After the Xiaomi Mi 10 Chinese launch event on February 13, the release date in that country was set for February The global Mi 10 launch is set for March 27, but it's currently unclear where the phones will be available. The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro look very similar, with screens that curve at the edges and that are broken up by punch-hole cut-out cameras in the top left of the display.
On the back there's a camera bump in the top left corner, although the lenses spill off the bump and onto the flat of the body. Each phone has a wide range of colors available, judging by marketing material. The display could impress many people. Both phones have a 6. We'll have to test the screen when we get our hands on these devices, but it seems pretty decent on paper. One of the most important features of the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro is the MP main camera on both, seen previously on the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 , which should take fantastic pictures, and supports 8K video recording like the Samsung Galaxy S20 series.
It has also grown heavier -- the Note 9 Pro weighs grams. The new model packs a mAh battery and that alone increases the weight by some margin. To mask the bulk of the big battery, Xiaomi has cleverly designed the rest of the phone. The rear panel curves on its edges and this makes it easy to hold the phone. The plastic frame has a matte finish that aides with in-hand grip. The weight has also been balanced evenly for better comfort. Like most reviewers, Xiaomi sent me the Aurora Blue variant and this looks stunning under any lighting.
The gradient is subtle and I am glad Xiaomi did not go for a highly reflective pattern similar to the Realme phones subtle colour gradients look civilised. I can comfortably use the Note 9 Pro in my office and at a party alike, and no one, I think, would comment on my fashion choices. What I am still sceptical of is the rectangular camera hump that looks weird.
The black patch below the camera hump with the 48MP branding looks awkward. Similar to the rear, the front of the phone also feels upmarket. The phone still uses an LCD display but the bezels are narrow and thanks to the punch-hole cutout positioned in the center, it looks more expensive. The chin is still noticeable and looks ugly but given the price, this is something we have to put up with.
The fingerprint sensor sits on the power button and similar to the Poco X2, it is slightly difficult to reach for smaller hands. The volume buttons are positioned too high even for larger hands. Overall conclusions?
The Redmi Note 9 Pro feels more upmarket than it is and due to the added weight, some may be more confident in using it outdoors. However, the grams weight is a concern for users with smaller hands and I wish Xiaomi found a way to keep the weight under check. Cheaper phones are getting better and one area where that improvement is visible is the display.
Sadly, the wait continues. The display on the Redmi Note 9 Pro is a massive one it measures 6. My mom liked the mega size of the display and she said she would like to watch YouTube more on this one than her ageing Mi A1.
At Rs 12,, what more can be expected? It has a 5. Dropping the big news. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. I can comfortably use the Note 9 Pro in my office and at a party alike, and no one, I think, would comment on my fashion choices. Get ready.
The narrow bezels also help the cause. While the big size helps, the quality of the LCD panel is sub-par. The backlight distribution is uneven around the camera cutout and at times, it is disturbing. Storage is bumped to 64GB as standard but you can upgrade to GB on the top model.
The Snapdragon G has garnered praises for its performance and I have nothing new to add. The chipset is powerful and on a phone that costs Rs 12,, the performance it delivers can be termed blistering.
These 3D games run at high graphics by default but the frame rates are restricted. Some games like Asphalt 9 need to be optimised for the chipset but on the whole, the Redmi Note 9 Pro can handle most of the popular games with ease. While gaming is a big concern, most users will also be worried about how it performs in daily usage.
Xiaomi optimises its MIUI interface quite well for any given phone and on the Note 9 Pro, it ensures that the experience is pleasing. The gesture navigation makes this big phone easy to use with a single hand. The dark theme has been implemented tastefully and every corner of the OS feels like this OS has been designed by someone who loves phones deeply.
Sadly, the marketing department at Xiaomi has to make money and it has littered this nice OS with a host of promotional pre-installed apps and games that most of us may not even use ever. Most of the system apps such as GetApps, Mi Browser and some pre-installed apps kept throwing incessant notifications with irrelevant ads. A swipe up gesture open the Mi browser by default and I had to dig deep in the Settings to disable it. Hence, I installed the Poco Launcher to declutter the UI further and shut off ads to make my experience better.
Some notable upgrades made in this department are the haptics and the NavIC support. Xiaomi says the Note 9 Pro uses a new vibration motor for flagship-phone-like feedback experience.
You get mild vibrations while pressing buttons on the quick access tray and even when you are swiping down the notifications tray. The NavIC support makes locating more precise in maps apps in theory. In reality, I did not find it to be much different from GPS. However, you can be rest assured that getting a lock-on on your location will be faster than ever inside India.
I recently did an in-depth camera review of the Redmi Note 9 Pro and you can check it out to get a better idea about the camera performance. In short, the new cameras perform on par with what the Redmi Note 8 Pro cameras could do. The new megapixel Samsung GM2 sensor has improved in terms of details and colours. In daylight, you will find vibrant colours and high contrasts if you are using the sunlight to your advantage. With falling light levels, the MIUI camera app tries to enhance the exposure but balances it out in different parts of the frame.
Hence, despite a higher exposure on the ground, you will see clouds and blue skies together not fused up as just white light. At night, the camera struggles with sharpness and details but the colour reproduction is nice. The ultra-wide-angle camera is average at best and you can only get decent pictures in daylight. The new macro camera now takes sharper images but you will still have to ensure brighter ambient lighting to get good looking macro shots. Video performance is capped to 4K at 30 fps but the quality is great. The new Movie Frame mode gives an interesting perspective while shooting videos to make them more dramatic.
The megapixel front camera is good overall but the colours could have been richer.
Most of the selfies under direct sunlight look nice but as soon as you are indoors on in the shadows, the colours appear washed out. Redmi Note phones have always had massive batteries to help Indian users go about their busy schedules and the Redmi Note 9 Pro ups that massively.
The new mAh battery is the biggest ever to be plonked in a Redmi Note and along with clever MIUI optimisations, this phone was easily lasting two days on moderate usage. The 18W fast charger included in the box is a nice touch but given that this is a bigger battery, I would have liked Xiaomi to include the 33W fast charger with this one. The 18W charger takes close to 1. Xiaomi has been ruling the sub-Rs 15, segment with the Redmi Note series since the last 5 years and this year is no different.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro has its fair share of issues but when you consider that you only have to pay Rs 12, for this one, it seems like an absolute bargain of the year for a smartphone enthusiast. The main question is whether you should choose it over a Realme 6 or a Samsung Galaxy M31? These are great phones in their own might and for the price, they are offering a few interesting features.