Overview of smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: knight middle tier
Xiaomi, like all difficulties in connection with the coronavirus pandemic — the issue of any models at all delayed, some (like 10 Mi) very long to get to Russia. But something is still out — and that “something” automatic claim to the highest positions in the sales lists — so happened with gadgets Xiaomi. 9S Redmi Note is no exception.
To understand the intricacies of the model range Redmi sometimes really difficult. It would be more or less logical if presented earlier numbered
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S||Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro||Moto G8 Plus||realme 6 Pro||Huawei P40 lite|
|Display||6.67 inch, IPS, 2400 × 1080 pixels, 395 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||6.53 inch, IPS, 2340 × 1080 pixels, 395 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||6.3 inch IPS, 2280 × 1080 pixels, 400 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||6.6 inch, IPS, 1080 × 2400, 399 ppi; capacitive multi-touch||6.4 inch, IPS,
2310 × 1080 pixels (19:9), 398 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass (version not specified)||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||no data|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G: eight cores (2 × Kryo 465 Gold, 2.3 GHz and 6 × Kryo 465 Silver, 1.8 GHz)||Mediatek Helio G90T: eight cores (2 × Cortex A76, 2,05 GHz + 6 × Cortex A55, 2.0 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665: four cores Kryo 260 Gold 2.0 GHz + four cores Kryo 260 Silver, 1.8 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G: eight cores (2 × Kryo 465 Gold, 2.3 GHz and 6 × Kryo 465 Silver, 1.8 GHz)||HiSilicon Kirin 810: eight cores (2 × Cortex-A76, the frequency of 2.27 GHz + 6 × Cortex-A55, frequency of 1.88 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 618||ARM Mali-G56 MC4||Adreno 610||Adreno 618||Mali-MP6 G52|
|RAM||4/6 GB||6/8 GB||4 GB||8 GB||6/8 GB|
|Flash memory||64/128 GB||64/128 GB||64 GB||128 GB||128 GB|
|Connectors||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, 3.5 mm||USB Type-C|
|Slot for memory card||Has a (separate slot for microSD)||There are (hybrid slot for microSD/second nano-SIM)||There are (hybrid slot for microSD/second nano-SIM)||Has a (separate slot for microSD)||Is (hybrid slot nV/second nano-SIM)|
|SIM card||2 x nano-SIM||2 x nano-SIM||2 x nano-SIM||2 × nanoSIM||2 x nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 HSDPA MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE, bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40||LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40||LTE Cat. 13 (600/100 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 6 (300/150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 13 (up to 400/75 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; 2.4 GHz/5GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n; 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n; 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; 2.4 GHz/5GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n; 2.4/5 GHz|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, NavIC||GPS (dual band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, barometer, magnetometer (digital compass), the sensor of the color spectrum|
|Fingerprint scanner||Yes (side key)||Yes (on rear panel)||Yes (on rear panel)||Yes (side key)||Yes (side key)|
|The main camera||The fourth module: 48 + 8 + 5 + 2 MP, ƒ/1,8 + ƒ/2,2 + ƒ/2.4 GHz + ƒ/2,4, phase detection autofocus, single led flash||The fourth module: 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP, ƒ/1,9 + ƒ/2,2 + ƒ/2.4 GHz + ƒ/2,4, phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash||Double module: 48 MP, ƒ/1,7 + 16 MP, ƒ/2,2 + 5MP, ƒ/2,2 (TOF camera), phase detection autofocus, led flash||The fourth module, 64 + 12 + 8 + 2 MP, ƒ/1,8 + ƒ/2,5 + ƒ/2,3 + ƒ/2,4, phase detection autofocus mostly telephoto and modules, led flash||The fourth module, 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP, ƒ/1,8 + ƒ/2.4 GHz + ƒ/2.4 GHz + ƒ/2,4, phase detection autofocus in the main module, led flash|
|Front camera||16 MP, ƒ/2.5, and without autofocus, with flash||20 MP, ƒ/2.0, no auto focus, with flash||25 MP, ƒ/2.0, no autofocus, no flash||16 + 8 MP, ƒ/2,1 + ƒ/2,2, no autofocus, no flash||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash|
