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Redmi Note 9S It is an LCD LED unit with IPS technology that provides acceptable brightness and discreet color reproduction

Redmi Note 9S review: many beautiful things, but be careful before ordering

Since Redmi has become an independent company from Xiaomi (from which it still receives both hardware and software support), the number of smartphones with this brand has taken flight. The company is used to launching over 10 different smartphones every year, many of which with similar characteristics that certainly do not facilitate the choice for people.

We have been testing the smartphone for several days and although we have found many positive sides, it is not perfect for its price range.

Redmi Note 9S It is an LCD LED unit with IPS technology that provides acceptable brightness and discreet color reproduction

Classic packaging for Redmi Note 9S

We do not go too far in describing the sales package, since it contains the same accessories as all the other Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones, which means the paper manuals, the PIN to extract the Nano SIM card, the matching wall power supply a cable for charging and USB Type-C data exchange and, finally, a discreet quality silicone cover.

Aesthetics “particular” and ergonomics quite comfortable for Redmi Note 9S

The choice to follow the path taken by Apple with the notch on the top of the display lasted little in Android. In the Redmi Note 9S we find a display with practically no frame around it and a small hole in the upper central part which houses the front camera. So far nothing new.

Turning the smartphone we find the real news. To differentiate their smartphones from the competition, each manufacturer has adopted a different configuration of the photographic sector. Despite the aesthetic taste, the choice of Redmi in creating a sort of central square (protruding) that houses the four cameras on a 2 × 2 grid (the top row circled in white) and then a further continuation towards the low to include the LED flash is not that made us fall in love at first sight of the Redmi Note 9S.

In our view and understanding the difficulties in creating a unique design that embraces everyone’s tastes, if the smartphone had kept only the cameras inside the black square section, the general design would have gained.

Finishing our examination of the rear body, we appreciate the use of protective glass even if this does not make any functional sense, given the absence of wireless charging.

As for the side edge, however, we were disappointed to find that polycarbonate (plastic) was used instead of a metal frame , also because other smartphones in the Redmi lineup have it.

For the rest, on the right edge we find the only power button that doubles the functions being also a capacitive fingerprint sensor ; on the lower side there is the system speaker (the only one working in multimedia terms), the USB Type-C port, the main microphone and the 3.5 mm audio jack; on the left the volume rocker has been integrated while at the top we find the trolley of the Nano SIM and the microSD (2 Nano SIM + 1 micro SD).

In terms of ergonomics we find a rather particular contrast between the fairly high weight of 209 grams that is felt every time you take the smartphone in your hand and the rounded rear body , whose curves adapt very well to the hand.

Redmi Note 9S In any 2020 smartphone that costs more than 200 euros we expect the presence of a display that has a decent overall viewing quality

One-handed use is possible but only for short periods of time, as indeed with any other modern smartphone.

Another consideration on one-handed use is made on the positioning of the fingerprint sensor. Left-handed, positioning on the right edge does not allow users to unlock the smartphone by immediately having a comfortable grip but it forces us to grab it from behind and use the left index finger before moving on to a more comfortable grip from the lower edge for use.

Discreet hardware and solid performance

At the heart of Redmi Note 9s we find the most recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC , specifically designed to be used on mid-range smartphones that do not give up high performance and full connectivity (or rather, semi-complete on this smartphone, given the absence of the chip NFC, present only in the Pro version).

The memory equipment is practically perfect for this price range and, to be honest, going beyond the 6 GB on other models we have struggled to find advantages in terms of performance.

Display, autonomy, software and cameras we will analyze them later but, in general, the hardware equipment of Redmi Note 9s is more than good:

Dimensions: 165.7 × 76.68 × 8.8mm
Weight: 209 grams
6.67-inch IPS LCD display with 20: 9 aspect ratio, 2,400 x 1,080 pixel resolution, maximum brightness of 450 nits, HDR10 support, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, 91% body-to-display ratio and TÜV Rheinland certification
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
Octa Core Qualcomm Kryo 465 64-bit CPU, up to 2.3GHz
GPU Adreno 618
Qualcomm AI Engine 5th generation with Hexagon Tensor Accelerator
RAM: 4/6 GB LPDDR4X (our model has 6)
Internal memory: 128 GB UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD (up to 512 GB)

Rear cameras:

48 MP Samsung ISOCELL GM248 megapixel, f / 1.79, 1.6 ?m pixel, 7 lenses, PDAF + EIS
8 megapixel ultra-wide 119 ° f / 2.2
5 megapixel macro AF (2cm-10cm)
2 megapixel depth sensor
16 megapixel front camera
5.020 mAh battery with 22.5 W fast charge support (charger included)
Connectivity: dual nano SIM, Dual 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 / 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS, USB Type-C, infrared, FM radio, audio jack
Other: splash-resistant nano coating (no IPxx certification)

MIUI 11 operating system based on Android 10

The excellent performances shown on paper are also confirmed in the benchmark tests to which we have subjected it. All this, combined with the MIUI 11 based on Android 10, allows you to have incredible performances that, we are not ashamed to say, in everyday use they are identical to those of the top of the range with decidedly higher prices.

