Xiaomi launches the Redmi Note 9 Pro globally as the Redmi Note 9S

Xiaomi launches the Redmi Note 9 Pro globally as the Redmi Note 9S

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Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in India two weeks ago. The two devices are the collective successors to the Redmi Note 8 Pro (review), which first introduced in August 2019. Out of the two, Xiaomi is bringing the Redmi Note 9 Pro to other markets but rebranding it as the Redmi Note 9S. The Redmi Note 9S will soon be available in Malaysia and Thailand as well as for global shipments via AliExpress.

Redmi Note 9 Pro/9S XDA Forums

We recently reviewed the Redmi Note 9 Pro and were really impressed by its performance and battery backup. Among the features that really excited us include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, the new “Aura Balance Design,” and the massive 5,020mAh battery which easily lasts for two days. The phone also features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner instead of one mounted on the back.

xiaomi redmi note 9 pro review

The phone comes with a 48MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM2 sensor. Besides the primary camera, there’s an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 5MP macro camera with autofocus, and a 2MP depth sensor, nested in a square arrangement. There’s a 16MP hole-punch camera on the front.

The Redmi Note 9S also features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ “DotDisplay” with a hole-punch in the center. The display, as well as the back panel, are protected under a layer of Gorilla Glass 5.

Redmi Note 9S Max Specifications

SpecificationRedmi Note 9S
Dimensions and Weight
  • 165.7 x 76.6 x 8.8 mm
  • 209g
Display
  • 6.67″ FHD+ (2400 x 1080) LCD;
  • Center-weighted Punch-hole “DotDisplay”
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
SoC
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
    • 8nm process
    • 2 x Kryo 465 based on Arm’s Cortex-A76 @ 2.3GHz
      6x Kryo 465 based on Arm’s Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
  • Adreno 618
RAM and Storage 

  • 4GB + 64GB
  • 6GB + 128GB
  • Dedicated microSD card slot for up to 512GB cards
Battery & Charging
  • 5,020 mAh battery
  • 18W fast charging
  • Fast charger included within the box
Rear CameraPhoto:

  • Primary:
    • 48MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM2 sensor,
    • f/1.79
  • Secondary: 8MP 119° Wide-Angle Camera, f/2.2
  • Tertiary: 5MP, Macro with autofocus
  • Quaternary: 2MP, f/2.4, Depth Sensor

Video:

  • 4K @ 30fps
  • 1080p @ 60fps
  • Ultra-wide: 1080p @ 30fps
  • Slow-motion: 1080p @ 120fps, 720p @ 960fps
Front Camera16MP
Other Features
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • IR Blaster
  • Side fingerprint scanner
Android VersionMIUI 11 based on Android 10

Price & Availability

The Redmi Note 9S will available in two different RAM/storage configurations. It will be available in Malaysia and Thailand starting March 27th via Lazada, Shopee, and JD Central while users will also be able to order it globally via AliExpress.

The prices for the different variants and regions are:

ConfigurationMalaysiaThailandAliExpress
4GB+64GBRM 799
(~$180)
6,499 TBH
(~$200)
$249
6GB+128GBRM 899
(~$205)
7,999 TBH
(~$245)
$279

You will be able to order the smartphone on AliExpress April 7th onwards, starting midnight, Pacific Time.

Xiaomi is also offering early-bird discounts only for the first sales across all platforms. During this sale, Note 9S will have the following prices:

  • Malaysia: RM 699 for 4GB+64GB
  • Thailand: TBH 5,999 for 4GB+64GB
  • AliExpress: $199 for 4GB+64GB and $239 for 6GB+128GB

redmi note 9s mff 2020 edition

Xiaomi also showcased the limited-edition MFF (Mi Fans Family) 2020 of the smartphone and will sell only 2020 units of the same as part of its 10 year anniversary in the month of April.