Overview of smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note Pro 9: when the little things decide
In the review of the Redmi Note 9S I have complained about the prohibitive complexity of the model range Xiaomi, even within a small subseries. This year had three Redmi Note, which sometimes differ in minor details.
Of the three Redmi Note 9 stands out as a more simple and inexpensive model: screen diagonal: 6.53 inches, the platform MediaTek Helio G85, the fingerprint scanner at the back (that is, even superficially it can be distinguished), frontalka 13 MP. But the difference between
|Xiaomi Redmi Note Pro 9||Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S||Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro||realme 6 Pro||Huawei P40 lite|
|Display||6.67 inch, IPS, 2400 × 1080 pixels, 395 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||6.67 inch, IPS, 2400 × 1080 pixels, 395 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||6.53 inch, IPS, 2340 × 1080 pixels, 395 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||6.6 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 5||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)||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 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||Adreno 618||ARM Mali-G56 MC4||Adreno 618||Mali-MP6 G52|
|RAM||6 GB||4/6 GB||6/8 GB||8 GB||6/8 GB|
|Flash memory||64/128 GB||64/128 GB||64/128 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, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, 3.5 mm||USB Type-C|
|Slot for memory card||Has a (separate slot for microSD)||Has a (separate slot for microSD)||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 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 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, 41||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. 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/ac; 2.4 GHz/5GHz||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, BeiDou, 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 (side key)||Yes (on rear panel)||Yes (side key)||Yes (side key)|
|The main camera||The fourth module: 64 + 8 + 5 + 2 MP, ƒ/1,9 + ƒ/2,2 + ƒ/2.4 GHz + ƒ/2,4, phase detection autofocus, single led flash||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||The fourth module, 64 + 12 + 8 + 2 MP, ƒ/1,8 + ƒ/2,5 + ƒ/2,3 + ƒ/2,4, phase detection autofocus mostly and teleformula, 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||16 MP, ƒ/2.5, and without autofocus, with flash||20 MP, ƒ/2.0, no auto focus, with 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: 19,08 W·h (5020 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 17,1 W·h (4500 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||165,8 × 76,7 × 8.8 mm||161.4 m × 76,4 × 8.8 mm||163,8 × 75,8 × 8.9 mm||159 × 76 × 8.7 mm|
|Weight||209 g||209 g||200 g||202 g||183 g|
|Protection from water and dust||Splash protection||Splash protection||No||Splash protection||No|
|Operating system||Android 10, shell MIUI 11||Android 10, shell MIUI 11||Android 9.0 Pie shell MIUI 10||Android 9.0 Pie shell realme UI||Android 10, shell EMUI 10 (without Google services)|
|Current price||16 989 rubles for the version 6/64 GB, 20 950 rubles for the version 6/128 GB||15 750 rubles for the version 4/64 GB, 16 480 rubles for the version 6/128 GB||17 540 rubles for the version 6/64 GB 19 350 rubles for the version 6/128 GB||21 890 rubles||17 780 rubles for the version 6/128 GB|
Design, ergonomics and software
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro is almost no different in appearance from the Note 9S. The “almost” is based only on the green (Tropical Green) version, in which the rear panel is painted in two different shades of green and the flash is visually separated from the unit cells. White version or gray, as in our case, decorated exactly the same as the Note 9S.
So we should talk primarily about differences from its predecessor, the Redmi Note 8 Pro — if purchased new from the redesign or lost? A definite answer to this question is no. On the one hand, the visual “nobility” has become smaller chrome edges and chiseled lines are gone. On the other — the new Redmi Note 9 appeared quite a strong personality. If 9S and 9 Pro to mix up elementary, here’s the whole series of smartphones another manufacturer already confused. For the age of the ultimate unification of the achievement is very significant.
Separately, I note a nice color gray (Interstellar Grey) version is glossy, the back is poured, changing its color depending on the lighting; to perceive the smartphone as gray is difficult — rather, it blue, or blue. However, in the case more or less uniform, and without a case to use on a regular basis glass gadget with a curved, even if only the back edges is not necessary. The benefit of the protection of clear silicone available in the bundle.
