Redmi 9A Review
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Redmi 9A Review

New budget smartphone from Xiaomi

Today we will talk about budget model Redmi 9A. We will see the main technical features and specs, advantages, and disadvantages.

As for the technical features, everything is not so bad here either. For example, Redmi 9A received a large 6.53-inch screen, a MediaTek Helio G25 processor with 2/32 GB of memory, and a 5000 mAh battery.

As for a budget device, the technical stuff is not very strong, but you will like some of the features. Such as high battery capacity, modern chipset, and large bright screen.


Redmi 9A: Specifications

Display: 6.53 inches IPS with 1720 x 1600 pixels
CPU: MediaTek Helio G25 Octa Core 2.0 GHz
GPU: PowerVR GE8320
RAM: 2GB
Internal memory: 32GB
Memory extension: up to 256GB
Cameras: 13MP main camera and 5MP front camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0 and GPS
Battery: 5000 mAh
OS: Android 10 (MIUI 12)
Connections: MicroUSB
Weight: 194 grams
Dimensions: 164.9 x 77 x 9 mm


In the box

Inside the box, you will find the smartphone itself, but there is no protective silicone case included, Micro USB charging cable, a power adapter, and instructions.



Design

The appearance of Redmi 9A is almost the same when compared to the previous generation Redmi 8A. For example, the bezel has the same waterdrop notch for the front camera.

The bezels around the screen are quite large, so you can immediately guess that the smartphone belongs to the budget category of devices.

Despite this, the front part received a slightly larger screen size compared to the previous generation. Now the screen is 6.53 inches, and in the eighth version, it was 6.22 inches. The resolution remains the same – HD+ since the screen received a slightly different aspect ratio, namely 20: 9, the number of pixels is slightly different – 720 x 1600.


Yes, it will be convenient to watch movies or play games on a smartphone, but your eyes will get tired more than it would be in Full HD resolution.
In terms of brightness, 400 nits would be enough for comfortable indoor use, even outdoors in bright weather.

The back of the smartphone is made of matte corrugated plastic, so the device does not slip out of your hands. When compared with the previous generation Redmi 8A and the new Redmi 9A, the location of the main camera has changed. It is now positioned in the upper left corners instead of in the center.


The build quality of all elements is at a good level. Matte and corrugated plastic is also not a bad solution, as for an inexpensive smartphone.



At the bottom of the device, there is a MicroUSB port, microphone, and speaker. Above is only a 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones.


Right here is a volume rocker and a power button. And on the left, you can find a slot for dual nano-SIM cards and a separate slot for a memory card.


Based on the large screen, using the smartphone with one hand will be problematic. For example, the dimensions of the Redmi 9A were 164.9 x 77 x 9 mm and the smartphone weighs about 194 grams.


Performance and software

The main change in the new generation of Redmi 9A is the emergence of a processor from MediaTek. The processor model was released this year and that is MediaTek Helio G25. It received 12-nanometer technology and has eight cores from Cortex-A53 with a clock speed of 2.0 GHz.


Also, this processor is paired with a graphics accelerator – PowerVR GE8320. It showed itself not bad in gaming tests and in benchmarks, but there is one drawback – it’s a little heating.


The Redmi 9A offers only one modification – 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (Redmi 8A had also – 3, or 4 GB of RAM and 32 and 64 GB of internal memory).

Therefore, given its technical features, I believe that Redmi 9A received much worse performance than its older brother.

Despite this, the software has received the latest version and the device runs on Android 10 with the MIUI 12 user interface. There are many interesting, and most importantly useful functions. For example, gesture controls, customization of different kinds of themes, and many other features.

Considering that the smartphone has 2 GB of RAM, it will be problematic to open a large number of applications. Therefore, multitasking in this regard will lag slightly. But for two or three applications, RAM will be enough.

The user interfaces itself is nimble and fast. But complex applications do not open as quickly as I would like.


Minor improvements include Bluetooth 5.0 and fast GPS navigation. Although the budget smartphone Redmi 9A does not have a contactless payment, namely the NFC module.


Camera

From a technical point of view, Redmi 9A received an updated main camera module with a 13-megapixel resolution.


But the front camera got some deterioration, as the Redmi 8A had an 8-megapixel resolution, and the new generation received 5-megapixel resolution.

Overall, the photo quality on both cameras is pretty good when shooting in good lighting conditions. In the dark or indoors, the quality deteriorates at times. The video shoots in Full HD at 30 frames per second.



Battery

Like the last generation of the budget smartphone, the Redmi 9A received a 5000mAh battery capacity. But do not forget that the screen size has become larger and the chipset has changed, compared to the Redmi 8A.


As the practice has shown, watching movies, playing games, taking photos, and even doing benchmark tests, the battery was 44% at the end of the day. If you watch Youtube at maximum brightness, then in 1 hour the battery will drop by 8%. If you play games, then by 14% in one hour.

The negative side of the Redmi 9A is the presence of a MicroUSB port. Why the manufacturer decided to do this, I cannot say. But I note that the previous generation of Redmi 8A has a Type-C port with 18W fast charging. The new smartphone did not receive any fast charging and only a 10W power adapter.

Thus, the charging time will be more than 3.5 hours.


Conclusion

Redmi 9A is not the best choice when choosing an inexpensive smartphone. It got a lot of flaws. 

On the positive side of Redmi 9A, there are high-quality assembly and materials of use. Also, the screen size is larger, decent battery life.

The negative side of the Redmi 9A is a micro USB port with 10W slow charging, one memory modification.








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