Redmi 9 Prime Review | NDTV Gadgets 360

Nancy J. Delong

We have not seen the ‘Prime’ branding on a Redmi smartphone in a seriously extensive time, but now Xiaomi has introduced it back again with the Redmi 9 Key. Xiaomi clarifies that this design has been introduced simply because its Redmi Observe 9 collection has come to be extra high priced because of to the GST hike and Rupee-Dollar fluctuations. The Redmi 9 Key is priced beneath the Redmi Observe 9 collection and starts off just beneath the Rs. 10,000 price position. Has Xiaomi long gone overboard with price tag-chopping, or does the Redmi 9 Key give you good price for income? I overview the new Redmi 9 Key to uncover out.


Redmi 9 Key design : Practical

The Redmi 9 Key appears a great deal like the Redmi 9, which Xiaomi has introduced internationally. The mobile phone sports activities a six.53-inch display with a dewdrop notch at the top rated. I located the bezels all around the panel to be appropriate supplied the price of this smartphone. The mobile phone is thick considering that it packs a significant five,020mAh battery, and also tips the scales at 198g. Xiaomi has curved the body on the sides which can make this mobile phone relaxed to maintain, but you will discover the weight after applying it for a though.

At the top rated, Xiaomi has placed an IR emitter which can be used to handle appliances. This is a typical aspect on most budget Xiaomi smartphones, and a useful one. There is a three.5mm audio jack, major microphone, speaker, and USB Kind-C port at the bottom. Xiaomi has positioned the ability and quantity buttons on the right, and they are uncomplicated to arrive at. The tray on the still left has 3 slots two for Nano-SIMs and one for a microSD card.

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The Redmi 9 Key has a dewdrop notch at the top rated of the screen


The Redmi 9 Key has a textured back again with a round patch all around the camera module that is smooth. This reminds me of the Poco X2 (Overview). The camera module is pill-formed and is a little bit raised from the system. It also homes the fingerprint scanner, which is uncomplicated to arrive at though holding the machine. Apart from the fingerprint scanner, the module homes 3 camera sensors. The fourth sensor is outside the house the module, positioned along with the LED flash.

Xiaomi incorporates a circumstance in the box, along with a 10W charger which requires a extensive time to charge the five,020mAh battery – extra on this in a bit. The Redmi 9 Key is provided in 4 colors: Matte Black, Mint Environmentally friendly, House Blue, and Sunrise Flare. I experienced a Matte Black unit for this overview.

Redmi 9 Key specs : New components

Xiaomi gives a comprehensive-Hd+ display on the Redmi 9 Key, which isn’t really really typical at this price position. The display also has Corning Gorilla Glass three for security which ought to enable it endure day by day use. Powering the Redmi 9 Key is the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, an octa-main processor with two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. This is paired with 4GB of RAM, and you can opt for in between 64GB and 128GB storage alternatives. The base variant starts off at Rs. 9,999 though the increased variant is priced at Rs. eleven,999. I experienced the increased priced one for this overview. Apparently, it expenditures accurately the identical as the base variant of the Redmi Observe 9 (Overview).

The Redmi 9 Key runs MIUI eleven on top rated of Android, and was managing the July Android Safety patch at the time of this overview. The user practical experience is really similar to what is offered on other Xiaomi smartphones. It will come with a good quantity of bloatware preinstalled, this kind of as GetApps, Zili, Rummy King, ShareMe, Mi Credit history, and Mi Pay back, as well as a couple video games. The mobile phone did not have any apps that are now banned in India.

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The Redmi 9 Key runs MIUI eleven on top rated of Android 10


Some of the application attributes of the Redmi 9 Key are clubbed with each other in the Options application below Distinctive Characteristics. It has Sport Turbo which reveals all video games put in on the smartphone for uncomplicated accessibility. This application allows you set up a efficiency method that assigns increased bandwidth precedence to the match that’s managing, and allows you lessen distractions as properly as answer calls on the speaker though gaming. You also get Google’s Digital Wellbeing and parental handle instruments.

Redmi 9 Key efficiency : Big battery, sluggish charging

The Redmi 9 Key gives good efficiency. I did not come upon any lag or slowdowns though applying the smartphone. It was rapid to load typical apps and I could multitask in between them really very easily. The display is decent but it ought to have been a tiny brighter for superior outside visibility. It has decent viewing angles and you do have the selection to tweak the display output to your liking. I located the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as properly as facial area recognition to be rapid.

