The Redmi 9i offers 4 GB of RAM and a 5,000 mAh battery for 95 euros. Xiaomi has presented its latest entry-level smartphone in India: the Redmi 9i. The device should already appear familiar to some customers, the design and features are almost completely the same as the Redmi 9A, with two important differences.
Xiaomi has apparently recognized that a smartphone with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of flash memory will no longer be particularly attractive in 2020, even in the entry-level segment, compared to the Redmi 9A (approx. 95 euros on Amazon) the built-in memory so doubled to 4 GB or 64 GB. Apart from that, hardly anything changes: The case looks absolutely identical in the pictures, and there are no further differences to be found on the data sheet.
As usual, the Redmi 9i relies on a 6.53 inch IPS display, with a resolution of 1,600 x 720 pixels and a maximum brightness of at best an average of 270 nits. As is usual with cheaper smartphones, there is a slightly wider “chin” at the bottom, and a water drop notch at the top that houses a 5 megapixel f / 2.2 selfie camera. On the back there is a single 13 MP f / 2.2 wide-angle camera with LED flash, both cameras can record 1080p videos at 30 frames per second.
The MediaTek Helio G25 SoC works inside; in combination with the 5,000 mAh battery, a decent runtime should be achieved. For cost reasons, it is charged via micro USB instead of USB-C, with a maximum of 10 watts. The smartphone is delivered with MIUI 12 based on Android 10.
The Redmi 9i is available in India in the colors Midnight Black, Sea Blue and Nature Green at a price of 8,299 INR (approx. 95 euros), for an additional charge of 1,000 INR (approx. 11 euros) the memory can be doubled. Xiaomi has not yet commented on prices and availability in Europe.