Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: New Design, Large Screen, and Many More
Although the variant I reviewed is called Interstellar Black, it doesn’t look completely black. It’s a kind of gray color and depending on the light intensity the color changes a little. In terms of design, the only difference between the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and Redmi Note 9 Pro is the mention of the camera’s resolution on the back.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is a smartphone that is fully designed with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5-based back panel and the screen is protected equally with the 2.5D curved finish. Like most middle-class smartphones, the frame is still made using plastic or polycarbonate and can easily get scratches and curves if the device is not handled with care.
The front of the phone is almost covered by a 6.67 inch IPS LCD screen, except for the lower chin and punch-out holes. The volume and power buttons are on the right side and need some time to get used to this configuration, especially for those who come from non-Redmi smartphones with the power and volume buttons located on the opposite side. There is a SIM / microSD card tray on the left with two nano-SIM slots and a special microSD card slot.
The speaker, headphone jack and USB Type-C charging port are located on the bottom of the device. The quad-camera setting on the back does have a slight impact, however, it can be canceled by using proper protection (even those in working retail packages).
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is one of the coolest smartphones under Rs. 20,000 and design changes compared to its predecessor (Redmi Note 8 Pro) are in the right direction. Note that, this is a big cellphone and people with small hands might have difficulty when using this device, even if they come from a cellphone like Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: 6.67-inch DotDisplay Clear and Excited
Although the screen on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max cannot be compared to a cellphone with an AMOLED screen, this device does have one of the best IPS LCD screens I’ve seen on a middle-class smartphone. The screen has a native resolution of 2340 x 1080p and this phone is Widevine L1 certified, allowing users to stream HD content on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Users can choose between a three-color scheme, the automatic mode adjusts colors depending on the current lighting, the standard mode will have a standard contrast, and the saturation mode will have an enhanced color. I prefer colors that are slightly saturated than natural tones, and I have used the phone in saturated mode, which is great for watching movies and videos.
Following the trend, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is one of the first Redmi smartphones with a perforated display with a higher aspect ratio of 20: 9. So, watching a movie or video with a 16: 9 aspect ratio will not be able to take full advantage of this screen.
When compared with Realme 6 Pro, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max’s enemies, there is a problem. In contrast to Realme 6 Pro with a 90Hz screen, Redmi’s offer still uses a 60Hz panel and this will be a big problem. A phone with a 90Hz screen will feel much smoother and a device with a 60Hz screen feels normal and if you are a gamer, get a device with a higher refresh rate.
The display on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is above average and doesn’t have a higher refresh rate which will be a major drawback. Overall, this screen is great for watching movies, playing YouTube videos, and even photos and is quite bright even in direct sunlight.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: 64MP Camera Ready to Serve You
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a rear quad camera setup with a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra wide angle lens, a 5MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. At the front, there is a 32MP selfie camera with support for biometric authentication / face locking.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max uses a 64MP sensor from Samsung and by default, this sensor takes 16MP original images using pixel-binning technology and there is a special manual mode for taking original 64MP images.
The main camera on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is much better than the 48MP camera on the Redmi Note 9 Pro and this statement applies to every lighting condition. Images taken in 64MP mode are sold in detail and look rich, but one 64MP photo is around 20MB.
I took lots of photos, including buildings, trees, flowers and people and all the photos came out well and I like the color science of these images too. Unlike some cheap smartphones, this photo isn’t too saturated and colors look natural and true to life.
In terms of video capabilities, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max can record videos up to 4K resolution at 30fps or 1080p video at 60 / 30fps. Even though this device has an EIS (electronic image stabilization), I feel that 4K video recorded in handheld mode looks a little more shakier and 1080p video is more stable. I have no problems with autofocus and the camera latches to a new subject quickly when moving.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: 8MP Ultra-Wide Angle Lens Expands Your View
There is an 8MP ultra wide angle lens, and I am not a fan of this sensor. I prefer a good telephoto lens to an ultra wide angle lens every day. Although it offers a 119 degree field of view, the picture taken on this lens has a completely different color scheme and looks rather faded.
