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We are excited to see Xiaomi make its budget phones available to the wider market, and the arrival of the Redmi 9T in Europe is good news. One of the most popular and successful lineups from Xiaomi’s portfolio is making decent sales given the aggressive price point. This year, the Redmi series will have unexpected competition from none other than Xiaomi’s own Poco sub-brand. And in the case of the Redmi 9T, we have the Poco M3 in mind.
The two devices are almost identical with just a few small differences in the back design and camera selection. The Redmi 9T adds an ultra-wide snapper, an NFC chip (though still depending on the region) and boasts water-repellent coating. Of course, that means a few extra bucks for the Redmi 9T, which may be worth it if you’re looking for the specific features.
Overview of Xiaomi Redmi 9T specifications:
- Body: 162.3×77.3×9.6mm, 198g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic frame, plastic back; Water-repellent coating.
- Screen: 6.53 “IPS LCD, 400 nits (type), 1080x2340px resolution, 19.5: 9 aspect ratio, 395ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm): Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver); Adreno 610.
- Memory: 64 GB 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 6 GB RAM; UFS 2.1 – 64GB, UFS 2.2 – 128GB; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
- OS / software: Android 10, MIUI 12.
- Rear camera: Wide (head): 48 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 2.0 “, 0.8 µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2, 120 °, 1 / 4.0 “, 1.12 ;m; Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
- Front camera: 8 MP, f / 2.1, 27 mm (wide), 1 / 4.0 “, 1.12 µm.
- Video recording: Rear camera: 1080p @ 30 fps; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps.
- Battery: 6000mAh; Fast charging 18W, reverse charging 2.5W.
- Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); FM radio; Infrared port; 3.5 mm jack, NFC (market dependent).
When we put the M3 aside, the Redmi 9T still looks like a solid entry-level solution for just around € 150. interior. They are certainly hard to come across in this price segment, especially quite in a single handset.
Memory configurations are also generous, as the phone starts at 4 GB / 64 GB, and a dedicated microSD card slot (not shared) may be in storage if 64 GB is not enough for you. The chipset, on the other hand, is pretty much what you would expect from a device in this price range – the Snapdragon 662, which was announced a year ago and is built with not performance but energy efficiency in mind.
We already have a good idea of what to expect from the Redmi 9T as we have reviewed the Poco M3, but we make sure to assess the small upgrades over the M3 and if they compensate for the price difference.
Unboxing of Xiaomi Redmi 9T
The handset comes in a standard box with the usual user manuals, USB-A to USB-C cable for charging and data transfer and a charging stone rated at 22.5W but the phone covers 18W. Xiaomi often sends more powerful bricks to its budget phones because it is cheaper to manufacture a charger that can cover multiple models.
The box also contains a transparent silicone case for the phone, which we found to be quite difficult to carry. The phone fits well in it.