Redmi Note 9 Series set to Shake up UK Budget Phone Market


Earlier today Xiaomi officially announced the Redmi Note 9 (pictured) and Redmi Note 9 Pro in the UK, which join the Redmi Note 9S in the company’s new budget phone line-up.

The phones themselves came as no surprise, having already launched globally in April, but today Xiaomi confirmed that UK pricing will begin at an attractive £179 for the 3GB/64GB Redmi Note 9, and £249 for the 6GB/64GB Redmi Note 9 Pro.

The base Redmi Note 9 Pro is available to pre-order now on Amazon at £229, with a £20 saving, ahead of an 8 June release date. The higher-capacity 6GB/128GB Redmi Note 9 Pro (£269) and the 3GB (£179) / 4GB (£199) Redmi Note 9 models will go on sale later in June.

Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 9S is already on sale at Amazon, GearBest and the UK Mi Store with a retail price starting at £199.

Value has been synonymous with Xiaomi during its 10-year lifetime, but never at the expense of quality. In recognition of its rapport with consumers the phone maker is now the world’s third largest.

The new Redmi Note 9 series brings to the table incredible battery life – the Redmi Note 9S is unbeaten by any other in our lab tests, so we’re hopeful for more of the same – along with a premium design and features, including a quad-lens camera assembly.

We’ll explore the specifications and differences between the line-up in more detail in the table below.

Redmi Note 9 series specifications
 
Redmi Note 9
Redmi Note 9S
Redmi Note 9 Pro
Price
From £169 – available late-June
From £199 – buy now
From £249 – pre-order now
Display
6.53in Full-HD IPS Dot Drop, Gorilla Glass 5
6.67in Full-HD IPS Dot Drop, Gorilla Glass 5
Processor
2GHz MediaTek Helio G85 (octa-core)
2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (octa-core)
Software
MIUI 11
GPU
ARM Mali-G52
Adreno 618
Memory
3GB/4GB LPDDR4X RAM
4GB/6GB LPDDR4X RAM
6GB LPDDR4X RAM
Storage
64GB UFS 2.1, microSD up to 512GB
64GB/128GB UFS 2.1, microSD up to 512GB
Primary Camera
48MP wide + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth
48MP wide + 8MP ultra-wide + 5MP macro + 2MP depth
64MP wide + 8MP ultra-wide + 5MP macro + 2MP depth
Front Camera
13MP
16MP
Network
Dual-4G (2+1 Nano-SIM slot)
Connectivity
802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, IR, USB-C
802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, IR, USB-C, NFC
Fingerprint Sensor
Rear-mounted
Built into power button
Audio
3.5mm audio jack
Battery
5,020mAh
Charging
18W wired
30W wired
Dimensions
162x77x8.9mm
166x77x8.8mm
Weight
199g
209g

All three phones in the Redmi Note 9 series support a high-capacity 5,020mAh battery, but only the Pro boosts the 18W wired charging speed to 30W. It also adds NFC support (which is available only in selected markets in the other models), and upgrades both primary and selfie cameras.

The entry Redmi Note 9 keeps the price low with a slightly smaller screen, a MediaTek processor with a lower memory option of 3GB, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

All three are sold with MIUI 11, a custom version of Android 10, but Xiaomi has confirmed that they will receive an update to MIUI 12.

Read next: Best Xiaomi Phones & Best Xiaomi Deals


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