on the contrary, nothing more and nothing less July 15, 2020 – Posted in: Smartphone news


If Xiaomi wants to use Huawei’s mishaps to assert itself in the high-end smartphone market, it does not forget its credo: to provide the best of technology at affordable prices. Last year, the Redmi Note 8 Pro established itself as a benchmark for smartphones with less than 300 euros before it was dethroned by its successor, the Redmi Note 9 Pro.

Despite everything, some consumers are unwilling to pay such an amount for their smartphone. Regardless, Xiaomi offers the Redmi Note 9, a model that is marketed for 199 euros (3/64 GB) or 229 euros (4/128 GB). For this price, the manufacturer has to make some sacrifices. Should we worry about it? Not really. The Chinese giant has already shown that it can design complete smartphones at a reduced price. What about this model? Answer in this test of the Redmi Note 9.

Design and screen

Like the other products in the range, The Redmi Note 9 is classified in the category of impressive smartphones. The dimensions (162.3 x 77.2 x 8.9 mm) and weight (199 g) are therefore not suitable for everyone, especially for those who want to operate their smartphone with one hand. We could console ourselves with a selection of fine materials, it is not. Although his treatment gives the illusion of a matte glass bowl, The Redmi Note 9 is well covered with plastic. Very slippery, it strongly marks fingerprints.

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At the front, Xiaomi opted for a 6.53-inch panel, the integration of which would have required a little more care. The black edges are a bit thick, especially on the chin. However, I appreciate the positioning of the stamp in the upper left corner (and not in the middle like the 9 Pro and 9S).

Despite these small flaws (more than acceptable for an entry-level model), the Redmi Note 9 has the advantage that it doesn’t differ from any other product in the product range. He owes it mainly to the disposal of his square photo module (in the middle) in the continuity of the fingerprint reader. The latter is very responsive, but sometimes difficult to find (I often wiped with the camera) and made me go back several years during this test.

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Incidentally, Xiaomi opts for a classic layout: the on / off button and the volume button are on the right edge, in contrast to the SIM drawer. The USB-C, the speaker and the 3.5 mm socket are grouped at the bottom.

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You will understand that Xiaomi delivers a smartphone that meets most of the 2020 standards. However, the quality of the surfaces is not deceptive and leaves no illusion: it is a smartphone with 200 euros in hand.

Screen: Turn on the light

Without surprise Xiaomi integrates an IPS LCD panel with Full HD + definition, a classic in this price range. With a diagonal of 6.53 inches, the screen of the Redmi Note 9 promises a pleasant multimedia experience. Unfortunately, it inherits the bugs that were mentioned in my review of the Redmi Note 9 Pro.

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The colors are therefore out of balance, regardless of the display mode selected. The saturated mode points towards blue, the standard towards red. I recommend opting for the first one, which catches up with more vivid colors and whose minor weakness can be partially corrected by adjusting the color temperature.

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However, you cannot avoid this lack of brightness of the plate. Watching videos or playing outdoors and / or in direct sunlight is also often frustrating. Added to this is a very average audio quality, and the multimedia experience is impressive. Finally, the tactile feedback sent me back a few years ago, a reproach that I made to Realme 6 during my test.

Performance and interface

Like the Redmi Note 8 Pro, The Redmi Note 9 inherits a chip from MediaTek. here in response to the sweet name of Helio G85. That means nothing to you? It is normal. Most manufacturers put all of their protocols in the Qualcomm chip bag. On paper, however, the MediaTek processor is said to be more efficient than the Snapdragon 720G integrated in the Redmi Note 9 Pro. In fact, this is not really the case, which has been confirmed by my test.

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If the Redmi Note 9 can easily redeem the most basic uses (social networks, internet surfing, photo, video), it shows its limits if asked too often (even more so for resource-hungry applications). Most of all (and unlike the S720G) its processor is not optimized for gaming. Forget it Fourteen days (not supported by Redmi Note 9) and watch out for other successful licenses: Call of Duty Mobile, PUBG Mobile, Asphalt or NBA Live Run the minimal graphics configuration. On such a big screen “it stings my eyes”.

Finally, 3 GB RAM and 64 GB storage are a little fair in 2020, even for a smartphone at 200 euros.

MIUI 11: Cool love

I will not go into the software part because I could go back and forth in the tests of the Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro or more recently the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Like his brothers, lThe Redmi Note 9 is delivered with Android 10 with an internal MIUI 11 overlayFor better and for worse.

