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Redmi 9 Prime quick review: Gets the price right

Redmi 9 Prime promises a lot of power with its MediaTek Helio G80 SoC and impressive camera performance all on a tight budget.

Sushant Talwar | August 13, 2020 | Updated 19:43 IST
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime

Highlights

  • Redmi 9 Prime has been launched in India with MediaTek Helio G80 SoC
  • The phone gets a massive 5020mAh battery pack.
  • The Redmi 9 Prime starts retail at a price of Rs 9,999 in India.

When it comes to the budget segment of the smartphone market, there isn't a bigger name than Redmi in India at the moment. But the growing anti-China sentiment, weakening of the Rupee against the Dollar, and the overall fallout of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have pushed even Redmi to a corner where even the tech giant is having to up its game in the segment.

The company recently launched the Redmi Note 9 in India, but with the phone breaching the crucial Rs 10,000 price point, Redmi has had to now launch a new device to maintain its dominance over this crucial price point. This new phone is the Redmi 9 Prime which comes with arguably the most powerful spec sheet for a phone launched under Rs 10k. Starting at Rs 9,999, Xiaomi's Redmi 9 Prime promises a lot of power with its MediaTek Helio G80 SoC and impressive camera performance all on a budget. Read on to know our first impressions of the device.

The Redmi 9 brings with itself a 6.53-inch display with an LCD panel. This display has a waterdrop notch on the top while the bezels are quite slim. The display is covered in a layer of Gorilla Glass 3. In terms of performance, this panel doesn't light up the room with its brightness or sports support for ultra-fast refresh rates, however, it gets the job done and for the price appears to be one of the best in the market right now.

While there are some bezel around the panel, but it again appears to be a consequence of the price tag that the phone comes sporting. Interestingly, this one also happens to be a Full HD+ panel which also helps to put the Redmi 9 Prime in a strong position vis-a-vis the competition. At the back, the phone's made out of textured plastic, which improves grip if not the looks of the phone.

Under the hood, the Redmi 9 uses a MediaTek Helio G80 chipset that the company has paired with up to 6GB LPDDRX RAM and up to 128GB storage. The chipset is being talked about as one of the major selling points of the phone, and understandably so. The MediaTek Helio G80 SoC is a powerful octa-core SoC with two Cortex-A75 cores and six Cortex-A55 cores. The core configuration is tasked to run Xiaomi's MIUI 11 out of the box that could be in the future be replaced by Xiaomi's recently announced MIUI 12 skin.

The biggest upgrade that the Redmi 9 Prime brings is in the camera department. There's a quad-sensor setup at the back, comprising of a 13-megapixel main camera that's paired with an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera. There's also a 5-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth camera. The front camera is using an 8-megapixel sensor. The camera comes with some of MIUI's usual camera tricks, one of them being the Kaleidoscopic mode. The Redmi 9 is lightweight also. It weighs just 198 grams and comes in four colours.

Keeping the lights on the Redmi 9 is a 5020mAh battery that supports up to 18W fast charging. However, Xiaomi is bundling only a 10W charger in the box with the Redmi 9. There's a USB-C port on the Redmi 9 for charging and data transfers.

But the one defining factor of the device is the price. Despite the ough market conditions, Xiaomi has managed to keep the Redmi 9 Prime's price at a very competitive level. The Redmi 9 Prime has been launched in India in two variants, with the phone bringing as much as 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The entry variant is available at a starting price of Rs 9,999 and will be available with a 4GB+64GB configuration. The top-end configuration will be available at Rs 11,999 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

While the top-end variant may sell, it could be the entry variant of the device that ends up becoming a hit with Redmi fans in the coming months because of the phone's aggressive price point.

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