Two new Redmi-branded smartphones have landed, the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro. Before we begin, it is worth noting that the Redmi Note 9 Pro was kind of introduced in India already, as the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.
The thing is, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is not identical to that device, and this is its global launch. There is a slight change in the camera design here, and its front-facing camera. Other than that, it's the same as the variant in India.
The Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro do look quite similar in comparison, but they're not the same. Both devices have really thin bezels. Their bottom bezel is the thickest, and yet it's still quite thin.
You'll notice that both have a display camera hole, but not in the same place. The one on the Note 9 is placed in the top-left corner, while the one on the Note 9 Pro is centered.
Both devices include four cameras on the back, two in each row. A capacitive fingerprint scanner is placed on the back of the regular model, while the 'Pro' variant has a side-facing fingerprint scanner.
They are quite different in terms of specifications. That is why we'll talk about the Redmi Note 9 first, and then get back to the Note 9 Pro.
Redmi Note 9 specifications
The Redmi Note 9 features a 6.53-inch fullHD+ (2340 x 1080) display with Gorilla Glass 5. The phone is fueled by the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, and it comes with 3GB / 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The phone also includes 128GB of storage, which is expandable.
The device offers two SIM card slots, and comes with Android 10, and MIUI 11. An IR sensor is included on this phone, as is a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone is P2i-coated for splash resistance, while it sports a 5,020mAh battery. That battery supports 18W fast wired charging.
A 48-megapixel camera (Samsung's GM1 sensor, f/1.79 aperture, PDAF, EIS) is included on the back. That camera is backed by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide unit (118-degree FoV, f/2.2 aperture), 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera.
A 13-megapixel camera can be found on the front side of the device. The device comes in Forest Green, Polar White, and Midnight Gray color variants. Its pricing starts at $199, and the 4GB variant costs $249.
Redmi Note 9 Pro specifications
The Redmi Note 9 Pro, on the other hand, features a 6.67-inch fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) LCD DotDisplay with Gorilla Glass 5. The phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 720G octa-core SoC, and comes with 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM. It also includes 128GB of expandable storage.
The device does include two SIM card slots, and a separate microSD card slot. Android 10 comes pre-installed, along with MIUI 11.
An infrared sensor is included at the top, while a 3.5mm headphone jack is also a part of the package. This phone is also P2i-coated for splash resistance, while it supports Bluetooth 5.
It comes with a 5,020mAh battery, just like its sibling, but it offers faster charging. This handset comes with 30W fast wired charging. It includes a more compelling camera setup than its sibling.
The Note 9 Pro features a 64-megapixel main camera (Samsung's GW1 sensor, f/1.89 aperture, PDAF, EIS). Along with it, you'll find an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera (119-degree FoV, f/2.2 aperture), a 5-megapixel macro camera (2cm macro lens, f/2.4 aperture), and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
The device measures 165.75 x 76.68 x 8.8mm, and weighs 209 grams. It comes in Tropical Green, Interstellar Gray, and Glacier White color variants. Its pricing starts at $269 for the 6GB RAM variant with 64GB of storage, while the variant with 128GB of storage is priced at $299.