Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power review: Best Budget Smartphone in Pakistan 2021
Last year for Xiaomi turned out to be very active, but in 2021 it does not intend to give up its positions. Another budget smartphone Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power offers many useful functions, but its main difference is the high autonomy of the 6000 mAh battery.
However, a good smartphone requires more than just a tough battery; users want great cameras, performance, and high build quality. Will this Xiaomi Redmi phone manage to meet the needs of most buyers?
Design and appearance
In every new Redmi smartphone, the Chinese manufacturer is trying to implement the most modern design. This also applies to Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power, which is somewhat reminiscent of the Realme models. The iridescent colors look quite attractive when the matte surface prevents the smartphone from sliding in the hands.
The module with four cameras on the back of the case was placed in the upper left corner, underneath is a giant Redmi inscription. Such brand advertising does not look the best, but you have to put up with it. The set of keys is normal. The power and volume buttons are on the right side with good feedback when the fingerprint scanner is built into the power key. On the bottom side there is a USB-C port, on the top – a 3.5 mm headphone jack and an infrared port.
Redmi 9 Power surprises with its weight, as it weighs 198 grams and feels like it’s not the lightest smartphone in its class. This mass is associated with a large-capacity battery installed here. Be that as it may, using the device is quite comfortable, even for a long time.
Display and sound
In Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power we get a 6.53-inch screen with Full HD + resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protective coating. As a rule, Xiaomi smartphones in this price category have quite high-quality displays, here they are all right.
The screen is bright and the colors are rich. The addition of stereo speakers was a pleasant surprise. However, their maximum volume is not the highest, and the sound quality could be better. In general, there is no need to complain about the multimedia capabilities, everything is very worthy.
Redmi 9 Power cameras
Multi-camera systems on budget smartphones have become the standard. The Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power has four main cameras: 48 MP, 8 MP ultra wide-angle, 2 MP macro lens and 2 MP depth sensor. Shooting quality on all lenses ranges from good to mediocre. However, in daylight, you can get pretty decent results. The main lens captures a lot of detail, although it does not do the best in the brightest areas.
HDR performance is a bit disappointing, detail is low in dark areas, when the smartphone fails to soften the glare. Indoors, the white balance is biased towards cooler hues when there is less detail than it should be. Yes, for this price segment the shooting quality is quite normal, but it can be even better. In addition, the ultra wide angle lens has noticeable distortion around the edges.
A macro lens designed for close-ups in good lighting produces interesting results, although the resulting resolution is too low. The 9 Power front camera shoots at 13MP. The quality is generally acceptable, however, skin enhancement mode is activated by default.
Everything is fine with detail, although the sensor copes with the shades of the color range at the edges average. Only the portrait mode is impressive. For its price, the smartphone from Redmi well defines the boundaries of the object, albeit not always coping with disheveled hair. The video quality is less pleasing, the maximum resolution is 1080p / 30 fps, and the final results look bad.
To avoid noise, you need to look for perfect lighting, and even under such conditions, the focus will not always be clear. If the quality of the cameras is more important to you, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is the better choice.
Xiaomi managed to properly optimize its MIUI 12 shell for the smartphone I tested. In everyday use, I have no complaints about Redmi 9 Power in terms of software. The interface looks great, applications work quickly and without delays, although they take a long time to launch, which is especially noticeable in games.
MIUI 12 also has disadvantages – a huge number of pre-installed applications and unnecessary adware. But, this is the hallmark of all Xiaomi smartphones. And while you can put up with a set of proprietary programs from the manufacturer, not everyone needs WPS Office, Facebook, LinkedIn and other applications that are pretty annoying. But, the system is functional, clear and simple, and you can delete advertising and unnecessary applications. Component p
The speed of the Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power is provided by the Snapdragon 662 processor. Interestingly, this chipset is used in smartphones only for the second time – the first was Moto G9. In fact, the Snapdragon 662 is an improved version of the Snapdragon 660 with a more powerful graphics accelerator Adreno 610. The performance of the eight-core chip is enough for everyday tasks, although you should not count on anything more and resource-intensive.
Generally. Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power is a good smartphone that is aimed at those users who need the most autonomous battery. Other features and characteristics of the device are not bad, but it is inferior to some competitors in many aspects, except for autonomy, of course. It is also curious that the Redmi 9 Power will have to compete mainly with other models from Xiaomi.
Redmi Note 9 has more powerful hardware, although the battery is weaker, despite the fact that they cost almost the same. Another good option is Redmi Note 9 Pro, which will cost you a little more, however, its performance is much higher, thanks to the Snapdragon 720G processor, and the cameras shoot much better.