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Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S Smartphone Review – Large Display, Low Price

Pixel enlargement. What do you get if you combine a high-resolution camera with zoom capabilities with a giant battery? A Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S for a mere $210. Find out what compromises, if any, you will have to make.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S

Xiaomi is notorious for releasing smartphones that either outshine their similarly priced competitors or manage to offer a great price-performance ratio over and over (and over) again. The Redmi-range of smartphones is Xiaomi’s most competitively priced series, much more so than the company's main series. The Redmi Note 9S is about to go head-to-head with established affordable mid-range top dogs in the $200-250 range, such as the Huawei P40 Lite or the Motorola Moto G8.

At around $210 you get a smartphone with a large display, 128 GB of storage, and 6 GB of RAM. Interestingly enough Xiaomi lists another identically priced SKU with 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM on its website. Who knows, maybe some customers demand less storage.

Based on our experiences from previous years and a quick glance at the Redmi Note 9S’s specs we can already tell that this is going to get very interesting. Not only does the Redmi Note 9S look very elegant, it also comes with a high-resolution main camera accompanied by a wide-angle and a macro lens for additional versatility, fast storage, and a fast SoC to boot. One thing is for sure: This is going to get quite exciting indeed.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Redmi Note Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G 8 x 2.3 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
Display
6.67 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 395 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 110 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm headphone jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB, dedicated, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, USB-C
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1,800/​1,900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.8 x 165.8 x 76.7 ( = 0.35 x 6.53 x 3.02 in)
Battery
5020 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 48 MPix 48.0MP, f/​1.79, phase-detection AF, LED flash, videos @2160p/​30fps, 720p/​960fps (camera 1); 8.0MP, f/​2.2, wide-angle (camera 2); 5.0MP, f/​2.4, macro (camera 3); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth-of-field (camera 4)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/​2.48, videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker at the bottom, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, silicone bumper, 24 Months Warranty, head SAR: 0,72W/​kg, body SAR0,98W/​kg; LTE speed: 800 Mbps (download), 150 Mbps (upload), fanless
Weight
209 g ( = 7.37 oz / 0.46 pounds), Power Supply: 76 g ( = 2.68 oz / 0.17 pounds)
Price
229 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Test Group

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
81 %
05/2020
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
SD 720G, Adreno 618
209 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
77 %
05/2020
Motorola Moto G8
SD 665, Adreno 610
188 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.4"1560x720
81 %
05/2020
Huawei P40 Lite
Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6
183 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.4"2310x1080
76 %
12/2019
Gigaset GS290
Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2
190 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.3"2340x1080
81 %
11/2019
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4
200 g128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash6.53"2340x1080

Case – Glossy Heavyweight

As always, we start with the exterior, and what a start this is! The glossy rear is clad in a deep blue with a matching slightly matte frame. At the front, we find visible yet not overly thick bezels around the display. Other color options include crème white and dark gray.

The Redmi Note 9S is a fairly large and very heavy smartphone. In fact, at 209 g it is one of the heaviest devices in our test group. Handling is very comfortable as all edges and corners are rounded off and we failed to notice any transitions between the various materials and components. The case feels very sturdy, and pressure applied to its front or rear has no effect on the display whatsoever.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S

Size Comparison

165.8 mm / 6.53 inch 76.7 mm / 3.02 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 209 g0.4608 lbs161.3 mm / 6.35 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 188 g0.4145 lbs161.35 mm / 6.35 inch 76.4 mm / 3.01 inch 8.79 mm / 0.3461 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs159.2 mm / 6.27 inch 76.3 mm / 3 inch 8.7 mm / 0.3425 inch 183 g0.4034 lbs157 mm / 6.18 inch 75.1 mm / 2.96 inch 9.65 mm / 0.3799 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs

Connectivity – Large Storage, no NFC

128 GB of storage is not unheard of for devices in this price range. UFS 2.1 speed, on the other hand, is rather uncommon. 6 GB of RAM is sufficient and adequate. The USB-C port is only connected to a USB 2.0 controller, which is unfortunate, but at least a 3.5-mm headphone jack is available as well. The infrared port at the top of the device is a welcome bonus that enables the Note 9S to be used as a remote for television sets.

Thanks to the dedicated microSD slot both nano SIM slots remain usable at all times. Unfortunately, the device lacks NFC and thus cannot be used for mobile payment systems, such as for example Google Pay.

Right: volume rocker, standby button with integrated fingerprint reader
Right: volume rocker, standby button with integrated fingerprint reader
Left: SIM slot
Left: SIM slot
Top: microphone, IR blaster
Top: microphone, IR blaster
Bottom: speaker, microphone, USB-C, 3.5-mm audio port
Bottom: speaker, microphone, USB-C, 3.5-mm audio port

Software – Xiaomi smartphone with up-to-date Android

The device comes preloaded with Android 10 and Xiaomi’s own MIUI Global v11 on top of it. Security patches were up to date at the time of writing.

Some advanced system settings require a Mi account that needs to be linked to your phone number. However, in most cases you will do just fine without a Xiaomi account. The device comes preloaded with a bunch of third-party advertising applications and free-to-play games that can be completely uninstalled if desired.

