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Redmi 9A Launched: Best Entry-Level Phone?

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9A

Xiaomi has finally added a new phone to it’s Redmi 9 series- the Redmi 9: A successor to last year’s Redmi 8A. It is the latest entry-level phone from Xiaomi and also said; the largest A series phone by the company. It is primely marketed for people who want a good phone at just the starting price. Let’s look what it offers.


Design & Display

Redmi 9A sports a massive 6.53” HD+ Dot Drop display. As quoted, it is the biggest Redmi A series phone to launch in the country. Although the display is massive, the resolution it offers is 1600 x 720 pixels which is fair for the price. The display has distinctive bottom chin and water drop notch.

In terms of build quality, Redmi 9A features a plastic unibody design. The back of the phone has a textured feel to it which is supposed to resist fingerprints. Besides, the phone has a usual power button and volume rockers at the side. It also offers a headphone jack for audio. The camera alignment has been moved to side this time, with a stripe of glossy finish running vertically through it.

Dimensions: (164H x 77W x 9D) mm; 196 gm
Build: Plastic (Polycarbonate) Back + Plastic Middle Frame
Display: 6.53-inch; HD+ Dot Drop display
Resolution: HD+(720×1600); 269ppi Display Density; 20:9 Aspect Ratio
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Material: ~not mentioned~

CPU & Performance

Redmi 9A now hallmarks a MediaTek Helio G25 chipset. The Helio G25 is again an entry-level processor sporting an 8-core setup and a 12nm transistor technology. It performs very similar to Snapdragon 439 in terms of Gaming and Multicore performance; however, is slightly behind in battery life.

It comes in two memory configurations offering 2/3GB RAM + 32GB ROM setup. Meanwhile, you can also insert an SD-card for additional storage.

Chipset: MediaTek Helio G25
Processor: Octa-core (2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU: PowerVR GE8320
RAM: 2/3 GB LPDDR4X
ROM: 32GB eMMC 5.1

Cameras

Talking about cameras, you get a single 13MP rear camera with an LED companion at the back. The camera is now shifted right in a vertical alignment. While at the front, there is a 5MP selfie camera for self-portraits and video conferencing. As there is no fingerprint sensor, the front camera can also be used to unlock phone using AI face unlock.

Rear Camera Setup: Single Camera Square Layout; Left Alignment

Lenses:  Primary 13MP

Front Camera Setup: Single front camera layout; Dot Drop

Lenses: Primary 5MP

Battery

About battery- Redmi 9A stars a 5,000mAh battery which charges through a micro-USB cable. A 10W charger is provided in the box.

To be honest, this a slight downgrade from last year’s Redmi 8A as it had a USB type-C port and an 18W charger included in the box.

Capacity: 5000 mAh
Charging: 10W charging; micro-USB; No wireless charging

Speakers, Sensors and Other Features

Redmi 9A has a bottom firing mono speaker. The phone comes with MIUI 12 running on Android 10, as you set up. Similarly, it offers a 2 + 1 card slot design, meaning- you can use dual sim along with an SD-card or SIM, simultaneously. Redmi 9A also supports 4G/3G/2G network bands along with dual SIM VoLTE HD calling.

Security: AI Face Unlock; No fingerprint sensor
Audio: Bottom Firing Mono Speaker; 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Operating System: MIUI 12 based on Android 10
Ports: Micro-USB, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
SIM: Dual SIM; a hybrid SD-card Slot
Sensors: Vibration Motor, Distance Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer
Connectivity: WiFi , Bluetooth® 5.0
Colors: Midnight Black, Sky Blue, Nature Green

Price & Availability

Redmi 9A is set to be available for purchase by 4 September 2, 2020. It is set to be on sale together with their New Basic Earphones.

Variant Price
Redmi 9A (2GB + 32GB) INR. 6,799
Redmi 9A (3GB + 32GB) INR. 7,499

Redmi 9A Summary:

  • Display: 6.53-inch; HD+ Dot Drop display
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G25
  • CPU: Octa-Core (8 X 2.0GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU: Imagination PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM: 2/3GB RAM with 32GB storage, expandable with SD card (dedicated)
  • OS: MIUI 12 based on Android 10
  • Rear Camera: 13MP rear camera with LED flash
  • Front Camera: 5MP front-facing camera
  • Battery: 5000mAh, 10W charging (microUSB)
  • Sensors: Vibration Motor, Distance Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Sky Blue, Nature Green

 

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