Xiaomi Redmi 9A

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Xiaomi Redmi 9A
61%Spec Score
₹ 7,680
₹ 9,499
19% Off
3GB / 32GB
2GB / 32GB

Display

6.53 inches

Processor

MediaTek Helio G25 (12 nm)

Front Camera

5 MP Camera

Primary Camera

13 MP (f/2.2

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Expert Verdict

4.3
The smartphone is a budget offering, combining premium features with low pricing

Pros

  • Large battery
  • 3.5mm headphone jack with FM radio
  • Latest MIUI 12 out of box

Cons

  • 2GB RAM
  • No Fingerprint Sensor
  • Average Cameras

Xiaomi recently launched the Redmi 9A to provide the users with an affordable and powerful smartphone under Rs.10,000. Redmi 9A price in India is Rs.6,999 for the base variant. The company made several compromises to hit this price point but still delivered an excellent day-to-day use phone. Despite the low price, this phone checks several boxes, including a big battery, a big screen, decent cameras, and a headphone jack.

Design and Display

Xiaomi Redmi 9A have a screen size of 6.53 inches and weighing approximately 194 g . This mobile runs on Android v10 and has a decent resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels. It has dimension 164.9 mm X 77.07 mm X 9 mm .

Performance

Xiaomi Redmi 9A packs MediaTek Helio G25 (12 nm) processor and it has Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU.

Camera

In terms of camera, this model comes with rear camera of 13 MP (f/2.2 and front camera of 5 MP Camera. Other camera features include Geo Tagging, HDR, Portrait, Panorama, AI Camera

Network and connectivity

In connectivity, this model included 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, Face Unlock.

Other Features

Sensors included in Xiaomi Redmi 9A are: Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass .

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Xiaomi Redmi 9A colors

  • Ocean Green
  • Carbon Gray
  • Sky Blue

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Price in India

DetailsPriceStorageRAM
Xiaomi Redmi 9A (3GB RAM / 32GB ROM) ₹ 7,680 32 GB 3 GB
Xiaomi Redmi 9A (2GB RAM / 32GB ROM) ₹ 7,280 32 GB 2 GB

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Detailed Review

Design

The phone comes in three different colours - Blue, Black, and Green. We reviewed the Sky Blue variant, which looks the most appealing in the bunch. Xiaomi claims to put a P2i nano-coating that protects against spills and splashes, which comes as a bonus considering the price range.

Despite being a big phone with a 6.5” inch screen, the phone has a good weight distribution and feels light in hand. The phone has a textured back but still attracts fingerprints because of the plastic finish. The phone has a minimalist, clean look with a camera module and branding on the back. The ridged texture on the back provides a good grip for the phone and makes handling the big phone easier.

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The front screen holds a teardrop cutout for selfie cameras. The one thing that jumps out on the first look is its large bezels which is understandable considering the price point. The volume rockers and the power button are both present on the right-hand side but are inconvenient for single-hand usage. The company should have placed the button a little lower for the thumb to reach them easily.

The left side of the phone holds the SD card and Dual-Sim card tray. The 3.5mm headphone jack in Redmi 9A is placed on the top-left corner of the phone. The bottom edge has a speaker grille, a micro-USB charging port, and a microphone. Micro-USB ports are great for people still using old phones and haven’t upgraded to phones with Type-C ports.

Summary

Decent design, 3.5mm audio jack and Type-C port supports larger currents between 3A to 5A.

Display

The Redmi 9A display has a considerably large screen of 6.5 inches with HD+ 1600x720 pixels resolution and 269 pixels per inch density. Our initial testing did show poor colour accuracy and dim display. Even indoors, the phone failed to impress, but considering the price point, it did not come as a shock. Unfortunately, colour accuracy cannot be improved by tweaking the screen settings. You will not be able to view accurate colours on the screen even indoors, which might be a disheartening point for several users.

However, Xiaomi has always provided several software features in their phones. Even with a poor display, you get features such as reading and dark modes built in the phone’s UI. When you consider the price of the Redmi 9A, you expect the company to cut some corners.

Summary

Average display, good software features such as reading mode built into the UI of the phone.

Performance

Redmi 9A gives exactly what you would expect from a phone at this price. It runs on a MediaTek Helio G25 octa-core processor and has 2GB RAM with 32GB eMMC 5.1 expandable Storage. It is a TSMC 12nm FinFET Octa-core processor that can clock up to 2.0GHz. The performance is definitely a downgrade from its predecessor Redmi 8a which had a better processor, more RAM, and internal storage.

This phone is adequate for users looking to call, text, browse, watch YouTube, and other daily uses. There is a slight delay in opening apps and switching between them, probably due to the low RAM.

You cannot play games such as Call of Duty on this phone as it will not support heavy graphics. Even if you chose to play lite versions of the games, the phone would heat up on low settings. The phone does come with a 3GB RAM variant that will provide you with better performance for a higher price. In the 3GB variant, you will be able to play lite versions of the game at the minimum graphics settings.

Another significant cut Xiaomi made on this phone was removing the fingerprint sensor. The face-unlock feature in the phone works by capturing your face through the front camera, which is considerably slow and inaccurate. Using a pattern or a Pin lock might be the best way to lock Redmi 9A.

