Review of Redmi Note 9T 5G: Mid-Range Killer smartphone Price
A few days ago, Xiaomi announced that sales of the entire Note 9 series at the end of the third quarter of 2020 exceeded 20 million units. Redmi Note 9T 5G is another new smartphone from this series, which already includes the 9, 9 Pro and 9S models. They all do not have a single stylistic line, but they cost about the same money.
Redmi Note 9T 5G in our country will be sold in two versions: 4 GB + 64 GB and 4 GB + 128 GB. The new Note 9T 5G is Xiaomi’s quick answer to the Realme 7 5G, an affordable 5G smartphone. At the start of sales, 9T 5G is slightly more expensive than Realme, although it uses the same MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor, has the same battery capacity, NFC, and a fingerprint scanner in the side power button.
Realme’s rival advantage is a 120Hz display, 180Hz touch sampling and an ultra-wide angle camera, which the new Redmi lacks, which is a bit confusing. In the days of the world premiere, I was able to check if the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G is suitable for the so-called middle shelf.
Design and appearance
The design of the Redmi Note 9T 5G should appeal to traditionalists, as the smartphone doesn’t really stand out. In front we have a display with small bezels (the lower one is wider) and a small hole in the left corner for a selfie camera.
On the top there is a surprise – IRDA or IrDA, on the bottom – a 3.5 mm headphone jack and USB-C. The fingerprint scanner is placed in the power button, which is very pleasing. In the era of masks, this is a convenient and fast way to protect data. In the center of the rear panel there is a round module of the main cameras, reminiscent of a washing machine window. Although it protrudes from the body, the smartphone does not swing from side to side while lying on a flat table, even without a case.
But, most of all, Xiaomi was pleased with the presence of two speakers – an excellent solution for YouTube and Netflix fans. The new Redmi Note weighs less than 200g, as its back cover is made of plastic. For me, the advantage is that the case has a pleasant texture, on which no prints remain, and the gadget itself lies securely in the hand. The housing is splash-proof but does not have the full IP68 rating.
You can find fault with the Redmi Note 9T 5G display just for the fact that it is not made with AMOLED technology and does not offer a fast refresh rate. Of course, AMOLED panels are not the norm in this segment, but Realme rival in its 7 series already has the best refresh rate. The screen here is DotDisplay, that is, with a hole for the front camera, is 6.53 inches in size and has a FHD + resolution.
These are very good parameters for multimedia content consumption. The display is also not the brightest (450 nits), but there is nothing tragic about that. At night, the brightness can be almost completely muted (so as not to blind) – for this, there is a special option in the menu.
In the current version of the software, the automatic backlighting works too aggressively, more precisely, the panel is too dark if we do not increase the brightness manually. I am glad that the Note 9T 5G screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
Redmi Note 9T 5G cameras
The main camera system – has the disadvantage of the Note 9T 5G, as for me. Probably due to the reduction in production costs, the smartphone has only one “real” camera. The main 48MP optics are supported by a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. An additional ultra wide angle lens should be available in this price segment of the market.
I must admit that the photos from the main lens are of very good quality, although this applies only to pictures taken in conditions with sufficient lighting. In the dark, the Redmi Note 9T 5G smartphone shoots relatively well, although at night everything looks not so rosy (rather bad).
The camera app interface is well thought out, although the idea of a default lens returning to default is not the best. Everything can be changed in other settings, but a huge percentage of users will not (mainly the statement concerns disabling the default HDR mode).
For professionals who are friends with Photoshop, there is a RAW mode. As for video shooting, 4K can be recorded on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T camera – only from a tripod (there is no stabilization). In FULL HD mode, stabilization works very smoothly, although only at 30 frames per second, there is no stabilization at 60 frames.
System and software
MIUI 12.0.1 is installed on top of Android 10. It’s a pity that the 5G smartphone from early 2021 does not have the newest version of Android 11. The latest security updates are subsidized in early November. MIUI is a sophisticated, lightweight interface with a great design, the settings are clear and easy to find in the menu.
The disadvantages include the fact that Xiaomi persistently pre-installs several or even dozens of different applications that the user could later download from Google Play. The interface of Redmi Note 9T 5G also has “ads” for other apps. I love that MIUI has a Lite mode, which can be useful if we are giving our phone to a child or an elderly person. The camera app is great here too, although it’s now more difficult to save your own camera settings.
Performance and connectivity
The main advantage of the Redmi Note 9T is, of course, the 5G modem, which is still rarely seen on smartphones in this price range.
In terms of performance, I have nothing to complain about here. In AnTuTu, the test smartphone exceeds 300 thousand points. This result is provided by the new MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor, which is installed inside the main competitor from Realme. The chip is made using 7nm technology and is supported by 4 GB of RAM.
The internal memory of the Note 9T 5G can be 64 or 128 GB, the cheaper version has the UFS 2.1 memory type, while the more expensive version has UFS 2.2. If required, the data memory can be expanded by 512 GB using a Micro-SD card.
The Redmi Note 9 series prides itself on high-capacity batteries, as well as the 9T 5G model. We have a 5000 mAh battery at our disposal. I only use the device for a few days, mostly at home, in a Wi-Fi range (and without access to a 5G network), so they can’t tell you yet what autonomy is when 5G cellular data is connected in real conditions.
So far, without recharging, my smartphone works for 2-3 days, and after 24 hours it has 80% of the battery power. If we want to charge the device, there is a 22.5W charger included. However, this charger has more power than the actual maximum bandwidth supported by the phone system itself. As a result, Redmi 9T 5G can only be charged with a current of up to 18 W.
Redmi Note 9T 5G alternatives
The fact that the Note 9T 5G is not the best smartphone at this price point cannot be hidden. If you are looking for a device with 5G modem, the mentioned Realme 7 and Mi 10 Lite 5G are already on the market. If you don’t need a 5G modem, the choice becomes really big. Probably the best alternative is the Note 9 Pro or Note 9S with a more attractive array of cameras.