The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S smartphone is focused on providing the buyer with the best value for money. While competition in the middle segment is growing, Redmi Note 9S is committed to providing high performance and quality at an affordable price for most.
The importance of the Note series in the Redmi lineup cannot be overestimated. It is these smartphones that have helped Xiaomi achieve huge world popularity. Redmi Note 4 phones sold more than 10 million over the entire production cycle, and last year Redmi Note 7 and 7 Pro became one of the most popular models.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S is a direct and modified continuation of the style, introduced back in Note 7 Pro, and then iterated in Note 8 Pro. A distinctive element of this design is the back panel. Gradient, iridescent shiny glossy glass Gorilla Glass 5, which at a right angle looks like a mirror. Of course, this makes the surface a fingerprint and dirt magnet. But, the use of a complete cover practically corrects the drawback if you do not want to constantly clean the stains.
The main camera module is installed in the center. However, instead of vertical placement, all four lenses are enclosed in a rectangle, and the elements of the flash located under it.
The big change in the Note 9S is the switch to a side fingerprint scanner. It is built into the power key. Unlocking the phone is very fast. The button is intuitive, it is very easy to get it, even holding the device with one hand. What is not entirely intuitive is the non-segmented volumetric volume keys for sound control. They are carried too far up, on the right side, so it is almost impossible to get them without grabbing the smartphone with both hands.
At the bottom edge you will find a USB-C port, as well as a headphone jack. On the left is a combined slot for two nano-SIM cards, as well as a microSD card, expanding memory. There is also an IR blaster on the upper edge.
In general, Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S is a conservative, but a pleasant step forward in terms of aesthetics. However, with a weight of 209 g, it can be a little bulky.
The phone has a P2i coating, which should provide a certain degree of protection against splashes.
On the front of the Redmi Note 9S, things are a little different. We have a larger 6.67-inch display with a 20: 9 aspect ratio and a round neckline for the front camera. The resolution is still Full HD + with a panel that provides crisp colors even with the default settings.
The four-camera module includes an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. However, this time the main lens was the 48-megapixel Samsung GM2.
The good news is that Xiaomi has added very natural color options. Often the color temperature and white balance are accurate, which is clearly visible in the pictures. The dynamic range is also not bad, although some details remain in the shadow area. Nevertheless, there is some softness in images captured using the Note 9S.
If you like to shoot wide shots or in portrait mode, Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S will cope with this task quite well. The dynamic range is slightly limited when shooting with a wide-angle lens, when white balance may be slightly disturbed. Nevertheless, the mode works well when capturing a wide frame without much effort. Meanwhile, Xiaomi did a great job of optimizing the portrait mode, so the device is able to detect edges fantastically well, creating natural-looking blurring.
A macro camera has been added, which does a good job.
The front camera produces reasonable selfies with 16 megapixel resolution. Xiaomi has also improved the video mode. Now the device captures clear frames up to 4K at 30 frames per second. Software add-ons were added for the creators of video content, including a 21: 9 cinematic framing mode, as well as built-in filters.
Redmi Note 9S works with MIUI 11 based on Android 10.
MIUI's best feature is integrating huge customizable functionality right out of the box. From the ability to manage gestures, add themes, set active wallpapers on the lock screen, to enable a competent file manager or software for quick file sharing among other users.
The Redmi Note 9S is back on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform. While the Note 8 Pro offers the Mediatek Helio G90T, in the updated smartphone we get the Snapdragon 720G. The processor consists of 8 cores, two Kyro 465 Gold and six Kryo 465 Silver cores. In addition, it is supported by Adreno 618 graphics.
As expected, daily performance is more than satisfactory. MIUI gets along well with the hardware, providing an excellent and pleasant experience.
Despite the fact that the Snapdragon 720G is a mid-range chipset, it is able to work more efficiently with any application or game.
Fortunately, the Note 9S left a headphone jack. The audio output offers pretty good quality and without noticeable hissing sound. The sound coming out of the speakers is also loud, but lacks bass. Dual stereo speakers would definitely enhance the overall impression.
If you plan to use Bluetooth headphones with Note 9S, then the device supports AptX, AptxHD and LDAC kodaki. You are guaranteed to get high-quality sound if your headphones support the necessary codec.
Xiaomi has become a pioneer in the use of large 4000 mAh batteries in their phones. And Redmi Note 9S takes a step forward. This time we get a battery with a capacity of 5020 mAh, which is more than enough for a long day of intensive use, or even for several days.
Unfortunately, the charging speed is limited to 18 watts, and it took the device 140 minutes to fully charge the battery.
Yes, if you want to get high performance at a low price, Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S still provides excellent value for money.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S is still rich in features and capabilities. The camera is above average, the best-in-class internal components and beautiful design at an attractive price.
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