Redmi Note 9 Pro in hand with camera

The Redmi Note line has always been a pretty successful one and is largely responsible for Xiaomi’s success in markets like India. Value-for-money, good specs, and impressive imaging capabilities have long remained the trademarks of the series.

This year too, the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max stick to the same winning formula. Both phones are very similar in terms of specs, though there are some notable exceptions.

How do the two siblings compare and which one is the best option for you? Let’s find out in this quick look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max spec comparison.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: Specs

SpecsXiaomi Redmi Note 9 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
Display6.67 inches IPS LCD
1,080 x 2,400 resolution
20:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
6.67 inches IPS LCD
1,080 x 2,400 resolution
20:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
ProcessorOcta-core Qualcomm
Snapdragon 720G
Adreno 618
Octa-core Qualcomm
Snapdragon 720G
Adreno 618
RAM4/6GB6/8GB
Storage64/128GB
Expandable up to 512GB
64/128GB
Expandable up to 512GB
Cameras16MP front camera

Rear cameras:
48MP (wide)
8MP (ultra-wide)
5MP (macro)
2MP (depth)
32MP front camera

Rear cameras:
64MP (wide)
8MP (ultra-wide)
5MP (macro)
2MP (depth)
Battery5,020mAh5,020mAh
SoftwareAndroid 10 based MIUI 11Android 10 based MIUI 11
Dimensions165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm
209g
165.5 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm
209g
PriceRs 13,999 (4GB/64GB)
Rs 16,999 (6GB/128GB)
Rs 16,499 (6GB/64GB)
Rs 17,999 (6GB/128GB)
Rs 19,999 (8GB/128GB)

Two of a kind

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro MaxXiaomi

As you can see in the spec comparison sheet above, the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max are not all that different from each other. You can expect comparable performance from the two phones since both of them sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset.

Related: Snapdragon SoC guide: All of Qualcomm’s smartphone processors explained!

The camera setup is what sets the two new Redmi phones apart. While the regular Redmi Note 9 Pro features a 48MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM2 sensor, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max gets a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor. So the biggest difference is that you get 12MP pixel-binned shots with the Redmi Note 9 Pro, while the Pro Max delivers 16MP pixel-binned images.

Otherwise, you still get an 8MP ultra-wide camera (119 degree field of view), a 5MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor on both phones.

The selfie cameras on the two phones are housed within a punch-hole. The vanilla Note 9 Pro gets a 16MP snapper, while the Max has a 32MP shooter. Both phones have a night mode for low-light shooting and both can capture 1,080p videos at 30fps.

We do see a few compromises in the Redmi Note 9 Pro compared to the Max model though, such as a 4GB RAM base model (with an option for 6GB of RAM), and 18W fast charging instead of 33W.

However, the battery size, the display, the design, and the software are exactly the same on the two Redmi Note Pro phones.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: Price

Pricing is where things get interesting as it’s always the deciding factor between two phones in the same series.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro costs Rs 13,999 (~$184) for the 4GB/64GB variant, and Rs 16,999 (~$223) for the 6GB/128GB option.

Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is priced at Rs 16,499 (~$217) for the 6GB/64GB model, Rs 17,999 (~$237) for the 6GB/128GB option, and Rs 19,999 (~$263) for the 8GB/128GB variant.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: Verdict

Redmi Note 9 Pro showing back in hand

The price difference between the two base models is minimal and reduces even more between the top-end Note 9 Pro and the mid-tier Pro Max.

Given that their specs are largely the same and the price difference is not that huge, it would only make sense to get the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max for its superior camera sensors, that extra bit of RAM, and faster charging.

If your options are between the top-of-the-line 9 Pro and 9 Pro Max, then the price gap increases a tad more. In that case, you’ll just have to decide how much the higher camera configuration and faster charging matters to you. If you’re happy with a 48MP camera and 18W charging, go for the Note 9 Pro with 6GB RAM. Otherwise, you can always get the 6GB RAM version of the Pro Max for just Rs 1,000 (~$13) more.

Both the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max are now available in India. They regularly go on flash sale through Amazon. You can buy them through the links given below.

Rs. 13999 .00
Redmi Note 9 Pro
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Rs. 13999 .00
Rs.16499 .00
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
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Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Buy it Now
Rs.16499 .00

Looking for more options beyond the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro series? Check out our list of the best phones under Rs 20,000 in India.

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