The importance of the Note series of phones in Redmi’s lineup cannot be overstated. It is the phone that put the company on the map and helped Xiaomi gain massive global momentum. The Redmi Note 4 sold over 10 million units over its product cycle, and last year, the Redmi Note 7 Pro was India’s highest-selling phone in the Rs. 10,000 and above category. Suffice it to say, it is critical for the brand to get this product right.
The most distinctive, and different, design element has to be the back panel of the phone. Gone is the gradient and instead, you get a brilliantly glossy pane of Gorilla Glass 5. We have the Aurora Blue variant and at the right angle, it could double up as a mirror in a pinch. Of course, this makes it a fingerprint and scuff magnet. Using the included case is almost necessary if you don’t want to constantly clean up smudges. It’s a shame really since the phone somehow manages to stand out despite the myriad iterations on similar design principles.
You will find a USB-C port along the bottom edge as well as a headphone jack. Over on the left is a combined slot for dual nano-SIM cards as well as a microSD card for memory expansion. Yes, the phone retains an IR blaster at the top.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro sees the company returning to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform. While the Note 8 Pro used a Mediatek Helio G90T, this time around the phone sports a Snapdragon 720G. The chipset sports a combination of two Kryo 465 Gold cores, as well as six Kryo 465 Silver cores. In addition, there is an Adreno 618 GPU tackling graphics duties.
As is the case with almost every mid-ranger these days, day-to-day performance is more than satisfactory. MIUI is well mated to the hardware and delivers a polished, slick experience. There is no hint of lag or stutter, and we didn’t expect it either.