Xiaomi launched the new Redmi Note 9 series in the global market. It is actually composed of three models: Redmi Note 9, 9S, and 9 Pro. It is not exactly the same lineup we saw in India as the Pro variant is actually different from the Indian Note 9 Pro. Since their prices are close to each other, in order to highlight all the differences between the three models launched in Europe, we decided to bring all the variants in an in-depth specs comparison. Here you will learn all the details about the specifications and you should be able to realize which one has the best value for money depending on your needs.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (Global)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 162.3 x 77.2 x 8.9 mm, 199 grams 165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm, 209 grams 165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm, 209 grams DISPLAY 6.53 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 395 ppi, IPS LCD 6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), 395 ppi, IPS LCD 6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), 395 ppi, IPS LCD PROCESSOR MediaTek Helio G85, octa-core 2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, octa-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, octa-core 2.3 GHz MEMORY 3 GB RAM, 64 GB – 4 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD dedicated slot 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD dedicated slot 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD dedicated slot SOFTWARE Android 10, MIUI Android 10, MIUI Android 10, MIUI CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS CAMERA Quad 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.2, f/2.4 and f/2.4
16 MP f/2.3 front camera
Quad 48 + 8 + 5 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.2, f/2.4 and f/2.4
16 MP f/2.5 front camera
Quad 64 + 8 + 5 + 2 MP f/1.9, f/2.2, f/2.4 and f/2.4
16 MP f/2.5 front camera
BATTERY 5020 mAh, fast charging 18W 5020 mAh, fast charging 18W 5020 mAh, fast charging 30W ADDITIONAL FEATURES Dual SIM slot, splash resistant, reverse charging 9W Dual SIM slot, splash resistant Dual SIM slot
Redmi Note 9 Pro has a slightly more attractive design than Note 9 and 9S because on its rear side you can find a smaller camera module. The handset has a glass back made of two parts with different hues. Note 9S comes right after with its glass back and the same screen-to-body ratio as the Note 9 Pro. The vanilla Note 9 has a definitely uglier back which includes a fingerprint reader (the fingerprint scanner is side-mounted on the other two variants) and thicker bezels around the display, but it is more compact because its screen has a smaller diagonal.
Redmi Note 9S and 9 Pro are equipped with the same display panel: an IPS screen with a 6.67-inch diagonal and a Full HD+ resolution. Nothing special, but sufficient for a midrange phone. Note 9 has a smaller diagonal, but the display offers the same specifications. In each case, you will get an average IPS and Full HD+ display with a standard refresh rate. If you are looking for high quality in terms of display or smoother user experience, you should opt for something else.
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Specs & Software
Redmi Note 9S and Note 9 Pro offer more premium hardware. Both are fueled by the Snapdragon 720G SoC which is a preferred choice over the Helio G85 found on Note 9. They offer up to 6 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage. The Note 9 pairs the Helio G85 with max 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. Given that they are three variants of the same lineup, it is kinda obvious that you get the same operating system: Android 10 customized by MIUI 11.
The main difference inside the Redmi Note 9 series regards the camera department. On the rear side, you get a different camera setup depending on the handset you go for. The most advanced is the Note 9 Pro which boasts a better 64 MP main sensor, an ultrawide lens with an 8 MP resolution, a 5 MP macro camera, and a 2 MP depth sensor. Note 9S has the same secondary sensors, but the main lens is an inferior 48 MP sensor. The front camera is the same as well, with a 16 MP resolution. Note 9 has the same rear camera setup as the Note 9S with the exception of the macro sensor (2 MP). It also sports an inferior 13 MP selfie camera.
With exactly the same battery capacity, you would get a similar battery life with the whole lineup. And it is amazing battery life, given the 5020 mAh capacity. Redmi Note 9 is expected to go out of charge before the other two variants due to a less efficient chipset built with a 12 nm production process against 8 nm. On the other hand, Note 9 can also be used as a power bank thanks to its 9W reverse charging technology. Note 9 Pro wins when it comes to the charging speed thanks to a 30W power.
Redmi Note 9 begins at €180/$200, Note 9S has a €219/$243 starting price, and Note 9 Pro costs €250/$277 in its base variant. If you do not care about the camera at all and you do not need the fastest charging technology, Note 9S gives you all you need. Otherwise, go for the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Note 9 has less impressive hardware and camera than both its rivals, it is a good option only if you want to save the highest amount of money.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (Global): PROs and CONS
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
- Splash resistant
- Reverse charging
- More compact
- Less impressive hardware
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
- Splash resistant
- Good price
- Nice hardware
- Same display and hardware as the Pro variant
- Nothing particular
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
- Good hardware
- Better design
- Best cameras
- Faster charging
- Higher price
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