• Redmi 9i
  • Redmi 9i
8,299
Highlights
  • 64 GB / 4 GB RAM
  • 13 MP Primary Camera, 5 MP Front Camera
  • 6.53 inches 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~269 ppi density) Display
  • MediaTek Helio G25 (12 nm), Octa Core Processor
  • Non Removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
64GB ROM

Redmi 9i: Specs Score

  • 2.5
    Camera
  • 4
    Battery
  • 3
    Display
  • 3.5
    Value for Money
  • 3.5
    Performance
Rated at 70%
  • Display: 3/5
    Low resolution screen
  • Camera : 2.5/5
    Single camera at the rear
  • Processor : 3.5/5
    Entry-level processor optimized for gaming
  • Battery : 4/5
    Capacious battery
  • RAM : 3.5/5
    Sufficient RAM for daily use
  • Storage : 4/5
    Dedicated microSD card
  • 4G/5G : 4/5
    Lacks 5G support

Redmi 9i: Price

Redmi 9i: Review

Pros
  • Large 5,000 mAh battery
  • Dedicated microSD card slot
  • Face Unlock support
Cons
  • Low screen resolution
  • Single rear camera

Redmi 9i Design

Xiaomi has often crowded the mid-range and the budget segment. The Redmi 9i is an example of a budget smartphone under Rs. 10K. The phone features a 6.53-inch Dot Drop LCD panel with a screen resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels and an aspect ratio of 20:9. There’s a tiny waterdrop notch that houses the selfie camera, giving users plenty of screen real estate to explore. Like most devices in this segment, the Redmi 9i also packs a bulky chin at the bottom.

Redmi 9i Hardware Performance

Under the hood, the Redmi 9i packs the octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53, MediaTek Helio G25 processor paired with IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. The phone ships with 4GB RAM and 64GB default memory capacity, with an option for further expansion up to 512GB via a dedicated microSD card slot. The dual-SIM phone is capable of handling your routine smartphone tasks like social media, messaging, and so on. The efficient processor and the RAM capacity can also handle a couple of games, including battle royale ones like Free Fire.

Redmi 9i Camera Performance

For optics, the Redmi 9i packs a single 13MP camera at the rear and a 5MP selfie camera, housed in the waterdrop notch. The camera includes features like 1080p@30fps, HDR, Portrait, Panorama, AI Camera, Bokeh Mode, capable of clicking some good images, especially in daylight and good lighting. However, the camera setup on the Redmi 9i is a major let down. There are plenty of devices like the Realme C12 and the Samsung Galaxy M01 that feature triple- and dual-camera setup for a similar price tag.

Redmi 9i Important Features/Highlights

There are a few features on the Redmi 9i that are its selling points. The large 5,000 mAh battery with 10W charging support. Despite lacking fast charging technology and USB Type-C ports, the Redmi 9i can easily last a day on a single charge. The phone runs Android 10 OS with the MIUI custom skin on top, which could contain ads. Another important highlight here is that the Redmi 9i skips the fingerprint sensor and includes only the Face Unlock option. This could be an enhancement in security, but those looking for a fingerprint sensor won’t be too happy.

Redmi 9i Price-To-Specs Ratio

The Redmi 9i falls under the Rs. 10,000 category – retailing for Rs. 8,299 and is available on all major offline stores. For the asking price, the Redmi 9i is a bit of a disappointment, especially in the camera and the display categories. The Realme C12 and the Samsung Galaxy M01 are similarly priced and pack better cameras, and an even larger battery (as seen on the Realme C12).

Redmi 9i Verdict

Despite its shortcomings, the Redmi 9i has a few good factors to consider. If you’re looking for a budget smartphone under Rs. 10,000 – there are plenty of other options in the market offering more features. The Redmi 9i is specifically for Redmi fans looking for a budget phone. In that case, if buyers can extend their budget, Redmi Note 9 is a better option.

Redmi 9i: Specifications

GENERAL
Operating System Android OS, 10
Custom UI MIUI 11, upgradable to MIUI 12
Device type Phablet
Sim Dual Sim
Colours Midnight Black, Sea Blue, Nature Green
ANNOUNCED
Status Available in India
Global Release Date September, 2020
Indian Release Date 15 September, 2020
BODY
Dimensions 164.9 x 77.07 x 9 mm
Weight 194 g
DISPLAY
Screen size 6.53 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Screen resolution 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)
Touchscreen Capacitive Touchscreen
Form Factor Touch
PROCESSOR
Chipset MediaTek Helio G25 (12 nm)
CPU Octa core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU IMG PowerVR GE8320
STORAGE
Internal Storage 64 GB Storage
RAM 4 GB RAM
External Storage up to 512 GB
Card Slot microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Phonebook Unlimited
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Call Records Unlimited
CAMERA
Primary camera 13 MP Camera with LED Flash
Front Camera 5 MP Front Camera
Video Recording 1080p@30fps
Camera Features HDR, Portrait, Panorama, AI Camera, Bokeh Mode
MULTIMEDIA
Audio Player MP3, WAV, eAAC+
Video Player MP4, H.264, H.263
Games Yes
FM Radio Yes
Speakers Yes
Audio Jack 3.5mm Audio Jack
BATTERY
Type Non Removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
Talk time Up to 31 hrs
CONNECTIVITY
GPRS Yes
Edge Yes
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE
USB microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
GPS Facility with A-GPS, GLONASS
Browser HTML5
Speed HSPA, LTE
NETWORK SUPPORT
2G GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G Dual VoLTE
MORE FEATURES
Sensors Accelerometer, G-sensor, L-Sensor, P-Sensor, E-Compass
Other Features AI Face Unlock, Splash Resistance (P2i)

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How do we rate a Device?

Rating a smartphone is a tedious process and a lot of parameters have to be considered before judging the overall performance of the device such as display, camera, processor, RAM, storage, battery, and the pricing.

So, here are how these specs will affect the real-life usage of a device and why how we meticulously consider each of these points to rate a smartphone.

Camera

Cameras have evolved a lot over the last few years and multi-camera setup is a new norm. We consider various parameters like MP count, aperture size, pixel size, image stabilization to rate a camera system of a smartphone out of 5. Any device that scores more than 3.5 can take good photos and videos and if a phone scores over 4, then it will be one of the best camera smartphones in the market.

Battery

Though battery seems like an underrated feature and we look at the battery capacity, fast charging supporting technology, and even the wireless charging capability is also taken into consideration to rate smartphone's battery capability.

Display

The display is the face of a smartphone. And there are a lot of parameters like the panel technology (IPS LCD, OLED, TFT) and other parameters also taken into consideration like the resolution, pixel density, and refresh rate.

Value for Money

A smartphone could have great specs, but if it is not priced well then you might not get the best value-for-money. So, we compare a smartphone with the contemporaries to rate the value-for-money of a device out of 5.

Performance

This aspect is decided on various sub specifics, such as availability of microSD card slot, the amount of RAM the device offers, processor capability, and the network support. This parameter has more weightage when compared to other departments.

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