Redmi Note 9 Pro Max launched in India: here are 5 alternatives you can consider buying

“Redmi Note 9 Pro Max price in India starts at Rs 14,999. We take a look at some Realme, Samsung and POCO alternatives that you can consider in this price segment”

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has officially been launched in India at a starting price in India of Rs 14,999. The handset is the latest Note series offering from the brand, succeeding last year’s Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphone. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max looks like a unique proposition, at least on paper, as it’s the first smartphone in the lineup to come with a punch-hole display and Snapdragon 720G chipset under the hood. The phone also sports a 64MP quad-rear camera setup, 32MP front camera, and a beefy 5,020mAh battery with fast charging support. Here are some of the closest competitors to the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max that you can check out as well. 

5 best alternatives to Redmi Note 9 Pro

1. Realme 6

Realme 6 (review) is the closest competitor to the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The former is powered by MediaTek Helio G90T chipset, which is slightly better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, and sports a 6.65-inch punch-hole display with Full-HD+ resolution and impressive 90Hz refresh rate. Apart from this, the handset also features a 64MP quad rear cameras, 16MP front camera, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, up to 8GB RAM + 128GB storage configurations, and a 4,300mAh battery with VOOC 4.0 30W fast-charging support.

The Realme 6 price in India starts at Rs Rs 12,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage base model. The 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant has been priced at Rs 14,999, while the variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage retails at Rs 15,999.

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2. Redmi Note 8 Pro

Even though it’s the predecessor, the Redmi Note 8 Pro (review) can give the Note 9 Pro Max a run for its money. The handset, which is selling at a starting price of Rs 13,999 after the price cut, has MediaTek Helio G90T chipset ticking at its core. For photography, the phone packs 64MP quad rear cameras and a 20MP shooter on the front for selfies and video calling.

The handset is driven by Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 out of the box and sports a 6.53-inch dot notch screen with Full HD+ resolution. A 4,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging tech fuels the handset, while a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner takes care of its security.

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3. Samsung Galaxy M31

Samsung Galaxy M31 (review) is another option one can consider in place for Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The handset comes with Samsung’s support, 6.4-inch AMOLED Infinity U display, and 64MP quad rear cameras. The handset is driven by Exynos 9611 SoC coupled with 6GB RAM and up to 128GB internal storage that can be further expandable via a microSD card. The Samsung Galaxy M31 also sports 32MP front camera, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and Android 10-based One UI 2 OS running out of the box.

The Samsung Galaxy M31 has been priced in India at Rs 14,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant and Rs 15,999 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option.

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4. POCO X2

POCO X2 (review) is a very strong rival to the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The handset flaunts a 6.67-inch Full-HD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate and elongated punch-hole for dual selfie cameras. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC coupled with Adreno 618 GPU, up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB UFS 2.1 internal storage. It runs on Android 10 with MIUI 11 out of the box. 

In the camera department, the POCO X2 rocks quad cameras at the back consisting of a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there is a 20MP main sensor and 2MP secondary depth sensor by artificial intelligence (AI) features. It has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for security. A 4,500mAh battery with 27W fast-charging fuels the handset. 

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5. Realme 6 Pro

At a starting price of Rs 15,999, the Realme 6 Pro (review) is also a worthy competitor to Redmi Note 9 Pro. The handset also houses Snapdragon 720G chipset and 64MP quad rear cameras. The Realme 6 Pro, however, comes with a 6.6-inch Full-HD+ display that bears an astounding 90Hz refresh rate and elongated punch-hole for dual selfie cameras.  The phone has support for Dolby, Hi-Res Audio, double layers graphite, and copper foil, and is fueled by a 4,300mAh battery with VOOC 4.0 30W fast-charging tech.

The front camera of the phone gets a 16MP primary sensor and an 8MP wide-angle lens for selfies and video chats. The phone has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for security.

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