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|
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
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.
|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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