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Redmi Note 9 unboxed, hands-on review, camera samples, AnTuTu benchmark

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The Redmi Note 9 is the latest midrange phone from Xiaomi. The handset targets budget conscious gamers who value performance.

The Redmi Note 9 is armed with MediaTek Helio G85 processor and a 6.53-inch DotDisplay. It also features a 48MP quad camera setup and a 5020mAh battery with 18 watt fast charging.

Redmi Note 9 Unboxing, Initial Impressions

Unboxed, first impressions

The Redmi Note 9 comes in a white box with the phone’s image in front. Its nothing fancy and a bit underwhelming, not that it matters.

The smartphone comes with a 22.5W fast charger, a USB A to Type-C cable, a jelly case, the SIM eject tool, some documentation, and a pre-installed screen protector.

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At the front, the Redmi Note 9 has a 6.53-inch full HD DotDisplay. It is an IPS panel with Gorilla Glass 5 on top. You’ll find a punch hole cutout for the 13MP selfie camera on the upper left.

Redmi Note 9 Unboxing, Initial Impressions
Redmi Note 9 Unboxing, Initial Impressions

According to Xiaomi, the back of the phone is colored through an IMT process using 30 complicated procedures. The result is a colorful transparent design that subtly shifts colors as you move it around. It is also protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

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The volume rocker and power button is on the right side, while the SIM card tray sits on the left. At the bottom we have the headphone jack, a microphone, the USB Type-C port, and the mono speaker.

Redmi Note 9 Unboxing, Initial Impressions
Redmi Note 9 Unboxing, Initial Impressions
Redmi Note 9 Unboxing, Initial Impressions

Going back to its rear, the quad cameras are at the center in a square setup with the LED flash on its right. Underneath it is the fingerprint scanner. The phone boasts a 48MP main camera supported by an 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor.

Redmi Note 9 Unboxing, Initial Impressions

As mentioned, the Redmi Note 9 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 processor with a large 5020mAh battery. Our review unit is clad in Midnight Grey with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage.

Sample photos

Here are some sample photos. At first look, you’ll find the images to be quite pleasant to look at. These were resized for the web with quality set at 60 by the way.

Benchmark Scores

For those who like benchmark scores, we ran AnTuTu, Geekbench, and 3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme to give us an idea how the MediaTek Helio G85 performs.

Redmi Note 9 Benchmark Scores

My initial impressions and hands-on review of the Redmi Note 9 ends here. Honestly, I think Xiaomi has something impressive on their hands.

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The Redmi Note 9 is priced at PHP 7,990 for the 3GB + 64GB  model, and PHP 9,990 for the 4GB + 128GB model.

Redmi Note 9 will be available first on the official Xiaomi Global Store on Shopee starting May 27, 2020 at exactly 12AM with a PHP 500 discount on the 3GB + 64GB variant only on that day.

It will be available at the official Xiaomi Flagship Store on Lazada starting June 4, 2020 at 12AM, also with PHP 500 off on the 3GB+64GB variant only.

Redmi Note 9 specs

  • Display: 6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS DotDisplay
  • Processor: Octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 Processor
  • GPU: Mali-G52 GPU
  • RAM: 3GB / 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB / 128GB Storage
  • Rear Cameras: 48MP Main +8MP Ultra-wide + 2MP Macro + 2MP Depth
  • Front Camera: 13MP Selfie Camera
  • Network: 4G LTE, Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi AC, Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, IR
  • Others: USB Type-C, Rear Fingerprint Scanner, Headphone Jack
  • OS: MIUI 11, Android 10
  • Colors: Glacier White, Interstellar Gray, Midnight Grey
  • Battery: 5,020mAh Battery, 18W Fast Charging

Bryan is a tech and gadget enthusiast who spends his day blogging, writing fiction, and watching NBA clips on YouTube.

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