The current hike in GST and weaker Rupee worth (in opposition to the greenback) has triggered smartphone costs in India to rise. Xiaomi’s Redmi Notice 9, which ideally ought to have began at Rs. 9,999 if we have been to go by the pricing of its predecessor, was just lately launched at Rs. 11,999. Consequently, customers on a good funds had no choice however to pay the premium or have a look at different manufacturers. To deal with this, Xiaomi has now launched the Redmi 9 Prime, which begins at Rs. 9,999 and is powered by the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC. Can the Redmi 9 Prime ship good worth on a funds? I acquired to spend a while with the Redmi 9 Prime, and listed below are my first impressions.
The Redmi 9 Prime sits beneath the Redmi Note 9 (Review) in Xiaomi’s portfolio, and from what I can inform, it seems to be the worldwide mannequin of the Redmi 9, with a special title. The Redmi 9 Prime sports activities a 6.53-inch full-HD+ show with a dewdrop notch on the prime, during which we’ve got the selfie digicam. The complete-HD+ decision show is an enormous benefit for the Redmi 9 Prime, as many of the competitors at this worth sports activities HD+ shows. The bezels across the panel are thick however this may be excused, given the worth. The show has Corning Gorilla Glass three for cover, which ought to assist forestall scratches in day-to-day use.
Xiaomi has positioned all of the buttons on the precise aspect of the machine and these are simple to succeed in. The SIM tray is on the left, and has two Nano-SIM slots and a devoted microSD card slot. You additionally get a secondary microphone and an IR emitter on the highest. The Redmi 9 Prime has a USB Kind-C port, main microphone, speaker and three.5mm headphone jack on the backside.
Xiaomi has managed to pack a 5,020mAh battery into the Redmi 9 Prime. This is similar capability because the Redmi Notice 9 and the Redmi Note 9 Pro’s (Review) batteries. This could permit for first rate battery life, however, the draw back is that the Redmi 9 Prime weighs a hefty 198g. You have a tendency to note the majority of the telephone after utilizing it for some time. Xiaomi says that the Redmi 9 Prime is able to 18W quick charging however you get a 10W charger within the field. Trying on the bundled charger and the battery capability, I think the Redmi 9 Prime will take a very long time to cost.
The again panel has a textured end, identical to the Redmi 8 (Review). There’s a round patch across the digicam module on the higher rear, which has a clean end. This design aspect is sort of just like the one on the Poco X2 (Review), which has a shiny end across the digicam module. The Redmi 9 Prime is accessible in 4 colors –Matte Black, Mint Inexperienced, Area Blue, and Dawn Flare. I’ve the Matte Black variant with me, and it seems to be extra gray than black to me.
The Redmi 9 Prime has a quad-camera setup on the again. Three digicam sensors are positioned in a vertical pill-shaped enclosure. Beneath them is the capacitive fingerprint scanner. This setup jogged my memory of the Redmi Notice Eight Professional. The fourth digicam is positioned to the precise of the principle digicam enclosure, together with the LED flash. Xiaomi has gone with a 13-megapixel main digicam coupled with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, 5-megapixel macro and 2-megapixel depth cameras.
To energy the Redmi 9 Prime, Xiaomi has picked the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC. That is an octa-core SoC with two Cortex-A75 cores and 6 Cortex-A55 cores. The smartphone is accessible in two variants: 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. These are priced at Rs. 9,999 and Rs. 11,999 respectively. I’ve the upper priced variant with me.
Xiaomi ships the Redmi 9 Prime with MIUI 11 out of the field. This tradition pores and skin is predicated on Android 10 and my unit was operating the July 2020 Android safety patch. There’s numerous bloatware pre-installed, corresponding to GetApps,which suggests varied apps that may be put in in the course of the preliminary setup course of.. Nonetheless, even after rejecting the options, I discovered a good quantity of bloatware preinstalled on the machine together with Rummy King, Zili, Mi Pay, Mi Credit score, Amazon Procuring, Fb, WPS Workplace, and some video games. Having stated that, not one of the apps on the machine are on the checklist of apps banned by the Authorities of India
The interface feels similar to what I’ve used on different Xiaomi smartphones, and in case you are upgrading from one you should have no points getting used to this. I’ll reserve my feedback on the cameras and the efficiency of the Helio G80 until I put the Redmi 9 Prime via our benchmarks and in-depth testing. Keep tuned to Devices 360 for the complete evaluation of the Redmi 9 Prime.