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Redmi 9 Power 6000 mAh Power And Budget Smartphone Review

 

Design
★★★★★
★★★★★
Display
★★★★★
★★★★★
Software
★★★★★
★★★★★
Camera
★★★★★
★★★★★
Performance
★★★★★
★★★★★
Battery
★★★★★
★★★★★

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Good FHD+ display
  • Stereo speakers

Cons

  • Not the fastest phone in this segment
  • MIUI 12 comes with bloatware
  • Average cameras

 Xiaomi has launched up to eight phones in the Redmi 9 series in India this year and one might wonder if there is a ninth phone in the corner to wrap things up. From the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max to the Redmi 9A, the company has a phone price range from Rs 19,999 to Rs 6,999. However, Xiaomi has managed to find a moving room to launch the new Redmi 9 Power, a phone that tries to offer features like Notes at an affordable price.

The Redmi 9 Power sits between the Redmi Note 9 (review) and the Redmi 9 Prime (review) for the initial price of Rs 10,999. For this price, the phone offers a FHD + display, 48MP quad cameras, a large 6,000mAh battery, and a Qualcomm's Snapdragon 662 chipset, among other things. Interestingly, many of these indicators are also available on the POCO M3, which is yet to be launched in India. So, can Redmi 9 Power serve as another good alternative to POCO M3 for Indian consumers? Read our review to find out.

Verdict

The Redmi 9 Power is the centerpiece between the Redmi 9 Prime and the Redmi Note 9. It packs a host of useful features, including a FHD + display, stereo speakers, and a large 6,000mAh battery to keep you satisfied. However, the performance of the phone may leave you wanting more, which in turn makes the Redmi Note 9 even more attractive.

Design and display

The Redmi 9 Power does not look like any other Redmi 9 series phone launched by a company in India, which is good because that makes it stand out. However, the design of the phone is not entirely different as I saw inspiration from Realme devices on the rear panel of Sunrise Design matt (seen in Realme C3), rectangular rear camera system (in Realme 7i), and a large Redmi for marking (exactly like the Narzo 10A). It is also worth mentioning that the Redmi 9 Power is a redesigned Redmi Note 9 4G launched in China recently.

Although it offers a large 6,000mAh battery, the company has managed to keep the phone weight below 200 grams, which is impressive. At 198 grams, I wouldn’t call it a light weight, but it’s easier to hold and work with compared to saying the Realme C15 weighs 209 grams. The rear panel is bent on Redmi 9 Power and the recorded feel makes it easy to hold the phone. The conclusion also means that it does not attract too many finger smudges.The Redmi 9 Power gets a fingerprint sensor placed on the side, set at the right height for easy access. The phone supports the placement of triple cards on two nano-SIM cards and a MicroSD card. The phone gets a dual-speaker speaker and an ear recorder that doubles as a speaker. Therefore, the phone provides stereo speakers with the help of High-Res audio.

Coming to the show, the Redmi 9 Power 6.53-inch screen with FHD + resolution (2,340 x 1,080) and Gorilla Glass 3. The display size is large enough and not easy to reach corners with one hand. The screen offers excellent light levels and is very visible under the sun, although sunlight was difficult to come in during the winter in Delhi.The display offers full colors and the text looks nice. The phone comes with the Widevine L1 standard, which means you can watch content on platforms like Netflix in full HD resolution. Video sharpness combined with stereo speakers makes Redmi 9 Power an excellent entertainment tool.


Cameras

The Redmi 9 Power features a quad camera system that includes a 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor, a wide 8MP lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP sensor. It’s a standard camera setup that offers a few functional cameras and some that are just there to make the spec sheet look good. The camera app is busy and may take some time to get used to. Features like Night Mode, Panorama, etc. are hidden within the 'More' section while Macro mode is set in the hamburger icon in the top right corner. This makes it difficult to switch quickly between modes.

