News: Xiaomi unveils its Redmi Note 9S, 4 cameras, Snapgragon 720G and price still as fair as ever


Here’s an announcement today that would have in another international environment a major interest: the launch of a new mid-range smartphone by Xiaomi through its subsidiary REDMI, the REDMI 9S. This smartphone replaces the REDMI NOTE 8 and REDMI 8 PRO with a large set of improvements.

The new Xiaomi Smartphone is a model with a FullHD+ diagonal of 2400 x 1080 pixels in 20:9 format. The display is protected by Corning’s {{TRIPLE Gorilla Glass }} technology. The size of the Redmi 9S is 165.8 mm x 76.7 mm x 8.8 mm and a total weight of 209 grams.

The chassis is now splash resistant.

In the visible changes, note the fingerprint reader on the right side.

The REDMI 9S processor is Qualcomm’s latest Snapgragon 720G just announced for emerging markets.

Qualcomm chipset was also used on the 8/8T series (Snapdragon 665) but not on the REDMI NOTE 8 PRO for which Xiaomi prefferered MediaTek Helio G90T . On the 9S, the GPU is a {{Adreno 618}}.
It is quite difficult to compare performance between the REDMI 9S and its predecessor at this time. We can only hope that the new generation will be more powerful and or more energy efficient. The memory is 4 or 6GB with a storage memory of 64 or 128GB extendable via microSD.

The major evolution is again on the camera side. There is no new smartphone at Xiaomi without an improvement on that area.
Don’t think that the number of sensors is increasing. One is bigger than on previous generation, not more.
The 4 sensors are now on a center place and not as before on the side left more. Having that placement, the new Xiaomi smartphone should at least be more stable.

Here are the details of the 4 cameras:

  • 48 Mpx, 1/2.25 inch CMOS image sensor, 1.6μm 4-in-1 super pixel, f/1.79
  • 8 MPx 1.12μm, f/2.2, FOV 119
  • 5 Mpx Macro, 1,12μm, focusing distance 2cm
  • 2 MPx portrait mode

The Selfie camera is 16 MP.

The 5020mAh battery should ensure a good autonomy. A quick 18W charger is included in the box. The USB port is USB-C.

The REDMI 9S has a bluetooth 5 and dual band Wifi. The data sheet does not mention the integration of NFC.

4G band level, it is complete including the 700mhZ/B28 band (1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28).

For the price, it should quicly be below 200€, at least that’s the price I saw this day in special operation at Gearbest before the price goes up to 237€.

I will try to find how to buy the REDMI NOTE 9S at best price and update this news constantly.

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