Given that the phone is L1 Widevine DRM-certified, streaming content can be enjoyed in high definition resolutions.

Software Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Software Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Software Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S

Communication and GPS – Wi-Fi 5 included

LTE support is quite extensive and should be adequate for travels to nearby countries. That said the device is not a world phone and might thus not be suited for extensive travels abroad. Make sure to do your due diligence before leaving.

Reception was decent, and we had at least 50% cellular reception indoors during a short test and another bar outside. The iPhone 11 Pro Max had a better reception when equipped with the exact same SIM card.

The fastest supported wireless network standard is Wi-Fi 5, and performance was at a level expected of and similar to other devices of its class. Unfortunately, we witnessed heavy fluctuations of up to 100 Mb/s during our transfers when connected to our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
353 (min: 330, max: 362) MBit/s ∼100% +23%
Huawei P40 Lite
Mali-G52 MP6, Kirin 810, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
298 (min: 61, max: 334) MBit/s ∼84% +4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Adreno 618, SD 720G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
286 (min: 225, max: 321) MBit/s ∼81%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 1414, n=553)
264 MBit/s ∼75% -8%
Gigaset GS290
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763V, 64 GB eMMC Flash
111 (min: 98, max: 120) MBit/s ∼31% -61%
Motorola Moto G8
Adreno 610, SD 665, 64 GB eMMC Flash
54.4 (min: 38, max: 57) MBit/s ∼15% -81%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei P40 Lite
Mali-G52 MP6, Kirin 810, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
338 (min: 286, max: 403) MBit/s ∼100% +32%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
319 (min: 302, max: 325) MBit/s ∼94% +25%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Adreno 618, SD 720G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
256 (min: 247, max: 263) MBit/s ∼76%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 1599, n=553)
250 MBit/s ∼74% -2%
Gigaset GS290
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763V, 64 GB eMMC Flash
107 (min: 81, max: 121) MBit/s ∼32% -58%
Motorola Moto G8
Adreno 610, SD 665, 64 GB eMMC Flash
55.8 (min: 40, max: 67) MBit/s ∼17% -78%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø286 (225-321)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø256 (247-263)
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test outdoors

Even though the GPS modem supports various satellite networks it was unable to obtain location lock indoors. Outdoor GPS accuracy was measured at 4 m and thus very good.

On our usual bicycle tour around the block during which we compare every smartphone to a professional Garmin Edge 520 satnav, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S turned out to be an overall reliable satnav device. Only in the narrow old-town streets did accuracy falter noticeably, and the recorded track both jumped and diverged from our actual location. Under clear skies on a field outside of town the positioning was very accurate. If you expect the same level of accuracy in cities you may want to give the Redmi Note 9S a trial run first, otherwise its accuracy was adequate for everyday use.

Garmin Edge 520: overview
Garmin Edge 520: overview
Garmin Edge 520: turning point
Garmin Edge 520: turning point
Garmin Edge 520: bridge
Garmin Edge 520: bridge
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: overview
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: overview
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: turning point
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: turning point
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: bridge
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: bridge

Telephony and Call Quality – Average Sound Quality

Xiaomi opted for Google’s default telephony app, which turned out to be a good choice given its ease of use and clear arrangement. Modern communication technologies, such as VoLTE or VoWiFi, are not supported.

Call quality on earphone was average. Our conversational partner was loud and clear but somewhat distant and accompanied by a minor hum on high levels of volume as well as clearly audible background noise. The same was true when talking on speakerphone. In addition, you have to raise your voice quite noticeably when talking on speakerphone in order for your conversational partner to understand a word of what you are saying.

Cameras – High-Resolution Versatility

Front-facing camera sample photo
Front-facing camera sample photo

48 MP cameras are the hottest thing in the world of smartphones right now. The idea is to either use the ginormous sensor at its full native resolution or combine four pixels into a single very large pixel with improved light sensitivity resulting in a 12 MP image sufficiently large for most applications. In addition, the Redmi Note 9S also features a macro as well as a wide-angle lens. The latter can be zoomed into and out of seamlessly in 0.1x steps in combination with the main lens.

On default settings the main camera produced images that while technically not underexposed still looked somewhat darker than our comparison photos. Overall dynamic range is lower, resulting in lost details in very dark and very bright areas of the photo. In addition, details were more washed-out than on higher-quality smartphone cameras. Nevertheless, the main camera takes decent photos, especially considering the Redmi Note 9S’s low price.

The wide-angle lens sits in front of an 8 MP sensor, and the inevitable wide-angle distortions along the sides are addressed and rectified very well in software. Consequently, instead of 119 degrees as claimed by Xiaomi the effective field of view is reduced to just 108 degrees. This feature can be disabled, resulting in wider angles with distortions around the edges. The macro lens can take highly detailed close-up photos. Unfortunately, its resolution of just 5 MP is too low, and the camera is thus a gimmick added to further improve camera versatility.

The camera software supports adding various effects, such as for example a tilt-shift effect (blurred edges on landscape photos taken from above or further enhancing the model train effect) or a document mode that is supposed to replace a scanner. The latter worked quite well with black & white documents in our tests.

