The Xiaomi Redmi 9C is one of the best samples of the great balance between performance and price they usually get the brand on their devices. Located at the bottom of the catalog, the mobile is not bad when it comes to serving as a battle phone. We have analyzed it to verify it.
Choosing a Xiaomi mobile is a complex task due to the increasingly baggy portfolio. Above we have the ‘Mi’, below the Redmi Note. And in an even lower line are mobiles like the Xiaomi Redmi 9C, a very cheap phone that uses price as the main sales argument. Do you want to know if it is the best of his arguments? It touches to deepen in its entrails
Xiaomi Redmi 9C data sheet
|Xiaomi Redmi 9C|
|Screen||6.53 inch LCD
HD + (1,600 x 720 pixels)
Ratio 20: 9
400 nit brightness
|Processor||MediaTek Helio G35|
|RAM||2/3 GB LPDDR4X|
|Storage||32/64 GB eMMC 5.1
|Frontal camera||5 megapixels f / 2.2|
|Rear camera||13 megapixels f / 2.2
2 megapixel f / 2.4 macro
2 megapixels f / 2.4 bokeh
|Operating system||Android 10
Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz
|Others||Rear fingerprint reader
Triple tray: two simultaneous SIM and micro SD cards
|Dimensions and weight||164.9 x 77.07 x 9 mm
Large and heavy design that decently maintains quality
We have already seen that the Xiaomi Redmi 9C is a mobile with features, the label makes it very clear. Even so, it offers a set of possibilities that remain at a good level. This carries over to the feeling in hand: despite the required plastic, the touch is pleasant and does not transfer poor quality. It is also quite heavy, large, and somewhat thick.
The Xiaomi Redmi 9C does not stray too far from the usual design of the brand to stand out as one of the best mobiles in the 100 euro range. Curved back face with the fingerprint reader in the perfect position for the index finger (and fast enough), the waterdrop-shaped cutout for the screen makes good use of the front, the inclusion of the headphone jack (upper edge) gift the FM radio to the phone, The Xiaomi Redmi 9C includes a triple SIM tray (simultaneous double SIM and SD card) and it looks very solid, both in its appearance and in touch.
With the screen we have more drawbacks: despite the fact that the dimensions are generous, and taking into account that HD + resolution shows some loss of sharpness depending on what content (especially in games and movies), the panel offers a decent experience when used indoors. On the contrary, it is shipwrecked on the street and in broad daylight: as there is sun you can barely make out what the Xiaomi Redmi 9C shows (taking photos in the sun is almost impossible). Automatic brightness does not do a bad job, the minimum level of such brightness bothers in complete twilight and contrast is limited.
Having a headphone jack makes our protagonist score points. Also the inclusion of FM radio It will be to the liking of many, not in vain it is an extra to the multimedia possibilities. The volume is high enough, especially with the external speaker: this one, located on the lower edge, sounds powerful, although it distorts excessively at high levels.
With headphones, both cable and Bluetooth, the listening experience is not bad: sound without great fanfare that does not end up out of tune (above two-thirds of the volume it gains shrillness). In addition, MIUI 12 includes equalizer (only for wired headphones) and various improvements for its own headphones. Y supports a large number of Bluetooth codecs, including aptX HD.
Just in power, more than enough in autonomy
The processor chosen by Xiaomi for one of its cheapest mobiles already makes it clear what general performance the device has: the MediaTek Helio G35 included in the Xiaomi Redmi 9C is a Limited SoC that transfers some slowness to the entire system. ‘Lag’ between pressing and starting the app, wait for the camera to start and general lack of fluidity throughout the system. This performance is as expected given the mobile category.
Although it is somewhat slow in the response, we cannot say that it is unbearable: MIUI 12 does not flow excessively bad. The games run without much graphical fanfare (not all offer processor support), and once in motion, playing isn’t too much of a hassle. Of course, it is not a suitable mobile for the most ‘gamers’, yes for those who seek a basic experience and casual titles.
Then we leave you with the performance tests executed on the Xiaomi Redmi 9C.
