Redmi Note 9 Pro Review: The Best Flagship Smartphone in 2020?

Review Redmi Note 9 Pro

Two Xiaomi devices that are getting in the list of global smartphone best sellers (Canalys Q4-2019), Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro, now have a successor. Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro have been Released.

People have been able to get the two new Redmi Note devices through the company’s official partners. The regular Redmi Note 9 model is offered for US $130 (4/64) while the “Pro” variant is sold for US $150 (8/128).

If you are interested in owning it, here is CloverLeo’s review about one of the latest Redmi Note 9 Pro devices, which Xiaomi call it “The Best Flagship Smartphone”.

Main feature

Redmi Note 9 Pro has two configurations. One is 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage and another highest variant is 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage.

Also to the amount of RAM and storage, the specifications and design are identical. With a price of less than US $200, consumers can get a device equipped with a 64MP AI quad-camera, a 16MP selfie camera, a Snapdragon 720G chipset, a 5.020mAh battery with fast charge, and a 6.67-inch FullHD screen, and don’t forget NFC.

The Design

Redmi Note 9 Pro Design

At a blink of eye, there is no unique concept on the design of Redmi Note 9 Pro. But if look closely, there are five new-design languages. Starting from DotDisplay, symmetrical design on the back panel, fingerprint on the side, TUV Rheinland, and Gorilla Glass protection.

Very Wide, the screen span of the Redmi Note 9 Pro is 6.67 inches with the sharpness of the FullHD + screen (2400 × 1080). The screen-to-body ratio reaches 84.5% with an aspect ratio of 20: 9.

The selfie camera is perched on a black hole point in the top center of the screen (Xiaomi calls it DotDisplay).

All front and back panels are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. So minor accidents such as falling from a table, shouldn’t crack the screen or scratch the back panel of the Redmi Note 9 Pro.

Moreover, the device has also been blessed with a TUV Rheinland certificate, which means that users will remain comfortable looking for a long time at the screen.

 

64MP AI Quad Camera

Redmi Note 9 Pro Camera

Just like in the design section, the Redmi Note 9 Pro camera settings when viewed at a glance are also not far from its previous device, Redmi Note 8 Pro. However, it is examined more deeply, the sensor that is carried is now better.

Still equipped with four cameras, the 64MP main lens now has a larger sensor, which is 1 / 1.72 “with f / 1.89 aperture with superpixel binning technology, 1.6µm 4-in-1 Super Pixel.

The sensor size is equivalent to the camera setup on a flagship smartphone. The camera’s shot is certainly sharper and brighter. Users can crop photos and still get detailed pieces.

Then there is an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with an angle of 119 degrees, wider than the Redmi Note 9 (not Pro) which is only 118 degrees. With this lens, users can take pictures of the same subject from different angles.

To shoot subjects from close range, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is supported by a 5MP macro lens with an f / 2.4 diaphragm with an autofocus distance of 2-10cm. This amount is a significant increase compared to the Redmi Note 8 Pro which is only 2MP.

There is a 2MP depth sensor 1.75µm with f / 2.4 openings. This sensor is the only new addition to the arrangement of the Redmi Note series cameras. With this addition, users can take brighter photos. Even, users can set their photos in real-time.

last but not least, is the existence of Dual LED flash. Additional light will make the photo appear brighter and more natural. Moreover, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is also supported with a Night Mode feature.

In addition to captivating photos, users can also record videos like the director, thanks to the New Cinematic Portrait feature. With this feature, there will be a black box on the screen that appears when the user enters video recording mode, presenting a unique aspect ratio of 2.39: 1, like cinema.

 

Pro Mode

Redmi Note 9 Pro Mode

At the launch event, Xiaomi Director Alvin Tse said the Redmi Note 9 Pro was intended for professional workers in the creative industries because the device was provided with Pro Mode for both photos and videos. Such as?

First of all, there is a RAW mode feature, so then users can more freely edit photos. Not just photography, Pro Mode also alighted on the video menu. One Pro feature that we like is smooth video zoom.

With this feature, users can record videos while zooming in and zooming out smoothly to create dramatic effects. Very easy and useful. Try it!