Don’t switch to ultra wide angle lenses unless absolutely necessary, because the main sensor has more pixels, bigger openings, and also takes better pictures.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: Macro and Depth Duo
Most middle-class smartphones now come with a quad-camera range and that doesn’t mean all sensors have the same weight. Although macro shots taken on the Redmi Note 9 Pro are much better, thanks to the 5MP sensor it only works well in good lighting conditions.
The 2MP depth sensor is said to help with bokeh mode and works very well sometimes and doesn’t work at other times at all. The best way to use bokeh mode is with a human subject, because edge detection is not very good with non-human subjects.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: Say Cheese To 32MP Selfie Camera
The 32MP selfie camera on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is one of the best selfie shooters found on smartphones under Rs. 20,000. Thanks to the higher resolution, selfies taken on this camera look really alive. However, make sure to turn off beauty mode to get a natural-looking picture. The selfie camera also supports 1080p video recording at 30fps and also works well to unlock faces.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: Performance Managed by Snapdragon 720G
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC and this processor offers a balance between performance and efficiency. This is based on a fabrication of 7nm with two high-performance cores clocked at 2.3GHz and six efficient cores with clock speeds of 1.8GHz.
On Geekbench 5, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max scored 569 points on single-core performance and 1755 points on multi-core performance. Likewise, at AnTuTu, the device recorded 280354 points. Note that, this score is almost similar to the Redmi Note 9 Pro, because both devices are based on the same processor.
Game / graphics requirements are handled by the Adreno 618 GPU with a 750MHz clock speed. This device can easily support games like PUBG and Fortnite in medium graphics settings and offer 30fps games without problems. The phone gets a little warm while playing games and there is nothing to worry about.
Even with everyday use like exploring social media applications, watching YouTube, or streaming movies on Prime Video or Netflix, I don’t face any problems and the overall performance is quite smooth. If you want a device for general use and even if you are a regular gamer, this device will serve you well without doubt.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: Android 10 OS Equipped with MIUI 11 Taste
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with Android OS 10 out-of-the-box with a custom MIUI 11 skin on it. As I discussed in the Redmi Note 9 Pro review, I have gone from loving MIUI to hating now. The entire OS is filled with third party applications and most of them cannot be uninstalled or even deactivated.
After my experience with Redmi Note 9 Pro, I decided to take a different approach for Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. To give this device a new look, I downloaded a special launcher and a special icon package from the Google Play Store and is no longer like a device running on MIUI.
As per the ad / recommendation, there is no one kill switch or option here. Applications such as themes, GetApps, Security, Music, and Mi Video will continually send notifications and some of these notifications even contain some semi-pornographic content in them. So, even though I make it look different, it’s still MIUI from the inside and I can’t change that fact.
To get out of this, a user must go to the individual application and deactivate the recommendation, and even after that, there will definitely be a surprising notwater notification. In terms of security and stability, I didn’t face any problems but this ad problem was out of control.
This might not be a problem for everyone, but for those who care, Redmi / Xiaomi India should introduce an option that allows them to disable if they don’t delete some unnecessary applications on their smartphones.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: Large Battery 5.020 mAh Fast Charging 33W
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a very large 5,020 mAh battery and is also the fastest Redmi Note series smartphone to ever charge. The device charges from 0 to 50 percent in about 35 minutes and it takes about one and a half hours to fully charge. Make sure you use the charger and cable that came with the retail box to get this speed.
The amount of video consumption has increased during this lock and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max does not disappoint me, thanks to the large 5020 mAh battery. From the new binging series to revisiting the Harry Potter series on Prime Video, the device easily lasts for one day. However, a few days, with heavy games I also refueled twice.
On average, this device offers 7 to 8 hours of screen-on-time and even standby mode does not consume much juice. Overall, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max can easily last for one and a half days to two days for regular users and heavy users can easily pass the day with just a single charge.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: Do it
Compared to the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a better camera, offers more RAM, and supports faster charging. And I think that’s extra Rs. The price of 2,500 between the two models is completely justified, given the fast charger itself costs Rs. 1,000
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max doesn’t do anything special and doesn’t matter to it. The only problem I can think of is the low refresh rate display. This formula has been working from Redmi India for the past few years, where a device with a series of balancing features is something that people prefer rather than a device with one main focus and many compromises.
If you want the device to turn on, take pictures, listen to music, and watch movies and also need trending features like fast charging and a higher megapixel camera, choose Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.
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