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 Specifications
|Display||6.67″ FHD+, Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G|
|Rear Cameras||48MP Main|
|OS||Android 10 + MIUI 11.0.10|
|Battery||5,020mAh, 18W fast-charging|
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.
|3D Mark (Sling Shot Extreme)||Open GL ES||2,455 (Open GL ES)|
|PC Mark||(Work 2.0)||7,847|
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.
|3D Mark (Sling Shot Extreme)||Open GL ES||2,492 (Open GL ES)|
|PC Mark||(Work 2.0)||7,875|
|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|
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.
Portait 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!