The Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max look almost identical and share a lot of hardware, but the more premium Max models have better front and rear cameras, more RAM, and faster charging. This is a change of strategy as well as the naming and pricing conventions for Xiaomi’s Redmi series, which we can all agree has established itself as a leader in the budget smartphone market. Its grip is so strong that it has at least one smartphone ranging from Rs 7,000 to Rs. 20,000. The Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max are the successors of the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro respectively.
The question is – are the additional features of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max worth paying more for, or would you rather be better than the Redmi Note 9 Pro? We test the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max to find out.
Redmi note 9 pro max design
Xiaomi’s Redmi series devices have grown in size, to the point that Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Is heavy and supernatural. It measures 8.8 mm in thickness and weighs 209 grams, which makes it difficult to use one-handed. It is difficult to reach the top of the tall 6.67 inch display without shuffling the phone in your hand. Thankfully the 20: 9 aspect ratio is slim enough for management. There is a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the display which should help it withstand daily usage. Just above the display is a thin earpiece with a white notification light.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner in the power button on the right side of the phone. It is slightly renovated which makes it easy to find by touch. We were not happy with its condition because it is more than our finger would naturally be. If you are left-handed, you can set your left index finger, which would be the most comfortable way to use this phone. While unlocking the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, we found this scanner quick.
Another problem we faced was the placement of the volume button. They are more than this side-mounted fingerprint scanner and are not convenient to access. Sticking to Xiaomi’s tradition of introducing IR emitters on its smartphones, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is at the top. It also has a headphone jack at the bottom with a USB Type-C port.
Xiaomi offers a quad-camera setup on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. These sensors are placed in a square-shaped module that protrudes from the back of the device. When placed on the table the protrusion is sufficient to elevate the phone. The rear of the phone has a shiny finish, and Xiaomi offers the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in three color variants: Interstellar Black, Aurora Blue and Glacier White. For this review we had the interstellar black variant which looked blue in bright light. The back panel picked up the smoothies quite easily, and we had to wipe it quite often. Xiaomi offers a case in the box that can help. Speaking of accessories in the box, you also get a 33W charger with the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, which is one step up compared to the 18W charger that ships in Redmi note 9 pro (Analysis).
Specifications of Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
Xiaomi’s smartphones cost a lot. There is a performance ratio and the company has also met with the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. To run the show here, Xiaomi has introduced Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. The Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max share the same processor, making it difficult to distinguish between the two models based on performance.
Yes, you can get more RAM and storage on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The variants are as follows: 6 GB RAM / 64 GB storage for Rs. 16,499, 6GB RAM / 128GB storage for Rs. 17,999 for Rs, and 8GB RAM / 128GB storage. 19,999. We had a 6GB / 128GB variant for review. There is overlap with the price of the Redmi Note 9 Pro which can cause some confusion for buyers.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max does not have a large display AMOLED panel and does not boast a high refresh rate. Xiaomi could do this to keep the price down, but at this price level some competitors offer these features. This is not a bad panel. It has good viewing angles and is quite bright on the outside. It has a camera hole in the center at the top, which can distract some people. We got used to it while using the device and did not face any issues.
One of the primary reasons for the bulk of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is the monstrous 5020mAh battery that it packs. The Note 9 Pro Max is a dual-SIM smartphone with support for Dual 4G VoLTE and VoWiFI as well as Bluetooth 5. And dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac. It has GPS as well as NavIC support.
On the software front, it runs MIUI 11 on top of Android 10 and our unit was running an April 2020 security patch. The UI has a lot of customization options and if you have used a Xiaomi device in the past, you will have no problem finding your way around it. Sadly, there is a lot of pre-installed bloatware. This includes apps like Halo that are known to be spam when launched. Xiaomi’s share apps can annoy you at times, and we were bombarded with notifications by an app store called the Get app. Xiaomi’s wallpaper carousel also kept forwarding information, which we consider unacceptable.
When setting up a new device we are familiar with the installation process to achieve this, but you will need to pay attention when setting up this device because some options and apps are checked by default. This will protect you from some unnecessary spam after setting up the device.
Performance of Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
With the key specifications shared between the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Max models, there is no difference in the performance of the two. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max can easily handle day-to-day tasks and you will never wait until it loads the app. We did not encounter any problems while scrolling through menus or multitasking. It does not have a high screen refresh rate Poco x2 (Analysis) And this Realme 6 Pro (Analysis), So it doesn’t sound as smooth as those devices, but it’s not a deal breaker.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max managed to score 2,77,058 in the AnTuTu benchmark, slightly lower than the 2,82,159 made by Realme 6 Pro, but the difference is not large enough to affect real-world performance. In the Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max was successful 564 and 1,759 respectively. Using the graphics benchmark GFXBench, it manages 16fps in the car chase scene and 27fps in Manhattan 3.1 which is similar to the Realme 6 Pro.
The gaming is well handled and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max managed to keep the load bar down. It defaults to higher settings when running PUBG Mobile. We could play the game without a hitch, but after 20 minutes the phone warmed to touch. While the large display is not great for single-handed use, it is very helpful when 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 outpaced one-and-a-half days before needing to be charged. In our HD video loop test, it ran for 17 hours and 10 minutes, which is a good score, but the Reality 6 Pro managed 21 hours, giving it an edge over the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.
