The standard Redmi Note 9 addition to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9 Series has been launched via a virtual event. The global variant of the recently-launched Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, dubbed Redmi Note 9 Pro (its namesake was introduced last month in India, mind you), also joined the international lineup. The original Redmi Note 9 Pro previously went official as Redmi Note 9S (global version). Puzzling? Definitely. Not only did Xiaomi introduce the series backwards, but by rehashing the names, it added further confusion to the mix.
Let’s talk about the brand-new base edition first. The Redmi Note 9 shares its design language with the ‘Pro’ and ‘S’ duo. It features a punch-hole display that stretches 6.53 inches across. The panel is IPS LCD which produces an FHD+ resolution and embeds a 13MP selfie shooter in its cutout.
Go around the back to find two pill-shaped housings stacked on top of each other, and surrounded by a lengthened camera island. Each pill-style secondary housing contains two cameras, for a total of four. Right below the cameras, a capacitive fingerprint reader is also part of the main camera housing. The rear shell comes in Forest Green, Midnight Grey, and Polar White shades.
Running things behind the scenes is a MediaTek Helio G85 processor paired with 4GB + 128GB and 3GB + 64GB configurations. The setup is hooked up to a massive 5,020 mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.