Xiaomi has finally launched the Redmi 9 in India. Xiaomi’s strategy seems to just bombard the market with new phones at regular intervals, seldom giving a thought to most of its decisions. The strategy though successful is caveman-ish and should be met with a little more thought and research. The device will go up against the Realme C12 and C15 in India.
To recall, Xiaomi earlier launched its Redmi 9 global variant in the country as a rebranded Redmi 9 Prime. The Indian version of the Redmi 9 is basically a rebranded Redmi 9C, with a different camera module.
The Redmi 9 sports a 6.53-inch HD+ display with a water-drop style notch on the top and a resolution of 1600×720 pixels. It features an Aura Edge design on the back. The display is not Full HD which is by now a standard in most smartphones, irrespective of the price.
The device is powered by the MediaTek Helio G35 processor (basically the P35), which the company claims is better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor that we saw in the Redmi 8 which is quite speculative since the G35 chip is extremely common in low end smartphones and it is not that fast.
The device comes with 4GB of RAM paired with 64GB/128GB of internal storage expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card. This feature is probably the only saving feature of the device but it doesn’t make up for the other things which lack.
The device runs Google’s latest Android 10 operating system with the company’s own MIUI 12 skin on top. This is the company’s first smartphone to come with MIUI 12 out of the box in the Indian market. The MIUI 12 interface however runs way too many ads with barely any features, bombarding the user with advertisements which are also sometimes of a vulgar nature to a certain group of elderly users.
All of this is backed by a 5,000mAh battery with support for 10W charging. The device features a Type-C charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also comes with a P2i coating to repel water. For security, the device features a capacitive fingerprint sensor on the back. It also comes with a 2D Face Unlock feature. The device features a dual camera setup, consisting of a 13MP primary sensor paired with a secondary 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the device features a 5MP sensor for taking selfies. The cameras are substandard and pose as a quad camera in order to give it a premium look.
The phone offers nothing more others than decent battery and a decent RAM to storage ratio. There are other smartphones under the Rs. 10,000 mark that perform better and offer more. The Redmi 9 Prime would be a far better option with a price difference of only Rs. 1,000. The purpose of launching the Redmi 9 is unclear priced just at Rs. 1,000 less than the Redmi 9 Prime. The phone over all has an artificial feel to it and feels like a toy of sorts.
Pricing and Availability
It will be made available in three colour options: Sky Blue, Sporty Orange and Carbon Black. The device is priced at Rs 8,999 for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant and at Rs 9,999 for the 4GB RAM/128GB storage variant. It will be made available starting August 31 via Amazon, Mi.com, Mi Home Stores and partner offline stores.