Monday, September 14, 2020

Redmi Note 9 - Complete Review/Guide to The Redmi Note 9 (Global) PROS & CONS (Before you Buy)

 

Hello guys am back with another bomb!!!

 This is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 the presumed upgrade to Redmi Note 8 that was released a year ago.
 This review is Based on the ground breaking features and it will as always make you stand out in the crowd no hard feelings, just the fact. 

As it was with  the new Redmi 9A and 9C review, I found this device distinct in its own way. It was released and available in June 2020. It is one of the Redmi Note 9 Series which Include Redmi 9CRedmi 9A, Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 9S and the almighty Redmi Note 9 Pro. Practically speaking Redmi Note 9 is currently competing with the likes of Infinix Zero 8 and Tecno Camon 16 PREMIER.

 

This device has all it takes to be named a flagship mid-range device. it is unique, fantastic with premium design and feel in the hand. It is entirely different from the likes of Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C but not upto the Redmi Note 9S  and Redmi Note 9 Pro but definitely better than the Redmi 8 device. you could check out my comparisons in the forum. It is our main focus today and it is a mid range device with in the form of a flagship premium device and  As we all know with the trend of Xiaomi Redmi Series, they try their best is targeting all categories of users, meaning there is a device for everyone. Lower end users,  Mid-range users and even the mid-range flagship users but the xiaomi MI series target mostly the Flagship users and so on.

 

What’s it with this phone? And how does this device relates and performs when it is compared with others? Join me as I take you round the  review process.

 

DISPLAY

Xiaomi recently has been using large screens on their displays since the advent of redmi Note 7 series and the trend still continues with this device. It carries a whopping large 6.53 inch display the same screen size found in Redmi 9CRedmi 9A and Note 8 Pro. It is an HD IPS LCD capacitive display with a 1080 by 2340 pixels a great inclusion. 

This device as advertised carries almost 500 nits typ. Brightness, meaning you should not worry using this device in direct sunlight as it would be able to light up sufficiently for outdoor tasking. 

Another feature you will find on the screen is a punch hole display on the top left hand corner of the screen which is cut out for the front facing camera. I think it makes this device unique from its predecessors.

Personally I think this display isn’t bad especially those who are in love with large screen  and with this high pixels display, your screen should be large enough to conveniently display movies/youtube videos and whatever at an HD level.

 

CHIPSET/PROCESSOR

The MediaTek Helio G85 Chipset was used here. The G there stands for Gaming as it is the trend this days with Chipset makers. You should know that this chipset is the closest to Helio G90T used in devices like Redmi Note 8 ProInfinix Zero 8Tecno Camon 16 Premier just to mention a few. 


The Helio G85 is an octa-core processor. With enough Power efficiency , Gaming performance and a heavy tasking activities capabilities. Games like PES 2020, PUG G, NEED FOR SPEED, COD 9 were played smoothly without hitches. 

But it might interest you to know that there is this heating issue mostly associated with MediaTek processors. and this chip is a 12nm Chipset which isn't fantastic in terms of power consumption.

So if you decide on purchasing this device it should be based on your decisions and conclusions drawn from this review.

Based on the ability of this processor activities like  light usage such as browsing the web, using social media apps like facebook, whatsapp, instagram, twitter etc. should not pose as a challenge or threat to this device because Xiaomi user interface Optimization process is one of the best around. 

It should be able to operate faster and higher and play games which are less graphics demanding such as temple run, Wott, Zuma Revenge, Snooker, Light football or racing games like FTS football games, Temple Run games etc. Smoother than the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C.


Please note that the point am making here is this, if you decided to go for this device it should be for normal day to day tasking and if you are a heavy user or  gamer, you can opt for higher devices with better processors like the Redmi Note 9S, Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi Note 8 Pro, manageably Redmi Note 8 etc.

 

PLATEFORM/MEMORY


The OS pre-installed on this device out of the box is the Android 9 with the all New MIUI 11 but right now an upgrade has been released for this device. Currently users are upgrading their phones with Android 10 paired with MIUI 12. So get ready to upgrade. The optimization ability of this OS from Xiaomi add extra layer of aura to the usability of the device and all round efficiency.

Interestingly, You should know that MIUI OS is one of the best OS globally due to its perfect optimization and intuitiveness. As a user MIUI is one of its kind and you should enjoy your device interface.