Videos recorded with the main camera are captured in [email protected] Since switching between lenses on-the-fly is not supported you have to select one before you start filming and then stick with it no matter what. Dynamically zooming in and out is supported though.

The front-facing camera worked decently well. It could be more light-sensitive, but it offered an overall adequate level of details.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
Main camera sample photo
Main camera sample photo
Wide-angle camera sample photo
Wide-angle camera sample photo
Macro camera sample photo
Macro camera sample photo

Details vanished almost entirely in very low light, but candlelight will already do the trick. That said details will remain washed-out. Our test chart was captured slightly too pale and lacked contrast.

ColorChecker
29.8 ∆E
55.2 ∆E
39.3 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
44.4 ∆E
62.6 ∆E
54.1 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
42.7 ∆E
27.7 ∆E
64.2 ∆E
64.3 ∆E
30.3 ∆E
48.8 ∆E
36.7 ∆E
75.6 ∆E
42.2 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
93.7 ∆E
70.2 ∆E
52 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
24 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: 46.88 ∆E min: 13.76 - max: 93.71 ∆E
ColorChecker
14.4 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
5 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
6 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
5 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: 7.3 ∆E min: 2.68 - max: 15.59 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty – Case Included

The included silicone bumper found in the box next to a charger, a USB cable, and a SIM tool is a welcome bonus. A headset is not included.

Warranty depends on region and country. European customers get a full 24 months of warranty thanks to Xiaomi’s European branch office. The OEM also offers optional warranty extensions if desired.

Input Devices & Handling – Decent Touchscreen

The Redmi Note 9S’s large touchscreen is obviously not particularly well suited for small hands. It was very accurate and smooth overall. By default, it comes with a screen protector that had no impact on usability.

The fingerprint reader is located inside the recessed power button on the right-hand side, which turned out to be a well chosen position given that your right-hand thumb will rest on that area naturally when you hold the phone in your right hand, and when holding it in your left hand it is close enough to your left index finger. The sensor worked very fast and reliably.

A face detection feature is also available, although it does not seem to be particularly secure as it only takes a photo of our face as reference. Xiaomi claims that this method is nowhere near as secure as the other supported unlocking methods. In our test it worked reliably overall and we were unable to trick it into unlocking the phone with a selfie taken on another smartphone.

Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode

Display – Higher Contrast Would Have Been Nice

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The IPS display runs at a native resolution of 2400x1080 pixels, which is not uncommon for this class. It can get very bright if you enable automatic brightness control and shine a bright light straight into the ambient light sensor. Brightness distribution was uniform and good overall.

On the flip side, the display’s black level of 0.56 nits was too high, resulting in an average contrast ratio. Consequently, colors are not particularly pronounced, and dark areas are rather grayish than black.

615
cd/m²
628
cd/m²
603
cd/m²
610
cd/m²
622
cd/m²
602
cd/m²
618
cd/m²
590
cd/m²
617
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 628 cd/m² Average: 611.7 cd/m² Minimum: 18.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 622 cd/m²
Contrast: 1111:1 (Black: 0.56 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.98 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9
ΔE Greyscale 4.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
114.9% sRGB (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.206
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.67
Motorola Moto G8
IPS, 1560x720, 6.4
Huawei P40 Lite
IPS, 2310x1080, 6.4
Gigaset GS290
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.3
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.53
Screen
15%
0%
11%
-1%
Brightness middle
622
504
-19%
478
-23%
465
-25%
669
8%
Brightness
612
452
-26%
448
-27%
460
-25%
630
3%
Brightness Distribution
94
83
-12%
87
-7%
88
-6%
87
-7%
Black Level *
0.56
0.28
50%
0.49
12%
0.2
64%
0.42
25%
Contrast
1111
1800
62%
976
-12%
2325
109%
1593
43%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.98
3.84
4%
3
25%
5.3
-33%
4.8
-21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.33
6.1
17%
5.6
24%
7.3
-0%
9
-23%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.5
2.7
40%
4.1
9%
4.2
7%
6.2
-38%
Gamma
2.206 100%
2.235 98%
2.26 97%
2.09 105%
2.24 98%
CCT
7361 88%
7125 91%
7282 89%
6558 99%
7846 83%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
114.9

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 50 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18084 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

We found no evidence of PWM flickering. Response times were too high to satisfy the demands of competitive gamers. When tested with a spectrophotometer in combination with the CalMAN software we noticed some color deviations, particularly in red and orange hues. Grays were fairly accurate, and we were unable to detect any deviations with our naked eyes. A blue tint is not present on the Redmi Note 9S.

CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space (sRGB)
CalMAN color space (sRGB)
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 35 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 23 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 64 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.2 ms).

Viewing angles are quite wide, and the picture remained undistorted even at very acute angles.

Outdoor usability was decent, and the device remained usable even on bright days. Unfortunately, its reflective display made it somewhat strenuous for our eyes and annoying to use in direct sunlight.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoors
Outdoors

Performance – Snapdragon 720G with plenty of oomph

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G is an SoC targeted specifically at gamers, as suggested by the G suffix at the end of its model name. Overall, it is a great match for the Redmi Note 9S as it offers a high level of performance and even managed to outperform some of its similarly priced competitors. That said the Huawei P40 Lite offered a bit more performance, albeit not enough to be noticeable in everyday use.

