Redmi 9 Prime Evaluation | NDTV Devices 360


We have not seen the ‘Prime’ branding on a Redmi smartphone in a very very long time, however now Xiaomi has introduced it again with the Redmi 9 Prime. Xiaomi explains that this mannequin has been launched as a result […]

We have not seen the ‘Prime’ branding on a Redmi smartphone in a very very long time, however now Xiaomi has introduced it again with the Redmi 9 Prime. Xiaomi explains that this mannequin has been launched as a result of its Redmi Observe 9 sequence has develop into dearer as a result of GST hike and Rupee-Greenback fluctuations. The Redmi 9 Prime is priced beneath the Redmi Observe 9 sequence and begins just under the Rs. 10,000 value level. Has Xiaomi gone overboard with cost-cutting, or does the Redmi 9 Prime give you good worth for cash? I overview the brand new Redmi 9 Prime to search out out.


Redmi 9 Prime design : Practical

The Redmi 9 Prime seems to be quite a bit just like the Redmi 9, which Xiaomi has launched internationally. The cellphone sports activities a 6.53-inch show with a dewdrop notch on the high. I discovered the bezels across the panel to be acceptable given the worth of this smartphone. The cellphone is thick because it packs an enormous 5,020mAh battery, and likewise ideas the scales at 198g. Xiaomi has curved the body on the edges which makes this cellphone comfy to carry, however you’ll discover the burden after utilizing it for some time.

On the high, Xiaomi has positioned an IR emitter which can be utilized to manage home equipment. It is a frequent characteristic on most price range Xiaomi smartphones, and a helpful one. There’s a 3.5mm audio jack, major microphone, speaker, and USB Kind-C port on the backside. Xiaomi has positioned the facility and quantity buttons on the suitable, and they’re simple to succeed in. The tray on the left has three slots; two for Nano-SIMs and one for a microSD card.

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The Redmi 9 Prime has a dewdrop notch on the high of the display


The Redmi 9 Prime has a textured again with a round patch across the digicam module that’s easy. This jogs my memory of the Poco X2 (Evaluation). The digicam module is pill-shaped and is barely raised from the physique. It additionally homes the fingerprint scanner, which is straightforward to succeed in whereas holding the system. Aside from the fingerprint scanner, the module homes three digicam sensors. The fourth sensor is outdoors the module, positioned together with the LED flash.

Xiaomi features a case within the field, together with a 10W charger which takes a very long time to cost the 5,020mAh battery – extra on this in a bit. The Redmi 9 Prime is obtainable in 4 colors: Matte Black, Mint Inexperienced, House Blue, and Dawn Flare. I had a Matte Black unit for this overview.

Redmi 9 Prime specs : New {hardware}

Xiaomi gives a full-HD+ show on the Redmi 9 Prime, which is not quite common at this value level. The show additionally has Corning Gorilla Glass Three for defense which ought to assist it stand up to each day use. Powering the Redmi 9 Prime is the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, an octa-core processor with two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2GHz and 6 Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. That is paired with 4GB of RAM, and you’ll select between 64GB and 128GB storage choices. The bottom variant begins at Rs. 9,999 whereas the upper variant is priced at Rs. 11,999. I had the upper priced one for this overview. Apparently, it prices precisely the identical as the bottom variant of the Redmi Observe 9 (Evaluation).

The Redmi 9 Prime runs MIUI 11 on high of Android, and was working the July Android Safety patch on the time of this overview. The person expertise is similar to what is accessible on different Xiaomi smartphones. It comes with a good quantity of bloatware preinstalled, akin to GetApps, Zili, Rummy King, ShareMe, Mi Credit score, and Mi Pay, plus just a few video games. The cellphone didn’t have any apps that are actually banned in India.

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The Redmi 9 Prime runs MIUI 11 on high of Android 10


A number of the software program options of the Redmi 9 Prime are clubbed collectively within the Settings app beneath Particular Options. It has Recreation Turbo which reveals all video games put in on the smartphone for straightforward entry. This app allows you to arrange a efficiency mode that assigns larger bandwidth precedence to the sport that is working, and allows you to scale back distractions in addition to reply calls on the speaker whereas gaming. You additionally get Google’s Digital Wellbeing and parental management instruments.

Redmi 9 Prime efficiency : Huge battery, gradual charging

The Redmi 9 Prime gives good efficiency. I didn’t encounter any lag or slowdowns whereas utilizing the smartphone. It was fast to load frequent apps and I might multitask between them very simply. The show is first rate however it ought to have been a bit brighter for higher out of doors visibility. It has first rate viewing angles and also you do have the choice to tweak the show output to your liking. I discovered the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner in addition to face recognition to be fast.

