Redmi Note 9S vs Realme 6 vs Honor 9X Pro comparison: who is the best?

In the latter period the middle band of the smartphone market is more fierce than ever since it has seen several new devices coming out of the excellent quality / price ratio. Among these we can only remember the Redmi Notes 9S and Realm 6, to which is also added Honor 9X Pro that despite the absence of Google services, has hardware out of the ordinary for its segment of reference.

In today's comparison we will help you choose which smartphone to buy with a maximum budget di 250 €, which drops to 200 € if we only consider the versions from 4 / 64 GB of the first two devices mentioned above.

Redmi Note 9S vs Realme 6 vs Honor 9X Pro comparison

Unboxing

Apart from the aesthetic differences, the sales packages all contain the same equipment, namely:

  • smartphones;
  • silicone cover;
  • USB data cable - USB Type-C;
  • power supply with European socket;
  • pin for the SIM slot;
  • instruction manual.

Design and construction

Let's start from a brief comparison on the dimensions:

  • Redmi Note 9S: 165.5 x 76.68 x 8.8 mm for a weight of 209 grams;
  • Realme 6: 162.1 x 74.8 x 8.9 mm with a weight of about 190 grams;
  • Honor 9X Pro: 163.1 x 77.2 x 8.8 mm for a weight of 208 grams.

Among the three the Realme that's what you manage to handle more easily, you want it because it weighs less, you want it because it is slightly less long. This does not mean that the use of one hand turns out to be quite demanding with everyone, fortunately Xiaomi has a software that allows us to drop the notification curtain by swiping down on any part of the display.

Redmi Note 9S vs Realme 6 vs Honor 9X Pro

However, from the point of view of design these devices give the best of them, because at the rear we have different back covers between them both in terms of materials and appearance. Indeed, Honor 9X Pro e Redmi Notes 9S own a body in glass, while the Realm 6 in polycarbonate.

What do they have in common? The fact that they hold back many footprints, perhaps the solution of Honor it is slightly more oleophobic, but for better or worse we are there. Which is the most beautiful of these is a subjective factor, but if I have to choose I would like a mix between the quad camera of the Xiaomi and the X-textured coloring of theHonor 9X Pro.

What can be seen from all the devices is one very good construction, beautiful solid e resistant. Too bad for i protruding photo modules which will make it difficult to use smartphones on flat surfaces. The Redmi Notes 9S it is what suffers a little less since the position is centered, but it is also the one with the most protruding sensor that is not even leveled with the silicone cover supplied.

As for the inputs, the sensors and the keys, the smartphones are good or bad are equivalent, as they have a mono speaker, the USB Type-C port, the 3.5 mm jack input and the lateral fingerprint sensor that integrates the Home button . Honor 9X Pro owns a Dual SIM or SIM + microSD slot, while Realm 6 e Redmi Notes 9S have a triple slot (dual SIM + microSD), but it does not end here because the latter is the only one that owns the Notification LED and IR sensor to control the TV and other devices.

Redmi Notes 9S

Finally, the last difference lies in the fact that Honor is the only one to have one pop-up room, unlike the other two who have a hole in the display.

Redmi Note 9S vs Realme 6 vs Honor 9X Pro

In short, as you may have understood, the similarities between them are different, but each one has a few more details that differentiate them.

Which one would I choose among these? For maneuverability i think i would take the Realm 6, But the Redmi Notes 9S it is what it turns out to be more complete compared to the other.

Display

Let's see the technical specifications first:

  • Redmi Note 9S:  LCD da 6.67 "Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) with ratio in 20:9, TÜV Rheinland certified, support HDR10 and protected by a screen Gorilla Glass 5;
  • Realme 6: IPS da 6.5 "Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) with density of 403 PPI, refresh rate a 90 Hz and Gorilla Glass protection;
  • Honor 9X Pro:  IPS FullView from 6.59" diagonal with resolution Full HD + (2340 x 1080 pixels), density of PPI 391 e screen-to-body ratio of 92%.

By setting the standard color mode for all devices I have to say that each has different shades. Among all the Realm 6 seems to tick thanks to a good balance and a right level of saturation and contrast.

