❤ Xiaomi Redmi 9T

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One of the most popular and successful lineups from Xiaomi‘s portfolio is about to make decent sales considering the aggressive price point. This year the Redmi series will have unexpected competition from none other than Xiaomi’s own Poco sub-brand. And in the case of the Redmi 9T, we have the Poco M3 in mind.






The two devices are almost identical with just a couple of small differences in the back design and the camera selection. The Redmi 9T adds an ultrawide snapper, an NFC chip (still depending on the region, though) and boasts water-repellent coating. Of course, that means a few extra bucks for the Redmi 9T, which may be worth it if you are looking for those specific features.

Xiaomi Redmi 9T specs at a glance:

2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41
LAUNCH Announced 2021, January 08
Status Available. Released 2021, January 18
BODY Dimensions 162.3 x 77.3 x 9.6 mm (6.39 x 3.04 x 0.38 in)
Weight 198 g (6.98 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic frame, plastic back
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Water-repellent coating
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD, 400 nits (typ)
Size 6.53 inches, 104.7 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
PLATFORM OS Android 10, MIUI 12
Chipset Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPU Adreno 610
MEMORY Card slot microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
UFS 2.1 – 64GB
UFS 2.2 – 128GB
MAIN CAMERA Quad 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
SELFIE CAMERA Single 8 MP, f/2.1, 27mm (wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
24-bit/192kHz audio
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
NFC Yes (market/region dependent)
Infrared port Yes
Radio FM radio
USB USB Type-C 2.0, OTG
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
BATTERY Type Li-Po 6000 mAh, non-removable
Charging 18W wired
2.5W reverse wired
MISC Colors Carbon Gray, Twilight Blue, Sunrise Orange, Ocean Green
Models J19S, M2010J19SG, M2010J19SY
SAR 1.09 W/kg (head)     1.00 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.60 W/kg (head)     0.81 W/kg (body)
Price $ 119.99 / € 230.00
TESTS Performance AnTuTu: 177917 (v8)
GeekBench: 1400 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 5.8fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
Display Contrast ratio: 1594:1
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker -25.6 LUFS (Very good)
Battery life

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Putting the M3 aside, the Redmi 9T still looks like a solid entry-level solution for just around €150. The phone’s standout features include its stereo loudspeakers, the 48MP main camera, the ultrawide unit, the huge 6,000mAh battery, and the water-repellent coating of the internals. They are definitely hard to come across in this price segment, especially altogether in a single handset.





Memory configurations are also generous as the phone starts at 4GB/64GB, and a dedicated microSD card slot (not shared) can bump up the storage if 64GB isn’t enough for you. The chipset, on the other hand, is pretty much what you’d expect from a device in this price bracket – Snapdragon 662, which was announced a year ago and is built with not performance but power-efficiency in mind.

We already have a good idea of what to expect from the Redmi 9T given that we’ve reviewed the Poco M3, but we will make sure to assess the small upgrades over the M3 and if they make up for the price difference.

Unboxing the Xiaomi Redmi 9T

The handset comes in a standard box with the usual user manuals, USB-A to USB-C cable for charging and data transfer and a charging brick rated at 22.5W but the phone caps at 18W. Xiaomi often ships more powerful bricks for its budget phones because it’s cheaper to manufacture one charger that can cover more models.

The box also contains a transparent silicone case for the phone which we found to be quite hard to put on. The phone fits snuggly in it.




Depending on where you are based, the low-end smartphone market could be full of choices, or it could be quite limited. But there are some mainstream offerings that stand out from the crowd and can challenge the Redmi 9T, which shapes up to be an excellent all-rounder for the asking price. The Poco M3 was a great all-rounder back in December last year, but the smartphone market moves fast, so we have a couple of new competitors to go through.





Obviously, the first alternative to consider is the Redmi 9T’s close sibling – the Poco M3. The latter packs pretty much everything the 9T has but misses on the NFC chip and the ultrawide camera. As we’ve already established in the review, the ultrawide camera might not be worth the extra cash the 9T wants, but if the NFC chip is on top of your priority list for its use for contactless payments, the 9T is the only choice.

Keep in mind that the Redmi 9T sells for around €140 while the Poco M3’s price has gone down quite a bit since December 2020, so it would now set you back just €120.



Xiaomi Poco M3 • Realme 7i • Samsung Galaxy A21s • OnePlus Nord N100



A very close competitor from Samsung’s camp would be the Galaxy A21s. It hovers between the €150-160 range and offers comparable hardware. Its main advantage is the overall camera performance and the fact that it runs a more familiar One UI software. Even though battery life is excellent, it falls short compared to the 9T’s huge 6,000 mAh unit. Xiaomi’s contender also has excellent loudspeakers, a higher-res screen, reverse charging, snappier chipset and offers twice the base storage and RAM.

The Realme 7i is a viable option as well, given its aggressive pricing and similar hardware. And despite the Realme 7i being pricier (€160-170), it lacks the 1080p+, 90Hz display, stereo loudspeakers, and has a considerably smaller 5,000 mAh battery. Also, the 7i misses on some nifty goodies like NFC, infrared port and FM radio.





Lastly, the OnePlus Nord N100 may seem a bit pricey for this list with a starting price of €189, but you can find one for way less outside of OnePlus’ official web store. We’ve seen a couple of offers for around €140 brand new. This puts it in a competitive position against the Redmi 9T. Even with an inferior Snapdragon 490, the handset offers an arguably smoother experience with its 90Hz display, which in turn has a lower resolution at 720p.

The clean-ish Android could be a deciding factor for some, while the smaller battery can be a deal-breaker to others. Still, the Nord N100 is the only handset in this price range that also offers dual stereo speakers, NFC and FM radio all at once. The good news is that the NFC chip isn’t market-dependent.


Despite the relatively higher price of the Redmi 9T compared to the Poco M3, it still holds well against the competition due to several key features that are hard to come across in a single package. We are talking adequate SoC performance, 4GB/64GB base memory, an excellent set of stereo speakers, a high-resolution display, humongous 6,000 mAh battery, IR port, FM radio and dedicated microSD card slot.





Yes, some of the devices top the Redmi 9T with a better overall camera quality or smoother 90Hz displays, but if you find yourself in this price bracket, you are most likely looking for the most practical features, and the Redmi 9T seems to touch all bases. High refresh rate displays are nice, but they also belong to higher-class devices.


  • Large 6.53″ screen with 1080p resolution
  • Standout design
  • Record-breaking battery life
  • Excellent stereo loudspeakers
  • Generally good main camera performance
  • Standalone microSD, IR port, FM radio, reverse wired charging and NFC (market-dependant)


  • Occasional UI lag
  • Unsatisfactory ultrawide camera performance
  • Mediocre video recording