Coming at a starting price of Rs 8,999 Redmi 9 Today we are going to take the test and we will see that the new smartphone will come in this price. Realme C12 And Narzo 20A How different from the phone and whether or not it can stand up to the competitors.
Redmi 9: design
The Redmi 9 is quite tall and wide, which we also felt while trying to use it with one hand. Thankfully, it doesn’t feel too thick or heavy, even though it measures around 9mm in thickness and weighs 194 grams. The power button is easy to reach, but it takes a bit of hand adjustment to reach the volume buttons, as they are above the power button. Surprisingly, Xiaomi has given a Micro-USB port in it, its previous model had a USB Type-C port.
The quality of the plastic used in it is good and the phone feels very sturdy. The Redmi 9 sports a square-shaped camera module at the back, which most brands have been adopting for some time now. There is a circular notch for the fingerprint sensor, which is a bit smaller than usual but it worked well in our usage. There is also face unlock, which was not very fast.
Redmi 9 flaunts a 6.53-inch IPS HD+ display with 720×1600-pixel resolution. Viewing angles and colors are great, definitely better than those on the Realme C12 and C15. Brightness was also adequate, although it could have been a bit high. Being a budget phone, there is no high refresh rate, but complaining about it would not be fair. There is a waterdrop notch at the top and thick bezels all around.
In the box, Redmi 9 comes with 10W charger, data cable, SIM tray ejection pin, and user guide. You don’t get any case or cover.
Redmi 9: performance
The Redmi 9 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G35 processor and the same chipset is used by the Realme C12 and C15. There are two variants of Redmi 9, both with 4 GB LPDDR4X RAM. You can choose 64 GB and 128 GB storage options, which are priced at Rs 8,999 and Rs 9,999 respectively. The flash storage type used here is eMMC 5.1. The phone also has Wi-Fi N, Bluetooth 5 and FM radio. The radio requires you to install earphones, but this was not the case with the Redmi 8.
Considering the budget nature of this phone the performance is decent. Redmi 9 runs on MIUI 12, which is based on Android 10. There were some noticeable lags in animations and there was some delay in opening apps or system menus at times. It is similar to the Realme C15, which has the same chipset and RAM.
Gaming performance was a bit weak. Games like Grand Mountain ran well, but heavy games like Asphalt 9 didn’t offer smooth framerates. Videos played fine on the phone’s display and the speaker at the bottom was quite loud.
MIUI 12’s stock apps are full of ads and fill the notification panel with unwanted alerts. A lot of apps come pre-installed, but thankfully most of them can be uninstalled.
Redmi 9: battery life
The Redmi 9 delivered satisfactory battery backup in our experience. We easily get one and a half day usage. A 5,000mAh battery is available in the phone. The Redmi 9 lasted 18 hours and 44 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is a pretty decent amount of time. However, charging this large battery takes a while. Even after an hour with the included 10W charger, the Redmi 9’s battery only reached 40 percent. This phone does not support fast charging, which is a bit disappointing.
Redmi 9: cameras
The Redmi 9 has a fairly modest setup. You get a 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a 13-megapixel primary rear camera with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The camera app offers a basic shooting mode and there is also a pro mode.
The quality of the pictures is quite average when shooting in daylight. HDR handles details well when you zoom in, but landscape shots tend to have gimmicky details. Close-up was a bit better, but exposure could have been better. Autofocus speed was fine, but not very good. Portrait mode worked quite well, even for objects.
The Redmi 9 really struggles in low light. It also took a while to lock focus on close-up subjects. The details were poor when shooting at night. Camera AI boosts exposure, but there’s no dedicated night mode to use.
The Redmi 9 can deliver usable selfies on social media during the day, but struggles to deliver good results in low light.
The video quality was also average when shooting during the day. You can capture at 1080p, but the stability sucks. While shooting videos, the camera frequently seeks focus and as expected, the quality is very poor in low light.
Redmi 9 The smartphone competes with many budget phones at a starting price of Rs 8,999, but when you have Realme Narzo 10A As for phones, it falls a bit underwhelming, as Narzo offers better hardware for almost the same money. The 128 GB storage version of Redmi 9 is priced at Rs 9,999 and it Redmi 9 Prime which offers much better performance and specifications at the same price.
We don’t think there is any special feature in the Redmi 9, which can make it stand out from other smartphones at this price point. It would have been a good option at a lower price point, but considering the recent rise in smartphone prices in the industry, we think you can go with Redmi’s or Realme’s other similarly priced options.