|Food||Removable battery: 19,08 W·h (5020 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 17,1 W·h (4500 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 16,34 W⋅h (4300 mA⋅h, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: of 15.96 WH (4200 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||165,8 × 76,7 × 8.8 mm||161.4 m × 76,4 × 8.8 mm||158,4 × 75,8 × 9.1 mm||163,8 × 75,8 × 8.9 mm||159 × 76 × 8.7 mm|
|Weight||209 g||200 g||188 g||202 g||183 g|
|Protection from water and dust||Splash protection||No||P2i (splash protection)||Splash protection||No|
|Operating system||Android 10, shell MIUI 11||Android 9.0 Pie shell MIUI 10||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie shell realme UI||Android 10, shell EMUI 10 (without Google services)|
|Current price||15 900 rubles for the version 6/64 GB 16 200 rubles for the version 6/128 GB||16 990 rubles for the version 6/64 GB, 18 900 rubles for the version 6/128 GB||16 495 rubles||21 990 rubles||18 240 rubles for the version 6/128 GB|
Design, ergonomics and software
Despite the fact that modern smartphones recklessly copy each other, Xiaomi Note 9S against this background, manages to retain some semblance of individuality — and at the sight as front and rear.
The peak of the fashion 2020 was the replacement of the cutout hole in the screen — a move that at first seemed controversial to many (remember the numerous Wallpaper with Bender for Samsung Galaxy S10), slowly grinds audience and were massively taken into use. Today and cuts, and tricks with a retractable camera unit, or slider design seem to a certain extent the “vcherashnii”. But this uniformly expanding background Redmi Note 9S, a few stood out — the hole with the front camera was not on the side and in the center. Moreover, the company’s designers were able to rhyme with a badge identifying the person’s about the same size that appears on the screen directly beneath it, which further helps to get used to this technique, as it is better to enter into daily life with a smartphone.
On the rear panel of the hallmark Redmi Note is 9S the camera unit, also implemented seems to be about how everyone in his way. A black square with four lenses has not disappeared, but he was there first, again according to the center, and secondly, it is unusually arranged and decorated. Black shaded as the projection lenses, and the area underneath, which contains flash and a couple of decorative icons. Plus two of the four still camera and outlined with a silver frame. I would not say that it seriously affects the recognizability of the gadget or a General sense of its beauty, but at least visible work of designers, not only in “iPhone circle”, which is doubly nice when dealing with devices Xiaomi. Moreover, in this work managed to avoid alapitasi and inappropriate decorations, typical of too independent Chinese.
Another item grossly unfashionable today, is the rear fingerprint scanner. If the company can’t afford to place it on the screen, then submits it to the side key — examples of this more and more. From last I recall realme 6 Pro (one of the closest competitors of Redmi Note 9S), P40 lite or Huawei Honor Pro View 30, and in the face of the Note 9S added another.
That the smartphone average price category are made of glass, is not surprising. Redmi Note 9S in this respect quite typical — tempered glass covered by Gorilla Glass 5 and the front surface and back. Faces made of plastic, painted in color of the back.
Three color variations: black (Interstellar black), white (Glacier White) and blue (Aurora Blue). All three — glossy, with a mirror on the rear surface. The pros and cons of this design is obvious — it looks great when clean, but easily covered with prints and slides in hand. Therefore, beauty is important, but the fate of these smartphones are known to be Packed into silicone (or whatever else) cheholchik, which is great trims a vivid impression from the glossy case.
The dimensions are impressive — already reading the word “Note” in the title, you have to be ready for it. It uses a screen diagonal of 6.67 inches — more than the Note 8 Pro. Dimensions also have a very close screen increased primarily due to the change in format, it became even narrower (20:9), and a slightly thinner steel frame around it. The thickness remained unchanged, despite the larger battery (5020 mAh instead of 4500 mA·h). But in General to speak about the usability of the Redmi Note 9S not worth it. This two-handed gadget, where everything is sacrificed to size of the screen.
