Redmi Note 9 pro max vs Realme 6 pro – Which one to buy?


Redmi has lately been in the rounds for its cheap yet brilliant phones. The brand has gained a lot of fans from markets such as China and India. A number of companies have tried to take their spot and have failed miserably. Redmi launched its Note 8 lineup last year and the phone took over the low range smartphone like a storm. Recently Oppo’s budget phone division Realme launched the Realme 6 and 6 pro. This phone took off well and quickly shadowed the Redmi Note 8 series. Responding to this Redmi yesterday launched its Note 8 successor the Note 9 pro series. The Note 9 pro max price-wise competes with the Realme 6.

Can Redmi regain the throne and once again become the budget king? Let’s find out –

Design of both Redmi Note 9 pro max and Realme 6 pro-

Both phones are very similar in terms of design. Both have a plastic frame along with a glass front and back. The Realme 6 Pro has the following dimensions – 6.45 x 2.98 x 0.35 in and weighs about 202 grams. The Redmi Note 9 Pro, on the other hand, has the following dimensions – 6.52 x 3.02 x 0.35 in and weighs 209 grams. This makes the Realme 6 Pro about 7 grams lighter. Both phones have the same thickness. Both the phones are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and they both support dual nano sims.

The Redmi Note 9 pro max is splash-proof whereas the Realme 6 pro is splash-resistant. So in terms of Design, these phones are very similar to each other. If you are someone for whom weight matters a lot then the Realme 6 pro should be your choice.

Display of Redmi Note 9 pro max and Realme 6 pro-

Both phones have an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors. They have a 6.6-inch display with a mere 0.1 percent difference in the screen to body ratio. Both phones also have the display resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels. The Realme 6 Pro has a denser pixel per inch (399) compared to Note 9’s 395. Both the displays are Gorilla Glass 5 protected. In terms of brightness, the Realme 6 Pro has better brightness compared to Note 9. The Realme device can go up to 480 nits compared to the 450 nits of the Note 9. In terms of additional features, the display of the Realme device gets no competition from the Redmi device. The Realme 6 Pro has a refresh rate of 90 Hz and also supports 120 Hz touch sensing. The Note 9 Pro max, on the other hand, has a normal 60 Hz display.

So display wise, the Realme 6 is clearly the one to go for.

Hardware Redmi Note 9 pro max and Realme 6 pro-

Both devices have the exact same hardware. They both have a Snapdragon 720G 8 nm chipset. This chipset is specially made for budget phones to deliver flagship gaming performance. So both these phones can run PUBG well in high settings. The Adreno 618 chipset underneath has enough juice to fulfill your gaming needs. The Snapdragon chipset is an Octa-core chip with the following cores – 2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver. Both phones have similar storage and RAM options. The 64 GB memory version comes with 6 GB of RAM and the 128 GB version comes with 6 or 8 GB RAM.

In terms of software, both come with Android 10.0 out of the box and have their own company installed UI.

Camera -

Both phones have a quad-camera setup. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max features the following lens configurations –

Primary lens (Wide lens) – A 64 MP shooter with an aperture of f/1.9 with a shutter speed of 1/1.72″, 0.8µm and PDAF.
Secondary Lens (Ultrawide) – An 8 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.2 being 13mm ultrawide. The lens has a shutter speed of  1/4.0″, 1.12µm.
Tertiary lens (macro) – A 5 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.4, 1.12µm.
Quaternary lens (depth) – A 2 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.4.

Now, let’s have a look at the camera configuration of the Realme 6 Pro –

Primary lens (Wide lens) – A 64 MP shooter with an aperture f/1.8, 26mm. The lens has a shutter speed of  1/1.72″, 0.8µm with PDAF.
Secondary Lens (Telephoto) – A 12 MP shooter with an aperture f/2.5, 54mm. The lens has a shutter speed of 1/3.4″, 1.0µm with additional features like PDAF, 2x optical zoom.
Tertiary lens (ultrawide) –  An 8 MP shooter with an aperture f/2.3, 13mm. The lens has a shutter speed of 1/4.0″, 1.12µm.
Quaternary lens (macro) – A 2 MP shooter with an aperture f/2.4, 22mm. The lens has a shutter speed of 1/5.0″, 1.75µm.

The numbers indicate the Realme 6 Pro to have a better camera but it clearly depends on personal preference. The Redmi offers a depth lens whereas the Realme offers a Telephoto lens. The night photography on the Realme 6 Pro could have been better. Both rear setups can record videos at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@960fps with Gyro – EIS and have additional features like LED flash, HDR, panorama.

The Realme also dominates the front camera department with a dual-camera setup compared to the single-camera setup of the Note 9 Pro max.

Battery, Speakers, and Sensors –

The Redmi Note 9 pro max wins in the battery department with a battery capacity of 5020 mAh compared to the 4300 mAh battery on the Realme device. The Redmi device also has a better fast charging wattage being 33W compared to the 30 on the Realme. Both the phones have a lack of stereo speakers but have a 3.5 mm jack. In terms of sensor, both the devices have the basic sensors along with the following – Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass.

My Verdict –

Both the phones are quite similar to each other and the choice totally depends on the needs of the customer. If you want a lighter phone with a display with a good refresh rate then Realme is the one to pick. But if you don’t mind a 60 Hz display and want a bigger battery then go for the Redmi. In terms of camera, it depends on you whether you need depth or a telephoto lens. The hardware on both is the exact same so there is no compromise in performance.


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