There’s been a sudden surge of price range telephone launches prior to now few months; the Redmi 9 from Xiaomi being considered one of them. This current providing is priced underneath Rs. 10,000 and is the successor to the Redmi 8 (Evaluate). The Redmi 9 offered in India should not be confused with the worldwide mannequin of the identical title, which is offered because the Redmi 9 Prime (Evaluate) over right here. The Indian model of the Redmi 9 is definitely a tweaked Redmi 9C.

With a beginning worth of Rs. 8,999, which is the variant I will be reviewing right this moment, it is time to see if the Redmi 9 is a greater choose than different current launches such because the Realme C12 and Narzo 20A.

Redmi 9 design: Holding it easy

The Redmi 9 is pretty tall and broad, which is one thing I instantly seen when attempting to make use of it with one hand. Fortunately, it does not really feel too thick or heavy regardless that it measures round 9mm and weighs 194g. The facility button is simple to achieve however the quantity buttons require a little bit of hand shuffling as they’re positioned above the facility button, on the precise facet. The triple-slot SIM tray is on the left, there is a headphone jack on the highest, and the Micro-USB port and speaker are on the underside. It is shocking to see Xiaomi return to a Micro-USB port right here, contemplating this telephone’s predecessor had a USB Sort-C port.

The Redmi 9 has a easy but pleasing design


A single plastic mould types the facet body and again panel, which lends the Redmi 9 a pleasant unibody really feel. The standard of plastics used is nice, and the telephone feels very sturdy. The Redmi 9 has a square-shaped digicam module on the again, which appears to be a current development that many Android OEMs are adopting. The textured again floor feels grippy and does not appeal to fingerprints. There is a round indent for the fingerprint sensor, which is slightly smaller than common however labored effectively in my expertise. There’s face recognition too, which wasn’t very fast.

The Redmi 9 has a 6.53-inch IPS HD+ show with a 720×1600-pixel decision. I discovered the viewing angles and colors to be fairly good; actually higher than these of the Realme C12 and C15, which I lately examined. The brightness was additionally enough though it may have been a bit increased. Being a price range telephone, there is no excessive refresh charge or any such frills. There is a dewdrop notch on the highest, and noticeably thick bezels throughout.

Within the field, the Redmi 9 is accompanied by a 10W charger, knowledge cable, SIM eject device, and person information. You aren’t getting any protecting case or headset.

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The Redmi 9 has a triple slot tray for 2 Nano-SIMs and a microSD card


Redmi 9 efficiency: Ample

The Redmi 9 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, the identical one utilized by the Realme C12 and C15. There are two variants of the Redmi 9, each with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM. You may select between 64GB and 128GB of storage for Rs. 8,999 and Rs. 10,999 respectively. The flash storage sort used right here is eMMC 5.1. The telephone additionally has Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 5 and FM radio. The latter nonetheless requires a headset as a way to work, however one isn’t bundled with the telephone. The Redmi Eight had wi-fi FM radio, which labored with no need a headset.

Efficiency is respectable, protecting in thoughts the price range nature of this telephone. The Redmi 9 runs on MIUI 12, which is predicated on Android 10. There’s some noticeable stutter within the animations and there was some delay in opening apps or system menus at instances, proper from the get go. It is much like the expertise I had with the Realme C15, which had the identical SoC and quantity of RAM. Nevertheless, benchmark scores had been constantly decrease than what Realme’s choices managed to churn out. The AnTuTu rating was 98,084 factors, whereas GFXBench returned solely round 30fps within the T-Rex check suite.

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The Redmi 9 does not supply the smoothest Android expertise, but it surely’s not horrible both


Gaming efficiency was slightly weak, besides for easy titles which did okay. Video games equivalent to Grand Mountain ran effectively however heavier ones like Asphalt 9: Legends struggled to run at a easy framerate. Movies appeared alright on the telephone’s show and the bottom-firing speaker bought fairly loud.

MIUI 12 appears to be like good and is simply as purposeful because the earlier model. Nevertheless, the inventory apps are nonetheless riddled with adverts, and now and again, these are likely to spam the notification shade with unsolicited alerts. There are additionally a bunch of preinstalled apps which clog up the house display screen, however fortunately, most of them will be uninstalled.

Redmi 9 battery life: Lasts lengthy

The Redmi 9 delivered a greater than passable battery life in my expertise. I used to be simply capable of go a few day and half and even longer in some instances, on a single cost of the 5,000mAh battery. In our HD video loop check, the Redmi 9 ran for 18 hours and 44 minutes, which is an excellent time. Nevertheless, charging this massive battery takes some time. Even after an hour with the bundled 10W charger, the Redmi 9’s battery solely bought as much as 40 %. This telephone does not help quick charging, which is slightly disappointing.

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The Redmi 9 has two cameras on the again


Redmi 9 cameras: Lacklustre

By way of optics, the Redmi 9 has a reasonably modest setup. You get a 5-megapixel selfie digicam, and a 13-megapixel main rear digicam, together with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The digicam app gives the fundamental capturing modes, plus a Professional mode for what it is value.

Picture high quality is pretty common when capturing in daylight. HDR is dealt with effectively however finer textures in panorama pictures are likely to look grainy once you zoom in. Shut-ups fared a bit higher however publicity wasn’t all the time up to speed. The autofocus pace was respectable however not nice. Portrait mode labored pretty effectively, even for objects.

Redmi 9 major digicam pattern (faucet to see bigger picture)

Redmi 9 major digicam pattern (faucet to see bigger picture)


The Redmi 9 actually struggled in low mild. It took some time to lock focus even with close-up topics. Particulars had been usually weak when capturing at night time. The digicam AI tries to spice up the publicity however there is no devoted Evening mode to make use of.

The Redmi 9 can produce usable selfies throughout the day however struggled to ship ok ends in low mild.

Redmi 9 selfie digicam pattern (faucet to see bigger picture)

Redmi 9 major digicam pattern (faucet to see bigger picture)


Video high quality was additionally strictly common when capturing in daytime. You may seize as much as 1080p footage, and it’s not stabilised. There’s fairly a little bit of focus looking when capturing movies, and as anticipated, the standard may be very poor in low mild.

Verdict: Do you have to purchase the Redmi 9?

The Redmi 9 competes with many price range telephones at its beginning worth of Rs. 8,999, however it’s kind of of a tough promote when you’ve gotten telephones such because the Realme Narzo 10A (Evaluate) which provide higher {hardware} for roughly the identical amount of cash. The 128GB storage model of the Redmi 9 is a fair harder promote at Rs. 9,999, since it’ll compete with the Redmi 9 Prime (Evaluate) which gives vastly superior efficiency and specs on the identical worth.

I do not suppose the Redmi 9 has any singular standout function which it may possibly lean on to distinguish itself and command a premium. It could have been a good choice at a lower cost, however contemplating current worth rises throughout the trade and the cutbacks that Xiaomi has made even when in comparison with the Redmi 8, I feel you would be higher off with different alternate options.

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