All this brings us to the question – is the specification of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max worth such a price, or is it reasonable to choose your Redmi Note 9 Pro instead? We are reviewing Redmi Note 9 Pro Max to find out all this.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max design
Xiaomi The Redmi series devices are now getting bigger in size, the biggest and new example of this Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is. Its thickness is 8.8 millimeters and weighing 209 grams, which does not give much good experience in one-handed use. It has a large display of 6.67 inch display, which comes with 20: 9 aspect ratios. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection comes on the display. Just above the display is a thin earpiece with a white notification light.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner in the power button on the right side of the phone. We were not very happy with the placement of this button, as it is set slightly above. If you are left-handed, you can set your left index finger in it. It does not take much time to unlock the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.
Another problem we faced was the placement of the volume button. They are above this side-mounted fingerprint scanner and are not convenient to access. It has been Xiaomi's tradition to introduce the IR Blaster on its smartphones and has been retained by the company with the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. It also has a headphone jack at the bottom with a USB Type-C port.
A quad-camera setup has been given on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. These sensors are set in a square-shaped module. This module is so outside that it is detected by placing the phone on the table. The phone has a glossy finish at the rear and has introduced the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in three color options, including Interstellar Black, Aurora Blue and Glacier White. For this review we had the interstellar black variant which was seen blue in bright light. Xiaomi also gives a case in the box of this phone, which can help to give some flipping to its slippery body. Talking about the accessories in the box, you also get a 33W charger with Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and case in it.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max specifications
Xiaomi is popular in its smartphones for its superior ratio of price and performance and the company has also retained this with the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. Here the company has given Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset in the phone. The Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max come with the same processor, which makes it difficult to differentiate the performance between these two.
However, on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, you will see more RAM and storage. Its variants and its price are as follows: 6 GB RAM / 64 GB storage is priced at Rs 16,499, 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage is priced at Rs 17,999 and 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage is priced at Rs 19,999. We had 6 GB / 128 GB variants for review. Price of this Redmi Note 9 Pro The price coincides with the price, which can turn many buyers into an affair.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a larger display, which is not an AMOLED panel nor does it come with a high refresh rate. It may be that Xiaomi has not given these hardware to keep the price of the phone low, but at this price some competitors offer these features. However, it cannot be called a bad panel. It has good viewing angles and the outside light is also very bright. It has a camera hole in the center at the top, which may distract some people. We got used to it while using the device and later we did not face any problem while watching content or doing other things in it.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a 5020mAh battery. The Note 9 Pro Max is a dual SIM smartphone that includes dual 4G VoLTE and VoYFi as well as Bluetooth 5 support. The smartphone is equipped with dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and has GPS as well as NavIC support.
The smartphone runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10 and our unit was running on the April 2020 security patch. There are a lot of customization options in the UI and if you have used the Xiaomi device for the first time, then you will not find it any different from them. Sadly, it comes pre-installed with many unwanted apps, some of which filled the notification panel of our review unit with notifications.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max performance
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max can handle day-to-day tasks easily and it also loads apps instantly. We had no problem scrolling the menu or while multitasking. in this Poco X2 And Realme 6 Pro Like it does not have a high screen refresh rate, so it does not look as smooth as these two devices, but it cannot be called bad either.
The phone handles gaming well. When running PUBG Mobile, it runs on high settings by default. We could play the game comfortably without any lag, but the touch of the phone was slightly warmed up after 20 minutes. While its large display is not easy to use with one hand, it is quite good for gaming and video viewing.
We spent a lot of time watching videos on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and the battery performed well. With our usage, the smartphone easily took a day and a half in one charge. In our HD video loop test, it lasted for 17 hours and 10 minutes, which is a good score, but Realme 6 Pro managed to achieve 21 hours in this test, which makes it much more than the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is.
You can charge its battery quickly using a 33W charger. It charges the phone from zero to 52 percent in 30 minutes. The device heats up when charged rapidly. Charging charges at a slow speed after charging about 75 percent and reaches 90 percent in an hour.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max cameras
Let's talk about the camera. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a 64-megapixel primary sensor with F / 1.89 aperture. Other cameras include an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, which includes a 119-degree field-of-view, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. In this price, the resolution of its macro camera is higher than other phones.
The camera app is packed with features and has plenty of shooting modes to choose from. Photo mode captures 16-megapixel pixel-bound shots using a 64-megapixel sensor by default. You can also shoot at full 64-megapixel resolution if you need to. There is also a Pro Color mode, which enhances the contrast in photos and gives us OPPO And Reality Reminds the Dazzle Color and Chroma Boost filters included on the smartphone, respectively.
There is a short video feature, which produces clips of up to 15 seconds. This is primarily a helpful feature for users who upload videos on Instagram and TikTok. In this you can also do slow motion video recording at the rate of 120fps, 240fps and 960fps. The macro camera toggle is placed inside a sub-menu and some people may find it difficult to find.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max received good daylight pictures. We took pictures as a backdrop to the sky filled with light and the smartphone automatically turned on HDR. The pictures look as if they have been sharpened, which may not be liked by everyone. If you zoom into a picture, you will see that there is no lack of detail in the picture, but donations appear in the shadow.
While taking close-up, the AI recognizes the subject and sets the camera according to the scene. The phone adds soft blur (blurriness) to the background during shooting of the subject, which makes the photos look beautiful. We also used the Pro Color feature in Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, which slightly increases the contrast in the picture.
There is also a wide-angle camera on the device, which covers a much larger area, but this significantly reduces the detail of photos taken. Xiaomi has implemented wide-angle correction, which prevents barrel distortion (curved edges) in the output and gives a clean touch.
We found that the macro camera is good for close-ups, as it easily focuses on the subject placed at a distance of up to 2 cm. It captures very good detail, as long as there is enough light on the subject. Its resolution is more than 5-megapixels, which you usually don't find in other smartphones.
In portrait mode, edge detection does quite well and the camera separates the subject and background nicely. However it could not detect a small gap between a person's hand and body, and missed blurring the area, due to which it could not give the full experience of the DSLR picture.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max can detect low light and improve photos using AI. In this, the grains in the photos are also very less, although there is a lack of detail in it. The phone connects multiple exposures simultaneously when night mode is enabled.
We were curious to see if the 32-megapixel selfie shooter makes this device better than the Redmi Note 9 Pro. In daylight, selfies are good, but they show a lot of softness. The reason for this is to enable the beautification mode by default. If you are not fond of it, you can turn off this mode. There is also a portrait mode for the selfie camera, which separates the subject and background and gives the selfie a DSLR look. Camera performance degrades in low light and the output is visible when zoomed.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is an upgrade of Redmi Note 8 Pro. After testing this device, we can say that in many places it Redmi Note 8 Pro is better than. The new Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is more powerful, gives better battery life, comes with better cameras and runs on the latest version of Android. However, there are many places where we can not call it very good with Redmi Note 9 Pro.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is priced lower than the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max but has almost identical hardware inside. After the GST hike on smartphones in April, now the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max starts at Rs 16,499. While the Redmi Note 9 Pro starts at a price of Rs 13,999. The difference between the two can certainly mean a lot to a person with a low budget.
However, if you are ready to pay a higher price, then the Redmi Note 9 Pro is a better pick. The 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variants of the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Max models have a difference of just Rs 1,000, instead of which you get high resolution cameras and fast charging, making it very easy to choose between the two. Realme 6 Pro And Poco X2 There are other complimentary options at similar prices.