Xiaomi Redmi 9 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 9. Which is better?

Hello! This is the, a about new products in the smartphone industry. Today the new budget Redmi 9 is competing with the representative of the most popular line of Xiaomi smartphones. The Redmi Note 9 is a serious rival. Let’s see if there is a big difference between these models.

Appearance

The appearances of the front panel of the Redmi 9 and the Note 9 is similar and they don’t differ much from the majority of modern smartphones. The whole design is a large screen with narrow bezels and a small chin. The Redmi 9 has a teardrop notch for the front camera, while the Note 9 has a more fashionable hole in the upper left corner. Both smartphones are big and heavy. The Redmi 8 was already big, and the new Redmi 9 is even bigger. It’s difficult to find a compact smartphone nowadays. Among the Xiaomi models, there are two compact models – the Redmi 7 and 7A. And other manufacturers have hard time with this as well. You aren’t really thinking of buying a strange iPhone SE 2020, are you? Please tell me what good compact smartphones you can still buy now. Write in the comments below this video.

Now let’s get back to the Xiaomi. In the ninth generation models, the conceptual difference between the Redmi and the Redmi Note lines has completely disappeared. The sizes, connectors and number of cameras are all the same. We’re going to compare their features a little later. In the meantime, we can find a USB Type-C connector, a speaker, a conversational microphone and a headphone jack on the bottom edge of the smartphones. Above there is a noise canceling microphone and an infrared port. On the right there is the standard volume rocker and power button. On the left there is a slot for SIM cards and SD-flash drives.

The cameras on the back of the Redmi 9 are centered – its three cameras are in the same row, and the fingerprint scanner is placed right next to them. Another camera and the flash formed a small parallel row. The location of the scanner is not very good. A finger may fall into the camera instead of the sensor. At the bottom center there is an inscription “Redmi”. The same rear panel configuration is found in the iconic Redmi Note 8 Pro. Although there was glass used, and here we can notice a matte rough plastic. It doesn’t look so cool, but the case is not slippery at all. The Redmi 9 has another advantage – the cameras do not protrude as much above the surface as in the older model.

The Redmi Note 9 also has four cameras, but their location is different, more according to the modern trends. The cameras are located on a square platform in the center. Below is a fingerprint scanner. The back cover is also made of plastic. And this is a big surprise. After all, the Note series has always had a glass back. The plastic here is glossy and collects fingerprints much more actively than the matte Redmi 9.

The Redmi 9 is available in gray, green and blue-purple colors. The latter design features a blue to purple gradient. The Redmi Note 9 is available in white, gray with blue tint, and green color options.

Screen

The smarthones’ screens are made using IPS technology. The diagonal is the same – it is 6.53 inches. The Redmi 9 is the first FULL HD + smartphone from the line. And its resolution is the same as the Note 9’s – it is 2340 by 1080 pixels. The cutout for the front camera on the Redmi 9 is teardrop-shaped, while the Note 9 has a small hole in the upper left corner. Despite the same characteristics, you can see that the older model uses a more expensive matrix. The Note 9’s screen is brighter and the viewing angles are slightly wider. But considering the cost, the Redmi 9’s screen looks quite decent. Both displays are protected by glass, but the Redmi 9 has the old Corning Gorilla Glass 3 while the Note 9 has Gorilla Glass 5.

In this round, the Redmi Note 9 wins with a minimal advantage.

Software

Both smartphones come with the new Android 10 with the proprietary MIUI 11 shell with advanced customization options and improved functionality. The interface is intuitive. There are many additional functions here like the second space, gesture control, one-handed control, and voice recorder. The interface is flexibly customizable to the tastes of a particular user. There are tons of free themes available. MIUI’s only major flaw is in-app ads. But if desired, it can be removed from the shell.

Camera

The Redmi 9 has four rear cameras:

  1. The first is the main 13-megapixel module with an f / 2.2 aperture;
  2. The second is a wide-angle 8 megapixel;
  3. The third is a 5 megapixel macro camera;
  4. The fourth is a 2 megapixel depth sensor.

Taking into account the modest characteristics of the main camera, the photo quality is good. The photos have good clarity and detail in good lighting conditions. The color rendition is sometimes lame, and the artificial intelligence makes mistakes in coloring different objects. With a lack of light, the photos are very noisy, and the detail quality drops sharply. The lack of night mode does not improve the situation. But you probably shouldn’t expect more from a smartphone in this price category. The same applies to the wideangle and macro cameras. They allow you to get more or less acceptable photos, sothanks for that.

