Yes! I purposively titled this “A better choice” as a throwback to Emman’s review of the slightly inferior, yet capable, Redmi Note 9. This isn’t a comparison though, but a drilldown of how this midrange device still remains to be a competitive device 2 months after it’s official release.

Redmi Note 9s 5Redmi Note 9S Specifications
Display 6.67″ FHD+, Gorilla Glass 5
Processor Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G
RAM 4GB
Storage 128GB
Rear Cameras 48MP Main
8MP Ultra-Wide
5MP Macro
2MP Depth
Front Camera 16MP
OS Android 10 + MIUI 11.0.10
Battery 5,020mAh, 18W fast-charging
Colors Aurora Blue
Glacier White
Interstellar Gray
SRP PhP11,990

 

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Performance

We installed a few benchmarking tools on this smartphone to check how it really performs during my first impressions. It delivered really good numbners, which gives you an idea of how this performs in real life.

Antutu 275,848
3D Mark (Sling Shot Extreme) Open GL ES 2,455 (Open GL ES)
PC Mark  (Work 2.0) 7,847
Geekbench Single Core 566

 

I did another round of benchmark after the new MIUI 10 update and this is what I got. There was a slight bump in terms of performance, which may not actually be noticeable in real world scenario. However, one thing is for cetain – this device performs better than other more expensive midrange smartphone brands.

Antutu 276,033
3D Mark (Sling Shot Extreme) Open GL ES 2,492 (Open GL ES)
Vulkan 2,296 (Vulkan)
PC Mark  (Work 2.0) 7,875
Geekbench Single Core 567
Multi-Core 1,683
Androbench Seq. Read 484.7  MB/s
Seq. Write 209.7  MB/s
CPDT Benchmark Seq. Read 474.02  GB/s
Seq. Write 164.52  MB/s

 

Actual gameplay benchmarks show that this device performs consistent to the artificial benchmark.

Redmi Note 9S
Black Desert Mobile CODM: Battle Royale PUBGM
Avg(FPS) 44.49 37.9 29.81
FPS>=18[%] 100 100 99.7
FPS>=25[%] 100 99.1 99.7
Var(FPS) 1.43 9.78 0.79
Drop(FPS)[/h] 0 40.3 9.6
Jank(/10min) 0 16.1 4.8
BigJank(/10min) 0 9.4 0
FTime>=100[%] 0 0.1 0
Delta(FTime)>100ms[/h] 0 88.6 9.6
Avg(Memory)[MB] 1081.84 1393.47 1144.66
Peak(Memory)[MB] 1111 1445 1164
Peak(Memory+Swap)[MB] 1120 1456 1173
Avg(AppCPU)[%] 11.7 19.9 12.4
AppCPU<=60%[%] 100 100 100
AppCPU<=80%[%] 100 100 100
Avg(AppCPU)[%] Normalized 9.8 17.8 11.1
AppCPU<=60%[%] Normalized 100 100 100
AppCPU<=80%[%] Normalized 100 100 100
(Recv+Send)[KB/s] 7.17 9.99 3.91
(Recv+Send)[KB/10min] 4303.97 5993.94 2345

 

Camera Performance

Samsung sensors are the ones responsible in the quality of photos we took with this device. Based on our assessment, the quality of photos is pretty acceptable based on our standards.

Redmi Note 9s 2Portait feature using rear camera works really good, but the photos I took using the front camera are quite washed out.

If you want to break away from auto mode, Redmi Note 9S’ Pro Camera mode has a lot to offer. You can basically manually adjust everything, and you can switch from macro, ultra wide and wide lens. Video has pro mode too!

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