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Redmi Note 9 Series – Excellent Performance at Budget Price.

So, Folks, the Redmi Note 9 Series is finally released in China, and it’s different from the Note 9 released in March and will probably be rebranded to be sold around the world.
In Redmi Note 9 series, we have Three smartphones, Redmi Note 9 4G, Redmi Note 9 5G, and finally, the Redmi Note 9 Pro, and all of them have excellent specs sheets for their price point.

This post is a Detailed Specification Overview of the Redmi Note 9 4G and Redmi Note 9 5G.

There will be a separate Post for the Note 9 Pro.

Redmi Note 9 4G and 5G Specification Table

SpecificationsRedmi Note 9 4GRedmi Note 9 5G
Display6.53-Inch IPS-LCD Display, ~90% Screen to Body Ratio.
1080X2340 Pixels Resolution, 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio.
395 PPI Pixel Density.
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
6.53-Inch IPS-LCD Display, ~90% Screen to Body Ratio.
1080X2340 Pixels Resolution, 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio.
395 PPI Pixel Density.
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 662
Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G
Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUAdreno 610Mali-G57 MC3
Memory4/6/8GB LPDDR4X 6/8GB LPDDR4X
Storage128/256GB UFS2.2 Storage128/256GB UFS2.2 Storage
Camera/Optics48 MP, f/1.8,(Wide Lens), PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚ (Ultrawide Lens)
2 MP, f/2.4, (Depth Sensor)
48 MP, f/1.8,(Wide Lens), PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (Ultrawide Lens)
2 MP, f/2.4, (Depth Sensor)
Video Recording Options[email protected][email protected], [email protected]/60fps
Front Camera8 MP, f/2.0,(Wide Lens)13 MP, f/2.3
Battery6000mAh Battery
18-W Fast Charging
5000mAh Battery
18-W Fast Charging
ConnectivityWiFi 5.0
Bluetooh 4.2
WiFi 5.0
Bluetooh 5.1
SecurityFace Unlock
Fingerprint (side-mounted)
Face Unlock
Fingerprint (side-mounted)
Headphone JackYesYes

Specification Details
https://www.mi.com/redminote9-4g/specs
https://www.mi.com/redminote9/specs

Design and Build Quality

Redmi Note 9 4G

The Note 9 4G has an older design; on the back, we have a vertical rectangular camera module on the top left and Redmi branding on the bottom left, and on the front, we have a waterdrop notch display with a thin chin bezel at the bottom.

The build quality is what one would expect from a smartphone in this price range. The back is made of plastic, and so is the frame; the front is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Redmi Note 9 5G

Note 9 5G, on the other hand, has a newer design, one the beck we have a circular camera module at the top center and a small Redmi branding at the bottom center; on the front, we have a punch-hole display with a thinner chin bezel at the bottom as compared to the 4G model.

The Build quality is the same; both the frame and back are made of plastic, but the front is protected by corning gorilla glass 5.

Display

Both the Note 9 4G and 5G have the same display; there are only two major difference, 4G model has a Water Drop notch display while the 5G one has a punch-hole display, and the 4G model has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 while the 5G Model has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

They have a 6.53-Inch IPS-LCD Display, with ~90% Screen to Body Ratio, a native resolution of 1080X2340 Pixel, a 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio, with a Pixel Density of 395 PPI.

Performance

There is a huge difference between the performance of 4G and 5G Models.

Redmi Note 9 4G

Redmi Note 9 4G

TheNote 9 4G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, an Octa-core SoC with 4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver cores coupled with Adreno 610 GPU.

This SoC is good for day to day usage but is pretty old and is the same as that of the Snapdragon 665; it would have been if it had a different SoC.

Redmi Note 9 5G

Redmi Note 9 5G

Note 9 5G is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G, an Octa-core SoC with 2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 coupled with Mali-G57 MC3 GPU.

It’s an excellent SoC, can easily handle your day to day tasks, and can also play almost all the heavy AAA games at Medium Settings.

Memory and Storage.

Note 9 4G

Redmi Note 9 4G

Note 9 4G has 3 memory options, 4/6/8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and two storage options, 128/256GB of UFS2.2 storage.

