Redmi 9 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Redmi Note 9: What’s the Difference?

Redmi 9 is the most affordable option in the series with a starting price of Rs. 8,999.

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Redmi 9 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Redmi Note 9: What’s the Difference?

Redmi 9, Redmi 9 Prime, and Redmi Note 9 all come with a 6.53-inch display

Highlights
  • Redmi 9 offers 128GB of onboard storage under Rs. 10,000 price
  • Redmi 9 Prime comes with a quad rear camera setup
  • Redmi Note 9 features a 48-megapixel primary camera sensor at the back

Redmi 9 debuted in India on Thursday as the successor to the Redmi 8. The new smartphone comes with dual rear cameras as well as features a waterdrop-style display notch. The Redmi 9 is also based on Xiaomi's Aura Edge Design that brings a textured back and prevents smudges. Xiaomi has also provided a 5,000mAh battery on the Redmi 9, with two days of usage on a single charge. The new launch came just a little over a month after the company launched the Redmi Note 9 in the country and a few weeks after the debut of the Redmi 9 Prime. There are slight changes among the three Redmi series phones.

In this article, we compare Redmi 9 price in India and specifications with those of the Redmi 9 Prime and Redmi Note 9 to help you look at their key differences.

Redmi 9 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Redmi Note 9: Price in India

Redmi 9 price in India starts at Rs. 8,999 for the 64GB storage option. There is also a 128GB storage variant of the new Redmi phone that carries a price tag of Rs. 9,999. The phone comes in Carbon Black, Sky Blue, and Sporty Orange and will be available for purchase starting August 31.

In contrast, the Redmi 9 Prime is priced at Rs. 9,999 and Rs. 11,999 for the 64GB and 128GB storage variants, respectively. The phone is available in Carbon Black, Sky Blue, and Sporty Orange colours through select sale rounds in the country.

The Redmi Note 9, on the other hand, carries a starting price of Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option, while its 4GB RAM + 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 13,499 and the top-end, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model is at Rs. 14,999. There are four colour options, namely Aqua Green, Arctic White, Pebble Grey, and Scarlet Red. Moreover, the handset is available through select sale rounds.

Redmi 9 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Redmi Note 9: Specifications

The Redmi 9, Redmi 9 Prime, and Redmi Note 9 all come with dual-SIM (Nano) support and run on Android 10. However, the Redmi 9 is the company's first model in the country that comes preloaded with MIUI 12, while the Redmi 9 Prime and Redmi Note 9 have MIUI 11 on top of the latest Android version. In terms of display, the Redmi 9 has a 6.53-inch HD+ (720x1,600 pixels) Dot Drop display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi 9 Prime and Redmi Note 9 also come with the 6.53-inch display size but with full-HD+ (1,080x2,340 pixels) resolution that brings a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Further, the Redmi Note 9 has a hole-punch design, which isn't there in case of the Redmi 9 and Redmi 9 Prime that both have the waterdrop-style notch.

Under the hood, the Redmi 9 offers an octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, along with standard 4GB RAM. The Redmi 9 Prime, on the other hand, has an octa-core MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, with 4GB RAM. In contrast, the Redmi Note 9 comes with an octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, coupled with up to 6GB RAM. The Redmi 9, Redmi 9 Prime, and Redmi Note 9, however, provide the same, 64GB and 128GB storage options that are expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB).

On the optics part, the Redmi 9 has the dual rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.2 lens and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.4 lens. The Redmi 9 Prime, on the other front, provides a quad rear camera setup that houses a 13-megapixel primary shooter, an 8-megapixel secondary shooter with an ultra-wide-angle lens that has a 118-degree field of view (FoV), a 5-megapixel macro shooter, and lastly, a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Redmi Note 9 also has a quad rear camera setup but with a 48-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 primary sensor along with an f/1.79 lens, 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens, and two 2-megapixel sensors for macro and depth photography.

The Redmi 9 has a 5-megapixel camera sensor at the front, with an f/2.2 lens. This is unlike the Redmi 9 Prime that gives you an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the front. The Redmi Note 9, on the other side, brings a 13-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front.

Connectivity options on the Redmi 9, Redmi 9 Prime, and Redmi Note 9 are almost identical as all three phones have 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. However, the Redmi 9, being the most inferior in the series, has a Micro-USB port instead of a USB Type-C port that's available on the Redmi 9 Prime and Redmi Note 9. The latter two models also have an infrared (IR) blaster which isn't there on the new Redmi phone.

