Xiaomi unveils the Redmi Note 9, Note 9s and Redmi Note 9 Pro alongside Mi 10 Lite in Kenya

Xiaomi has officially unveiled its Redmi Note 9 trio in the Kenyan market – each with its own set of features that correspond to their price tags. The trio which were released early this year, have quietly been selling in the country for Ksh.24,999 for the 64GB “Pro” variant and Ksh. 19,999 for the lower model. The handsets offer a variety of specs and are targeted towards various consumers who are otherwise looking for a specific requirement on their next device.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

Of the bunch, the Redmi Note 9 packs the least attractive specs in some areas though has a lot of similarities with its slightly high-priced siblings. It comes with a smaller 6.53inches display and is the only one which comes with a paltry 3GB RAM on the base model. It falls short of our basic minimum to run android 10 apps without putting up much effort. For the same amount, you’d easily pickup a feature rich Nokia 5.3 that doesn’t disappoint in so many ways and at least meets our set threshold of at least 4GB RAM on any android smartphone. But at least it meets our bare minimum of 64GB internal storage.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S

It’s a bit peculiar that Note 9S came out first while the other two siblings were unveiled a month later. It’s one of those moments we find ourselves feeling Xiaomi kind of wasn’t fully satisfied with its first creation and wanted to accommodate more! Notably, the Redmi Note 9S packs some of the goodies you’d find on the 9 as well as 9 Pro but physically looks more of the Pro. If you’re a bit skeptical of the Note 9 but can’t raise enough to get the Pro model, then the 9S should be your safest bet. Unlike the lower classified 9, it comes with 6GB RAM, 128GB Internal storage and accommodates a larger 6.67inch display screen that also packs a substantial pixel density to manage sharp text and vivid images.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

If the first two models are not up to your needs, then you might as well have a look at the Pro model. While we don’t really endorse the “Pro” iteration but understand Xiaomi meant something there. It has the best features of the trio, packing a 6.67inch panel, 6GB RAM and 64/128GB internal storage.

During the online launch event that was hosted by Javier Aranzale – Founder and content creator at Afrobeats with Kamau, Redmi highlighted just how it’s easier to take photos on the Pro model that features Kaleidoscope. The company was keen to point out how Redmi has over the years gained popularity due to its unique features such as longer battery life that charges within minutes, thanks to a 30w fast charger. It also comes with a Z-axis linear motor for excellent haptic feedback which is better than traditional rotating motors.

On the Note 9, Xiaomi touted its long battery life and supports 18w fast charging.

Xiaomi also unveiled the Mi Note 10 Lite that comes with an AMOLED screen that’ll cost Ksh. 37,670 for the 6GB/128GB variant.

Differences between Xiaomi Redmi Note 9, 9S and Redmi Note 9 Pro

SPECIFICATIONSRedmi Note 9Redmi Note 9SRedmi Note 9 Pro
DISPLAY6.53Inch (1080 x 2340)6.67Inch (1080 x 2400)6.67Inch (1080 x 2400)
PROCESSORHelio G85Snapdragon 720GSnapdragon 720G
REAR CAMERA48MP + 8MP+ 2MP+ 2MP48.0MP+8MP+5MP+2MP64 MP + 8MP+ 5MP+ 2MP
BATTERY5020 mAh5020 mAh5020 mAh
ANDROID V.101010
COLORSForest Green, Midnight Grey, Polar WhiteAurora Blue, Glacier White, Interstellar GrayInterstellar Grey, Aurora Blue, Glacier White
FINGERPRINTRearSide mountedSide mounted


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