Functional elements typical of a modern smartphone with one pleasant surprise — mini-Jack on the bottom edge. Port for charging current — USB Type-C.
Fingerprint scanner built into the side of the phone, built on the basis of the capacitive sensor and, despite the small surface area to work quality and the response is fast, the percentage analytical tolerable (but not minimal). In the settings you can set how it should operate the scanner with a simple touch or press the key. It helps to overcome the specific problem of side scanners that smartphone you can lock immediately after unlocking it — just careless movement of a finger. As a Supplement is the already mentioned method of identifying the user by facial recognition. This is the front camera with no additional sensors.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note runs on Android 9S 10 with the shell MIUI 11 – the latest version of the original “cover” for the operating system Google. Once giperpopulyarnyh, but now have lost their positions. Xiaomi knows this and seeks to return the user’s shell with each new iteration looks better (though annoying headbands around the application icons no-no and will emerge), but the functionality holds the first place (in MIUI 11 my favorite was the ability to open documents basic extension using the built in file Manager, without downloading and installing special software). All branded chips like cloning applications and greater opportunities for flexible adjustment on-site).
But the problem is MIUI’s not in the design, functionality or speed — here shell Xiaomi all great, and the built-in is that off really impossible. She “infected” with the proprietary application like music or video player. Also, the smartphone offers many Intrusive recommendations from the new corporate store GetApps (Yes, Xiaomi now has a branded app store) and other basic software. In the settings, something you can disable, something to minimize, but the nasty feeling in the gadget that is bought for money, advertising, will not disappear. This is something we must be prepared when buying a Xiaomi smartphone, low price of something as due. Here among other things and this.
Display and sound
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S LCD screen diagonal 6.67 inch IPS-matrix with a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels (format 20:9). Pixel density — 395 ppi. Pixelation is not noticeable, the picture is smooth. Matrix of high quality, viewing angles is no problem.
Sandwich screen full — there are the polarizing layer and the normal oleophobic coating.
The maximum measured brightness of the display Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S amounted to 470 CD/m2. Contrast — 1108:1. Both rates from the category average, but to use sun-smartphone without any particular problems, and this is important.
The settings screen is quite modern: there is a special reading mode with the warm tone of the display, adjust the fonts, dark mode and even special settings for VR. Also in the settings available to adjust the color tone (from cool to warm), but only if you activate automatic setup of color. By the way, software developers Xiaomi was corrected and is no longer called color contrast, but the translators still fall into a stupor and was not identified with childbirth. The color tone consists of “auto”, “rich” and “standard”. So, it’s not my typos. Well, I measured the color reproduction of the display in the “rich” and “standard”, whatever you mean by that authors. By default, includes automatic adjustment to external light
In standard mode, the average gamma of 2.05 at is not too stable curves — not a very good indicator, but nothing absolutely critical. The color temperature of the reference — keeps almost no hesitation at 6,500 K. the Color gamut perfectly matches the sRGB standard. The average deviation of DeltaE scale Color Checker including a wide range of colors and shades of gray, made up 2.56 at a rate of 3.00, great, but if only it was enough to hit the white point and the boundaries of sRGB.
In the “saturated” mode, the color range is slightly expanded, but only slightly — it’s still close to the standard sRGB, only to have no match to him. Average gamma is about the same to 2.04, the curves behave the same way. The color temperature is raised (ranges from 8 000 to 10 000 K), the average deviation of DeltaE Color Checker scale increases seriously — 6,55. The image more saturated, but cold and not accurate with respect to the norm. In General, it is worth saying that the screen is good — about HDR (HDR10 only supported as a playback format), nor of compliance to the color standard DCI-P3 can not speak, but with color accuracy relative remains the most common standard sRGB all right. The main thing is to stick to automatic or standard modes.
We have researched the audio path Redmi Note 9S as part of the test player, the Sony Walkman NWZ-105 – and it was, of course, quite humiliating for the smartphone experience. But to build on these impressions is incorrect to say that the smartphone is bad, because he lost the comparison audiophile (in varying degrees) the player is not worth it. And even if the limited sound abilities Redmi Note 9S still obvious, here at least there is a mini-Jack — if you have a wired headphone, they can be used without adapters. Wirelessly transmits the signal to the smartphone efficiently, there is a profiles and aptX LDAC. External mono speaker located on the bottom edge and does not overlap with your finger if you hold the gadget in a horizontal position. Sound quality through the speaker is quite ordinary, but the volume is enough.
