The Redmi Note 9 Pro is one of the most promising mid-ranger phones in Nigeria. To be honest, it is not really possible to refute the value-for-money the Note 9 Pro offers. Now with the new 5G variant being made available in the Chinese market, the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G will be the best and affordable midrange phone to buy in early 2021.
The back panel of the phone is perhaps the most distinguishable design feature. However, the phone comes with some impressive specs that are not found in the non-5G Note 9 Pro. A 120Hz refresh rate display, a 5G-enabled and faster Snapdragon 750G chipset, support for 33W fast charging tech, and IP53 rating for water resistance.
One of the phone’s attractions seems to be the camera setup. The quad-camera setup on the back consists of a 108MP (f/1.8) wide lens, an 8MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide-angle lens with 118˚ FOV, a 2MP (f/2.4) macro lens, and a 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor. It sports a 16MP lens on the front for taking selfies.
The 108 MP wide lens is Samsung’s latest ISOCELL HM2 camera sensor. Just like the ISOCELL HM1, it uses nine-pixel binning tech and can do up to 3x lossless zoom. Xiaomi claims that the sensor’s dual native ISO tech will work with the new night mode to give better night shots.
Instead of offering an AMOLED screen, Xiaomi has opted for an LCD screen just like the Non-5G variant but upgraded the refresh rate from 60Hz to 120hz, which is a welcome development. Xiaomi claims that it is an adaptive display and it will automatically change the refresh rate between 30Hz and 120Hz, which should help in the reduction of battery consumption.
The 6.67-inch Full HD+ display comes with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, a pixel density of 395PPI, and typical screen brightness of ~ 450nit is very okay. The device has a display that is ideal for binge-watching Netflix and playing video games.
Unlike in the non-5G variant, the Realme Note 9 Pro 5G comes with a more powerful chipset. You’ll find a Snapdragon 750G 5G (8 nm)under the hood which is 5G capable and coupled with 6/8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded via an SD card.
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The Snapdragon 750G has an octa-core Kryo 570 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz and it is equipped with X52 5G modem-RF system which supports mmWave and Sub-6 GHz spectrums, thereby granting widespread access to 5G.
The device has a 4,820 mAh battery that can comfortably last for one day of moderate use. A 33 W fast charger is included in the box. Similarly, the device comes with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 UI and it is based on the Android 10 operating system. The UI has been further optimized and improved when compared to previous versions.
Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G Full Specs
|Announced Date||26th November 2020|
|Release Date||1st December 2020|
|Dimensions||165.4 x 76.8 x 9 mm|
|Display Size & Type||6.67 inches IPS LCD|
450 nits typical brightness
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2400 pixels|
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Pixel Density||~395 PPI|
|Software||Android 10; MIUI 12|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 750G 5G (8 nm)|
|108 MP (f/1.8) Wide lens|
8 MP (f/2.2) Ultra-wide lens
2 MP (f/2.4) Macro lens
2 MP (f/2.4) Depth sensor
Features: 48 million ultra-clean modes, AI watermark,
voice-activated camera, timed burst, Document mode
HDR, AI Camera, Portrait, Night mode, panorama mode, Professional mode, RAW format, Voice subtitles
Video filters, Video beauty, 960fps slow motion.
Supports [email protected], [email protected]/60fps video
|16 MP Wide lens|
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||Yes|
|Network||2G, 3G, 4G, 5G|
|Connectivity||GSM, GPS, WiFi direct, BT 5.1, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac,|
Ambient light sensor
Infrared remote distance sensor Shu
|Battery||-Non-Removable Li-Po 4820 mAh|
-USB: Type C 2.0
-Fast battery charging: Yes (33W)
-Wireless Charging: No
-Power Share: No
|Colors||Gray, Blue, Red/Mint|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G Price & Availability
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G will be available in two variants 6GB/8GB RAM + 128GB/256GB ROM. The price of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G starts from US$330 (approximately N125,000). The phone will be available in Gray, Blue, Red/Mint. It is already on sale in Xiaomi’s official online store.
The actual release date in Nigeria and price is currently unknown but we estimate the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G price in Nigeria to range between N160,000 – N170,000.
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The choice of a phone mostly depends on your preferences. But one thing for sure is that the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G will effectively deliver great value to whosoever purchase it. The device comes with a camera that is above average, a 5G capable chipset, 33W fast charging tech, and a stunning design.
It seems like Xiaomi is still up with the mid-range market and the offerings speak for itself. There’s always something for everyone and the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G is defending itself against other mid-range smartphones (Like Realme 7 Pro, Realme 7 5G) that are increasingly becoming high-end.
Should you buy it?
If smooth performance at a low price is what you’re after, the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G is a good option. The Snapdragon 750G 5G chipset, 120Hz display, and support for 33W fast charging tech is a perfect combination for you if you like gaming and dont wanna spend on a flagship device.
The one thing about Xiaomi phones, particularly the Redmi Note series is that I will recommend them to anyone that is after “value for money”. The Redmi Note Series are generally good phones with a lot of values you can’t find elsewhere.