Of the important parts of the visual code of the current Redmi Note will highlight the side fingerprint scanner — previously unpopular element dramatically this year in Vogue (see realme 6 Pro, Huawei Honor lite P40 and View 30 Pro). And unusual unit cells with silver trim two of them and symmetrically inscribed flash and frontalka center, not in the corner.
In the rest of the functional elements, and materials, is quite familiar: 5 Gorilla glass front and back, plastic faces, a mini-Jack on the bottom, the USB Type-C. Gadget, it is easy to understand on the diagonal of the screen is very large and heavy.
It is necessary to tell about a caustic trolling in address Huawei on box 9 Redmi Note Pro flaunts the inscription: “with easy access to the Google apps you use most” (“with easy access to your favorite Google applications”). Well, the fact — which remained so all the years of the presence of Xiaomi in the smartphone market. But now it is not a sin to say really.
Fingerprint scanner built into the side of the phone, has a capacitive sensor and, despite its small surface area, works well and the response is fast, the percentage analytical acceptable, though larger and in the shape of the fingertip scanner on the back panel of Redmi Note 8 Pro worked better. On the other hand, here the scanner behaves adequately, than in the vast majority of expensive smart phones with on-screen fingerprint sensors. There are pleasant exceptions like Xiaomi Mi 10 but by default, even a small capacitive sensor large optical better. At least not yet. In the settings you can set how it should operate the scanner with a simple touch or press the key. This helps to overcome the problem of side scanners that smartphone you can lock immediately after unlocking 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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About shell MIUI 11, stretched on Android 10, I wrote several times, including in recent times — I refer to the reviews of Redmi Note and Mi 10 9S, and here to cite just the main points. In this generation of MIUI without losing the crown of the functionality easier and more pleasant externally — and this is a significant step forward compared to the dynamics that we’ve seen in recent years. Shell fast, almost devoid of strange design decisions, but not always stable (Redmi Note Pro 9, like previous smartphones on MIUI 11, getting us to the tests sometimes hang) and with the help of the advertising, which is completely impossible to disable it.
Display and sound
The Xiaomi Redmi Note Pro 9 installed exactly the same display as in Redmi Note 9S: 6.67 inch IPS-matrix with a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels and a format 20:9. Pixel density — 395 ppi. Pixelation is not noticeable, the picture is smooth. Viewing angles free.
Sandwich screen full — there are the polarizing layer and the normal oleophobic coating.
The maximum measured brightness of the display Xiaomi Redmi Note Pro 9 amounted to 445 CD/m2. Contrast — 1315:1.
Settings screen is not as extensive as in Xiaomi Mi 10, but quite sufficient for a smartphone middle class: there is a special reading mode with the warm tone of the screen, adjust fonts, dark mode, even special settings to work with the VR system. Also in the settings available to adjust the color tone (from cool to warm), but only if you activate automatic setup of color. It is possible to trust automation, defining color tone depending on external lighting (the local equivalent epplovskogo True Tone), and to select one of two presets: rich or standard. I measured the color of the screen Redmi Note Pro 9 with these presets.
Oddly enough, the screen behaves slightly differently than the Redmi Note 9S, – first of all it concerns scales, which are inflated to 2.39, whereas in Note 9S was conversely lowered. The rest are all about the same — and just as good. Color temperature is close to the benchmark — holding with minimal fluctuations at 6,500 K. the Color space is sRGB compliant. The average deviation of DeltaE scale Color Checker including a wide range of colors and shades of gray, made up 2.60 at a rate of 3.00 – for mobile display is a great result, you can practice the correction of photos directly on the smartphone without extra worries about the final result.
