Redmi Note 9 is all set to launch in India today. The digital launch event will begin at 12pm (noon) IST as a part of which the pricing and availability details of the phone will be announced. The India model of the smartphone may see some differences from the global model launched in April this year. For instance the Redmi Note 9 global model was launched in 3GB and 4GB RAM options. However, the Indian variant is reported to not see a 3GB RAM base model, but instead come with a new 6GB RAM option.
The Redmi Note 9 launch event live stream will kick off at 12pm (noon) IST on YouTube and the Mi India social handles. The India variant of the phone is likely to be priced around the same range as the global model. To recall, the Redmi Note 9 global model is priced at $199 (roughly Rs. 15,100) for the 3GB + 64GB storage option, and $249 (roughly Rs. 18,900) for the 4GB + 128GB storage model.
The reported 6GB RAM option may be priced a little higher (or may be not). The phone was unveiled globally in Forest Green, Polar White, Midnight Grey colour options.
The Redmi Note 9 comes with dual-SIM (Nano) support and runs on Android 10-based MIUI 11. It features a 6.53-inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,340 pixels) IPS display along with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor and the Indian variant is expected to come with up to 6GB of RAM. Internal storage choices include 64GB and 128GB, and there's also support for storage expansion via the dedicated microSD card slot (up to 128GB).
Coming to the cameras, the quad camera setup on the Redmi Note 9 houses a 48-megapixel camera with an f/1.79 lens. There is an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens, a 2-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 lens. Up front, the phone comes with a 13-megapixel selfie camera sitting inside the display cut out.
The Redmi Note 9 also packs 5,020mAh battery that supports up to 18W fast charging. Xiaomi has included a 22.5W fast charger inside the box. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC (select markets), infrared (IR) blaster, GPS, A-GPS, and more. The rear fingerprint sensor sits right below the quad camera unit.
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