Hello guys, so today I decided to do a comparison between the RedMi Note 9 Max Vs Tecno Camon 15 Premier. Both devices were released recently as the top of their series flagship competing in the Midrange market segment.
First a little info on their parent companies;
Xiaomi has been trying to break into the Nigerian market for a while now and they have churned out some couples of devices in the past that dominated global markets. The company has slowly gathered momentum with its RedMi brand in a market dominated by Transsion Holdings’ brand Tecno and Infinix.
Tecno is a household brand in Nigeria, has been in the market for a very long time. It is always one of the brands considered by many people due to the availability of spare parts and cheaper prices.
While loved by many, many tech-oriented users have grown tired of their devices mainly due to the absence of OS upgrades.
|OS||Android 10.0 Q under MIUI 11 Skin||Android 10.0 Q under HiOS 6|
|Display||6.67 inch punch Hole, FHD+ Display, 2400 x 1080p resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio||6.6 inch IPS LCD Full View Display|
|Camera||64 MP main + 8MP 119° ultra-wide-angle lens + 5MP camera for macro, + 2 MP Depth Sensor, 32 MP selfie lens||64MP SONY rear camera, 5MP 115° ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP camera for 2cm macro, Ultra Night Lens supported by DSP chip, f/1.79 aperture, 32 MP selfie|
|RAM||6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM||6 GB RAM|
|Storage||64 GB, 128GB Expandable to 512 GB||128 GB Expandable to 256 GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, 2 x 2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver||Octa Core, 2.35 GHz SoC, 4×2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Battery||5,020 mAh||4,000 mAh|
|Security||Fingerprint ID, Face Recognition||Fingerprint ID, Face Recognition|
RedMi Note 9 Max Vs Tecno Camon 15 Premier: Design
The RedMi Note 9 Max leads the way for the Note 9 series with its Aura Balance design that aims to make everything symmetrical. The front has a slim frame that holds the speaker grille and LED flash. There is a punch hole cut out for the Selfie Camera. The chin is also small and the front is protected with the Gorilla Glass 5.
The back holds centralized camera modules with room for 4 camera sensors on a circular square format. The back is also protected too by the Gorilla Glass 5. An LED flash follows.
The fingerprint sensor is side mounted on the right. There is also an Infrared blaster, USB Type C, two dedicated MIC with noise-canceling, and P2i coating to provide splash/spill resistance.
The Tecno Camon 15 Premier comes with a smooth front design, leaving much viewing space since the Camera has been changed to the Mechanical pop-up camera.
The bottom chin is also slim too. The speaker was moved to the frame too. Tecno did not mention any form of protection but the front panel is suspected to have Gorilla Glass 3.
The rear side of the phone also holds a quad-camera module arranged in a vertical manner and the fingerprint sensor is centrally mounted right next to it. There is no form of liquid resistance and it comes with the USB 2.0.
While the pop up camera may give more space without obstructions, the RedMi clearly dominated the design segment.
RedMi Note 9 Max Vs Tecno Camon 15 Premier: Display
Redmi Note 9S has a 6.67 inch Full HD+ IPS display panel with a 2400 x 1080 pixels resolution, and a 20:9 display ratio. It has an invasive punch hole camera.
Tecno Camon 15 Premier has 6.6 inch display panel, and it is also Full HD+. The resolution specifications stand at 1080 x 2340 pixels and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
RedMi Note 9 Max Vs Tecno Camon 15 Premier: Camera Specifications
The Redmi Note 9 Max is equipped with a 32MP selfie camera with LED flash and AI boost with slow motion capabilities. The rear camera modules consist of a 64MP Sensor, 8MP Ultra-Wide sensor, 5MP Macro Sensor and a 2MP depth sensor.
Video recordings are available up to 980 frames per second in 720 pixels, 1080 pixels are recorded at 60 fps while 4k videos are captured at 30fps.
The Camon 15 Premier dons a quad 64MP rear main camera, 5MP 115° ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP camera for 2cm macro, Ultra Night Lens supported by DSP chip, with f/1.79 aperture. In the selfie department, the Camon 15 Premier used a motorized pop-up camera with a 32MP lens.
Camera Specs are closely related and only a field test of the lenses will show which one is better.
