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Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S Review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S Review

Global version but without NFC.

Today we will talk about the new global version of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S. If you look at the specs and appearance, the new Redmi Note 9S is no different from the Pro version. What are the main differences, can you ask a question?

It’s simple, Note 9 Pro is the Chinese version, and Note 9S is global. Let start our detailed review and find out whether to buy a global version of Redmi Note 9S?


Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: Specifications

Display: 6.67 inches IPS with 1080 x 2400 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 720G Octa Core 2.3GHz
GPU: Adreno 618
RAM: 4/6GB
Internal memory: 64/128GB
Memory extension: up to 256GB
Cameras: 48MP + 8.0MP + 5.0MP + 2.0MP main camera and 16MP front camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS
Battery: 5020mAh (22.5W)
OS: Android 10 (MIUI 11)
Connections: Type-C
Weight: 209 grams
Dimensions: 165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm


Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: In the box


Inside the box, everything is in the typical style for the Redmi series. Here you can find a protective transparent black case, instructions, a smartphone itself, a power adapter and a Type-C cable.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: Design

As we mentioned, the appearance of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S is completely identical to that of the Note 9 Pro. Therefore, we will not focus much attention on it but walk on the main features.


The back and front panel is made of protective glass Gorilla Glass 5. The side face is very similar to metal, but in reality, it is plastic. The build quality is up to standard.

On the front side is a 6.67 inch IPS screen with a resolution of Full HD or 1080 x 2400 pixels. The aspect ratio was 20: 9, so the device lies well in the hand.


The pixel density is about 395 PPI and the screen-to-body ratio is 84.5%. In the upper display, there is a hole-punch for the front camera. Also a spoken speaker with a notification indicator.

The back panel received a square island with four sensors of the main camera and LED flash. It looks unusual, but the main camera sticks out a little, so the smartphone should only be used with protective glass or cover.


At the bottom, there is the main speaker, a 3.5 mm audio jack, a microphone and a Type-C port for charging. The upper end received an additional noise-canceling microphone with an infrared sensor.



The sound quality of the speaker is not bad, but the sound is still far from perfect. Naturally, we are not talking about stereo sound, but the volume is quite high and there is a small bass.


The volume rocker is located in the usual place, and just below the power button with a fingerprint built-in scanner.

The memory card slot was installed on the left side and it got a place for two nano-SIM cards and a microSDXC format memory card.

The design of the global version of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S looks very stylish and is no different from flagship devices. Only now the price is almost 2-3 times lower than that of the flagships.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: Performance and software


The global version received a completely identical processor called Snapdragon 720G. It is built on 8-nanometer technology and shows good results both in real life and in benchmarks. Below you can see the test results in AnTuTu 8. Currently, Snapdragon 720G is the best chipset for budget smartphones at an affordable price.


From memory, the Redmi Note 9S received 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The memory speed was 500 Mb/s read and 170 Mb/s write. A good indicator, if you still take into account its low cost.

In addition to performance, we can say that even heavy games at the maximum allowable settings worked smoothly and without delay. 

The speed of WiFi and GPS is standard for most smartphones from Xiaomi. The smartphone recognizes satellites in seconds with an accuracy of 3-4 meters.

The MIUI 11 user interface is built on top of Android 10. But the most important feature of Redmi Note 9S is the global version of the firmware.


Thus, in the Note 9S model, you can find already installed Google services and applications, for example, Google Play Store, YouTube, Maps and much more.

If in the Chinese version you can install Google applications and services yourself, but languages other than Chinese and English cannot be selected. In the global version, everything is fine and the choice of languages is quite large, so it will not cause problems for many users.

The communication quality of phone call conversations is good since the global version contains all frequency ranges. During testing, the connection was always stable without any interruptions.

Other functions and features between the Chinese and global versions remained the same. The user interface runs on Redmi Note 9S smartly and opens applications quickly.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: Camera


The main camera received four camera modules, where the main sensor is a 48-megapixel camera. It showed a good result in terms of the quality of photographs, both in the daytime and at night.

The second sensor is an 8-megapixel module for ultra-wide shots. In general, the smartphone makes a good photos of ultra-wide shots, but a little lack of detail.

The macro camera uses a sensor on a 5-megapixel module, which also showed pretty good results.

The last fourth sensor is needed to blur the background. The Redmi Note 9S model uses a 2-megapixel sensor. Even with such a low resolution, examples of bokeh mode are also good.

The front camera uses 16-megapixel resolution and high-quality photos in good bright weather, and in the dark appears grainy.


The new Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S smartphone is capable of shooting video with 4K resolution and 30 frames per second. But stabilization is only available with a resolution of 1080p.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: Battery

In terms of battery life, the global version of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S is practically no different from the Chinese one.


The full battery life is about 2 days. The indicator is very strong since the device received a 5020 mAh battery capacity.

But it was not without drawbacks since the charging time from 0 to 100% was about 2.5 hours. With such a large battery capacity, 22.5W of power from the adapter will not be enough for a modern smartphone.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S: Conclusion

The global version of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S proved to be a very stylish smartphone that received good performance, a camera, and battery life.
But for many users, for example, the European countries, the smartphone will not be very relevant, since Redmi Note 9S did not receive an NFC module.

But, if you are not so demanding on the contactless payment of your purchases, then the global version of Redmi Note 9S will be the perfect device.








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