Redmi 9 is the latest phone in the vanilla Redmi series, which started the Redmi brand in 2013. But that has not stopped Xiaomi from including a full HD display, four camera sensors, reverse charging, corning Gorilla Glass 3, USB-C, IR blaster, a quick charging on the Redmi 9. In terms of storage, performance, and RAM, Redmi 9 differs from more expensive devices. The price itself reflects the construction with no chamfered edges, no curved display, and no fancy alloys. The overall feel is simple and there is a lot of plastic.
The phone is plastic but Xiaomi turned it into a plus point. It has an interesting circular design around the camera where Xiaomi says that it gives a sense of elegance and balance. Redmi comes is in three different colors; ocean green, sunset purple, and carbon grey where each of these gradient designs, reducing the blandness significantly. The display has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio plus 6.53-inch FHD offering a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340. The viewing angles, colors, and brightness are all good. But for the color, you can possibly adjust in the settings with “cool” and “warm” with other options alongside the default.
The Xiaomi Redmi 9 supports the sunlight mode; like when you step outside to the strong sunlight, it tries to increase the brightness and the viewability. The phone tries to increase the visibility of darker areas while stopping the lighter areas to become washed-out. MIUI is Xiaomi’s custom version that Redmi 9 uses which is based on Android 10. It includes YouTube, google maps, Gmail, Google Assistance, and Google maps. There are also MIUI-specific apps like the Theme manager, Mi Browser, and many more. And installed games like crazy juicer, bubble shooter, and many more.
Good battery life has been a concern for most smartphone users. Due to Redmi 9 not having too many features, decent battery life is essential. It also has a 5,020mAh battery that supports up to 18W Quick Charge 3.0. In the box, you will get a 10W charger that will take from 0% to 50% in 72minutes, 0% to 80% in just under two hours, 0% to full in three hours, and 0% to 25% in 38 minutes. It also supports OTG reverse charging.
The camera is above average. The portrait mode is considered to work well enough than the rear-facing camera and the pro mode, gives you manual control over settings like white balance and the ISO. The 8MP ultra-wise sensor is nice and it is great for landscapes. The wide-angle is focus fixed which limits its use in some situations.
It is right to use the smartphone with a display that has an in-built sunlight mode that is protected by the corning Gorilla Glass 3. You get a quad-camera setup with some computational photography features and a depth sensor. There is also get a potential of 18W quick charging, all-day battery life, OTG reverse charging, access to the google play store, and Android 10.