Redmi Note 9 comes to South Africa, and adverts did the rounds over the last week or so. The phone is the cheapest in the Redmi Note 9 series. And, it should sell for somewhere in the region of R4,000. Attractive, potential buyers shouldn’t get too excited about the camera unless you snap photos in very good lighting.
Redmi Note 9 Specs
Like most Xiaomi phones, the Redmi comes with a choice of colours. You can choose between Aqua Green, Pebble Grey and Arctic White. Other notable key specs include the 6.53-inch LCD Display. So, it’s not a phone you can easily slip in your pocket. But, it comes with a MediaTek Helio G85 CPU. Not top of the range, nevertheless it’s reportedly good for playing games. But, Tech Hindustan Times reported that it “heats up over gaming and video sessions.”
On the battery side, the phone comes witch a 5,020mAh battery with fast charging. And, Tech Radar notes “It’s good for a full two days of use.” The product description notes that the Redmi Note 9 features “under the hood, specs of an octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, along with up to 6GB of RAM. It offers up to 128GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB) through a dedicated slot.” But what about the camera?
How good is the camera?
Interestingly, conflicting reviews come about the camera on this phone. Gadgets 360 describes the camera specs as, “a quad rear camera setup that features a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor, a 2-megapixel macro shooter, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.” Then for “selfies and video calls, the phone features a 13-megapixel camera at the front.”
But, despite a rather cautious good review of the camera, Tech Radar also notes, “we’re very happy with its camera.” But, they suggest the description of it as a “quad-camera” seems “a little generous.” They don’t go into it much more than that, apart from mentioning the Redmi Note 9 “captures some genuinely decent shots in good lighting.” But, they stop at that point.
A deeper review of the camera
While Tech Radar mentioned the decent lighting photos seems of decent quality, Tech Hindustan Times also picked up on that, But, they tested the camera and report that just about caps it. Outside of good lightning it seemingly doesn’t deliver excellent quality shots. Their review described the wide-angle shots as “unimpressive” and they “lacked detail.” The night mode, they decided, brings “nothing to write home about.”
So, for basic portrait shots, it seems adequate. But, both review outlets note that the Redmi Note 9 comes in as a budget phone. So, you get what you pay for. On the other hand, neither of the reviews suggest the selfie option’s bad. If you want a sturdy phone that plays games and takes adequate selfies, it’s fine. But overall, perhaps don’t buy it if you want some of the best Instagram photos out here.