The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is boosting its game in terms of 5G smartphones: the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 are indeed entitled to versions compatible with this new standard of mobile telephony, only in China for the moment.
With the gradual deployment of 5G, smartphone manufacturers are necessarily up to date. All are now on a war footing to release compatible versions. Even the mid-range begins to benefit from it, after the exclusivity reserved for high-end devices.
On the side of Xiaomi, the time seems to strengthen its 5G range: the firm of the Middle Empire indeed reveals a new 5G version of the mid-range and entry-level phones Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9, whose names change slightly with the appearance of the terms “5G” at the end of the name, reveals XDA Developers.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G sees its technical sheet evolved sparingly with respect to its 4G counterpart launched in France last June: this time the device has the right to a Snapdragon 750G processor embedding an X52 modem dedicated to 5G, therefore. The terminal now weighs 215 grams, against 209 grams previously, and measures 9 mm thick, compared to the 8.8 mm of the 4G version.
If the size of the panel (6.67 inches), its display technology (LCD) and its RAM configurations (6 or 8 GB) do not change, the quadruple rear photo sensor is undergoing some changes: over the main 64-megapixel camera, instead of a new 108-megapixel sensor. In contrast, the macro lens drops from 5 to 2 megapixels, when the front camera drops from 32 to 16 megapixels.
The battery loses its splendor with a capacity of 4820 mAh against 5020 mAh on the 4G variant, but the presence of the SoC Snapdragon 750G should offset this loss thanks to better energy efficiency.
Redmi Note 9 5G: one less photo sensor
As for the Redmi Note 9 5G, some changes have also been made by the manufacturer: if the weight is almost identical, the thickness of 8.8 mm climbs this time to 9.2 mm. It’s starting to do a lot. Xiaomi has also opted for a MediaTek Dimensity 800U chip to guarantee 5G.
There is also a slight aesthetic evolution brought to the rear photo module, now all round. The latter also accommodates only three sensors – against four previously – 48 (main), 8 (ultra wide-angle) and 2 (macro) megapixels. The front camera is familiar with the 13 megapixels.
Finally, note the presentation of a new connected watch responding to the name of Redmi Watch. It has a square format with slightly rounded corners, all combined with a 1.4 inch screen that is resistant to water and dust (5ATM certification). Able to hold 7 days in conventional use, and 12 days in standby mode, this 35-gram smartwatch has the appropriate sensors to measure heart rate and steps.
The Redmi Watch is only launched in China at a price of 299 yuan (around 38 euros HT). The Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G and Redmi Note 9 5G also remain confined to China at the time of this writing, without knowing whether the manufacturer will catapult them to other markets.