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Overview of the Xiaomi Redmi 9
Xiaomi Redmi 9 was launched in June of 2020. It is very similar to the Redmi Note 9 which has a higher price point. The Xiaomi Redmi 9 price in Kenya was very competitive considering the features that were added including a 1080p screen and a big battery.
Xiaomi Redmi 9 specs at a glance;
- Body: 163.3 x 77 x 9.1 mm, 198g
- Display: 6.53″ IPS LCD 400 nits, 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution
- Chipset: Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm); Octa-core CPU; Mali-G52 MC2 GPU
- Memory: 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM; eMMC 5.1; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
- OS/Software: Android 10, MIUI 11
- Rear camera: 13 MP (wide), 8 MP (ultrawide), 5 MP (macro), 2 MP (depth)
- Front camera: 8 MP (wide)
- Video capture: Rear camera: 1080p@30fps; Selfie: 1080p@30fps
- Battery: 5020 mAh, non-removable, fast charging 18W
Design and Build
The Xiaomi Redmi 9 has a glass front using Gorilla Glass 3, plastic frame and plastic back which is to be expected at its price point. The back is plastic with a camera mount at the centre which houses the quad-camera setup.
The colour options available are Carbon Gray, Sunset Purple, Ocean Green, Pink/Blue. The Xiaomi Redmi 9 is not that big of a smartphone at 163.3 x 77 x 9.1 mm in size and weighs in at 198g so it should be easy to hand even for small hands.
The screen is an average at with the current trend at 6.53″ IPS LCD with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and approximately 83.2% screen-to-body ratio. The pixels density is average at only 395ppi. The screen is bright at 400nits which should make viewing out in the sun a good experience.
User Interface and Performance
Xiaomi Redmi 9 is shipped with a custom UI, MIUI 11 which is built on top of Android 10 which should be able to upgrade to Andriod 11. It comes with a Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm) chipset with an Octa-core CPU (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55); and a Mali-G52 MC2 GPU which should be good enough for basic gaming. The Redmi 9 price in Kenya includes two variants, a 64GB with 4GB of RAM and a cheaper 32GB with 3GB of RAM. Both models have a dedicated microSDXC card slot for expandable storage needs.
The camera setup on the Xiaomi Redmi 9 consists of the main camera that is a quad with a 13 MP, f/2.2, 28mm (wide), 1/3.1″, 1.12µm, PDAF, 8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm, 5 MP, f/2.4, (macro) and a 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth). It has a LED flash that supports HDR and panorama. The selfie camera is a single 8 MP, f/2.0, 27mm (wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm which also supports HDR but no front-facing LED flashlight.
Xiaomi Redmi 9 records videos using the rear or main camera at only 1080p@30fps with no extra features. The selfie or front camera records video at 1080p@30fps.
Connectivity and Features
The Xiaomi Redmi 9 Premier comes with dual SIM slots using nano-SIM and supports dual standby which will help most usage. It also supports wireless LAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot. The Bluetooth is version 5.0 with A2DP and LE, to connect to a host of devices. Has GPS with A-GPS with GLONASS and BDS support. It also has NFC which will help in the automation of device connectivity. It supports USB Type-C 2.0 and USB On-The-Go.
The highlight of any modern smartphone features for a mid-ranger is accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass and the phone has all these options. It also comes with wireless FM Radio support so you will not need wired earphones to listen to it. It comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The Redmi 9 has a non-removable battery with a capacity of Li-Po 5020mAh which supports fast charging at 18W which Xiaomi claim can charge 50% in 30mins. It however does not support wireless charging.
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