Redmi 9 Power

Overview

    Xiomi has now became the No.1 brand in the budget segment category in India. Though, companies like Realme, Samsung are giving a tough competition in this segment. Considering the competition Xiomi has launched Redmi 9 Power on17 December 2020 and now selling at a price tag of around 10,999/- (4gb variant) and 11,999/- (6gb variant).

       The main selling point of this smart-phone is it’s 48MP main camera and a massive 6000mAh battery. As per design  point of view Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power brings a relatively fresh design from Xiomi. Though, the phone is entirely made up of plastic and consists of Gorilla Glass 3 on the screen which makes this phone looks cheap but considering the price and the specs. this phone offers it is quite justified.

    As this phone contains a massive 6000mAh battery which makes this phone heavy enough (198gms.) to make you uncomfortable during long usage periods. Apart from that, the rest of the phone feels well built and the plastic quality is good, the phone feels sturdy and robust in hand.

Display

TypeIPS LCD, 400 nits (typ)
Size6.53 inches, 104.7 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
Display ratings :-
4.5/5

            The display size of Redmi 9 Power is 6.53in. which is big enough compared to phone now a days and screen-to-body ratio is 83.4% which is good. The resolution of the screen is falls under Full HD+ resolution which is a plus point in this price segment because most of the manufactures avoid Full HD screen and give 720p display for cost cutting.

     Though, the protection on the screen is quite old but it does the job of protecting your phone from scratches. I suggest you to apply a screen protector for safety. The display panel is also IPS Lcd which is good for better contrast ratio and dynamic range as compared to normal Lcd’s. The brightness of the screen is not good though, you have to struggle to use the phone in bright sunlight.

Camera

MAIN CAMERAQuad48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚ (ultra wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
FeaturesLED flash, HDR, panorama
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SELFIE
CAMERA        
Single       8 MP, f/2.0, 27mm (wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
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Camera ratings :-
4.5/5

              Xiaomi introduced the 48MP camera setup to the budget segment a couple of years ago with the Note series. And, now the Redmi 9 Power comes with a 48MP Samsung GM1 primary shooter with f/1.79, an 8MP ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field-of-view, 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. To the front, there is an 8MP shooter which is located inside the dew-drop notch and it has an f/2.0 aperture. 

               The camera features include Pro mode, photo, video, portrait, night, 48MP mode, short video, panorama, doc mode, slow-mo, time-lapse, Google Lens integration, movie frame, pro colors, and more. You can shoot videos up to Full HD @ 30fps.  

              The 48MP shooter clicks at 12MP by default which gives good bright-looking photos with crisp colours. The 8MP wide-angle camera produces a wider field of view shots but it loses out on details.The portrait images taken come out good and acceptable. Although the edge detection is not perfect, the device does a good job here. The 2MP macro camera struggles to capture detailed images thanks to the slow shutter speed and focusing issue.

           The night shots taken through the device came out surprisingly good. The images were taken in night mode, reducing grains and bringing light on some of the darker areas. You get slightly better-detailed shots in the night mode. 

           As for the video recording, the device can go up to Full HD @ 30fps and there is no support for any stabi-lization which makes the recording less enjoyable. You can also shoot slow-mo and short videos. 

Hardware and Performance

OSAndroid 10, MIUI 12
ChipsetQualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
CPUOcta-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPUAdreno 610
Hardware & Performance ratings :-
3.5/5

          The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 is a lower mid-range ARM-based SoC largely found in budget segment Android smartphones. It features 8 Kryo 260 cores (custom design, 64-Bit capable) that are divided in two clusters. A fast cluster of four cores with up to 2 GHz (Kryo 260 Gold – Cortex-A73 derivate) and a power saving efficiency cluster with up to 1.8 GHz (Kryo 260 Silver – Cortex A53 derivate).

           In addition to the 8 CPU cores, the SoC integrates a mid range Adreno 610 GPU with a LPDDR4 memory controller (dual-channel)  and supports Wi-Fi (802.11ac + MIMO, max. 867 Mbps), Bluetooth 5, and LTE (X12 LTE modem with up to 600 Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload).

        Despite being an old Chipset it does the job of day-to-day use very well and it’s good for normal gaming also. I tested a wide variety of games like Subway surfers, Candy crush, Clash of Clans, Angry birds, Asphalt 9 and Call of duty mobile. It runs smoothly on basic games but I have to reduced the settings in COD mobile to lowest to play the game.

Battery and Charging

TypeLi-Po 6000 mAh, with enhanced lifespan of up to 3 years
ChargingFast charging 18W
Reverse charging 2.5W
Battery ratings :-
4.5/5

                 The strongest selling point of Redmi 9 Power is Battery which is of massive amount 6000mAh.This phone gives you around one and half days of moderate usage like web browsing, watching Youtube videos, social media using and etc. Charging the device is also very good in this price segment because it comes with a 18W Fast-charger in the box. Redmi 9 Power also supports reverse charging at 2.5W which is not fast but it is there in case you need it.

Verdict

                                        At the starting price tag of 10,999/- , Redmi 9 Power has a lot to offer If you are especially looking for an budget smartphone with good battery life and good camera. Apart from this, Redmi 9 Power also offers satisfactory perfor-mance at normal usage. My personal opinion is that if you can adjust a little bit of performance for good battery and camera performance then surely Redmi 9 Power is the best smartphone for you in this price segment.

                            For

  • Battery life
  • Full HD+ display
  • Stereo speakers

                        Aganist

  • Average performance
  • MIUI (ads & bloatware)
  • Plastic body