Xiaomi Redmi 9A Review, Price & PTA Tax in Pakistan 2020
- Xiaomi Redmi 9a price in Pakistan: 14,000
- PTA Tax on Xiaomi Redmi 9A: 5,000
The Redmi A9 arrives on the entry-level market by positioning itself as an update to the Redmi 8A and does not change the fundamentals of this more than affordable smartphone. Here is our full test …
Every 6 months, Xiaomi presents the market with a new Redmi A. At the start of 2020, we tested the Redmi 8A . In this new school year, it is on the Redmi 9A that we are focusing, a smartphone which, once again, does not revolutionize the entry level, but brings small novelties sometimes unpublished at this price.
With this new model, Xiaomi is lowering the prices a little. Indeed, the Redmi 9A is offered at € 99.90. A price that places it against the Nokia 1.3 or the Realme C11 , two smartphones however a bit more expensive.
Ergonomics and design
Simple and efficient, this is what defines the design of this Redmi 9A. It is basically that of the previous generation. On the back, we find the famous strip in the extension of the photo module. On the Redmi 9A, everything has been shifted to the right side, surely to mark the difference with the Redmi 8A. The plastic finish has been somewhat worked with circular streaks. No fingerprint sensor is to report, it will always be necessary to do without.
Up front, the 6.53-inch screen takes up 81% of the entire surface. The rest is taken up by borders that are quite broad, as well as by the notch in the shape of a drop of water. Small novelty compared to the Redmi A8, the disappearance of the mention “Redmi” on the lower border.
On the top edge is a 3.5mm mini-jack. In contrast, a loudspeaker, a microphone as well as a micro-USB socket – unfortunately no USB-C. The right edge accommodates as often the start button and those of volume control. Finally, the left edge houses the microSD card slot and up to 2 SIM cards.
The 3.5mm mini-jack on this Redmi 9A could have been excellent if it weren’t so powerful. Indeed, with 37 mVrms, the port will not be suitable for the most greedy headsets. Too bad, because its distortion is controlled, its dynamic range wide and its excellent stereo reproduction.
The same goes for the loudspeaker which does not make a splash. At the same time, on a smartphone at this price point, we couldn’t expect much else. However, it is effective enough to watch a few videos on YouTube, for example.
The Redmi 9A displays a 6.5-inch LCD panel with Full HD + definition. Its 20: 9 aspect ratio is slowly starting to make a place for itself on the brand’s various smartphones.
The screen is not very well calibrated by default. The quality improves slightly after a few adjustments, without reaching peaks. To get the most out of the panel, it is necessary to stay on the “Auto” profile, which is the default one, and to choose the “Warm” color temperature. This gives you a color temperature of 7784 Kelvin, a value that is still far from the video standard (6500 K).
The Delta E was raised to 3, a value located at the limit of perception by the human eye. We observe drifts in red, green and cyan tones, which exceed a Delta E of 4, sometimes reaching 6.
The smartphone has a MediaTek Helio G25 processor coupled with 2 GB of RAM. As expected, this entry-level chip does not make a splash. On our test protocol, the Redmi 9A fails to run the last part which simulates the most intensive use.
Far from being keen on the management of its RAM, the phone only obtains an index of 46. A figure which still places it ahead of the Realme C11 (41) and far from the Nokia 1.3 (15). In game, it is not better. The Redmi A9 displays a score of 18 which does not allow you to play properly. On this point, it ranks at the same level as the Nokia 1.3 and a little above that of Realme (16).
This entry-level model only offers a single 13-megapixel sensor coupled to a flash. A most minimalist configuration.
In low light, the image is completely scrambled. Digital noise completely spoils the scene and crushes all the details that make it up. On this ground, its main competitor is doing much better.
Front sensor, portrait and video mode
On the front face we find a 5 megapixel module. Far from being exceptional, it is mainly set for taking extra selfies. The image is dull and very smooth by default; an option to uncheck allows to enjoy a more natural result, but which still lacks radiance.
Portrait mode works both on the front and back. It turns out to be fairly correct overall, managing to cut a subject off well. However, the software stumbles on details like hair or body hair. It should also be noted that certain areas are not taken into account by the bokeh effect .
The video capabilities are pretty basic. The smartphone is capable of filming in Full HD (1080p) at 30 or 60 frames per second.
Finally, the Redmi 9A is presented above all as an update of the Redmi 8A , without bringing any big news. Everything is more or less similar to the version before, just as it was already the case with the previous one. In short, the promise to offer a viable entry-level smartphone is kept. It could even have established itself as a master on this ground if a certain Realme C11 had not arrived in the meantime with its best photo quality and better autonomy.