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Xiaomi gradually deviates from his inspirations iOS iennes to get closer to Android. Yes The application drawer is always shown to absent subscribers (a Launcher Alternative will fix the problem), the many customization options will delight fans of Google OS. The graphics charter is always elegant and the animations smooth. I also welcome the integration of NFC, which enables mobile payments or access to certain public transport. In short, daily use is very pleasant.

However, The antivirus system is still sore. With each installation, the applications are analyzed in detail so that the user can no longer navigate in the system. the opportunity for Xiaomi to send some ads. Fortunately, you can disable this feature in Settings, enough to pass the pill (a little).

Autonomy: ready for the triathlon

Like his brother The Redmi Note 9 has a 5020 mAh battery. Like his brother, he is one of the most durable smartphones on the market. Grant more than a day of autonomy for very sustainable use and Up to two days for versatile use. Something comes through the punctual activation of the energy saving mode.

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If he’s particularly persistent, The Redmi Note 9 fishes due to the slowness of its charging system. I will not blame Xiaomi for not offering wireless charging as this cannot compete in this price range. On the other hand, I wonder what went through the manufacturer’s mind to provide a 22.5W charger when his smartphone only supports 18. A little rab in stock? Maybe there is no concern. In reality, Fast Charge has only the name. Wait almost 45 minutes to reach 50% and more than two hours for a full charge. The account does not even exist on a smartphone at this price (Kevin).

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camera

Important: Our Redmi Note 9 test is not a final version. Xiaomi informed us that an extensive update would fix minor image processing errors in the final versions. Here are my first impressions as I wait for a business model.

Not jealous ! The Redmi Note 9 has exactly the same photo equipment as the Pro version. So we find:

  • A wide angle : 26mm f / 1.8 lens; 48 MP sensor (1/2 ”; 0.8 µm Photosite); PDAF
  • An ultra wide angle : 118 ° field of view; Aperture f / 2.2; 8 MP sensor (1/4 ”; 1.12 µm Photosite
  • A macro goal: Aperture f / 2.4; 2 MP sensor; Autofocus
  • A lens that is responsible for the depth of field: Aperture f / 2.4; 2 MP sensor

Although the integration of another chip could have changed the image processing slightly, the Redmi Note 9 has little or no less the same features and defects as its brother.

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In good lighting, it’s hard to blame him for anything. Contrasts, colors and sharpness are mastered so that you get convincing pictures. If the loss of detail is evident in the photos taken with the ultra-wide angle, Xiaomi manages to maintain a colorimetric and keep contrasts fairly close to the wide angle.

Macro mode remains a gadget for many users. Nevertheless, the manufacturer masters the exercise and makes it possible to take pictures from a very short distance with very correct results.

The portrait mode offers the essentials, even if it is difficult to cut out motifs with shaped hair. In all cases, the combination of the main sensor and lens, dedicated to the depth of field, refines the very natural bokeh.

Like his buddy The Redmi Note 9 is difficult to convince over long distances and at night. In the first case, the lack of a telephoto lens forces Xiaomi to use a 100% digital zoom with the associated limits. In poor lighting conditions, I have never really been able to achieve conclusive results. Noise and grain systematically worsen clichés and make them unusable even on social networks. Night mode brings some improvements, but it doesn’t work miracles either.

On the front, Xiaomi uses a 29 mm lens (aperture 1: 2.4) and a 13 megapixel sensor (1 / 3.1 ”; 1.12 µm photo page). I have nothing special to report: the selfies are very correct and the self-portrait mode is effective even when the treatment time is a bit long (3 or 4 seconds).

I’m not going to go into the anecdotal video part because we can’t Film only in 1080p at 30 fps without optical stabilization. So you can create some Stories nothing more on social media.

My opinion

While the Redmi Note 9 Pro has established itself as a new benchmark, the Redmi Note 9 cannot really convince. In question, a large number of technical victims did not allow it to stand out from the crowd. My main complaints after this test of the Redmi Note 9 include: the performance was too fair, the charging system too slow, the screen not very bright or a somewhat cheap design. If it turns out that his camera is more than correct and one of the most durable smartphones on the market, these advantages are not enough to compensate for their weaknesses. I also strongly recommend referring you to the Pro model, which is certainly a few tens of euros more expensive, but much more complete. To find out everything about this model, you can find our test here.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

$ 199.90

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

Autonomy and charging

8.0 / 10

We love

  • Excellent autonomy
  • Convincing camera
  • Flowing and customizable surface
  • Content price

We like less

  • The screen lacks brightness
  • Too fair performance
  • Slow loading
  • Something ends cheaply