com and xiaomi recently launched the redmi note 9 here in india, and you know what don't get confused: the redmi note 9 pro and the pro max arrived earlier this year. This note is more towards the lowest. I mean, unlike the past years, where it started at 10k. This goes at 12k, so the big question is: should you be buying the redmi note 9. At 12, 000 rupees well i've been using this phone as my daily driver, and i think you should watch this video till the very end before you go ahead and buy the redmi note 9. So let's get started okay. So this is the new redmi note 9 and i was using it as my daily driver before the nord came along and when, unlike redmi note in the past, this one has given me mixed feelings starting off when it comes to the looks. The phone has aesthetics. That'S very similar to the note 9 pro and the pro max with a similar color scheme and the square camera module. Having said that, the redmi note 9 isn't as premium as the pro or the max see i'm, not sure if you guys can tell from the shots, but the back here is glossy plastic that does get smudged pretty easily. Although, to be honest, i think this color and the finish makes the phone look fairly good for the price i mean yes, glass would have been nicer since the redmi note 8 had a glass back, but well plastic is what you get here on the front you Get the 6.
53 inch fhd, plus ips lcd display with gorilla glass, 5 and a small punch hole on the left. Now i think the display looks good, i mean the bezels are very narrow and the colors are not the most accurate, but the display looks vibrant, so that's pretty good. However there's a slight problem in the brightness, as you can see indoors, the display looks pretty good. No problems outdoors, the max brightness is a bit on the lower side. Here'S. The note 9 versus the note 9 pro display in comparison outdoors. You can see the difference as for hd playback, on the display, the phone comes with a wide vine l1 license and on prime video. You can see the hd tag in videos, as you can see here so that's great as for netflix, no matter what i did. The app just did not open up for me. I always got this error. I tried wi fi mobile data, uninstalling reinstalling, switching on and off my phone, but netflix yeah. It did not work on the redmi. Note, 9 it's, probably a bug, but it's, not good anyway. Going back to the design when it comes to the in hand, feel i did find the device a little hefty to use. I mean it weighs around 200 grams, which isn't too bulky, but yes, i did feel like i was holding a bigger phone anyway. The fingerprint scanner is placed below the camera model and at first i had trouble with it because it's placed a little higher, but i got used to it so i don't think it's a problem.
Apart from that, you get the usual buttons: the headphone jack, the usbc port, the ir blaster on the top, which i really like and there's the single speaker as well now coming to the speaker, performance it's, not the loudest, but it gets the job done. Plus i like the fact that it's very clear and that's good for a budget smartphone moving on to the big highlight of the phone, the hardware, the redmi note, 9 comes with the mediatek helio g85 chipset, with up to 6gb lpddr4x ram and up to 128 gb Emmc, 5.1 storage. Now these specs look kind of usual, but the redmi note 9 is the first phone in india to pack in the new g85 chipset. So how does the g85 differ when compared to the g80 that the real me nazo 10 was packed with well it's, basically, the same chipset with only one change yep? I have no idea what's going on here. As you can see, the g85 has two cortex a75 cores that go up to 2.0 gigahertz and six cortex a55 cores that go up to 1.8 gigahertz identical to the g80. The gpu is also the same mali, g52 mc2, but the difference lies in the clock. Speed. The gpu on the g85 can go up to 1000 megahertz, while the same gpu can hit 950 megahertz on the g80 that's, a very small difference. Now this makes me wonder: why did mediatek launch the g85? Maybe xiaomi wanted to launch the redmi note 9, with the new chipset to differentiate and mediatek.
Just bumped up the gpu clock, speed a bit and gave the g80 a new name wow anyway. The benchmarks show just that the g85s geekbench scores are very similar to the g80s. Now compared to the g90t, which is powering the new realme 6i. The g85 is far behind same is the case with the 720 g, so the helio g85 is basically the g80 and it's not really a big deal coming to the real world performance. The phone handles day to day tasks with these i did not encounter any major issues or anything with app loading or multitasking. But yes, there were a few bucks like the netflix one. I already showed you earlier and yes, this the apps in the dock just disappear. A lot of times, it's, probably me wise fault of the fact that it's not optimized very well for this chipset but it's, something you should know moving on to gaming. I know you want to know how does pubg run on this phone well. I'D say not very well see the phone defaults to balanced and medium graphics settings, but first i switch it up to hd and high to see how well the game runs and well. It does not run very well on hd and high it's, virtually unplayable because of all the lag next up i switched to smooth and ultra and at that i think the gameplay was a little better, but it was still very chopped and i noticed a lot of Lag when driving or shooting so i switched to smooth and medium and at that setting it was kind of playable.