Graphics performance was more than adequate but not powerful enough to run demanding games smoothly in the display’s native resolution. Lowering your expectations and thus details should result in a smooth and enjoyable gaming experience.

Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
Vulkan Score 5.1 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
1005 Points ∼62%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
447 Points ∼27% -56%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
709 Points ∼44% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (982 - 1063, n=3)
1017 Points ∼63% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 4043, n=63)
1626 Points ∼100% +62%
OpenCL Score 5.1 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
1173 Points ∼47%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
363 Points ∼15% -69%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
2493 Points ∼100% +113%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
688 Points ∼28% -41%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (1163 - 1201, n=3)
1179 Points ∼47% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (272 - 4739, n=58)
1746 Points ∼70% +49%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
1690 Points ∼85%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1280 Points ∼64% -24%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
1949 Points ∼98% +15%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
875 Points ∼44% -48%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (1690 - 1771, n=3)
1740 Points ∼88% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (445 - 3531, n=80)
1987 Points ∼100% +18%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
559 Points ∼93%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
309 Points ∼51% -45%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
604 Points ∼100% +8%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
150 Points ∼25% -73%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (559 - 569, n=3)
565 Points ∼94% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (124 - 1342, n=80)
567 Points ∼94% +1%
Geekbench 4.4
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
5702 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (663 - 21070, n=349)
4826 Points ∼85%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
6263 Points ∼82%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
5134 Points ∼67% -18%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
7624 Points ∼100% +22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
 
6263 Points ∼82% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (883 - 13589, n=411)
4928 Points ∼65% -21%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2620 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1495 Points ∼57% -43%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2484 Points ∼95% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
 
