Redmi Note 9 Pro review with NFC and 64 MP camera is a real hit of 2020
Redmi Note 9 Pro review with NFC and 64 MP camera is a real hit of 2020
We are pleased to present you a review of Redmi Note 9 Pro, a novelty from the Xiaomi sub-brand, which has finally entered the European market with the much-awaited NFC module and a 64 megapixel camera, which was lacking in the earlier Redmi Note 9S (which we will raffle off very soon on our YouTube- channel).
In the realities of our countries, Redmi Note 9 Pro is, in fact, the true heir to Redmi Note 8 Pro , which has lost its "defect" in the form of a processor from MediaTek, so let's not drag it out and move on to our review of Redmi Note 9 Pro, one of the most interesting mid-range smartphones on the market.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro isn't exactly the most elegant or original in terms of looks, it's just good enough. Fans of the classics will probably prefer the device in white or black, but the blue version looks quite solid without boring gradients and overflows. The protruding square of the camera seems a bit dubious, but the lack of a fingerprint scanner on the back cover will surely please fans of custom cases. The scanner itself has been moved to the power button - not quite the usual, but quite a convenient solution.
The first thing you notice when picking up the Redmi Note 9 Pro is that it is heavy. A capacious battery and a glass back cover weigh a lot, so the plastic edges of a smartphone can be forgiven - plastic is not only cheaper than metal, but also lighter, and in the case of such a giant, every gram is important.
Glass perfectly collects fingerprints, which does not improve the appearance of the smartphone. Fortunately, the manufacturer took care of the user's comfort and added a silicone case to the kit, which will preserve the beauty of the device for those to whom it is important. The film on the screen is also pasted in advance.
But perhaps the most interesting item in the kit is a 30W power supply - unlike Note 9S , the Pro version supports this charging speed, so a powerful PSU is very handy. The cable is, of course, USB Type-C.
Otherwise, Redmi Note 9 Pro is practically no different from other modern smartphones - a screen without bangs and drops, with a small hole in the front camera in the center, which can be hidden by filling part of the screen with black using the corresponding item in the settings. The power and volume buttons are on the right side, the “royal” tray for two SIM cards and a memory card on the left, a microphone and an infrared port on top, and a speaker, a wired headphone jack and a USB type-C port on the bottom.
The screen diagonal of Redmi Note 9 Pro is 6.7 inches, IPS matrix, FullHD resolution. In terms of quality, everything is normal, there are no obvious shortcomings like insufficient brightness or small viewing angles, just as there are no features like some kind of extraordinary contrast or high refresh rate. It's just a good 60Hz screen, no more and no less. Given the low price tag, there is nothing to complain about, although you always want some chips like an increased hertz.
Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with the current Android 10 and the MIUI 11 shell, and will soon receive the latest MIUI 12 , although not in the first waves, since the new product will be released first for Chinese devices, the global will be released later.
Be that as it may, at the start, the shell, as always, is “raw”. Small friezes in the interface do not really interfere with the use of the device, but still slightly annoying. Well, looking forward to the update is the lot of Xiaomi lovers who buy smartphones at the start of sales, there's nothing to be done about it.
Much sadder is that the unoptimized firmware does not allow you to evaluate the real capabilities of the cameras. In theory, the main 64-megapixel module should shoot better than the 48-megapixel module of the “younger brother”, Note 9S, and at least no worse than its predecessor, Note 8 Pro, shot. In fact, everything is very sad, at least for now - soap at the edges of the frame, unnatural color reproduction, loss of details - in general, if the dampness of the firmware was not Xiaomi's "handwriting", one could say that the camera is simply terrible and deserves to be closed rather the Redmi A line, and not the mid-budget device. But, knowing this feature, we can only wait for updates and believe that in the end the camera will be at least as good as the Note 8 Pro.
One of the main things that sets the Redmi Note 9 Pro apart from its predecessor is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 720G processor . This is a gaming processor, as hinted at by the letter G in the name, which allows you to run any games and resource-intensive applications at high settings. At the same time, you don’t have to worry about the FPS indicator - even at maximum speeds in ShadowGun Legends, a really hard game with which we are now testing the gaming performance of flagships, there are practically no drawdowns below 30 frames per second, and at just high settings this indicator rarely drops to 40.
The device heats up, and it’s rather unpleasant, but not critical, there is practically no throttling – so the Note 9 Pro is great for games, although it’s not a gaming smartphone in the current sense of the word – it has neither cool cooling nor an “obviously gaming” design , however, the balance of autonomy and performance is excellent.
