The Redmi Note 9T is a significantly less powerful variant of the Redmi Note 9 5G, which is only available in China. It’s already available in Europe for €199 as a “early-bird” deal, with a standard MSRP of €229 for the base 4/64GB model and €269 for the 4/128GB model.
The Redmi Note 9T is obviously designed to fill the gap in the worldwide market for low-cost 5G phones. Its goals are obvious, and they undoubtedly necessitated some compromises in terms of specifications and features along the road. That’s very understandable.
Not every phone has to be a popular cheap option like Xiaomi’s Poco range. Catering to unique requirements and interests, such as the current 5G trend, while staying within a budget has value. Plus, despite some minor flaws in the specifications, the Redmi Note 9T manages to provide a well-rounded and capable modern smartphone experience.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T price
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T specs
- Body: 161.2×77.3×9.1mm, 199g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic back, plastic frame; Water-repellent coating.
- Display: 6.53″ IPS LCD, 450 nits (typ), 1080x2340px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi.
- Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G (7 nm): Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC3.
- Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM; UFS 2.1 – 64GB, UFS 2.2 – 128GB; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
- OS/Software: Android 10, MIUI 12.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
- Front camera: 13 MP, f/2.3, 29mm (standard), 1/3.1″, 1.12µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
- Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 18W, 33% in 30 min.
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC; FM radio, recording; Infrared port; 3.5mm jack.
While the Redmi Note 9T’s pricing falls neatly in the budget range, it’s crucial to keep that in mind. Some parts of the Redmi Note 9T’s spec sheet are just acceptable (such as the unassuming 60Hz LCD panel with wide bezels and a large punch-hole selfie cam) to downright disappointing (such as the unassuming 60Hz LCD panel with wide bezels and a sizable punch-hole selfie cam) (like the effectively single usable main camera).
Clearly, the Redmi Note 9T does not offer the best value for money. While remaining within a €250 budget, you can buy a better display, better raw performance, or a noticeably better camera configuration, or perhaps a mix of these. Outside of China, though, getting 5G connection for that price is still difficult.
MediaTek has been working hard to make 5G more cheap, most recently with the launch of its 5G-ready Dimensity chipsets. With recent announcements like the Snapdragon 480, the future seems bright in Qualcomm’s camp as well. For the time being, 5G aficionados are thrilled about silicon like the Dimensity 800U found within the Xiaomi Redmi 9T, since MediaTek’s cheap 5G hardware is finally making its way outside of its home market.
Unboxing the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T
Let’s start with the phone’s unpacking. After all, we’re excited to see the interior of a Redmi box in 2021, especially in light of recent changes surrounding included phone chargers and an ever-shrinking accessory kit in general. The Redmi Note 9T, thankfully, comes with a few extras.
You will be given a wall charger. In fact, it’s rated for 22.5W (5V@3A, 9V@2.23A, 10V@2.25A, 12V@1.67A) of Quick Charge 3+ output, which is more than the Redmi Note 9T’s 18W. At some time, Xiaomi decided to unify its basic chargers, and today many of its gadgets come with the same wall adapter. Less variety equals cheaper production costs overall.
The included USB-A to USB Type-C cable is nothing remarkable, but it feels solid and long-lasting. The supplied clear TPU case is the same.