While the Redmi Note 9s is a mid-range smartphone from Xiaomi, the Infinix Note 7 and the Camon 15 Premier are flag bearers of both Infinix Mobility and Tecno Mobile respectively. Now aside the above, these three smartphones have much in common and could probably have appeared in your search radar several times, especially for folks hunting for a mid-range device around $200 price tag.
The three smartphones have their strengths and weakness, but there is one that offers the best value for money, however, before we go into that, let run through few key similarities between these three smartphones, then their full specs in a tabular form.
- The trio smartphones runs on Android 10.0 out of the box.
- Same IPS LCD screen technology is used across the three phones
- Dual SIM with 4G LTE network is available in all three smartphones
Redmi Note 9s vs Infinix Note 7 vs Camon 15 Premier Specs comparison
|Redmi Note 9s||Infinix Note 7||Camon 15 Premier|
|Display||6.67 inches Full-HD+(1080x2400p) IPS LCD screen||6.95-inches HD+(720×1640) IPS screen||6.6-inches Full-Full-HD+(1080x2340p) IPS LCD screen|
|CPU (GPU)||2.3GHz Snapdragon 720G and Adreno 618 GPU||2.35GHz Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 CPU and PowerVR GE8320 GPU||2.35GHz Mediatek MT6765V Helio P35 CPU and PowerVR GE8320 GPU|
|64GB ROM, 4GB RAM (UFS 2.1)||64/128GB ROM, 4/6GB RAM (eMMC 5.1)||64GB ROM, 4GB RAM (eMMC 5.1)|
|Main Camera||Quad: 48 + 8 + 5 + 2 MP back (dual-LED||Quad: 48 + 2 + 2 + 2 MP Back (Quad-LED||Quad: 64 + 5 + 2 + 0.3 MP Back (Quad-LED|
|Selfie Camera||16MP Punch hole selfie||16MP Punch hole selfie||16MP pup-up selfie|
|OS (UI)||Android 10 Based on MIUI 11||Android 10 Based on XOS 6.0 Dolphin||Android 10 Based on HiOS v6.0|
|Data||2G/3G/4G LTE, support Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz) & Bluetooth 5.0||2G/3G/4G LTE, support Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz) & Bluetooth 5.0||2G/3G/4G LTE, support Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz) & Bluetooth 5.0|
|Battery||5020 mAh Li-ion Battery|
(18W Fast Charging)
|5000 mAh Li-ion Battery||4000 mAh Li-ion Battery|
|Dual SIM, Fingerprint Sensor (side), USB Type-C||Dual SIM, Fingerprint Sensor (side-mounted), USB 2.0||Dual SIM, Fingerprint Sensor (Rear), Stylus Pen, USB 2.0|
|165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm (209g)||173.4 x 79 x 8.8 mm, (206g)||163.3 x 77.7 x 9.1 mm (203g)|
|Price starts at||$179 (N79,000)||$199 (—)||$259 (N95,000)|
Redmi Note 9s vs Infinix Note 7 vs Camon 15 Premier comparison summary
Redmi Note 9s takes the lead in CPU raw power and memory performance
Did you notice the row containing Antutu Benchmark scores for the three phones? The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s scored comfortably higher than the Infinix Note 7, and above twice, the score of Tecno’s Camon 15 Premier, thanks to the presence of Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G CPU, which is an 8nm chip, as against the 12nm architecture of Helio G70 and the Helio P35 counterpart.
I’ll leave out the GPU part for another day, but did you notice the added information in the memory section? The Redmi Note 9s has a more recent UFS 2.1, while the Infinix Note 7 and the Tecno Camon 15 Premier has eMMC 5.1. This, adding to the CPU/GPU is another reason why the Note 9s is, and will be faster than the competitors. The new UFS 2.1 standard has a dedicated read and write paths, allowing for full-duplex operation. This mean that UFS 2.1 can achieve two to four times the peak data transfer speed of eMMC 5.1.
Camera Prowess goes to the Camon 15 Premier, on paper of course!
On paper, the Tecno Camon 15 Premier takes the lead in the camera department. Although the three smartphones has a quad-camera setup at the back, but the Camon 15 Premier benefits from a larger 64-megapixel main shooter as against the 48-megapixel sensors on the other two.
But why did I say on paper? Because the Mediatek Helio P35, which is the CPU powering the Camon 15 Premier did not declare support for 48 MP camera sensor, how much less, a 64 MP sensor. So how Tecno mobile is able to archive a 64 MP shooter on the Camon 15 Premier still remains a mystery to me.
But if you are a videographer, and you used your phone to capture lots of videos, then the Redmi Note 9s is the way to go. The Note 9s can record videos at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30, 1080p@60, 1080p@120fps and even an impressive 720p@960fps. It even comes with gyro-EIS, which is believed to be better than OIS. All of these features are absent in the Note 7 from Infinix and the Camon 15 Premier with their claimed 64-megapixel lens.
For what is worth, the selfie sensor on the 15 Premier is larger than the other two; a 32 MP against 16 MP on the two Notes, and to add more icing to the cake, the camera pops, eliminating ugly notch or punch cutting.
One more important thing, battery and USB port
The three phones has enough battery power to carry you through a day of heavy use. The Redmi Note 9s and the Infinix Note 7 has the best offer. Aside having above 5000mAh battery, the two Notes support 18W fast charging (advertised). But while the Camon 15 Premier and the Infinix Note 7 charges via USB 2.0, the Redmi Note 9s top the chart with a USB Type-C interface.
Then Pricing and Value for money (I’ll leave out this part to you)
The Note 9s and the Note 7 are priced uniformly, starting from around $170 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage to a tipping $199 for the 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Sadly, the story is entirely different on the Camon 15 Premier. It only has 6GB RAM version pegged with 128GB internal storage, but it comes with a staggering $249 price tag.
Conclusion and personal disclaimer
So this article is written to help our readers get the best value for their money, and not to stair argument. But if you have any reasonable line of arguments, please make it constructive, and I’ll reply you. And talking about value for money, which of these phones do you think offers the best value for money?