Xiaomi Redmi 9T Review: It’s obvious that during the pandemic break and lockdown, Xiaomi was very busy with its Redmi line up of smartphones. And this new Redmi 9T is another device shuipped out by the company within a short time in the Redmi line up.
But, what is this phone all about and is it actually worth changing your current Redmi device to purchase this new Redmi 9T? Well, we have a full review from its camera test to battery and display.
In Nigeria, you’ll either see the 4GB RAM, 64GB or 4GB RAM, 128GB model. But in places like Pakistan, there is a 6GB RAM and 128GB of the Redmi 9T. So, what is really inside this device?
Xiaomi powered the previously released Redmi 9 with a MediaTek SoC but decide to power this new Redmi 9T with a SoC from Qualcomm. Which leaves us with the question, is this new Qualcomm chipset better than the MediaTek chipset?
We have gone through all the review and we’ll be sharing them with you below. With that said, let’s get to the review of this new phone from Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Redmi 9T Review
Xiaomi Redmi 9T Review: Design and Display
This phone maintains the 6.53 inch display, has an IPS LCD display with Full HD resolution. As far as display is concern, the display is quite big and very colorful. But there is no change from the previous Redmi 9.
It has a plastic back, plastic frame and glass front. It’s protected by a Gorilla Glass three which is nice. There is also the water drop notch where the 8MP front camera is placed.
At the back is quad rear camera that has very little bump. But this bump is not so big that it makes the device to wobble on the table.
The sides of the phone s slightly curved and the back plastic is wrapped around the frame of the phone. The power button, volume button and SIM card port are at either sides of the phone.
Then you get the USB type-C port and speaker at the bottom and the 3.5mm jack is placed at the top.
Xiaomi Redmi 9T: Battery and Software
There is a 6000mAh battery to power the device with 18W fast charge and a reverse charge feature. The battery of the device can last you up to 18 hours screen on time.
But the narrative is different when you are playing games, streaming online with 4G network turned on. At this rate of usage, you’ll get about 10 hours before you drain the battery. Good news is, you can also quickly charge the battery.
In the software category, the phone runs Android 10 out of the box paired with Xiaomi EMIUI skin software. You’ll get a pretty smooth user experience when using the device.
Xiaomi Redmi 9T: Chipset, CPU and Performance
The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset. Well, this chipset is a middle level chipset from Qualcomm. It’s not even on same performance level as the MediaTek Helio G80 used in the previously released Redmi 9.
So, it’s fair to say in the chipset category, the Xiaomi Redmi 9T is more of a downgrade of the Xiaomi Redmi 9. We have conducted a comparison test between the Redmi 9T and Redmi 9 and without surprise, the Redmi 9 won.
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When it comes to playing of games and graphics, the phone can do quite alright. While the phone will have difficulty playing those heavy games, it can play middle class heavy games.
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It’s octa core processor and 4G network is a very good combo to speed up internet connectivity for users of this phone.
Xiaomi Redmi 9T: RAM and Camera
There is 4GB of RAM in most regions but Xiaomi launched a 6GB Ram variant in Pakistan. Its internal storage is 64GB or 128GB with option for storage expansion via microSD card.
It’s time we tell you a little about our experience with the camera of this phone.
You’ll get a 48MP main camera, 8MP Ultrawide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor at the back. And an 8MP front camera for selfie.
If there is anything, this phone gives you the option to take photos like a Pro. You have lots of camera options to play with. But, the photos from the main camera might seem a little bit over saturated to some persons.
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And also, when you attempt to zoom up to 10x the photo becomes just terrible. The 8MP ultrawide captures wider areas and its really dope.
As for video, you get to enjoy shooting videos at 1080p. With no OIS or gyro-EIS available, you have to try and keep your hands steady to get the best photos or videos.
From our review of the Redmi 9T, it’s fair to say that it’s not the best upgrade to the Xiaomi Redmi 9. The only major upgrade is the 48MP main camera and increased 6000mAh battery.
When it comes to SoC, display, CPU, GPU, gaming and user experience, the older Redmi 9 is better in some areas. Point is, if you are choosing to buy between these two for the first time, you should buy the Redmi 9T but if you already own the Redmi 9, there is no need to change or upgrade to the Xiaomi Redmi 9T.
So, this is the review of the Xiaomi Redmi 9T and it’s not the best upgrade to the Redmi 9. If it’s any consolation, the Redmi 9T will be getting frequent updates from Xiaomi.