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The Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime 64GB is a significantly better phone than the realme Narzo 20A (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime 64GB!

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime 64GB  realme Narzo 20A (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi 9 realme Narzo 20A
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Excellence Score
32.7
27.4
Value for Money Score
83.9
73.7
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 9,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Sep, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.53 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek Helio G80Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #45 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G52 MC2 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP 12MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 28mm Focal Length; 1/3.1" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 118-degree Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Lens, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 5P lens; PDAF, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 4x Digital Zoom, Super Nightscape, Panoramic, Expert, Timelapse, Portrait Mode, HDR, AI Beauty, Filter, Chroma Boost
Secondary Camera 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 4.0, Portrait mode, HDR, Screen Flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Palm shutter f/2.0 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Timelapse, Panoramic, AI Beauty, HDR, Filter
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes (Wireless) Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.1 mmThick 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 198 gmHeavy 195 gmHeavy
Width 77.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 5020 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Striking, shade shifting rear design - the Redmi 9 Prime's looks similar to the more expensive Poco X2 with its quad-camera arrangement in a circular patch
  • The front is the routine, dew-drop notch with decent bezels
  • The fingerprint scanner is on the back and it is fast and reliable
  • The textured back of the Redmi 9 feels great in the hand and provides excellent grip
  • Sharp, vibrant, and vivid 6.53-inch full HD+ IPS display - keeping the price-point of the phone in mind, Redmi 9 Prime offers a pretty good display
  • MIUI 11 is as feature rich as ever, the overall interface on the phone is quite smooth and user friendly - Android 10 is running beneath all the jazz
  • Very good performance from the new MediaTek G80 chipset (similar to the Snapdragon 712) - the phone smoothly handles day-to-day task with ease and heavy games like PUBG Mobile run reasonably well
  • Decent quad-camera setup - a 13MP main, an 8MP ultra-wide, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The photos from the main camera are good for this budget class
  • The ultra-wide camera is among the better ones at this price and captures more of the scene easily
  • The macro camera puts out decent close-ups if you get the distance right with its fixed focus lens
  • The portraits are detailed, and the blur is convincing thanks to the dedicated depth sensor
  • Decent selfies from the 8MP front camera - portrait mode is available for selfies too, and it is as competent as a single fixed-focus camera can be
  • Excellent battery life with the 5020 mAh cell - with regular use, the Redmi 9 Prime easily lasts through two days of use
  • Redmi 9 Prime is a great option for people looking for a phone with decent gaming performance, good display, and solid battery life at an affordable price
  • Catchy, elegant 'V-pattern' rear design - the V-design at the back with a smooth texture gives the device a good look
  • Trendy, tear-drop notch front design - the bezels on the sides are thin for smartphones at this price
  • The 20:9 aspect ratio makes the smartphone tall and slim, so it's relatively comfortable to hold and use
  • The fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and works well, so does the Face Unlock
  • The weight is evenly distributed, the device doesn't feel too heavy to hold
  • Large, 6.5 inch IPS display with HD+ resolution - the colors are vibrant with a decent amount of sharpness
  • Sunlight legibility is decent - the display gets bright enough for comfortable outdoor use
  • The Narzo 20A comes with Realme UI based on Android 10 which is much more streamlined and clean compared to previous realme phones - it still packs a lot of useful features like Dark Mode, Focus mode, Game Space and Personal Information Protection
  • Decent triple camera setup for the price - a 12MP primary shooter + a 2MP depth sensor + a 2MP ‘retro’ unit
  • The primary camera can take nice pictures in good lighting conditions, the colour accuracy is good and the dynamic range and sharpness are also decent enough and for a phone at this price
  • There's also a decent Macro mode which lets you get very close to the subject (focusing at a close distance could be an issue though)
  • The portrait shots also come out good and they are usable for most scenarios
  • Decent video recording quality, with a option to shoot slow-motion videos
  • Impressive battery life with a big 5000 mAh battery - it lasts for two full days on a single charge with moderate usage
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The display has average sunlight legibility and you’d have to keep the brightness all the way up for more clarity
  • It packs in plenty of bloatware, so you can get strange notifications and ads, which is annoying
  • Average low-light photos, the camera struggles to get the exposure right
  • Charging is a bit slow - the 10W charger included in the box tops up the Redmi 9 Prime in 2 hours and 48 minutes
  • There is no Widevine L1 certification which means that you cannot enjoy HD content on Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • There's still some bloatware that comes pre-installed
  • Poor performance from the Snapdragon 665 SOC - opening up apps, scrolling through the interface, heading to settings, or even just going through the list of apps is a painfully slow process - the performance of the phone is pretty disappointing to the extent that this could be one of the worst-performing phones in some years
  • Low light photos are average, as expected, they lack detail and aren't very sharp
  • Selfies are average too with inaccurate colour tone and low sharpness and details - the portrait selfie is not very consistent either
  • Still offers the old MicroUSB, while the competition has started offering USB Type-C in the budget segment
  • Charging is on the slower side with the 10W charger - it takes over 3 hours to charge the smartphone completely
  • The Realme Narzo 20A offers a good display, new design, and excellent battery life, however, the performance lets you down big time - with Realme Narzo 20A letting you down even with basic apps and day to day usage, it is difficult to recommend this phone to anyone
Expert Reviews
  1. The Redmi 9 Prime is an excellent budget phone that seems easy to recommend
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It's hard to find a better phone at this price point
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The full-HD+ display and the big battery give this phone an edge over the competition
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Redmi 9 Prime strikes a good balance between style, battery, and performance
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Redmi 9 Prime's performance for its price point is very Note-worthy!
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you are a gamer on a tight budget, Redmi 9 Prime makes for a value for money package
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. The Realme Narzo 20A is a phone that offers excellent battery life, good design and display... though, when it comes to the performance, it fails miserably
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A rather middling experience
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Realme Narzo 20A seems to be a decent smartphone but software needs an update... as of now, it is buggy and shows signs of lagging
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
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