The main camera is able to take bright photos during the day in rich colors, especially with enabled AI mode. At times, the colors may look a little too much and I found myself using a camera with AI mode to disable most of the time. There is also enough detail in the pictures to keep you happy. Dynamic Scope is not the best thing I’ve seen on the phone in this segment of prices, but it should get the job done.

wide-angle

The upward lens conveyed the expected results. While the wide lens allows you to capture a wide viewing field, the images appear blurred and lack sharpness compared to the main camera. It is still a more reliable rear-facing camera compared to a larger lens. A large 2MP lens can help you get really close to the subject, but the slow shutter speed makes it difficult to take a still image.

night mode

The night mode does a good job of reducing the parts that are emitted as street lights. The picture is already much clearer compared to the one taken outside night mode. It also reduces some noise, even if there is very little to do with the phone. Coming to the front camera, selfies look decent when the beauty effects are crippled even though I have seen glittering edges on the edges of several photographed photos.

Working with software

The Redmi 9 Power is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset, launched earlier this year. There haven’t been many Snapdragon 662 enabled phones by 2020 and the only other device that offers a chipset in India has been the Moto G9 Power. The medium and wide processor is based on 11nm process and transmits high speeds of up to 2GHz.  In real-world use, the Redmi 9 Power doesn’t feel like an exciting phone on its part. The device feels lazy when opening apps and switching between apps during daily use. However, the phone is able to use whatever you throw at it and I have not experienced any interruptions along the way.

Redmi 9 Power can run games like Call of Duty Mobile smoothly in the middle graphics. While I saw some fall and down the frame, the phone was able to bring enough playback information thanks to the stereo speakers. Great battery also means you won't have to worry about a clear game like CoD Mobile that pulls out the phone after a 30-minute session.

Redmi 9 Power ships with Android 10-based MIUI 12 in the box. While I would love to see a phone running Android 11, the MIUI 12 experience should delight Xiaomi fans for a long time. The new version of the software introduces a redesigned UI that is easy to get used to. It also brings an app drawer, which can be approved by settings, allowing you to free up the home screen. That said, MIUI 12 in Redmi 9 Power brings some bloatware that includes pre-loaded apps like Osom Rummy, LinkedIn, Facebook, Moj, ShareMe, and so on. Interestingly, I did not encounter many spammy notifications during the review, but they did exist in some way. 

During the review, I did not face any problems with call quality. The sound quality over the ear was loud and clear and there was no unexpected drop in connection. Side fingerprint sensor is easily accessible but it takes a moment to turn on the phone. The most notable feature of the Redmi 9 Power is the stereo speaker which provides a great listening experience and can get great sound in the house.

Battery 

The Redmi 9 Power is the only phone in the Redmi 9 series to offer a 6,000mAh battery. One would expect the phone to last two good days with a battery capacity size and the Redmi 9 Power does not disappoint. Battery life varies with a phone that lasts a day and a half to two days with a single charge for moderate and maximum use. The device offers a longer battery life. In our PCMark test, the Redmi 9 Power took 23 hours, which was amazing.

You get a 22.5W fast charger in the box although the Redmi 9 Power supports up to 18W charging only. It takes a while to fully charge the 6,000mAh battery. In our experiment, it took about 2 hours and 20 minutes for the phone juice to go from 20 percent to 100 percent.


The final decision

The Redmi 9 Power is a phone you never knew you were missing out on in the Redmi 9. Series. Although introducing seven devices before it, the Redmi 9 Power is able to stand out from the rest with its massive 6,000mAh battery. It is a simple recommendation for anyone looking for a Redmi battery with a durable battery. On top of that, you get a nice FHD + display and stereo speakers, which makes it a great entertainment tool.

That said, Redmi 9 Power is missing the Notes line before activation. The Spapdragon 662 can get the job done, but the journey you're headed in will be ruined by some laziness. Quad cameras are also common and we’ve seen phones like the Realme Narzo 20 (update) work better. But if you do not want the phone on camera but rather a reliable entertainment tool, Redmi 9 Power will not let you down.

Editor's rating: 3.5/5

PRO:

Excellent battery life

A good FHD + display

Stereo speakers

Cons:

Not the fastest phone in this category

MIUI 12 comes with bloatware

Central cameras

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