From the last couple of months Realme and Xiaomi launching frequent budget smartphones in the Indian market. Whereas Realme brought three Realme C devices with the same Helio G35 SoC at the helm. That was quite ok, the consumers can buy according to their storage and features needs. But the case of Xiaomi, the company acts like crazy. In India, you have 5 Redmi 9 devices including the new Xiaomi Redmi 9. That’s not the Global version of Redmi which already in the Market dubbed as the Redmi 9 Prime.
It is the Indian version Redmi 9 which is inspired by the recently launched Redmi 9C in the Indonesian market. In fact, it is the Redmi 9C but with a tweak. The tweaked Redmi 9C gets more storage variant options than the Redmi 9C. While downgraded in the camera department it is now dual rear camera instead of the triple sensors. In my opinion, the global version of the Redmi 9 provides more value than the Indian version of the Redmi 9. For ₹1000 you have to sacrifices 18W fast charging, faster performance Helio G80 SoC, FHD+ resolution display, and the quad cameras. Personally I don’t feel any need of this Indian version of the Redmi 9 it’s like a foolish deal to the consumers.
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Xiaomi Redmi 9 Features and Specs
Upfront, the device is built around an HD+ resolution LCD display of size 6.53″ inch with dewdrop notch and the speaker grill on top. Besides, the screen has a 20:9 aspect ratio viewing experience alongside 400nits of peak brightness and some standard colour profiles. Underneath the notch, there you have a 5MP selfie camera sensor enhanced with AI capabilities. Around the back, we have a similar treatment as the Redmi 9C had. It has a square-shaped camera module of dual-camera sensors alongside the fingerprint scanner. The sensors are a 13MP main sensor and a 2MP depth camera sensor accompanied by the LED flash.
Under the hood, there we have MediaTek Helio G35 octa-core SoC. That combines 4XCortex-A53 at 2.3GHz & 4XCortex-A53 at 1.8GHz CPU cores fabricated in the 12nm process. Besides, it bundled with PowerVR GE8320 GPU and LPDDR4x 4GB RAM alongside 128GB onboard storage. Further, you have the option for storage expansion with the help of 2+1 card slot via a microSD card. The system on the device runs on the MIUI 12 built on the Android 10. While the system gets its fuel through a 5000mAh battery.
In terms of connectivity, the phone has dual SIM 4G LTE support alongside the single-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. The other connectivity includes a micro USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 5.0, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and other sensors including the distance sensor, GPS, etc.
Price and availability
The phone will be available in the two variants in the 4GB-64GB and 4GB-128GB storage combinations. The base variant price is set for ₹8,999 (around $123) whereas the top model is priced at ₹9,999 (around $137). While available in the three colour options to choose from Carbon Black, Sky Blue, and the Sporty Orange. No doubt the Xiaomi will conduct the flash sale for this device, anyways the next flash sale for this device is scheduled on August 31 at 12 PM IST.