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Redmi Note 9, Mi Note 10 Lite launched: Xiaomi goes big with batteries, quad cameras and more

by Rahul Chauhan
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It’;s been almost two months since Xiaomi India launched the Redmi Note 9 Pro duo, but curiously left out the standard model. Well, Xiaomi has finally launched it in Europe and as rumors had suggested, the Redmi Note 9 is indeed the first phone on the market to use the MediaTek Helio G85 chip. However, that’;s not all, as Xiaomi also announced two other models in the Redmi Note 9 series along with the Mi Note 10 Lite, the latter costing much less than an iPhone SE.

Let’;s talk about the Redmi Note 9 series first. The vanilla model, the Redmi Note 9, draws a lot from the Pro models we saw in the Indian market and it starts at $ 199 (about Rs 15,000). There is also a Redmi Note 9S, which is essentially a renamed Redmi Note 9S. The Redmi Note 9 Pro for the European market is the same phone that we know in India as the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The latter duo has the same Snapdragon 720G chipset that gobbles things up.

Redmi Note 9

The Redmi Note 9 gets a lot out of the Redmi Note 9 Pro, which is a good thing. You get a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD + resolution that is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 5. The cutout for the camera is angled instead of centered. On the back, there is a quad camera system with the same square design as the Pro models, but with the black patch extended further down to hide a capacitive fingerprint sensor.

The quad cameras include a 48-megapixel main camera with a Samsung GM1 sensor supported by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera. You also get a 2 megapixel macro camera and a 2 megapixel depth camera. For selfies, there is a 13-megapixel camera with an unknown sensor.

Inside, the Redmi Note 9 uses a MediaTek Helio G85 chip, which uses a processor with two performance cores and six efficiency cores. The phone is available with 3 GB and 4 GB RAM, while you can choose between 64 GB and 128 GB. You can also expand the memory to 128 GB.

To keep it alive, Xiaomi has given the Note 9 a massive 5020 mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. That said, Xiaomi delivers a 22.5W fast charger in the box, which is unheard of in the smartphone market. The Note 9 also gets a USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC for select markets and an IR blaster.

You can get the Redmi Note 9 in green, white and gray colors. The base variant with 3 GB RAM and 64 GB storage costs $ 199 (approximately Rs 15,000), while the top model with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage costs $ 249 (approximately Rs 19,000). Xiaomi has not yet commented on an Indian availability.

Mi Note 10 Lite

If you wanted a Note device from Xiaomi without compromising on premium features, the Mi Note 10 Lite is here. Based on the Mi Note 10 from a few months ago (the first commercial phone with a 108-megapixel camera), the Lite version starts at Euro 349 (about Rs 28,000), but retains most of the features of the standard model.

The Mi Note 10 Lite is similar to the standard model, except for the rear camera design, which now has four cameras instead of five. The front of the phone has the same 6.4-inch Full HD + screen with curved edges. This is still an AMOLED panel with a built-in fingerprint sensor, but the refresh rate gets stuck at 60 Hz.

It’;s the back camera where things change. There is now a quad camera system that throws away the 108-megapixel camera in favor of a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor-based main camera. This is accompanied by an 8 megapixel wide angle camera, a 2 megapixel macro camera and a 5 megapixel depth camera. The phone has a dual LED flash on the back for an even illumination tone. The selfie camera uses a 32-megapixel sensor that sits in the small notch.

Inside it remains unchanged. There is a Snapdragon 730G chip combined with up to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB. It is promised that the 5260 mAh battery can be charged for up to two days on a single charge, and to charge it, a 30W wired fast charging system is built-in.

The Mi Note 10 Lite comes in the same white and black gradients, but gets a new Nebula Purple variant. You can get the Note 10 Lite from € 349 (approximately (Rs 28,000) with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The same variant with 128 GB storage costs $ 399 (approximately Rs 33,000).

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