Jun 2, 2020

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro Now Available in the Philippines; Prices Start at PHP 7,990

One main aspect that sets the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro apart from each other is the processor. The regular Note 9 uses a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC whereas the Pro version stamps its authority with a more powerful Snapdragon 720G SoC.

Xiaomi's much-awaited Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro have officially made its way to the Philippines. The duo follows the Redmi Note 9S, which was launched last month in the country.

Both of the smartphones come with a punch-hole LCD display, a quad-rear-camera setup, and a 5,020mAh battery while differing in several ways such as the processor, RAM capacity, display size, camera specs, as well as the fast charging tech.

Pricing and Availability

Let's get the pricing and availability of the phones out of the way first. Available in Forest Green, Polar White, and Midnight Grey color options the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 is priced at PHP 7,990 for the 3GB RAM+64GB storage model and PHP 9,990 for the 4GB RAM+128GB storage model.

On the other hand, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro, for being on the better side of the specs, is set for PHP 12,490 for the 6GB RAM+64GB storage variant and PHP 13,990 for the 6GB RAM+128GB storage variant. The color options available for the Redmi Note 9 Pro are Glacier White, Interstellar Black, and Aurora Blue.

Both the smartphones are going on sale on June 4, 12 AM on the Xiaomi Flagship Store on Lazada after they were first made available at the Xiaomi Global Store on Shopee on May 27.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Specifications

The Redmi Note 9 has a unibody all-plastic design with a 6.53-inch IPS LCD screen that gets the Gorilla Glass 5 safeguard. The display flaunts full HD+ (2340x1080) resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

Under the hood, a 12nm MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core SoC pumps power paired with a Mali-G52 MC2 GPU, 3GB/4GB RAM, and 64GB/128GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 512GB using a dedicated microSD card slot.

Camera wise, the Redmi Note 9 mounts a quad-rear camera setup with a 48MP f/1.79 primary sensor leading the show. The other three rear sensors include an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP f/2.4 macro sensor, and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor.

A tiny punch-hole cutout on the top-left corner of the display hides a 13MP f/2.25 sensor that handles selfie-snapping and video chat works. The phone boots MIUI 11 on Android 10 as the base while providing juice to the device is a 5,020mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.

The fingerprint scanner sits below the camera module at the back. For protection, the Redmi Note 9 comes with splash-proof nano-coating. As far as the connectivity options are concerned, the Redmi Note 9 includes 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS/A-GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, IR Blaster, USB Type-C port, and also the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.

Display Size6.53 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
OS verAndroid 10, MIUI 11
CPUMediaTek Helio G85 Octa-core
CPU Speed2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSDXC (dedicated slot)
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera13MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 5,020mAh Fast charging 18W Reverse charging 9W
Dimensions162.3 x 77.2 x 8.9 mm (6.39 x 3.04 x 0.35 in)
Weight199 g
ColorMidnight Grey, Polar White, Forest Green

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Specifications

The Redmi Note 9 Pro sports a 6.67-inch LCD display, flaunting a tad taller 20:9 aspect ratio. The display pushes full HD+ (2400x1080) resolution and gets the Gorilla Glass 5 protection the same as the glass back panel.

Compared to the vanilla Redmi Note 9 the Pro version is driven by a more powerful 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core SoC. The chipset is mated to an Adreno 618 GPU, 6GB RAM, and 64GB/128GB default storage with up to 512GB of further expansion support via dedicated microSD card slot.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro also ups its game in the camera department with the quad-rear camera setup getting a large 64MP f/1.89 primary sensor which further teams up with an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP macro sensor, and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor.

Unlike the Redmi Note 9, the Redmi Note 9 Pro has a punch-hole cutout moved to the top-center of the display that houses a 16MP f/2.48 selfie shooter.

On the software side of things, the Redmi Note 9 Pro runs MIUI 11 laid on top of Android 10. The same size 5,020mAh battery also fuels the Note 9 Pro but armed with 30W fast charging. The fingerprint scanner is side-mounted as it is embedded into the home button. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is also splash proof with a nano-coating layer.

The standard connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS/A-GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, IR Blaster, USB Type-C port, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Display Size6.67 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 1080 x 2400 pixels
OS verAndroid 10.0; MIUI 11
CPUQualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm) Octa-core
CPU Speed2x2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM6GB, 8GB
Main Camera64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 5,020mAh Fast charging 33W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
Dimensions165.75 x 76.68 x 8.8 mm
Weight209 g
ColorInterstellar Grey, Glacier White, Tropical Green

Both phones are clearly priced competetively in the Philippine market. It would have been better though if Xiaomi had cared to equip the latest Redmi phones or at least the Redmi Note 9 Pro with a 90Hz refresh rate, something which Realme has done with the newly arrived Realme 6 and 6 Pro in the Philippines. Nonetheless, the Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro are pretty much well-rounded smartphones for their prices.

Spec Comparison

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Realme 6 Realme 6 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (Redmi Note 9 Pro Max) Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (Redmi Note 9 Pro Max) Realme 6 Pro Realme 6 Pro
Lowest Price P7,860 P10,999 P12,490 P16,990
Release date May 2020 Mar 2020 May 2020 Mar 2020
CPU MediaTek Helio G85
Octa-core
MediaTek Helio G90T
Octa-core
Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm)
Octa-core
Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G
Octa-core
OS ver Android 10, MIUI 11 Realme UI based on Android 10 Android 10.0; MIUI 11 Android 10.0; realme UI
Display Size 6.53 inches 6.5 inches 6.67 inches 6.6 inches
Display Resolution FHD+ 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density) FHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels FHD+ 1080 x 2400 pixels FHD+ 1080 x 2400 pixels
RAM 3GB, 4GB 4GB, 6GB, 8GB 6GB, 8GB 6GB, 8GB
Storage 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB
External Storage microSDXC (dedicated slot) microSDXC microSD, up to 512GB microSDXC
Main Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP 64MP + 12MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 13MP 16MP 16MP 16MP + 8MP
Battery Non-removable, Li-Po 5,020mAh
Fast charging 18W
Reverse charging 9W
Non-removable, Li-Po 4,300mAh
30W Flash Charge
Non-removable, Li-Po 5,020mAh
Fast charging 33W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
Non-removable, Li-Po 4,300mAh
Fast battery charging 30W
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