The Chinese phone maker Xiaomi has officially introduced the Redmi Note 9S smartphone at an event live-streamed from the company’s Beijing headquarters. The mid-range Redmi Note 9S is the latest international version of the Redmi Note 9 Pro introduced in India earlier this month as the successor to its best-selling Redmi Note 8 Pro. Xiaomi said they have also customized a Redmi Note 9S special edition for Mi fans, dubbed the Mi Fans Family (MFF) 2020, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of Xiaomi on April 6, 2020.
In terms of technical specifications, the Redmi Note 9S features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display with a hole-punch in the center. The phone’s display and the back panel are covered with Corning’s tough Gorilla Glass 5 for better protection against damage from mishaps. This Android 10 device is powered by a high-performance octa-core 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor with the Adreno 618 GPU.
Xiaomi places special emphasis on the phone’s 5020 mAh ultra-high capacity battery, which enables users to enjoy their phones for hours on end without having to worry about running out of power. This power pack is larger than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5000 mAh battery and it is the largest battery Xiaomi has ever built into a smartphone. The newly launched smartphone also supports 18W fast charging and comes equipped with a 22.5 W fast charger in the box.
Speaking of the phone’s cameras, the Redmi Note 9S has a square, quad-camera setup on the back, with a 48-megapixel (MP) high-resolution main camera, an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a 120-degree field of view, a 5 MP macro lens and a 2 MP depth sensor. The phone’s 16 MP in-display selfie camera is capable of recording slow-motion videos at a speed of 120 frames-per-second (fps). Additionally, this handset is also equipped with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner instead of one mounted on the back. The scanner doubles as a power button and a headphone jack.
The new Xiaomi’s smartphone will initially be available in a combination of either 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, or 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage in the markets of Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand, at a price of about USD 249 and USD 279 respectively. The phone will be available with Aurora Blue, Glacier White and Interstellar Grey colour options. Xiaomi said that information regarding the Redmi Note 9S availability and price in other markets will be announced in due course.