The time is imminent. After sixteen months of use, my current Android smartphone is on its last leg. It’s not my cracked screen that is causing me concern. I’ve been navigating around that and living with that for several months now. When I have to spend five to fifteen minutes finessing the USB cable to make sure the phone is charging is when a huge red flag appears indicating it is time to get the phone repaired or time to buy a new phone. As I mentioned, time is imminent; it is time to buy a new smartphone.
So, in between writing code and working on my projects, I did some online research on a few modestly priced smartphone models as well as consulted with a few of my friends. The following are my findings on moderately priced, yet powerful smartphones currently available in the electronics marketplace. Right now, my top pick is:
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is on the top of my list right now for my next phone. It meets all of my core needs in a smartphone: NFC capabilities, a decent amount of memory, a good camera, and a long battery life. The Note 9 Pro comes with NFC, has 6GB RAM, a 64MP camera, and a 5300mAh battery with a 30W fast charge.
It wasn’t that long ago that NFC was only available in more expensive mobile devices. For me, this is a nice feature to see in such a lower price range phone as it is a desirable feature for me when traveling abroad. I’ve found a lot of places in this world that my US bank cards do not work, but my Google Wallet that is attached to those very same bank cards is accepted. So contactless payments save me a lot of time and hassle.
The Note 9 Pro comes equipped with 6GB of RAM. The lower-priced Note 9S and Note 9 have 4GB and 3GB of RAM. Either 64GB or 128GB of storage is available. Up to 512GB of MicroSD is supported. The Note 9 Pro uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G CPU with eight processor cores (2 x 2.3 + 6 x 1.8 GHz).
The 64MP quad-camera is ready to record 4K video. The Redmi Note 9S and Note 9 models feature only 48MP. I was going to save a little money and go with either of these models but spent the extra cash to get a better camera since I would hopefully be using this phone for at least a year or two while crossing my fingers that no accidents happen. Also, for video playback and typical use, the Redmi Note 9 Pro has a slightly larger screen (6.67″) then the Note 9S and the Note 9 (6.53″).
As far as aesthetics are concerned, colors available include Interstellar Gray, Forest Green, Polar White, Onyx Black, and Midnight Gray, depending on the particular model.
So, that concludes the main features that I think make this phone stick out of the crowd for the price. Yes, that is the best thing: the price. Currently, at the time of writing, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro is selling for approximately $247 for the 128MB model. The lowest-priced 64GB Note 9 with 3GB of RAM is selling for around $170.
For more information on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro, please visit the official site: https://www.mi.com/global/redmi-note-9-pro.