Xiaomi is on a launch spree, the brand launched Redmi Note 9 last month followed by Redmi 9 Prime launch earlier this month. The latest smartphone in the series, Redmi 9 arrived in India earlier this week. With multiple smartphones in the segment, you might wonder which one is the best smartphone for you out of the three. In this post let us compare all three smartphones to help you make a better decision.
Redmi 9 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Redmi Note 9: Price In India
The Redmi 9 is priced at Rs 8,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option while the 4GB RAM and 128GB storage variant will cost you Rs 9,999. Redmi 9 Prime is also priced at Rs 9,999 but you get 4GB RAM and 64GB storage at this price, while the 4GB RAM and 128GB storage variant will cost you Rs 11,999. Redmi Note 9 comes in three different variants, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs 11,999, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at INR 13,999, and the top variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 14,999.
Redmi 9 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Redmi Note 9: Display and Design
Redmi 9 and Redmi 9 Prime both have a 6.53-inch panel with a mini drop with HD+ and FHD+ display respectively but the Redmi Note 9 also comes with a 6.53-inch panel but with FHD+ resolution and has a trendy punch-hole notch on the left side of the display. The punch-hole-notch gives Redmi Note 9 a more bezel-less look as compared to the other two devices.
All three devices feature a polycarbonate back panel, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor can be found on the rear panel of these devices. Redmi 9 and Redmi 9 Prime comes with a textured design which prevents fingerprints and provides additional grip while holding the device, the company refers to these designs as Aura Edge and Aura 260 designs. Redmi 9 Prime, on the other hand, features an Aura Balance design. Redmi 9 comes in Carbon Black, Sky Blue, and Sporty Orange color options, Redmi 9 Prime comes in Matte Black, Mint Green, Space Blue, and Sunrise Flare colors while the Redmi Note 9 is available in Pebble Grey, Aqua Green and Arctic White options.
Redmi 9 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Redmi Note 9: Performance
Redmi 9 packs a 2.3GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio G35, coupled with PowerVR8320 GPU. The Redmi 9 Prime packs a 2.0GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio G80 coupled with Mali G52 GPU clocked at 950MHz, while the Redmi Note 9 sports a 2.0GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 coupled with Mali G52GPU clocked at 1000MHz. All three devices come with faster LPDDR4X RAM but feature eMMC 5.1 storage, and come with a dedicated micro-SD card slot. All three devices run Android 10 based MIUI, however Redmi 9 comes with MIUI 12 out of the box, while the other two devices should receive MIUI 12 update shortly.
Redmi 9 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Redmi Note 9: Cameras
In the camera segment, Redmi 9 packs a dual rear camera setup including a 13MP primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture coupled with a 2MP depth sensor. Redmi 9 Prime and Redmi Note 9 feature a quad rear camera setup. The primary sensor on the Redmi 9 Prime is a 13MP shooter which is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 118.2˚ field-of-view, 5MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. Redmi Note 9 packs a 48MP Samsung sensor with f/1.79 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 118.2˚ field-of-view and f/2.2 aperture, 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The depth sensor is present on all three devices while Redmi 9 Prime features a higher resolution Macro sensor compared to that on Redmi Note 9.
Coming to the selfies, you will find a 5MP shooter on the Redmi 9, an 8MP shooter on Redmi 9 Prime, while the Redmi Note 9 gets a 13MP selfie shooter.
Redmi 9 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Redmi Note 9: Battery and Charging
Coming to the battery segment, Redmi 9 packs a 5000mAh battery with support for 10W, while Redmi 9 Prime and Redmi Note 9 pack a marginally bigger 5020mAh battery with 18W and 22.W charging support respectively but the company bundles a 10W charger with the Redmi Note 9. Redmi 9 comes with a dated Micro-USB port while the Redmi 9 Prime and Redmi Note 9 come with reversible Type-C port for charging. Redmi Note 9 also supports 9W reverse charging so you also have an option to charge other devices with Redmi Note 9.
Redmi 9 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Redmi Note 9: Verdict
All the three smartphones are good value for money offerings in their segments, however Redmi 9 Prime seems like a much better deal compared to Redmi 9 for Rs 1000 more as Redmi 9 Prime offers a higher resolution display, Type-C port with fast charging and quad-rear camera setup compared to Redmi 9, so if you’re not really tight on budget, Redmi 9 Prime should be your choice over Redmi 9. If you can stretch the budget by another couple of thousands, Redmi Note 9 is a no brainer.