Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Review: Undoubtedly Attractive

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro wants to seduce the markets with its very attractive price/quality ratio. The history of this range is paved with a model that successfully accomplished this mission, but what about this smartphone? Discover our full test.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

In the Redmi range, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro wants to be the most advanced version of the beginning of 2020. As evidenced by its three-letter suffix. The objective is still the same for this category of products: to offer more cost-performance to attract consumers more effectively than the more aggressive competitors in this price range. Our full test is there to see if this ambitious project is carried out.

XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 9 PRO Specifications

ModelXiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
OS versionAndroid 10 Q
Manufacturer interfaceMIUI
Screen size6.67 inches
Definition2400 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density395 PPP
TechnologyLCD
SoCSnapdragon 720G
Graphics chip (GPU)Qualcomm Adreno 618
Random-access memory (RAM)6 GB, 8 GB
Internal memory (flash)128 GB, 64 GB
Camera (back)Sensor 1:64 Mp
Sensor 2:8 Mp
Sensor 3:5 Mp
Sensor 4:2 Mp
Camera (front)32 Mp
Video recording4K@30 IPS
Wi-FiWi-Fi 5 (ac)
Bluetooth5.0
Supported bands2100 MHz (B1), 1800 MHz (B3)
NFCYes
Fingerprint sensorYes
Ports (inputs / outputs)USB Type-C
Battery5020 mAh
Dimensions76.7 x 165.75 x 8.8mm
Weigh209 grams
ColorsBlack, White, Bleu
Price314 $

 

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BIG BUT COMFORTABLE

The upper edge of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro peaks at 165.75 mm. The Redmi Note 9 Pro imposes in addition to weighting 209 grams well felt. Before buying this smartphone, it is essential to have this information in mind. If this is not a defect for you, then you will enjoy a device with a well-worked design. It guarantees a pleasant feeling in the palm because of these rounded edges, without aggressive lines.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro bubble The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro in hand

The front is very classic with its flat-screen that does not taste the flavors of borderless. the borders around the display area are therefore clearly visible. As usual, it is not really a defect for a device at this price, even if the chin could still have been much thinner.

The front photosensor is housed in the screen, nestled in a central bubble. The circumference is also quite wide, but will not disturb the immersion of the user. We were talking about comfort in the hand. This is notably ensured by the Gorilla Glass 5 glass cover on the back – it is a glass of the same tempering found on the front and the photo module. Note that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro has a two-tone style on its blue, green color that we are testing.

Four sensors on the back for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro has a two-tone back

The bottom two-thirds are also streaked with fine hatching-this is just decoration, there are no grooves under your fingers. Note that the gray and white versions of the Redmi Note 9 Pro have a plain back. Let’s move on to the square photo module positioned on the central axis of the rear surface. The protuberance is marked and makes the object wobbly when placed flat. In these kinds of situations, it is very delicate that you will have to put your finger on the upper corners of the screen.

The fingerprint reader is located on the right side, easily accessible with the thumb, but also with the index finger of the left hand. The volume buttons, however, rise far too high. When using one hand, turning up the sound of the device may be quite uncomfortable, too bad.

The fingerprint reader of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro The jack and USB-C port of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

The 3.5 mm jack plug is next to the USB-C port at the bottom, and the dual nano-SIM + microSD drawer is visible on the left.

NOT ENOUGH LIGHT THIS SCREEN!

This is a large 6.7-inch panel with an IPS LCD display found on the front of the Redmi Note 9 Pro. In practice, I found this one quite good, especially for watching my Netflix series comfortably at night in my bed. However, as soon as a ray of the sun hits the screen, it can be quite difficult to correctly distinguish what is moving in the glass rectangle. And for a good reason, the maximum brightness is only 394 cd/m², which is a bit tight to ensure perfect readability in all conditions, Pity.

The lower part of the screen of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

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Fortunately, the Redmi Note 9 Pro catches up with a very good contrast of 1236:1. Beyond that, the phone has a few surprises in terms of colorimetry. Depending on the display mode chosen, the behavior of the screen changes completely, as shown by the measurements of our probe and Calman software from Portrait Displays.

Indeed, there is a saturated mode which greatly enhances the colors to make them more pleasing to the eye, even if they are surreal. In this configuration, we are entitled to an average temperature of 8840 K – tones that draw a lot in blue. We are left with an average Delta E at 7.58: a high figure, which indicates a white very far from that supposed to be displayed.

The average Delta E measured in saturated mode on the DCI-P3 space is 7.58

On the other hand, if you switch to standard mode, we obtain a temperature of 6751K, which is closer to the ideal aimed for good fidelity to reality. The average Delta E with this option drops to 3.56. A hint that indicates a fairly realistic white.

