Earlier today, Xiaomi’s Redmi 9i is officially launched in India. It is the entry-level offering from Redmi and is similar to its Redmi 9A except with higher storage variants. This is another addition to the Redmi 9 series which already includes the Redmi 9, the Redmi 9 Prime, and the Redmi 9A in India. It seems that Redmi has also started to fish bomb, they have launched the Redmi 9A only at the beginning of August.
Redmi 9i: Specifications
The Redmi 9i is powered by a Mediatek Helio G25 Soc based on 12nm architecture. The Octa-Core processor is capable for day to day tasks and even very light gaming. Interestingly, the Redmi 9i comes out of the box with the latest MIUI 12 based on Android 10, the first Redmi/Mi device to do so similarly to the Redmi 9A.
Coming to its display, it has a 6.53-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720×1600 pixels. The company claims that the phone gets a TUV certified reading mode.
In terms of camera, the Redmi 9i houses a singular 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture at the back. While the front camera gets a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, housed inside a waterdrop-style notch.
The device exhibits its power from a 5000mAh battery unit which supports 10W fast charging a micro USB port. The company claims that the battery won’t lose capacity until three years as they have used the Enhance Lifespan Battery technology which could be has found in the recently launched Redmi 9A as well.
Additionally, the smartphone comes with typical connectivity options like dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, micro USB, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It doesn’t have the fingerprint scanner. But the face unlocking option makes it up for it.
It is worth noting that the device also comes short in some departments like the exclusion of the USB Type-C port which was found in Redmi 8 series and the inclusion of Gorilla Glass is nowhere no be mentioned throughout the live stream.
Pricing and availability
Now, this part is where it differentiates itself from the Redmi 9A. The Redmi 9i comes with increased RAM and storage choices such as 4gb+64GB and 4GB+128GB variant as opposed to 2GB+32GB and 3GB+32GB variants found on Redmi 9A. The one with 4gb+64GB is priced at Rs 8,299 (roughly $112) and the one with 4GB+128GB is priced at Rs 9,299 (roughly $126). In terms of colour variants, it comes in Midnight Black, Nature Green, and Sea Blue.
The device will go on its first sale on the 18th of September. The sale will begin at 12 pm and will be available via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home.