Redmi Note 9S vs Realme 6 vs Honor 9X Pro

Following we find theHonor which has a few warm nuances too (which however can be matched in the settings) and finally the Redmi Notes 9S which has less contrast between the three.

Il brightness sensor and a little' lazy on all three and it is not very reactive, while the maximum brightness is good on all, since in direct sunlight we will have no problems reading.

Despite not having noticed much during the first tests, it is the Redmi and the Realme they have very slight light bleeding around the hole in the display, but you can see it almost only at high inclinations.

Redmi Note 9S vs Realme 6 vs Honor 9X Pro

The aspect that could confirm the supremacy towards the Realm 6 and the refresh rate to 90 Hz which, alongside the lean and fast software, will make us remain completely satisfied in everyday use and also in gaming.

Hardware and Performance

As in each section, I give you a brief summary of the technical sheet:

  • Redmi Note 9S: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618 GPU, 4 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64 GB of UFS 2.1 storage expandable via microSD;
  • Realme 6: MediaTek Helio G90T, ARM Mali-G76 MC4 GPU, 4 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of internal memory UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD;
  • Honor 9X Pro: HiSilicon Kirin 810, Mali-G52 GPU with Turbo 3.0 GPU, 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256 GB of UFS 2.1 internal memory expandable via microSD.

We point out that of the first two there are also other variants, but those in our possession have those certain memory cuts.

In daily use, these devices behave very well, allowing us to quickly open applications and never showing bugs or slowdowns. Even in the opening of heavier software the three are equal, although theHonor was slightly faster.

Despite the 3 different processors you will hardly be able to find differences in performance because they manage to offer the best you can want within the mid-range. In these cases only the software can be the plus that makes us prefer one smartphone to the other and that can give us the idea of ​​a greater reactivity.

As regards the Gaming I can only confirm the written opinions poco does. We do not find any slowdown either with the heavier titles, much less with the lighter ones and the more elaborate games like PUBG o Call Of Duty Mobile are performed in detail to the maximum. Although it did not find any particular differences, the Redmi that's what gave me a better experience.

Later I leave you some benchmark tests on the memories and on the CPU.

Cameras

Two out of three have one quad camera rear, while the latter has "only" one triple camera:

  • Redmi Note 9S: 48 mega-pixel f / 1.79, 8 mega-pixel f / 2.2 wide angle from 119 °, 5 mega-pixel f / 2.4 macro, 2 mega-pixel depth of field and Single Tone LED flash. Frontally we have a sensor from 16 mega-pixel f / 2.5;
  • Realme 6: 64 mega-pixel f / 1.8 Samsung GW1, 8 mega-pixel wide angle from 119 °, 2 mega-pixel macro, 2 mega-pixel for depth of field and Single Tone LED flash. Frontally we have a 16 mega-pixel sensor;
  • Honor 9X Pro: 48 mega-pixel f / 1.8, 8 mega-pixel 120 ° wide angle, 2 mega-pixel for depth of field and Single Tone LED flash. Frontally we have a sensor from 16 mega-pixel f / 2.2.

Redmi Note 9S vs Realme 6 vs Honor 9X Pro

I make a premise: with everyone I shot with HDR Automatic (except with Honor who does not have it) to see when and how it helps in the shot. I left to its software the choice of action.

Let's start with the shots in good lighting conditions, where Realm 6 e Note 9S they play it in terms of detail. The second seems to have more sharpness, but with more grain and background noise. Honor 9X Pro it is a step below, but overall there is more grain.

Speaking of colors in landscapes Xiaomi it has a higher contrast, for this reason the rendering of the Realme which has proved closer to reality. In close-up shots, photographs have good definition and good bokeh, although previous impressions are confirmed. The border is very thin and it is not easy to establish which are better, personally I think that during the day they compete for the podium Realm 6 e Redmi Notes 9S according to situations with theHonor in third position.

In the wide angle the Redmi it is the one with a higher detail even if the colors are warmer and less contrasted than the competitors.

