues, the back surface is completely made of glass and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. This protection is also present in the predecessor model, so no progress has been made in this regard. On the other hand, let’s say that the edges of the phone are also in the door form with a plastic frame.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Camera Area
The most striking change in design in the phone is in the camera area. Although the camera is also in the middle of the Note 8 Pro, it is positioned vertically. On this phone, a square camera setup has been made. However, don’t expect big changes in the cameras themselves as we’ll talk about that shortly.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Fingerprint Sensor
Another change in the design is in the fingerprint sensor. In Note 9 Pro, the fingerprint sensor is combined with the power button on the edge. I think this change is very positive. Because while looking for fingerprints in Note 8 Pro, you could contaminate the cameras. Now there is no such problem, and it is much easier to locate it. Also, let’s say we liked the sensor’s response time very much. You can open the lock very quickly. By the way, face recognition feature is also available on the phone as another security method. Let us say that it also successfully works under low light. Of course, not the fastest, but it can recognize your face as quickly as possible.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Weight
We liked the design of Redmi Note 9 Pro in general. It balances well in the hand and looks good. In the body where curved lines are used towards the edges, the thickness is still at the level of 8.8 mm, while the phone is a little heavier. We have to say that we find the phone weighing 209 grams which is a little heavy.
When we look around the phone, at the bottom there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB-C port, and a speaker frame. The phone does not have a stereo speaker again so you can only get sound from the bottom. The loudspeaker produces relatively loud sound and can reach maximum volume level without distortion. This makes it suitable for occasional video and music playback. If you want to connect wireless headphones, the Bluetooth 5 support on the phone comes to your aid.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Dual Sim Card Support
Note 9 Pro has dual SIM card support. There is also a place for a microSD card in the slot. So, you can use both your lines and your microSD card at the same time.
On the phone with the infrared sensor on the upper edge, you can see the volume buttons on the right.
Screen Features of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a phone that cannot be put on its predecessor, except for the screen size. The screen size is 6.67 inches, while the resolution is 1080×2400 pixels. This resolution is quite common among mid-range phones. Accordingly, the 395 ppi pixel density is preserved as in the predecessor model and the panel is also in the form of an IPS LCD.
I have to say that the screen of the phone is very bright. The screen brightness, which can reach an average of 570 nits, makes the phone very suitable for outdoor use.
In the meantime, while the front camera is located on the screen in the form of a drop notch on the Redmi Note 8 Pro, we see that in this model camera is used as a hole on the screen.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Features
The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with the current Android 10 operating system and uses the MIUI 11 interface. The processor in the phone is also renewed. The processor of the Redmi Note 8 Pro is MediaTek Helio G90T. But in our phone, the preference is used for Qualcomm and the transition to the Snapdragon 720G processor is provided. Well what does it mean?
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Long Battery Life
In fact, although both processors perform remarkably close to each other, when we look at the developer side, developers are optimizing their games for the Snapdragon platform more often. Otherwise, it can be said that the Helio G90T’s GPU basically generates higher frequency than Adreno 618. The equivalent of this is obvious in game performance. But when we look at the battery efficiency, we see that the Snapdragon 720G works very efficiently. This means longer battery life on this phone.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Storage Capacity
Snapdragon 720G is an 8-core processor. In addition to the 2 main cores operating at a frequency of 2.3 GHz, Kryo 465 Silver cores with a frequency of 1.8 GHz also help with efficiency. The model of the phone we have is in the form of 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. You can also find this phone in the market with 128 GB capacity.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Performance
Well, if you ask how the Redmi Note 9 Pro performs in the light of the technical staff, we can start with the tables.
AnTuTu Benchmark Test Result
When we look at the AnTuTu Benchmark, where we measure the working performance of the phone, we see that the Redmi Note 9 Pro collected 273 thousand 48 points in this test. This score puts the phone ahead of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Lite, while it lags slightly behind the Galaxy A71, realme 6 and Huawei P40 Lite. The price of the Galaxy A71 has increased considerably recently, so it should be evaluated separately. However, realme 6 and Huawei P40 lite are important competitors against Redmi Note 9 Pro.
Geekbench Test Result
When we come to the Geekbench test, we see that Note 9 Pro stands out. Redmi Note 9 Pro, which scored 570 points with a single core score and 1770 points with a multi-core result, thus succeeds in surpassing its important competitors in this field and is located right behind more expensive phones. In this sense, it is an eye-catching reality. However, we cannot say that we are as impressed by this result as the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Because at that time, the Redmi Note 8 Pro was competing with the Huawei P30, the flagship Huawei launched at the same time.
