Hot on the heels of the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro launch, Xiaomi Malaysia launched yesterday the latest additions to the Redmi Note series of mid-range smartphones as well as their mid-tier offering of the Mi Note line of phones. With the introduction of the Redmi Note 9, Redmi Note 9 Pro as well as the Mi Note 10 Lite, Xiaomi guns for the wallets of Malaysians looking for mid-tier smartphones that pack a punch.
Redmi Note 9 Pro
The successor to the Redmi Note 8 Pro expectedly comes with great specifications for its price, and promises to carry on the mantle of its predecessor as one of the most successful mid-range smartphone worldwide, with the inclusion of new features such as a side-mounted fingerprint scanner to add to its allure. The list of specifications for the Redmi Note 9 Pro can be read here:
The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a 64-megapixel main sensor, which was the same resolution offered on the Redmi Note 8 Pro that made such an attractive offering at this price point. The camera promises to produce crisp, ultra-high resolution images in all lighting conditions. Other cameras in the 9 Pro’s quad-camera array includes an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
The display on the Redmi Note 9 Pro is a 6.67” DotDisplay featuring a FHD+ (2400 x 1080) resolution in a 20:9 aspect ratio and TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification, all of which are protected by a slab of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The camera housed under the punch-hole is a 16-megapixel camera for high quality selfies, and includes a slow-motion selfie for that social media-perfect slow-motion video.
The battery in the Redmi Note 9 Pro is larger than its predecessor, coming in at 5,020 mAh to be exact, and promises an all-day battery life in a slim design. Users need not worry about charging speed either, as the phone comes with 30W fast-charging support and a 33W fast charger in-box that is capable of charging up to 57% in just half-an-hour. Paired with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G clocked at 2.3 GHz, the phone is said to deliver a flagship-level experience with excellent power efficiency.
Redmi Note 9
The base model for the 9th generation of the series of phones packs an impressive list of components too albeit targeting a slightly lower price segment, upholding its position as a level up from the entry-level Redmi series while encroaching but not eroding the market of the Pro version. The list of specifications of the Redmi Note 9 can be read here:
Powering the Redmi Note 9 is a MediaTek Helio G85 processor, making it the world’s first smartphone to carry the manufacturer’s chipset. The new CPU consists of 2x A75 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and 6x A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz, while also packing an ARM G52 MC2 GPU running at approximately 1.0 GHz, thus should perform adequately in providing a smooth experience during daily usage. Both the Redmi Note 9 and the 9 Pro comes with a headphone jack.
The Redmi Note 9 comes with a healthy 48-megapixel main shooter sporting a f/1.79 aperture that helps to provide more light for the resolution beast. The other cameras in its quad-camera layout consist of an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front camera is a 13-megapixel shooter housed in a punch hole within the front display.
The display on the Redmi Note 9 is a 6.53” DotDisplay with a resolution of FHD+ (2340 x 1080) and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and is TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certified. The battery within the Redmi Note 9 is of the same capacity as its Pro version, and the 5,020 mAh size should provide a longer battery life with the more power-sipping components.
Mi Note 10 Lite
For the people who wanted a little bit more than what the Redmi Note 9 series offers, Xiaomi delivers with the Mi Note 10 Lite that is both premium and wallet friendly. The Lite moniker of the phone meant it had some of its specifications downgraded as compared to its full-fledged brother, the Mi Note 10, but do not let that fool you as the phone still packs a healthy list of components. The list of specifications of the Mi Note 10 Lite can be read here:
Immediately noticeable as an upgrade over the Redmi Note 9 series is the 6.47” AMOLED Dot Drop display with a resolution of FHD+ (2340 x 1080), an aspect ratio of 19.5:0, HDR10 support and a 3D-curved screen surface complemented by a similar 3D-curved glass back for that premium feel in-hand. Underneath the display is a fast in-screen fingerprint sensor that is said to unlock near-instantly. Like the Redmi note 9 series, the Mi Note 10 Lite comes with a multi-functional NFC and an IR blaster.
While not boasting a ridiculous 108-megapixel sensor like its full-powered brother, the Mi Note 10 Lite still comes packing an industry-leading Sony IMX686 sensor with 64-megapixels and support for pixel binning to trade extreme resolution for a more impressive all-round camera performance. The other cameras in the quad camera array are the 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 5-megapixel depth sensor and a 2-megapixel macro camera.
Leveraging Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G, the Mi Note 10 Lite promises an ultra-smooth mobile experience especially with its 8GB of LPDDRX4 RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. Coupled with the power-efficient CPU is a massive 5,260 mAh battery that should provide up to a two-day battery life, and when you need to charge it, 64 minutes is all you need to get it from 0% to 100% with its included 30W fast charger.
Pricing & Availability
Xiaomi aims to draw in a crowd with the latest additions to its extensive line-up of smartphones, not just with the healthy list of specifications, but also with beautiful colourways to match your personality and a price to match. The Redmi Note 9 will be available starting 18th of May 2020 in two variants, a 3GB + 64GB version priced at RM 649 available exclusively at the Mi Official Store on Shopee as well as a 4GB + 128GB version available at Authorised Mi stores for RM 749. Both variants will be sold in three colours: Midnight Grey, Forest Green and Polar White.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes in a 6GB + 128GB variant and can be pre-ordered on Xiaomi’s LazMall Flagship Store and Authorised Mi Stores from 11th to 17th of May 2020, and will come with a complimentary Redmi Power Bank 10,000 mAh (RRP: RM 59). It will be made available nation-wide on the 18th of May 2020 with a retail price of RM 1,099 and comes in three colours: Interstellar Grey, Tropical Green and Glacier White.
Lastly, the Mi Note 10 lite will be available starting today (12th May 2020) as an 8GB + 128GB model priced at RM 1,599. The phone will be available at Xiaomi’s LazMall Flagship Store and Authorised Mi Stores in Malaysia. Consumers will be able to choose from three colours, namely Glacier White, Midnight Black and Nebula Purple.