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Redmi Note 9 vs realme 6i Specs Comparison

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Another one for the classic Redmi and realme rivalry. This time it is the Redmi Note 9 versus the realme 6i in a specs battle.
Redmi Note 9 vs realme 6i Specs Comparison
Redmi Note 9 vs realme 6i

Redmi Note 9 vs realme 6i Specs Comparison

DeviceRedmi Note 9realme 6i
Display6.53-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 protected LCD (LTPS) screen w/ FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 395 ppi6.5-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 protected IPS (LTPS) screen w/ HD+ 1600 x 720 resolution at 269 ppi
CPU
2.0GHz 12nm MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor
2.0GHz 12nm Helio G80 octa-core processor
GPUMali-G52 2EEMC2Mali-G52 2EEMC2
RAM3GB/4GB LPDDR4X3GB/4GB LPDDR4X
ROM64GB/128GB eMMC 5.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 512GB (dedicated)64GB/128GB eMMC 5.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (dedicated)
Back Camera48MP f/1.79 Samsung ISOCELL GM1 w/ PDAF, EIS + 8MP 118-degree ultra-wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 2cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth + dual-tone LED flash48MP f/1.8 w/ PDAF + 8MP f/2.2 119-degree ultra-wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 4cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 mono + LED flash
Selfie Camera13MP f/2.2516MP f/2.0
Battery
5,020mAh w/ 18W fast charging
5,000mAh w/ 18W fast charging
OSAndroid 10 w/ MIUI 11
Android 10.0 w/ realme UI 1.0
Connectivity
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, FM Radio, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, dual SIM
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM
SensorsAccelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, pressure
Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others
Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, IR Blaster, P2i water splash resistance, dual-mic, vibration motor, USB-C, Colors: Midnight Grey, Forest Green, Polar White
Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, splash resistance, Dirac HD Sound, USB-C, Colors: White Milk, Green Tea
Dimensions162.38 x 77.2 x 8.95 mm164.4 x 75 x 9.0 mm
Weight
199 g
195 g
PricePHP 7,990 (3GB/64GB), PHP 9,990 (4GB/128GB)
PHP 7,990 (3GB/64GB), PHP 9,990 (4GB/128GB)


The rivalry continues

Display - The Redmi Note 9 has a 6.53-inch 2.5D curved FHD+ LTPS screen with 2400 x 1080 resolution and 395 ppi pixel density. It also has Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
FHD+ screen
FHD+ screen

The realme 6 has a 6.5-inch 2.5D curved LTPS screen with 1600 x 720 HD+ resolution with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and 269 ppi pixel density.

Redmi Note 9 takes the lead here with an FHD+ screen and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
HD+ screen
HD+ screen

Specs - For performance, Redmi Note 9 sports the 2.0GHz 12nm MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor, Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU, up to 4GB LPDDR4X, up to 128GB eMMC 5.1 expandable storage, and a 5,020mAh battery with 18W fast charging.

Realme 6i has the 12nm 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio G80 octa-core processor, Mali-G52 2EMMC2 GPU, up to 4GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB eMMC 5.1 expandable storage, and 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charge. 

In terms of CPU and GPU speeds, RAM size, and storage size, and even battery capacity, it is almost a tie. Helio G85's GPU (1,000MHz is just 50Hz faster than the GPU of G80 (950MHz).

Those who watch a lot on their phones will enjoy the Note 9S better, but the realme 6i could have better battery life due to its lower-res screen.
48MP quad-cam
48MP quad-cam

Cameras - The Realme 6i has a quad-camera setup with 48MP f/1.8 w/ PDAF + 8MP f/2.2 119-degree ultra-wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 4cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 mono + LED flash. For selfies, it has a 16MP f/2.0 sensor.

Redmi Note 9 has a quad-camera setup with a combo of 48MP f/1.79 Samsung ISOCELL GM1 w/ PDAF, EIS + 8MP 118-degree ultra-wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 2cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth + dual-tone LED flash. For selfies, it has a 13MP f/2.25 sensor.
48MP quad-cam too
48MP quad-cam too

Both devices have quad cameras at the back with 48MP main sensors. For realme, it sports a dedicated mono sensor while Note 9 has a dedicated depth sensor.

For selfies, realme 6i has a bigger 16MP sensor.

Other features - Redmi Note 9 has dual-band WiFi, 4G LTE, fingerprint sensor, USB-C port, Bluetooth 5, P2i splash resistance, IR Blaster, and dual SIM slots.

The realme 6i also has WiFi, 700MHz 4G LTE, OTG, fingerprint sensor, face unlock, splash resistance, Dirac HD Sound, splash resistance, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB-C port.

Both run with Android 10 OS with different skins.

Redmi Note 9 advantages - FHD+ screen, slightly better GPU, dual-band WiFi
Realme 6i advantages - 16MP selfie sensor

Our thoughts

For performance, both devices provide similar power. It is virtually a tie. However, realme 6i only sport and HD+ screen compared to Note 9's FHD+ screen.

These devices are two of the best bang-for-the-buck devices to date.

What do you guys think?
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