Redmi 9 Prime Overview

We’ve 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 Word 9 collection has turn into dearer because of the GST hike and Rupee-Greenback fluctuations. The Redmi 9 Prime is priced under the Redmi Word 9 collection and begins slightly below 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 evaluation the brand new Redmi 9 Prime to seek out out.


Redmi 9 Prime design : Purposeful

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

On the prime, Xiaomi has positioned an IR emitter which can be utilized to manage home equipment. This can be a frequent characteristic on most finances 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 proper, and they’re simple to achieve. 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 prime of the display


The Redmi 9 Prime has a textured again with a round patch across the digicam module that’s clean. This jogs my memory of the Poco X2 (Overview). The digicam module is pill-shaped and is barely raised from the physique. It additionally homes the fingerprint scanner, which is straightforward to achieve whereas holding the gadget. Other than the fingerprint scanner, the module homes three digicam sensors. The fourth sensor is exterior 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 evaluation.

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 face up to every 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 may 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 evaluation. Apparently, it prices precisely the identical as the bottom variant of the Redmi Word 9 (Overview).

The Redmi 9 Prime runs MIUI 11 on prime of Android, and was working the July Android Safety patch on the time of this evaluation. The person expertise is similar to what is on the market on different Xiaomi smartphones. It comes with a good quantity of bloatware preinstalled, reminiscent of GetApps, Zili, Rummy King, ShareMe, Mi Credit score, and Mi Pay, plus a couple of video games. The telephone didn’t have any apps that at the moment are banned in India.

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


A few of the software program options of the Redmi 9 Prime are clubbed collectively within the Settings app below Particular Options. It has Recreation Turbo which reveals all video games put in on the smartphone for straightforward entry. This app helps you to arrange a efficiency mode that assigns greater 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 : Massive battery, sluggish 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 respectable but it surely ought to have been a bit of brighter for higher out of doors visibility. It has respectable 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 (Overview) which managed 2,02,637 in the identical take a look at. 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 Automotive 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 telephone did get barely heat after enjoying a few matches – one thing you need to consider if you’re planning to purchase this telephone 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 large battery additionally helped the Redmi 9 Prime final for 16 hours, four minutes in our HD video loop take a look at. Xiaomi ships a 10W charger within the field which is comparatively sluggish, and solely bought the Redmi 9 Prime to 19 p.c in thirty minutes and to 36 p.c in an hour. Charging the telephone fully took round three hours. The telephone does help 18W quick charging however you will have to seek out or purchase your personal 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 Word 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 primary 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 capturing 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 respectable photographs and bought the publicity proper, with respectable element. The AI boosted color barely when capturing 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 pretty much as good.

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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 telephone does handle good outcomes. The Redmi 9 Prime additionally takes respectable 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 helps you to get near a topic and manages sharp output.

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

I could not discover a devoted Night time mode on the Redmi 9 Prime and needed to depend on the AI to detect low mild and set the digicam up. The telephone did a superb job of retaining noise below management however the output is not sharp at evening.

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


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

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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 is no such thing as a video stabilisation which leads to shaky footage.


The Redmi 9 Prime was dropped at the market to serve the Rs. 10,000 value level because the Redmi Word 9 (Overview) collection can not serve that function. The complete-HD+ show and the massive 5,020mAh battery do work in Xiaomi’s favour, giving this telephone an edge over the competitors below Rs. 10,000. If you’re on a strict finances then you’ll be able to take into account the bottom variant of the Redmi 9 Prime. Nonetheless, the upper variant Prime doesn’t provide the identical form of worth. The Rs. 11,999 pricing places it up in opposition to the bottom variant of the Redmi Word 9 which is healthier outfitted, making this variant exhausting to suggest.

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