When it comes to releasing budget phones with amazing specs and price points then Xiaomi is the brand to beat and welcome to our Xiaomi Redmi 9t review. This phone packs quite a punch for a price below $160 for the base model with 4GB Ram and 64GB storage. There is a lot of exciting things going for the Xiaomi Redmi 9t and it kind of makes you feel like there are no flaws on this phone. But in this review, we will cover everything that is there to know about the device.
The budget segment of smartphones keeps getting competitive and there are lots of devices at different price ranges. I will also mention some worthy competitors at the end of this review so make sure you read to that part. The Redmi 9t is available globally and there is a variant with NFC in case that’s what you want. 2021 is looking to be a year where we would get a lot of smartphones at reasonable prices.
Without taking much of your time let’s get straight into the Redmi 9t review we will break it down into categories for you to better understand each aspect.
Xiaomi Redmi 9T Specifications
- Display: 6.53 IPS LCD (1080 x 2340)
- CPU: Snapdragon 662 Qualcomm SM6115
- GPU: Adreno 610
- Storage: 64/128 GB
- RAM: 4/6 GB
- Weight: 198 g
- Camera: 48MP + 2MP + 8MP + 2MP
- Selfie: 8MP
- Battery: 6000mAh
- Color Options: Sunrise Orange, Carbon Grey, Twilight Blue, Ocean Green
What’s in The Box
- 1x Xiaomi Redmi 9t
- 1x Transparent TPU case
- 18W Fast Charger
- User Guide and Manual
- USB Type C Charger
Xiaomi Redmi 9t Review – Everything You Need to Know
We have a 6.53-inch IPS LCD with 400 nits of brightness. Screen to body ratio is also 83 percent which leaves us with a reasonable number of bezels and chin. We have a 1080p resolution which means you can stream FHD contents with the Redmi 9t. one thing is we have a teardrop notch and I feel in 2021 we shouldn’t have devices with drop notches.
A punch hole would have made this device much better in terms of display. The display is visible outdoors and it brings out colors accurately while streaming or watching movies. Xiaomi was also kind enough to slap a Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the display.
Design Xiaomi Redmi 9T Review
The device is made up of plastic rear and a plastic frame and it kind of has a matte finish that I love. Fingerprints won’t be visible on the phone and it won’t scratch easily. We have a bold REDMI written on the left side while the camera doesn’t even pultrude like we have seen on most phones recently. It the classic camera arrangement we have known for a while.
We have a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that also doubles as the power key while the volume rocker is located slightly ahead of the power key on the right side of the phone. At the bottom, we have a USB type C charging point, a speaker, and a microphone. Up top, we have an IR blaster and another microphone for noise cancellation. On the left, we have the sim card and SD cardholder. Xiaomi didn’t really do so much in terms of design but there were kind enough to add a water repellent coating.
Performance and Software
We have the Snapdragon 662 that is clocked at 11 nanometers powering up this guy and if you go for the 6GB ram variant then you shouldn’t expect any lags in performance. The device handles gaming swiftly without any heating from long sessions of gaming. Scrolling through social media apps is awesome too and I must say that it offers great performance especially considering the price.
I’m still surprised as to why the device is running on android 10 and not 11. At least by now, every new 2021 android should come with android 11 outside the box. However, I know the Redmi 9t will soon get an Android 11 update. It runs on MIUI 12 and it has some bloats and ads the bloats can be removed while some can’t.
The camera here is all great except for the front-facing camera it should have been 13MP at least. We might say that this is one of the areas where compromises were made. You get decent images from the 48MP camera especially when the lighting is good. The front-facing camera however is not amazing.
Battery Xiaomi Redmi 9T review
We have a 6000mAh battery and the surprising thing is not even how long it last but how quick it charges. It supports 18W fast charging and it takes just two hours and some minutes to charge the massive 6000mah battery. When it comes to the battery the device can easily last you a whole two days and more depending on how you use it. The battery is no doubt one of the strongest points of this phone.
Conclusion on The Xiaomi Redmi 9T
Well, this device might be better than some of its competitors like the Samsung Galaxy A12 that we reviewed earlier. When it comes to performance but camera wise the Galaxy A12 might take the day. One good thing is that the device packs some heat and it is very affordable. And if it comes to the question of should you buy the phone then I will say that it depends on what you want. And if you went through this review carefully then you will know the strength of this phone.