Hardware and performance
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S received hardware platform of the middle class Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G. We have already seen in the realme 6 Pro, I’m waiting for this year with a variety of gadgets with this system-on-chip.
The platform is built on two cores Kryo 465 Gold (modified ARM Cortex-A76) with a clock frequency of 2.33 GHz and six Kryo 465 Silver (ARM Cortex-A55) with a frequency of 1.8 GHz. Responsible for the graphics subsystem Adreno 618 with increased compared to a regular Snapdragon 720 frequency. Is also provided a signal processor Hexagon 692, responsible among other things for the neural network operation. Is platform for 8-nm process.
Some magical superiority over last year’s platforms in this class, it does not, especially in combination with 4 GB of RAM, as in our case (there is also a version with 6 GB), but that is enough to provide a convincing performance that allows you to run more or less any game (from released to date, at least) and fast to work with all underlying applications.
But is not the first time Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G does not Shine in terms of throttle — and, as in the realme 6 Pro, the result looks mediocre (74% in CPU Throttling Test), but the main drawdown occurs at the beginning of the session, and then the processor runs stably at frequencies close to the maximum. However, unlike realme 6 Pro, where the initial result was even lower, but then everything went smoothly from Xiaomi after the 15-minute test frequency again began to decline. However, to speak about serious issues with the throttle I still can’t. The average performance level was 139 GIPS.
In Redmi Note 9S installed flash memory standard UFS 2.1 capacity of either 64 or 128 GB, with the option to expand with microSD card – and it uses a dedicated slot. You can save and get the version on 64 GB to fill the shortage of the memory card — and for this don’t have to sacrifice the second SIM card.
Communications and wireless communications
Speed LTE Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S the manufacturer for some reason does not specify limiting the list of available ranges. With them at least all right. Both the operator’s standard card nano SIM to work with 4G.
Alas, the Redmi Note 9S struck the old disease Chinese smartphone Redmi in General and in particular — there is no NFC module, and so on contactless payment at the checkout using this smartphone you have to forget. Other wireless modules on the spot: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, there is even an IR port for controlling home appliances. The smartphone has a navigation module, dual GPS and a-GPS support, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S received, as it is now accepted, four cameras, but throw fireworks display is not worth it — block applied here inferior to, for example, what we saw in last year’s Redmi Note 8 Pro. In the main chamber instead of the 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL sensor Bright GW1 there is also a sensor Samsung, but simpler, since the Redmi Note 7 – ISOCELL Bright GM2 with a resolution of 48 megapixels (the same scheme Bayer Quad). But the lens a little faster, f/1.79 instead of f/1,9. Phase autofocus, optical image stabilization, of course not — that class is a luxury.
By default, the main camera with a resolution of 12 megapixels, but in the settings you can switch the shooting mode with the involvement of all the subpixels to obtain an image with a resolution of 48 Megapixels.
The difference to notice is not easy, especially on the smartphone screen, but the option is there. Examples — above.
But the other three cameras are already close to what can offer Redmi Note 8 Pro. Despite the fact that in the camera application we see the basic option of shooting with the double zoom, specifically designed for this module in a set — the so-called “hybrid” zoom, where the picture is taken from the main 48-megapixel sensor, and cropped. The quality suffers, but not too much — for social networks is enough. Then why are three chambers? One more less obvious is the wide angle module with 8-megapixel sensor (sensor size — 1/4″, the size of a single pixel of 1.12 microns) and a lens aperture of f/2,2. It lacks autofocus. The third chamber is exclusively responsible for the macro — it works on a bunch of 5-megapixel sensor and lens aperture f/2.4, also without autofocus. A fourth camera is needed only for portrait mode is a depth sensor. Shooting wide angle is implemented quite well. Of course, not enough focus, details of the images leaves much to be desired, and the dynamic range APB, but under normal lighting you can make a very spectacular shots.