Autonomy is the workhorse of Redmi Note 9S

Whether it’s due to the huge 5,020 mAh battery, the particularly efficient SoC, the properly optimized MIUI 11 or a combination of all three of these elements , there is absolutely no doubt that the best feature of the Redmi Note 9S is its autonomy.

In terms of charging we find another plus: in addition to the support for quick charging, Redmi inside the package has integrated a power supply capable of supporting an energy output of 22.5W, bringing charging times around 90 minutes (from 0 to 50% in just 35 minutes). It is not for all manufacturers to integrate a rapid power supply in the package that supports exactly the same maximum input as the smartphone (Apple, for example, with the iPhone 11 integrates a 5W power supply in the package).

However, the fact remains that, if you intend to buy any smartphone with the intention of making it last as long as possible, the battery is undoubtedly the most fragile component: our advice is always to use wall-mounted power supplies with output not exceeding 10W (5V 2A), to keep the battery charge level always between 40% and 80% and not to leave the phone on 100% charge for long periods of time (modern smartphones have an intelligent function that, if put on charge during the night, stop it at 80% bringing it to 100% only a couple of hours before your typical awakening).

Conclusions

The many positive characteristics of Redmi Note 9S are not offset by many negativities.

Of course, the weight could have been lower but this would have meant a less capacious battery and therefore a worse autonomy. The goal of finding a balance to all this means that the design of a smartphone has, from the beginning, a certain target market. In the case of the Redmi Note 9S, in our opinion the target is the user who wants to have a good multimedia experience by sacrificing a little portability and ergonomics.

From the hardware point of view, we make the two real notes due to the lack of the NFC chip (a component now widely used for mobile payments and which does not have such an exorbitant cost) and to the rear photographic sector which, despite being advertised as exceptional thanks to the variety offered from the 4 sensors, it actually stops at a discrete main camera and a sufficient wide-angle and telephoto camera.

Anyway, the final judgment from our point of view is positive and, considering the base price from 229 euros (our version with 6 GB of RAM has a list price of 269 euros, even if we managed to buy it on offer at 220 euros on third-party stores), there is no better smartphone that you can buy in this price range.

Xiaomi officially announces MIUI 12

Xiaomi officially announces MIUI 12: the new version of the Mobile OS

Xiaomi has started the MIUI 12 beta in China, but the announcement of the new interface is now official all over the world

As the title suggests , Xiaomi has officially announced the latest version of the customized interface for its smartphones. It is MIUI 12 , which is still based on Android 10 , but at the same time it simplifies the end-user experience with several ad hoc thinking devices. A version with several new features.

Xiaomi officially announces MIUI 12
Xiaomi presents MIUI 12 official all over the world

In general, this new version of the Chinese manufacturer’s customized interface offers a whole set of new animations . These are much more fluid and dynamic animations than the previous ones. Another addition not to be underestimated is a whole new dark mode, simply called Dark Mode 2.0 . It is designed to make it easier to read what’s on the screen without straining your eyes, even during prolonged use of the device.

An important aspect improved by Xiaomi also in this round is the management of privacy. Thanks to MIUI 12 the user will be able to keep under control some fundamental aspects such as application tracking. A new system has also been added whose purpose is to protect sensitive data; it is a new protocol .

Speaking of monitoring, Mi Health has been officially added , the app designed for monitoring certain parameters such as sleep quality . An addition that does not require extra devices compared to the smartphone itself. Finally, a new window system has also been implemented that allows you to keep some apps active while you switch to viewing content in full screen.

The announcement has been made, but for now MIUI 12 is still in beta . Chinese users will be able to test these news in advance. Once this phase is completed, it will gradually arrive on all compatible models .

Xiaomi folding mobile will be much cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Fold

Xiaomi folding mobile will be much cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Fold

Xiaomi folding mobile will be much cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Fold

The folding phones are the fashion of this course in the world of smartphones. Samsung took advantage of its Unpacked event to unveil the Galaxy Fold, its first folding smartphone , Huawei presented at its Mobile World Congress 2019 conference the Mate X and other manufacturers have joined the car in recent weeks. For its part, Xiaomi explained why they did not present their folding phone at the same time as Huawei and Samsung , although now it has been revealed that their folding device will be cheaper than the Galaxy Fold .