In recording moving images, the two most important things are Focus and Lighting. Well, the Redmi Note 9 Pro, has been equipped with Autofocus Lock and Autoexposure Lock features, so users can choose which areas you want to focus more on. Very useful for recording a noisy atmosphere like CFD.

Then there is the LOG Mode, which is usually available on professional cameras. This feature allows users to get a flat color profile to edit it later from a computer. Not to forget, users can also record high-resolution 4K video.

 

Selfie

Redmi Note 9 Pro Selfie Camera

For the first time, Xiaomi introduced Slow-motion selfie Aka slow-mo-fie, which is a selfie video in slow motion. Supported with a 16MP camera with AI, the selfie features on the Redmi Note 9 Pro include AI portrait, AI beautify, Panorama selfies, Palm shutter, and Kaleidoscope.

 

Performance

Redmi Note 9 Pro Performance

Xiaomi uses the latest chipset made by Qualcomm in the 700s class. Redmi Note 9 Pro is supported by Snapdragon 720G in 8nm architecture, with CPU speeds up to 2.3GHz and equipped with a 5th generation AI Qualcomm engine. For graphics, Xiaomi embeds GPU Adreno 618 with faster rendering capabilities for the gaming elite.

Compared to the previous generation, 720G CPU performance increased by 40% and GPU performance rose by 14%, with low power consumption. Suitable for mobile gaming.

 

Battery

Redmi Note 9 Pro Battery Capacity

With a 5.020mAh battery, the Redmi Note 9 Pro can last for two days in standard usage. And for the first time, 30W fast charging can now be enjoyed by users of the Redmi Note series. Charging this cell phone is very fast, can be up to 50% in charging less than 30 minutes.

Fingerprint on the Side

Redmi Note 9 Pro Side Fingerprint

For the first time in the entire Redmi Note line, the Fingerprint sensor is now placed on the side, right on the Power button. Xiaomi integrates Fingerprint and Power button into one. So, users can turn on the phone while opening the screen lock of one instrument. Safer and smoother, also more natural. Honestly, we really love this design update. Very comfortable.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro device that we have for review is Interstellar Gray, which is dark gray. Look more classy and stylish. To womenfolk might prefer the color of Glacier White or Tropical Green, a very unique color with two color combinations. Glossy at the top, and darker at the bottom. Suitable for display.

 

NFC

Redmi Note 9 Pro NFC Featured

Just like the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Xiaomi again presents the NFC feature on the Redmi Note 9 Pro. NFC makes it easy for users to do things like recharge electronic money.

Another feature in the Redmi Note 9 Pro is Nano-coating to protect the device if accidentally exposed to water splashes.

Speaker sound is also improved, Xiaomi claims 30% louder audio quality and 80% more bass. Also, there is still a headphone jack, and a remote IR blaster, and a SIM slot 2 + 1 for memory cards.

Gaming Features: Z-axis linear motor

Redmi Note 9 Pro Z-axis linear motor

As a flagship-level champion, Redmi Note 9 Pro also brings hardware and software found in the company’s actual flagship, Xiaomi Mi 10. One of them is the Z-axis linear motor.

All gamers will be happy to know the existence of this feature. This premium feature will provide instant feedback to users when playing games on mobile phones, making it more accurate to type, tap, touch, and unlock smartphone screens.

When playing online games, the occasional WiFi signal might be unstable. Well, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is equipped with 2 × 2 Mimo WiFi with multiple inputs and outputs so that signal capture and range are better.

 

Conclusion

Yes, Redmi Note 9 Pro has almost all the features and hardware that are usually embedded in flagship phones. Starting from a 64MP AI quad-camera, 6.67-inch widescreen FHD + DotDisplay, a giant battery with fast charging 30W.

All protected Gorilla Glass 5 in front and camera. Snapdragon 720G CPU with GPU Adreno 618 combined 2 × 2 Mimo WiFi for a better gaming experience. And don’t forget, NFC.

With specifications above the average mid-range smartphone but offered at low prices, it seems we have to agree if the company calls the Redmi Note 9 Pro The Best Flagship Smartphone”.

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