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Redmi 9 Review

Redmi 9 Review

Budget king with NFC and Helio G80

Xiaomi’s Redmi sub-brand has released a new budget smartphone called Redmi 9.

If you look at the technical component of the smartphone Redmi 9, you can see several unusual solutions. This is the presence of a processor from Mediatek – Helio G80. Also, the new Redmi smartphone received a 6.53-inch screen with Full HD resolution, NFC, Android 10 software, quad main camera, and a large battery capacity of 5020 mAh with fast charging at 18 watts.

Redmi 9: Specifications

Display: 6.53 inches IPS with 1080 x 2340 pixels
CPU: Mediatek Helio G80 Octa Core 2.0 GHz
GPU: Mali-G52 MC2
RAM: 3/4GB
Internal memory: 32/64GB
Memory extension: up to 256GB
Cameras: 13MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP main camera and 8MP front camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and GPS
Battery: 5020 mAh
OS: Android 10
Connections: Type-C
Weight: 198 grams
Dimensions: 163.3 x 77 x 9.1 mm

In the box

When you open the box, you are greeted by an envelope with a SIM needle, instructions, and a silicone transparent black case. Below is the smartphone itself in the transport film, Type-C charging cable, and a 10W power adapter.


The appearance of Redmi 9 has changed only on the rear panel, the front surface has remained the same. This is a large 6.53 inch IPS screen with Full HD resolution.

The device is made without any innovations since the front camera is located in a small waterdrop notch. 

In the screen menu settings, a standard function for adjusting the color gamut, brightness is available, and even there is a night mode and a reading mode.

As practice has shown, brightness will be sufficient even during use in sunny weather. Of course, the screen quality is quite high and I like the availability of full Full HD resolution.

The backside of the smartphone is made of corrugated matte plastic by which you can distinguish Redmi 9 from other brothers. The design of the camera is a bit like the Redmi K30 with the same round outline around the main camera.

The main camera combines quad modules, there is also an LED flash and a fingerprint scanner.The fingerprint scanner since it works quickly and clearly.

On the upper edge of the smartphone, there is an additional microphone and an infrared sensor. The lower edge received the main speaker, microphone, Type-C port, and headphone jack.

On the left side of the case, there is a full-fledged slot for dual nano-SIM cards and a memory card. The right side has a volume rocker and a power button.

The dimensions of the smartphone are 163.3 x 77 x 9.1 mm and weigh about 198 grams. In the hand, the smartphone lies well and thanks to the ribbed back cover, it just does not slip out of the hands.

The build quality is at a high level, there are no any creaks and all the buttons are pressed with good responsiveness. 

Performance and Software

Redmi 9 received a completely new processor from MediaTek called Helio G80. It runs on 12-nanometer technology and has eight cores. Two Cortex-A75 cores operate at a frequency of 2.0 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores with a frequency of 1.8 GHz.

In addition, the Helio G80 processor works in conjunction with the Mali-G52 MC2 graphics chipset. In terms of games, the smartphone performed well even in heavy games. 

FPS in the game PUBG Mobile is approximately 30 frames per second, but there are also subsidence up to 24 frames per second. The performance of the Helio G80 processor is quite high, as for its price.

Redmi 9 received 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. Also, the device has a younger configuration with 3 and 32 GB of memory. The read speed was about 290 Mbps, and the write speed was 117 Mbps.

The smartphone received the tenth version of Android, which is controlled by the user interface of MIUI 12.

Smartphone control is typical like most other devices from Redmi.The user interface works smartly and opens even complex applications quickly.

Another important point to note is the availability of wireless. Redmi 9 received Bluetooth 5.0 version, GPS support, and the most important thing on board is the NFC module. 


Currently, you will not be surprised at the presence of quad modules in the main camera. Even the budget smartphone Redmi 9 has quad-camera modules. The main module is 13 megapixels.

The second 8-megapixel module is an ultra-wide sensor with a capture angle of 118 degrees. The quality of the photos is not the best, but for its price category – good.

The third and fourth modules are 5 and 2 megapixels for macro and bokeh, respectively.

I would like to note that the quality of the main module gets very warm photos with a yellow tint. But photos in ultra-high mode are obtained with a blue tint.


Considering that large battery capacity of 5020 mAh is installed inside the Redmi 9 case, one should not expect high battery life.

For example, during video watching on YouTube in 30 minutes was discharged by 7%, and in the game PUBG Mobile – 10% at the maximum brightness level. This is not surprising since it uses a large screen with Full HD resolution, and the processors from MediaTek are not famous for their endurance.

For half an hour, charging through a standard 10W power adapter was about 19%. Although the smartphone has support for fast charging with 18 watts, you will have to buy an adapter separately.


Redmi 9 is an almost perfect budget smartphone that has received many useful features and functions.

High resolution and brightness of the screen will allow you not to worry about your eyesight, but battery life will not be so high. The quality of the photos is good for its price. And the main advantage is the presence of an NFC module. 

Xiaomi Redmi 9 6.53 inch 4G Smartphone Global Version



and a global version with NFC and 4+64GB:

Xiaomi Redmi 9 6.53 inch 4G Smartphone NFC Global Version



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