The Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max look almost identical and include a lot of the same hardware, but the more premium Max models get better front and rear cameras, more RAM, and faster charging speeds. Redmi’s hold in the budget and mid-range market is so strong that the company has launched at least one smartphone in each price point of Rs 7,000 to Rs 20,000. Redmi Note 9 Max was launched by Xiaomi as an upgrade to Redmi Note 8 Pro. The smartphone comes equipped with many great features. It includes quad rear camera setup equipped with 64-megapixel primary sensor, Snapdragon 730G chipset and 5,020mAh capacity battery and its price in India starts from Rs.16,499.

All this brings us to the question – is the specification of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max worth the price, or would it be worth it to go for the Redmi Note 9 Pro instead? We are reviewing Redmi Note 9 Pro Max to find out all this.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max design

Xiaomi The biggest and new example of the fact that the Redmi series devices are now getting bigger in size Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Is. Its thickness is 8.8 mm and the weight is 209 grams, which does not give much good experience in one-handed use. It flaunts a large 6.67-inch display, which comes with 20: 9 aspect ratio. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection comes on the display. Just above the display is a thin earpiece that also houses a white notification light.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button on the right side of the phone. We weren’t too happy with the placement of this button, as it is set slightly up. If you are left handed, you can set your left index finger in it. It does not take much time to unlock Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.

Another problem we faced was the placement of the volume buttons. They are above this side-mounted fingerprint scanner and are not convenient to reach. Xiaomi has a tradition of introducing IR Blaster on its smartphones and with the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max the company has kept it up. It also has a USB Type-C port along with a headphone jack at the bottom.

A quad-camera setup has been given on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. These sensors are set in a square shaped module. This module is so out there that it can be detected by placing the phone on the table. The rear of the phone has a glossy finish and has offered the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in three color options, including Interstellar Black, Aurora Blue, and Glacier White. For this review, we had the Interstellar Black variant which looked blue in bright light. Xiaomi also includes a case in the box of the phone, which should help give some grip to its slippery body. Coming to the accessories in the box, you also get the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and a 33W charger with the case.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max specifications

Xiaomi is popular for its excellent ratio of price to performance in its smartphones and the company has retained the same with the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. Here the company has given Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset in the phone. The Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max come with the same processor, which makes it difficult to differentiate the performance between the two.

However, you will see more RAM and storage on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. Its variants and its price are as follows: 6 GB RAM / 64 GB storage costs Rs 16,499, 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage costs Rs 17,999 and 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage costs Rs 19,999. We had 6 GB / 128 GB variants for review. Price of this Redmi Note 9 Pro The price coincides with the price, which can confuse many buyers.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a bigger display, which is not an AMOLED panel nor does it come with a high refresh rate. It may be that Xiaomi did not provide these hardware to keep the phone’s price down, but at this price few competitors offer these features. However, it cannot be called a bad panel. It has good viewing angles and is quite bright even in outdoor light. It has a camera hole in the center towards the top, which can be distracting to some people. We got used to it while using the device and later we did not face any problem while watching content or doing other things in it.

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Redmi Note 9 Pro Max packs a 5020mAh battery. Note 9 Pro Max is a dual SIM smartphone that includes dual 4G VoLTE and VoWiFi as well as Bluetooth 5 support. The smartphone is equipped with dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and has been provided with GPS as well as NavIC support.

The smartphone runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10 and our unit was running on the April 2020 security patch. There are tons of customization options in the UI and if you’ve used a Xiaomi device for the first time, you won’t find it any different. Sadly, it comes with a number of unwanted apps pre-installed, some of which filled our review unit’s notification panel with notifications.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max performance

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max can handle day-to-day tasks with ease and it also loads apps quickly. We didn’t have any problems scrolling through the menus or multitasking. in this Poco X2 And Realme 6 Pro It doesn’t have a high screen refresh rate, so it doesn’t feel as smooth as both these devices, but it can’t be called bad either.

The phone handles gaming well. When playing PUBG Mobile, it runs on high settings by default. We could play the game comfortably without any lag, but the touch of the phone got a bit warm after 20 minutes. While its large display is not easy to use with one hand, it is good enough for gaming and watching videos.