The average Delta E on the DCI-P3 drops to 3.56 in standard mode

In return, the saturated mode also allows you to enjoy a greater diversity of colors. Witness the RGB and DCI-P3 color spaces covered at 119% and 79%, respectively – which is already not incredible – against only 101% and 68% in standard mode. If these numbers knock you out, remember especially that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro will not offer you an exquisite explosion of colors.

As far as I’m concerned, I preferred to leave these settings on the default auto mode which adjusts the colors according to the ambient light, by simply adjusting the slider on a fairly warm temperature. This seems to be the best balance.

NFC, APPLIANCES DRAWER … AND ADS

We find the MIUI 11 interface at work on this phone with its batch of welcome customizations such as the very pleasant dark mode or the navigation by gestures. Good point, unlike the Redmi Note 9S, the Redmi Note 9 Pro can activate an application drawer if you want to enjoy an experience more faithful to that originally thought for Android.

Activate the application drawer on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Home screen of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

This is strange because the MIUI Global version of the Pro model is slightly older (11.0.1 versus 11.0.3), but offers this additional functionality. Proof of this is that the logic of software deployments at Xiaomi is not necessarily obvious to understand.

The other advantage of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro is also the presence of the NFC, so you can validate your tickets if your city network allows it or use Google Pay as you like for your payments by smartphone.
On its site, Xiaomi claims loud and clear the compatibility of the Redmi Note 9 Pro with Google Pay // Source: Screenshot

By the way, speaking of Google, we are once again observing the policy led by Xiaomi to put forward the applications of the Mountain View firm.

From the first use, a Google folder is displayed on the home page, and it includes 15 applications, including Google One, Google Podcasts, or Google News, which are not part of the mandatory package of Android smartphones certified by the giant American. The default SMS and Telephone clients are also those powered by Google. We can repeat it once again: Xiaomi seems here to want to mark its difference from its compatriot Huawei who cannot enjoy this because of the American embargo.

Google Message Google apps preinstalled on Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

The Redmi Note 9 Pro offers a lot of software advantages. Unfortunately, it does not get rid of the very annoying pseudo antivirus that scans downloaded applications – even if they come from the Play Store. In reality, it is mainly a matter of displaying advertising during the so-called analysis. It is a really annoying defect that the interface, fortunately, allows us to deactivate quite easily.

Finally, for your content on SVoD platforms, the Redmi Note 9 Pro can easily play videos in HD quality on Netflix or Disney +, because it embeds the DRM Widevine L1. MUI 11 on this phone is generally very pleasant, but it is a shame to still see some inconsistencies in the interface. We can end up with two “Battery saver” options, which do not lead to the same page. There can also be confusion about the “full-screen mode,” which relates to the display of applications and the “full-screen display” option, which allows you to choose gesture navigation.

Gesture navigation is hidden in the "full screen display" option Mode Full Screen

In addition, at the time of publishing this test (early June 2020), the security patch dates from April. We hope that the updates on this site will not be too far apart in time.

ONE OF THE MOST CLASSIC SPEAKERS :

The speaker on the bottom edge is very powerful. By pushing the volume all the way down, you can use the Redmi Note 9 Pro to liven up an evening with a small group. Unfortunately, the sharpest tones may suffer from very slight saturation. Overall, the quality and clarity of the sound is quite good but doesn’t shine either. It’s ultimately very classic.

Nothing, in particular, to report on the listening side via earphones or headsets plugged into the jack.

FOUR PHOTO SENSORS FOR GOOD GLOBAL QUALITY :

We are dealing with four photosensors on the back, which are as follows:
  • 64-megapixel main sensor (f/1.89).
  • 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, 108.3 degrees (f/2.2).
  • 2-megapixel depth sensor (f/2.4).
  • Sensor with a macro lens of 5 megapixels (f/2.4).

There are no more surprises on this side in this price range, the daytime photos offered by the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro are quite satisfactory as well on the level of details, the management of the dynamics – despite some quirks from time to time – and in the displayed colors which are pleasantly contrasted. We’re not going overboard, but it’s still pretty good.

However, even if the option is disabled, I intentionally did not remove the watermark at the bottom left of the photos to show you how ugly this watermark is by default. I urge you to get rid of it, as there is no point in diverting the attention of the viewer.

In night photos, the smartphone struggles very clearly to display details, and the madman is therefore very present in the images, especially on scenes where light sources are scarce or weak.

That said, by activating the night mode, we recover a lot of information, and especially the images become more bright and pleasant to look at. It doesn’t fix everything obviously, but I invite you to use this option.

In 64 megapixel mode, the phone is doing with honors. This feature allows you to enjoy significantly finer details when the light conditions are good – at night, these kinds of full-frame photos are not very effective at capturing light.

What is appreciable is that this option preserves a certain coherence in the processing compared to conventional shots. In other words, the gain in sharpness is not thwarted by a defect, and the 64-megapixel mode has the potential to be quite relevant. We are, however, very far from the killer feature: the advantages of this option are still quite easily undermined.

