Xiaomi Redmi 9 128GB  +1 variation

price₹ 9,399 onwards

launchAug, 2020


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 Redmi 9 (India) is the same phone as Redmi 9C (International)

2-Minute Review

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  • Well-built, sturdy design - the unique matte-finish ridged pattern at the back looks really nice
  • The front carries a dew-drop notch with decent bezels, which works for the price
  • The textured back surface feels grippy and doesn't attract fingerprints
  • The back has a fingerprint reader that works accurately and fast (though, the face recognition isn't very quick)
  • It doesn't feel too thick or heavy even though it measures around 9mm and weighs 194g


  • Good 6.53-inch IPS HD+ display - the viewing angles and colours are pretty good, better than those of the Realme C12 and C15
  • The brightness is also adequate (though, it could have been better)


  • MIUI 11 is as feature rich as ever, the overall interface on the phone is user friendly - Android 10 is running beneath all the jazz
  • It packs in plenty pre-installed bloatware, the ads are still here, it isn't the perfect user experience


  • Decent entry-level performance from the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC - good for day-to-day tasks and can handle a bunch of light to medium apps at once (though, there's some noticeable stutter in the animations and opening apps at times)


  • Decent dual cameras for the price - a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The quality of photos from the main camera is decent, given enough light - shots came out looking crisp and vivid
  • Portrait mode works fairly well, even for objects
  • The 5MP selfie camera can produce decent selfies during the day - photos maintain good color, and exposure levels
  • The Redmi 9 really struggles in low light - details are generally weak when shooting at night
  • Video quality is strictly average


  • Very good battery life - easily able to go about a day and half or even longer, on a single charge
  • The phone doesn't support fast charging and an hour of charge could only fill the battery to 40-percent charge


  • The Redmi 9 doesn't have any singular standout feature which it can lean on to differentiate itself and command a premium - it is easily outperformed by competition, including Xiaomi’s own Redmi 9 Prime, for just money, you end up getting a much better overall device in the 9 Prime

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  1. Better off with other alternatives
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  2. The Redmi 9 is easily outperformed by the competition
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Xiaomi Redmi 9 128GB Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android version
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.53 inches
Screen Resolution720x1600 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignDewdrop Notch
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • Sunlight Mode
  • Reading mode
  • Color temperature adjustment
  • Standard mode
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor2.3 GHz, Octa Core, Mediatek Helio G35Ranked #68 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUPowerVR GE8320
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 512 GB
Battery Capacity5000 mAh
Weight196 gmHeavy
Thickness9 mmThick
Width77.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Primary Camera13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 28mm Focal Length; PDAF
  • 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor
Secondary Camera5MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • f/2.2 Aperture
  • 1.12um Pixel Size
  • AI Beautify 5.0
  • HDR
  • Screen flash
  • Selfie timer
  • Face recognition
  • Portrait selfies
  • Palm shutter
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFi DirectYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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