The Redmi Note 9 Max has is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC made with 8nm fabrication. The octa-core chip has 2 x 2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver. The maximum clock speed is 2.3GHz. The smartphone uses the Adreno 618 GPU with its speed clocked at 750MHz
The Tecno Camon 15 Premier uses the MediaTek Helio P35 Octacore processor (12nm). The SoC is clocked at 2.35GHz (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53). In the graphics processing department, there is the PowerVR GE8320 with speed clocked at 650MHz
While the RedMi Note 9 Max has better battery efficiency due to its 8nm Fabrication, the Tecno Camon 15 Premier outperforms it with faster processor speed. Though this may consume battery faster. In gaming, the RedMi may outperform the Camon since the PowerVR GE8320 GPU is not built for heavy gaming.
Memory options are 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
The Tecno Camon 15 Premier clearly dominates this department with a faster processor thus making its performance better based on specifications.
RedMi Note 9 Max phone runs Android 10 shipped under the MIUI11 skin. Tecno Camon 15 Premier also runs Android 10 under the HiOS 6. Both devices have ads and bloatware though Xiaomi’s gesture tweaks are top notched.
Another drawback of the Tecno Camon 15 Premier is that there is no guaranteed upgrade to Android 11 whereas, Xiaomi always provides software upgrades to the next version of Andriod.
Redmi ships a 5020mAH battery with this device. It comes with an 18W fast charge. The USB type C connectivity ensures fast data connectivity. The Camon 15 Premier ships with a 4000mAH battery to provide power. No mention of fast charge anywhere and it uses USB 2.0
The Redmi dominates this space.
Giving the specifications listed out and the comparison, the RedMi did dominate in different spaces except in the performance department where the Tecno dominated. If given the chance to pick between both devices, which will you choose? let us know by dropping a comment.
Overall Specifications of Both Phones
Design and Display
|Dimensions||165.8mm x 76.7mm x 8.8 mm||163.3mm x 77.7mm x 9.05mm|
|Weight||209g||Not Available Yet|
|Display Resolution||1080p FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels)||1080p FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels)|
|Display Technology||IPS LCD||IPS LCD|
|Build||Plastic Frame, Gorilla Glass 5 Finishing||Plastic|
|Protection||Gorilla Glass 5 Front Protection, Gorilla Glass 5 Back Protection||2.5D Glass front protection.|
|Colours||Aurora Blue, Glacier White, Interstellar Black||Ice Jadeite & Opal|
Platform and Hardware
|OS||Android 10.0 running under MIUI 11||Android 10 running under HiOS 6.0.1 skin|
|Processor Name/Technology||Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm), Kryo 465 Gold (Cortex A76), Kryo 465 Silver (Cortex A55)||MediaTek Helio P35 (12nm), Cortex-A53|
|Number of Processor Cores||8||8|
|Processor Speed||2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver||4×2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Graphics Chipset||Adreno 618||PowerVR GE8320|
|Internal Storage||64 GB, 128GB||128GB|
|External Storage||Yes, Up to 512GB||Yes, Up to 256GB|
|Sensors||G-sensor, P-Sensor, Gyro, Touch Sensor, Electronic Compass||G-sensor, P-Sensor, Gyro, Touch Sensor, Electronic Compass|
|Front||32 MP Camera 1080 Video @30 fps||32 MP Motorized pop Up Camera 1080 Video @30 fps|
|Rear||64 MP main + 8MP 119° ultra-wide-angle lens + 5MP camera for macro, + 2MP Depth Sensor, 8 MP selfie LED Flash,1080p Video@30fps||48MP rear camera, 5MP 115° ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP camera for 2cm macro, Ultra Night Lens supported by DSP chip, f/1.79 aperture, 32 MP selfie. Dual Led Flash, 1080p Video@30fps|
|Features||Night mode, Document mode, Cinematic portraits, 48MP HD, Smart ultra-wide angle mode, Rear camera Beautify, Steady handheld night photography, Portrait mode background blurring, Panorama mode, Pro mode, Photo timer, Leveling, Face recognition, Ultra wide-angle edge distortion correction, Custom watermark, AI watermark, Kaleidoscope, Portrait mode background blur adjustment, Full screen frame, etc||Autofocus, Quad LED Flash, Geo Tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, Scene Detection, AR, Bokeh|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth® 5.0, AD2P LE, IR Blaster Present.||Bluetooth® 5.0, AD2P LE|
|Wifi||802.11a/b/g/n 2.4G/5G||802.11a/b/g/n 2.4G/5G|
|USB||Yes, Type C.||Yes, Type 2.0|
|GPS||NavIC support, GPS, A-GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, GLONASS|
|Battery Capacity||5,020 mAh||4000 mAh|
|Fast Charging||Yes 33W, 50& in 30 minutes||No|
The Redmi Note 9 Max Around ₦68,000 (converted from Indian Rupee) and the Tecno Camon 15 Premier is sold around ₦90,000.