Summary

Average processor which is not suitable for gaming, though you can always upgrade to the 3GB RAM variant.

Battery

The one thing that Xiaomi did right with this phone was the battery. The company put in a massive battery of 5000 mAh, which will last an average user two days. In initial testing, the phone shows a screen on time of 7 to 8 hours. This screen on time equals a 2-day use for an average user. The phone even has an Ultra Power Saving mode that can stretch the battery even longer. However, this mode will restrict all background activities of your phone.

Also, the ideal discharge rate of the Redmi 9A battery is relatively low, and we only saw a drop of 2% overnight with the internet on. The only problem we encountered with the battery is that it takes a long time to charge. Because of the 10W charger in the box, the phone carries an average of three hours to charge from 0 to 100. Redmi 8A had an 18W charger that provided quick charging, but that option is not available for Redmi 9A.

Summary

Massive battery with ultra-power saving mode to manage all your phone activities, no fast charging.

Camera

The rear has a single 13 MP camera with an LED flash, and the front camera unit houses a 5MP camera. The rear camera does its work and clicks good-enough photos in the daylight. The sensor’s dynamic range is inefficient, and even the HDR mode takes time to process. The initial Redmi 9A camera test showed that pictures are average for the price point. The company also offers a portrait mode, although the edge-detection is significantly poor.

The selfie camera works well in daylight but fails miserably when clicking low-light photos. If you are looking for a phone under 10,000, this is the best you will get camera-wise. For a better camera performance, you might have to look a little above the budget.

Summary

Decent camera for the price point equipped with 13MP rear and a 5MP front camera unit.

The smartphone is a budget offering, combining premium features with low pricing

  • Great battery life

    The main selling point for Redmi 9A is its big battery that will last two days for an average user.

  • Big screen

    Redmi 9A has a large 6.5” screen that will provide you with a good viewing experience for videos.

  • Minimal design

    Redmi 9A has a clean and minimal design.

  • All the right ports

    A 3.5 mm audio jack coupled with a Type-C charging port makes the Redmi 9A a convenient buy for your old pair of wired earphones.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Specifications

GENERAL

Colours Midnight Black, Sea Blue, Nature Green
Custom UI MIUI 11, upgradable to MIUI 12
Device typePhablet
Operating System Android v10
Sim Dual Sim

DESIGN

Height164.9 mm
Thickness9 mm
Weight 194 g
Width77.07 mm

DISPLAY

Aspect Ratio20:9
Form Factor Touch
Pixel Density269 ppi
Screen resolution 720 x 1600 pixels
Screen size 6.53 inches
Touchscreen Capacitive Touchscreen
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PERFORMANCE

Call Records Unlimited
Card Slot microSD Card (dedicated slot)
Chipset MediaTek Helio G25 (12 nm)
CPU Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
External Storage Up to 512 GB
GPU IMG PowerVR GE8320
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Phonebook Unlimited

CAMERA

Camera Features Geo Tagging, HDR, Portrait, Panorama, AI Camera
Front Camera5 MP Camera
Primary camera13 MP (f/2.2
Video Recording 1080p@30fps
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MULTIMEDIA

Audio Jack 3.5mm Audio Jack
Audio Player MP3, WAV, eAAC+
FM Radio Yes
Games Yes
Speakers Yes
Video Player MP4, H.264, H.263
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BATTERY

Capacity Non Removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
Stand by 2 days
Talk time 33 hrs

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth v5.0
Browser HTML5
Edge Yes
GPRS Yes
GPS Facility with A-GPS, GLONASS
Speed HSPA, LTE
USB microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
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NETWORK SUPPORT

2GYes
3GYes
4GYes
5GYes

MORE FEATURES

Face UnlockYes
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass
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Xiaomi Redmi 9A FAQs in India

Q. What is the price of Xiaomi Redmi 9A in India?

The price of Xiaomi Redmi 9A in India is: Xiaomi Redmi 9A [ 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM ]: ₹ 7,680, Xiaomi Redmi 9A [ 2GB RAM / 32GB ROM ]: ₹ 7,280.

Q. What's the dimension of Xiaomi Redmi 9A?

The Dimension of Xiaomi Redmi 9A is 164.9 mm X 77.07 mm X 9 mm.

Q. What are the Camera Specs of Xiaomi Redmi 9A?

The Camera Specs of Xiaomi Redmi 9A in India are: rear camera of 13 MP (f/2.2 and front camera of 5 MP Camera.

Q. What is the display size of Xiaomi Redmi 9A?

The display size of Xiaomi Redmi 9A is 6.53 inches. Check more specification of Xiaomi Redmi 9A on GizNext.

Q. Which chipset/processor is used in Xiaomi Redmi 9A?

Xiaomi Redmi 9A is powered by a MediaTek Helio G25 (12 nm) chipset and it runs on Android v10 .

Q. What are some of the best alternatives available for Xiaomi Redmi 9A?

As of December 2022, the top competitors of this model are Xiaomi Redmi A1 Plus, Realme C11, POCO C31, Realme C30, Vivo Y31.