The Redmi Note 9 Pro is Xiaomi’s first non-Android One phone to be Android Enterprise Recommended
Google launched the Android Enterprise Recommended program back in 2018 to certify devices for enterprise deployment. With the program, Google wanted to make it easy for businesses to determine which Android devices were best for them based on a couple of different criteria. AER certified devices were required to meet a minimum hardware requirement, support bulk deployment with zero-touch enrollment, get Android security updates with 90 days of release from Google for a period of 3 years, be available unlocked from the manufacturer or reseller, and more. As of now, Google has certified more than 150 devices from several manufacturers and Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9 Pro is the latest to join the list.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro (review) is the fourth Xiaomi device to be certified for the AER program, following the Xiaomi Mi A2, Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, and the Xiaomi Mi A3. But while the Redmi Note 9 Pro isn’t the first Xiaomi device to find a spot on the list, it’s the first non-Android One smartphone from the company to be certified for the program. For the unaware, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G powered device that runs Xiaomi’s custom Android skin, MIUI 11, based on Android 10.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro features a quad-camera setup on the back, with a 64Mp primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Over on the front, the device includes a 16MP selfie camera. The smartphone packs in a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD display with a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera and it includes a substantial 5,020mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging. The Redmi Note 9 is available in two RAM/storage variants — 6GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB — at a starting price of $269.
It’s worth noting that OPPO and OnePlus also recently submitted a few of their devices to the Android Enterprise Recommended program. OPPO’s Find X2 series and the Reno3 Pro were the first devices from the company to receive certification, while the OnePlus 8 series and OnePlus Nord were the first devices from the company to make it to the list. Since Google is planning to relax security update requirements for the program, we expect to see devices from more manufacturers make it to the list in the near future.