It’s not new to see competition in the tech industry and without any doubt currently, two of the most rival companies in Nepal Mobile industry are Samsung and Xiaomi. They both have captured a good amount of market share here in Nepal. It’s obvious to see the competition at this stage. So to give a challenge to Samsung’s well-going device, the Galaxy M31, Xiaomi recently launched their Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in the Nepali market at a very similar price bracket. Today lets have a specs comparison between both of the devices along with their Pros and Cons.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy M31
|Redmi Note 9 Pro Max||Samsung Galaxy M31|
|Dimensions & Weight||165.8x76.7x8.8mm, 209 g||159.2x75.1x8.9 mm, 191 g|
|Display||6.67 inches, FHD+, IPS display||6.4 inches, FHD+, S.Amoled|
|Processor||Snapdragon 720G, 2.3Ghz Octa-core||Exynos 9611, 2.3Ghz Octa-core|
|Memory||6+128 or 8+128, UFS 2.1||6+128 & 8+128 UFS 2.1|
|Software||MIUI 11 on top of Android 10||One UI 2.0 on top of Android 10|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
(64MP+8MP+5MP+2MP) with f/1.8, f/2.2, f/2.4, f/2.4 respectively
32MP f/2.48 front camera
(64MP+8MP+5MP+5MP) with f/1.8, f/2.2, f/2.4, f/2.4 respectively
32MP f/2.48 front camera
|Battery||5020mAh, 33W fast charging||6000mAh, 15W charging|
|Additional Features||IR blaster, Gorilla glass 5, Splash resistance||4K@30fps from the front camera|
Design & Display
Here we have got 6.7 inches FHD+ IPS display from Note 9 Pro Max competing with 6.4 inches FHD+ Super Amoled display from M31. On the Note, we have a Punch hole panel while on the Samsung we have a ‘’U’’ shaped notch.
The display on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is protected with Gorilla Glass 5 and with Gorilla Glass 3 on Samsung Galaxy M31. At the back, we get glass on the Note 9 Pro Max whereas Samsung has gone with a plastic back on the Galaxy M31. This plastic back makes the Galaxy M31 much lighter even after having a monstrous 6000mAh battery.
Performance & Software
If better performance is what you want Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is the clear winner here with its Snapdragon 720G (8nm). Its an octa-core SoC with 2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold (Cortex-A76) & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 (Cortex-A56) Silver cores and Adreno 618 GPU. Though the M31 is not a bad performing device. It has Exynos 9611 (10nm), with 4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 and Mali-G72 MP3. We get UFS 2.1 on both the devices and 6GB and 8GB RAM variants.
Talking about the software, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max runs on MIUI 11 on top of Android 10 whereas Samsung has it’s own One UI 2.0 on top of Android 10. Different people have different choices when it comes to software, so we let you decide which one you prefer. Let us know in the comment section below.
The Camera is yet another department where both of these devices show some similarities. Taking about the specs on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max we get 64MP f/1.8 main shooter with 8MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide along with 5MP macro and 2MP depth sensor. Similarly, on Galaxy M31, we get 64MP f/1.8 primary camera along with 8MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide and 5MP each macro and depth camera. While on the front we get 32MP shooter on both. The on the Samsung is capable of recording 4K@30fps. Both of these are good when it comes to the camera with all regular features like HDR, Night-Mode, Panorama, etc. You won’t regret choosing any one of them for Cameras.
Samsung has done an excellent job here with a 6000mAh battery without making the device much heavy. But you have to charge it with a 15W slow charger which is a bummer. While on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max we get a 5020mAh with the 33W Super Fast charging. Though Redmi has a smaller battery it covers it up with a much faster charger. We could expect a somewhat similar battery life in both as the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has an 8nm SoC while Samsung has 10nm SoC with Super Amoled Display.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in Nepal is Priced for Rs. 31,999 for 6/128GB variant, and Rs. 34,999 for 8/128GB variant. While you can get the Samsung Galaxy M31 at the price tag of NPR 30,999 for the 6/128GB model and NPR 35,699 for the 8/128GB variant.
Pros and Cons
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
Gorilla Glass 5 front and Back
- Premium look and feel
33W fast charging
- Powerful processor
- Splash resistance body
- MIUI comes with Ads
Samsung Galaxy M31
Super AMOLED Display
Lighter than the Pro Max
Slightly better battery life
Gorilla Glass 3 & Plastic Back
So this was the brie comparison between Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy M31. Which is the better device, according to you? Let us know in the Comment section below and also stay connected with Gadgets in Nepal for more tech news and updates.