Today, the 4GB/128GB Redmi Note 9 officially goes on sale from £199 (discounted to £179 until 23 June). Xiaomi has also confirmed that UK pricing will begin at an attractive £179 for the 3GB/64GB Redmi Note 9, and £249 for the 6GB/64GB Redmi Note 9 Pro.

The base Redmi Note 9 Pro is available to buy now on Amazon at £249. The higher-capacity 6GB/128GB Redmi Note 9 Pro (£269) and the 3GB/64GB (£179) Redmi Note 9 models will go on sale soon.

Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 9S is already on sale at Amazon, GearBest and the UK Mi Store with a retail price starting at £199.

Value has been synonymous with Xiaomi during its 10-year lifetime, but never at the expense of quality. In recognition of its rapport with consumers the phone maker is now the world's third largest.

The new Redmi Note 9 series brings to the table incredible battery life - the Redmi Note 9S is unbeaten by any other in our lab tests - along with a premium design and features, including a quad-lens camera assembly. 

Our testing of Redmi Note 9 suggests its MediaTek chip is not up to quite the same performance, though it still has much to offer.

Redmi Note 9

We'll explore the specifications and differences between the line-up in more detail in the table below.

Redmi Note 9 series specifications

  Redmi Note 9 Redmi Note 9S Redmi Note 9 Pro
Price From £179 - buy now From £199 - buy now From £249 - buy now
Display 6.53in Full-HD IPS Dot Drop, Gorilla Glass 5 6.67in Full-HD IPS Dot Drop, Gorilla Glass 5
Processor 2GHz MediaTek Helio G85 (octa-core) 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (octa-core)
Software MIUI 11
GPU ARM Mali-G52 Adreno 618
Memory 3GB/4GB LPDDR4X RAM 4GB/6GB LPDDR4X RAM 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
Storage 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1, microSD up to 512GB 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1, microSD up to 512GB
Primary Camera 48MP wide + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth 48MP wide + 8MP ultra-wide + 5MP macro + 2MP depth 64MP wide + 8MP ultra-wide + 5MP macro + 2MP depth
Front Camera 13MP 16MP
Network Dual-4G (2+1 Nano-SIM slot)
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, IR, USB-C 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, IR, USB-C, NFC
Fingerprint Sensor Rear-mounted Built into power button
Audio 3.5mm audio jack
Battery 5,020mAh
Charging 18W wired 30W wired
Dimensions 162x77x8.9mm 166x77x8.8mm
Weight 199g 209g

All three phones in the Redmi Note 9 series support a high-capacity 5,020mAh battery, but only the Pro boosts the 18W wired charging speed to 30W. It also adds NFC support (which is available only in selected markets in the other models), and upgrades both primary and selfie cameras.

The entry Redmi Note 9 keeps the price low with a slightly smaller screen, a MediaTek processor with a lower memory option of 3GB, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a plastic body.

Redmi Note 9

All three are sold with MIUI 11, a custom version of Android 10, but Xiaomi has confirmed that they will receive an update to MIUI 12.

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