As reported from Android Headlines , a new report ensures that Xiaomi’s first folding phone will be considerably cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Fold . A document that also indicates that the new device of the Chinese firm will be launched at the end of April or at the beginning of May , according to iGyaan, Xiaomi’s supply chain.

It is even speculated that the smartphone will be announced during an event to be held in China . Regarding its price, the source ensures that it will be more affordable than the Samsung device. The folding phone of Xiaomi would cost 999 euros , depending on the market, less than the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. The first will hit the market at a price of 1,980 euros, while Huawei terminal cost about $ 2,299 .

The Xiaomi folding phone would cost 999 euros

Xiaomi explains why they did not present their folding phone at the same time as Huawei and Samsung

The same source assures that the screen of the terminal would be one of the reasons of its low cost , since the rumors suggest that it would use the OLED screens of the Visionox technology , while Samsung will use its own panel. As for its features and specifications, it is rumored that the Xiaomi folding phone will incorporate a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which will be accompanied by at least 8 GB of RAM .

As for its design, at the moment only a prototype of the foldable smart phone of the company has been shown , and the person in charge of it was Lin Bin, head of mobile technology of the Chinese firm, through a video . The information suggests that the device will be bent outwards and in two places, although it is time to wait to get to know the new device of Xiaomi.

New Black Shark 2: the mobile for "gamers" of Xiaomi is renewed with Snapdragon 855, 12 GB of RAM and OLED screen

New Black Shark 2: the gamers  mobile of Xiaomi is renewed heavily

New Black Shark 2: the mobile for "gamers" of Xiaomi is renewed with Snapdragon 855, 12 GB of RAM and OLED screen

As planned, Xiaomi today introduced new models belonging to the different brands that were born in the company’s catalog in the last year. Only a few hours ago, the new Redmi 7 was officially introduced , the company’s big bet for the entry range, and now it’s time to travel to the opposite end of the Xiaomi phone range , to find the new Black Shark 2, a beast focused on the most gamers.

The Black Shark 2 takes as a base all those who already fell in love with more than one in the first generation , as well as in the special edition “Helo”, and improves it with more advanced technologies, a more powerful technical section, and a design Although it maintains the essence of the original model, it has been substantially improved, mainly due to the arrival of new color variants and the use of new materials.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2: all the information: Specifications

Dimensions 163.61 x 75 x 8.77 mm. 205 grams of weight
screen 6.39 inches AMOLED. DCI-P3 color gamut up to 108.9%. Up to 403 nits of brightness
Resolution and density Full HD + 1080 × 2340. 403 ppi. 19.5: 9
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM 6/8/12 GB LPDDR4
OS Android 9 Foot under MIUI
Storage 128/256 GB UFS2.1
Cameras Rear dual: 48 MP f / 1.75 + 12 MP f / 2.2 Front of 20 MP f / 2.0
Drums 4000 mAh with fast charge QC 4+ of 27 W

Others Independent image processing chip, screen fingerprint reader, double antenna, TrueView Display, liquid cooling, Magic Press, stereo audio

The physical appearance of the phone returns to be protagonist in this new installment of the Black Shark series . The design follows the same language of the last generation, with green lines surrounding the aluminum chassis of the phone, where on this occasion glass panels are also introduced, as well as certain plastic elements that the company says are aimed at improving ergonomics when playing, as well as avoiding possible interference when holding the phone with both hands.

The main novelty in this sense lies in the range of colors. To the black and silver tones, a new variant of color “Blue mirage” is added.

There are also interesting changes on the front of the phone. The Black Shark 2 has a larger screen with respect to the last generation, with 6.39 inches diagonal, and the margins that surround it have reduced its size substantially, without having to give way to the notch , hole in screen or no other alternative solution. In addition, the panel now uses OLED technology, with Full HD + resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels in total , and is equipped with an independent image processing chip in charge of optimizing the content.

The screen also supports HDR content, and Xiaomi implements a system called TrueView Display, responsible for monitoring the ambient light temperature through a four-channel light sensor, and intelligently adjusting the display parameters depending on the input information. It is also necessary to dwell on the fact that this Black Shark 2, like the Mi 9 – a phone with which it shares several features – has an optical fingerprint reader under the screen.

How could it be otherwise, under the hood of this bestial smartphone we find the best existing specifications in the mobile landscape today. The Snapdragon 855 processor is responsible for giving life to the terminal , accompanied by 6, 8 or even 12 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal storage UFS 2.1. Black Shark makes sure to keep the phone cool even after heavy gaming sessions through a renewed liquid cooling system, 20 times more efficient than in the previous generation. And if that was not enough, Xiaomi offers an external accessory that will further cool the phone, thanks to a large-area fan with aerodynamic air ducts.