This is the technical part. In practice, it is quite possible for this phone to say that it provides a very fluent experience in general usage scale. But let’s also say that we encounter slight misfires while navigating the interface. You can see the delay in the intermediate transitions.
Speed of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
However, we got good performance especially in web roaming. It can load web pages very quickly. On the other hand, you can get a fluent gaming experience in games such as PUBG and Asphalt 9 Legends. But let’s also say that the frame rate does not exceed 30 FPS.
The temperature values of the phone remained normal during the time we were using it. In the phone that reaches 38 degrees under maximum load, you get a cool use at 25 – 26 degrees in normal use.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Battery Performance
Yes, we come to the battery performance of the Redmi Note 9 Pro. First, we can say that the Redmi Note 9 Pro uses a larger battery than the Redmi Note 8 Pro. While the phone has a battery with a capacity of 5020 mAh, the Redmi Note 9 Pro consumes less energy than its predecessor. We can say that this actually highlights the slight advantage of the Snapdragon processor against the Helio G90T. In our tests, we found that the phone consumes less energy both under load and when idle.
With these results, the Redmi Note 9 Pro becomes a phone that you can see comfortably for 1.5 days in practical use. You can extend this period with a milder use.
In specific use, let’s say that it provides about 20 hours of web browsing performance, about 19 hours of continuous Full HD video viewing and about 5 hours of use under load.
The charging issue is faster than the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Progress has been made in this regard and 30W fast charging support has been provided to the phone. Although it is fast charging in the first place, it can take about 2 hours to fill up to full capacity since the battery of the phone is also large.
You can also read another review of Xiaomi brand: https://www.techblimp.com/2020/09/03/xiaomi-mi-note-10-lite-review/
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Camera Features
Yes, we come to the cameras. We have said that there is no substantial change in the Redmi Note 9 Pro compared to its predecessor. Even when we look technically, we see that only the macro camera is updated.
Now let’s get to know the phone’s cameras closely. In Redmi Note 9 Pro, our main camera is again 64 MP. This main camera with f/1.9 diaphragm has a 0.8 micrometer phase detection autofocus supported lens. When you want to shoot 64 MP on the phone, you must make this setting from the camera interface. You can switch between other cameras using the points at the bottom of the interface.
Wide Angle Camera
The wide-angle camera on the phone has 8 MP and f/2.2 aperture. While you can take 119-degree wide-angle photos with this camera, the depth sensor physically appears in a 2 MP camera array. The last camera is 5 MP for macro shots. This camera is in the form of 2 MP on the Note 8 Pro. Xiaomi seems to have only updated this in the setup.
In the front camera, the important change is negative. While the Note 8 Pro has a 20 MP sensor, the front camera on the Redmi Note 9 Pro is 16 MP. In addition, the diaphragm aperture has decreased to f/2.5.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Camera Performance
So, how is the shooting performance of the Redmi Note 9 Pro? Obviously, the presence of a 64 MP camera in its predecessor made the phone impressive at that time. Now, we see a lot of similar capabilities among this class of phones. In terms of performance, the Redmi Note 9 Pro, which does similar things to its predecessor, is a phone that can produce beautiful photos at the end of the day.
You can capture enough detail level in 64 MP format, and you can get nice frames in normal mode. When you activate AI, that is, artificial intelligence, we can say with peace of mind that you will be very pleased with the shots you will take in the daytime, under good light, on the phone, where the tones in colors are significantly more alive.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Low Light Performance
The low light performance of the cameras brings along grains and blurring. So, don’t expect much in dark conditions. However, it tries to increase the quality of shooting under artificial light as much as it can.
Redmi Note 9 Pro, which can meet the needs of its class with portrait and macro shots, can also take beautiful selfie photos with its front camera. But lowering the diaphragm overshadows the low-light success of the front camera.
In the meantime, let’s say that 4K video recording can be made with the back camera of the phone, and Full HD video recording is allowed on the front camera.
With the Redmi Note 9 Pro, Xiaomi adds another ideal phone to its portfolio with its price/performance ratio. Redmi Note 9 Pro, which looks beautiful and robust with its design, provides a good multimedia experience with its large screen and provides a good enough performance for daily life, and it is pleasing with its battery life.