2620 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (390 - 4824, n=411)
1500 Points ∼57% -43%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
7673 Points ∼77%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
6969 Points ∼70% -9%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
9164 Points ∼92% +19%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
5068 Points ∼51% -34%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
9967 Points ∼100% +30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (7673 - 10106, n=3)
8536 Points ∼86% +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 13202, n=480)
5766 Points ∼58% -25%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
9027 Points ∼60%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
9051 Points ∼61% 0%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
12070 Points ∼81% +34%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
14946 Points ∼100% +66%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (9027 - 13777, n=3)
10632 Points ∼71% +18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 19711, n=638)
6307 Points ∼42% -30%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2765 Points ∼93%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2240 Points ∼75% -19%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
2977 Points ∼100% +8%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
2129 Points ∼72% -23%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2543 Points ∼85% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (2562 - 2765, n=3)
2683 Points ∼90% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 4057, n=140)
2631 Points ∼88% -5%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2257 Points ∼78%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
914 Points ∼32% -60%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
2552 Points ∼88% +13%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
466 Points ∼16% -79%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
1978 Points ∼68% -12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (2250 - 2257, n=3)
2254 Points ∼78% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 8783, n=140)
2894 Points ∼100% +28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2353 Points ∼89%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1052 Points ∼40% -55%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
2636 Points ∼100% +12%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
564 Points ∼21% -76%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2087 Points ∼79% -11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (2317 - 2353, n=3)
2337 Points ∼89% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 6644, n=140)
2605 Points ∼99% +11%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3256 Points ∼82%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2379 Points ∼60% -27%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
3972 Points ∼100% +22%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1619 Points ∼41% -50%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
3326 Points ∼84% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3067 - 3256, n=3)
3186 Points ∼80% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5728, n=486)
2148 Points ∼54% -34%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2551 Points ∼93%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
990 Points ∼36% -61%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
2752 Points ∼100% +8%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
431 Points ∼16% -83%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2322 Points ∼84% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (2539 - 2558, n=3)
2549 Points ∼93% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 9567, n=486)
2032 Points ∼74% -20%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2680 Points ∼91%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1138 Points ∼39% -58%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
2954 Points ∼100% +10%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
515 Points ∼17% -81%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2412 Points ∼82% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (2656 - 2680, n=3)
2668 Points ∼90% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 8204, n=487)
1886 Points ∼64% -30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3267 Points ∼82%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2347 Points ∼59% -28%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
4003 Points ∼100% +23%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1619 Points ∼40% -50%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
3362 Points ∼84% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3125 - 3267, n=3)
3206 Points ∼80% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5718, n=516)
2058 Points ∼51% -37%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3803 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1669 Points ∼44% -56%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
3488 Points ∼92% -8%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
642 Points ∼17% -83%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2323 Points ∼61% -39%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3785 - 3835, n=3)
3808 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 20154, n=516)
2703 Points ∼71% -29%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3669 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1783 Points ∼49% -51%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
3591 Points ∼98% -2%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
741 Points ∼20% -80%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2412 Points ∼66% -34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3645 - 3669, n=3)
3655 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 10699, n=516)
2272 Points ∼62% -38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3152 Points ∼86%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2409 Points ∼66% -24%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
3676 Points ∼100% +17%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1541 Points ∼42% -51%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
3280 Points ∼89% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3083 - 3170, n=3)
3135 Points ∼85% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5209, n=566)
2035 Points ∼55% -35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2369 Points ∼86%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
945 Points ∼34% -60%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
2740 Points ∼100% +16%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
440 Points ∼16% -81%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2218 Points ∼81% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (2356 - 2388, n=3)
2371 Points ∼87% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 8469, n=566)
1698 Points ∼62% -28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2507 Points ∼86%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1093 Points ∼38% -56%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
2904 Points ∼100% +16%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
523 Points ∼18% -79%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2390 Points ∼82% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (2499 - 2514, n=3)
2507 Points ∼86% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 7305, n=567)
1622 Points ∼56% -35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3070 Points ∼84%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2405 Points ∼66% -22%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
3638 Points ∼100% +19%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1545 Points ∼42% -50%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
3267 Points ∼90% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3070 - 3263, n=3)
3136 Points ∼86% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5054, n=608)
1901 Points ∼52% -38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3647 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1632 Points ∼45% -55%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
3384 Points ∼93% -7%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
630 Points ∼17% -83%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2219 Points ∼61% -39%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3620 - 3683, n=3)
3650 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 12494, n=607)
2224 Points ∼61% -39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3501 Points ∼99%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1758 Points ∼50% -50%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
3437 Points ∼98% -2%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
725 Points ∼21% -79%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2390 Points ∼68% -32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3501 - 3534, n=3)
3521 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 9492, n=610)
1918 Points ∼54% -45%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
20019 Points ∼72%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
24457 Points ∼88% +22%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
27654 Points ∼100% +38%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
11675 Points ∼42% -42%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
22928 Points ∼83% +15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (14849 - 20054, n=3)
18307 Points ∼66% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 57583, n=756)
15100 Points ∼55% -25%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
52700 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
24828 Points ∼47% -53%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
47563 Points ∼90% -10%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
11180 Points ∼21% -79%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
39137 Points ∼74% -26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (51789 - 53600, n=3)
52696 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 209431, n=754)
25291 Points ∼48% -52%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
38671 Points ∼94%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
24745 Points ∼60% -36%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
41003 Points ∼100% +6%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
11286 Points ∼28% -71%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
33832 Points ∼83% -13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (33926 - 38671, n=3)
36971 Points ∼90% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 110468, n=754)
19970 Points ∼49% -48%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
86 fps ∼97%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
36 fps ∼40% -58%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
89 fps ∼100% +3%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
22 fps ∼25% -74%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
82 fps ∼92% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (85 - 86, n=3)
85.3 fps ∼96% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=763)
43.2 fps ∼49% -50%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
59 fps ∼99%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
42 fps ∼70% -29%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
59 fps ∼99% 0%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
20 fps ∼34% -66%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
58 fps ∼97% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (59 - 60, n=3)
59.7 fps ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 120, n=772)
30.2 fps ∼51% -49%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
42 fps ∼79%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
19 fps ∼36% -55%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
53 fps ∼100% +26%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
11 fps ∼21% -74%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
49 fps ∼92% +17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (41 - 42, n=3)
41.3 fps ∼78% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 175, n=668)
25.4 fps ∼48% -40%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
37 fps ∼71%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
34 fps ∼65% -8%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
52 fps ∼100% +41%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
10 fps ∼19% -73%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
42 fps ∼81% +14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (37 - 39, n=3)
38 fps ∼73% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 115, n=676)
21.5 fps ∼41% -42%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
31 fps ∼94%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
13 fps ∼39% -58%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
33 fps ∼100% +6%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
6.7 fps ∼20% -78%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
29 fps ∼88% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (30 - 31, n=3)
30.3 fps ∼92% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=531)
20.5 fps ∼62% -34%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
27 fps ∼79%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
27 fps ∼79% 0%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
34 fps ∼100% +26%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
6.1 fps ∼18% -77%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
26 fps ∼76% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (27 - 29, n=3)
27.7 fps ∼81% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=533)
18.7 fps ∼55% -31%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
11 fps ∼85%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
9.1 fps ∼70% -17%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
13 fps ∼100% +18%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
2.2 fps ∼17% -80%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
6.8 fps ∼52% -38%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (11 - 11, n=3)
11 fps ∼85% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=279)
11.1 fps ∼85% +1%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
7 fps ∼64%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2.8 fps ∼25% -60%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
7.9 fps ∼72% +13%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1.4 fps ∼13% -80%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
11 fps ∼100% +57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (6.9 - 7, n=3)
6.97 fps ∼63% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=277)
8.02 fps ∼73% +15%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
17 fps ∼81%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
15 fps ∼71% -12%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
21 fps ∼100% +24%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
3.6 fps ∼17% -79%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
17 fps ∼81% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (17 - 17, n=3)
17 fps ∼81% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=283)
16.5 fps ∼79% -3%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
8.2 fps ∼39%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
21 fps ∼100%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
3.9 fps ∼19%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
19 fps ∼90%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (18 - 19, n=2)
18.5 fps ∼88%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=282)
19.1 fps ∼91%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
18 fps ∼95%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
7.2 fps ∼38% -60%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
19 fps ∼100% +6%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4 fps ∼21% -78%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
16 fps ∼84% -11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (18 - 18, n=3)
18 fps ∼95% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 73, n=456)
13.9 fps ∼73% -23%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
16 fps ∼80%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
13 fps ∼65% -19%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
20 fps ∼100% +25%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
3.7 fps ∼19% -77%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
14 fps ∼70% -12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (16 - 17, n=3)
16.3 fps ∼82% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=460)
12.3 fps ∼62% -23%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
275931 Points ∼86%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
167305 Points ∼52% -39%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
319383 Points ∼100% +16%
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
108862 Points ∼34% -61%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
282085 Points ∼88% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (271934 - 275931, n=3)
274443 Points ∼86% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 607937, n=84)
311945 Points ∼98% +13%
Basemark GPU 1.1
1920x1080 OpenGL Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
18.1 (min: 2.3, max: 44.7) fps ∼94%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
0 fps ∼0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7.73 - 85.6, n=73)
19.2 fps ∼100%
Vulkan Medium Native (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
21.2 (min: 4.9, max: 40.7) fps ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.57 - 63, n=64)
16 fps ∼75%
1920x1080 Vulkan Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
19.4 (min: 3.7, max: 33.6) fps ∼97%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.88 - 71.6, n=62)
19.9 fps ∼100%
VRMark - Amber Room (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2416 Score ∼74%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
3243 Score ∼100% +34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
 