The Redmi Note 9 also has four cameras:

  1. The first is the main module 48 megapixel with an aperture of f / 1.8;
  2. The second is a wide-angle 8 megapixel;
  3. The third is a 2 megapixel macro camera;
  4. And a 2 megapixel depth sensor.

The smartphone shoots well with the main camera. The photos are obtained with accurate natural color reproduction and fairly good detail. Its night mode feature helps to cope with shooting in low light. If the difference in photos is not very big during the day, then at night the Note 9 outperforms its competitor. At the same time the Redmi Note 9 loses in quality to the Note 8, which is strange. Perhaps the software will be finalized in the future, and everything will be fine. The quality of shooting with the wide-angle camera is mediocre as well as in the younger model. Normal photos are only taken in good lighting conditions. Also, the macro camera of the older model received two megapixels instead of five for some reason.

Video capture on both phones is only possible in 1080p mode at 30 frames per second. And that’s not cool at all for the older model. But the Note 9 still shoots better than the competitor, since it at least has electronic stabilization.

The front camera of the Redmi 9 is only 8 megapixels, but it shows quite decent results. The front camera of the Note 9 is 13 megapixels. They produce brightly detailed selfies. Blurring the background works correctly.

So, the Redmi Note 9 wins this round.

Performance

The Redmi 9 is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 processor with Mali-G52 MC2 video accelerator. The Redmi Note 9 has a brand new MediaTek Helio G85 with the same graphics chip. The difference between the processors is minimal. The new one has a slightly higher video system frequency. At the same time, according to some tests, the Redmi 9 even slightly outperforms the older model. But this difference is within the measurement error.

The processors are made using a fairly old 12-nanometer technology. Despite this, they are quite nimble, they do not get very hot and do not throttle a lot. There are no problems with them in the daily use of the smartphones. Apps launch quickly, and the interface runs smoothly and clearly. It is quite possible to play different games. Such heavy games like PUBG, Call of Duty and World of Tanks Blitz run comfortably on medium settings.

The permanent memory in both models can be 64 or 128 gigabytes, the RAM – 3 or 4 gigabytes. The Redmi 9 also has a budget version with 32 gigabytes of internal memory and a rare version with 6 gigabytes of RAM. The permanent memory can be expanded in both models by installing an SD card in a separate slot.

This round is a draw.

Network

In terms of communication capabilities, the Redmi 9 has taken a step forward compared to the Redmi 8. There is the dual-band Wi-Fi and the fifth Bluetooth. And according to these indicators, the Redmi 9 began to match the older model – the Note 9. Both smartphones have an infrared port for controlling household appliances. A pleasant surprise for the Redmi 9 was the NFC module, which many more expensive smartphones, for example, the Redmi Note 9S, lack. The Note 9 also supports contactless payments. So, this round is a draw again.

Battery

Both models have the same 5020mAh battery. Their autonomy is good. But, despite the fact that the smartphones have approximately the same processors and screens, the Redmi Note 9 lives longer than the competitor. Apparently, the best software optimization plays a role here. Also, after the release of updates, the Redmi 9 has a chance to catch up with a competitor. Both smartphones support fast charging, but the Redmi 9 comes with a regular 10W device, while the Note 9 comes with a more powerful 18W device.

Here, the Redmi Note 9 wins with a slight advantage.

Reviews

As always, let’s turn to Internet resources and read reviews about the smartphones – the Redmi 9 and the Redmi Note 9. Let’s start with the negatives.

Negative reviews

The Redmi 9

  1. It’s big and heavy.
  2. There isn’t a notification indicator.
  3. There isn’t video stabilization.

The Redmi note 9

  1. It has a slippery plastic body.
  2. It heats up under heavy load.
  3. The vibration motor is weak.

Positive reviews

The Redmi 9

  1. There is Type-C connector.
  2. You can install a memory card in a separate slot.
  3. There is an NFC module.
  4. High autonomy.

The Redmi note 9

  1. The appearance is stylish.
  2. There is a bright high definition screen.
  3. It has a good 48MP camera.
  4. There is fast charging included.

So, let’s summarize. Today, the Redmi Note 9 won just like we expected. But the advantage was not as significant as that of the eighth generation Redmi phones. The older model has a better camera and a slightly brighter screen. But at the same time, the Redmi 9 is cheaper and, despite the loss, it is a good budget smartphone. Which phone did you like? Please write in the comments.

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