When the battery runs out, you can use the supplied 33W charger. It takes the phone from zero to 52 percent in 30 minutes. The device heats up when charged rapidly. Charging slows down around the 75 percent mark, and the device reaches 90 percent in an hour. The more affordable Redmi Note 9 Pro can only be charged up to 18W, so this is an advantage for the premium model
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Cameras
Now we come to the main thing which helps to separate the Max model from the Pro model, the cameras. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a 64-megapixel primary sensor with f / 1.89 aperture. Others are 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle cameras, with a 119-degree field-of-view, 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At this price, the macro camera has a bump in resolution compared to other phones.
The camera app is feature-packed and has plenty of shooting modes to choose from. Photo mode captures 16-megapixel pixel-binned shots using a 64-megapixel sensor by default. You can also shoot at full 64-megapixel resolution if you need to. There’s a pro color mode that enhances the contrast in photos, and reminds us of dazzling colors and chroma boost filters Opposition And My true form Smartphones respectively.
There is a short video feature that restricts the clip to 15 seconds and provides a kaleidoscope effect. It is mainly targeted at Instagrammers and TikTokers. Slow motion video recording is also possible and you can choose between 120fps, 240fps and 960fps. The macro camera toggle is placed in a sub-menu and some people may find it difficult to find.
The daylight shots taken with the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max turned out quite well. We took a few shots with a bright sky in the background, and the smartphone enabled HDR automatically. The pictures look as if they have been sharpened which may not be liked by everyone. If you zoom in on an image, you will see that the details are good, but the shadow has some grain.
For close-up, the AI can detect the subject and set the camera accordingly. The phone manages a soft bokeh effect when shooting subjects, which helps them stand out. We had to try more than once to get the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max where we wanted but the resulting image was good and sharp. We also used the Pro Color feature, which slightly collided with the contrast in the output.
The wide-angle camera on the device provides a wider area, but the level of detail drops significantly. Xiaomi has implemented wide-angle correction that prevents barrel distortion at the output, a clean touch.
We found that the macro camera is good for extreme close-ups as it has a 2cm focus distance. It captures very good details as long as you have enough light on the subject. The resolution is higher than the 5-megapixel you usually get from other smartphones.
Good edge detection in portrait mode and the phone can distinguish between a subject and a background. However, it could not detect the gap between a person’s hand and body, and missed smearing the area.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max can detect low light and improve using AI. While shooting in regular mode we noticed that the phone managed to keep the noise under control. This came at the cost of expansion, which was visible when zoomed in. With night mode enabled, the phone combines multiple exposures. The output is faster, with better detail, and more visible objects in the shadow.
We were curious to see if the 32-megapixel selfie shooter gives this device a significant edge over the Redmi Note 9 Pro. In daylight, you take sharp selfies but they smooth out because beautification is enabled by default. If you are not fond of it, you can disable this effect. There is also a portrait mode for the selfie camera, and it manages to properly isolate the background from the subject. In low light, the camera performance degrades and the output has a fine visible grain upon zooming.
Video recording is at 4K 30fps for the rear camera and 1080p 30fps for the selfie shooter. In daylight, when shooting at 1080p, the camera meter illuminates well and stabilizes the output. However, in low light it tries to freeze the footage resulting in a shimmering effect. 4K पर कोई स्थिरीकरण नहीं है जिसके परिणामस्वरूप एक अस्थिर फुटेज है।
रेडमी नोट 9 प्रो मैक्स के उत्तराधिकारी के रूप में आता है Redmi Note 8 Pro (Analysis) और कंधे के लिए कुछ बड़ी जिम्मेदारियां हैं। इस डिवाइस का परीक्षण करने के बाद हम कह सकते हैं कि यह कई नोटों पर रेडमी नोट 8 प्रो से बेहतर है। नया रेडमी नोट 9 प्रो मैक्स अधिक शक्तिशाली है, बेहतर बैटरी जीवन प्रदान करता है, अच्छे कैमरों में पैक करता है, और एंड्रॉइड के नवीनतम संस्करण को चलाता है। हालाँकि, इसका प्रभाव कुछ हद तक इसके अधिक किफायती सिबलिंग रेडमी नोट 9 प्रो से नरम है।
रेडमी नोट 9 प्रो की कीमत रेडमी नोट 9 प्रो मैक्स से कम है लेकिन लगभग समान हार्डवेयर है। अप्रैल में स्मार्टफोन पर जीएसटी बढ़ोतरी के साथ, अब रेडमी नोट 9 प्रो मैक्स रुपये पर शुरू होता है। 16,499 जबकि गैर-मैक्स मॉडल रुपये के लिए रिटेल करता है। 13,999। तंग बजट पर किसी के लिए, बचाई गई राशि इसके लायक हो सकती है।
हालांकि, अगर आप खर्च करने को तैयार हैं, तो रेडमी नोट 9 प्रो मैक्स बेहतर पिक है। रेडमी नोट 9 प्रो और मैक्स मॉडल के तुलनीय वेरिएंट में सिर्फ Rs। 1,000 जिसके लिए आपको उच्च रिज़ॉल्यूशन के कैमरे और तेज़ चार्जिंग मिलती है, जिससे दोनों के बीच चयन करना बहुत आसान हो जाता है। Realme 6 प्रो (Analysis) और यह Poco x2 (Analysis) उसी कीमत के आसपास अन्य उपयुक्त विकल्प हैं।