2416 Score ∼74% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 7649, n=82)
2609 Score ∼80% +8%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
1410 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1224 Points ∼87% -13%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
1267 Points ∼90% -10%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
1145 Points ∼81% -19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (1226 - 1410, n=3)
1290 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=699)
800 Points ∼57% -43%
Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3807 Points ∼88%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1932 Points ∼45% -49%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
4339 Points ∼100% +14%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
3419 Points ∼79% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3757 - 3807, n=3)
3777 Points ∼87% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=699)
2379 Points ∼55% -38%
Memory (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
4295 Points ∼91%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2780 Points ∼59% -35%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
4726 Points ∼100% +10%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
3609 Points ∼76% -16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (4295 - 4573, n=3)
4440 Points ∼94% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 8398, n=699)
1763 Points ∼37% -59%
System (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
6828 Points ∼95%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
4391 Points ∼61% -36%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
7178 Points ∼100% +5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
6155 Points ∼86% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (6828 - 6908, n=3)
6864 Points ∼96% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=699)
3325 Points ∼46% -51%
Overall (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3542 Points ∼96%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2318 Points ∼63% -35%
Huawei P40 Lite
HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6, 6144
3695 Points ∼100% +4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
3054 Points ∼83% -14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3444 - 3542, n=3)
3489 Points ∼94% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6205, n=699)
1684 Points ∼46% -52%

Web-browsing performance was fairly high, particularly when taking the device’s low price into account. Websites loaded quickly and images rarely ever took visibly longer to load. Complex HTML5 content was rendered smoothly most of the time.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Huawei P40 Lite (Huawei Browser 10.1.0.300)
55.352 Points ∼100% +14%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Chrome 81)
48.527 Points ∼88%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (47.9 - 48.5, n=2)
48.2 Points ∼87% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 140, n=162)
39.6 Points ∼72% -18%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Chrome 78)
35.298 Points ∼64% -27%
Motorola Moto G8 (Chrome 81)
29.117 Points ∼53% -40%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Huawei P40 Lite (Huawei Browser 10.1.0.300)
91.154 Points ∼100% +2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Chrome 81)
89.457 Points ∼98%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (86.8 - 89.6, n=3)
88.6 Points ∼97% -1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Chrome 78)
72.098 Points ∼79% -19%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 302, n=592)
45.7 Points ∼50% -49%
Motorola Moto G8 (Chrome 81)
33.377 Points ∼37% -63%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Huawei P40 Lite (Huawei Browser 10.1.0.300)
53.2 runs/min ∼100% +21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (44.1 - 45.2, n=2)
44.7 runs/min ∼84% +1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Chome 81)
44.1 runs/min ∼83%
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 158, n=146)
42.5 runs/min ∼80% -4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Chrome 78)
41.6 runs/min ∼78% -6%
Motorola Moto G8 (Chome 81)
25.4 runs/min ∼48% -42%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Huawei P40 Lite (Huawei Browser 10.1.0.300)
97 Points ∼100% +41%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 184, n=226)
69.4 Points ∼72% +1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Chrome 81)
69 Points ∼71%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (67 - 71, n=3)
69 Points ∼71% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Chrome 78)
55 Points ∼57% -20%
Motorola Moto G8 (Chrome 81)
38 Points ∼39% -45%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Huawei P40 Lite (Huawei Browser 10.1.0.300)
17925 Points ∼100% +4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Chrome 81)
17303 Points ∼97%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (17157 - 17303, n=3)
17242 Points ∼96% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Chrome 78)
15606 Points ∼87% -10%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 49388, n=757)
7576 Points ∼42% -56%
Motorola Moto G8 (Chrome 81)
6133 Points ∼34% -65%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (2000 - 59466, n=783)
9978 ms * ∼100% -257%
Motorola Moto G8 (Chrome 81)
6719 ms * ∼67% -140%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Chrome 78)
3001.5 ms * ∼30% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (2794 - 3033, n=3)
2892 ms * ∼29% -4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Chrome 81)
2794.2 ms * ∼28%
Huawei P40 Lite (Huawei Browser 10.1.0.300)
2471.6 ms * ∼25% +12%

* ... smaller is better

When equipped with our microSD reference card the dedicated card reader worked very well. Unfortunately, its read and write performance was only average at best.