I ran the standard set of benchmarks to see the place the Redmi 9 Prime stands in comparison with the competitors. In AnTuTu, it managed 1,97,012 which is a barely poorer efficiency than the equally priced Realme Narzo 10 (Evaluation) which managed 2,02,637 in the identical check. The Redmi 9 Prime scored 356 and 1,327 in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core checks. It additionally managed 8.2fps and 39fps in GFXBench’s Automobile Chase and T-Rex benchmarks respectively. It scored 1,722 in 3D Mark Sling Shot.

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The Redmi 9 Prime has a textured again


PUBG Cellular ran on the ‘HD’ graphics high quality and ‘Excessive’ body charge with none stutter. Nonetheless, the cellphone did get barely heat after enjoying a few matches – one thing it is best to be mindful if you’re planning to purchase this cellphone for enjoying video games on.

The Redmi 9 Prime gives good battery life. It lasted past a day and a half with my utilization. The massive battery additionally helped the Redmi 9 Prime final for 16 hours, four minutes in our HD video loop check. Xiaomi ships a 10W charger within the field which is comparatively gradual, and solely acquired the Redmi 9 Prime to 19 % in thirty minutes and to 36 % in an hour. Charging the cellphone utterly took round three hours. The cellphone does assist 18W quick charging however you will have to search out or purchase your individual charger.

Redmi 9 Prime cameras: Common performer

The Redmi 9 Prime sports activities a quad-camera setup with a 13-megapixel major digicam, an 8-megapixel wide-angle digicam, a 5-megapixel macro digicam, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. This {hardware} is appropriate for the decrease variant of the Redmi 9 Prime. Nonetheless, it appears insufficient for the upper variant which competes with the Realme Narzo 10 and the Redmi Observe 9, each of which sport 48-megapixel major cameras.

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The quad-camera setup on the Redmi 9 Prime features a 13-megapixel major sensor


The digicam app on the Realme 9 Prime is fairly fundamental and simple to make use of. You get fast toggles for AI, HDR, and filters. It has a Professional Color toggle which boosts colors within the output. There’s a Professional taking pictures mode as properly, which supplies you full management over digicam settings. On the entrance, it has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter.

The Redmi 9 Prime was fast to lock focus and the AI when enabled was fast to recognise scenes. In daylight, the Redmi 9 Prime managed first rate photographs and acquired the publicity proper, with first rate element. The AI boosted color barely when taking pictures with the first digicam. The wide-angle digicam has a decrease decision and the output is not boosted. It does give you a wider subject of view however the particulars aren’t nearly as good.

Redmi 9 Prime daylight digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Redmi 9 Prime daylight wide-angle digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


For close-ups the digicam takes a while to lock focus, and if you happen to aren’t affected person, you’ll get a blurry shot. In the event you give it time, the cellphone does handle good outcomes. The Redmi 9 Prime additionally takes first rate portraits however edge detection was strictly common. The Macro mode is hidden away in a sub-menu and is straightforward to overlook. The macro digicam allows you to get near a topic and manages sharp output.

Redmi 9 Prime close-up digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Redmi 9 Prime macro digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

I could not discover a devoted Evening mode on the Redmi 9 Prime and needed to depend on the AI to detect low gentle and set the digicam up. The cellphone did an excellent job of protecting noise beneath management however the output is not sharp at night time.

Redmi 9 Prime low-light digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


The Redmi 9 Prime managed first rate selfies, however the AI appears to spice up colors right here as properly. It will possibly additionally seize selfie portraits however edge detection is not nice. In low gentle, high quality takes a success and also you lose out on element.

Redmi 9 Prime selfie digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Redmi 9 Prime low-light selfie digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Video recording is proscribed to 1080p on each the first in addition to the selfie cameras. There isn’t any video stabilisation which leads to shaky footage.


The Redmi 9 Prime was delivered to the market to serve the Rs. 10,000 value level for the reason that Redmi Observe 9 (Evaluation) sequence can now not serve that goal. The total-HD+ show and the large 5,020mAh battery do work in Xiaomi’s favour, giving this cellphone an edge over the competitors beneath Rs. 10,000. In case you are on a strict price range then you’ll be able to contemplate the bottom variant of the Redmi 9 Prime. Nonetheless, the upper variant Prime doesn’t provide the identical type of worth. The Rs. 11,999 pricing places it up in opposition to the bottom variant of the Redmi Observe 9 which is best outfitted, making this variant arduous to advocate.

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