We spent a lot of time watching videos on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and the battery performed well. With our usage, the smartphone easily took a day and a half on a single charge. In our HD video loop test, it lasted for 17 hours and 10 minutes, which is a good score, but the Realme 6 Pro managed to achieve 21 hours in this test, which makes it a lot more than the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. Is.

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You can charge its battery quickly using the 33W charger. It charges the phone from zero to 52 percent in 30 minutes. The device heats up when fast charging. Charging is a slow charge after about 75 percent of the charge and goes from zero to 90 percent in an hour.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max cameras

Let’s talk about the camera. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a 64-megapixel primary sensor with F / 1.89 aperture. Other cameras include an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 119-degree field-of-view, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Compared to other phones in this price, the resolution of its macro camera is high.

The camera app is packed with features and there are tons of shooting modes to choose from. Photo mode captures 16-megapixel pixel-bind shots using a 64-megapixel sensor by default. You can also shoot at full 64-megapixel resolution if you need to. There’s also Pro Color Mode, which enhances the contrast in photos and gives us Oppo And realme Reminiscent of the Dazzle Color and Chroma Boost filters included on the smartphone respectively.

There’s a short video feature, which creates clips up to 15 seconds long. This is primarily a helpful feature for users uploading videos to Instagram and TikTok. In this, you can also do slow motion video recording at the rate of 120fps, 240fps and 960fps. The Macro Camera toggle is housed inside a sub-menu and some may have a hard time finding it.

Photos taken in daylight in Redmi Note 9 Pro Max were good. We took the pictures with the bright sky as the background and the smartphone automatically turned on HDR. The pictures look like they have been sharpened too much, which might not be liked by everyone. If you zoom in on a picture, you will see that the picture is not lacking in detail, but there are grains in the shadows.

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While taking close-ups, AI recognizes the subject and sets the camera according to the scene. The phone adds a soft blur to the background while shooting the subject, which makes the pictures look beautiful. We also used the Pro Color feature in the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, which slightly enhances the contrast in the picture.

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There is also a wide-angle camera on the device, which covers a very large area, but the detail of the pictures taken with this drops significantly. Xiaomi has implemented wide-angle correction, which prevents barrel distortion (curved edges) at the output and adds a neat touch.

We found the macro camera to be good for close-ups as it focuses smoothly on subjects placed at a distance of up to 2 cm. It captures great detail as long as the subject is getting enough light. Its resolution is more than 5-megapixels, which you usually don’t get in other smartphones.

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Edge detection is very good in portrait mode and the camera separates the subject and the background well. However, it could not detect the small gap between a person’s hand and body, and missed the area to be blurred, making it unable to give the full feel of a DSLR picture.

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The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max can detect low light and improve photos using AI. In this, the grains are also very less visible in the pictures, although the lack of detail is definitely visible in it. The phone blends multiple exposures together when Night Mode is enabled.

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We were curious to see if the 32-megapixel selfie shooter makes this device better than the Redmi Note 9 Pro. In daylight, selfies are good, but there is a lot of softness in them. This is because beautification mode is enabled by default. If you are not fond of it, you can turn this mode off. There is also a portrait mode for the selfie camera, which separates the subject and background and gives the selfie a DSLR-like look. Camera performance degrades in low light and grains appear when the output is zoomed in.

Verdict

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is an upgrade of Redmi Note 8 Pro. After testing this device, we can say that it works in many places. redmi note 8 pro is better than. The new Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is more powerful, offers better battery life, comes with better cameras and runs on the latest version of Android. However, there are many places where we can not call it better than Redmi Note 9 Pro.

Redmi Note 9 Pro costs less than Redmi Note 9 Pro Max but has almost identical hardware inside. After the GST hike on smartphones in April, now the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max starts at Rs 16,499. While the Redmi Note 9 Pro starts at Rs 13,999. The difference between the two can certainly mean a lot to someone on a low budget.

However, if you are ready to pay a higher price, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is a better pick. The difference between the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variants of the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Max models is just Rs 1,000, in exchange for which you get higher resolution cameras and faster charging, making it very easy to choose between the two. Realme 6 Pro And Poco X2 There are other great options at a similar price.

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