The integrated UFS 2.1 storage memory performed very fast for this price class but was still outperformed by the Huawei P40 Lite.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9SMotorola Moto G8Huawei P40 LiteGigaset GS290Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProAverage 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-17%
28%
-26%
10%
8%
-38%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
54.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
48.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-11%
70.6 (Nano Memory Card)
29%
73.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
35%
57.33 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
4%
59 (8.4 - 72.4, n=30)
7%
50.6 (1.7 - 87.1, n=504)
-8%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
74.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
68.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-8%
82.63 (Nano Memory Card)
11%
81.11 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
9%
71.61 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
74.1 (13.4 - 88.2, n=30)
-1%
68.7 (8.1 - 96.5, n=504)
-8%
Random Write 4KB
123.6
128.1
4%
175.45
42%
19.77
-84%
180.4
46%
103 (18.2 - 250, n=55)
-17%
31.7 (0.14 - 272, n=845)
-74%
Random Read 4KB
137
57.3
-58%
157.32
15%
54.7
-60%
156.22
14%
141 (96.8 - 179, n=55)
3%
55.8 (1.59 - 265, n=845)
-59%
Sequential Write 256KB
214.8
239
11%
181.69
-15%
196.75
-8%
193.54
-10%
226 (182 - 503, n=55)
5%
118 (2.99 - 756, n=845)
-45%
Sequential Read 256KB
496.6
301
-39%
912.99
84%
274.2
-45%
534.5
8%
758 (427 - 961, n=55)
53%
322 (12.1 - 1781, n=845)
-35%

Gaming Performance – Gaming with 30 FPS

Using GameBench we attempt to determine how well the Redmi Note 9S performed in various games. Demanding games, such as PUBG Mobile or Asphalt 9, ran without any issues on our test device albeit only at 30 FPS. We noticed occasional minor frame drops but nothing to worry about. Overall, gaming on this device should not be a problem.

Both touchscreen and gyroscope worked very well and reliably.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Asphalt 9
Asphalt 9
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
010203040Tooltip
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 0.18.0: Ø29.9 (28-31)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 0.18.0: Ø29.8 (19-31)
; Arena of Valor; min; 1.34.1.10: Ø30.2 (29-31)
; Arena of Valor; high HD; 1.34.1.10: Ø30.1 (2-31)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; High Quality; 2.2.2a: Ø29.6 (21-31)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; Standard / low; 2.2.2a: Ø29.6 (23-31)

Emissions – Redmi Phone without Throttling

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

Temperatures remained slightly below the 40 °C threshold, resulting in a noticeably yet never uncomfortably warm case. Temperatures remained at elevated levels even when idle, and the Redmi phone never felt really cool to the touch.

We use GFXBench’s battery test to run the same benchmark 30x in a row and record the frames. If the results do not change it is safe to assume that the device in question is not thermal throttling under load. In the case of the Redmi Note 9S we are happy to report that we only noticed minor fluctuations in the recorded results, and overall performance was thus fairly consistent.

Max. Load
 39.9 °C
104 F
36.1 °C
97 F
34.8 °C
95 F
 
 39.4 °C
103 F
36.3 °C
97 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
 37.6 °C
100 F
35.7 °C
96 F
34.3 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 39.9 °C = 104 F
Average: 36.5 °C = 98 F
31.2 °C
88 F
36.1 °C
97 F
39.9 °C
104 F
33 °C
91 F
36 °C
97 F
37.4 °C
99 F
33 °C
91 F
35.4 °C
96 F
36.7 °C
98 F
Maximum: 39.9 °C = 104 F
Average: 35.4 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.6 °C = 103 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.5 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.9 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 39.9 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 33.4 °C / 92 F, compared to the device average of 33 °C / 91 F.
Heat-map rear
Heat-map rear
Heat-map front
Heat-map front

Speakers

Pink Noise
Pink Noise

A single mono speaker is located at the bottom of the device. Its soundscape is not particularly powerful but is fairly balanced overall. Highs never get too uncomfortable, and the speaker is thus usable for occasional music playback as long as you keep your audio quality expectations in check.

External audio devices can be connected to either the 3.5-mm headphone jack or wirelessly via Bluetooth. Both worked very well, and the resulting audio quality was very clear.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.430.5253531.93127.126.44026275030.431.26325.228.88022.722.510025.522.112520.124.716019.235.420017.839.425017.845.931516.149.940016.655.750015.962.563014.365.580014.770.4100014.873.6125014.371160014.165.1200016.369.1250014.472.3315013.868.7400013.970.4500014.264.4630014.559.1800014.666.4100001568.11250015.359.11600015.751.6SPL60.964.571.226.981N13.817.725.60.948.4median 15median 64.4Delta1.610.732.428.93530.627.128.42629.830.430.825.226.922.72325.522.920.122.319.230.417.842.817.849.516.152.416.654.315.959.414.36114.767.314.871.814.367.814.166.116.368.914.471.413.870.113.970.514.265.214.561.614.665.21566.615.358.615.741.164.571.226.980.117.725.60.945.7median 15median 61.61.610.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseXiaomi Redmi Note 9SMotorola Moto G8
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 34% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 58% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Motorola Moto G8 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 47% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 40% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 67% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery Life – Great stamina thanks to a large battery

