Despite the launch of Redmi 9A back in July, Xiaomi has unleashed yet another Redmi 9 in the family. This new edition dubbed Redmi 9i and will be joining the Redmi 9 Prime, Redmi 9, Redmi 9C and the Redmi 9A in India. As per the specification goes, it has almost no difference with the recently launched Redmi 9A. However, the new Redmi 9i offers more storage options than the Redmi 9A while the rest of the specification remains unchanged.
It is not about the name, it is about clarity. With the random launch of Redmi 9 devices, the company creating confusion among the consumers. Personally I feel there is no need for launching the same hardware specification with a new name. It could be better if the Xiaomi re-announce the phone with more storage option. Like they have been doing in the Redmi Note 9 series, introducing new colour options.
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Redmi 9i Price and Availability
The phone has officially announced and scheduled to be unleashed on September 18 at 12 noon IST. It will be available for purchase on Flipkart as well as on Mi.com through flash sales. The first flash sale will take place on September 18, with the starting price tag of ₹8,299 (around $110). The company offering the phone with two storage variants as well as three colour options to choose from Midnight Black, Sea Blue and Nature Green. The two storage variant of the phone configured in 4GB+64GB (base model) and 4GB+128GB (top model).
Features and Specs
Upfront, there you got an HD+ resolution IPS display of size 6.53″ inch while having a waterdrop notch at the top centre. Besides, the screen has a 19.5:5 aspect ratio viewing experience with the 270nits of peak brightness. Underneath the notch, there you have a 5MP selfie camera. Around the back, you got a single 13MP main shooter just above the LED flash. Both of the cameras are capable of taking 1080p videos at 30fps.
Under the hood, it has an octa-core system designed by MediaTek, the Helio G25 SoC. The SoC comes in a configuration with 4X Cortex-A53 cores at 2.0GHz & 4X Cortex-A53 cores at 1.5GHz fabricated in the 12nm process. Further, it bundled with ARM GE8320 GPU at 650MHz and 4GB RAM along with the 128GB onboard storage. Furthermore, the storage expansion support is enabled through a dedicated MicroSD card for up to 512GB. The system on the phone runs on MIUI 12 based on the Android 10 out of the box. While it gets fueled by a massive 5000mAh battery capable of charging at 10W speed.
As per the connectivity, it has dual 4G LTE/VoLTE support and single-band Wi-Fi. Whereas, the rest of the connectivity includes a MicroUSB 2.0 port, 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 5.0 and the necessary sensors including GPS, Compass etc.