Redmi note 9 pro max

The thing with xiaomi phones, especially the Redmi lưu ý series, was that I could recommend them blindly. I never needed to lớn think about specs, features, và most importantly: value for money. The phones were always good, always would be, but not anymore.

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Whatever else you might say about the two phones, you have to admit, they look really good. Image: Anirudh Regidi

With the Redmi cảnh báo 9 Pro & Pro Max, things have changed

To look at, these phones are basically identical. They differ only in the camera department & bundled accessories (the charger). Side-by-side, whether face-up or face-down, you won’t be able lớn tell them apart. But it’s not just looks; the specs, and by extension, the performance, is identical. They’re also gorgeous phones, và if I didn’t know any better, I’d guesstimate their prices at about 30k, perhaps higher.

The phones both feature 6.67-inch FHD+ 60 Hz LCD displays paired with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, 4/6/8 GB RAM, 64/128 GB of storage, 5,020 mAh battery, và quad-camera bumps on the rear — which share the 8 MP ultra-wide camera, 5 MP macro camera, & 2 MP depth sensor.

You can’t tell the Redmi cảnh báo 9 Pro và Pro Max apart. Image: Anirudh Regidi

Now for the differences: The Redmi note 9 Pro comes with a 48 MP primary rear camera (binned khổng lồ 12 MP) vs the 64 MP unit (binned to lớn 16 MP) on the pro Max. You get 4/6 GB RAM options on the Pro, and 6/8 GB options on the Pro Max. Lastly, the Pro gets a pretty decent 18 W bundled charger & the Max gets a more powerful 33 W charger. Pricing for the Pro starts at Rs 13,999 (4/64), & for the Max at Rs 16,499 (6/64).

On paper, they’re both excellent value, & the Pro looks lượt thích a steal.

What’s a few megapixels here or there? & you don’t actually need a damaging-in-the-long-run 33 W charger, vì you?

Well, yes, but also no.

The Redmis looks good, but…

… looks aren’t everything.

Performance is a sore point on both phones. Now mi told me that it opted for the 60 Hz display and more efficient SD720G chipset (vs the 90 Hz display & MediaTek G90T SoC on the competing Realme 6) because:

Battery life mattered to lớn its usersThe SD720G isn’t capable of 90 Hz gaming anyway.

They’re both good arguments, and Xiaomi isn’t wrong. However, once you use the Realme 6 (Review), & especially play games on it — heavier games like PUBG, Dead Trigger 2, etc. — you can really feel the difference. Even in general usage, the Pro và Pro Max tend to lớn stutter visibly, especially when browsing và using the picture-in-picture clip modes.

And the Realme 6, while it does have a smaller battery (4,300 mAh), faster display, & more power-hungry SoC, does last nearly a whole day (7–8 hrs of screen-on time vs 8–10 on the Pro Max), so the gains in battery life are not that significant in real-world usage.

If you care about cameras…

… don’t buy the note 9 Pro, but vì chưng pick up the Pro Max.

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The Redmi chú ý 9 Pro’s camera cài đặt was disappointing. The primary camera is good in good light, really good, in fact. However, let the light drop slightly or attempt to take pics indoors & you’ll be left with -- more often than not -- blurry, out-of-focus shots, which can also be poorly exposed. I suspect this has a more to vì chưng with low shutter speed và ISO sensitivity, but whatever the case, the Redmi lưu ý 9 Pro Max’s cameras are just better.

The quad-camera cài đặt on the rear of the phones is good, but the Max’s 64 MP primary camera is leagues ahead of the Pro’s 48 MP unit. Image: Anirudh Regidi

The Pro Max, on the other hand, was fantastic. Images are sharp and clear và there’s more than enough detail for those who want to vày a bit of cropping. Shutter speeds also appear faster và there’s less ghosting when attempting lớn capture fast-moving subjects.

In night mode, the difference between the two phones is night và day. Literally. The cảnh báo 9 Pro’s night mode offers marginally more detail than in regular mode, while the lưu ý 9 Pro Max’s night mode is almost comparable lớn the iPhone 11’s night mode, at least in terms of colour & exposure.

Click here lớn see Redmi lưu ý 9 Pro camera samples: 

In video, too, the note 9 Pro Max is leagues ahead. Both cameras struggle a bit with focus, but the cảnh báo 9 Pro couldn’t expose a scene correctly lớn save its life. In the bird-feeder đoạn clip seen here, the lưu ý 9 Pro just can’t maintain exposure while the lưu ý 9 Pro Max does it easily.

When it comes to lớn selfies, both cameras are good enough. The 32 MP Pro Max selfies are a bit sharper, but image chất lượng is largely comparable.

The 8 MP ultra-wide & 5 MP macro on both phones work as advertised. They’re not great, but you have the option khổng lồ use them if the need arises.

Click here khổng lồ see Redmi lưu ý 9 Pro Max camera samples:


Verdict: Only the Max is worth buying.

With the Redmi lưu ý 9 Pro and Pro Max, xiaomi has really outdone itself in the kiến thiết department, I just wish it had pushed a bit more on the performance front.

The Redmi lưu ý 9 Pro, while a great phone, is in that awkward position where it’s just a little bit cheaper than its far more capable sibling, & not as good value as its nearest rival, the Realme 6.

As far as I’m concerned, if you’re looking for a phone around 15k, the choice is simple:

If you care about cameras, get the Redmi note 9 Pro Max.If you care about gaming, get the Realme 6.If you’re a Xiaomi fan hâm mộ and just cannot spend a Rupee over 14k, I’d still recommend saving up for a bit longer and getting the Pro Max.