Power Consumption

Given its large display and its powerful SoC it is no surprise that the Redmi Note 9S’s overall power consumption was comparatively high across the board. The Huawei P40 Lite turned out to be significantly more energy efficient. Under load, we recorded a maximum power consumption of up to 7.5 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.5 / 2.1 / 2.5 Watt
Load midlight 5.2 / 7.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
5020 mAh
Motorola Moto G8
4000 mAh
Huawei P40 Lite
4200 mAh
Gigaset GS290
4700 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
4500 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
7%
24%
19%
10%
12%
24%
Idle Minimum *
1.5
1.3
13%
0.79
47%
0.88
41%
0.79
47%
1.057 (0.75 - 1.5, n=3)
30%
0.882 (0.2 - 3.4, n=859)
41%
Idle Average *
2.1
2
5%
2.14
-2%
2.05
2%
2.32
-10%
2.03 (1.79 - 2.19, n=3)
3%
1.751 (0.6 - 6.2, n=858)
17%
Idle Maximum *
2.5
2.8
-12%
2.23
11%
2.1
16%
2.38
5%
2.21 (1.88 - 2.5, n=3)
12%
2.03 (0.74 - 6.6, n=859)
19%
Load Average *
5.2
3.9
25%
3.6
31%
4.73
9%
4.72
9%
4.83 (3.88 - 5.41, n=3)
7%
4.09 (0.8 - 10.8, n=853)
21%
Load Maximum *
7.5
7.2
4%
5.17
31%
5.61
25%
7.68
-2%
7.02 (5.97 - 7.59, n=3)
6%
6.03 (1.2 - 14.2, n=853)
20%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Redmi Note 9S is equipped with an unusually large 5,020 mAh battery, thanks to which it managed to run for an extended period of time and much longer than other competing devices. It lasted almost 20 hours in our Wi-Fi test and managed 4:39 hours of continuous gameplay or running demanding apps.

Charging the device with the included fast charger from near empty to full takes around 2 hours. However, topping up the device for just a few minutes will result in sufficient charge to last for a few hours of moderate use.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
37h 43min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
19h 47min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
21h 9min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 39min
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
5020 mAh
Motorola Moto G8
4000 mAh
Huawei P40 Lite
4200 mAh
Gigaset GS290
4700 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
4500 mAh
Battery Runtime
-12%
-11%
-21%
-22%
Reader / Idle
2263
1953
-14%
2154
-5%
1893
-16%
H.264
1269
1048
-17%
1176
-7%
984
-22%
WiFi v1.3
1187
988
-17%
1007
-15%
934
-21%
864
-27%
Load
279
276
-1%
228
-18%
212
-24%

Pros

+ very long battery life
+ versatile camera array
+ infrared port
+ software up-to-date at time of writing
+ decent performance...
+ ...without thermal throttling
+ dedicated microSD card reader
+ fast charging

Cons

- no NFC
- low-contrast display
- preloaded bloatware apps

Verdict – A Lot to Offer

In review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S. Test unit provided by Trading Shenzhen
In review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S. Test unit provided by Trading Shenzhen

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9S is living proof that $200 will get a you a great smartphone in 2020, both in terms of size as well as in regard to equipment and connectivity. Granted, you should not expect LTE performance levels akin to high-end smartphones, Wi-Fi 6 or NFC.

What the Redmi Note 9S has to offer in return is a flexible and versatile camera array with multiple well-usable lenses. Again, do not expect the same level of photo quality as in much more expensive high-end smartphones but lowering your expectations ever so slightly will be more than enough to accept the camera system for what it is.

You will also get a ginormous battery, one that is at least partly responsible for the Redmi’s high weight, with almost 20 hours of runtime in our Wi-Fi test.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S offers a decent camera and long battery life at a low price.

The bright display could have benefited from a higher contrast ratio. Location services were accurate enough for everyday use. Considering its price class, the Note 9S was fairly powerful overall. It does not thermal throttle under load and offered an up-to-date Android system at the time of writing.

Overall, the Redmi Note 9S deserves our full endorsement as it comes with great features at a low price.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S - 05/19/2020 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
96%
Connectivity
44 / 70 → 63%
Weight
88%
Battery
92%
Display
85%
Games Performance
29 / 64 → 46%
Application Performance
69 / 86 → 80%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
72 / 90 → 80%
Camera
59%
Average
75%
81%
Smartphone - Weighted Average
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Florian Schmitt, 2020-05-21 (Update: 2020-05-22)
Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile
When I was 12, the first computer came into the house and immediately I started tinkering around, taking it apart, getting new parts and replacing them - after all, there always had to be enough power for the current games. When I came to Notebookcheck in 2009, I was passionate about testing gaming notebooks. Since 2012, my attention has been focused on smartphones, tablets and future technologies.