At night it seems almost a race to those who do worse, since the Realme it loses position and goes to the rear of the group due to a noise and a higher contrast that are easily noticed in the night mode. Overall too Note 9S in the evening he is not doing well and therefore the 9X Pro seems to have the upper hand, thanks also to a more elaborate night mode.

Turning to selfies I immediately tell you that the Realme is the one with a better definition in the daytime, but I prefer more the management of the colors of the Note 9S which all in all has a good quality. Honor in last position.

In the evening the three good or bad are equivalent but the 9X Pro it has less definition. All in all the Note 9S that's what gets a little better in terms of quality and lighting management.

As for the videos I leave you an overview and I invite you to see the video review to see how smartphones have behaved:

  • Redmi Note 9S: recording up to 4k at 30 fps;
  • Realme 6: recording up to 4k at 30 fps;
  • Honor 9X Pro: recording up to 1080p at 60 fps.

Audio and connectivity

Everyone has a mono speaker which returns a good volume, perhaps the highest is of poco il Realm 6, but in that case slight distortions can be seen. In short, I won't go around too much: the best of these is the Redmi because, despite the fact that everyone tends to favor the high and medium frequencies more than the low ones, it is the one that has the best balance. Indeed, Honor 9X Pro in comparison it is definitely muffled.

For all the audio in the ear capsule is very good, as well as that captured by the microphone.

Turning to connectivity it is good to do a new recap:

  • Redmi Note 9S: dual SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / A-GPS / Glonass / Beidou / Galileo, IR sensor, FM radio and 3.5mm jack input;
  • Realme 6: dual SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Beidou, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and 3.5mm jack input;
  • Honor 9X Pro: dual SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.0 and GPS (L1 + L5 dual band) / AGPS / Glonass / BeiDou, NFC, FM radio, 3.5 mm jack input .

I start immediately by making one Premise: given the difficult quarantine situation, the tests were carried out only at home and in the garden, so I was unable to prove how it works with cell changes, by meter in the car and so on.

Despite this I must point out that Realm 6 e Note 9S they do not have never hooked il 4G + unlike theHonor 9X Pro who can take it without problems. In addition, the former seems to have some problems with reception in general, sometimes it seems like going on stand-by, then recovering. Really a shame for the first two because they could change a lot of users who already had the card in hand, ready to buy.

Later I leave you i SAR values of devices:

  • Redmi Note 9S: 0.72 W / Kg (head), 0.98 W / Kg (body);
  • Realme 6: 0.709 W / Kg (head), 0.571 W / Kg (body);
  • Honor 9X Pro: I have not found them.

As if that were not enough, I would like to point out that the current version of Redmi Notes 9S does not have NFC, but should arrive in Europe the variant with the chip, just as it happened for Notes 8 e Notes 8T. Aside from that, that's what it costs least of all, about 150 € and therefore it could still be fine for all those whoNFC they never used it.

Unfortunately, always at the expense of Redmi I remind you of problemino related to proximity sensor that I already told you about in his review:

“Since I introduced the latter I also talk to you about how it goes, because it is well known that on Redmi Note 7 this tends to cause tantrums during calls. Let's say the problem was solved on call, but randomly when I listen to a audio su WhatsApp o Telegram if I pass my finger too close to the right side of the smartphone (near the sensor) the audio will come out of the ear capsule and the display will darken. This happens more than will be, when there is little light. "

Speaking of Wi-Fi, reception on Honor 9X Pro and Note 9S is very good, the two keep up, while here too the Realme he showed some difficulties, as in some moments we have a good reception, while in others it seems as if the line is congested, as if the phone goes on stand-by and then recovers a few minutes later (not before having tinkered a lot).

No problem with the Bluetooth, while the GPS I didn't get to test it properly because of the quarantine.

Let's move on to the sensors fingerprint placed on the right side, which is very accurate on all three devices, but is more responsive on Realm 6 who practically cut the unlock animations, there is a follow Honor 9X Pro and finally Redmi Notes 9S, which has anrather slow animation, enough to make it seem poco snappy.