The device received only 2 drive options - 64 and 128 gigabytes. Those who do not want to overpay for "extra" memory using cloud services can rejoice - unlike Note 9S, Note 9 Pro even in the younger version has 6 gigabytes of RAM, so you won't have to pay extra for permanent memory for RAM. Supporters of storing all data on hard drives are also not deprived: the memory card tray is not hybrid, so you can easily put two SIM cards and a memory card at the same time.
Even taking into account the voracity of the MIUI shell, 6 gigabytes of RAM is enough for a full-fledged, comfortable use of a smartphone without any brakes. Despite the growing popularity of eight or more gigabytes of RAM, 6 is quite a sufficient amount, and you have to try very hard to score it and make the smartphone slow down.
All this splendor is powered by a powerful battery with a capacity of 5020 mAh. The battery capacity, of course, is not a record, but due to the high energy efficiency of the processor, the "little brother" of our device, Redmi Note 9S, lasted 9 hours and 19 minutes in our autonomy test - it is quite logical to expect about the same result from the firmware. But, unlike the S-ki, Note 9 Pro finally received a 30W fast charge, which allows it to charge 100% in 70 minutes, and in half an hour the battery gains 50% capacity.
The test is a test, but in everyday life the numbers are, of course, a little different: with active use (but without fanaticism) with games, photos and social networks, the device lives quietly during the day, from morning until late evening. A less enthusiastic smartphone user can safely count on a couple of days without charging: 10-12 hours of a working screen without abusing games and video, the device is quite capable of providing, the rest depends on your personal usage scenario.
One gets the impression that Redmi Note 9 Pro is such a "work on the bugs" in relation to Note 9S, at least for our markets. It retained what was valuable in the S-version and added what many users from our countries lacked.
In particular, Redmi Note 9 Pro retained an infrared port that allows you to control, for example, an air conditioner and a TV from a smartphone. This may not be the most requested element in a smartphone, but those who are used to its presence are unlikely to want to give up convenient functionality.
And the NFC module, the absence of which was almost the main problem of Redmi, has reappeared, as in Redmi Note 8 Pro - those who have used contactless payment for at least some time will agree that they should refuse it even for the sake of a capacious battery and a good processor don't really want to.
A separate slot for two SIM cards and a memory card can also be a powerful argument in favor of buying this device - even if in everyday life you have enough built-in memory, in some situations it can be very pleasant to be able to put a memory card with pre-downloaded movies into your smartphone and not think about the stability of the Internet connection.
The wired headphone jack is nice too. Firstly, Note 9 Pro does not have cool codecs for playing music in high quality, so good “wires” will produce better sound than even the most expensive Bluetooth headphones, and secondly, any wireless headphones “suffer” from sound delay , which, when watching a video or playing games, can cause real discomfort. So despite the onset of the “wireless era”, some Bluetooth technologies have not yet been perfected, so a wired “safety net” will definitely not be superfluous.
The audio from the multimedia speaker is just "normal", as is the screen. It's loud enough to wake you up with an alarm or not miss a call, but not big enough or deep enough to play good music. That is, taking into account the cost and positioning of the device, there is nothing to complain about, but the device does not have enough stars from the sky.
When talking on the phone, you should lower the volume if you don’t want to inform everyone around you about the subject of the conversation: at maximum speeds, the dialogue is really well heard even a meter away from the phone. The interlocutor will also hear you - the microphone is of high quality.
5G is out. For us, this is even good: in our countries, this technology is not developed and its launch is not expected in the next year or two, so overpaying for the very fact of having the ability to connect to such a network is a dubious pleasure.
The real questions arise only in relation to the camera: I really don’t want to believe that Redmi completely ruined it, but at the moment there is nothing good to say about it, this is not the level of Redmi Pro. So we are waiting for updates and hope to improve the situation.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a great mid-ranger that may be enough to interest many users, but not enough to turn buyers away from more "serious" models like the Mi 10 Youth Edition or Mi Note 10 , which cost a little more but have more advanced features. A state employee will not replace a flagship or sub-flagship, but those who are not interested in the capabilities of smartphones in the upper price segment will probably prefer to save money and get a high-quality and balanced smartphone.
Tomorrow, our YouTube channel will host a drawing of the Redmi Note 9S smartphone.
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