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Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Review – Not So ‘Pro Max’

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Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Pros
  • Battery & Fast Charging
  • Cameras are good
  • Gorilla Glass
Cons
  • No high refresh rate
  • No Amoled Display

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Xiaomi launched two devices and we have already discussed the Redmi Note 9 Pro in the previous article now we will be analyzing the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max! The name might sound familiar with some other top of the line flagship but does this have specs that can meet the Pro Max level. Let’s find out!

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max price in India has been set at Rs. 16,499 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, whereas its 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model is priced at Rs. 17,999 and the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option carries a price tag of Rs. 19,999.

Display

The smartphone packs the same 6.67-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD display as the standard Note 9 Pro. It packs a 20:9 aspect ratio, 2400 x 1080-pixels resolution, and again, Gorilla Glass 5 protection. You do not get a higher refresh rate on the Redmi Note 9 Pro’s display as well, which is even more disappointing – given the Pro Max name. I mean what is so Pro Max in this no high refresh rate, no AMOLED. But the device offers Gorilla Glass 5 which is a good thing to see.

Camera

the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max on the rear packs a 64-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.89 aperture and a pixel size of 1.6-micron; a second 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a pixel size of 1.12-micron; a third 5-megapixel camera with a 1.12-micron aperture and a fourth 2-megapixel camera with a 1.75-micron aperture. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It sports a 32-megapixel camera on the front for selfies, with a 1.6-micron aperture. Again in the camera department, there is nothing such big improvement as far as we can see a minimal update and nothing as such Pro Max here too.  The camera cut-out is also not so good looking this could have been better.

Performance

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G mobile platform, which was introduced only a few months ago. The Snapdragon 720G comes with a few minor improvements over last year’s Snapdragon 730/730G, and these include higher clock speed for the performance cores. Qualcomm has strategically named the chipset as well as the Kryo 465 cores – as opposed to Kryo 470 on the Snapdragon 730 series mobile platforms – even though they use the same Cortex-A76 and Cortex-A55 reference architectures from ARM. The chipset supports dual-frequency GNSS including India’s NavIC and Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX Adaptive. The performance was okay performed the same as the Redmi Note 9 Pro. The gaming experience was good we were able to run PUBG mobile at high setting heat generation was minimal without any lag.

Battery

On the battery front, Redmi Note 9 Pro really beats the competitors the POCO X2 and Realme 6 Pro. The Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max come with the largest battery in the Redmi Note series ever. The 5,020mAh battery breezes through the day and outperformed my expectations. The big battery easily delivers a two-day-long backup on moderate usage.

Overall Verdict

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is not so Pro Max and lacks for many things if you are looking specifically for gaming then you should go for POCO X2! The Realme 6 & 6 Pro are also better devices than this offering a smoother 90Hz display alongside good cameras and fast charging. The Realme X2 also has AMOLED and is good for day to day usage with good gaming performance. You can buy this device if you are okay with 60Hz LCD rather than this device performs well.

Abhishek Singh
Founder TechTrum.in! Deciphering tech everyday!

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