Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Discussion

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max went on sale in India on 3rd June 2020 with the second sale went on 10th June 2020. Both the sales happened online, on the MI.com and Amazon websites.

There is enough data on the web for us to discuss about the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. We shall compare this phone with the previous version and also with the competitors and see what’s Max is for.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

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  1. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max technical specs
  2. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Vs Redmi Note 9 Pro
  3. Un-boxing videos
  4. What reviewers say?
  5. Alternatives to Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Technical Specs

Rear Camera64MP primary camera
8MP ultra-wide-angle camera
5MP macro camera
2MP depth sensor
Rear Camera Photography Features10x Digital Zoom, PDAF, Single tone flash, 64MP UHD, Ultra nightscape mode, Ultra wide-angle-edge distortion correction, AI beauty, Burst mode, Tilt-shift, Level display, Custom watermark, Pro mode, Portrait mode background blur adjustment, Studio lighting, Panorama mode, AI high resolution photos.
Rear Camera Video FeaturesShort video editing, ultra-wide-angle video recording, macro video recording, 960fps slow motion video, rear camera video beautify, time lapse photography, pro video mode, movie frame, super stabilization.
Video Recording Formats4K recording at 30fps
1080p recording at 60fps/30fps
720p recording 30fps
1080 ultra-wide-angle video recording at 30fps
720p ultra-wide angle video recording at 30fps
1080p slow motion recording at 120fps
720p slow motion recording at 960fps, 240fps and 120fps.
Front Camera32MP In-Display Front Camera
Front Camera Photography FeaturesPanorama selfie, palm shutter, AI silhouette detection, wide-angle-distortion correction, front camera HDR, front camera display brightness correct, selfie timer, face recognition, magic mirror, age recognition, full screen camera frame, eye light, AI beauty, AI feature adjustment, AI makeup, AI portrait mode, AI scene detection, AI studio lighting, kaleidoscope.
Front Camera Video FeaturesFront camera video beautify, short videos with speed adjustment beauty filters and popular music, 120fps slo-mo video recording, kaleidoscope.
Front Camera Video Recording1080p, 720p recording at 30fps
Slo-mo video recording at 120fps
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 720G
2x Gold 2.3GHz + 6x Silver 1.8GHz
Andreno A618 @ 750 MHz GPU
6/8GB LPDDR4x RAM
Operating System MIUI 11
Storage & RAMRAM: 6GB & 8GB LPDDR4x (two variants)
Storage: 64GB & 128 GB (UFS 2.1) (two variants)
Display16.9cm (6.67) FHD+ resolution DotDisplay, Resolution 2400×1080 FHD+
Brightness: 450nit (typ), Contrast: 1500:1 (typ), NTSC: 84% (typ)
Features: Standard mode, Sunshine mode, Night mode, Color temperature adjustment, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating.
Battery5020mAh Li-Polymer Battery
Built-in rechargeable battery, USB Type-C reversible connector port
Includes 33W Fast Charger in-box
Network & ConnectivtyBoth cards can access 4G connectivity simultaneously
nanoSIM + nanoSIM + microSD
Triple slot tray
microSD expandable up to 512GB
Supports 4G+/4G/3G/2G, Supports dual SIM VoLTE HD calling, Supports protocols 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Supports 2.4G Wi-Fi/5G Wi-Fi, 2×2 WiFi MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct/Wi-Fi Display, Supports Bluetooth 5.0, Supports VoWiFi
Dimenson Height: 165.5mm, Width: 76.68mm, Thickness: 8.8mm, Weight: 209g
Navigation & PositioningNavIC support, GPS, A-GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou
AudioSingle bottom opener speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 microphones for noise cancellation, smart PA.
MultimediaMP4, M4V, MKV, XVID, WAV, AAC, MP3, AMR, FLAC, APE
SensorsAmbient light sensor, proximity sensor, E-compass, accelerometer, gyroscope
In-the-boxRedmi Note 9 Pro Max, 33W power adapter, Soft protective case, USB Type-C cable, SIM ejection tool, user guide and warranty card.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Technical Specs (Source: Mi.com)

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Vs Redmi Note 9 Pro

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has major upgrade in the camera department and its RAM size starts with 6GB.