Its battery capacity of 4,000 mAh , compatible with Quick Charge 4 Quick Charge should be more than enough to keep the device with the lights on for long enough.

As for the functions that make this Black Shark 2 a terminal created to play, we found the Magic Press system, which allows the phone screen to detect the pressure with which the player clicks on the panel to perform various customizable actions within the game . A stereo audio system also appears on the scene thanks to its two front speakers, and adapted software that introduces interesting tools such as intelligent performance management, intelligent recognition of game scenes, automatic network management, and more.

The Black Shark 2 is available for booking in China from today , where it already appears in the official store of the brand at a price of 3,199 Yuan, equivalent to 420 euros according to the current change for the most affordable model with 6 GB of RAM , and up to 550 euros to the change for the version with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. Although it is expected that the terminal will end up crossing China’s borders to reach the rest of the markets where Black Shark operates officially -the European between them-, the date of arrival is unknown at the moment.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, (almost) zero edges and nothing notch: a slider reveals the front cameras

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, (almost) zero edges and nothing notch: a slider reveals the front cameras

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, (almost) zero edges and nothing notch: a slider reveals the front cameras
After the first years in which the inspiration to Apple was quite marked, Xiaomi has been able to build not only its own identity but also a good catchment area outside of China and there is evidence of the official presence for some time in various Western markets. The aforementioned inspiration is still noticeable in the products, but compared to the past, today it falls much more in the perspective of a qualitative level to be reached and possibly beat, a fact demonstrated by rather daring devices like those of the Mi Mix series. The new generation was presented a few hours ago, evolving the design with extremely reduced edges that had already distinguished the predecessors.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is undoubtedly one of the Android devices with the thinnest frames on all sides, including the lower one. The choice of Xiaomi also gives a nod to those who can not suffer the notch: in fact it is not present, leaving free field to the 6.39 AMOLED screen, except for the narrow slot dedicated to the headset capsule. Mi Mix 3 has a resolution of 2340×1080 and a ratio of 19.5: 9, is also supported HDR. Inside we find hardware not top of the range, more: along with the Snapdragon 845 that we already got to know about other flagships there are 10 GB of RAM RAM DDR4X! This in the tip version, if you want you can settle for 6 or 8 GB. The storage type UFS 2.1 provides only two cuts, 128 or 256 GB. Connectivity is complete, with dual SIM slots, 4G Gigabit, Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. In 2019 will also come a variant with support for 5G networks.

But where is the front camera? The answer is given by the image below: it is hidden, along with other elements. There are also two cameras, one with 24 Megapixel and the other with 2 Megapixel, dedicated to detecting depth. Both are derived from Sony, with the main that also has the Super Pixel technology to combine 4 single pixels into a larger one, improving the yield in low light conditions while reducing the resolution of the final image. The slider is not a novelty in the absolute sense, since a similar solution was already present in the Oppo Find X, but here the scroll is manual and not motorized. Xiaomi claims that based on tests conducted in the laboratory the average duration of the mechanism is estimated at 300,000 cycles of opening and closing, not at all bad.

Behind we find the main photographic industry, two 12 Megapixel sensors, always edited by Sony. They have openings f / 1.8 and f / 2.4 respectively and there are both 4-axis optical stabilizer and 2X zoom. There are also other advanced shooting modes that are expected from smartphones, even with the help of artificial intelligence. Video recording is by default in 4K at 60 fps and if you go down to Full HD you can reach 240 or 960 fps. Also on the back is the biometric system, a classic fingerprint sensor. Although it seems possible to use facial recognition, it is the very simple variant that is based on the front camera only and does not have a complete system of components to the Face ID. The glass-ceramic body also announces another feature, namely support for the Qi wireless charging for the integrated 3.200 mAh battery. Those who prefer the cable can count on QuickCharge 4.0+ support and USB-C, but it’s hard to resist wireless temptation when a 10-W charging base is already included in the sales package. The pre-installed operating system is Android 9 Pie with proprietary interface MIUI 10.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will be on sale from November in China, in the shades Jade Green, Sapphire Blue and Onyx Black. Chinese prices are still quite tempting: about $ 475 for the 6/128 GB configuration, $ 510 for 8/128 GB, $ 575 for 8/256 GB and $ 720 for 10/256 GB, the latter called the special edition of the Palace Museum, in honor of the historic Forbidden City inside Beijing where the launching keynote was held. It will also arrive in other markets but more details will be known later; better not to expect, however, to find the same prices of the home market, although they should remain interesting as tradition of Xiaomi.