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Redmi Note 9 Series officially available in Malaysia from RM649

by Vyncent ChanMay 11, 2020
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Xiaomi Malaysia has finally launched the two new members of the Redmi Note 9 family here in Malaysia, the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro. As expected, they will flesh out the Redmi Note 9 series in Malaysia by flanking the Redmi Note 9S in terms of pricing, serving up excellent options across a wider price range.

In terms of features, you are getting a pretty similar feature set across the board. Quad camera configurations, punch hole displays, or what Xiaomi calls DotDisplay, large 5020 mAh batteries and of course, affordable prices. There are a number of differences in the specifications, as you can see in the breakdown below:

Redmi Note 9 Series Specs

Redmi Note 9 Redmi Note 9S Redmi Note 9 Pro
Chipset Helio G85
octa-core @ up to 2.0 GHz
Mali-G52MP2 @ 1 GHz
12nm
Snapdragon 720G
octa-core @ up to 2.3 GHz
Adreno 618 @ 750 MHz
8nm
RAM Up to 4GB Up to 6GB 6GB
Storage Up to 128GB (expandable via micro SD)
Display 6.53″ FHD+ DotDisplay, corner punch hole 6.67″ FHD+ DotDisplay, center punch hole
Main Camera 48MP f/1.79 + 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide + 2MP f/2.4 macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor 48MP f/1.79 + 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide + 5MP f/2.4 macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor 64MP f/1.89 + 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide + 5MP f/2.4 macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
Selfie Camera 13MP f/2.25 16MP f/2.48
Battery 5020 mAh
18W fast charging
5020 mAh
30W fast charging
Price 3GB + 64GB: RM649
4GB + 128GB: RM749
4GB + 64GB: RM799
6GB + 128GB: RM899
6GB + 128GB: RM1099

Redmi Note 9

If you are looking for a more affordable smartphone, the Redmi Note 9 serves up a slower Helio G85 chipset along with a smaller 6.53″ display with its selfie camera sitting in the corner of the display, instead of in the center like the Redmi Note 9S and Note 9 Pro. It is also the only member of the Redmi Note 9 family to offer a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which should please those who prefer a more conventional user experience.

Redmi Note 9 colors

You sacrifice a bit on the photography front too, with the macro camera dropped down to 2MP and the selfie camera packing just a 13MP sensor. You also don’t get as much RAM even on the top configuration, which might affect the fluidity of the overall experience.

Redmi Note 9 Pro

Firstly, it’s worth mentioning that the global Redmi Note 9 Pro is not the same as the Redmi Note 9 Pro launched in India. The Redmi Note 9 Pro in India is the Redmi Note 9S that was launched globally. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in India is the global Redmi Note 9 Pro. Confused? Well, I won’t blame you.

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With that out of the way, the Redmi Note 9S sits in between the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro, with a mix of features that it shares with both the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro. It goes without saying that the Redmi Note 9 Pro offers a better feature set, including a 64MP f/1.89 camera and 30W charging, albeit for a bit more moolah. If the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s camera performance is anything to go by, the Redmi Note 9 Pro will offer a much better photography experience though.

Redmi Note 9 Series Availability

You can get the Redmi Note 9 (3GB+64GB) during the flash sale on Shopee this 18th May for RM599, while the 128GB storage variant is available for pre-order starting today, with a free 10 000 mAh Redmi Power Bank. The Redmi Note 9 Pro will be available for pre-order starting from 11th May until 17th May. Pre-orders of the Redmi Note 9 Pro will come with a free 10 000 mAh Redmi Power Bank too!

Pokdepinion: The Redmi Note 9 looks like a pretty interesting mid-range offering in the budget segment, but for a bit more money the Redmi Note 9S seems like the better choice…

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.