Xiaomi has been pouring its devices into the Nigerian market, and consumers are left confuses about what to choose. Nowadays, everyone has a Xiaomi device and this is due to the fact that Xiaomi has saturated the Nigerian market as Nokia did 10 years ago. But one thing you should know that Nokia had very few competitors back then and this is not the case now for Xiaomi as the brand has tons of competitors. Yet Xiaomi is still popping out at the top and holding the budget and mid-range segment pretty tight.
Right now in the budget and mid-range market, Xiaomi faces intensified competition and needs to be releasing valuable devices in order to maintain its dominance. In short, with the all-new design and an upgraded chipset, this lates Redmi 9 makes it stand out from the rest of the Redmi 9, and for under $200, the internal hardware is about the best you’ll find elsewhere.
In this segment, the camera is also one of the best you can find, and the 6000mAh battery will comfortably last you two days. The 18W fast charging tech hasn’t given a significant update from last year’s Redmi 9 but still not that bad.
Now checkout the quick review of the Xiaomi Redmi 9T
The latest Redmi 9T directly relates to the current generation of thin-bezel big-screen phones. It has a 6.53-inch screen, which these days is almost the normal screen size on most if not all Android phones. At such a price point, the LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and 395PPI pixel density is basically on board with every other device .
When playing videos and games, the screen manages to replicate the correct amount of colour and is neither oversaturated nor blurred out. For users who prefer more bright colours, the display setting is available for you to increase the contrast.
For this price segment, the Redmi 9T cameras are also pretty decent, but they aren’t exceptional. The main 48 MP(f/1.8) camera is very fine but doesn’t expect anything better because of the many megapixels.
The design of the rare cameras is quite different from the other Redmi 9 series and not something entirely new as it is seen in many mid-range devices. The main camera is backed by an 8MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide lens with a 120˚ field of view, a 2MP (f/2.4) macro lens, and another 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor. An 8 MP (f/2.0) camera on the front handles the selfies and video calls.
The Redmi 9T, like all other Redmi 9 devices, it is a mid-range beast. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 (11 nm) chipset with up to 6 GB of RAM and the Adreno 610 GPU is good enough for such a price point. The device offers 64/123 GB internal storage, but with micro SD cards one can expand the internal storage.
This chipset can easily handle average day-to-day activities and most video games, however, it can not handle heavy multitask or gaming smoothly.
The device has a 6000 mAh battery that can comfortably last for one day of moderate use. An 22.5W fast charger is included in the box. Similarly, the device comes with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 UI and it is based on the Android 10 operating system. The UI has been further optimized and improved when compared to previous versions.
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Redmi 9T Full specs
|Announced Date||8th January 2021|
|Release Date||January 2021|
|Dimensions||162.3 x 77.3 x 9.6 mm|
|Display Size & Type||6.53 inches LCD|
400 nits typical brightness
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels|
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Pixel Density||~395 PPI|
|Software||Android 10; MIUI 12|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)|
|Storage||64GB (UFS 2.1)|
128GB (UFS 2.2)
|48 MP (f/1.8) Wide lens|
8 MP (f/2.2) Ultrawide lens
2 MP (f/2.4) Macro lens
2 MP (f/2.4) depth sensor
=>1080p, 1920×1080 at 30fps
=>720p, 1280×720 at 30fps
|8 MP (f/2.0) Wide lens|
=>1080p, 1920×1080 at 30fps
=>720p, 1280×720 at 30fps
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||Yes|
|Network||2G, 3G, 4G|
|Connectivity||GSM, GPS, WiFi Direct|
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Ambient light sensor
|Battery||-Non-Removable Li-Po 6000 mAh|
-USB: Type C 2.0, USB OTG
-Fast battery charging: Yes (18W)
-Wireless Charging: No
-Reverse charging: 2.5W
|Price||Starts from ~$195|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
Redmi 9T price in Nigeria & availability
The Redmi 9T price for the 4GB + 64GB storage option has been set at $195, for the 4GB + 128GB storage option bears a price tag of $230, and $245 for the 6GB + 128GB storage option. The Redmi 9T will go on sale startng from January 11 and it will be available in Carbon Gray, Twilight Blue, Sunrise Orange, and Ocean Green.
Xiaomi Redmi 9T may not be available in Nigeria or may come in the next couple of months. Meanwhile, we estimate the Xiaomi Redmi 9T price in Nigeria to be in the range of N70,000 – N80,000.
Smartphones from Xiaomi’s Redmi 9 series are highly common in Nigeria because they pack a lot of features for their price. As such, the Nigerian market has been selling them extremely well. That being said, the latest Redmi 9T did not offer any major improvement over the rest of the devices in the series. I mean, the inclusion of 5G connectivity would have been good for most consumers that are looking forward to buying a future-proof midrange device.
There are a lot of positives to this phone. The design has dramatically improved and so does the prformance, battery, and camera.
The negatives are its the user interface being overly customized with tons of bloatware and the absence of 5G connectivity. To be honest, the UI is a general issue with all Xiaomi phones.
Should you buy it?
This could be a good one to consider if you are using the older Redmi phones. But what about the people who have any of the Redmi 9 series? To be honest, upgrading is not the best option. I’m saying this because Redmi 9T doesn’t have anything new to sell. The previous two Redmi 9 series were both outstanding phones and are barely more than a year old.