Beijing-based smartphone company Xiaomi to launch latest low-cost smartphone, Xiaomi Redmi 9. It succeeds the Redmi 8 and will be available on several retail platforms from July. The company has yet to provide official information regarding the entry-level Redmi 9 series, and the official launch date is still unknown.
Specifications for the Xiaomi Redmi 9
Despite this, Xiaomi shared some details about the smartphone via a poster describing the date of sale and other essential aspects. In addition, the smartphone has already been launched in Spain, which facilitates access to information on its specifications, features and price.
The phone will be available in three colors: carbon gray, ocean green and sunset purple, allowing you to feel a little artistic by personalizing the phone.
Xiaomi Redmi 9 will run on Android 10 and MIUI 12 for smooth operation of the device. MIUI brings many changes, but you will face a pre-installed bloat, which you will not be able to get rid of.
It will run on a MediaTek Helio G80 2Ghz octa-core processor, which guarantees a smoother experience and a smooth response time. The G80 processor can handle heavy tasks such as gaming without worrying about operating speed. It has a Mali-G52 MC2 GPU for graphics management.
There are different variants of RAM and device storage. The first variant is the 3 GB of RAM + 32 GB of storage, which is the cheapest, the second variant is the 4 GB of RAM + 64 GB of storage, the third variant is the 4 GB of RAM + 128 GB of storage , and the last variant is 6 GB + 128 GB.
In addition, there is an expandable card slot if you want to expand the integrated storage up to 512 GB. Note that the RAM and storage variants of this smartphone are different from country to country.
The phone has a vertically aligned camera for taking spectacular photos with ease. The rear camera is equipped with a 13MP wide angle camera with f / 2.2 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide angle camera with f / 2.2 aperture, a 5MP macro camera with f / 2.4 aperture and a 2MP depth sensor with autofocus.
It has a fascinating depth of field bokeh effect for perfect portraits and a field of view of around 118 degrees. Other features of the rear camera include the kaleidoscope, wide angle, macro and portrait mode.
The front camera is 8 MP with an f / 2.0 aperture and a field of view of approximately 77.8 degrees. The wide-angle setup captures additional details, giving you impressive photos. Other features of the front camera include HDR, palm shutter, screen flash, self-timer and portrait mode.
Regarding video, Xiaomi Redmi 9 does not disappoint and can capture videos at maximum in Full HD 1080p @ 30fps. Unfortunately, there is no better video recording mode other than 1080p, that’s about it.
It has a 6.53 inch dynamic IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, which is FHD + (Full HD plus) resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. This gives users a more interactive experience compared to its predecessor, the Redmi 8, which had an HD + screen. It has 395 PPI (pixels per inch), a maximum brightness of 400 nits and an aspect ratio of 19: 5: 9. This makes it easier to read the text and the videos are clearer.
The phone has a teardrop screen design that includes the camera, allowing you to see more at the same time, giving you an immersive experience. The screen has the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect it from damage.
The phone is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery with a huge capacity of 5020 mAh, which can last up to 2 days in moderate use. In addition, it supports Quick Charge TM 3.0 and 18W fast charging. However, the company only provides a maximum 10W output charger in the box.
This means that users who wish to use the fast charge capabilities will need to purchase a compatible charger.
In addition, it has a standard USB Type-C reversible connector port for charging and data transfer. This means that the phone will take less than 2 hours to fully charge. You can play games, browse the Internet, listen to music, or watch movies without worrying about battery drain.
Dual Sim capacity / connectivity
The phone has a 2 + 1 card slot design that can accommodate two SIM cards and a dedicated microSD card. It supports 4G / 3G / 2G network type and VoLTE HD SIM calls. However, there is no 5G support. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth v5, Wi-Fi Direct, FM radio, GPS, 4G VoLTE and Wi-Fi 802.11.
Height and weight
The phone is 163.32 mm long x 77.01 mm wide x 9.1 mm thick. It is a bit heavy since it weighs about 198 grams. The smartphone has a solid body made up of adherent plastic panels with a plastic back and plastic side frames.
Price and availability
The 3 GB + 32 GB variant has already been introduced in Spain and costs around $ 169. The 4 GB + 64 GB variant costs around $ 203. The launch price of the phone depends on the market / region. In addition, customers who pre-order are likely to buy the phone at a much lower price. The device is already available in Spain, but no official launch schedule is planned for other regions / countries at the moment.
The phone supports play mode, standard mode, sunlight mode and color temperament adjustment. It has a rear fingerprint scanner under the network of vertical cameras that allows you to wake up your phone at the touch of a button at any time.
In addition, it supports the unlocking of the AI face. A large 0.7CC speaker amplifies the audio output. In addition, it has an ambient light sensor, an IR blaster, a distance sensor, a vibration motor and an electronic compass. The device supports NFC, which allows wireless payments via mobile phones.
The final verdict
Xiaomi Redmi 9 is an economical smartphone that is well suited to the needs of an average smartphone user and an avid gamer. The FHD + screen makes impressive visuals with a lot of clarity even if it is not an AMOLED screen.
Xiaomi Redmi 9 has a bunch of upgrades compared to its predecessor. It is rare to find an economical phone with a Type C port, an IR blaster and NFC support. The camera specifications may be a bit oversold, but the handset is still capable of taking good photos.
The battery life is incredible, so a lot of power. It has a premium design but a big phone based on the 6.5 inch screen. However, it lacks an IP-level seal that prevents damage if your device trips over water.
Having fast charging features on an economical phone is impressive, but the fact that the fast charger is not included in the box is quite disappointing. In the end, there are many reasons that make Xiaomi Redmi 9 a budget phone.