If you are looking for a budget phone with good features then your wait is over. On 4th August 2020, Xiaomi has launched their new phone, Redmi 9 Prime. It is one of the best budget phones currently available in India with top-notch features. Powered by the powerful MediaTek Helio G80 processor, this phone is a paradise for gamers who are looking to buy a phone with powerful specifications under Rs 10,000.
The Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime is launched in India with two variants i.e. 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM with 128 GB Storage. It is available in four different colours.
The 4GB/64GB variant is priced at Rs 9,999 and the 4GB/128GB variant is priced at Rs 11,999.
The size of the phone 16.3 * 0.9 * 7.8 (height * thickness * width) weighing 198.00 grams.
Redmi 9 Prime is powered by Helio G80 Processor and has MIUI 11 (Android 10) operating system. It has a 6.53 inches full HD + Display with 1080*2340px display. It has a water drop notch on its screen located on the top of the screen, this is where the selfie camera is located. It also has a powerful quad camera setup (13+8+5+2 MP) which can click very accurate and distinct images. It has 4GB Ram and is available in two variants of Storage i.e. 64GB and 128GB which can be expandable up to 512GB with a Micro SD Card. The phone comes with a 5020 mAh battery that supports up to 18W of fast charging i.e. it can charge your phone from 0-100% in 135min which is pretty average based on the huge battery of the phone. The phone comes with 1 year manufacturer warranty.
|SIM||Dual (Nano) 4G VOLTE on both SIM Cards|
|OS||MIUI 11 (Android 10)|
|Display||6.53 Full HD+ Display|
|Protection||Croning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio G80 Octa core processor|
|Rear Camera||13MP Primary + 8MP Secondary with ultra wide lens + 5MP Macro + 2MP Depth|
|Storage||128GB (expandable up to 512 GB with Micro SD Card)|
|Finger Print Scanner||Yes, Rear|
|Battery||5020mAh with 31 Hours of calling time|
|Audio Jack||Yes, 3.5mm|
|In The Box||USB Cable, 10W Charger, Warranty Card, SIM Eject tool.|
The phone has a AURA 360 finish and is available in four different colors :- (Actual product may differ from the image)
Review :- 4/5 Stars ( * * * * )
For a phone, at this price range (below Rs 10,000) This phone is really a show-stealer. It is powered by the powerful MediaTek Helio G80 which at this price range is a killer processor. The gaming performance with this phone is satisfactory and high-end games such as PUBG and Asphalt can be played with ultra settings without experiencing any lag issues. However, there was a little drop in the frame-rate which is quite negligible. It also has Hyper Engine Gaming Tech Support that contributes to the smooth functioning of games.
Also under 10k, this is the only phone that provides a full HD + display. Colors are very vibrant and are pretty realistic to look at. HD Videos play out very well and smoothly on this device.
Another highlighting feature of this device is its camera. The 8MP Selfie camera captures images with the right amount of colours and adds a glow to the face. The Rear camera, however, is the real deal. The Primary 13 MP camera along with the secondary 8MP camera is capable of capturing Ultra wide images with 118’C Field of View. They have also provided a 5MP Macro camera along with 2MP Depth sensor camera for you to capture close objects perfectly.
The design and build quality of this phone is pretty impressive. The phone has a polycarbonate back with AURA 360 finish available in four different colours namely mint green, matte black, sunrise flare and space blue that gives the phone a very attractive and catchy look.
The operating system of this phone is the latest MIUI 11 (based on the latest Android 10). Also, the phone comes with 18W of fast charging.
The only drawback that I found in this phone is its fast charge. Xiaomi claimed that this phone supports fast-charging up to 18W, however, a 10W charger is added in the box. So if you want to enjoy the fast charging facility then you need to purchase an 18W Fast Charger separately.
I would give this phone 4 out of 5 Stars.
This phone will be available in MI Stores across India. However for online purchase as of today (16th August 2020), this phone is only available in www.Amazon.in. It is currently out of stock in www.mi.com (Official Xiaomi Website). The phone first went into sales on Amazon during the Prime Days celebration that took place from (6th August 2020 to 7th August 2020)
In Amazon.in the following offers are available for the phone:-
- No Cost EMI
- 5% Discount upto Rs 1200 on Citi Bank Credit card EMI
- For ICICI Credit card holders there is a 5% cashback for Prime Members and 3% cashback for Non-Prime Members.
Comparison (Redmi 9 Prime vs Redmi Note 9 vs Redmi Note 9 Pro) base variant:-
|Specifications||Redmi 9 Prime||Redmi Note 9||Redmi Note 9 Pro|
|Price||Rs 9,999||Rs 12,999||Rs 13, 999|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio G80||MediaTek Helio G85||Qualcom Snapdragon 720G|
|Operating System||MIUI 11 (Android 10)||MIUI 11 (Android 10)||MIUI 11|
|Storage||64GB||128 GB||64 GB|
|Display||6.53 Full HD+||6.53 Full HD+||6.67 Full HD+|
|Resolution||1080 * 2340 px||1080 * 2340||1080 * 2340|
|Rear Camera||13+8+5+2 MP||48+8+2+2 MP||48+8+5+2 MP|
|SIM Card||Dual (Nano)||Dual (Nano)||Dual Nano|
|Finger Print Scanner||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|4G VoltE||Yes, Dual Volte||Yes, Dual Volte||Yes, Dual VolTe|
|Fast Charging||Yes, 18W||Yes, 18W||Yes, 33W|
Things to be considered while buying a new smartphone 2020:-
1. Memory :
Nowadays memory is a crucial part of phone selection. With an increase in data, huge storage space is required in the mobile phones.
With companies going for more than 2 cameras in a smartphone, You should check the cameras while buying a smartphone. With various filter options added in cameras, almost all smartphone manufacturing companies have added various new features in the camera.
If you are a hardcore gamer and love playing High-end games like PUBG and Asphalt, Processor plays a crucial role in your phone selection list. Several high-performance processors are out there in the market that ensures flawless gaming hours for you.
Love binge-watching Netflix, Amazon etc but doesn’t have a laptop? Well, you don’t need one. With the increasing size of the display in smartphones, You can binge-watch anything in Full HD in your smartphone. Several devices out there offer full HD+ display and great audio facilities to make your film experience entertaining.
The most important criteria to choose an ideal phone is its price. Almost all the mobile manufacturing companies nowadays are going for cost-cutting so that they can offer you with a full-on hands experience through your smartphone. So while choosing your ideal smartphone to keep an eye out for the price and the specifications offered to you in that price range.
This is the most sought after characteristics that are kept in mind while buying a smartphone in 2020.