Macro photography is conducted in 5 megapixel resolution (2592 × 1944) — the level of mediocre (to compare with the flagships like Honor Pro 30+ is not necessary), but is better than Redmi Note 8 Pro.
In the shooting menu to center in the top row is an icon AI, which connects to the process of neural computations. The smartphone is trying to identify the situation and slightly bend the under it. Zealous with this Redmi Note 9S, not much can be safely left to the neural network included — they at least do not harm, and sometimes help to make the scenes more spectacular.
Portrait mode is working fine — there are the usual filters, simulation Studio lights. The problem is the same that the Note 8 Pro — not using the zoom, and close-UPS at a fairly wide angle the main unit be not very successful because of the inevitable optical distortions.
There is a night mode — as in the case of artificial intelligence, is not too efficient: the dynamic range is expanded only slightly, details average. First and foremost you notice his work on light sources — they are better drawn, less glare. But the shooting is done quickly — to make a series, the smartphone takes 2-3 seconds.
About the camera app in MIUI 11 I told in the review of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10. The design and overall logic is the same, but seriously updated list of available modes: weird mode “cinema” in portraits (change aspect ratio, get warm tones), selected quick automatic gluing of the video, Google has a built-in Lens. In the case of Redmi Note 9S, the application worked as it should, quickly and without mistakes, but again and again I say this — the default is on “sticking” a watermark with the name of the model in the pictures. Need first thing to go in settings on and off.
The overall impression of the quality of the shot is pretty typical for smartphones Xiaomi – seems to be all good, but not brilliant. Redmi Note 8 Pro at the time was a happy exception. Well, Note 9 same if not call “rollback” still, it’s not a direct continuation of this model, but the title of best shot in his class smartphone does not apply. Although a strong middle level holds confidently.
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Video available in 4K resolution at up to 30 frames per second or Full HD at up to 60 frames per second. There is the slow motion mode up to a frequency of 960 frames per second (resolution is 720p), but the recording quality is mediocre.
Mediocre front-facing camera — 16 megapixels, lens low aperture, f/2.5, and no autofocus, nor flash. But there is a portrait mode, focus and exposed correctly.
Redmi Note 9S impressive capacity built-in battery — 19,08 W·h (5020 mAh, 3.8 V). But this is just the production needs for a smartphone with a screen diagonal of 6.67 inches. Some very impressive autonomy gadget shows — pretty standard day. Well, okay, but it’s a reliable day. To charge your smartphone need to once a day for any serious load, not more. If you use it vyalenko, it is possible and once every two days to charge. In General, the autonomy order.
In our traditional test playing Full HD-video on maximum brightness with the included updates and notifications, the smartphone lasted eleven hours and a half for a smartphone with LCD screen, a good level.
For charging the USB Type-C supports Quick Charge 4 (18 watts). And here’s the surprise — it comes with a charger more power (22.5 W)! However, its power is not fully used. To charge from 0 to 100 % 9S Redmi Note is just over an hour and a half.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S not one of those smartphones that capture the imagination and drag in the younger segment of the technological signs of the older models. No, it’s just another good mid-end smartphone — with a surprisingly recognizable design, good hardware, decent camera, huge and efficiently configured screen… but for some reason with the old sore of all Redmi – no NFC-module. Breakthrough Redmi Note 8 Pro did not spread immediately to all followers, the moments of regress is inevitable. Anyway, swing on one of the most selling smartphone of the year was a success.
Key competitor at the moment, two — Huawei and realme P40 lite 6 Pro. But at Huawei, of course, great wings clipped due to lack of Google services, but the realme is and Google, and NFC, and a 90-Hertz display, and advertising in shell no. In fact, the advantage of the Redmi Note becomes the 9S larger display and a more affordable version 4/64 GB — given the allocated slots for the memory card it’s a working option to a smartphone with adequate performance, but for 5 Grand less.
- not devoid of originality design;
- powerful hardware platform;
- large and finely tuned display;
- good battery life;
- advertising in software;
- no NFC;
- not the highest charging speed.