Even stronger difference between the behavior of the screen Note 9 Pro when you install a busy tone. Color gamut is expanded here — and may not reach the boundaries of the standard DCI-P3, but it is approaching. Average gamma is about the same (2,37), but for the standard P3, it is close to the norm (although we orientirueshsya Display on the P3 with its gamma of 2.2). The temperature is raised, but not too much — between 7 000 and 8 000 K. the Average deviation of DeltaE scale Color Checker the result is far from the norm — 5,85. The picture is not too accurate, but really rich, bright, cold. In General, the screen Redmi Note Pro 9 is good.
In terms of sound Redmi Note Pro 9 not enough stars in the sky, but at least provides the opportunity to use wired headphones without an adapter and wireless headphones — with close to maximum comfort (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. The sound quality through the speaker is quite ordinary, but the volume is enough.
Hardware and performance
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Note got the actual hardware platform of the middle class Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G — the same as in the realme 6 Pro and, of course, the Redmi Note 9S.
The platform is built on eight cores: two 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, there is provided a signal processor Hexagon 692, responsible among other things for the neural network operation. Is system-on-chip for 8-nm process.
Due to the large amount of memory (Redmi Note Pro 9 comes exclusively with a 6 GB LPDDR4X) smartphone benchmarks looks better than his twin Note 9S. But, as you can see from the graphs, significant growth compared to last year’s Redmi Note 8 Pro no. However, the stock performance is enough for to base application worked with ease, and run any game, though not always at the maximum.
But Snapdragon 720G again showed a tendency to throttle, but not critical, when the frequency of sags at a distance, and to the strange, when it is lower early in the session. The controller immediately switches to kernel mode for maximum performance why CPU Throttling Test and produced such low results. In this case, 70% with an average performance of 142 GIPS.
In Redmi Note Pro 9 is installed, the 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 not overlapping one of the SIM cards. The case when you can relatively safely save and buy a smartphone with less memory.
Communications and wireless communications
Speed LTE Xiaomi Redmi Note Pro 9 the manufacturer does not specify — the experience, the speed is quite decent, miracles in our heavily loaded networks still should not expect from any smartphone. For the correct operation of LTE bands supported. Both the operator’s standard card nano SIM to work with 4G.
Redmi Note Pro 9 got all of the latest wireless modules: dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, navigation module, dual GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo and even the IR port to control home appliances. And Yes, it’s a faithful follower of the initiative Redmi Note 8 Pro, there’s NFC, that is, with the help of this smartphone you can pay with contactless terminals. But Redmi Note 9S trend is not supported — it has no NFC.
Key, along with NFC, unlike the Note Pro from the Note 9 9S – improved camera. But curiously, while upgrade compared to the Note 8 Pro almost didn’t happen.
The head of the table sits a 64-megapixel sensor ISOCELL Samsung Bright GW1, which we also saw on realme XT, for example, and on the flagship NEX 3 vivo. Built according to the traditional scheme Bayer Quad (or TetraCell is a trademark of Samsung) with four subpixels are United under one filter, it offers a shooting at the default resolution of 16 megapixel with the ability, if necessary, to switch to ultra-high resolution.
As we have not once, not twice wrote, this scheme gives an advantage when shooting at night or when using the digital zoom, where the picture, taken with the involvement of all of the subpixels, then “shrinks” to the desired format. Shooting the same resolution of 64 megapixels (48, 108 or whatever else happens in the QuadBayer cameras) does not make much sense — in an ideal lighting you can get higher detail, but I would not say that the improvement is radical and worth it. At night the 64-megapixel mode useless. It should also be noted that the size of each frame with a resolution 9248 × 6936, on average, from 14 to 31 MB (in the latter case — with the use of HDR), that is, the memory will get clogged very quickly.