Unfortunately on theHonor there is no present facial recognition system through the pop-up camera and this is a real shame since we are almost in the middle of 2020, while on the other two it performs well during the day, although in the evening it is difficult for them to unlock at first sight. The Realme however it is a little better.

 Software

Unfortunately in this chapter Honor is partially penalized byabsence of Google services, beyond the fact that we still find Android 9 Pie with patches of November 2019. But let's go in order:

  • Redmi Note 9S: Android 10 with proprietary MIUI 11 Global interface and April 2020 security patch;
  • Realme 6: Android 10 with Realme UI 1.0 proprietary interface and March 2020 security patch;
  • Honor 9X Pro: Android 9 Pie with proprietary EMUI 9.1.1 interface and November 2019 security patch.

As mentioned poco does, Honor starts at a disadvantage due to a bit of software antiquated and for the absence of some functions now present in all devices, i.e. the facial recognition system and dark mode.

Regarding the absence of the Google services in favor of Huawei Mobile Services con l 'AppGallery as an app store, I have to make the same premise that we have lately with smartphones Honor / Huawei. However, in order not to clog the comparison, I leave you directly the link to review of the Huawei P40 Pro, in which we explain everything in detail.

The other two, however, if the they play on equal terms per customizations e features. The new Real UI travel that is a pleasure, it is fluid, quick and we can customize the icons to our liking. Then present the Game Space, the Cloning app, the split Screen app and many other goodies. The only thing I blame him is the fact that some menu e submenu I'm still a little messy and may confuse those who have never used it Realme.

On the other hand we always have the usual e excellent MIUI which has more or less the same customizations and excellent fluidity, although the animations make it seem a bit slower, but in that case just go to the developer options and disable them.

Redmi Note 9S vs Realme 6 vs Honor 9X Pro

In short, I am really torn between these two, I cannot choose the interface with which I am better because I am both very complete.

Autonomy

Let's see what we have under the shell:

  • Redmi Note 9S: 5020 mAh. 22.5W supplied power supply;
  • Realme 6: 4300 mAh. 30W power supply;
  • Honor 9X Pro: 4000 mAh. 10W power supply.

We can safely say that we are facing 3 phone battery, as everyone cleverly exceed 6 hours of active screen. But do we want to go into more detail? And let's do it by:

With the Note 9S i carried in medium about 8 hours of active display with maximum peaks of 8 hours and minutes 53 and lows of 6 hours and minutes 20 (this was the case of data network + hotspot).

With the Realm 6 i got a mids of around 7 hours of active screen with peaks around the 8 hours e minimi di 5 hours and minutes 38.

Finally, with Honor 9X Pro I managed to get an average of around 9 hours of active display with peaks of 9 hours and minutes 33.

In all cases we manage to get to 1 day and a half of use, surpassing i 2 days if you make less use of it. L'Honor with a lower battery can do better thanks to theabsence of Google services which cause significant consumption.

Among the three the Realme wins the primacy for the faster charging thanks to the support to quick charging a 30W that brings the device from 15% to 100% in about 40 minutes. Last Honor 9X Pro than with its power supply from 10W it takes about 2 hours.

Conclusions and Price

Before drawing the conclusions of this long, very long comparison, we must talk about the price. I will write the street prices that you can easily find on ours Telegram channels. So follow us there to not miss all the upcoming coupons.

  • Redmi Note 9S: 4/64 GB approx 154 €, the 6/128 GB a 189 € shipped from Europe;
  • Realme 6: 4/64 GB approx 194 €, 4/128 GB approx 209 €, 6/128 GB approx 268 €;
  • Honor 9X Pro: has touched i 199 € on the official store, but now he's back to 249 € in the only variant 6/256 GB.

Well guys, taking everyone into account strengths and of all defects of the devices I think the Redmi Notes 9S is the most balanced of all. Obviously if you need theNFC you should wait for the special version or you can switch to Realm 6, but hardly a 154 € you will be able to find such a product.

Obviously the decision can vary according to the requirements (size, 4G +, NFC, preferred software etc ...), but making a general evaluation on all sectors of the smartphone at home Xiaomi is what gets the higher average.