 

In terms of storage, this device is fabricated with a 64GB ROM 3GB RAM and a 128GB ROM 4GB RAM variant only.

 This memory configuration is really impressive and it should be enough for storage of files and what ever you want to store or save into this device. 

 Another thing you would enjoy with this device is an option for a dedicated SD card slot upto 512GB, WOW, what are you still looking for in a device in terms of storage and memory?

Therefore, if you are not comfortable with the default storage fabrication you can get for yourself an SD card to support the device Internal storage. How about that?

 

CAMERA CONFIGURATIONS


The camera set-up of this device is  the same with that of the Redmi Note 8 itself. I have compiled the similarities and differences between Redmi Note 8 and this Redmi Note 9 in one of my articles on this blog. Do check it out. 

The camera is a Quad Camera configurations  setup with a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra wide, 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensing camera for beautiful shots. 

In terms of pictures this camera is absolutely fantastic as the pictures were clearly taken with different settings which are pro mode, portrait mode, panorama mode, night mode and many more.

SELFIE CAMERA

The front facing camera is a standard 13MP camera an improvement on the likes of Redmi 9A and 9C, Redmi Note 8 etc. This is a device that is worth buying based on its configurations. A cheap device with almost every features embedded into it.

Note, I was able to use this device for some camera light actions and really it did not disappoint. It might interest you to know that the main camera performance really outperforms other devices of different brands using this same camera mega pixels. 

You wouldn't regret getting this device based on camera performance.

 

OTHER FEATURES/BUILD QUALITY

The main features of the device apart from the aforementioned is it's water repelling coating Corning Gorilla Glass 5 body which makes this device invincible and protected from liquid Splash if it happens accidentally or even intentionally. What a great additional feature.

Also is the availability of the IR BLASTER. It means you can control your electronic gadgets at home with it's remote capabilities incase yoUr remote isn't handy or close to you when needed. 

This device has a Bluetooth 5.0 out of the box with a proximity sensor and FM radio having the USB type C port.

 Interestingly, it has a finger print sensor at the rear or back behind the camera set-up which is easier to reach during operation. It is meant to increase the security options of the device along with other security measures such as password, pattern and pin.


Added to this, is the inclusion of the second space which enables user to have a work phone and home phone. This option will really help when an individual is over protective of some certain files or apps such as bank app, social media apps etc


Moreso, the two spaces security options can be set-up differently, meaning each space could have it's own fingerprint, password, pattern etc. It depends on the user to set this up.

The protection on this device is a shiny colourful Gorilla Glass 5 both front and back, having a premium feel on the hand and grip able. You should not also forget that this device is Splash proof meaning you wouldn't bother at a slip of water on the device.

 

BATTERY

A giant 5020mAh battery is placed on this device. I am really impress with all Redmi Note 9 Series as they all carries a battery capacity of nothing less a 5000mAh battery.

 It supports 18W charging speed with a 22.5W charger out of the box.

It could take about 2 hours to fully charge from 0-100% and lesser than that if the device is powered off during charging process. It isn't really bad from a device selling at this price range.

The battery found on this device should be sufficient enough for at least a 2 days as advertised. But it remain to be seen if the end user result could match their claims.

On a personal note,  I really don’t think anyone would complain about battery life of this device because of the huge battery capacity placed on it.

 

PRICE

The list of this device pricing is a s follows:

The 64GB ROM 3GB RAM variant is currently selling at N75, 000

 The 128GB ROM 4GB RAM variant is currently selling at N82, 000 on Jumia.

A fair deal to be honest because other brands cannot match this in terms of features and price consideration.

You can purchase it from reliable online platform like from Jumia Here and Konga Here   those are the places WHERE TO BUY In Nigeria.

CONCLUSION

Honestly I feel this device is worth the price tag placed on it and considering the poor performance of Naira to dollars. 

Performance wise this device has an edge due to the Gaming processor it came with. Then the design language is a fantastic one with the inclusion of Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and back.

The hug battery placed on it cannot go unnoticed also as it is a great one.


Overall, this device should perform at the same level with midrange device without lagging whatsoever.


So I would recommend this device to any one whose budget falls within this price range because this device almost tick all boxes without competition.

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