Xiaomi launches the Redmi Note 9 series globally alongside the Mi Note 10 Lite

Following the launch of the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max in India early last month, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 9 Pro globally as the Redmi Note 9S. Adding on to the Redmi Note 9 series, Xiaomi has now launched the vanilla Redmi Note 9 globally at an online-only launch event. The new Redmi Note 9 features a similar design as the Note 9 Pro and Pro Max, but it packs in a smaller 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS display with a single hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera. The device is powered by MediaTek’s Helio G85 SoC, coupled with up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

Redmi Note 9 specifications

SpecificationRedmi Note 9
Display6.53” DotDisplay
19.5:9 2340×1080 FHD+, 1500:1 contrast ratioNTSC 84%, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification
SoCMediaTek Helio G8512nm process technologyCPU: 2x A75 2.0GHz, 6x A55 1.8GHz, Octa-core CPUGPU: ARM G52 MC2, up to 1000MHz
RAM and Storage3GB LPDDR4X + 64GB eMMC 5.14GB LPDDR4X + 128GB eMMC 5.1Dedicated microSD card slot for up to 128GB cards
Battery & Charging5,020 mAh battery18W fast chargingFast charger included in box
Rear CameraPrimary:48MP,f/1.79Secondary: 8MP 118° Wide-Angle Camera, f/2.2Tertiary: 2MP Macro with autofocusQuaternary: 2MP Depth Sensor, f/2.4
Front Camera13MP
Other Features3.5mm headphone jackIR BlasterNFC (select regions)USB Type-CRear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Android VersionMIUI 11 based on Android 10

Much like the ‘Pro’ variants, the Redmi Note 9 packs in a quad-camera setup on the back, with a 48MP Samsung GM1 primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP sensor for depth perception. Over on the front, the device has a single 13MP selfie shooter in a hole-punch cutout on the top left corner of the display.

Powering the device is a substantial 5,020mAh battery which supports fast wired charging at 18W via the USB Type-C port. The device also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, an IR blaster, NFC, dual SIM support, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a microSD card slot for expansion (up to 128GB).

Redmi Note 9 color variants

As part of the Redmi Note 9 series, Xiaomi has also launched the Redmi Note 9 Pro at the event, which is a rebranded version of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max that was launched in India earlier this year, albeit with a 16MP selfie camera.

Redmi Note 9 Pro

The global variant of the Redmi Note 9 Pro features a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD display with a hole-punch cutout in the center. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G chipset, coupled with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage, with a dedicated microSD card slot for expansion (up to 128GB).

Redmi Note 9 Pro specifications

SpecificationRedmi Note 9 Pro (global)
Display6.67″ FHD+ (2400 x 1080) LCD;Center-weighted Punch-hole “DotDisplay”Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 720G8nm process technologyKryo™ 465 CPU, Octa-core CPU, up to 2.3 GHzAdreno™ 618 GPU, 750 MHzThe 5th gen Qualcomm®️ AI Engine
RAM and Storage6GB LPDDR4X + 64GB UFS 2.16GB LPDDR4X + 128GB UFS 2.1Dedicated microSD card slot for up to 128GB cards
Battery & Charging5,020 mAh battery30W fast chargingFast charger included in box
Rear CameraPrimary:64MP sensor,f/1.89Secondary: 8MP 119° Wide-Angle Camera, f/2.2Tertiary: 5MP, Macro with autofocus, f/2.4Quaternary: 2MP, f/2.4, Depth Sensor
Front Camera16MP
Other Features3.5mm headphone jackIR BlasterNFCSide fingerprint scannerZ-axis linear motor
Android VersionMIUI 11 based on Android 10

The Redmi Note 9 Pro also features a quad-camera setup with a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP wide-angle camera with a 119° FoV, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP sensor for depth perception. Over on the front, the device features a single 16MP selfie camera housed within the hole punch cutout. Keeping the device powered on is a 5,020mAh battery with support for 33W fast wired charging.

Redmi Note 9 Pro

One interesting to note about the green color variant of the Redmi Note 9 Pro is that it offers a dual-tone finish and the camera island doesn’t extend to include the flash. While we aren’t sure why Xiaomi took that route with just one color variant, it does make the device look a bit more appealing than with the other two options.

Redmi Note 9 series pricing and availability

The Redmi Note 9 will be available in three colors variants — Forest Green, Polar White, and Midnight Gray — and it has been priced at $199 for the 3GB/6GB variant and $249 for the 4GB/128GB variant. The Redmi Note 9 Pro, on the other hand, will be available in three different colors — Interstellar Gray, Tropical Green, and Glacier White — at a starting price of $269 for the 6GB/64GB variant, going up to $299 for the 6GB/128GB variant. Both the devices will be available for purchase starting mid-May globally. It’s worth noting that the pricing may differ based on specific regions and Xiaomi will be revealing the prices for each region at a later date.


Along with the Redmi Note 9 series, Xiaomi has also launched the Mi Note 10 Lite at the launch event. The device, which was recently spotted in an FCC certification listing, packs in a 6.47-inch FHD+ curved AMOLED panel with a waterdrop-style notch. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 730G SoC, coupled with up to 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

Mi Note 10 Lite

Mi Note 10 Lite specifications

SpecificationMi Note 10 Lite
Display6.47″ FHD+ curved AMOLEDHDR 10 certifiedCorning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
RAM and Storage6GB LPDDR4X + 64GB UFS 2.16GB LPDDR4X + 128GB UFS 2.1Dedicated microSD card slot for up to 128GB cards
Battery & Charging5,260 mAh battery30W fast chargingFast charger included in box
Rear CameraPrimary: 64MP Sony IMX 686 sensor,Secondary: 8MP 120° Wide-Angle CameraTertiary: 5MP Depth sensorQuaternary: 2MP Macro camera
Front Camera16MP
Other Features3.5mm headphone jackIR BlasterNFCIn-display fingerprint scanner
Android VersionMIUI 11 based on Android 10

In the camera department, the Mi Note 10 Lite is a major step up from the Redmi Note 9 and it packs in a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64MP Sony IMX 686 primary shooter, an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 5MP sensor for depth perception.

Mi Note 10 Lite

Over on the front, the device features a single 16MP selfie shooter. The Mi Note 10 Lite packs in a massive 5,260mAh battery with support for 30W wired fast charging. The device also features an in-display fingerprint scanner, as opposed to the capacitive scanners on the Redmi Note 9 series.

Mi Note 10 Lite pricing and availability

The Mi Note 10 Lite will be offered in 3 color variants — Nebula Purple, Glacier White and Midnight Black — and it will be available for a starting price of €349 for the 6GB/64GB variant. The 6GB/128GBGB variant, on the other hand, has been priced at €399. The device will also be made available for purchase globally starting mid-May. As with the Redmi Note 9 series, the pricing may differ based on the region and Xiaomi will be releasing local pricing at a later date.

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