I ran the usual set of benchmarks to see wherever the Redmi 9 Key stands in contrast to the competitiveness. In AnTuTu, it managed 1,97,012 which is a a little bit poorer efficiency than the in the same way priced Realme Narzo 10 (Overview) which managed two,02,637 in the identical exam. The Redmi 9 Key scored 356 and 1,327 in Geekbench 5’s one-main and multi-main tests. It also managed 8.2fps and 39fps in GFXBench’s Car or truck Chase and T-Rex benchmarks respectively. It scored 1,722 in 3D Mark Sling Shot.

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The Redmi 9 Key has a textured back again


PUBG Cellular ran at the ‘HD’ graphics high-quality and ‘High’ body amount with out any stutter. However, the mobile phone did get a little bit warm after participating in a couple of matches – a little something you ought to maintain in mind if you are setting up to buy this mobile phone for participating in video games on.

The Redmi 9 Key gives good battery lifestyle. It lasted further than a working day and a 50 percent with my utilization. The significant battery also aided the Redmi 9 Key final for sixteen hrs, four minutes in our Hd video loop exam. Xiaomi ships a 10W charger in the box which is rather sluggish, and only got the Redmi 9 Key to 19 p.c in thirty minutes and to 36 p.c in an hour. Charging the mobile phone absolutely took all around 3 hrs. The mobile phone does aid 18W speedy charging but you will require to uncover or buy your own charger.

Redmi 9 Key cameras: Common performer

The Redmi 9 Key sports activities a quad-camera set up with a thirteen-megapixel major camera, an 8-megapixel extensive-angle camera, a five-megapixel macro camera, and a two-megapixel depth sensor. This components is appropriate for the reduce variant of the Redmi 9 Key. However, it seems inadequate for the increased variant which competes with the Realme Narzo 10 and the Redmi Observe 9, both equally of which activity forty eight-megapixel major cameras.

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The quad-camera set up on the Redmi 9 Key incorporates a thirteen-megapixel major sensor


The camera application on the Realme 9 Key is pretty basic and uncomplicated to use. You get rapid toggles for AI, HDR, and filters. It has a Professional Colour toggle which boosts colors in the output. There is a Professional shooting method as properly, which presents you finish handle above camera settings. At the front, it has a thirteen-megapixel selfie shooter.

The Redmi 9 Key was rapid to lock focus and the AI when enabled was rapid to recognise scenes. In daylight, the Redmi 9 Key managed decent shots and got the publicity right, with decent detail. The AI boosted color a little bit when shooting with the major camera. The extensive-angle camera has a reduce resolution and the output isn’t really boosted. It does give you a wider industry of look at but the specifics aren’t as good.

Redmi 9 Key daylight camera sample (tap to see comprehensive-size impression)

Redmi 9 Key daylight extensive-angle camera sample (tap to see comprehensive-size impression)


For close-ups the camera requires some time to lock focus, and if you aren’t affected person, you will get a blurry shot. If you give it time, the mobile phone does take care of good outcomes. The Redmi 9 Key also requires decent portraits but edge detection was strictly regular. The Macro method is hidden absent in a sub-menu and is uncomplicated to miss. The macro camera allows you get close to a matter and manages sharp output.

Redmi 9 Key close-up camera sample (tap to see comprehensive-size impression)

Redmi 9 Key macro camera sample (tap to see comprehensive-size impression)

I could not uncover a focused Night time method on the Redmi 9 Key and experienced to count on the AI to detect reduced mild and set the camera up. The mobile phone did a good career of preserving sounds below handle but the output isn’t really sharp at evening.

Redmi 9 Key reduced-mild camera sample (tap to see comprehensive-size impression)


The Redmi 9 Key managed decent selfies, but the AI seems to improve colors listed here as properly. It can also capture selfie portraits but edge detection isn’t really good. In reduced mild, high-quality requires a strike and you drop out on detail.

Redmi 9 Key selfie camera sample (tap to see comprehensive-size impression)

Redmi 9 Key reduced-mild selfie camera sample (tap to see comprehensive-size impression)


Video clip recording is limited to 1080p on both equally the major as properly as the selfie cameras. There is no video stabilisation which outcomes in shaky footage.


The Redmi 9 Key was introduced to the industry to serve the Rs. 10,000 price position considering that the Redmi Observe 9 (Overview) series can no for a longer period serve that objective. The comprehensive-Hd+ display and the significant five,020mAh battery do operate in Xiaomi’s favour, providing this mobile phone an edge above the competitiveness below Rs. 10,000. If you are on a stringent budget then you can take into consideration the base variant of the Redmi 9 Key. However, the increased variant Key does not give the identical type of price. The Rs. eleven,999 pricing puts it up from the base variant of the Redmi Observe 9 which is superior geared up, producing this variant really hard to propose.

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