We have seen lots of smartphones this year and almost every single budget smartphone is expensive as compared to 2019. Whether you buy Redmi, RealMe, or Samsung, every single company has increased phone prices. Now, in-between this, recently Redmi has launched the Redmi 9 Prime in India.
Update September 8, 2020: I don’t know what to say, I’m just gonna say it, POCO M2 just launched in India at Rs 10,999. By the way, this is a rebrand version of Redmi 9 Prime with 2GB extra Ram, also an 18W charger is included in the box. Now you can skip the Redmi 9 Prime and go with POCO M2.
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I feel that Redmi 9 Prime is the best phone you can buy for under Rs 10,000 in India because right now, we don’t have any other good option to go with but if you can go above 10k then there are lots of choices.
If you want to buy Redmi 9 Prime and still, if you’re confused then this will help you to decide whether Redmi 9 Prime is for you or not?
Redmi 9 Prime India Price
Redmi 9 Prime India price starts from Rs 9,999 for 4GB of Ram and 64GB storage but if you want more storage then there is also a 4GB Ram and 128GB storage variant which is priced at Rs 11,999 in India. The Redmi 9 Prime is available in Space Blue, Mint Green, Matte Black, Sunrise Flare colour options.
You can buy Redmi 9 Prime from Amazon India website and Mi.com/In. Now let’s jump into the Review…
Also Read: Top 10 Mobiles under Rs 10000 in India
Redmi 9 Prime Display Quality
- 6.53 inches FHD+ Display
- 60Hz refresh rate
- 1080 x 2340 pixels resolutions
- 163.3 x 77 x 9.1 mm Dimensions
The good thing happens this year is most of the budget smartphone come with FHD+ display and Redmi 9 Prime also has FHD+ display with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolutions, the phone has LCD but I’m not complaining because let’s be practical, no company will give you good cameras, processor and AMOLED below 10k.
Redmi 9 Prime has a waterdrop notch which is outdated because most of the phone comes with a punch-hole display but that won’t problem for many people, so nothing to worry about.
Redmi or you can say, Xiaomi has used Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect the front display which is also outdated but hey, this is under Rs 10,000 phone, so you can’t expect Gorilla Glass 5. Overall, there won’t be any problem with the display.
The phone also has 400 nits brightness which means you can use Redmi 9 Prime under the sunlight without any problem, you will able to see the screen and also, you can play games like PUBG Mobile or even COD Mobile under the sunlight and you won’t have any issues.
Overall, the display quality is very good under Rs 10,000. Also, the phone has a 6.53-inches display which is huge, so it’s going to be good for playing games or watching movies.
Talking about media, the Redmi 9 Prime also has support for Widevine L1 which means you can watch Movies in FHD+ on the OTT platform.
Redmi 9 Prime Build Quality & Design
- Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic back, plastic frame
The Redmi 9 Prime has a plastic back and plastic frame that means the build quality is not that great but considering the price tag, it’s not that bad. Also, if you see very closely then you will see the huge bottom bezel, so I think Redmi could have provided thin bottom bezels.
Overall, I’m not complaining about build quality because the phone is priced below 10k and whatever you’re getting is value for money. It’s not like, they have provided very cheap quality plastic.
Redmi 9 Prime OS
- MIUI 11 on top of Android 10
- Redmi 9 Prime will get MIUI 12 update
- MIUI has ads
The only thing I don’t like is MIUI and I’m not saying MIUI is bad but the ads you get with the OS is bad. Whether you want to see ads or not, it doesn’t matter, Redmi will show you ads somehow.
The UI is smooth and fluid, there won’t be any problem in performance. Also, recently Xiaomi has improved the OS and this is the reason, the OS is quite simple to use. The Redmi 9 Prime is running on MIUI 11 based on Android 10 and the phone will get Android 11 and MIUI 12 updates very soon.
Redmi Note 9 Prime Cameras
- 8MP front camera
- 13MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP rear camera setup
- Both the camera can shoot video up to [email protected]
There are not big numbers in cameras, so don’t think, the cameras are not that great. I have said many times, bigger sensors don’t mean, good picture quality. Mobile companies need to optimized the cameras, to give the best possible results.
Let me clear one thing for you, that ultra-wide lens and other two depth and the macro lens won’t give you the best image quality.
You see, when you use the ultra-wide lens, the sensor will capture more area and that’s why the phone needs a bigger sensor in the budget segment because most of the mobile companies don’t optimize the camera before launch.
Having a bigger ultra-wide lens will provide better image quality and the image won’t lose the colours and details.