The software is the usual one in Xiaomi mobiles: MIUI, with its large number of options included. The layer is updated to MIUI 12, although the Redmi 9C remains on Android 10. It is not the only downside of the phone since this one comes standard with a lot of ‘bloatware’: a multitude of pre-installed apps and games that, for the most part, can be removed (we recommend doing a deep cleaning as soon as you start it up, also removing the ads as much as possible). MIUI 12 is weighed down by performance, as we already said: there is no doubt that some lightness would suit it better at the software level. Also advertising: by default the layer offers app recommendations in many sections (from the installation checker to the launcher itself).
The software penalizes the average of the phone, so another element arrives that balances it: autonomy. 5,000 mAh of charge, limited hardware, fair resolution and not too high brightness: the conjunction achieves a average of more than eight hours of screen even with intensive use. With the Xiaomi Redmi 9C you can get through the three days out of the socket without too much worry; at the cost of suffering from the charge of the phone since it exceeds two and a half hours.
Below we write down the Xiaomi Redmi 9C charging times from the moment the phone is turned off to 100% power.
- 5 minute charge: 4% battery.
- 10 minute charge: 8% battery.
- 20 minute charge: 14% battery.
- 30 minute charge: 21% battery.
- 50 minute charge: 35% battery.
- Total: 2 hours and 38 minutes.
Better than expected performance in photography
Xiaomi cannot escape the current trend of adding multiple cameras to its devices, even in a range as accessible as the Xiaomi Redmi 9C. Triple rear with a 13 megapixel main sensor and two ‘fillers’ that offer 2 megapixels each for the dimensions of your photographs; couple who are dedicated to macro photography and to capture the depth of the scene. Ahead the front camera hides under the ‘notch’ with a 5 megapixel sensor.
Despite the fact that only the rear main camera is 100% useful for the user, the phone behaves in a versatile enough way. It suffers from slowness, both opening the camera app and focusing or changing the shooting mode. Captures also take a few seconds to process, but we have not lost any photos because of this: while doing background work it is still possible to take more shots.
Images may suffer from some blurring, especially in mid-shots. In general, the shots offer enough quality no matter how much they accuse lack of sharpness with some zoom. Always with sufficient lighting, because the Xiaomi Redmi 9C suffers a lot at night: it looks more like a watercolor painter than a photographer. Nothing strange in a mobile of its range, on the other hand.
Colors respect naturalness, HDR doesn’t do a great job with dynamic range since tends to underexposure, it does not accuse of saturation, it offers a portrait mode that is competent, Xiaomi includes a large number of beauty additions, the AI is not lacking in the camera extras, the Pro mode allows you to manually modify some settings and the video recording leaves the step with a quality in line with photography. The Xiaomi Redmi 9C records at a maximum of 1080p and 30 fps.
Outdoor and daylight photos turn out quite well, at least for the phone category. The HDR does not finish improving the dynamic range as it leaves the shadows underexposed. The loss of detail is noticeable with a little zoom.
At night the Xiaomi Redmi 9C can behave in a testimonial way. The night mode helps to recover light from the scene, always at the cost of blurring the contours and losing detail.
The front camera does not perform poorly in sufficient lighting. It tends to wash out the image, even in portrait mode. This mode is performed in a very acceptable way even though the contour profiling shows some imprecision.
Below you have the sample of photographs taken with the Xiaomi Redmi 9C.
Xiaomi Redmi 9C, the opinion of EuroXliveAndroid
It is an ultra-cheap mobile, with the logical consequences derived from its adjusted price. Without showing poor quality, rather the opposite: The Xiaomi Redmi 9C offers a very balanced set of materials, feel, hardware and software. For what it’s worth you can’t get more, it’s perfect for tight budgets. And for those who do not need too much for their daily use.
The screen leaves something to be desired in terms of quality, it is somewhat slow, it does not have USB C, it dispenses with the NFC, it is somewhat heavy and wastes ‘bloatware’These are some of its drawbacks. On the contrary, apart from the logical price advantage, the Xiaomi Redmi 9C offers very good autonomy, a decent photograph, has a fingerprint reader, includes FM radio and also a headphone jack.
The Xiaomi Redmi 9C is proof that the brand knows how to make good phones for very little money. Yes, for 50 euros more there are phones with better features (even within Xiaomi), but in the line of 100 euros it is more than competent. It is worth what it costs.
- Very good autonomy.
- The construction is solid and attractive despite the polycarbonate.
- With 3.5 mm jack and FM radio.
- It is appreciated slow.
- Too much ‘bloatware’.
- Still with micro USB.