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Rumour | Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 appears on Geekbench with a MediaTek Helio P65 and 6 GB of RAM

The Redmi Note 9, a MediaTek-powered smartphone? (Image source: Xiaomi via @ishanagarwal24)
The Redmi Note 9, a MediaTek-powered smartphone? (Image source: Xiaomi via @ishanagarwal24)
The Redmi Note 9 is set to join the Redmi Note 9 Pro in being unveiled later this week, and the two may differ greatly. Spotted on Geekbench with 6 GB of RAM like its Pro sibling, the Redmi Note 9 will seemingly note feature a Snapdragon SoC. Instead, a MediaTek chipset is on the cards, with the Helio P65 being a possibility.
Alex Alderson,

Joining the Redmi Note 9 Pro this week, the Redmi Note 9 will likely feature many of the traits of its Pro sibling. A Snapdragon chipset may not be one of them though, according to Geekbench. Brought to our attention by @xiaomishka, the alleged Redmi Note 9 goes by the codename "Merlin".

Benchmarked three times today, the device has 6 GB of RAM. All three listings state the processor as an "ARM MT6769V/CZ", an unannounced MediaTek chipset. MySmartPrice speculates that this could be a modified Helio P90, but its identifier suggests otherwise. Listed as the "ARM implementer 65 architecture 8 variant 3 part 3338 revision 1", this is the same identifier found in the Helio P65-powered Vivo S1. Similarly, it is the same identifier as the SM-A415F, the codename for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A41.

However, the Vivo S1 and Galaxy A41 both report as having an "ARM MT6768V/CA" processor. Hence, it is unlikely that a regular Helio P65 is powering the Redmi Note 9 "Merlin", either. Regardless, we expect the Redmi Note 9 to feature a custom or unannounced MediaTek chipset of some sort. Xiaomi will launch the Redmi Note 9 series on March 12.

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(Image source: Geekbench)
(Image source: Geekbench)
(Image source: Geekbench)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-03-10 (Update: 2020-03-11)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.