Now let’s end the TEDx talks. Coming to Redmi 9 Prime, the phone does have a good camera setup but doesn’t expect the ultra-wide lens to be top-notch. Considering the price tag, Redmi 9 Prime has a decent camera setup, you won’t have any problems while taking images.
Now, I gonna stop here and you can see some of the images taken by Redmi 9 Prime down below…
Redmi 9 Prime Performance
- MediaTek Helio G80 SoC
- Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU
- Mali-G52 MC2 GPU
MediaTek does make good processors but it’s only good for the budget segment, the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC is also a good processor and I think this is the best you’re getting below 10k in India.
You can also play games like PUBG Mobile or COD Mobile in high graphics but the performance won’t be very good, so I would say, just play in balance or smooth mode. In short, you can play games on Redmi 9 Prime without any problem.
Some people will say I don’t want to buy a MediaTek processor, for those people, right now, there is no good smartphone available with Qualcomm chip below 10k in India. Most of the brands are using MediaTek chip under Rs 10,000 segment. So even if you want a Qualcomm chip, there is no option available at this time.
Overall, Redmi 9 Prime has a processor, there won’t any problem with performance. You will be able to use this phone without any problem.
Redmi 9 Prime Battery Life
The Redmi 9 Prime has a huge 5,000 mAh non-removable battery with 18W fast charging support but Redmi has only supplied a 10W charger in the box. So you have to buy an 18W charger which will cost you about Rs 499.
I don’t say much about the battery in Mobile Review because it depends on user by user. The phone has a 5,000 mAh battery which will last for one day or if you’re a normal user then it could last for two days
“the battery life depends on your phone use if you every day play games for 6 hours then you need to charge a phone every 6 hours but if you’re like me and don’t use the phone very often then it will last for a day or so”
Redmi 9 Prime: Verdict
If your budget is below Rs 10,000 then without any doubt just go with Redmi 9 Prime. The phone has almost everything which normal users are looking for in the budget segment but keeps in mind, the Redmi 9 Prime has ads in the OS that mean even if you pay 10k, you will see ads somewhere on the phone.
Do I recommend Redmi 9 Prime?
Yes, I do recommend Redmi 9 Pro. Just don’t go with that 128GB variant because that doesn’t make any sense because it’s priced at 12k and if you pay 12k then just add a thousand more and go with POCO M2 Pro.
- MediaTek Helio G80 SoC Processor
- Well Priced
- Huge 5,000 mAh battery
- Bigger 6.53-inches display
- Ads in the MIUI OS
- Plastic Build
Redmi 9 Prime FAQs
Q: What is the Screen Refresh rate on Redmi 9 Prime?
A: Redmi 9 Prime has a 60Hz Screen refresh rate
Q: Does Redmi 9 Prime has wireless charging?
A: No, the Redmi 9 Prime does not have wireless charging support.
Q: What kind of glass Redmi has used on Redmi 9 Prime?
A: Redmi has used Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front side.
Q: What is the base price for Redmi 9 Prime?
A: Redmi 9 Prime is available in 4GB of Ram and 64GB storage which will cost you about Rs 9,999
Q: Where can I buy Redmi 9 Prime?
A: As of now, the phone is available on the Amazon website and Mi.com/in.
Redmi 9 Prime Full Specifications
|Specification||Redmi 9 Prime|
|Launch Date||4th August 2020|
|First Sale||6th August 2020 at 10 AM through Amazon India|
|Dimensions||163.3 x 77 x 9.1 mm|
|Display||6.53 inches FHD+ Display|
|Display Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Display Brightness||400 nits|
|Screen Refresh Rate||60Hz refresh rate|
|Build Quality||Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic back, plastic frame|
|Resolutions||1080 x 2340 pixels resolutions|
|Storage||64GB | 128GB|
|Camera (Rear)||13 MP Primary
8 MP Ultra-wide
5 MP Macro
2 MP Depth
|Video Recording (Rear)||[email protected]|
|Camera (Front)||8 MP|
|Video Recording (Front)||[email protected]|
|OS||MIUI 11 on top of Android 10|
|Chipset||MediaTek Helio G80 SoC|
|CPU||Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|Battery||5,000 mAh (non-removable)|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
|Charging Speed||Wired charging 18W ( 10W charger will be supplied in the box.)|
|Colors||Space Blue, Mint Green, Matte Black, Sunrise Flare|
|Price||4GB Ram + 64GB storage: Rs 9,999
4GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 11,999
This was my Redmi 9 Prime review with pros and cons. Still, if you have any questions then do let me know in the comment box below…
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