Note 9 5G

Redmi Note 9 5G

Note 9 5G has 2 memory options, 6/8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and two storage options, 128/256GB of UFS2.2 Storage.

Camera/Optics

Redmi Note 9 4G

Redmi Note 9 4G

Note 9 4G has a Triple Camera Setup
48 MP, f/1.8,(Wide Lens), PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚ (Ultrawide Lens)
2 MP, f/2.4, (Depth Sensor)

Video Recording Options Include
[email protected]

For Selfies, it has an 8 MP, f/2.0,(Wide Lens)

Redmi Note 9 5G

Redmi Note 9 5G

Note 9 5G also has a Triple Camera Setup
48 MP, f/1.8,(Wide Lens), PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (Ultrawide Lens)
2 MP, f/2.4, (Depth Sensor)

Video Recording Options Include
[email protected], [email protected]/60fps

For Selfies, it has a 13 MP, f/2.3 Lens.

Even though both the Setup looks the same, they have different sensors, and also, since they both have Difference SoC’s, having different ISP’s, there should be a considerable difference in the shots.

Battery

Redmi Note 9 4G

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Note 9 4G has a 6000mAh battery with 18W Fast Charging.

Redmi Note 9 5G

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Note 9 5G has a 5000mAh battery with 18W Fast Charging.

Audio

Redmi Note 9 4G

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Stereo dual speakers
Hi-Res Audio certification

Redmi Note 9 5G

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Stereo dual speakers
Hi-Res Audio certification

Security

Both of them have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and also has Face-Unlock options.

User-Interface

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Both of them are running on MIUI 12 on top of Android 10.0

Extra

Redmi Note 9 4G

It has WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2, and also has an IR Blaster.
And is also Splash resistant

Redmi Note 9 5G

It has WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.1, and also has an IR Blaster, and Dual 5G Connectivity, and is also Splash resistant

Redmi Note 9 4G Pricing

4GB+128GB:¥ 999(~ ₹11,220)
6GB+128GB:¥ 1099(~ ₹12,340)
8GB+128GB:¥ 1299(~ ₹14,560)
8GB+256GB:¥ 1499(~ ₹16,830)

Redmi Note 9 5G Pricing

6GB+128GB:¥ 1299(~ ₹14,560)
8GB+128GB:¥ 1499(~ ₹16,830)
8GB+256GB:¥ 1699(~ ₹19,000)

Conclusion

Redmi Note 9 4G

Note 9 4G is a let down at least in terms of performance; I mean, if it’s launched in India, at a price tag of ₹11,220, then it would be a disaster, as at that price point there are much better options available, there are smartphones powered by Helio G80 and G90 which are much better than Snapdragon 662, But if it’s released under ₹10,000 then it would be an awesome choice to go for, as it has an excellent battery and good camera setup

Redmi Note 9 5G

On the Other hand, the Note 9 G is an amazing option; at a price point of ₹15,000, you are getting Dimensity 800U an SoC, which is better than the Snapdragon 765G and is almost on par with Snapdragon 750G, Excellent Battery, UFS 2.2 Storage, and great camera setup, if the base model is priced around ₹15,000 in India, then it would be a bang for buck deal.

Early Verdict

Redmi Note 9 4G

  • Good CPU/GPU
  • Good Camera Setup, for the price tag
  • Good Selfie Camera, for the price tag
  • Good Build Quality and Design
  • Great Display(FHD+)
  • Excellent Battery life
  • UFS 2.1 Storage
  • LPDDR4x RAM
  • WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.2.
  • Side-Mounted fingerprint sensor

Redmi Note 9 5G

  • Great CPU/GPU
  • Good Camera Setup, for the price tag
  • Good Selfie Camera, for the price tag
  • Good Build Quality and Design
  • Great Display(FHD+)
  • Excellent Battery life
  • UFS 2.2 Storage
  • LPDDR4x RAM
  • WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1.
  • Side-Mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Aggressive Pricing

Visual Image Credits
https://www.mi.com/redminote9-4g
https://www.mi.com/redminote9

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