The Redmi Note series of Android smartphones is arguably the most popular device family from Xiaomi, especially in India. Always known for offering unmatched value for your money, this lineup has played a pivotal role in the rise of Xiaomi as India’s top smartphone brand. The primary reason behind the popularity of the Redmi Note phones is the fact that they offer a no-compromise, class-leading performance at unbeatable prices. With the new 12nm MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, the latest Redmi Note device from the company – the Redmi Note 9 – once again delivers on this premise. This is precisely why this phone makes for a wise choice if you are in the market for a new daily driver that offers solid performance without having to pay through the nose. With its new Aura Balance Design and the impressive quad-camera setup, Xiaomi has created a product that not only performs like a champion but also looks good.
However, if you still have your reservations, here are five reasons the Redmi Note 9 should be your next phone.
High-performance octa-core processor
The Redmi Note 9 builds upon the legacy of its predecessors and in typical Xiaomi fashion is designed from the ground up to impress. It features powerful hardware to ensure that the device can handle all the tasks you throw at it with aplomb. It also happens to be the first smartphone to come powered by the new MediaTek Helio G85 SoC. Based on a power-efficient 12nm manufacturing process and featuring an octa-core CPU with two ARM Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz, and six ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz, the MediaTek Helio G85 does make the Redmi Note 9 an enticing buy.
The Redmi Note 9 and its potent hardware ensures that the phone can easily handle a wide variety of workload; ranging from something as simple as browsing your favorite websites to something more resource-hungry like checking a large, complex spreadsheet for office work. The phone also features up to 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM which ensures that multitasking is a breeze on this device. The Redmi Note 9 also supports up to 128GB of eMMC 5.1 storage. Simply put, there will never be a dull moment with the Redmi Note 9 thanks to its high-performance processor.
No-compromise gaming thanks to MediaTek HyperEngine
Devices from the Redmi Note series have always been known to offer the best gaming experience under the Rs 20k mark. And the Redmi Note 9 with the Arm Mali-G52 MC2 GPU is no exception. This is a powerful GPU with a maximum clock speed of 1GHz, thereby ensuring that the phone can handle graphic-intensive games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty: Mobile with ease. However, what makes the phone so good at playing games runs a lot deeper than sheer hardware prowess. The MediaTek Helio G85 supports MediaTek HyperEngine Gaming Technology, which is an intelligent resource management algorithm developed by MediaTek. Thanks to this technology, the SoC can intelligently monitor the demand for graphics processing power and allocate resources accordingly. This intelligent, dynamic management of resources ensures optimal performance at all times. To cite an example, when you play a demanding game on the Redmi Note 9, this algorithm ensures that all resources are tuned to ensure sustained performance and longer gameplay. The result? Heavy games load faster, the performance is much smoother, and power efficiency is maintained to ensure you can game as much you want without having to worry about battery life. The MediaTek Hyper Engine also improves the overall gaming experience on the Redmi Note 9 with the help of key features listed below. These technologies help the phone perform optimally during those long gaming sessions.
- Intelligent Network Prediction Engine: Primarily used to improve the connection between the phone and the base station, this nifty piece of technology ensures lag-free gaming even when you are latched on to a crowded, poor quality network. In the worst-case scenario of the Wi-Fi signal degrading to the point that it is unusable, it can switch to LTE in just 13ms, thereby ensuring a robust connection to the game servers at all times.
- Rapid Response Engine: The primary idea behind Rapid Response Engine is to ensure smoother gameplay by ensuring that every small input you make on the touchscreen is detected without lag. The result? Gameplay is not only more fluid, the overall streaming experience is optimised as well.
- Picture Quality Engine: If you have been left bedazzled by the Redmi Note 9’s superb display, you should know that the MediaTek Helio G85 SoC deserves sizable credit for this. The GPU on this SoC not only makes sure you experience smooth gameplay, but also ensures that the games look good with better contrast, sharpness, and details.
- Call and Data Concurrency: In an ideal world, you could play your favourite games for hours without any interruption. However, there is every chance that you could receive a call in the midst of an action-packed sequence. By the time you reject the call and come back to the game, there is a noticeable delay until you can rejoin. This is exactly what you can avoid with the Call and Data Concurrency feature on the Redmi Note 9.
48MP quad-camera array with AI features
The AI quad-camera array on the Redmi Note 9 includes a versatile camera setup that can handle different types of scenarios with relative ease. These include the 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. While world-class optics do play a part in delivering high-quality images, most people do not know the role that the SoC plays to ensure photos captured on the modern smartphone always turn out great. Behind the exceptional imaging capabilities of the Redmi Note 9 is the plethora of features of the MediaTek Helio G85 SoC that let the phone handle complex AI image processing with ease. The AI features of the MediaTek Helio G85 extend to the 13MP front-facing selfie camera as well with support for features like background blur, AI Beautify, and Special effects.
22.5W Fast Charging with USB-C
The Redmi Note 9 comes with a massive 5,020mAh battery that promises up to two days of battery life even with heavy use. With a promise of up to 13 hours of gaming, you can be assured that the Redmi Note 9 will not give up on you during your crucial gaming sessions. While the large battery capacity does play an important role in keeping the phone going, there is no denying the role of the power-efficient 12nm MediaTek Helio G85 SoC plays in the exceptional battery life that the Redmi Note 9 offers. What makes the phone even more special is the fact that it features support for the phenomenal 22.5W fast charging with the supplied USB-C charger and cable.
Superb connectivity features
The Redmi Note 9 gets a dizzying array of connectivity options usually missing from devices in this price range. The phone supports 4G networks using both the SIM cards at the same time, along with VoLTE support. Another useful feature is support for the VoWiFi, which ensures seamless network connectivity even in areas with poor coverage. The Redmi Note 9 boasts of support for 5GHz Wi-Fi networks, thereby also supporting faster download speeds when compared to 2.4GHz networks. You can also connect the phone to peripherals using BlueTooth 5.0. For home networking enthusiasts, the Redmi Note 9 supports Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi Display as well. All these features come courtesy of the Helio G85 SoC – which in its new avatar – incorporates several improvements over its predecessors. One of them being the faster rate at which it predicts Wi-Fi and LTE concurrency. This ensures that the Redmi Note 9 connects to cell-towers faster than older devices thereby reducing the chances of dropped calls and poor connectivity while on the move.
Summing it up
The new Redmi Note 9 definitely lives up to its name as the undisputed champion and sets a new benchmark for budget smartphones priced under Rs 15,000. Xiaomi deserves all the credit for the sheer number of superlative features it brings to the table – including the 48MP quad-camera array, 22.5W fast charging, brilliant 6.53-inch, FHD+ dot display, and even an IR port. That being said, we must not forget the role of the powerful MediaTek Helio G85 SoC in making the Redmi Note 9 the most sought after smartphone in its segment. Be it the exceptional gaming performance on the large 6.53-inch FHD+ display or the comprehensive connectivity options it offers, the new Redmi Note 9 does make for a compelling choice for someone looking for the perfect budget smartphone.