64 megapixel mode brings more clarity when the light conditions are good

Regarding the ultra-wide-angle, there is not much to report. You obviously benefit from a wider field of vision to immortalize more elements in the scene and this mode is rather effective on many points, but it inevitably suffers from a loss of information: zooming in the image makes it possible to see that the fine detail is not as good as on the main sensor. At night, you can’t see anything with the ultra-wide-angle.

Ultra Wide Angle Ultra wide Angle night ultra wide angle

The good surprise of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro comes from its very good portrait mode, indoors and outdoors. The module is very effective in delimiting with precision the person photographed against the blurred background, with the exception of a few strands of hair poorly managed by the algorithm. All this, while saving the small details of the face even if the contrast is a little too marked to artificially reinforce this impression of sharpness. It’s still a great job for a smartphone at that price.

Finally, macro mode is not bad at all on this phone to focus on very close objects but remains a very gadget feature. The images thus produced are poorly defined, which makes them irrelevant, and most users will probably mouse with them a few times before getting tired.

Macro Mode macro mode

It should also be noted that Xiaomi has not implemented a telephoto lens on the Redmi Note 9 Pro, thus depriving it of an optical zoom, which is always a shame when you get closer to 338 dollars and especially for a phone that calls itself “Pro

For selfies, it’s a 32-megapixel sensor that looks at us on the front. This is effective with a convincing level of detail, but it is also not breathtaking. In general, it does its job well, despite some difficulties incorrectly transcribing the complexion of the face according to the light conditions. In the first series of photos below, for example, my skin is strangely whitened.

On the video side, count on recordings going up to 1080p at 60 fps or 4K at 30 frames per second.

GOOD PERFORMANCE, BUT WITHOUT MORE :

A Snapdragon 720G runs the Redmi Note 9 Pro. In other words, the most expensive model in this range is probably not the most powerful, since the classic Redmi Note 9 is equipped with a MediaTek Helio G85 which augurs better performance.

Concretely, this is not felt in conventional everyday tasks, or your Redmi Note 9 Pro holds the shed perfectly. It is rather necessary to look at the side of 3D video games greedy enough to observe small gaps on the part of the phone.

Indeed, Fortnite rotates at 30 frames per second without worry with 100% 3D resolution, but you will not go beyond graphics set to “Medium”. During a game, you will not suffer from annoying bugs or jerks. We just see that it is mainly the graphics in the distance in the background that are a little sacrificed on the altar of fluidity.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 ProRealme 6 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 9SXiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
SoCSnapdragon 720GSnapdragon 720GSnapdragon 720GMediaTek Helio G90T
AnTuTu 8.x276 347279 164272 446n/c
PCMark 2.07 70410 3037 84710 037
3DMark Sling Shot Extreme2 5182 5232 5192 377
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Graphics2 3712 3802 3662 213
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Physics3 214Three 19_3 2533 213
GFXBench Aztec Vulkan High (onscreen / offscreen)10/6,7 FPS11/7 FPS10/6,6 FPS6,5/9,9 FPS
GFX Bench Car Chase (onscreen/offscreen)16/18 FPS16/18 FPS15/17 FPS15/18 FPS
GFX Bench Manhattan (onscreen/offscreen)38/42 FPS37/41 FPS37/40 FPS43/48 FPS
Sequential read/write500/205 Mo/s513/204 Mo/s489/171 Mo/s524/192 Mo/s
Random read/write34,4k/29k IOPS40,3k/31,8k IOPS31,3k/29,1k IOPS38K/42K IOPS

The benchmarks show this quite well: the Redmi Note 9 Pro does not record better results than the Redmi Note 9S, which is, however, significantly cheaper, and that is why we could have some regrets on this Pro model.

Also, remember that there is 8 GB of RAM on this phone, which heats up quickly enough when it is running at full speed, but never enough to burn your fingers.

AN ULTRA ENDURING SMARTPHONE

If the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro weighs more than 200 grams, it is mainly because of its size, but it is mainly due to its large battery of 5020 mAh. A capacity far from being negligible, which fulfills its promises.

Indeed, the phone is excellent in terms of autonomy. He faces all the trials of the day without difficulty. You can also count on it to hold the next day in fairly conventional use (web browsing, sending emails and instant messages, music, videos, taking photos…) without really making any compromises.

The front of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

During our visit custom test protocol, the device held up for 14 hours and 47 minutes. This is an excellent result which easily propels it to the top of the ranking in terms of autonomy. Note that this exercise consists of launching a rather frenzied plethora of applications in a row in order to simulate the consumption of active use.

In addition, there is a 33 W charging unit capable of recharging the Redmi Note 9 Pro from 8 to 58% in 30 minutes. It then takes just over half an hour to reach 100%.

XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 9 PRO PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro is sold from June 9, 2020, with a price of 316 dollars for the model equipped with 64 GB of internal storage. The 128 GB version costs 338 dollars.

THE 64 GB VERSION :

THE 128 GB VERSION :

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