RAM & Storage

RedMi Note 9 ProRedmi Note 9 Pro Max
4GB+64GB at Rs. 13,999/-6GB+64GB at Rs. 16,499/-
6GB+128GB at Rs. 16,999/-6GB+128GB at Rs. 17,999/-
8GB+128GB at Rs. 19,999/-
RAM & Storage Comparison Table

The price difference between the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is about Rs. 1000/- for the 6GB+128GB variant. However, if you opt for “Max” version, you will get advantage of upgraded camera. Refer below table for camera differences.

Camera Difference

Redmi note 9 proredmi note 9 pro max
48MP primary camera (1/2.5 inch CMOS image sensor, 1.6µM 4-in-1 Super Pixel, f/1.7964MP primary camera (1/1.7 inch CMOS image sensor, 1.6µM 4-in-1 Super Pixel, f/1.89)
16MP In-display selfie camera32MP In-display selfie camera
Redmi Note 9 Pro & Max Camera Difference

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has got major upgrade in the camera setup, both at the rear and the front. The front selfie camera pixels are doubled when compared with the non-Max version. The above table says it all.

The Redmi phones usually have camera features in abundance. The Note 9 Pro Max has additional features, here’s the list – The rear camera features such as 960 fps slow motion video, rear camera video beautify, time-lapse photography, pro-video mode, movie frame, super stabilization and 720p slow motion recording at 960fps/240fps/120fps are good for only for the “Max” version.

The selfie camera has two additional features – magic mirror and kaleidoscope.

All other things remain same, most importantly the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset. Both the phones have the same battery power – 5020mAh Li-Polymer battery. However, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max includes 33W fast charge in the box.

Trackin Tech un-boxing video

Arun Prabhudesai’s “Trackin Tech” channel trends when searched for the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max un-boxing videos. He gives a fair idea about the phone with more positive and less negative views.

I agree to what he says that there are no major changes except in the camera department and the 33W charger inside box. I liked the way he dropped the phone down hinting us that the phone may sustain accidental falls. Moreover, this phone is protected with P2i coating to save it from accidental spills and splashes.

The photography results are good, the phone charges 50% in 30 minutes and that’s good too. However, the max refresh rate of 60Hz is disappointing as the current standards are 90Hz.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max runs the latest MIUI 11 that still shows you adds that you don’t want to see. There’s a lot of bloatware and I hope those can be uninstalled.

With all powerful hardware inside, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max will top the performance for sure. Gaming and mobile photography should be fun.

What other reviewers say? Gadget 360

According to Gadget 360, “the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is bulky and unwieldy which makes one handed use difficult.” That can be true because of the size of the phone, it’s better to opt for smaller size Redmi Note phones.

“The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 should help withstand the daily usage” It is obvious; the phone can sustain accidental fall from the pocket.

“The side mounted fingerprint scanner is embedded into the power button on the right of the phone. We weren’t happy with its positioning since it is higher than where our finger rests naturally. The volume buttons are higher than the side mounted fingerprint scanner and not convenient to reach.” This can be an issue but not for all.  We just unlock the phone once and increase or decrease the volume as required.

“Sadly, there’s too much preinstalled bloatware. That includes apps such as Helo which are known to be spammy when launched. Xiaomi’s stock apps can also get annoying at times, and we were bombarded with notifications by an app store called Get Apps. Xiaomi’s wallpaper carousel also kept pushing notifications, which we consider unacceptable.” This is the worrying part and I hope there is a way to get rid of bloatware and apps.  

“While the big display is not great for single handed use, it is very helpful while gaming and watching videos.” This is a note to PUBG and COD gamers!

The new Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is more powerful, offers better battery life, packs in good cameras, and runs the latest version of Android. Indeed, this phone has a combination of powerful hardware and latest OS.

If you opt for the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max instead non-max version, you get a camera with a higher resolution and a fast charger inside the box for just Rs. 1000 more. It is very easy to decide; you choose which one to buy!

Alternatives to Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

The buzz is that the Realme 6 Pro and Poco X2 is the suitable alternatives in this price range. Check the price in Amazon and of course read the reviews before you decide to buy a smartphone. Keep visiting Techkaba.com for more such discussions.