Waterproof is something that is among in high demand feature nowadays. After the successful launch of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 and 9 Pro, Xiaomi is releasing another smartphone in its Note series. But because of modern demand, many customers except the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 5G and 9 Pro 5G to come with waterproof protection. If the new devices from Xiaomi are waterproof then customers would be able to enjoy extended features such as underwater photography and official IP68 waterproof protection.
Xiaomi has been successful enough in offering value for money products over the last few couples of years. Considering their budget smartphones, mid-range, or the flagships, Xiaomi has done an outstanding job in all aspects. However, when it comes to waterproof and splash resistance, Xiaomi always failed to meet the expectation. So now customers are looking for waterproof protection in Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 5G and 9 Pro 5G, lets check that out in the waterproof test.
The previous devices from Redmi came with satisfactory features and were worth for its value. The Redmi Note 9 5G was released with a stunning set of hardware and considerable features, and so does the Redmi Note 9 Pro. But keeping all these aside, Redmi fans are eager to know if these devices come with waterproof durability too. And that is exactly what we are going to see in this article.
Did Xiaomi Launched the Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro 5G with Waterproof IP Rating?
Today, most manufacturers are introducing smartphones with a waterproof IP rating for a reason. Firstly, a waterproof smartphone comes with an additional layer of protection, which increases its durability and makes it survivable even in extreme conditions.
Moreover, these phones are also suitable for underwater video and photo shooting. And this thing further increases the demand for a waterproof device in the market. Besides, waterproof smartphones also include certain functionalities that are not present in normal devices.
So, if Xiaomi introduces the Redmi Note 9 5G and the Note 9 Pro with a waterproof IP68 rating at such an affordable price, it would be a great perk for the users. But as of now, Xiaomi has claimed no waterproof IP rating for both the devices. However, they do come with a splash-proof standard to protect the devices from sudden accidents. But for a deeper knowledge of the durability of these devices, we will hold a water test on the phones.
Redmi Note 9 5G Specs
The Redmi Note 9 comes with a 6.53-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 * 2340 pixels of resolution. Plus, it also features the corning gorilla glass 5 protection. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 chipset and Mali-G52 MC2. The device runs on Android 10, MIUI 12, and does a pretty good job with daily use and gaming purposes. Based on the RAM and internal storage, Note 9 is available in 4 different variants: 3GB RAM + 64GB internal, 4GB RAM + 64GB internal, 4GB RAM + 128GB internal, and 6GB RAM + 128GB internal. In addition, it includes a dedicated microSD slot as well.
As per the cameras, the Redmi Note 9 has a quad-cam setup at the back that comprises a 48MP main camera + 8MP ultrawide sensor + 2MP Marco and 2MP depth lens. For the front camera, it comes with a 13MP sensor with 1080p video quality support. More impressively, the 5020mAh battery gives an all-day-long power backup, and the USB-C (2.0) comes with support for 18W fast charging and 9W reverse charging.
Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G Specs
Unlike the Redmi Note 9, Note 9 Pro comes with a set of some advanced features, thereby increasing its efficiency to the next level. Firstly, it comes with a larger display measuring 6.67-inches with 1080 * 2400 pixel resolution. Powered by Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G and an Adreno 619 GPU, it posses more power. The Note 9 Pro runs on the same OS; however, you will see a significant improvement in the storage and camera section. Redmi Note 9 Pro is available in the respective variants: 6GB RAM + 128GB internal, 8GB RAM + 128GB internal, 8GB RAM + 256GB internal. But it does not include a dedicated microSD slot. Instead, it uses a shared SIM slot for the purpose.
Considering the camera, Note 9 Pro has again done a great job. It features a 108MP main camera + 8MP ultrawide + 2MP Macro and 2MP depth lens. For the selfie camera, it includes a 16MP lens with 1080P video recording support and gyro-EIS. The powerhouse source comprises a 4820mAh non-removable battery with 33W fast-charging support.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 5G and Note 9 Pro Waterproof Test
Although both the devices do not have any waterproof IP rating, the company claims these smartphones do come with a splash-proof standard. Considering that, we can hope to see a good resistance power by Note 9 and 9 Pro against the odd conditions. Therefore, we will hold a water test on both the devices that will include all pouring, water dropping, showering, and submerging both the smartphones underwater.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 5G Waterproof Test
As there is no positive announcement made that ensures that these devices hold a waterproof certification. But anyway, we will yet do a water test on the smartphone to make sure of their authentic strengths.
|Camera||Working but not up to the mark|
|Charging port||Not working|
|Volume and Power key||Working|
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G Waterproof Test
Since the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G doesn’t get any officially IP68 waterproof rating, so it can not be counted as a waterproof device. We tested in various situations, but the outcomes are the same. So, let’s take a look at the result.
|Charging Port||Not working|
|Microphone||Not Working Properly|
|Volume and Power Key||Working properly|
Waterproof test results
Finally, after performing all the waterproof tests on both Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro, we are out with the results. As these devices come with a water-repellant coating on them, they do survive the water dropping, showering, and pouring tests with considerable scores.
However, after submerging the device for a couple of minutes underwater, we saw a few notable changes. Although the buttons were working with no issue, the display seem to lag repetitively. What’s worse is both the screens soaked water, which got spread through a large portion of the display.
This test is purely based on individual/team observation. This test will only give an idea of whether a device is waterproof or not. So users are advised not to try this at home, as it might damage your device.
By this, we can conclude that the Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro have features, good durability, and attractive specifications. The devices can survive accidental water and dust splashes quite comfortably. However, it is strictly advised not to use them underwater or in heavy rain, as that might damage the smartphone.
After performing all the water tests on the Redmi Note 9 and 9 Pro, we found out that they have a great resisting capability. They can repel accidental water splashes and survive minimal showers, but they neither hold any official waterproof IP rating nor do they out-stand underwater for long enough. They surely lack the special waterproofing technology and hence are advised to keep away from water, fire, dust, and other drastic environments.