But again it wasn't. The smoothest experience it's a bit surprising because mediatek as you can see, markets the g85 as a gaming chipset and that is kind of a false advertisement. This isn't exactly for gaming. Anyway, the phone comes with me ui 11, and i like the fact that there are no banned apps here, including me community hello. I mean these are the pre installed apps on the phone, however, the cleaner, app part by clean master is still here i mean when we made the poco m2 pro video. The clean rap issue kind of blew up, everyone covered it, so i was hoping xiaomi would fix it in its next phone, but it's still here next up let's talk cameras, so the redmi note 9 has a quad camera setup featuring the 48 megapixel samsung gm1 sensor And 8 megapixel ultra wide angle lens a 2 megapixel macro lens and a 2 megapixel depth sensor. Now i was hoping for great camera performance like the redmi note, 9 pro, because the note 9 pro and the note 9 have the 48 megapixel main camera. But, quite surprisingly, the performance here was mixed i'm. In good light, the phone at times takes very good shots with great details and good sharpness all around, but the problem is it's not very consistent. Just look at this photo. The details are all washed up and it's grainy. I know it was raining before, but i expected slightly better from the phone.
The phone also does not handle tricky light situations very well, which is, i guess, fine, because it's a budget phone in low light to the phone struggles in keeping the photo sharp, which is like every other budget phone. And i also noticed that it has troubles focusing. But once you do get focus, i think on a lot of occasions. The camera does a decent enough job, so i'm, okay with it. As for the ultra wide angle lens, i think it does a good job at preserving the color from main camera, so it's, decent there's, also a macro lens, and i like that it has auto focus. As for the photos, it's a hit and miss this is a good photo. This is not now. This is the show you're pretty much every macro lens. On the video front, the phone has no 4k support. There'S 1080p 30 fps support only so check out a video from the phone now i'm working here casually and out of nowhere. The camera just loses focus. You can also see the jitters and the video quality is kind of average, so yeah when it comes to selfies. The phone has a 13 megapixel selfie camera, which does a fine enough job at selfies, because i noticed that details were fairly good and the color was mostly fine too see. Overall, the cameras on the redmi note 9 are decent to oakish. I mean they're, definitely not as good as the redmi note 9 pro and that might be due to g85 isp i'm, not sure, but that might be the case.
In fact, i took a few comparison shots with the nazo 10, which also has a 48 megapixel camera and just look at it. The nazo 10 has taken better photos in most daytime scenarios. They are more detailed and sharper. Lastly, there's the battery it's a 5020 mah battery, and this is an area where i have no missed feelings. I was totally impressed with the battery performance in my usage. The phone always lasted me for more than a day and almost a day and a half i mean, as you can see, from the screen on time screenshots here i always got a screen on time of seven and a half hours, eight hours too. So the battery performance here is pretty awesome. As for the charging there's a bit of a confusion, so the phone comes with a 22.5 watt fast charger, but the phone is actually locked at 18 watt fast charging. So even this 22 charger charges the phone at 18 watts now xiaomi, has confirmed that they'll be unlocking 22 or charging with a softer update, so that's good news, at least as for the charging speed, the 22.5 watt charger takes around two hours to charge the phone From 10 to 100 percent, i also tried the 18 watt charger you get with the redmi note 9 pro to charge the note 9 and it too took two hours. So yes, this 22 watt charger is charging the phone at 18 watts. Anyway.
The phone has another interesting charging feature: it supports nine watt, reverse charging from its usb c port, so you can use the phone as a power bank. I guess it's a handy feature, so the redmi note 9 starts at 11 triple nine and at that price i think it's tough for me to recommend this phone and i think the biggest issue here is the mediatek helio g85 chipset. I mean clearly the g85 isn't, a great chipset for intensive games like pubg mobile and in my experience, miui and even the camera of the redmi note 9 aren't very optimized for the g85 and does the average performance see the redmi note 9 is not a bad Budget smartphone, but the g85 is kind of what's breaking the deal here. So if you ask me i'd honestly ask you to spend 2 thousand more instead of this, get the redmi note 9 pro or the poco m2 pro, which are better than the note 9. In almost every single aspect, if you can't spend 2k mode, take a look at the real me 6r, which has got the g90t, which is actually a gaming centric chipset, either ways. The conclusion is look for other options, so that was our review of the redmi. Note. 9 and if you still have any questions around the phone, its performance, its camera forms anything just comment down below and i'll make sure to answer them. Also give this video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it and make sure to share with your friends who are considering buying the redmi.