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Is the Redmi Note 9 the perfect entry-level smartphone?

As the first manufacturer, Xiaomi uses the new MediaTek Helio G85 in its Redmi Note 9.
As the first manufacturer, Xiaomi uses the new MediaTek Helio G85 in its Redmi Note 9.
In our test, the affordable 150-Euro (~$178) Redmi Note 9 hardly gives any reason for complaint worth mention, considering the price of the affordable mid-range smartphone. However, there is one issue you should consider before buying...

After the Redmi 9, with the Redmi Note 9, a second affordable smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi ran through our test course. Considering the purchase price, the very good overall concept of the Redmi smartphone stands out.

On paper, the Note 9 model offers a very similar overall package as its Redmi 9 sibling. However, in our extensive test, the Redmi Note reveals several improvements that become noticeable in everyday operation.

Even though OLED technology is not used in this affordable Xiaomi mid-range smartphone, the IPS panel in the Note 9 knows how to convince, considering the price range. In contrast to the Redmi 9, the IPS panel of the Note model is brighter and has significantly more contrast and more stable viewing angles. In addition, the speaker sounds better, the 48-MP main camera is nicer, and the fast charger is included in the box.     

However, some reasons for complaint for a 150-Euro (~$178) smartphone remain in the Redmi Note 9, such as the relatively slow processor, the slow storage connection, or the limited camera and video qualities. But at the current purchase price of about 150 Euros - trend decreasing - you currently cannot expect much more from an affordable mid-range smartphone in our opinion. In the end, this causes a purchase recommendation for the Redmi Note 9, if budget is the limiting factor when buying a smartphone. However, you should choose the version with 4 GB of RAM, since our test revealed that the MiUI software in our 3-GB version hits its limits with storage-hungry apps, such as games that have to be loaded into temporary storage.

If you'd like to get a detailed impression of the Redmi Note 9, we recommend our review on the Xiaomi smartphone. 


Redmi Note 9 Review

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Marcus Herbrich, 2020-09-19 (Update: 2020-09-17)