Is the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max made in India?

Jul 31, 2023
Aarav Khatri
Is the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max made in India?

Origin of Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: A Brief History

Now, you and I both know the Redmi Note series needs no introduction. But, can you guess where it originated? Well, the Redmi Note series basically crashed the smartphone market with a big boom in July 2014. It was born and raised in Beijing, China but don't you dare start having second thoughts about its efficacy. And oh, don't worry this isn't going to turn into a lecture on smartphone anthropology.

All you really need to know is that the journey from the first Redmi Note to the Note 9 Pro Max has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride. But hold onto your desis because the answer to our million-dollar question – “Is the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max made in India?” is nestled right here in the folds of this ride.

Redmi in India: An Unseen Chemistry

Redmi and India – it's like the perfect love story, a mobile-brand version of Shah-Rukh Khan and Kajol, if you will. I mean, come on, we've all had that one friend who won't shut up about his latest Redmi device. Or maybe that friend is you, but I mean who am I to judge, right? Anyone on this side of the subcontinent will testify to Redmi's massive popularity, almost akin to a Bollywood superstar.

The very first Redmi phone was introduced to the Indian market in July 2014, yes the same year it was launched, and boy oh boy, it was love at first sight for us Indians. The phone presented promising tech at unbelievably affordable prices. And, with time, Redmi only got better and sexier with its Note series and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is nothing but a testament to it.

“Made in India”: A Closer Look

Now, let’s get to the meaty part. Here’s the bombshell – yes, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is, indeed, made in India, or at least most of it is. But wait, before you start dancing the bhangra or chanting “Jai Hind”, there are some nuances you must understand here. Even though Redmi is a Chinese brand, it has been contributing significantly to the Indian job market with its “Make in India” initiative.

Xiaomi India, the parent company of Redmi, has over 7 manufacturing plants spread across the country. Isn't it fascinating how an international smartphone company can make such a significant contribution to our country's economy? However, "Made in India" does not really mean that every nook and corner, every screw and bolt of the device is Indian. While the assembly and packaging of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max take place right here on Indian soil, key components are imported from other countries, primarily China.

The Chinese Heart in an Indian Body

So, it's kind of like having a foreign heart transplanted into an Indian body. Sure, this may sound a bit far-fetched, but bear with me. The intrinsic brain, the chipset, of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, for instance, is more often than not, imported. But, once it reaches here, it's swaddled in a 6.67-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, housed safely inside a shiny Gorilla Glass 5 body and powered by an Indian-assembled 5020mAh Li-Po battery, and voila, it metamorphoses into a "Made in India" phone.

The same applies to other high-end components like the camera setup and advanced sensors, for which India still relies on imports. So, in a nutshell, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is like an Indo-Chinese dish – seems Indian, tastes Indian, but has a Chinese flavor that you just can't ignore.

Raw Truth, Bold Statement: This is my Take!

You might ask why this quirk of manufacturing matters. Well, it definitely is important for the consumers who want to support local businesses and contribute to the Indian economy, every time they make a purchase. In this age, where we're being encouraged to embrace Vocal for Local, this whole "Made in India" aspect takes on a whole new meaning.

While for most, a phone might just be a means to play Candy Crush or to scroll through Instagram, for others, like me, it's about making a statement. And that's why this local boy, sitting in Melbourne and typing on a keyboard to an invisible audience, will tell you that the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is made in India – not completely, but significantly enough for it to matter.

On a lighter note, did I tell you about the time Lilo, my bearded dragon, sent a tweet from my Redmi Note 9 Pro Max? She ended up ordering crickets from my Amazon cart! Makes you wonder who the real cricket addict is in this house? Me or Lilo?