The Redmi 9, Redmi 9 Prime, and Redmi Note 9 all three phones come with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. In terms of battery, the Redmi 9 has a 5,000mAh battery, whereas the Redmi 9 Prime and Redmi Note 9 pack a 5,020mAh battery. Additionally, the Redmi 9 supports 10W fast charging, while the Redmi 9 Prime has 18W fast charging and Redmi Note 9 comes with 22.5W fast charging and 9W reverse charging.

Dimensions-wise, the Redmi 9 is the biggest among the three models, measuring in at 164.9x77.07x9.0mm. The Redmi 9 Prime, on the other hand, measures 163.30x77x9.1mm, while the Redmi Note 9 measures 161.48x76.7x8.75mm. On the part of weight, the Redmi 9 is the lightest in the series with a weight of 196 grams. The Redmi 9 Prime weighs 198 grams and the Redmi Note 9 weighs 200 grams.


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Redmi 9 vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime vs Redmi Note 9 comparison
  Redmi 9 Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime Redmi Note 9
Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
BrandXiaomiXiaomiXiaomi
ModelRedmi 9Redmi 9 PrimeRedmi Note 9
Release date27th August 20204th August 202030th April 2020
Launched in IndiaYesYesYes
Dimensions (mm)164.90 x 77.07 x 9.00163.32 x 77.01 x 9.10162.30 x 77.20 x 8.90
Weight (g)196.00198.00199.00
Battery capacity (mAh)500050205020
Fast chargingProprietary-Proprietary
ColoursCarbon Black, Sporty Orange, Sky BlueSpace Blue, Mint Green, Matte Black, Sunrise FlareAqua Green, Arctic White, Pebble Grey, Scarlet Red
Removable battery-No-
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches)6.536.536.53
Resolution720x1600 pixels1080x2340 pixels1080x2340 pixels
Aspect ratio20:919.5:919.5:9
Protection type-Gorilla Glass-
Pixels per inch (PPI)-394-
HARDWARE
Processorocta-core2GHz octa-core1.8GHz octa-core (6x1.8GHz + 2x2GHz)
Processor makeMediaTek Helio G35MediaTek Helio G80MediaTek Helio G85
RAM4GB4GB4GB
Internal storage64GB64GB64GB
Expandable storageYesYesYes
Expandable storage typemicroSDmicroSDmicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)512512512
Dedicated microSD slotYesYesYes
CAMERA
Rear camera13-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)13-megapixel (f/2.2) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel48-megapixel (f/1.79) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)
Rear autofocusYes-Yes
Rear flashYes-Yes
Front camera5-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.12-micron)8-megapixel (f/2.0)13-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating systemAndroid 10Android 10Android 10
SkinMIUI 12MIUI 11MIUI 11
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n
BluetoothYes, v 5.00Yes, v 5.00Yes, v 5.00
Micro-USBYes--
Number of SIMs222
NFC-YesYes
USB Type-C-YesYes
Wi-Fi Direct-Yes-
Active 4G on both SIM cards-Yes-
SIM 1
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYesYes
SIM 2
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYesYes
SENSORS
Face unlockYesYesYes
Fingerprint sensorYesYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYesYes
AccelerometerYesYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYesYes
Compass/ Magnetometer-YesYes
Gyroscope--Yes
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Well built
  • Good battery life
  • Bad
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • Bloatware and spam in MIUI
  • Laggy Android experience
  • Not great value
Display 6.53-inch
Processor MediaTek Helio G35
Front Camera 5-megapixel
Rear Camera 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
OS Android 10
Resolution 720x1600 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance
  • Bad
  • Average camera performance
  • Preinstalled bloatware
Display 6.53-inch
Processor MediaTek Helio G80
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 13-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 5-megapixel + 2-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5020mAh
OS Android 10
Resolution 1080x2340 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good battery life
  • Powerful processor
  • Decent daylight camera performance
  • Bad
  • Average low-light camera performance
  • Bloated UI and spammy notifications
Display 6.53-inch
Processor MediaTek Helio G85
Front Camera 13-megapixel
Rear Camera 48-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5020mAh
OS Android 10
Resolution 1080x2340 pixels
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