The sensor is very large (1/1,7″), which helped to keep the size of the individual pixel unchanged compared to 48-megapixel modules — 0.8 mm. The lens is devoid of optical stabilization, but has a fairly high aperture — f/1,9. The main camera is the phase autofocus system. The camera app is to be used as a two-time “hybrid” zoom and advanced angle. This applies to 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, and devoid of focus. To shoot at a wide angle makes sense only in good light — at dusk and especially at night this camera is folded. Zoom, despite the status of your software, work out quite confidently, including in low light, and moreover, it applies a special night mode.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Pro 9 allows you to get a good picture at different focal length by day, the possibilities are limited. Night mode by combining multiple images taken with different exposures, helps a little, but due to the lack of optical stabilizer and its capabilities are limited. In its class, the Redmi Note Pro 9 retains the position, but new heights is a relatively already achieved earlier Redmi Note 8 Pro is not zaritsya.
Different from camera Redmi Note 8 Pro a new module, only one — a better camera for macro photography. Is megapixel without autofocus then installed fresh, with a resolution of five megapixels and autofocus, but the lens at the same time she had a less high-aperture — f/2.4. Photo mega plans new fits perfectly. A fourth camera is needed only for portrait mode is a depth sensor.
Algorithms using “artificial intelligence” is familiar from models or Redmi Note 9S – they increase the saturation and the brightness of the frame, but do it neatly enough. Xiaomi Mi 10 in this respect took a step forward and it is not clear whether this is an advantage for him or disadvantage, there AI can overdo it. In Redmi Note Pro 9 same icon AI can not touch, the intervention of neural networks is less pronounced and is almost always appropriate.
Portrait mode quite efficiently blur out the background and allows you to achieve a good result when shooting waist and growth portraits. But for close-UPS it is not suitable — the focal length of one zoom is not available here. Accordingly, it will be highly visible geometric distortion of the face. In portrait mode, you can adjust the degree of blur, add beautification, various preset effects, and enable “film mode”, outstanding picture of the narrowed format with black bars on the edges and a warmer tone.
The camera app is the standard for MIUI 10. In place and is enabled by default, the watermark indicating the model of the smartphone on which you take pictures. Make sure to turn it off — although it is possible to erase it and then in the gallery.
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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. Before shooting, you can select the angle (advanced, standard, or two-time zoom), but in the process to switch between them: you can use digital zoom due to the crop image with loss of quality. There is the slow motion mode up to a frequency of 960 frames per second (resolution is 720p). Mode “video” allows you to adjust the speed of shooting (albeit in a smaller range), add the effect of a kaleidoscope or beautification with some effects. Nothing that can’t be done in post-processing, but it will help the blogger to save time for this postprocessing.
Front camera is not bad, but weird. Ordinary resolution — 16 megapixels, but the lens has a low aperture ratio, f/2,5. Under normal lighting you can make great selfies, especially because the available software blur the background and standard beutification. But in low light the picture will have to concede that it is possible to in Note 8 Pro, for example.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro got the same battery that Redmi Note 9S, – 19,08 W·h (5020 mAh, 3.8 V). The smartphone holds a charge for hours of active use: for camera with such a screen diagonal (6.67 inch, remember) is very good.
In our traditional test playing Full HD-video on maximum brightness with the included updates and notifications, the Redmi Note Pro lasted 9 c eleven hours — a good result for a smartphone with LCD screen itself is, well, enviable growth relative to the indicator Redmi Note 8 Pro.
For charging the USB Type-C supports quick charge with 30 watts of power. In the end, to fill a hefty battery Redmi Note 9 Pro as a whole, takes about an hour. Wireless charging no, but in my eyes a record for its class speed wired charging atoned for this peccadillo.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Pro 9 at first glance, no different from the 9S almost nothing, but that “almost” is enough to write a Pro-version of our advice on which 9S closers. Differences among NFC module, very fast charging and improved camera. Comparing the list of advantages and disadvantages, you may notice that two drawbacks 9S just delete — and Yes, it is well worth the three or four thousand rubles, which will have to pay for Note 9 Pro.
- recognizable design (but without any differences from Note 9S);
- a decent hardware platform;
- large and finely tuned display;
- good battery life;
- very fast charging;
- advertising in software;
- a small problem with the throttle;
- low aperture front camera.