Redmi Note 9 First Impressions

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Despite the success that Xiaomi has today, I never really bought into it too much. I bought small Xiaomi accessories but didn’t really understand what the buzz is about at first. My opinion changed when they released the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro last year. They are two of the best-selling phones the company sells in the Philippines. (They also released the Redmi Note 8 and 8 Pro later in that same year!) With this in mind, I got the cheapest Redmi Note experience that I can buy. These are my first impressions of the Redmi Note 9!

What’s in the Box?

I’m not gonna dwell too much on what comes in the box, so here it is!

(From left to right) SIM ejector tool, jelly case, Redmi Note 9, Manuals / Warranty Information, USB-A to USB-C cable, 22.5W fast charge adapter

First Impressions

Redmi Note 9 First Impressions

When I first held this phone, I almost thought it was too wide for me. Compared to another phone I used, I was afraid to drop it. Thanks to its curved back though, I got used to the feel. That wide frame was due to its big 6.53-inch 1080p IPS LCD display. I liked watching videos with that big screen and getting 1080p videos in full quality is nice.

Redmi Note 9 First Impressions - Display

Inside the Redmi Note 9 is the MediaTek Helio G85 processor, 3 or 4 GB RAM, and 64 or 128 GB internal storage. The model I got is the 3GB + 64GB model. (It sells for P7,990.) Using it felt okay for me at first, but there are instances where it would just slow down. Some games would struggle a bit, but my experience is okay so far.

My Fave Redmi Note 9 Feature So Far: Its Battery Life

If there’s one thing I’m really liking about this Xiaomi phone, it’s the battery life. With its 5020 mAh battery, I have yet to kill this thing in one day! Granted, I don’t do extended game sessions a lot. I’ll get a game-heavy day in for the full review.

How About The Cameras?

Redmi Note 9 First Impressions - Camera

Phone makers are putting more and more cameras in smartphones, even at the entry-level! Although the Redmi Note 9 is on the pricier side of this price range, it packs four rear cameras! That includes a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. I’m not gonna go deep into my thoughts on these cameras as I’ll reserve this for the review.

In the meantime, here are some shots I took with the Redmi Note 9 unedited.

Yup. This is next. Stay tuned!

That’s it for my first impressions of the Redmi Note 9! Let me know in the comments as to the stuff you really want me to focus on for the review. I purposefully didn’t wanna say too much on the cameras since I wanted to check out more of the features. Hope to see you there!

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13 thoughts on “Redmi Note 9 First Impressions

  1. Wow! Actually, I considered buying Redmi Note 9 when my smartphone’s battery gave up. But after it has been replaced and now working fine, I have lost the need to buy one. Nevertheless, this unit has been in my list of phones to buy back then.

  2. Haha! Thank you for this! I’m planning to buy one next week baya because the advert of its camera looks interesting and some of my friends told me that its good for gaming daw. I’m interested to know how it goes with Mobile Legends and Pokemon Go. You mentioned mo slow gamay, i’d like to know more about the “slow part”. What you think made it slow, things like that. So I can decide whether or not to buu the 4gb one or the 3gb ba kaha. Ang video quality sab kaha sah? Na curious na hinoon kog maayo. Hahaha!

  3. Never heard of Xiaomi phones, but nindot ang kuha sa Redmi Note 9. This is my first time being aware about the company since I don’t follow much latest phone releases in the market. Sometime in the future, I look forward to considering their phone models. Thanks for the review.

  4. I never had a Xiaomi phone but my cousins from Taiwan have been using them for quite sometime. Although I only keep a 4-year old phone with me until this year, I thought of keeping up with mobile technology which won’t be too pricey. This review gives me an insight to consider Xiaomi then.

  5. I used to have a Xiaomi smartphone, which I bought from Lazada. I think it was my first Android device. Anyway, what I like about this Redmi is how it looks like at the back. The camera setup is just so clean and well-thought-of for my opinion because the system was placed neatly at the center and is very symmetrical.

    Even though it’s an entry-level device, but I have heard there’s a PRO version of this series, the camera output is still amazing and at par to other same-level devices. As I was about to finish reading your reading, I was totally stuck at the red one (you know what I mean.) LOL!

  6. My first impression? I want this phone. I now appreciate the value of midrange phones… especially when it comes to just getting the basics right. Just enough for ordinary people who don’t fancy all the extras in a smartphone these days.

  7. Bought my Pocophone F1 two years ago, and until now I got no complaints! I believe that Xiaomi can really compete in the smartphone space with its products. They’re durable and long-lasting. I will always Xiaomi if you want to have products that are affordable and can compete with other mainstream phone brands.

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